Andy Matuschak argues that storytelling is an especially effective way to learn.
Deliberate Practice is especially effective because the repeat stimulation of specific neural pathways speeds up the myelination of those neurons.
When you first start to study a field, it seems like you have to memorize a zillion things. You don’t. What you need is to identify the core principles – generally three to twelve of them – that govern the field. The million things you thought you had to memorize are simply various combinations of the core principles.
— John Reed (see First Principles