Proposed training schedule

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Almost all of our students on day one want to see the training schedule that will take them to their goal. With the release of the new courses, we decided to migrate to syllabus so that our students do not get confused.


  1. Watch Jonathan’s TED talk.
  2. Take our course. We assume that you take our Udemy course. We also have a course in other languages and non-course options.
    Read our workbook
    For additional clarifications, coupons and support feel free to ask on our Facebook group.
  3. Watch all videos. If you are taking our Udemy course, it may be nice to watch all the videos one after another to get some overview of the material. Do not review TED talks or answer any quiz at this point.

Become Superlearner 2.0/Masterclass training

If you took our second course or masterclass course, you can find a syllabus here.
We will release unique masterclass training resources within the body of the masterclass course.

Become Superlearner 1.0 training

If you took our first course, you can find a syllabus here

Book training

If you did not buy any of our courses, you can still use a complete list of exercises.

Next step

And now the big question: what are you going to do next? May I suggest taking the master course, where you will get much more resources…
Alternatively, you may prefer to take 1:1 Skype training with Anna! Anna will help you build up your personal superlearning style. Please bring links to the materials you usually read. Contact me for details.

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64 Replies to “Proposed training schedule”

  1. This is unbelievable. I mean it literally.

    I signed up for the course a couple of days ago, and I devoured all the lectures in a single day. I can really identify myself with Jonathan’s passion for learning. I have a to-read list of over 3.000 books on Goodreads. I have the desire to enroll and complete five masters, six PhD’s, two more BSc’s, and hundreds of short courses on Coursera, edX, Oxford Online, Stanford Online, etc. But honestly this sounds all but a dream to me. Or only something I would be able to accomplish when I am 80 years old, if I’m that lucky. I mean, I’m a terribly frustrated slow reader. When I first took the test here, I was at 140wpm with 50% retention. That’s nearly dyslexic, I suppose. Granted english is not my mother tongue, but I can read, speak and write pretty fluently in it. I knew I was a slow reader, but this got me frustrated. Then I checked out this Reading Trainer app, by HeKuIT, that somebody recommended on the comments, and took their test. I was at 170wpm with 75% retention. I felt a little better about myself, but still, I am a very slow reader.

    If you allow me to sound childish, I will sometimes daydream and wish someone developed the Matrix brain uploading machine, or that a UFO blasted me a flash of light and I woke up supersmart like John Travolta in Phenomenon. That’s how sci-fi the notion of superlearning sound to me. Finding out about this course got me out of breath last night. Not joking. When I made the calculations of what it would mean to be able to read 1.200wpm with 85-90% retention, I got so excited that I had an episode of tachycardia and hyperventilation. This is really the stuff of sci-fi. I would be able to accomplish everything I want. So this still sounds all too good to be true.

    Anyways, I’m very skeptical, but very willing to do the exercises. I don’t think I’ll be nearly close to 1.000wpm with 85% in just 10 weeks or so. But that’s ok. One thing that makes me a believer is that the techniques you guys are teaching are not easy. They require a lot of REALLY HARD work, and will take a lot of perseverance, and sucking up frustration to get there. So you’re not offering any magic wand. It’s pretty amazing what you’re offering, but it also seems very hard to achieve. So let’s see what happens.

    I am really glad I found out about this course. I only wish I had found out about it 10 years ago. Now, at 33, I feel I’m already late for my own life, and have lots of catching up to do. If I can get to 500wpm at 70% in like 6 months, I will already feel amazed and rewarded.

    I thank you guys for putting up this amazing course, and sharing those techniques. If I can really become a superlearner applying those, you will sure be getting a lot of donations from me.

    Thank you all, so very much.

    Best regards,

      1. Thank you, Lev! I will go slowly, focusing on the process, and the practice. I am really excited about the prospects of applying the techniques. That’s what spiked my anxiety the last couple of days.

        I’ll let you know how I’m making progress, here, or on the Facebook group.

        Best regards,

  2. Hi Lev,I’m a student of high school and I’ve just started taking this fantastic course.I noticed that almost everyone is an adult so I was wondering if this course is useful for me now or I’d better wait.
    Moreover,it’s pretty a mess to understand well what to do,I watched videos until the end of section 3 and this is my first week.So should I stop there for this week practising the week 1 exercise and than continue with the prereading part?Or do you think that it’s more effective watching all lectures before and than started with the six week training?

    1. This course is useful for ages 15-75.
      There are several ways to handle the course schedule and you really need to see what works best for you. Some people watch all the videos to understand the flow, and then re-watch lecture by lecture as they practice.
      Others use Lift applications to guide them step by step.
      Everything you need to know is either on Udemy or on Keytostudy, but not always in the most accessible format.
      People who feel that their progress does not converge sufficiently fast ask for 1:1 with Anna to close the gaps….
      Maybe the right attitude is taking this course as adventure.
      Just see where this journey takes you…

  3. Shalom Dr. Lev,

    I just found the Udemy course and am going through things here. I am a bit confused as to how many of Jonathan’s lectures I should go through in conjunction with the Learning plan from above? I am worried I will go to fast at Udemy and the exercises here will get lost.


