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“The one who thinks over his experiences most, and weaves them into systematic relations with each other, will be the one with the best memory.”
- William James
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TM T able of Contents SECTION ONE Planting the seeds for total brain domination _________________________________ 9 01 SECTION TWO How to develop a photographic memory ______________________________________ 32 SECTION THREE How to develop lightning speed learning _______________________________________ 49 SECTION FOUR Turning pro ___________________________________________________________________ 72 SECTION FIVE Answers to all your most important questions _________________________________ 117 4 .
how to radically increase your ability to absorb information ______________________ 55 Introduction to the 4 step PowerStudying process ____________________________________________ 57 The Foundation Method _______________________________________________________________ 57 The Detail Method ___________________________________________________________________ 58 The Refiner Method __________________________________________________________________ 58 The Consolidation Method _____________________________________________________________ 59 The most effective revision strategies ______________________________________________________ 59 7 potent summarising techniques revealed __________________________________________________ 63 The most powerful reading and speed reading strategies ________________________________________ 68 5 . and the solution to this problem ______________________ 20 The exact step-by-step process that you need to follow to move new information into your long term memory _________________________________________ 21 Whole brain thinking__________________________________________________________________ 25 Discover the 10 most powerful parts of your brain and how to maximize their full potential ______________ 27 01 SECTION TWO How to develop a photographic memory ______________________________________ 32 How and why you remember____________________________________________________________ 34 Novelty enhancing and sensory stimulation techniques _________________________________________ 36 Discover the 9 most powerful memory techniques and when to use them for maximum results ___________ 40 SECTION THREE How to develop lightning speed learning _______________________________________ 49 How to get 80% of the work done with 20% of the effort _______________________________________ 52 Mental preparation .TM Expanded T able of Contents SECTION ONE Planting the seeds for total brain domination _________________________________ 9 The PowerStudying 3 Step Formula: Setting the stage for your extraordinary success ___________________ 10 The biggest problem with memory and learning.
TM SECTION FOUR Turning pro ___________________________________________________________________ 72 World class preparation _______________________________________________________________ 75 Identifying and understanding your enemies _____________________________________________ 78 Giving you orientation to the perfect brain food __________________________________________ 86 Helping you find balance ___________________________________________________________ 90 How to dominate your chosen career or profession ___________________________________________ 95 Course Summary with 200 different actionable strategies _______________________________________ 102 Taking Action:Your 4 Week Implementation Plan ______________________________________________ 116 01 SECTION FIVE Answers to all your most important questions _________________________________ 117 The final piece of the puzzle ____________________________________________________________ 118 Hardcore questions with ‘show me the money’ answers ________________________________________ 119 Showing you how to learn efficiently: Your study material _______________________________________________________________ 119 Getting through the smaller detail ____________________________________________________ 122 Medicine _______________________________________________________________________ 124 Law __________________________________________________________________________ 127 Actuarial science and engineering _____________________________________________________ 128 Diagrams ______________________________________________________________________ 132 Graphs ________________________________________________________________________ 133 Mathematics and statistics __________________________________________________________ 135 Speeches/oral presentations _________________________________________________________ 138 100 pages in just 1 hour ____________________________________________________________ 139 Guiding you into maximizing your study time through : The no writing method further revealed ________________________________________________ 141 Laser type concentration ___________________________________________________________ 142 Enhancing your understanding _______________________________________________________ 143 Boosting your creativity and imagination ________________________________________________ 144 Best motivation strategies __________________________________________________________ 147 How to avoid procrastination ________________________________________________________ 148 Free online recourses ______________________________________________________________ 150 Providing you with bonus answers including: Advice to parents ________________________________________________________________ 152 Daren’s formula for success _________________________________________________________ 153 University sponsorship strategy ______________________________________________________ 161 Memorizing numbers and dates _______________________________________________________ 162 6 .
.TM 01 What does it take to develop a world-class memory? Why are you spending hours and hours learning with little retention and poor results? Why do you get bored and distracted while you are studying? Why do you forget what you studied days or hours after learning it.. or sometimes even within minutes?! Why do you go blank in the exam room and forget all the work that you ’studied’? Why are you struggling to find the motivation to study? Why is it you can quite easily think of 100 other things you would rather do than sit down and study? Because you don’t have the answers. It is packed with real answers that make sense. Copying this material without prior written permission from PowerStudying = Prosecution.. Don’t even think about it. All rights reserved. yet! This manual is designed to work in conjunction with the PowerStudying Formula videos as well as your workbook. are easy to use and will put you light years ahead of your classmates and your competition. 7 .. Copyright TM 2010 PowerStudying....
.. leveraging everything in your power so that you can lead the pack... love and play so that you have the energy to turn your work into art.. The BEST way is to find a healthy balance between work.. that is exciting and wild enough to beat any temptation to get distracted... The BEST way is to work 100 times smarter than everyone else..TM 01 What is the best way to develop a world class memory as well as lightning speed learning and laser type concentration? The BEST way is to have a big enough reason or a goal that is worth fighting for. FINAL ANSWER: There is no single best way.. The big secret is to combine ALL OF THESE! 8 .. and then fight to make this a reality. The BEST way is to create magic by putting your heart into your work. The BEST way is to be more prepared than all your classmates.. The BEST way is to ensure that you make each day a masterpiece of what you want your life to be like in the future.
However. 10 . Reason and desire 2. ENCOURAGING. We have done everything in our power to help you become an incredibly successful student. Capitalize on proven tools and techniques 3.capitalize on proven tools and techniques. fully equip you with: • STEP 2 .reason and desire. You need to ACT on what you learn.discipline and diligence.TM THE POWERSTUDYING 3 STEP FORMULA SETTING THE STAGE FOR YOUR EXTRAORDINARY SUCCESS 01 1. at STEP 3 the baton gets handed over. and most importantly.if we could bottle discipline wouldn’t that be something! Unfortunately. This course has been designed to help you with: • STEP 1 . Discipline and diligence This manual and video-based course has the goal of INSPIRING. we cannot and it is up to YOU to master this. To know and not do. EQUIPPING you with tangible and actionable strategies that you can use straight away to see a huge difference in your studies and in your life. and give you insight and direction with • STEP 3 . is the same as not to know.
The most powerful thing that you can do for yourself before any test or exam is ALWAYS set out what you WANT to achieve and WHY you want to achieve it. When you sleep at night your hippocampus (which helps you create new memories) looks at all the information that was sent to it during the day and decides whether to keep it or not. Developing a world-class memory and achieving extraordinary results is ALL about choice. It invites your brain to the party and enables you to start creating magic and work that is brilliant. but at the end of the day. something worth putting your butt on the line for. One of the biggest challenges you will face is converting your work into your own meaningful adventure. So if you say to yourself: “This subject is so incredibly boring I hate 11 . Poet Your brain will move towards those things that are most relevant. The greater your desire for the goal you wish to achieve. If you don’t have clearly defined academic goals. talent. You are at your creative best when there is a goal to work towards or a problem to solve. based on whether YOU thought it was important or not. something that resonates with your soul. the more energy you will have to put towards achieving it and therefore the more likely you are to achieve it. You may have all the skills. knowledge and money in the world. meaningful and exciting to you. embodies your unique fingerprint and makes you come alive. emotionally significant or useful to know for the future. Yes. REASON AND DESIRE Everything in this course will have no meaning to you unless this first essential pillar of creating reason and desire is in place.John Acosta.TM 1. but having all these things won’t get you anywhere unless you have a reason or desire to achieve something. Subconsciously you are sabotaging your success every time you sit down and study without a clear goal or incentive in mind. 01 Desire and Memory go Hand in Hand “You cannot have what you do not want” . you must WANT to fight and CHOOSE to fight for something great. this course will teach you how to take a gun into a knife fight. you can’t expect your brain to remember everything you study. Your brain will also only store information that it believes to be meaningful.
stand up and start harnessing the true power that your brain actually holds.This is part of the reason why information.TM having to learn it…” What message does this send to your hippocampus? Your hippocampus will respond something like this: “Ok. NOT the other way around. In no time your brain will drift to something you find more interesting. As soon as you jump on to go for a ride. This is a key aspect of accelerated learning.You need to see in your mind the end goal of what you want to achieve. your call.. that your goals are important to you. BIG TIP: It is pointless to sit down and study because you “HAVE” to study. This goes totally against the way your brain works. the stallion is thinking: “Does this guy actually know what he is doing?!” And you may be thinking: “Does this stallion know what he is doing?!” Take charge. which is a risky place to be as it can easily be overwritten by new information that your brain deems more important. You need to tell your brain and then remind it continually. remains in your short-term memory. It is like riding a wild stallion. avoid this kind of confusion.” and let go of that information. You need to be in control of your brain. 01 Some questions you need to ask yourself: • • • Why am I doing this course? What do I want to achieve? How badly do I want to achieve it? ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ Keep the answers to these questions in the forefront of your mind throughout the course.. 12 . This end goal needs to be as tangible and realistic as possible. instead of being retained in your long-term memory.
Friedrich Nietzsche .“He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how” .
