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. …

Memory grandmasters

There are many memory grandmasters. To qualify for memory grandmaster one must complete 3 trials: 10 decks cards in one hour, 1000 numbers in one hour and one card deck in 2 min, not necessarily all in one tournament. There are further standard memory events, like memorizing 200 random words in 10 min or learn 60 …

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 …

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 …

Why you should take 1:1 with Anna

We invest significant efforts to make all the resources you need to learn readily available.  However,  there is only so much a reasonable person can learn all alone or even in a workbook. 1:1 skype lessons with Anna [notice, it is paid and not cheap] is the most effective way to learn. Usually, I say that …

Information diet

Information diet is a new idea that is challenging the way we consume information in post-PC society. For example this article claims 7 secrets of limiting distraction and becoming more productive. Personally, while I disagree with this approach, I do recommend some caution with information intake. Our brain was not designed to digest the information …

Speed is the new intelligence

This great post by Dilbert creator argues that speed is the new intelligence. Is that really true? The intelligence discussed by Scott Adams has to do with common sense and big numbers. Technology facilitate access to people, ability to generate and test ideas, access to supporting information and knowledge. Simply by using information technology properly …

Commit to superlearning mastery

When our students start their training we ask them to sate their goals in terms of reading speed and retention. Once the student qualifies (800wpm 80% retention), he/she is encouraged to set and pursue any new goals. For those graduates, that still feel the need to improve their superlearning I suggest to pursue mastery. Mastery …