    1. Hi,
      This is a very valid question. For now the recommendation is as following:
      1. Listen through all of Jonathan’s lectures
      2. Start training according to keytostudy schedule
      3. Every time you change your training routine revisit the relevalnt lectures
      Hope this works for you.

  4. Hi,

    I am practicing the 3rd week and just started working with texts. I find it hard to understand how to read and create the markers simultaneously. Here are a few questions that I have:

    1) Should I stop for 5-10 seconds (the time it takes me to create a good marker) every time I reach a word worth remembering?

    2) Should I create the best marker I can within 2 seconds and move forward?

    3) Should I stop at the end of every paragraph and try to memorize the paragraph by reverse engineering the markers to words?

    Thank you,

    1. Dear Gil,

      0. This question comes up very often and has been answered several times in the discussions.
      1. Please stop at the end of each paragraph or section (2-5 paragraphs) based on content density and your working memory capacity and generate markers then.
      2. Yes. You can reiterate on your markers after reading the whole article or chapter, but this practice should be minimized to two markers or less – otherwise it causes confusion…
      3. Yes. Please notice that the beginners may create marker per line and revise per paragraphs, whereas advanced students may prefer to create markers per sections (with more details and sub-markers) and revise at the end or article/chapter.

      Hope this helps 🙂

  5. Dr. Lev,

    Question re: week 3 remembering the text paragraph by paragraph –
    Should we recall the information according to comprehension > 90% or actually be memorizing the texts word for word based on visual markers w important words and all numbers & names?

    1. 90%+ including all concepts, names and numbers. Like you would like your doctor/attorney to remember your own case.

    1. Usually it will work, however I do suggest to keep at least 2 weekly sessions at 45 min or more… It takes time to focus, also there will be some exercises that will require more setup…

  6. Dear Lev

    While I’m reading the text and linking markers I find myself sub vocalizing the words, before transforming them into images. I have the feeling that I might be doing something wrong here. Can you please let me know if I’m doing the right thing.

  7. In week three you mention annotating the markers. You refer to it as drawing markers. Is that just writing down the word or phrase along with a few brief linking details. Or is their something else going on there?

    1. Occasionally it makes sense to draw markers to make your thinking process more vivid and controllable. You can also share the markers you draw with your peers, e.g. on our Facebook page. Also the attention you invest when building and drawing markers makes better retention (but clearly lowers speed).

  8. This is a clarification question. During week three, when you say read paragraph by paragraph and remember as many details as possible; does this mean review my markers after each paragraph, making sure I remember as much as possible? Do I want to take this step slowly?

  9. Does the iPad app just allow for the lectures? I started by going through them, and when I logged into the web page I noticed the quizzes. I promise I’m not rushing, just going through the lectures first per the recommendation.
    Thank you, I’m very happy to have fond the course!

    1. I am pretty sure that iPad app should support quizs. I do suggest to restart the device. Then try to find the exact button – google it if you need. If the problem is not solved, please contact udemy support with exact model of the device and iOS version.

  10. Shouldn’t it be “Section 7” in Week 2: Train visualization and memory.
    6 is written, and I don’t think I should be speed reading NOW :P!

  11. Hi,
    When I am going for 2 and 3 sections.I got these question.
    1.I am a highschool student.Should I create marker when learning new thing.if it right when thinking about the same imformation with the markers serval weeks later?
    【 For example:I learned the shape of a pen ,it is long so i made a marker of a long rod.When every time i see the word “pen” i thing about the rod?】
    2.Is it right to use a marker you made before or to make a new one?
    【For example: I saw a car in the street and I made a marker.When I see the word”car” in the book should i use the marker i made?(speed up the reading?)Or making a new marker?】
    3.What’s the meaning of “Try to avoid inserting your own imformation”?.Can’t i imagine i am in my mind using something?
    4.What can i do when learning maths?

    Best regards,

    1. 1. Markers are visual associations. You do not have to create associations for everything, but as you become more experienced the associations will happen automatically.
      2. You can reuse associations, or you can create the new ones. Whatever comes more natural. There is no single bet strategy, but adaptations for specific situations.
      4. I will prepare a series of posts in September. For now see

  12. Hello,

    I am a bit confused, the course syllabus(the small lines after each section) and the Proposed training schedule seems bit different, which one should i follow?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Both are good. If you ask Jonathan – syllabus, if you ask me – proposed schedule. The differences are small and the syllabus is a subset of the proposed schedule.

  13. I’m extending my first week of proposed training to 3 weeks in order to get on my daily schedule.

    Should I make any changes to my usual training.

