Think about what comes next.

This exercise allows you to actively recall what you have learned up until now and put everything in perspective. It will put you in the shoes of people who have pushed the boundaries of the idea that you just learned about. Moreover, if your conjecture is incorrect, when you identify what is wrong with your theory, it will uncover weaknesses in your knowledge structure.


  1. After you understand an idea, think about what can come next.
    You can use the tools mentioned in the previous chapter to think about the possible variations and extensions that could improve this version to make it slightly better.
  2. If you are a student, you can implement this practice in between classes or chapters in your textbook.
    Think about whatever it is that you have learned up until this point and make an attempt to predict what the future chapters will cover.
  3. When attempting this practice, do not be afraid of being wrong.
    You will learn a lot of valuable insights about the concepts, even if you are absolutely wrong.


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