Micro PAO

Recently PAO became the default mode of visualization we teach. I will first explain the method as we use it and then why it became so prominent in our materials. Specific markers are trigrams Most of our students have advanced degrees and read complex materials. As materials get increasingly complex, a specific marker becomes a …

Apps and creativity

Some apps help us become smarter and more creative in strange and wonderful ways. Apps and games improve problem solving skills, brain processing speed, visual skills and memory. This post is inspired by reading this article and here. Less interesting reading here,here, here. Problem solving skills It is understandable that playing strategy games we develop …

Fighting age and stress

When we are young and inexperienced we make huge progress. If feels like we will be making the same kind of progress as we get older. Unfortunately this is not true. Our evalutaion of our future self is typically over-optimistic, and as we mature we need to face the consequences. You may read the articles …

Using visualization to improve physical and psychological well-being

Being a superlearner, you have a powerful visualization technique in your toolbox. It is only reasonable to ask what this toolbox can be used for other than learning. The answer is somewhat complex and very exciting. Today I will talk about the healing power of your visualizations. This article is a sort of an overview …

Jokes and memorization

For many people, humor is a serious matter. When used with proper care humor can release tension, improve productivity, generate long-term memories, and make us enjoy stepping out of our comfort zone. April’s fool day is a great day to write a serious article about humor, and I am not going to miss this opportunity. …

Memory palaces of Dr Antony Metivier

This is something new I want to try: in-depth discussions about some prominent figures in superlearning world and their tools. This lecture also comes with a free valuable resource you can use from Dr. Anthony Metivier: the free memory improvement kit. Also, this has been an amazing year for Dr. Anthony Metivier. Read all about …

Number pyramid game

Chunking is not a simple skill to master. One exercise to learn chunking is number pyramid. The game is a bit hard to understand, so I will explain it slowly. We generate the number pyramid by writing random digits. These digits are then summed pair-wise. See e.g. this page. As a result, we get a …

Revealing your state of mind by handwriting

Many memory specialists, including Anna and Anthony Metivier, recommend taking notes and writing flash cards using your handwriting. When we review our handwritten notes, we remember not just the information we needed, but also some information regarding our personal associations when writing the notes. While some of the cues we use are vague, some follow …

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 …

Forgetting and relearning

We learn many things. Some things we use repeatedly and remember them even better. Some things become irrelevant, so we need to adapt and relearn them. Other things we simply forget. Do the things we forgot haunt our memories? This post is inspired by this article. The long term memory and the short term memory …