Superlearner life balance

Finding a balance in one’s life is difficult for everyone, but is is even more so for superlearner. Having the ability to learn virtually anything extremely fast puts an extra strain on the curiosity. Recently I had a meeting with Jonathan. Since reaching higher superlearning abilities he reads less (not more!). I asked him why. Jonathan …

I can’t visualize fast enough for my reading speed.

Well, this is the ugly truth. Nobody can visualize fast enough for their reading speed. That is if we visualize each and every word. However, why would we visualize each and every word? For some tasks we define the goal as 100% retention. It could be learning a new language, or learning a poem or …

Using search engines for research

We have a specific set of lessons regarding usage of search engines. But rather than concentrating on the technical subjects of web search, in this article I want to address come creative aspects. When we try to search for answers it is interesting to consider the issue from various perspectives: the issue we are looking …

Prepare-read-analyze cycle

Our working memory is limited. Our eye movement is limited. Our multitasking ability is very limited. Even the ability to generate associations is limited. We invest a lot of effort into improving our performance in each skill, but we often forget to improve our capabilities when using all of these skills together. Anna has many names …

Superlearning: are there any limitations?

After reaching 1000wpm at 80% comprehension a superlearner feels that he/she owns the world and that the sky is the limit. But wait for  a month or two and there is  disappointment “I reached my limit?”, rationalization “I do not need to read any faster?”, bargaining “Can I read with the same speed in a …

High-level visualization

When you learn visual markers you also learn visualization skills. At the beginning the visualization is weak, good enough to produce schematic objects, then the objects become alive highly detailed and animated, until finally you can imagine whole landscapes. The skill of imagining in great details whole landscapes is very valuable. If you love fantasy/sci-fi …

Working with your working memory

How  intelligent you are in a great part is determined by the capacity of your working memory. The working memory of most people is between 5 and 9 objects, meaning that with a very high chance the size of your working memory is 7. To be sure you can test yourself.  It is tempting to …

Critical dimensions in life

So far I tried to keep most of the post pretty much centred along the superlearning axis of visualization-speedreading-knowledge. However  occasionally I plan to look at things from wider perspectives. Today I want to express the way I feel about certain things in my life, or human life in general. People do have other very …

Having problems concentrating when reading

Some of our students have problems concentrating over boring or complex texts. I also have similar problem with some challenging texts. What usually works for me is rereading the text using various mindsets. I am asking myself: 1. How can I use this information? 2. Why is it different from common knowledge? 3. What is …

Having fun with visual markers

One of the things we teach is having fun with visualization. We show plenty of examples, and then the students always say: “I am not that creative”. Well, guess what – nobody is THAT creative. We learn to be creative with markers, we are not born this way. The first thing Anna usually teaches after …