Food for your brain

We all kind of know what is the healthy diet for the body, but not for the brain. So I searched for a friendly doctor, and sure enough found a nice diet for brain. The cool thing about this diet: it is also very tasty. So please enjoy. One or two cups of coffee per …

Forgetting as a way to handle traumas

Occasionally we ask ourselves: why do we forget at all? What if we could remember things forever? Apparently forgetting things helps us to deal with traumas. One of the best ways to deal with traumatic experience is rewriting the traumatic memory. Some courage is required, so do not attempt this if you do not have …

Prereading sentences: grammar and meaning

Not every part of a sentence is equally important. When you are prereading/skimming text you need to understand what you are looking for. Is it an event, a definition or a feel? Accordingly you can easily summarize long texts into 1/4 of their original length. The summary words will form the basis of your markers. …

Nature vs nurture

Some of our students wonder regarding nature vs nurture controversy. The subject is very much open. See for example this nice article or these inspiring quotes. I will try to share some of my own experience. Back in 2008 came this amazing book which claimed to determine some of the factors that contribute to high …

Goal setting methodology

Occasionally my students share information that is valuable for everyone studying keytostudy methodology. Below is such a discussion from our Udemy discussion thread, taken as-is and without editing. Orlando Watson    This is just to help people to define their goal in a S.M.A.R.T Way: 1. What is your goal? 2. What would you like …

Brain games and IQ

There are many brain gyms and brain games of various sorts that claim they can make you smarter. Do games increase IQ or Measure IQ? This is hardly scientifically sound. If you play some game, the practice will eventually increase the specific skills required to succeed in the game. After playing the game for a …

Why keytostudy methodology is effective

Occasionally we try to understand why our method works better than reference methods. This and this and some other articles ask a funny question: is speedreading possible at all? The answer is: yes! I know it from my own experience and from experiences of thousands of students.  To achieve this result, we do not apply brute …

Learning new things and getting out of comfort zone

When we need to learn something new we step out of our comfort zone. While some people find it very easy and inspiring, others need to manage the courage. I have overfocus ADHD, which means I have especially hard time accepting changes. One of the reasons I feel such a dire need to know almost …

Effective chunking with 2×2 grid

Memory champion Wang Feng uses a very simple and efficient chunking method. Wang Feng is arguably the fastest mnemonist alive, so his method works. The simplicity of this method is only superficial, and you need a lot of practicing to master it – more than other methods we teach. Influenced by the structure of his …

Jade, superlearner story

Jade was born with a rare gift: photographic memory. While we see people with photographic memory in TV shows, meeting one with real life is extremely rare. Eidetic memory occurs in a small number of children and generally is not found in adults. In fact, there is no clear test for eidetic memory in adults, …