The phenomenon that people learn from taking a piece of information, using it and making it their own.

This effect seems equivalent to the concept active recall, which similarly improves learning efficacy. Another relevant approach is the Feynman Technique, which you might see as an application of the generation effect / active recall.

Implementing the Generation Effect

You can implement the generation effect by incorporating various habits, focusing on implementing knowledge after it is gained

  • write notes
    • focus on deduction and distillation, not just simple summarisation
  • apply concepts
    • in topics such as coding, cooking, etc. apply the knowledge you gained to create something new. Write an alternative implementation, or try to tweak the recipe.