TM 01 2. 14 . enabling it to function to its full potential. World-class memory experts are not born with any innate learning ability or talent. CAPITALIzE ON PROVEN TOOLS & TECHNIQUES THAT WORk How long do you think it would take you to cut down a tree using a hammer? Don’t you think it will take a lot of effort. and proportionally decrease the amount of time you spend studying. Sections 2 and 3 of this Manual or Disks 2 and 3 of the video provide you with a toolbox of chainsaws. Working hard is not good enough. your effort MUST be intelligent. They all understand exactly how the brain functions best and then capitalize on this by using the very best techniques that enhance each part of the brain.incredible tools and techniques that will increase the effectiveness of your study time a hundred fold. grenades and rocket launchers . leaving you very frustrated with the lack of results for all your hard work? Do you think there could be a better way to cut down trees? This is probably what you are currently doing with your studies. Using no techniques or ineffective ones that produce poor results will leave you exhausted and frustrated.
the wisest and richest man who ever lived. author of “The Talent Code” says that it takes 10 000 hours to become a world-class expert. Being focused is made up of two parts: • Knowing your priorities • Concentrating on these priorities Solomon.TM 01 3. Woody Allen said that 80% of success is just showing up. you could be an expert in that subject after 5 years. Daniel Coyle. make sure that you show up PREPARED. said that discipline and diligence would seat you amongst kings and queens. DISCIPLINE AND DILIGENCE Would you like to become known as someone who is focused on achieving results on a consistent basis? Here’s what you need to do. He said that genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. Other research has suggested that if you spend 1 focused hour each day on a specific area or field. We would add to that. Either way a conscious and consistent effort in an intelligent and focused direction is required from you in order for you to turn pro. Einstein expressed it a little differently. 15 .
it must be sought for with ardour and attended to with diligence.” – Abigail Adams TM 01 16 .“Learning is not obtained by chance.
. The list quickly dropped down to 5 and then 3 and then 0. I had learnt that it was better to commit 30 minutes to an hour of training per day throughout the year. hungry students who wanted nothing more than to compete against the best in the world and do well. initially of course. 17 . She wasn’t on the initial list of 15 but had heard about it from a friend. From past competing experience. I taught her everything she needed to know in order to prepare to compete in the junior division of the world memory championships. I got a call from 16-year-old Adithi Naidoo just 7 weeks before the World Memory Champs. but they all ran out of steam simply because consistent effort was required in a focused direction. I started off with 15 committed. I walked her through the step-by-step process of what each of the top competitors in the world was doing for each event.TM 01 A STORY OF HOPE In 2007 I was to have trained up the first South African memory team to compete at the World Memory Champs in the Middle East. A lot more can be achieved with consistent smaller amounts of time rather than trying to cram at the last minute. Everyone knew exactly what to do and that is why they were so excited. She flew across South Africa to meet with me and I spent 4 hours with her explaining EXACTLY what she needed to do to excel in the competition. She had attended a memory course that I’d held in her town earlier that year and was on a mission to take her new found ability to higher levels of excellence. rather than spending 8 hours a day for 2 months before competing..
After that meeting she flew back home and I hardly heard from her over the next 7 weeks. as opposed to letting the dominant noise of the masses extinguish her hopes. • She removed emotion from the equation and committed herself to a goal that was worthy of her effort and attention. she attained her goal. 30 . Reason and desire + capitalizing on proven tools and techniques that work + discipline and diligence = extraordinary results. Motivation is fickle and it fades as quickly as it comes. She was incredibly disciplined and after only 7 weeks of focused. • She decided to listen to and act on the small still voice in her head and heart that said that although this was a crazy pursuit. 01 Here is what Adithi did differently to everyone else: • She had an idea to compete at the world championships and followed through with the idea by taking action. time and energy into making her dream a reality. Before she left I took her hand and said: “Whatever you do or however you feel in the next 7 weeks. • She risked a great deal as she could have failed in her pursuit.60 minute study session. Adithi did show up and not only did she show up. I am getting on that plane in 7 weeks’ time and you’d better be on it with me”.60 minute power sessions daily. Adithi needed every intelligent approach she could get as she only had 7 weeks to train. so I told her to not rely on her feelings but to learn what it means to fight for something when everything inside is shouting to just throw in the towel. but she ended up becoming the 3rd best junior competitor in the world.TM I showed Adithi how to get a day’s worth of normal output in a 30 . I explained that by doing more than that each day she could be doing herself a disservice. When your brain is working at its full potential. it needs rest and relaxation to recover. DO NOT give up or give in. The 4 Week Implementation Plan in the back of your workbook has been specifically designed to help you IMPLEMENT what you have learnt from this course. A great deal of effort has been put into this 4-week plan to help keep you accountable for achieving extraordinary success. • She sacrificed a great deal and invested her money. picking up the phone and setting up a meeting with me. she could do it. 18 .
You can only achieve this by applying daily discipline and diligence to your efforts. stay close. There is a great deal of truth in the saying ’Hope deferred makes the heart grow sick’ We are going to show you how to fight like a professional so that any obstacles that come your way can and will be tackled effectively. you will become a sought after individual. and then work as SMART as you can to achieve what you set out to.. because you are prepared with weapons and a way of thinking that is much bigger. This place can be incredibly overwhelming and exhausting.. If you can understand WHY you are doing what you are doing. Let’s do this! 19 . Be inspired.. better and more advanced than before. the land of milk and honey.. especially if you are not equipped with all the weapons necessary to get you through to the Promised Land..TM FINAL NOTE 01 From the desert to the land of milk and honey All successful people in history have gone through some form of a ”desert” period in their lives: a period where they have invested heavily into something for a long time but the fruits of their labour have been almost nonexistent..ultimately helping you to reach your end goal. and do not budge until your dream becomes your reality..You will finally move out of the desert and into the Promised Land.
TM The biggest problem with memory and learning. 01 THE MAIN PRObLEM 99% of the population have no idea how to move information from their short-term to their long-term memory. as nothing will make sense from here on if you don’t understand this… The course’s main objective is to show you how to radically enhance your memory. The reason why you do the majority of your work within 2 to 3 days prior to exams is simply because you 20 . by the time you get to page 3. speed of learning and concentration to a level you never dreamed possible. would you agree that you do the MAJORITY of your learning within 2 to 3 days prior to each exam? 2) When you are learning 5 pages of your notes. This causes frustration and can quickly and easily cause you to get demotivated. 4 or 5 is it difficult or almost impossible to remember what was on pages 1 and 2? If these 2 questions resonate with you and the way that you learn then we have VERY GOOD NEWS for you. Here are 2 Powerful Questions to Consider 1) Even though you may have planned to study months in advance for an exam. These problems are going to soon be a thing of the past. and the solution to this problem The MAIN PROBLEM and BEST SOLUTION hold the entire course together so make sure you read this slowly and carefully.
. Your work is only staying in your short-term memory and because of this.. causing much frustration and heartache. We will show you exactly how you will get huge satisfaction out of your study time because you are going to be able to learn your work AND remember it for as long as you choose to. They summarize all that you are going to learn on this course and therefore it is essential that you understand it. Your short-term memory can only hold information for a 2-3 day period and struggles to take in more than 5-9 bits of information or facts at a time while you are studying. This is the reason why during study time it is easy to procrastinate and find more interesting things to do which will actually satisfy you and make you feel like you are achieving something. 01 THE EXACT STEP-bY-STEP PROCESS THAT YOU NEED TO FOLLOW TO MOVE NEW INFORMATION INTO YOUR LONG TERM MEMORY 21 . Please study the SHORT TERM – LONG TERM diagrams below. the BEST part about this is that you are also going to be able to achieve this in a fraction of the time it would normally take you. You will also see how the PowerStudying formula fits in with the way information passes from short-term to long-term memory.TM subconsciously know that if you studied the work 2 weeks before the exam. whenever you learn new information it overwrites the majority of what you have learnt previously. take your time to let it sink in and keep this at the forefront of your mind throughout the course. you would have forgotten all of it by exam time.
Your hippocampus will transfer information to your long-term memory or frontal lobes: If there is a big enough reason or motivation to do so. as well as being disciplined about revising and reflecting over your work. Frontal Lobes: Your frontal lobes contain all your LONG-TERM memories. you will experience huge success in your studies when you learn to combine a structured.Right brain thinking. adding emotion. it looks at the information you’ve sent to it during the day and how much emphasis YOU have placed on it. meaning and relevance. WITH the use of your imagination and creativity . Revision is essential in developing well defined neural pathways as the more information travels along a path the bigger the path grows and the easier and quicker the information can be accessed in the future. Your frontal lobes will reward you by storing what you have learnt into your long-term memory filing cabinets. it explains WHY it is essential to understand this. 2. engaging and worth keeping. By thinking over your work and using past memories. Left and Right Brain: One of the BIGGEST helpers or ALLIES that your hippocampus has is your left and right brain. Most importantly. by physically building neural pathways. Every night between 11pm and 3am. thoughts and experiences. By adding emotion to your work. Because of its importance. ensuring it can easily be retrieved later. Hippocampus: Your hippocampus helps CREATE new memories. in conjunction with other essential elements that you need to know. (Reason or Desire) If you have used left and right brain thinking whilst learning . you convince your hippocampus that the work you are learning is interesting. as well as how all the techniques you will learn on this course ultimately facilitate and enhance this process to make sure that you excel.) 6. (Please refer back to the diagram after watching the Novelty Video in the Memory Section for a better idea of how to start enhancing this process. Amygdale: Your amygdale is your EMOTIONAL brain and works closely with your hippocampus. relevant and emotionally significant. RAS: Your RAS or ‘filter’ will respond to your desire and new found reason by being alert to potentially receiving important information and it will act as your side kick in helping you excel by bringing attention to what YOU have told it is important. The more emotion you use the better. Neurological Pathways: When your hippocampus is convinced that the information sent to it is relevant. systematic and ordered approach . you help your frontal lobes become engaged with the learning process. 22 01 . 1. 4.Left brain thinking. This is a process known as protein synthesis.TM This is a summary of the journey that your memory takes when it moves from short term to long term. (Tools and Technique) If there is an effective revision strategy in place. you set the stage for achieving excellence in your studies and your life. extra emphasis is placed on this. In a nutshell. (Discipline and Diligence) 3.the main focus of this course is teaching you how. Be dedicated to the learning process through the use of left and right brain thinking. it will reward your brain by consolidating the information. meaningful and emotionally significant and has combined both left and right brain thinking. 5. (Some of the parts of the brain are covered at the end of this section with a detailed explanation of how you can maximize each one) By increasing your DESIRE to succeed in your work and creating a big enough REASON why you want to do well.
TM 01 THE JOURNEY OF A MEMORY External Input 1. Frontal Lobes . Amygdale 4.Neocortex 23 . Reticular Activating System (RAS) 2. Neurological Pathways 6. Left & Right brain 5. Hippocampus 3.