    1. Not really. The week in the schedule are not the same for everyone. Take your time, do not rush until your are ready.

  14. Hi Lev, I would like to start out by saying thanks to you and your wife, and jonathan, for taking the time to compile this course. I am a 26 y/o male and have just started studying again at university after 10 years of any form of institutionalized education. I have just started watching the lectures today, and I am extremely excited to learn the techniques and and see how this course will be of benefit. I’m expecting very big things, thankyou for instilling hope.

    Just a quick question, i am having trouble creating mental markers. I have just finished lecture 12 in section 13..i am finding it hard to visualize markers in relation to the things that i read. For example for the supplementary material it gives a link to a memory game, how would i incorporate markers into remembering multiple items, or is this technique only to be used with reading?

    Any reply would be greatly appreciated

    1. I think, you should start with simple visualization first and work your way till you can create markers while reading. The process should take you a week or two.

  15. Hi Dr. Lev,
    I’m a high school student from India and am really excited about taking this course. I have just started it. In the post you mentioned 90 min practice sessions. Would say 30 minutes a day on all weekdays and around 60-90 minutes on weekdays work as well or do we need to practice in 90 min sessions?
    Also is there any way I could integrate my practice with studies?
    Thank You

    1. I would say that 40 min are the bare minimum sessions.
      It usually takes 10 min for the brain to “warm up” and then you have 30 min of work left.
      In such short sessions you do not typically need Pomodoro breaks.

    1. It takes some time (~10 min) to switch context between activities.
      30 min of training mean only 20 min of effective training, which is barely sufficient. You probably need to make 2 40 min sessions or 3-4 30 min sessions per day.

  16. Lev,

    I’ve rededicated myself to this course as I now have a few weeks off this summer. My plan is to commit to 1.5 hrs of training per day ~9hr per week. Two questions:

    1. Is this too much of a work load?
    2. If not, can I expect accelerated results within a 6-8 week time frame?

    My current reading speed is 275 WPM with a 60-75% comprehension.

  17. Thanks Lev for your previous reply.

    One more question:

    Generally, how many hours of practice does it take to get to between 1,000-1,200 wpm with 90% comprehension?

    1. 1000wpm 80% retention ~60 hours of training. To get 1200wpm 90% retention you will probably need 200 hours.

  18. Hi, I love this course so far! I just finished section 3 and started looking around this site after working on the linking markers exercise. I’m quite happy I found this schedule as I think it will be really helpful as I continue.

    Would you consider adding this as a word document at the start of the course? I only say this because I wish I had found this schedule sooner!

  19. Hello fellow super learners, and Dr Goldentouch, I signed up for this course a while back, I have been working on it on an off but now for this month of sept 2015, I am recommitted to working on this course and completing it.
    I really want to work hard, do all exercises, please advise whats the best way to pursue this course, there is proposed schedule and also the syllabus, lets get this started.!!

  20. hi there, so when i look at the syllabus, and the proposed schedule, they follow different timelines, such as proposed schedule says week two do section 7 and then week 3 do section 4, if i look at the syllabus, it goes straight from one section to the next why is that?

    1. Jonathan and myself are different people with different preferences. I prefer to have more options, do more diverse activities. Choose whatever path you like, and proceed with it.

  21. Syllable covers less material and the way it was built follows Jonathan’s personal preference. The schedule is only a guideline and any student is free to interpret it differently.

  22. What is a realistic goal?

    Can I say I want to increase my reading to 1,600wpm and my retention to 90% in the next 6 weeks?

    Is 1,600wpm / 90% retention even possible?

    If achieving numbers like that is possible, how long would it take to get there? 6 weeks? 52 weeks?

    My reading speed now is under 180wpm and I have no clue what my retention is. But I really wanna work to get my numbers -both wpm and retention percentage- as high as possible. Will following this course for the 6 weeks get me to that goal?

  23. Hello Dr.Lev.

    Although the big question: what are you going to do next? is something i should probably ask 12 weeks later., i have started in earnest and for the sake of completion and since no one raised this question in this thread:
    Is your advanced course available only as a 1:1 with Anna? Are you planning to release an advanced Udemy course/Book soon?

    Would love to hear from you.

  24. Hey Lev,

    Thank you very much for the schedule! I’ve got a question. You’ve written that on week 1 we should do some daily exercises but you also mentioned not to work on more than 4 days a week. My schedule would be something like 90 minutes on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday and 15 minutes Visual Short Memory Training daily.
    Does it make more sense to add the ‘Proposed daily training’ to every day a week? Or only on the 4 brain training days?

    Thank you for answering my question.

    Best wishes,


    1. The “8 week” schedule typically takes ~12 weeks, simply different people need more time for different issues. The progress takes time and it is important that you enjoy the way. Both of your suggestions sound good, choose the one which makes you feel better.

  25. Hey Lev,
    I would like to ask about if I have scientific paper, I mean the paper has many equations, how can I memorize some these equations and recall them again in future? how can I create markers for each equation, especially, if I have partial differential equations?

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