Working Definition: Learning For Doing

If you choose to apply the Science of Learning, you will get amazing benefits.

Before defining L4Doing, I want to share some examples.

  • When I was a college student, I got nearly all A grades and I did extremely well. However, after I learned the Science of Learning, I was able to learn at least 50 times better. Yes, this is highly subjective and vague. But this is why I am super motivated to share the science.
  • Occasionally as a College Professor, I have succeeded in creating learning experiences for my students that were off the charts. The main indicator of when this happens is that the students will not stop talking about what they learned. The secondary indicator is that I can probe their knowledge with questions 1 and they do well. I now know is that these “magic classroom moments” happened because the experiences aligned with how the brain learns.
  • Edison, Einstein, and Feynman all shared something in common; each would get into a topic (e.g., calculus) and figure it out themselves by working through a good book on the subject. This is strongly aligned with the science of learning.
  • In group settings, I (and others) have asked people to recall a time when they have learned something really well and then to describe how. The list of methods that is produced by the group is very similar in every instance that I’ve seen. These methods are describing what work for the human brain.

L4Doing is a label for the collection of methods that align with how the brain learns. These are the methods that people use when they are learning insanely well. If you become aware of these brain-based methods and if you practice them long enough to become skillful, you will get these benefits:

  • You will have the confidence that you can learn anything.
  • You will know exactly what you need to do to become insanely good. That is, you will always have a path.
  • Learning will be super fun
  • Your levels of (frustration + anger + stress + worry) will be down near zero.
  • You will have extremely high levels of motivation
  • You will remember main ideas nearly forever
  • Being skillful (i.e. doing something well) will get hardwired into your brain so you’ll look like “a natural.”
  • You will be able to master a college class much better and much faster than nearly anyone else. As one student described this: by the end of the class, I want to know the topic better than the teacher. 
  • You will be learning all the time; i.e., learning will be part of who you are. The benefits you receive from learning will greatly exceed the required costs and efforts.

L4Doing is not magic or a panacea. The methods involve intense focus, commitment, persistence, and lots of time. For example, you cannot become a great guitar player without years of effort. However the payback (the benefits of deep learning) are so incredible that the hard work is well worth it.

The methods of L4Doing align with how the brain learns. Thus, the methods are “natural” and you probably know most of them already. The methods involve figuring out why XYZ is useful. Figuring out what XYZ means and how to do XYZ. Taking notes as a means to help you remember. Practicing XYZ, making mistakes, and making corrections to reduce the mistakes. Asking questions. Boatloads of of reading. Doing authentic projects.

Summary: You have the opportunity to become insanely good at learning. Your path is to figure out how your brain work. Then, structure your methods of learning to align with what your brain needs.




  1. This is just like the oral exam used for PhD students.

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