Superlearning for programmers: code maintenance

There are many ways speedreading can help a programmer. The first time I wished I could speedread was back in he year 2000, when I had to maintain a code of 1mil lines. Back then I could not speedread, and eventually could not fix all the problems I made in time. The product did not …

Mental placeholders

When reading text we often generate placeholders within the text. While regular students use a marker to highlight the text and sticky notes to find the place within the text, it can be too slow and not very elegant for a superlearner. Instead we use mental placeholders. Apparently Anna and I developed the same methods …

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 …

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 …

Prereading and reading tactics

We are strong proponents of pre-reading, yet the issue is only briefly mentioned in our course. There is a good reason for it. There is no one good prereading strategy, but several recommended strategies for various scenarios. Instead of discussing various pros and cons I will describe “a day in my life”. My days are …

Book exercise

In Anna’s course all the students occasionally read and memorize the same books. A typical book would be this book. It is very suited for speedreading: not too long, not too short, lots of details supported by common knowledge, informative and popular, simple but well-formulated text, short saccades. Try to train speedreading on this book …

Adapting reading style to material

Recently I was asked a strange question “How do you read something you are not interested in remembering?”. Originally I dismissed the question as unreasonable, but after some analysis I decided that the question is very good and deserves a proper response. When constructed this course we focus on people reading the material in order …

10 tips for speedreading

Jonathan is planning to publish several speedreading tips in lifehacker.uk. While we are waiting patiently for approval, here are alternative tips by yours truly. Knowledge is intoxicating. Knowledge feeds our imagination, give us mental strength and resilience, fuels modern technology and economy – it is a key component of making us truly human (and possibly …

Good and bad multitasking when reading

Some of our students point to Eyal Ophir’s work to demonstrate that multitasking is bad. While we do not argue with dangers of bad multitasking, we provide several concepts and training exercises that reduce the damage caused my multitasking. There is a big difference between true multitasking (e.g. dealing with several issues at the same …