Patterns in history: War and weather

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I love history. When learning history, I try to capture long-term patterns and remember events through these patterns. Unlike conspiration theorists, I do not assume these patterns have meaning beyond mnemonic devices. And then again… 9/11 and temperature History is full of patterns. Some of these patterns are real, others are like objects we tend …

Learn to speedread better from synchronous translation

Language is one of the primary tools in any career. We use language to formulate ideas, collaborate, express ourselves, and inspire others. There is a group of people who use language differently and spectacularly.  Moreover, all of us can learn from them. These are the professionals involved in synchronous translation. Read more here, here, here, and …

Is my visualization memorable?

Coming up with good visualizations is either very easy or very hard depending on the subjects. Here are some guidelines. Meaningful The visualization needs to have some meaning for you. If you cannot define what you visualize, or the visualization generates “who cares” or “I am confused” emotions, you need to change something. The visualizations …

Reading and memory misconceptions

brain misconceptions

Here I want to address the common misconceptions of my students. Do not be surprised if you have some of them. Hope this will help you.   Visualization It is enough to memorize one word per paragraph to remember the text. Usually, this comes from the understanding of keywords (markers) as a text summary and …

Do we trust science?

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The premise of science was a methodological search for the truth and the nature of the universe. Faith or philosophy claims something to be true because it was claimed by authorities and is logically consistent. Science uses the scientific method and claims to predict the outcome of events. Science is valid as long as the …

Serious people have serious problems

Many of my students complain that the harder they try, the slower their progress becomes. Let it go. It is counterintuitive to be calm and focused on things that are of crucial importance. Yet, this might be the best formula for success. In this article, I will try to explain how to get into this …

Restarting training

So you had an issue and needed to restart training. This happens to 20% of my students. Now try to leverage the situation! Hell with shame People have the prejudice that failing once or trice should mean something.  In fact, many highly successful people failed dozens of times in a row without giving up. If …

Successful students organize notes

This looks like no brainer:  students should organize their notes.  Then why so few students effectively organize their notes? For several years I asked myself and my students. In this article, I will share what I found. For more reading, you can check the links here, here, here, here, here, and here. My own experience Before …

Remove invisible obstacles while training

If you do not progress as you should have, there might be obstacles you failed to notice. What kind of obstacles are we talking about and what can be done to remove them? Not enough training This should be quite obvious. To see progress one should train and invest effort. I am not talking about …

Become a polymath in 5 simple steps

I think I qualify for a polymath, and if I was able to do this you can also do this quite easily. The recipe is very simple: learn the stuff you passionate about and implement the stuff you learned. Implementation is more complex due to time limitations. For more reading, see articles here, here, here, …