Here's the description of a process which I call "loopback teaching":
- First, I learn something the "normal" way, e.g. by reading or watching.
- I imagine a person or multiple people which I think may be interested in the topic. If there are no such people I know of, I just imagine I'm reading a lecture to some abstract audience.
- I explain the topic in a way I would do that in real life. I can imagine some kind of presentation (with slides or on a whiteboard), which I go through in a sequence, mostly without skipping. I use my internal speech in mostly the same way I do that when speaking out loud in real life in similar situations.
I noticed I started doing this back when I was at school, and much later I found out that other people use different forms of this technique, or something very similar.
There are multiple related things I know of:
- Rubber duck debugging, or generally explaining something to inanimate object
- Learning by teaching, or generally explaining something you wish to learn to another people
My questions are:
- Is there a name for this study technique?
- Is this related to speech internalization? If so, how? Is there any studies on that subject? In the example above I internalize a dialogue instead of a monologue, and this seems similar to how children internalize their private monologue at the age of 7 years (if I'm not mistaken).