Magical thinking and how we persuade ourselves

Magical thinking is one of the most potent cognitive biases. Of all people in the world, it is easiest for us to lie to ourselves. This self-deception may help us remain strong in times of great danger and uncertainty, and it may also lead to our downfall in times of prosperity and stability. In this …

Seven Ways That Make Your Writing Funnier

Indifference and boredom are just the opposite of what we teach. If you can write in a funny way, you can think and visualize in a funny way and remember better. If you can make a provoking argument and get an emotional reaction, it will help you remember. This particular guest post by William Grigsby shows …

Healthy nootropics

Typically I do not advocate for or against nootropics. Some of the nootropics may call stomach issues, and some may influence the mood. I have tried several food supplements and I routinely use some very simple and generic products, which are healthy in small portions. Recently I have been approached by Chris from Cognitune who …

Seven Surefire Ways to Learn a Second Language without Leaving Your House

From the language of the title you understand it is a guest post. Learning languages has always been one of the inspirations of our students. Usually, we provide in-depth analysis of specific aspects of language learning, and now it is our pleasure to provide the overview as it is perceived by one of the market …

Laws of training

Accelerated learning is somewhat similar to athletic training. We learn new things, train specific groups of skills, and then we need to transfer the generic learning skills to very particular tasks we handle. For today, I have chosen articles here, here, here, here, here, and here. Does accelerated learning apply to what I do? This …

Tips on exercising your brain

We address memory training quite seriously and have many different exercises on our site. In this post, I want to share some training tips inspired by this, this, this and this articles. Specific and generic training If you research a subject or write a code, you do many different and seemingly unconnected tasks. It is …

Strategic studying

There are many reasons to study. Some people study to get a degree and find a job. Others study because of their curiosity. When we study to fill in the gap in our capabilities and reach a bigger goal, I would call it a strategic studying. Here I discuss the way I handle strategic studying. …

Phonological awareness

This post was built in a very unusual way. Anna shared with me some of here thoughts and asked me to write a post to clarify the issues. I performed a short research starting with wikipedia and found more professional publications here,here, here, here and here. Sounds and letters Simply put, phonological awareness is the …

Mnemonics for children

When working with children we prefer audio mnemonics to visualization. Audio mnemonics tend to be slower, but easier to use and more stable for long-term memorization. Ten years old is the perfect age to memorize texts. A healthy and creative 10 years old will always find something nasty and funny in the text, will play …

Spaced repetition apps

Our friend and partner Gabriel Wyner is launching a new kickstarter project aimed at creating a language learning app for spaced repetition. VISIT THIS LINK which was built just for you, my readers, to participate in the project. Below I will explain about different spaced repetition apps and what makes Gabriel’s app special. Spaced repetition principles When …