Having problems concentrating when reading

Some of our students have problems concentrating over boring or complex texts. I also have similar problem with some challenging texts. What usually works for me is rereading the text using various mindsets. I am asking myself: 1. How can I use this information? 2. Why is it different from common knowledge? 3. What is …

Having fun with visual markers

One of the things we teach is having fun with visualization. We show plenty of examples, and then the students always say: “I am not that creative”. Well, guess what – nobody is THAT creative. We learn to be creative with markers, we are not born this way. The first thing Anna usually teaches after …

Superlearning as a social skill

When we started teaching superlearning skills we soon realized that social interaction improves the learning experience significantly. First of all, everybody thinks slightly differently and there is a lot we can learn from each other. Then, everybody has some issues when learning new habits, seeing other people struggling with the same problems improves determination. Finally, …

Practice smart or suffer headaches

Some of our students occasionally report headaches. There are many sorts of headaches, but they  have one thing in common: wrong technique. There are many common ideas between going to gym and training your brain. Just like bad practice in gym can cause back aches and orthopaedic damage, bad practice with your brain can cause …

Knowledge and its support

This is  a common mistake, a mistake that I do, and I do it even now after many years of training… Taking things that I know for granted…  What facts support our knowledge? What resources do we use? Who are the authority figures behind current paradigm? What was the previous paradigm? Probably nothing is truly …

Brain science and reading

Being an engineer and having some understanding of brain activity, I enjoy comparing brain to an electronic device. Many complex electronic devices I work with have the following 3 elements: CPU to handle complex logic, GPU to analyse a lot of simple and repetitive information in a fast and parallel form and dedicated RTL circuitry …

Extreme multitasking

Recently I was asked how many tasks a person can do at the same time at high level of accuracy. I said “9”. My friend said “there are 7 people in my group, so only 7”. I smiled politely. I can do approximately 9 tasks MYSELF. If I had a team, maybe I could do …

Mindfulness and superlearning wisdom

While superlearning ultimately is a way to gather knowledge, it is not the way to generate wisdom. In one of the future posts we will describe information vs knowledge vs wisdom, but for now we just say that wisdom is a way of using knowledge properly. In fact it is very much alike the difference …

Optical illusions and how the brain tricks us

The first thing we teach in our superlearning classes is brain trickery. We trust our brains without questions and do not suspect them to lie. However, when trying to recreate a whole article from memory we typically start from ~20% retention! In fact we loose much more than we get, unless we train our observation …

Perfectionists’ dilemma

Being a perfectionist is really hard. Nothing short of perfect is just good enough, so everything requires immense efforts. This could work successfully for a kid, but a grown-up needs to balance activities. Having a responsible job we need to balance three simple things: delivery time, quality of work, effort invested. The same three criteria …