The science behind Spines

Spines is a tool designed to help you collect and memorize information in connected pieces, like you would naturally do.

Learning something is easier and more productive when you do it the way your brain works.

How does your brain learn?

Here are some of the principal facts science has discovered about learning.

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Your brain is a network of connected knowledge.

fact #2

Learning is not done in an ordered, chronological way.

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Connections dictate how you store and retrieve information from the brain. You can influence these connections.

fact #4

The neural paths in your brain usually have more than one destination.

fact #5

Everything you know is stored in the network of connections of your brain.

fact #6

Information storing is not reliable. It usually fades with time and often gets mixed up with another memories.

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How should you learn?

These best practices are known to be succesful. Spines helps you put them to use.

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Elaboration


How does it work?

Learning something new requires a previous knowledge basis. As Peter C. Brown writes: Elaboration is the process of giving new material meaning by expressing it in your own words and connecting it with what you already know.

Useful for

  • - Complete understanding of the subject.
  • - Summarizing.

Use it in spines

Write your ideas about the study materials of your subjects with your own words. Make sure you extract and summarize the main arguments of the information you are processing. Bonus points for connecting them to your previously written ideas.

hoarding


How does it work?

We are gatherers by nature and we often tend to collect more than we can sensibly process. Stored items and pending things to do occupy mental space and carry with them a cognitive load that depletes your energy before getting anything done.

Useful for

  • - Focusing.
  • - Summarizing.

Use it in spines

You can use our natural desire for information to build some good habits. Spines is designed to consciously reinforce the processing and elaboration of information over the hoarding. Avoid working on autopilot and make sure you only keep stored the data you really need. Process and dispose of everything else.

chunking


How does it work?

Your brain is good at processing information divided in pieces. You learn better by writing with your own words key concepts of the subjects you are studying. Chunking is about finding repeated patterns, putting them in context and connecting them with your previous knowledge.

Useful for

  • - Complete understanding of the subject.
  • - Increased productivity.
  • - Memorizing.
  • - Summarizing.

Use it in spines

You should divide in brief ideas the information you are going to study to really learn it. Chunking is more about finding repeated patterns in the data you are about to process than just writing shorter ideas. Categorization with hashtags is useful, too.

connection


How does it work?

When you connect the information you want to learn with previous knowledge you are making sense of the former, but you are also re-learning the latter. Connecting different kinds of information is the main job of your brain and the better way to learn what you want.

Useful for

  • - Complete understanding of the subject.
  • - Consolidating knowledge.
  • - Memorizing.
  • - Skill acquisition.

Use it in spines

Spines allows you to connect your ideas and materials between them. Linking different ideas or materials together is as easy as clicking on their connector. If you include ideas in any of your materials, Spines automatically creates connections for them.

focus


How does it work?

Concentrating your attention on just one task is a requeriment to enter a state of flow where learning can be much more productive in a shorter amount of time. Focused study time is a key element to your learning success.

Useful for

  • - Consolidating knowledge.
  • - Increased productivity.
  • - Personal growth.

Use it in spines

The Spines interface and workflow is designed to let you immerse in your study subjects and minimize distractions to achieve an optimal learning environment. Get straight to work, laser-focused.

growth


How does it work?

You can't fill up your brain, nobody has ever done it. You can learn without limits, specially if you keep revisiting and reusing your knowledge in new ways and contexts.

Useful for

  • - Complete understanding of the subject.
  • - Personal growth.
  • - Progress assesment.
  • - Skill acquisition.

Use it in spines

Keep revising and improving the information you have stored in Spines. Update your ideas, materials and connections with new thoughts and more complete descriptions. Use your archive of past studies as research materials for your new ones. Never stop growing.

motivation


How does it work?

Goal setting and progress tracking is a great motivator and an efficient measure of your personal growth. Knowing how much you are improving places you in a virtuous circle of personal growth.

Useful for

  • - Personal growth.
  • - Skill acquisition.

Use it in spines

Tracking of your progress is automatically logged with easy to read indicators on every one of your paths. See how far you have gone and keep a record of your efforts in every one of your paths.

Spines For Education

Spines is a powerful learning tool and a better way to attain real knowledge. Flexible enough to use in any kind of learning endeavour, Spines helps the students to perform and the teachers to instruct.

Spines integrates seamlessly with university courses and nurtures the organization, teamwork and personal development that is often required for learning. Find out how Spines can help you and your institution.

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