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Imagine you are a detective trying to solve a mystery. You have a suspect in mind, but you don’t have enough evidence to prove that they are guilty. So, you start asking them questions to see if their answers match up with the facts. If they say something that doesn’t make sense or contradicts what you know, you ask more questions to get to the truth. This is similar to how Socrates used questioning to help his interlocutors develop their understanding

The Socratic Method is a question-and-answer-based dialogue format used to seek truth and knowledge. It is named after the teaching style of the ancient Greek philosopher Socrates. The Socratic method allows us to clearly define our beliefs, test their consistency, and deduce their general laws. The Socratic Method also stimulates our critical thinking, encouraging us to continually ask questions and investigate rather than settle for answers.

The Socratic method, in stark contrast to rote learning, emphasizes the art of questioning. By seeking answers to various doubts and raising further questions based on those answers, learners can naturally form their own knowledge framework. This process helps solidify knowledge and significantly enhances its practical application. Moreover, the method’s emphasis on questioning is closely linked to the application of acquired skills. As a result, learners become more adept at applying knowledge, fostering a lifelong learning mindset.

At BearBei, we have integrated the Socratic method into our app. When you add a flashcard, you can directly ask our AI for help and save the answer to the flashcard. If you have more questions about the answer, you can immediately add another flashcard and continue your inquiry.

Imagine this: you're in a college course and come across an unfamiliar concept while the professor continues lecturing. It can be quite cumbersome to switch between multiple apps to find answers and record them for future review. At BearBei, we’ve solved this problem for you.

For example, let's say you're studying in the library, enjoying the nourishment of knowledge, when you encounter an unfamiliar vocabulary word or concept. All you need to do is open the BearBei app on your phone, create a flashcard, use our AI to ask your question, and get an immediate answer that can be saved with just one click. Moreover, when you’re ready to take the bus home, you can pull out our app anytime and review the content you just learned with its cute yet modern UI design.

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First, let's talk about a learning theory called the 'Diffuse Mode.'

Researchers have found that our brains have two completely different thinking modes: focused mode and diffuse mode. We're all familiar with 'focused' mode, where you concentrate intensely on something and try to learn or understand it. But we don't know much about the diffuse mode. The diffuse mode is actually a more relaxed way of thinking, associated with a series of neural resting states.

In this diffuse mode of thinking, you can look at things from a very different, broad perspective. You can let your thoughts roam freely, forming those random connections that are crucial for creativity. It's like opening a new pathway in your brain, allowing you to travel on new neural pathways and create new neural connections.

So, when we encounter difficulties in learning or working and our minds feel confused, we can actually try to relax ourselves and let our brains enter this diffuse mode. This not only helps us break out of our existing thought patterns and see the big picture of problems but may also lead us to find answers to problems at the most unexpected moments.

Therefore, rest is not idleness but an important opportunity for the brain to switch to the diffuse mode for deep thinking and internalizing knowledge. So, rest is the key to truly internalizing knowledge.

Imagine you're a farmer, and your farm is filled with ripe tomatoes. Your task is to harvest these tomatoes throughout the day, but you can't harvest too much at once, or you'll exhaust yourself. So, you decide to harvest every 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. That's the basic concept of the Pomodoro Technique.

Now, apply this concept to your learning or work. Your 'tomatoes' are the tasks or content you need to complete. You focus on one task every 25 minutes (that's one 'Pomodoro') and then take a 5-minute break. After completing four 'Pomodoros,' you can take a longer break, like 15-30 minutes.

At BearBei, we've also incorporated this learning technique into our app. In the top right corner of the website, you'll see a clock-style icon floating there. You can use it to start the Pomodoro timer, whether you want to use it for reviewing our flashcards or reading your own books!

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Learning is a complex process, and humans are incredibly complex beings. In the field of education, 'personalization' has always been our goal. Despite the widespread use of 'factory-style education' in many countries in the past, personalization has become our most important reform target with the changing times.

Personalized learning, as the name suggests, aims to help each learner find the learning methods that best suit their individual needs. However, achieving personalized learning is an extremely challenging task as it requires significant resources. Even in the era of AI, with the assistance of AI tutors, achieving perfect personalized learning still requires more effort.

Nevertheless, BearBei still hopes to provide better support for personalized learning. In addition to the AI features we introduced in the Socratic Method, we also hope to combine MBTI (16 Personality Types) to explore more possibilities.

MBTI has become a common topic in social discussions. We are contemplating how to utilize this widely accepted theory to assist learners. If all goes well, we hope to develop more related features. Currently, we plan to use the 16 Personality Types information we have collected to recommend learning methods to everyone.

Next, let's introduce the theory of the 16 Personality Types.

The 16 Personality Types is a classification method based on the MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) theory. MBTI is a psychological measurement tool used to assess and describe people's psychological tendencies and personality traits. Here is a brief introduction to the 16 personality types:

  1. INTP (The Logician): They are innovative problem solvers, adept at theory and abstract thinking.
  2. INTJ (The Architect): They are imaginative and strategic thinkers, everything is meticulously planned.
  3. ENTP (The Debater): They are smart and curious thinkers who won't give up on any intellectual challenge.
  4. ENTJ (The Commander): They are bold, imaginative, and strong-willed leaders who always find or create solutions.
  5. ENFJ (The Protagonist): They are charismatic and inspiring leaders with the ability to captivate their audience.
  6. INFJ (The Advocate): They are quiet and mysterious, simultaneously inspiring and tireless idealists.
  7. INFP (The Mediator): They are poetic, kind-hearted altruists who always passionately help for a just cause.
  8. ENFP (The Campaigner): They are passionate, creative, and socially outgoing free spirits who always find a reason to smile.
  9. ESFP (The Entertainer): They are spontaneous, energetic, and enthusiastic performers - life around them is never dull.
  10. ISFP (The Adventurer): They are flexible and charming artists, always ready to explore and experience new things.
  11. ISTP (The Virtuoso): They are bold and practical experimenters, skilled in using any form of tools.
  12. ESTP (The Entrepreneur): They are smart, energetic, and perceptive individuals who genuinely enjoy living on the edge.
  13. ISFJ (The Defender): They are highly focused and warm protectors of their loved ones.
  14. ISTJ (The Inspector): They are practical and fact-focused, their reliability is unquestionable.
  15. ESFJ (The Consul): They have a great deal of empathy, love socializing with popular people, and are always eager to help.
  16. ESTJ (The Executive): They excel in managing things or people, unparalleled in management.