TM 01 PINEAL GLAND CORPUS COLLOSUM 6. RETICULAR ACTIVATING SYSTEM HYPOTHALAMUS 2. HIPPOCAMPUS 3.FRONTAL LOBES TEMPORAL LOBE 1. AMYGDALE 24 .
in a way that best fits with your learning style (see Learning Styles in your workbook). Please note: Even though all the techniques you are going to learn will enhance your ability to be both STRUCTURED and CREATIVE in your approach . you need to become incredibly STRUCTURED and ORGANIZED in your approach to any work you study.the MEMORY TECHNIQUES will predominantly help you with RIGHT BRAIN thinking and the SPEED TECHNIQUES with LEFT BRAIN thinking.This coupled with the use of your IMAGINATION as well as CREATIVE differentiation of the work leads to extraordinary results.TM WHOLE bRAIN THINkING You will thrive when you understand this statement 01 When it comes to using your whole brain effectively.ultimately enabling you to move information from your short-term to your long-term memory . LEFT ORDER CREATIVITY RIGHT LOGIC IMAGINATION IMAGINATION Using both Left and Right brain together is where you get bingo The brain working at its best… 25 .
“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change and the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” – Peter F Drucker .
Hippocampus Key Function: This is like a “mother ship” that helps create all new memories. How to Maximize its Potential: Your hippocampus needs to TRUST that the information being processed by it is true as well as important in order for it to be consolidated into Long Term Memory. If you are studying a difficult subject. Make sure that you couple your hard work with strategic. highlighting information that you very likely would otherwise have missed. Enhance your success by hanging around with and learning from people who are successful. However. not even registered.TM THE 10 MOST POWERFUL PARTS OF YOUR bRAIN AND HOW TO MAXIMIzE THEIR FULL POTENTIAL This section has been covered extensively in the Learning Process of the Brain in your workbook. as knowing exactly what you are working towards enables your RAS to assist you in achieving those goals. Reticular Activating System (RAS) 01 Key Function: This is your personal filtering system based on relevance. emotional significance or even a threat. The academic system can be cracked if you know what to look for and who to ask for help. This can be achieved by asking people who have spent many years studying the system and who have found ways to master it. or the consolidation process will begin to transfer the information to Long Term Memory. relevance. focused thinking for extraordinary results. Become more focused. Any information outside of this will be filtered out. How to Maximize its Potential: At any given time your brain has the potential of picking up or taking in millions of bits of random information. personal significance or even a threat. try to tap into the minds of your tutors and lecturers. your brain naturally filters out information that YOU regard as less important or not pertinent. The process of new memory formation is enhanced by 3 key elements: • Meaning. Depending on the intensity with which the message was received it will either be held in Short Term Memory for a short period and then be lost.You will save a massive amount of time and energy by knowing where to focus your time and energy. it only has the ability to effectively process around 134 bits of information a second. importance. Some of the information has been repeated here to reinforce what you are learning. Having a STRONG desire or reason for studying and setting specific goals is essential. 27 .You will start to think like them if you spend enough time around them. Because of this. 2. 1.
When it comes to learning. words. imagination. Logic. An activated amygdale has a large input in the consolidation process of information being transferred into long-term memory storage.reinforcing information learnt is critical. ultimately bypassing short-term memory. Amygdale Key Function: This is your emotional brain which is activated by any new information that has some form of emotional significance. 5. sequence. thinking. Corpus Callosum Key Function: The bridge between your left and right brain. your amygdale will not respond and it will not be consolidated into long-term memory. Hypothalamus Key Function: Maintaining your body’s status quo. 6. Your study time will therefore be completely ineffective. 4. structure. analytical thinking and in the box thinking all constitute typical left brain activity. time. How to Maximize its Potential: A massive tip when it comes to memory is to be incredibly structured and organized in your approach to any work that you study.Then find creative ways of making your work stick out vividly in your mind. The more emotionally significant you can make your work the better . This coupled with the use of your imagination leads to extraordinary results. Using novelty and sensory stimulation will engage your right brain effectively. Creativity. Revision. The more frequently your hippocampus sees something the better it understands its importance. Left and Right Brain Key Function: Using both sides of the brain helps store information into long-term memory.TM • • The use of left and right brain thinking whilst learning. order.you may need to work on your creativity or the way you approach your studying. It also assists with the consolidation of memories. 28 . While studying. It receives signals from many parts of the body and responds accordingly. How to Maximize its Potential: Combine left and right brained thinking into all aspects of studying. 01 3. your brain will interpret it as being insignificant. feeling. How to Maximize its Potential: The key here is ATTITUDE! If you approach your work without enthusiasm. but the results will prove themselves. do your best to strategically organize your work in a way that best fits with your learning style. the most significant role of the hypothalamus is the production and release of the hormone dopamine. Dopamine affects our happiness and state of well-being and one of its main triggers is goal setting with incentives or rewards. emotions and daydreaming constitute typical right brain activity.
It is also activated when goals or incentives are put in place and you know exactly what it is you are working towards. Serotonin (the happy hormone) is produced through melatonin and is your buffer against depression . as songs have many emotions attached to them. as light will stop your melatonin release. 29 . for adults this is between 7–9 hours. getting the recommended hours of sleep a night. organizing what stays and what goes. loves the way it makes it feel and craves it. Neurological Pathways Key Function: Every time you learn new information. where your brain runs through the day’s learning. spatial awareness and strategic thinking. 9. your brain physically changes shape as new neurological pathways are being built.TM How to Maximize its Potential: Dopamine (the feel good hormone) is released when there is emotional significance attached to any of your learning. Try to keep your sleep cycle as consistent as possible. 8. but forget your history notes a day after studying it. This also applies to building the neurological pathways in your brain. Consistent. These pathways are the roads to your brain’s long-term storage areas. Being in alpha state not only disables your hypothalamus’ ability to set off the fight or flight response but also radically increases your ability to concentrate and store information into long-term memory. especially during studying and writing exams. The frontal lobes deal with vision. The amygdale works closely with the hypothalamus. They transport new information for storage as well as information that is being recalled. Revision grows and develops these neurological pathways so your speed of recall is increased. Pineal Gland Key Function: Releases melatonin when you sleep. This can have a negative impact on your well-being and studying. Delta brainwave activity is when all the day’s hardwiring occurs. Remember your brain builds onto what it already knows so start with key foundations and continue from there. 01 7 . which helps you get into deep delta brainwave sleep if uninterrupted by light. Your brain loves dopamine. planning. Do your brain a favour by setting goals and injecting emotions into your learning so it can receive its dopamine fix. Use key summarizing techniques and speed reading strategies as well as the step-by-step process of learning methodology for maximum results.it helps you feel positive and energised. daily discipline and having a big enough reason to know the information you are studying is key. How to Maximize its Potential: Try not to turn the light on during the night if you go to the bathroom. That is why you may remember the words to a song you heard on the radio long ago. Frontal Lobes Key Function: Comprises 40% of the brain and is considered the most powerful and underutilized part of the human brain. which then robs you of productive brain hardwiring and depletes your serotonin. How to Maximize its Potential: Building a city takes careful planning and hard work.
so that you get ahead of the pack. whereas the top 10 memory competitors showed extravagant brain wave frequencies filled with red. “Whether you think you can. yellow. When you think over what you have learnt. Your puppet master will respond to the most dominant voice either from · You and your experience of the way things are according to you. regardless of what you hear from others. The constant messages you tell yourself. The more you think.TM In 2002. a multitude of colours showed a vast amount of activity.. While studying.. You will never achieve anything significant in your studies or in your life unless you believe in yourself and your abilities. But the interesting thing was that the 10 people from the street showed little to no brain wave movement in the frontal lobe region of their brains. This is where your long-term memories are stored so every time you use existing thoughts and experiences in conjunction with the work you need to learn. the better. Eleanor McGuire ran an experiment that changed everything regarding what we know about the brain and what it takes to utilise its full potential. She had all of them learn large amounts of information while recording their brain wave frequencies. How to Maximize its Potential: It is a known fact that the people who set goals and have a strategic plan of where they are headed and how they plan on getting there are a great deal more successful than people who don’t. OR · From what it sees consistent around it in your environment. which as you can imagine was to be expected. 01 10. ultimately defining you as a person. envision what it would feel like to get 100% for the exam you are studying for. Subconscious Brain Key Function: Your subconscious brain causes your actions to be perfectly aligned with your belief system. which is where you belong. strategize and create space to visualize the ideal outcome of a specific goal in your mind.. or whether you think you can’t.. the more you engage your frontal lobes and start to increase your overall effectiveness. plan. orange. What you believe to be true will set the benchmark for what you are capable of achieving. will develop your belief system. green.Henry Ford 30 . She did a study on the top 10 memory competitors in the world as well as 10 people randomly taken from the street. Proactive strategic thinking coupled with daily discipline and action will lead to extraordinary results. proving that the use of one’s frontal lobes is pivotal when it comes to developing a near perfect memory. reflect. How to Maximize its Potential: Very few people realize the magnitude behind mastering this part of their brains. consolidate learning and create multiple dimensions of how the work relates to your world. you are right!” . The results proved that the world’s top 10 memory experts did a great deal better than the 10 people from the street.
