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You Haven’t Learned ANYTHING Until You’ve Done This (How to Make Every Learning Hour Count)

Don’t care if we’re talking programming, Chinese, or how to sell. ALWAYS check for this factor

Sarah Cy
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2 min readMar 29, 2024


How do you know when you really understand something?

This question is harder to answer than you might think.

There are plenty of people who can recite “e = mc squared,” but they don’t know what it means.

Or its implications.

Or how to use it.

Likewise, you probably have a lot of “verbal knowledge” in your head that you don’t actually understand.

And you’ve read tons of interesting, useful books that you no longer remember, much less use.

So what do you do?

  • Read books over again?
  • Start memory training?
  • Bury your head in the nearest aquarium and cry salty tears?

Not a bad idea. (I mean the first two…don’t think the fish would appreciate the third)

But actually, the important thing to remember is this:

You haven’t really learned until your behavior has changed.



Sarah Cy

(aka The Scylighter). Writer, musician, reader, daughter. Join our Merry Band, become a Brilliant Writer, and dazzle your readers!