How I developed my reading strategy

Today I got this mail from Scott Young discussing a trade-off between quality and what he calls smoothness. Since this is an issue commonly addressed by my friends, I will tell my own lessons on choosing which books to read and how. When I was a kid I was banned from reading books. This is …

Superlearner project management tricks

One of the easiest examples of memorization is a way to visualize to do list. In fact if you ever completed linked list exercise, you can group your tasks together and remember 16-20 tasks for a long time without forgetting them. The real question here is what else should a superlearner do with his tasks? Do …

Is being smart worth it?

This is the list of some of the smartest people in the world. Some of them are extremely successful, others provoke more pity than awe. Probably as long as your IQ is below 160, the smarter you are the more successful you will be. IQ is influenced by many factors, not all of them in …

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 …

What should a superlearner learn?

Occasionally I want to know the answer to one simple question: what should superlearner learn? Being able to learn pretty much anything are you supposed to be a super-expert on some specific subject or have well-rounded skillset. Here is what I came up with, and I will love to get your feedback. I recommend selecting …

Superlearner story: Jason

This is yet another true superlearner story. Please notice that the name has been changed for privacy reasons, but most other facts are true. Jason is easily excited. He is excited to help people, to build something new and to change his own life. He is excited to do physical activity and to talk before …

Persistence, curiosity, empathy

What are the values that you plan to pass to your children? How will these values affect their lives? This article implies that values of persistence, curiosity and empathy generate better students and more successful professionals. Let us try to understand why. Persistence Persistence is the key to success. If you set up a goal …

5 Practical Applications of Your SuperLearner Abilities

Perhaps one of the most interesting and common little “issues” I think about with a lot of SuperLearning skills is the issue of usability. Indeed, some of the most skilled and advanced SuperLearners (and also the most famous, after the publication of Joshua Foer’s bestselling book Moonwalking with Einstein) out there are the competitors in …

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 …