Think of your ideal future and live as though you are walking in this reality already. Change the way you think and you change your life and the lives of those around you… 31 . You need to choose very carefully who you decide to follow. emotionally vivid affirmations that reinforce your ideal self. in terms of both the literature you read and the people who influence you the most. 01 bIG NOTE: All the different parts of the brain can in fact be sabotaged by your subconscious brain if your belief system is not congruent or aligned with what you are trying to achieve.TM All your actions reflect your deepest belief in who you are and what you believe you are capable of achieving. By spending time with people who are living the way you wish to live. and say them throughout each day. This will not only help keep you focused on what you are working towards but will help you start hard-wiring new neurological pathways in your brain. It is therefore of the utmost importance that you get your subconscious brain to work efficiently so that you can achieve your full potential. you reprogram your puppet master to start living out a more colourful and exciting experience based on its new reality. Create specific.
such as how to learn a 100-digit number. or mathematics. His barrier to getting faster is purely a physical one. • Ben Pridmore from the United Kingdom learnt a randomly shuffled deck of playing cards in just 24. You will learn the exact process of how to store information into your long-term memory to make sure that the hard work you put in is rewarded handsomely. 8 years later. as he cannot turn the cards any faster. statistics etc. refer to Section 5 where you will find answers to questions you may or may not have thought of. how to learn 100 pages in 1 hour. Imagine memorizing your friend’s 405-digit telephone number in 5 minutes and being able to recall it in perfect order. with near-perfect recall? Section 2 will teach you how to become a human library of valuable information. 33 . He also learnt the French dictionary. Yip from Malaysia memorized the perfect order of the Oxford Dictionary. this information is still locked into his longterm memory.9 seconds.TM INTRODUCTION 02 What would your life be like if you could remember work that you studied months or even years before. the Chinese Constitution. For a variety of different examples of how to apply the techniques to your work. • Johannes Mallow from Germany learnt a 405-digit number in just 5 minutes at the 2008 World Memory Champs in the Middle East. and 27 decks of shuffled cards (1404 cards) in 1 hour. word for word. as well as a book of Bible promises. What some people have been able to achieve after mastering the techniques you are going to learn: • Dr. with perfect recall. backwards and forwards. in English and Chinese.
along with others. as well as what they learnt along the way. He helped prove that thinking and learning was in fact a physiological process and that memory consolidation could be found in the form of neural networks.William Hall. One of the greatest breakthroughs on the brain was made in the early twentieth century by Spanish neuroanatomist. plays and poems perfectly. and that these networks of neural pathways are actually grown and developed through a process of consolidation during learning. James McNamara. They believed that life was not worth living unless they could remember the experiences they had. that enabled them to store and recall entire books. Our brains never lose the ability to develop new neurological pathways. the more intelligent you were. therefore no matter what your age you still have a fully functioning brain at your disposal. Cajal set the course of modern neuroscience and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1906. so that they would be able to pass down this knowledge to following generations. he contributed hugely to the way in which we understand the basic organization of the brain. George Augustine. He believed. 02 Taken from my Neuroscience Fourth Edition written by Dale Purves. The dominant thinking between 200 AD and 1400 AD was the belief that memory was stored in your ventricles – the liquid filled spaces in your brain. He also proved that if these pathways are not used. History suggests that the Greeks believed that memory was stored in the blood. over time they will fade and disappear. They even had a God of memory named “Mnemosyne” . with detail and accuracy.where we get the term mnemonics. They did not have any of the recording devices we have today and learnt huge amounts of information verbatim.TM HOW AND WHY YOU REMEMbER: A bRIEF HISTORY The Romans and Greeks developed systems over 2000 years ago. In simple terms. David Fitzpatrick. One question asked through the ages was where our physical memory was actually stored. Leonard White 34 . Santiago Ramon y Cajal. Aristotle believed that the brain’s main function was to cool the blood. Anthony-Samuel LaMantia. that the larger your brain.
” – Robert M Hansel .“No one has ever died from an over exposure to learning.
If you find it helpful to listen to music while you study that might also help. relevant. meaningful and emotionally significant to you. Add Physical Features – make your characters all different to represent different areas of work. as this will make any diagram stand out a lot more. If you are studying art. or smaller . What you will learn in this section about the best memory techniques to use. will help facilitate the process involved in changing your brain for the better. For example. What would they sound like. 36 02 . With all the techniques you are about to learn. picture the paintings in front of you. if you are learning World War 2 history about Hitler. more emotional.TM DID YOU kNOW? Your brain is made up of a complex system of interrelated neural pathways. as the crazier the image. what would it taste like? Try tasting a frog. especially if the experience is an unpleasant one. picture yourself in a lab coat performing experiments as a world famous scientist.. what would it say? If it had a sound. stand up and look at paintings as if you are in an art gallery or museum. let the reins loose on your right brain. turn your diagrams into living organs or organisms to make your brain believe they are real. or play with accents to make the work come alive. Picture yourself immersed in the subject. Visualize – picture your work vividly in your mind. teach them. what would it sound like? Change the way you would say something. what would they feel like? Alternatively. For example. participating in whatever it is you are learning. or the brain etc. add colour. make it way bigger than normal. engage with famous artists as if they are real. Taste it – if you could you taste it. Don’t be afraid to go beyond what you think is reasonable.make it come alive. It responds best when learning is done in a novel way. The more extravagant you are the more your brain will engage in the subject. if you are learning physics. Engage with these characters. One of the key elements that will enhance every single study session and will need to be capitalized on in using any memory technique is: NOVEL TY ENHANCING AND SENSORY STIMULATION Your brain will continually move towards those things that are most exciting. relevant and important. Add Sound – if your work could speak.The greater the degree of novelty and emotion used. Use all the following novelty enhancing and sensory stimulation techniques to help you be creative and wildly imaginative. if you’re learning biology. and when to use them. the more you will remember it. and get them to teach you. When you use novelty enhancing and sensory stimulation techniques with your work you get your brain to trust that the information is real.This will help you create new neural pathways that you will be able to rely on when recalling information in tests or exams. put on a German accent to make the subject feel real. the greater the chance the memory has of reaching and staying in your long-term memory bank.
when you actually incorporate it into your studying… make it bigger. light. business economics. what does it smell like? Now. PRACTICAL EXAMPLE: 02 Think about a nice big. meaningful and exciting to you. as your brain starts to believe it is actually happening. Take a boring section of your work and make it humorous: this might seem impossible at first. this can be done in geography. take a big bite out of the lemon. bring the subject home . make it completely abnormal. law. and engage in it. excited? Over-exaggerate how you feel. the easier it will get.This could literally halve the time it would normally take you to learn a section and through adding humour you are guaranteed to remember it. but the more you practice. Instead of the work being something foreign and distant to you. smell it.what does that feel like? Are you salivating. Your brain will move towards those things that are most relevant. mathematics. drama etc. One of the biggest challenges you will face is converting your work into your own meaningful adventure. does it feel like you could actually be eating a lemon? The more vividly you pictured the lemon and eating it. think about how the subject could possibly affect you. So keep that in mind all the way through this course and most importantly. juicy flesh inside. right through the skin. add humour. Make it Personal – bring in all your emotions. feel it.make it as personal as possible. And difficult as it may seem initially. confused. make you feel mad. make it wild. Does it have sound? Make it crazy. When tapping into your creativity use all your senses. juicy lemon. Let your imagination run free! 37 . the more your salivary glands would have been activated. make it personal. the more your brain will be interested in retaining it. Is it bright yellow or green? Is it smooth or a little bumpy? Hold it. All we are doing is taking something relatively boring and using our senses to make it come alive. Is it something that could make you cry. bright. smaller.TM Smell it – what would it smell like? Can you smell the gunpowder at the Anglo Boer War or the burning fuel and thick black smoke after the attack on Pearl Harbour? Add Humour – make it funny. without peeling it. Maybe it squirts you in the eye . The more you make it real. which might translate as boring and unimportant. accounting. What does it taste like? Lick the lemon juice off your fingers. art. make it so outrageous the only thing you can do is laugh. Feel the juice running down your chin. touch it. chew on the lemon skin and the soft.
the pathway begins to fade and will eventually be lost: the information will always remain in your long-term storage but the pathway to retrieve it has been lost. Neurological pathways are literally roads that transport information around your brain and these roads need to be built if you want to transport information into your long-term storage and then be able to recall it again. but if you don’t think about or revise something for a while. REVISION is essential! So the more techniques and the more novelty you use. the more pathways you create to store and retrieve information. will help to build these paths to your long-term storage. Novelty. The stronger and more developed you can make these pathways the more success you will have in quickly retrieving the information. Therefore.strange but true.TM DID YOU kNOW? Every time you learn new information. 02 38 . This results from new neurological pathways being built. your brain physically changes shape . along with other techniques.
” – Paul McCarthy .“Imagination grows by experience and contrary to common belief is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
Why this Technique is so Powerful: The Roman Rooms technique enables your brain to build onto what it already knows in terms of set rooms that you are familiar with. He chose certain rooms to represent different chapters of his work and stored all the key information around those rooms. Each time he entered the rooms it would be a natural revision process for him. your bedroom could be your entire biology file.There can be Sacred Rooms that hold information that you need to know for the long term . Best Information to Use this Technique With: It can be used with literally any subject.no other information ever gets stored here.there could be 12 key images placed around a room to represent a whole subject with its 12 chapters. Key Example: Your own room or rooms in your house. 02 40 . if you let the information in that room fade. The more you use it and the better you get at it. ROMAN ROOMS Key Description: Isolate selected rooms as storage locations for specific information. How to Gain the Most out of this Technique: Try to build up a set of rooms that you are familiar with to use to store information onto. For example.There can be other rooms that you reuse. seeing all the work he had placed there strategically. you should be able to picture where your door is.You will need to be careful doing this as in some cases the information stored in these rooms can be so embedded that it cannot be over ridden. the more you will see the power that lies within this simple process of storing information. This technique can be tweaked and adapted to suit any learner and can even have many other memory techniques added. If you were to close your eyes. your bed… You could even ”cheat” and place key words around an exam room.TM DISCOVER THE 9 MOST POWERFUL MEMORY TECHNIQUES AND WHEN TO USE THEM FOR MAXIMUM RESUL TS 1. A doctor we worked with used the rooms in the hospital where he was interning. at each location around a room you can place a Key Image that has a big section of your work attached to it . You can choose a number of different objects around a room to hook information onto. Places that you visit often and are very familiar with. or your maritime law textbook. For example. your mirror. be aware of this and if it is the case rather create new rooms.
