Explore Deep Practice
Deep Practice is a methodology that increases the speed of learning tenfold.
It’s based on the observation from neuroscience that our memory is like a scaffold which needs to be built slowly, one step at a time, correcting any mistakes that we make along the way. As we repeat the steps, our brains create something called myelin, which looks like this:
Myelin is a chemical layer, like rubber insulation on a wire, that wraps around our nerve fibers to keep our signals strong.
Every one of our movements, thoughts, and feelings starts as an electrical signal traveling through our nerve fibers. Each time you think, feel, or do something, the myelin gets thicker. When you are skilled at something, it means that you have through repetition built up a thick myelin sheath around the nerves that control that skill.
Deep Practice is the fastest way known to build up myelin. Deep Practice has three practical components:
- Divide the skill into small chunks and learn them one at a time.
- Observe someone doing each chunk so you can imagine yourself doing it.
- Repeatedly practice slowly until it can be done without mistakes.
Daniel Coyle (in The Talent Code) describes how Deep Practice is used at the famous Meadowmount School of Music. At Meadowmount, students cut their sheet music into horizontal strips, stuff them into an envelope, and pull them out at random. Each line is played three to five times slower than normal, allowing the students to notice and fix their mistakes, getting it exactly right before moving on to the next line. Using Deep Practice, students learn a year’s worth of material in only seven weeks.
Go-N-Do uses the principles of Deep Practice to radically accelerate the learning of biblical practices.