Chinese visualizations vs English mnemonics

Different languages and cultures develop different parts of our brains and personality. For example, Asians are more introvert than Europeans etc. For me, it seems that Chinese is just the opposite of English. Since I do not know Chinese and do not have enough motivation to actually learn it, I rely on experience of other …

Programming psychology

A friend of mine was dreaming of writing the first book about programming psychology, and after a year of collecting anecdotal material he found out there is more than one book on the subject. This sounds strange and stupid, but smart people try to reinvent the wheel even more often than people who are not …

Focus control

When learning, focusing may be quite hard there are several reasons for it, and several strategies to bring the focus to the subject at hand. People with attention-deficit (ADHD) and emotional problems may occasionally need some extra help to regain focus, including breathing exercises and medicine. Fatigue Quite often focus drifting away is quite natural. …

Distributed practice

There are several ways of generating long-term retention. Distributed practice is the most natural way to achieve this. We do not need any additional mnemonic devices: we just need to space our learning sessions intelligently and quiz ourselves. How does this work? If we want to remember something for years, we need many exposures to …

Making your own story

A good way to generate long-term retention is building a great story. Our autobiographical memory is usually very good, and we remember the stories we own for a long time. This post has been inspired by this, this and this articles. Who should use it? Most of us can remember stories very well. Some of …

Productive failure

We are not as open minded as we would love to think. Sometimes only a resounding failure can trigger a learning experience. This and this articles inspired me to write the post. Learning is not always good. If we would learn and relearn everything, question any piece of knowledge we have, we would not be …

Overlearning

The theory of overlearning is complex, the implementation of overlearning is very simple. You learn something till you get nearly 100% score, take some rest and then you learn it some more to get nearly 100% score the next time you need to use your skill. In other words, if you simply learn something and …

Increasing your creativity

What can I do to increase my creativity? Many people think creativity is some sort of magic skill: you are either born with it or not. The truth is very far from this misconception. There are systematic methods to increase personal creativity and anyone can learn them. Some components of creativity are psychological, some are …

Using flash cards

Using regular visualization methods, we can remember something for days, but we will forget the information eventually unless we review the information from variors perspectives or use additional methodology for long-term retention. When we need to remember something for years and years we have several choices. One of the more popular solutions are flash cards. …

Practice gratitude to your teachers

One of the easy ways to become a better and happier human being is practicing gratitude. The subject is large, and I want to touch it very briefly. Since we deal with learning, I suggest practicing gratitude to people who teach you. Great teachers While we think that formal education is broken, there are still …