Key Examples: When learning the labels of a diagram you can link all of them to flow from one to the other so as not to forget any. 02 3. It is used extensively at the World Memory Championships. 41 . diagrams etc. you enable your brain to start working as a mass storage device like a well-organized library of information. themes. This technique can easily be combined with other memory techniques. your local mall. Make the work as novel as you can or use the option of placing the work on a Journey or Roman Room. For example when learning the major law cases filed in 1999. This technique has been around for more than 2000 years and has been tried and tested all around the world. Create connections. Why this Technique is so Powerful: By creating mental pegs or hooks in your mind. statements. It helps bypass short-term memory by creating storage space which information can be hooked or pegged onto and reflected upon. helping your brain flow through areas of work in a logical but creative fashion. as each case will be a prompt for the one linked to it. link each case to the next to ensure you don’t leave any out. Why this Technique is so Powerful: You could link key headings. Key Example: Use a set of locations on a journey that you are very familiar with like your route to school or work. around your house. It is important to use journeys you are familiar with. around your university or school. Best Information to use this Technique With: Lists of information or subjects that have a lot of facts or headings. or ideas together.TM 2. each idea prompts your memory of the next one that follows it. systematic order gives your brain the capacity to become like a human computer. and the world records of memorizing 100 decks of cards in perfect order in 5 hours. Creating a journey in your mind made up of set locations that are in a structured. How to Gain the Most out of this Technique: When it comes to linking your work. each point should relate or communicate with the next one. cases. Make each point interact with one another. along with the memorizing of the Oxford Dictionary were reached using this technique. JOURNEY Key Description: It is a known scientific fact that your brain builds on to what it already knows. dates. In this way. make sure that your connections make sense and don’t add confusion. Linking 2 or more ideas together is another powerful technique you will find useful in your studies. routes that you see every day. Linking is when you place facts together to make either a sentence or story connecting all the information you are required to remember. LINkING TECHNIQUE Key Description: It is much easier for your brain to remember a connection of facts as opposed to random bits of information.
As you follow through your journey. Having said that. Practice helps streamline both memory and understanding. especially when you do not need to keep the information learnt for a long period.You can create Sacred Journeys for information you wish to keep for extended periods such as 6 months to a year. as in some cases information you have placed on a journey can be so embedded it might not over-write easily. It can be humorous and fun . but acronyms allow for a personal or humorous encounter that makes studying real and effective.often acronyms that are quirky and linked to the subject are most powerful. key points at each location will be vivid and all the smaller detail will then almost naturally flow from this. Combining the speed of learning techniques with the Journey technique will help you reap the maximum rewards.TM How to Gain the Most out of this Technique: It is physically impossible to store ALL your work onto journeys or locations. This word or sentence would then become the key trigger word to which all the detailed information would be attached. make sure that at least 85-90% of your time is focused on practicing examples as opposed to relying on your ability to recall key formulas. Don’t forget: If you use this technique to store formulas for subjects such as mathematics. this technique can literally be applied to any learning. Do not try to put new information on these Sacred Journeys as this could lead to confusion in a test or exam situation. 02 4.Try to leave them vacant for about at least 2 weeks before using them again to allow previous information to fade away. 42 . ACRONYMS AND MNEMONICS Key Description: Making a sentence or words out of the first letters of the information you wish to learn. Why this Technique is so Powerful: It helps reduce the information by breaking it down to only the one word or phrase. Have at least 10 journeys with 20 set locations. You will get better and faster with practice. It is easier to remember a story rather than facts. You will need to effectively summarize your work before being able to store it onto a journey. Core foundational work that helps you keep track of what you’ve learnt in a certain section of work. Using words you already know helps draw from your long-term memory. statistics etc. you can definitely re-use journeys. accounting. With practice. Best Information to Use this Technique With: Huge amounts of theory. The biggest tip is to PRACTICE implementing the technique into your work. Only store the key points onto the journey and add the details after this has been done.
Hippocampus. both of which lock information into long-term memory. It is a very powerful technique as it forces you to think strategically around the work and use as much creativity as possible. Best Information to Use this Technique With: Lists of information are easier to start with. Putting a rhythm or song to your work has incredible results. or the time of your life it represents. Right Brain. Amygdale. Left Brain. but most subjects once summarized can form a list. in some cases for a lifetime. Hypothalamus. So if you’re musically inclined why not study in the way your brain is wired and turn your biology notes into a ballad? 43 . and with your amygdale being aroused. RHYTHM AND RHYME Key Description: Songs have the ability to tap into your emotions. that would be counterproductive so rather move on to something that works better for you 02 5. Subconscious Brain.TM Key Examples: Many very eager monkeys jump suddenly under nine planets Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Pluto Never eat silk worms North East South West OR Naughty elephants spray water Rudy has a real life concentration problem he never finds studying serious RAS. Stress How to Gain the Most out of this Technique: If this is something you find easy and enjoyable then go wild with your imagination in figuring out acronyms that work well. Pineal Gland. and once you have an acronym for a section of your work you will remember it. Initially it might seem difficult but as you start engaging your right brain it will get easier and easier. so this technique can be used frequently. Neurological Pathways. but where you were when you first heard it. it is understandable that your brain will remember what it has just heard. instantly triggering memories. Hearing it again can stir up emotions. Why this Technique is so Powerful: Isn’t it amazing how your brain can recognize a song from hearing just the first 2 chords? And even more incredible. it becomes relevant and memorable. Songs evoke emotions and by making random facts into the lyrics of a ballad.if you feel it is taking too much time. think of how much information you have effortlessly stored whilst remembering lyrics to your favorite tracks! A lot of the time you will not only remember the song. Frontal Lobes. It translates to using what works best for you . Corpus Callosum. It can be used for diagrams and tables and is also effective in subjects like geography when learning countries or provinces and their capital cities.
or when you bunked school and went for lunch only to find your teachers sitting at a table nearby and got caught out. It will most certainly put a smile on your face as you ”rock out to the red blood cell multiplication process”. Be the worm and tell your life story. but rather see it as interesting. The learning process will be a whole lot more enjoyable and the best part about it is that it will be locked into your long-term memory. 44 . it all depends on your ability to make it sing. hear it. Why this Technique is so Powerful: Immerse yourself in any area of your work.TM Key Examples: You can have an acronym or linked your work. Subjects like mathematics may prove harder to apply but most information can be sung about. even if it is something like the life cycle of an earth worm. a story in the pages of history. emotionally significant and fun. do whatever you need to do to make it real. The trick is to put the lyrics to a beat and then sing it over and over again. How to Gain the Most out of this Technique: Creating a rhyme or putting some rhythm to your work makes the subject more interesting. look in the face of the accused. An exciting thing is that you can teach others your song and share in the success of remembering it for the long term. Your brain will hold onto these not just as important facts but rather as an event that occurred in your life. get angry. like putting on an accent or a little skip and a jump. all play a big part in arousing your brain and this results in the information sticking. Best Information to Use this Technique With: Any subject can benefit from this technique. or information placed on a journey. feel their emotions. shout if you need to. Go back to the day when you had your first kiss. Place information around various settings and it will be difficult to forget. Facts and figures will be forgotten but stories will always survive.adding a beat to it makes the work come even more alive. Don’t spend too much time focusing on making the words rhyme. Create stories that are relevant to you. be the lawyer. but putting a beat to something or changing the way you read or explain something. Don’t see the subject as something boring or overwhelming that you just have to tackle. smell it. STORY TELLING Key Description: Creating stories within your subjects naturally engages your emotions. How to Gain the Most out of this Technique: Approach your work with the right attitude as this will enhance your ability to remember. your brain will believe it has happened and will store it as an episode of your life that can be easily recalled. touch it. rather get the information down and start singing. talk to the jury. instead of just trying to learn it parrot fashion. 02 6. For some this technique will be difficult. cry. communicate with it. Picture yourself standing in the court room. Key Examples: If you are studying law and are trying to get through some of the significant cases throughout history. If done properly. see the family in the benches. It makes the work come alive and therefore a lot easier to remember..
science. CHUNkING Key Description: Chunking is a very powerful method of separating your work into meaningful groups or chunks. life orientation. kEY IMAGE Key Description: Use a Key Image that you are familiar with as a hook to store information onto. The more you practice this.history. triggered by all the relevant information attached to it. One image may represent a whole chapter or section of work. thinking of an appropriate image. history. Placing all the relevant information on that image in a structured way brings order and is therefore making use of your left brain. Using the Key Image technique makes use of both right and left brain and your ability to remember is impacted hugely. Best Information to Use this Technique With: Subjects with many facts or that require specific learning like biology. Why this Technique is so Powerful: Closely connected with the Journey and Roman Rooms techniques. 7 . Key Images allows you to use a familiar image to store a large amount of information onto. art. 02 8. or a cat for mammal respiration or an office block for business studies etc. Images force you to start thinking creatively. You can either use one image to store information around or use selective images for different types of facts. Always try to use an image that represents.TM Best Information to Use this Technique With: Any subject that has a lot of information to get through (which means most subjects) . as it will make placing the relevant information onto it easier. or has some sort of connection to the subject. marketing. Spend a bit of time before studying a certain section of work. geography.You will be surprised at the amount of information that will flow from an image. etc. 45 . as it may not come naturally to you. Depending on your willingness to see a story in everything you look at. How to gain the Most out of this Technique: Initially you might find it hard to think of images to use. the more you will have the ability to naturally and quickly think of suitable images and how to place the information you are learning around and in the image. law. It really helps to use images that relate to the subject. business studies. Key Examples: A ship for maritime studies. In an exam situation all you need to do is see the image in your mind’s eye and the answers will just flow from it. etc. MBAs. generally work well with the Key Image technique. they engage your right brain and a lot of imagination can be used in bringing the image to life. this technique can be used in most areas of studying. radically decreasing the amount of information you would have had to try to learn.
