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 …

Adapting reading style to material

Recently I was asked a strange question “How do you read something you are not interested in remembering?”. Originally I dismissed the question as unreasonable, but after some analysis I decided that the question is very good and deserves a proper response. When constructed this course we focus on people reading the material in order …

Getting stuck with visualization

About 1% of our students get stuck with visualization. They either cannot get into the visualization mode and see pitch black, or they cannot get out of visualization mode and experience vivid hallucinations. In both cases, they need to address this course creatively. If you have trouble getting into visualization, this may mean that your …

Advanced memorization exercise

Many of you have wondered how to memorize abstract notions. I suggest to do this together. Take this article. It should be important for virtually any superlearner, since it explains why smart people make mistakes. Now, use your markers skills to remember everything in the article. Take your time – there are many markers to …