Simplifying texts

Occasionally texts or paragraphs are just too dense or too complex to be understood as written, and then we need to analyse them for our convenience. This is an example of metrics for text complexity. Rewording Some texts contain long and complex words, including words we do not fully understand. In this scenario, we can …

Doodling at school and at work will boost your productivity

Once in a while we write about doodling (or freestyle annotation) and its benefits. Students drawing in their papers where mistreated by generations of teachers. They were asked to focus, to stop fooling around and to listen to the teachers. However, the human spirit is stronger than education fashions, and student persistently doodled in school …

Keytostudy as a lifestyle choice

What is KeyToStudy for me? Simply put, KeyToStudy is a daring new lifestyle that pushes the boundaries of human intellect, and it does so until the practitioner feels evolved – in the true sense of the word. That is a bold statement to make, we know, but it is backed by results. Results which are …

Active reading: SQ3R system and preread-read-analyze cycle.

We teach our students to preread, read and reread without stating where we learnt it ourselves. To fix this injustice I introduce so called SQ3R system that is commonly used in US schools. Survey. We also call this prereading. Usually we skim or scan the content before we read it to prepare our mind for …

Is being smart worth it?

This is the list of some of the smartest people in the world. Some of them are extremely successful, others provoke more pity than awe. Probably as long as your IQ is below 160, the smarter you are the more successful you will be. IQ is influenced by many factors, not all of them in …

Superlearner story: Jason

This is yet another true superlearner story. Please notice that the name has been changed for privacy reasons, but most other facts are true. Jason is easily excited. He is excited to help people, to build something new and to change his own life. He is excited to do physical activity and to talk before …

Persistence, curiosity, empathy

What are the values that you plan to pass to your children? How will these values affect their lives? This article implies that values of persistence, curiosity and empathy generate better students and more successful professionals. Let us try to understand why. Persistence Persistence is the key to success. If you set up a goal …

Superlearner story: Ron

This is another true superlearner story of a person whom I taught personally. The name is changed, but the facts are mostly true. Ron is an exceptional person. He is a corporate lawyer, intelligent, dedicated and very creative. When he was tested by Anna she asked me to work with him. Usually I work only …

How to be a better student

Recently I started using reddit, answering all those students who look for extra advantage in their classes. Soon I understood that speedreading and memory technique alone will not work. I ended up giving this advise: (1) Be healthy. Eat healthy food, sleep 6-8 hours per day, drink ~3 cups of coffee, meditate/do sport. (2) Be …

Superlearner story: Marina

The stories of various people we teach may prove interesting to you. While we change the names, most of other facts are true. Probably some of you will recognize some of the people behind the stories. We ask you not to disclose their identity. The first superlearner whom we can tell about we will call …