When 5. It goes straight to sleep because there is absolutely nothing to work with. possibly seeing things you previously did not notice or understand. Where This will train your eyes to see more than just the plain text in front of you. It also gives your brain something to work with and helps stimulate both sides of your brain. continually ask yourself 1. so it will help you dig deeper. It will also prepare you for exam settings where you are forced to answer questions. 02 9. How 4. Your art file could be chunked into genres. Why this Technique is so Powerful: It encourages you to tackle your work and look for understanding. What 3. and no foundations to build on. in the initial learning phase. sea and sky. artists. Best Information to Use this Technique With: All the subjects you study. This will only need to be done once. Why 2. By Chunking information.Albert Einstein Key Description: Asking questions around your work prompts you to look for answers. by strategically organizing your work into separate categories. 46 . Logic. Therefore.TM Why this Technique is so Powerful: The worst thing for your brain to see is a paragraph of just words. break it up so that you can clearly see where each section starts and finishes to avoid mixing up the different areas. Cut out all unnecessary information so you can see at a glance what has to be learnt. systematic fashion. How to Gain the Most out of this Technique: Work through your study notes in a structured. When a question is asked your brain naturally wants to find an answer. without being overwhelmed by volumes of writing. no pillars. (See Speed Learning for more details) Then separate your work into its specific sections.Your imagination is also engaged to help ensure that the information sticks. you radically increase your ability to recall what you have learnt. QUESTION ”The important thing is not to stop questioning!” . order and structure are created. There are certain questions that you need to be asking to give yourself the mindset of the examiner. as all revision thereafter will take place directly from your chunked summaries. Key Examples: Your geography notes could be chunked into land. you can create categories that your brain can build onto strategically. or galleries etc. Key Examples: When reading through your work.Your shortterm memory can hold only between 5 and 9 bits of information on a good day.
It will soon become a natural process. but remember: ”A true sign of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result!” . as in every section of work you get through you should have asked yourself numerous questions. Push through. and once you get there. or to look between the lines. In other words don’t keep studying in the same way. as well as what works best with each of your subjects. It will also make certain points stand out that otherwise might have gone unnoticed. Best Information to Use this Technique With: All subjects should be learnt through a process of questioning. You will more than likely crash the first few times but if you stay committed. history. novelty and use memory techniques while studying.TM How to Gain the Most out of this Technique: Use it continually during the studying process. Learning anything new takes time and some effort.Einstein Don’t become insane. Develop this natural ability in your studying. as when an exam is set the examiner reads the work and asks questions for you to answer. the results will speak for themselves. “Genius is the ability to put into effect what’s on your mind” . Don’t have insane expectations. As humans we are always looking for answers. You may automatically start to revert to your old ways of studying. It should be a natural part of your daily existence to question things all around you.Einstein 47 . before you know it you will be riding effortlessly. injecting creativity. rather like riding a bike. whether from the universe. You need to train your brain to start thinking differently but as you have been studying in a certain way for so long the thought of change will stir up some resistance. or the future. but many of the memory techniques. 02 CONCLUSION TO MEMORY You will begin to experience an incredible breakthrough when you combine the thinking you have learnt with not just one. To become familiar with these 9 very powerful memory techniques you will need to make a concerted effort to wrestle with each one to see which suits you. especially if it doesn’t work. driving you for answers. This helps keep your focus and forces you to move on to the next point. It will give you insight into possible questions that will come up. in conjunction with the speed learning techniques.
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one” – Malcom Forbes .
TM INTRODUCTION 03 What is the best way to radically increase the speed at which you learn? Understand that your brain can only build on to what it already knows and then capitalize on this by using effective summarizing techniques to enable it to work systematically and effectively. Section 3 will show you how to eliminate the middleman by summarizing AND learning your work at the same time. When you know how to do this. Having a consistent pattern of thought or a summary that your brain can build onto is essential when it comes to speed learning. only THEN you may attempt to learn it.. you will automatically halve your study time. NOT SO! Even though you will be summarizing your work.. 50 .Traditional learning suggests that you should take your time to build your summary and once you have done this.
03 BIG TIP: You need to build foundations at the start of every study session and systematically build on to that. Not only is this method very ineffective. step by step. THE bEST SOLUTION You need to see this in the same way as building a house. So what do they do? They start by reading each and every page. This approach is arguably the worst strategy that anyone could implement because each time a new page is read. This is commonly known as rote learning. all that generally happens is that previously read pages are overwritten. but it is also incredibly time consuming.There are faster and more intelligent ways of learning information and this section is designed to teach them. Avoid this like the plague. THE bIGGEST PRObLEM The biggest problem that the majority of students have when it comes to speed is simply that they do not have any idea of where to start. 51 . Would you go and buy a rug for the living room if that particular room did not even exist yet? Probably not.TM The best place to start is to understand what the problem actually is and then figure out the best solution to that problem. This is the cause of much frustration and long study hours that produce little to no fruit. little by little. Your brain can only build on to what it already has or knows and because of this you need to start by first building solid foundations.
This will enable you to achieve great results in a fraction of the time you would normally have spent. 03 52 . But it is essential for you to learn how to strategically pick out the most important information that you will use to act as pillars to store more detailed information onto. The key learning here is to realize and understand that time is limited and that in most cases 80% of your results in any subject will come from knowing the top 20% of the information. NOT everything is important. CONCEPT 1 THE PARETO PRINCIPLE Vilfredo Pareto. This distribution can easily move to 90/10% or even 95/5%. a well-known yet controversial economist who lived from 1848-1923. as well as the summarizing techniques. yet this 80/20 rule is actually a conservative approach. This principle is also referred to as ’Pareto’s Law’ or ’Pareto’s Distribution’ The Pareto Principle can be summarized as: 80% of the outputs result from 20% of the input. This in NO way implies that anyone should spot learn for an exam but rather that you should be very selective as to what you decide to learn first and then how you build on to that information. provided the world with a grossly uneven yet rather predictable distribution of wealth in society. THERE ARE OTHER WAYS OF SAYING THIS: 80% of the results are caused by 20% of the time invested 80% of a company’s profits come from 20% of the clients 80% of a person’s productivity comes from 20% of their efforts This may seem like a very unrealistic measuring approach.TM HOW TO GET 80% OF THE WORk DONE WITH 20% OF THE EFFORT How to Triple Your Speed of Learning There are 2 key concepts that govern this section and these should be used in conjunction with the Lightning Speed Learning Process. He said that 80% of all the money in the world was produced and owned by 20% of the people and showed how this principle also applied to almost everything outside of economics.
This is when your mom said ”No my little treasure. there are differences. It is the same when you learn new information . ”The furry four legged thing is a dog” and so you learnt.from animal. What happens to your pathways? Yes. ”Yes but look. a dog walked into your house and you asked your mom. first branch that there are different groups of animals. What the…. By building the foundational pathways first. but it is a poodle”. This is when your mom says ”Yes that is a dog. “What’s that?” Your mom explained that it was a dog. once again your pathways split. to cat.. smaller branches that there are different types within those groups… 03 53 . and dog.Cyril Parkinson THE SIMPLE BUILDING PROCESS As in our earlier example.understand how your brain builds up information and capitalize on it. Maybe. Now you are confused. Remember your brain can only build onto what it already has or knows so you need to build foundations at the start of every study session. It really is so super simple . Then a few days later a dog walks in and you tell your mom ”Look I see a dog”. ”Look mom. Can you see the difference?” Which of course you can and you learn. your brain knows exactly where to transport the information and creates little subsidiary paths in a logical format. followed by all the smaller details.. is thinner.TM CONCEPT 2 PARkINSON’S LAW “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. A few days later a cat walked into the house and you very proudly announced. Your neural pathways split .. that is a cat”. TO GIVE YOU AN IDEA OF HOW THE NEURAL PATHWAYS SPLIT HERE IS A LITTLE STORY: When you were little.you need to learn that there are animals – foundation. if you were building a house you wouldn’t arrive at your plot of land with the door handles and wonder where they go. ”Oh yes there are many types of dogs and cats” and she explains some of the differences etc. ”But you said the four legged furry thing is a dog”… Your mom being kind and patient goes on to explain. and has pointed ears. a dog”. but you won’t get far if you hold onto that way of thinking. The cat has a smaller head.” .
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a lighter shade of purple. blue . It’s going to feel so real that you will actually feel like you are there. now green ..purple flower....a huge green field with freshly cut grass. picture a bright red apple. Put aside anything that might be on your mind for now you can come back to it later.if you can’t see the colour red. We all also use sound reduction headsets to help block out sound .. It also helps get you into the frame of mind to study and concentrate. Focus all your attention. purple . now yellow ... Picture how good you will feel after the study session when you realize you know everything you just learnt.. take a deep breath and relax. all your energy.. Closing your eyes and breathing is one way of getting focused... all your focus… when you are ready.. or for others it’s thinking of what could distract them and taking note of putting it away for this time.blue sky...TM Getting into the right frame of mind can help you retain up to 30% more in every study session.a bright sun. your study session starts. therefore a bit of mental preparation is a very good idea. Then think of the colour red as vividly as you can ...it is a great tool that helps a lot with distractions.. all your energy into the next 40 minutes.You are going to enjoy the learning. 03 This is an example of what you can do to relax your mind and fuel your imagination. NOW. Just focus on breathing and relaxing for a few minutes.. Whatever works for you.... violet . Create a mental preparation that works for you and do it before every study session and exam. now the colour orange. The reason we do this is to push aside all distractions to help get our brains focused. make time for this mental preparation as it can help you improve up to 30% more in your ability to absorb and recall information. HERE’S A SIMPLE MENTAL PREPARATION PROCESS THAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOU GET INTO THE RIGHT FRAME OF MIND: Close your eyes. 55 . MENTAL PREPARATION: ALPHA STATE At the World Memory Championships we always have a 1-minute mental preparation before we begin to memorize any work.
this will command the attention of the world” – George Washington Carver .“Learn to do common things uncommonly well.
