Research and creativity: bursting the filtering bubble and creating logical markers

The subjects of research and creativity are huge. I will describe some of the relevant steps below. However, there are two questions I always get from my friends and students: how to know whom to believe and how to express complex ideas as mathematical formulas. There is also a complementary question of defining the subject …

Lighthouse of Alexandria and octagonal mental palaces

Octagonal (8 walls) ¬†mental palaces are seriously underrated. They can be unique, memorable, and extremely comfortable for placing into larger mental landscapes. Moreover, I claim the octagonal mental palaces are extremely easy to generate and very suitable for short and not super-dense articles. I would go as far as recommend them as the first mental …

Speedwriting: the best of long-term memorization and creative writing (no more spaced repetitions!)

The basic idea of speedwriting is very simple. If we research a subject, read about it, create notes, and memorize everything we need, writing about the subject should be really easy. And if we write about something creatively, remembering it for years after writing also becomes easy. I call this virtuous circle speedwriting. TLDR We …

PAOs: the heart of the memory sports

Memory sports are not as popular as chess, yet there are serious brain athletes with immense skills. Most of them use small variations of PAO in mental palaces. What makes these methods so powerful, and why some athletes are better than others? It’s not just memorization If you want to encode and memorize 10 decks …

Speedreading x100: from vocalization to sub-visualization

What if I told you that you can improve your reading speed not by x2 or x3 but x100 without losing comprehension? This is speedreading on steroids! Going from vocalization (100 wpm) to sub-visualization (10 000 wpm) is just that. You might think I am crazy. Yet this is exactly what happened to me. Everybody …

Planetary memory structures

One of the most sophisticated and underrated memory systems uses planetary structures. It is not easy to learn, not very fast, but extremely powerful where all other methods fail. And it has a very cool historical background. What I explain in this article is not fully historically or mathematically accurate, but most details should be …

Eight underrated things to remember on the first school day

What are the most underrated tips for the first school day that can help both parents and kids? The tips are very simple, a product of experience. You might know them and yet I wish someone told me these tips years ago, TLDR 1. Communicate realistic expectations 2. Minimize logistics but provide backups 3. Extracurricular …

Back to school deal

Literally do not miss our back-to-school deal. TLDR: 60% discount, or more when bundles with 1:1 sessions. For me, September 1st is “Back to school” day. Schools tend to be very expensive and optimizing the school experience is a good idea. Relatively little time and money strategically investing can provide a great return on investment. …

Truly massive memory structures

Massive memory structures are important for learning entire areas of expertise. Multiple books, articles, conferences, dates and people, and practical experiences can coexist in one context when the context is flexible and can hold around 1 mil keywords. With some training, anyone can build and maintain such structures. Lessons learned during the last 5 years …

How To Love Studying: Tips And Lifehacks

If you want to grow as a person, you need to love studying. But what if learning is perceived as heavy duty and the desire to learn appears only periodically? How to love learning and motivate yourself if learning is a lifelong journey? Even after graduating from school and university, people continue to learn, for …