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

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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 …

Perception and memory: Finding patterns in chaos

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This article is very important as a way to describe my approach to memory and speedreading. Read all of it carefully, please. For more information here, here, here, here, here, and here. World as chaos If we address all the details of what we perceive we will drown in information. Fortunately, our perceptual mechanisms reduce …

Concept reinforcement before the reading

Before we read something we often skim or preread it for several seconds. What happens during these seconds is not always clear. Here I will try to demystify this process. Collecting keywords Probably the first thing we do instinctively is noticing certain words. How do we know what to look for? Apparently not all words …

How to generate visualizations faster

One of the main issues many of my students ask: how to visualize faster. This is one of the subjects we reviewed several times from different perspectives. Here are some more practical tips. I use the metaphor of a greek tragedy to explain… The more words you have the easier to visualize Visualizing one word …

Marking texts exercise

The first homework we give our students in one on one course is marking texts. Thie exercise is very important for the students’ progress and I want some of it to be open for my readers. The exercise itself The guidelines could not be simpler. Take a text and mark the words worth memorizing with …

Strange history of books

What do we read and why do we read it? It there something we SHOULD read? Can our reading become toxic? Want to read more here, here, here, here, here, and here? Update: Sorry, some of the links are no longer active, and I do not know why. Strange reading The fact that somebody wrote a …

Speeding up visual thinking: mindmaps

If you are an engineer, mindmaps are kind of easy. But they feel kind of slow. Do not worry, we can speed them up in no time. The methods below are less suited for advanced students who often need to combine mindmaps with mental palaces. They are also somewhat different from the methods discussed in …

Fighting the herd mentality: making use of news and statistics

We read more and remember more to achieve diverse goals. One of these goals: to be informed and avoid the herd mentality. To do that we may need to understand how to read between the lines: news and statistics. For more reading, you are welcome to check here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, …