Proposed training schedule

Almost all of our students on day one want to see the training schedule that will take them to their goal. Previously we tried to control the selection of options to funnel all students through the same resources. Currently, we try to widen the arsenal of the training tools you can use.


  1. Take our book. We assume that you have some experience with speedreading and memorization training. What you need now is a more detailed guide with examples of how to solve certain exercises effectively and deal with common issues. If you need further resources, please take a look at our services.
  2. Watch all videos. If you use one of the links in the services to get a video course, please binge-watch all the videos to get some background regarding the topics that will be discussed. Only then start systematic learning. Please notice that we recommend only the products we know to be helpful, but have no creative control over the materials that do not have the keytostudy logo on them.
  3. Define your goals and schedule. How fast do you want to read and how well do you want to retain what you read? The qualifying baseline of 1000 words per minute 80% retention usually requires six weeks of very intense training, which means four sessions per day. With relaxed training, which means one session per day, six months are more realistic. You are expected to have at least 30 minutes of computer or mobile app practice every day. Additionally, you are expected to read at least 60 min per day.
  4. One on one training over Skype. After three weeks of independent training, many people choose to take one on one coaching with Anna over Skype. Please read here and here. The sessions are not cheap, and you are expected to have two sessions per month. Contact me [email protected] to discuss the details.
  5. Getting extra-background. Go to our blog section and check the subjects. Read several posts. Try to search this keytostudy blog with different keywords to satisfy your curiosity. It is OK if you will not understand what you read now, some posts are useful later on in the course. We have more than 500 articles that should cover all your questions, and some of the articles are quite long. If you think we should discuss some additional subjects, tell me about that.
  6. Understand what Pomodoro time means. Read this post. You are expected to take ~5 min rest for each ~25 min of training. Make sure your eyes get rest during that time. Other details appear on various posts of this blog.
  7. Start training. By far the most addictive and simple exercise we can offer is visual short-term memory training. Train it daily for 15 min. At each stage of the course, you will get another perspective on this exercise and will use a different strategy.
  8. Apply for beta testing. Our best resources and offers are reserved for our beta testers: people who are courageous enough to try the resources in making. Please contact me to apply for beta testing.
  9. Get the reading apps. This guide is supposed to work online anywhere, so I did not cross-reference the mobile apps if there were alternatives. As new apps are released and old websites die, some links may become unstable. If you see that some of the references are too old and do not work, or find new resources and want my opinion, contact me [email protected]. For speedreading, you will want to use Acceleread on iOS and Speed Reading Trainer on Android.

Week 1: Learning the basics


A unified framework of advanced courses

There are new advanced courses on Thinkific. These courses are a great investment for everybody in terms of time, money and return on investment. Since the courses span over multiple subjects and dozens of hours of video, I need to provide a framework unifying the ideas and coordinating the efforts. This is my first attempt to do so.


The original keytostudy exercises were developed by Anna around 2001 when she was only 19 years old, but only around 2010 the training was reduced from the extreme read more

Mental Preparation Required for Successful Learning

This article was inspired by the keytovision course. Since I could not review my own course I asked Becky Holton to do this for me.

The journey of studying and learning requires a rather large amount of brain capacity to achieve optimal results. From a young age, learners can be introduced to tools that assist them along the way to perform optimally, even under pressure.

As you grow older, more and more tasks require your dedication and learning is one of the most important. Adequate mental preparation read more

Magnetic square review

Today’s article is a bit different. While usually, I try to review several approaches to a complex issue, today I want to review a dead-simple approach to a very simple challenge. Suppose you want to learn memorization and have only three days, what would you do?

The simplest mental palace known to man

Memory palaces are one of the most versatile and well-established techniques to memorize information. Various memory palaces techniques are at least two thousand years old, and they are still widely used by memory champions. Unfortunately, read more

Cognitive audit for who you really are

Suppose we have all the tools, money and time to make a huge change in our life. What should we do with ourselves? Probably perform a cognitive audit for who we really are.  This particular post is not informative, but actionable. If you want some background information, please check here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

When to do a cognitive audit

You can spend an hour each day meditating and performing a cognitive audit, yet for the cognitive audit to be actionable certain conditions should better be met.

First read more

Sports and mind

Physical activity and mental sports are considered to be some of the best ways to have a young and effective brain. This is an ongoing theme in this blog. For further reading I suggest reading here, herehere, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

My childhood fallacy

When I was a child, learning was easy for me and sports were hard. This is a very common predisposition. Unfortunately, as a child, I was not exposed to the abundance of scientific information available today. I had an unfortunate tendency to get read more

Boost Your Career With Further Education (Infographic)

We often talk about the value of lifelong learning and about the value of visualization. Today we have a special treat. Philip Boschman from Trainwest shared a great infographic about the benefits of lifelong learning.

“Commit yourself to lifelong learning. The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”
– Brian Tracy, Motivational Speaker

For many professionals, further education offers a great chance to distinguish themselves in
a fiercely competitive read more

5 Tips To Improve Your Writing In Academic English

There are many resources on how to write better, yet most of these resources are too specific, too generic or poorly written. This guest article by Carol Duke captures the essence of writing in academic English as a set of simple and clear bullets: rules to live by as a writer. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.

Unlike numerous writing styles like a letter, blogging, and several more, ‘Academic Writing’ is entirely a whole different beast which delivers a specific structure and format read more

How to Improve Visual Memory with the Help of Mandala?

Few of the methods we offer are invented by us, more methods are based on cutting-edge research. Yet, some of the most important self-improvement techniques are very old. In this guest article, Daniel Dishman mentions one of the ancient techniques: Buddhist mandala practice. The mandala practice tends to be very complex emotionally charged for the believers, yet it can be practiced by everyone.

The efficiency of memory is determined by the possibilities of its reproduction. Often, it happens that read more

Seven Ways That Make Your Writing Funnier

Indifference and boredom are just the opposite of what we teach. If you can write in a funny way, you can think and visualize in a funny way and remember better. If you can make a provoking argument and get an emotional reaction, it will help you remember. This particular guest post by William Grigsby shows how to write funny in a “cheeky” way that simply draws an emotional response. If you want to be cheeky and memorable, this is a post for you. Loop through this post. It might be read more

15 Resources for More Efficient Online Research

Personally I use Google almost for all my research requirements, however I use it wisely with various  advanced options and logic within the keyword fields. And I do read more than the first page of search results. Probably less than 1% of Google users do more than a very basic search. Justin Osborne, a teacher from Leicester UK got tired of students using Google unimaginatively and offers a set of alternative tools to pump up your research.

In a survey read more