Dual coding theory and practice

Classical dual coding theory involves simultaneous usage of visual and audio processing of information. It is practiced to improve our long-term memorization and creativity. This is a basic article that concerns any learning activity. I thought I wrote it ages ago, and I then could not find the text. So I will write a new …

Activities that will make you smarter

You can create your own training routine, improving it with exercises that work for you. These exercises may be highly unconventional. When I was learning, the exercises that worked best for me were memorizing sequences of colored lights and hidden object games – you will not find these games in now official resources. This article …

Increasing your creativity

What can I do to increase my creativity? Many people think creativity is some sort of magic skill: you are either born with it or not. The truth is very far from this misconception. There are systematic methods to increase personal creativity and anyone can learn them. Some components of creativity are psychological, some are …

Noticing your progress vs measuring it

To which extent can we notice our progress and to which extent do we need to monitor it? Our mind is full of biases and not to be trusted, however if we focus entirely on measurements we may loose something precious that forgot to measure. I will tell tales of two students and then we …

Do mental math

Read about Trachtenberg system for mental math. Now choose a random number. Start with 5 digits, with time try to upgrade to longer numbers. Do mental computations. Expected effects: faster and better working memory access, improvement of mathematical tasks. No program or tools required: everything can be done in your head. Beginner level Multiply by …

Mental math

Use THIS TEST and then read below. Long before the age of computers, people used to calculate in their heads. There were many methods of mental math that allow astonishing math deeds. As it is in our age, computers can crunch numbers much better than humans. Yet som dedicated sportsmen still train to excel in …

Marker dictionary

Occasionally you will need to make a marker dictionary. This method is typically required for medical and legal students, because the terms they use may be so abstract and complex that no reasonable markers can be created spontaneously. To some extent, large quantity of number memorization (via major system/PAO) or memorization of foreign words (via …

Dreaming and memory

Long term memory is closely related to sleep. When we sleep our short term memory is basically copied into our long term memory. If somebody is not sleeping enough trying to prepare for exam, this a huge mistake. After several days everything will be forgotten and days of practice lost. There are ways of improving …

Using Webinars and Peer coaching

When we decide to generate the Mastermind coaching groups, there were two major exclusive benefits we wanted to add. These are webinars and peer coaching. Both options look very trivial in the first glance, yet they are very complex to hack for your maximal benefit. The basic need any of our students experiences during his …

The 30 days training schedule

Some of our students only have 30 days to prepare. What can be achieved in 30 days and how can it be trained? Week 1: Learning the basics For the best results try to make 4 sessions per day, ~30 min each. First 8 sessions do only option 1, afterwards alternate option 1 and option …