Analytical skills and superlearning

When teaching the advanced material of high-level visualization we put a great emphasis on analytical skills.  This skill is required to eliminate introduction of false knowledge. False knowledge is generated when we build inaccurate markers not supported by text. We teach to eliminate false markers only after the students can generate and replace visualiations without …

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 …

Using visual markers for everyday situations

Visual markers are useful not only for superlearning, but also for everyday life.  Visual markers are a simple and effective mnemonic device for almost any everyday situation. The example of not finding your keys is getting really old, yet we will mention it once again. If you lost your keys, it means you did not …

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 …

Speed-writing

I promised to explain a bit the super-writing idea. During my PhD I had a class on scientific writing. During the class the professor was focused on various ways of speeding up word processors and blind typing, but some of the lectures were actually useful. He explained that you write the document once, but hundreds …

Spaced repetitions toolset

We teach spaced repetition all the  time, yet I do not know how to make them a generic tool for every student. The main challenge here is finding balance between effort of learning, complexity of the material and motivation to know. Yet it does not matter which strategy you choose, you can use the same …

How to prioritize content?

I read a text at high speed, much higher than the speed that allows 100% retention, and this means that some of the content I read I do not retain. Even more when I am stressed or in a hurry.  How do I choose what I want to remember and what I want to skip? …

Hyper-linking: remembering and analyzing huge amounts of information

Hyper-linking is a technology of the internet age.  The resulting data structure is a sparse graph – probably the most versatile and compact form to encode information. The basic premises is very simple. You have an article. Each time you see an interesting word in this article you try to find other articles that use …

Remembering dates and numbers

Many of our students love to read historical material. Almost any field of knowledge has its own history. History comprises of historical processes, heroic leaders, some interesting statistics, and lots of names, dates and numbers. The discussion below deals with remembering dates and numbers. Mario Laf  Remembering dates I have read that using dates with …

Developing your personal style

Quite often I urge the students to develop their personal style, but occasionally I wonder if they understand what I mean. Below are some examples. Each examples has its strengths and weaknesses,  and you should focus on those that fit your own style. Technocrat This is one of my favourite styles. I produce stylized markers …