Remembering people and names

Remembering names is kind of a must in any superlearning scenario. This is something I do not actively practice, so I delayed this post as much as possible. It is known that ability to remember names will help you in life. In Anna’s course there was a 2-hours module of remembering names, until at some …

Key numbers method

Key numbers was the first real memory method Anna explained to me. It is generalization of story method for more complex structures. It is recommended to train this method with lists of linked items. The idea is very simple. We keep each story between 5 and 20 items connected by some sort of funny animation. …

Practicing while traveling

Some of our students ask if you had any recommendations or tips for practicing while traveling. While you could proceed with regular training, we urge you to benefit form the learning experience in a different way. Traveling is a great opportunity to learn. When traveling we are outside of our comfort zone, we explore new …

Anna explains markers

Anna always says that Jonathan and myself do not provide enough details for our markers. Below is a true conversation between Anna and a student whom we will call KL recorded at Anna’s Skype session. Please notice the following aspects: Use of 5WH questions Importance of prereading Visualize the marker at the end of reading …

How many repetitions for long term retention?

Some students ask how many repetitions are required to memorize something. Long ago I was told that seven repetitions make us remember almost anything. But now I am ready to add some science to it. Basically I follow the logic of this article. Our neurons are hard-wired to forget something with roughly exponential speed. We …

My personal hyperlinking format

I have been asked repeatedly how I add new content to my existing knowledge, so I will disclose the exact imagery I use for hyperlinking. I use several forms of hyperlinking, and select the form most suitable to the current document. For structured information that follows accurate logical order I use some sort of combination …

Learning to forgive and forget

We spend most of our time teaching people how to remember stuff. Occasionally students do not want to remember, but instead they want to forget. Many (all?) of us have dramatic or unpleasant experiences in our life that shape us as people and hunt us in our dreams. More often than not during our life …

High level visualization: Gaming and mental templates

I am using my own version of loci method I call “high-level visualization”, which is more of a game than a house. I have wrote several articles about this before. Here I address this method from a different angle. The loci method enables accurate memorization of huge amount of information. Most of memory champions use …

Visualizing numbers

Many of our students go blank when viewing numbers, tables and formulas. Some they have necessary skills to understand the math, but cannot make it vivid enough. Here I address this and additional reasons. Short numbers. The simplest sort of a problem with numbers is a lack of interest. For me it is hard to remember …