Then when time is up. Do your best to get through our work at least 2–3 times.in other words the information will not stick. Keep in mind that you are building the main neurological pathways. The focus here is to build a solid foundation/framework that you will continue to use in the next session. as you will build on to this later. The purpose of this short. The aim is to also cut out the middleman by actually learning the work at the same time as summarizing it. add novelty and sensory stimulation techniques. Do not go into too much depth. When you start to revise. Once you have drawn out the 2-3 key points per page and formed the foundation of your summary then use the memory systems and strategies that you have learnt to help you remember the work. do not allow for ”tributaries” at this stage of your learning. Decide on a realistic. the better and faster you will become. The more you practice this. intense study session is to look for and draw out key headings. as anything more is too much. The aim is to get a solid overview of what the section of work is about and to think of strategic ways to best tackle it. You must focus on only drawing out a maximum of 2-3 points per page. After every 3 pages go back and revise what you have just drawn out. move on to smaller details under each section.TM THE 4 STEP SPEED LEARNING PROCESS 1. THE FOUNDATION METHOD This is also known as the power scan. Stick to just the 2-3 points under each heading you listed at this stage. What this means is that in the 17 minutes allocated you need to go back and revise what you have been learning at least 2–3 times. you will easily be able to recall everything as you have seen it numerous times. but do 2 -3 key ideas per page or theme to start. If at the end of the 20 minutes you find that you cannot recall much. it will be because you tried to draw out too much information in this initial learning phase. Try to pick out and remember the key information and only once you know this.You need to be very strict with your time here to avoid returning to your old time-consuming ways of studying. sub headings. Never just sit and learn from start to finish without taking the time to go back and recap. This will vary with different subjects.17 minutes study + 3 minutes revision. summaries and conclusions. yet challenging amount of information to study and set yourself 20 minutes to get through it . This is the laying of the foundations for the house that will be built! These foundations need to be solid otherwise the house will not stand . 57 03 .
or branches leading off from the main neurological pathways. In other words. it would be a complete waste of your time. THE REFINER METHOD We strongly advise you to use both the Foundation and Detail methods during the early stages of learning for tests and exams as well as for note taking in class. If you did. This is where you will add the tributaries.TM 2. Once again. Do not try to add too much information at this stage. make sure you revise effectively in order to help ensure the information you have learnt remains in your long-term memory. 58 . THE DETAIL METHOD (20 – 25 Minutes Study Time) Once you have a good understanding and framework of the section you are studying you can start to add smaller detail. By the end of the session. adding some of the finishing features. 03 3. rather build slower but solidly. try to get through your work at least 2–3 times. you should have seen your work between 4–6 times. Once you have done this. THE PURPOSE OF THIS IS TO a) Reinforce what you learnt during the Foundation method and b) Build onto this framework by adding the next most important information. Try to use the first 2 methods to give yourself 70 – 80% retention of work. Focus on trying to pick out the next most crucial bits of information. you will start to build the walls of your house. It is vitally important that you build onto previous learning instead of having to recreate the wheel each time you learn. The Refiner Method can be used closer to major tests and examinations to deepen your subject knowledge.
your brain changes shape physically. THERE ARE 3 kEY STEPS TO THE CONSOLIDATION PROCESS 1. THE MOST EFFECTIVE REVISION STRATEGIES THE PURPOSE OF REVISION 1. Have pen and paper ready. 3. remember the more mistakes you make in practice the better. 59 . 5. 03 REVISION Picture yourself spinning plates . 4. as long as you learn from them. Rest/sleep: allow yourself consistently good sleep for the neural pathways to process the new information learnt. spinning each one in turn.chew on it and allow it time to digest. To make links between different topics to see how the whole subject fits together. you don’t know it and have wasted your time. 2. To identify areas that you might still be weak at. Eventually the first plate starts to lose momentum and will fall unless you go back and give it another spin. To remind yourself of material you might have forgotten. Long term consolidation: 1 week+ after studying the information 3.you start by spinning one plate and move down the line of plates. Short term consolidation: within 1–7 days after studying information 2. THE CONSOLIDATION METHOD After each session. If you come to certain areas of information that you cannot remember. you need to keep doing this in order to ensure you don’t drop any of the plates throughout the performance. it is essential that you try to recall everything you have just studied. this is perfectly fine. To commit what you have learnt and understood to memory. This is covered in more depth in the Turning Pro section of the manual. To check your understanding of the subject.TM 4. Keep this in mind during each study session and apply the same principle. Give yourself time to think of all the work you have learnt . If you cannot recall your work after studying. Why is this so important to do? Do not forget that every time you learn.
THE MOST EFFECTIVE REVISION TIMETABLE 1 hour after studying 1 day 1 week 1 month As simple as that! For example: If you studied 20 pages of science in a 40 minute study session there should be an immediate revision time to check that you effectively memorized the work. Once again. It is a good idea to create a revision timetable to keep you on track and to ensure you are revising often. in most cases just going over the work in your head is sufficient. Also. It does not have to be an elaborate timetable. By doing this you will be reinforcing your knowledge and what you forgot will probably then stay longest. go and look it up. You are sending a message to your brain that the information previously learnt is important and must be held onto.This will build and strengthen your neurological pathways as the more times you see the work the more developed the pathway becomes and the quicker your recall. 03 60 . just something to prompt your memory of what subjects you have studied and when it would be best to revise these subjects. it is advisable to look further into the area you are having a hard time with. Then an hour later you should go over the work again. you are reinforcing the information into your long-term memory. Revision does not have to be a full study session in itself. It could be a process of thinking over the work you have studied.TM 6. The next day you should go over the work again . it should not take you more than 5 minutes to recall the work. this will help reinforce the information further. When revising it is better to go over all the material quite quickly several times rather than spending a long time on each single section. This should ideally be done again within a week and by this stage. write your exam dates on the timetable to keep you focused on the end goal. recalling it either by rewriting your basic summary or by just simply going over it in your head. Every time you think through the work again. If there is anything you are battling to recall. How effectively you studied the work will be demonstrated in how quickly and accurately you can recall it. This should not take you more than 10 minutes. as there was energy used in figuring out the problem. it’s a process of going over in your head the work studied the previous day. To practice planning and writing answers to questions. If you get stuck on one point or topic.it does not have to be in a study environment or a part of your set study time. It should be done often and quickly. It could be while you are in the shower or on the ride to school. this should not take you more than 10 minutes.
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It is a very good idea to learn all the foundational and some detailed work ahead of time. Work through the revision strategy mentioned above and then closer to the exam add the finer details to your already very solid foundations. One of the best things you can do to fully prepare for exams is to work through past exam papers, under exam settings, in your revision process. This will give you clues and guidance as to what the exam could hold, what sort of questions could come up that you may not have prepared for, and is a great way to see just how much you actually know. Students who follow this plan of action always enter exams fully prepared and confident.
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7 POTENT SUMMARISING TECHNIQUES REVEALED
A good rule of thumb that will keep you focused on the main thing is - in order for your study session to be productive, you should break down your time as follows: · · · 30% Left brain thinking - logic, order, structure, etc. 30% Right brain thinking - creativity, imagination, pictures, etc. 40% focusing on your ability to recall what you have learnt
BIG NOTE: The key with these techniques is to initially move fast. Do not spend time making your summary look incredible - it doesn’t matter what it looks like. Rather spend your time revising and thinking of clever ways to help differentiate various sections of work from each other. Remember that at the end of each study session you need to know what you have studied.
1. THE TRADITIONAL METHOD
The Traditional mind concept is referred to by many names such as concept mapping, spider diagrams, etc. It can be used as a very powerful tool for organizing information and actually dates back to as early as 550 AD.
BIG NOTE: The majority of people use this method but it can become very time consuming if
you focus your energy in the wrong place.You need to understand the original purpose of why the Greeks relied so heavily on this method. It definitely was NOT to give them more to do, but simply to help them gain a structured and systematic way of organizing and understanding the information they wanted to learn.
but do your best to differentiate one section of work from another. Instead of making your notes landscape style (across the page) you may prefer to write down the page. Move quickly and try finding clever ways to abbreviate key bits of information. 2. representing different sections of work. 3. but rather on what it helps you to achieve. You could use multiple sheets of paper. THE DYNAMIC METHOD DYNAMIC Similar to the traditional mind method. THE LINEAR METHOD 03 LINEAR If you are more structured by nature you might enjoy this method of breaking down your work.TM Your focus should NOT be on the method itself. The advantage of this method is that you can easily and systematically represent your work in a way that is easy to understand. Make sure your summaries reflect a healthy balance of both left and right brained thinking. 64 . but here you have a lot more room to be creative.
5. It can either be used as a summarizing technique to store all the information onto for a given section or chapter of work OR it can be used in conjunction with the other methods. 65 . You can create one main image on a page. THE kEY IMAGE METHOD 03 kEY IMAGE HEART ELBOW FOOT This is the same method described in the section on memory. or multiple images. THE TREE METHOD TREE The Tree method is a representation of what your neural pathways look like. it is much easier to recall one key image than it is to try to recall a number of unrelated bits of information.TM 4. Small key images can be used within the traditional/dynamic methods to store smaller bits of information onto. Either way. Use more than one sheet of paper if you need to.
Simply add detail to core information without spending a great deal of time writing it all down. (COVERED IN GREATER DETAIL IN THE QUESTION AND ANSWER SECTION) This method can be extremely powerful once you have practiced and mastered the techniques.TM 6. You can apply it in a couple of different ways. 2. The Invisible Method will be a very powerful tool to help you refine and perfect your understanding of your work. you can see where one section of work ends and a new one begins. We highly recommend that you use this technique to save you the time of writing everything out. summaries and conclusions onto your locations and once you’ve done this. Once you become very familiar with the techniques. they will become second nature. 7 THE NO WRITING OR ”INVISIBLE” METHOD . Try to implement the Foundation and Detail Methods in advance enabling at least a 70–80% recall of your work. it would not be the best use of your time. 1. Combine this method with Speed Reading strategies. So instead of having to write summaries of all your work. You simply do not have the time. 66 03 . THE COMBINATION METHOD COMbINATION This method is taken directly from the Chunking memory technique and basically uses the same thinking as that of the ”post its” example that you have learnt about. It is a process of separating your work into chunks or categories so that at a glance. Note: the methods will take practice to master yet will teach you a way of thinking that is at the heart of accelerated learning. after applying them to your work. while at the same time enabling you to keep a very structured approach to your work. move on to smaller detail. you may start to find sections of work that you can naturally break down in your head in a logical and creative way and store these onto journeys straight away. Have journeys and locations in place and ready to first store headings. and even if you did. then sub headings. Building onto key summaries without necessarily writing anything. This gives you a great deal more flexibility than the other techniques. at least a week before each exam. A general rule of thumb: build all your summaries with a well-oiled revision strategy in place.
“Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out” – Robert Collier .
TM THE MOST POWERFUL READING STRATEGIES DISCOVER THE PURPOSE OF YOUR READING Do you want to know one of the biggest mistakes most students make when it comes to reading? Answer: Believing that everything they need to read is equally important. While this is a wonderful ideal. However. 03 DEVELOP AN ACTIVE READING MENTALITY Have a pencil or a few highlighters ready to help you tackle your work most effectively. Ask them what THEY think are the most important areas to focus on. You may feel uncomfortable about writing in your books .many people believe that you should never write inside a book. here is what you need to do. kNOW HOW CONCENTRATED YOUR READING NEEDS TO bE AND HOW MUCH YOU NEED TO kNOW The wonderful thing about the academic system is this: it is a system. Systems can be cracked. then you start to enter the world of working smart instead of hard. Are you reading for leisure? For an assignment? For an exam? For research? The purpose of your reading will determine the way in which you approach it. You may think that you might not be able to sell the book at the end of the year because of 68 . Find out who is in charge of marking any test or assignment that you have.Think about it. Most academic institutions will say that their main purpose is to teach students to think for themselves. The true value in this is that they will have in-depth insight into all of the most important information. In short. This will save you HUGE amounts of time and effort and assist you to become strategic in your approach towards your reading. the truth of the matter is that every year millions of students HAVE to get through the same system and therefore if you know what to do and what to look for. Use the summarizing techniques to help you organize the information in a way that best suits the way your brain wants to process information. before you approach them it would be a good idea to have some idea of the material so your teacher or tutor will see that you have already put in some work and therefore will more likely be willing to help you.You will be a lot more strategic in your approach by being aware of the REASON behind the reading.
You will greatly increase your ability to retain information by creating your own table of contents when necessary. RECITE. True learning is both memory and understanding so ensure that your active reading mentality facilitates these. .TM what you have written in it. helps bring a systematic approach to your reading. This would be equivalent to a Power Scan or the Foundational Method. 03 SQ3R: SURVEY QUESTION. science. It provides focus. concepts and phrases that you will need to refer to in the future and reinforce. etc. it is virtually impossible for you to commit any information into long-term storage unless both your left and right brain is actively involved in the process. accounting. CREATE YOUR OWN SUMMARIzED TAbLE OF CONTENTS Much of the work you will have to study will contain no structure and order. what would he/she say about it? 69 . QUESTION: Try to convert the information you have scanned into questions to spark a train of thought surrounding it. CREATE A GLOSSARY OF kEY TRIGGER WORDS A brilliant idea is to build up a glossary of important terms. Important Advice: Do whatever you need to do to add as much productive study time to your schedule as possible so you know and understand your work. As you have learnt. SURVEY: Before starting to read. REVIEW This method created by Francis Robinson in 1961.You will undoubtedly make mistakes with either trying to recall theoretical work or with more practical and application-intensive work such as mathematics. but use this exercise to help you gain clarity on the most important information. You could also ask what your teacher or lecturer said about this information. and will be a lot more effective if you learn from all your errors. You could also do this with mistakes you’ve made regarding any of your learning. This is the same as the Questions Technique previously learnt. Question: is it cheaper for you NOT to write in the book. If you could meet the author of the text you are reading. If you ask yourself a question your brain will try to find the answer. READ. or is it cheaper to re-do the entire course because you were too scared of messing up your book? It’s also a good idea to make notes at the side of each page of your thoughts on the information you’ve just read. Do not spend excessive amounts of time doing this. it is a good idea to survey the chapter for all-important pillars of information. keeping a note of them.
but it also allows you to keep getting better and better by quantifying your progress. Stop and reread information that is not clear.TM READ: Do your best to look for answers to the questions you raised. As you read. Remember that reviewing after the first day of learning any information is the most crucial. THE k.. RECITE: Engage your unique learning style when it comes to reciting and trying to recall your work. and connect old and new information. READING METHOD This relatively well known reading method can also be used as a very effective revision strategy. “What did I learn during the study session?” This helps you to reflect on. all your effort put into the study process could be wasted. REVIEW: Reviewing is an ongoing process. You start by asking yourself the question… “What do I know already?” After this. engage your senses as much as possible. you ask yourself… “What do I want to know or learn during this study session?” And then afterwards.. your brain builds onto what it already knows. If you haven’t revised your work within a day. As you know. This can be a very powerful tool as it helps you not only keep each study session focused.W. so don’t risk it. You may wish to create a chart similar to this: 03 What do I already know? What do I want to know? What did I learn? 70 . You may try to read a few sections at a time but remember to revise and recap as you go along. Increase your speed when you are scanning through information and slow down when you are trying to understand certain concepts or a difficult section. Also make sure your desire or reason for studying is crystal clear in your mind.L.
Obviously. USE A POINTER Use either your finger or a pen to help you move faster. 71 . Do your best to reduce time spent skipping back. A general rule of thumb is: move faster than what you feel is comfortable.You will definitely need to read every word with certain sections of work such as technically challenging information. As you read. do your best to move through your work at a consistent pace. together with summarizing techniques. INCREASE THE NUMbER OF WORDS IN EACH bLOCk Get into the habit of not reading every single word. 03 REDUCE SkIP-bACk . USE HOOkS OR GUIDING POINTS You may find it helpful to use bold or italics to accentuate words as hooks or guiding points to help focus your reading as well as increase and enhance your memory. you may have to go back to certain concepts to help clarify and deepen your understanding. You can radically increase the speed at which you read by having some form of understanding of the work in the first place. yet slow enough for you to process and come to terms with the information. We strongly encourage you to combine your effective reading and speed reading strategies with effective note taking in class.TM THE MOST POWERFUL SPEED READING STRATEGIES Big Tip: Know what to look for This is closely connected to using effective reading strategies and knowing what specific information to look for. but don’t make this your most common reading strategy. try to group words together as your eyes move past them.TRAIN YOURSELF TO AVOID bACk-TRACkING You may be very tempted to keep going back in case you might have skipped certain words. REDUCE THE TIME SPENT IN EACH bLOCk As you read. with more technically challenging information.
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These are guidelines for building the perfect day… 04 73 . And not only know the enemy. but also have a plan of action to combat that enemy. To become a pro in any field a good plan of action needs to be put in place and followed through with discipline.TM Moving from a Place of Potential to a Place of Performance. This section has been designed to help you create structure around your studying as well as give you a heads-up on all the things that can take you out along the way. The best way to be prepared to enter into battle is to know your enemy.
Not 7 apples on a Sunday or 31 apples at the end of the month TURNING PRO IS ALL AbOUT ADOPTING AN UNCOMPROMISING APPROACH AND ATTITUDE TOWARDS WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE. 04 74 .TM Do you want to know how to get from where you are today to where you want to be in the future? One word: ACTION An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
half the work is done.you have to be there. just skim through it. Always be prepared for your classes. so be ALL there.if you want to become an achiever. By doing this you will be sending your brain the message that what you are learning is important as there is energy being injected into the process. you will become who you spend most time with. If need be take the teacher aside after class to discuss any further issues. In most cases. This alone will start the consolidation process into long term memory storage so when it comes to studying. • • • • • 04 DURING CLASS/LECTURES: • Participate fully in class . as it will create unnecessary stress. This will start to lay the initial foundations on the subject. especially for exams. otherwise your mind will be distracted as it will be focusing on the messages it is receiving from your stomach. Spend time with the right people . Rather make a habit of getting to class early and spend time preparing for the day. as arriving unprepared even to a small detail like not having a pen will start you off on the back foot. This will prevent your being stumped on difficult sections while studying.TM World Class Preparation AN OUTLINE OF THE PERFECT DAY: BEFORE CLASS/LECTURES: • Start your day positively as this will set the tone for the rest of the day. Make a point of saying your daily affirmations with emotion and enthusiasm. Have a hearty. healthy breakfast. giving yourself an idea of what is to come. Never arrive late. when you go over the work in class those foundations are developed further and by the time you come to learn the work not much effort will be required of you. Ask as many questions as you can. Doing this will give you a huge advantage over your classmates. picking the teacher’s brain until you fully understand what is being taught. spend time with achievers. It’s not necessary to learn the work beforehand. No matter how much you may disagree or not want to believe it. they know the • • 75 . Know what you need and make sure you have it by packing your bag the night before. Start looking through the sections of work that are to be covered ahead of time.
This will help you plan your study timetable. By doing this you give yourself an end goal to work towards. Always spend some time after class and before you start to study doing something fun or physical. This can guide you in the amount of time you will need to prepare for the exam. like hanging out with friends. keep it fresh. Sleep is essential to the whole process. Give your brain a break from academic activity before starting it up again. This will help you to start and keep motivated throughout the study session.save messing around for after class. Your lectures will be pointless and you will have wasted a lot of your time . This will save you a lot of time. This will give you the energy you will need later to spend a good couple of hours studying.e. Try to have a set place to study and keep to it as your brain knows it is time to work when you enter that space. Be strict on your time here though. • AFTER SCHOOL/LECTURES BEFORE STUDYING: • • Make sure that you know exactly when your next exams are and what assignments need to be handed in by when. 76 . Never sit next to someone who does not want to be there or who is a distraction to you. do so. short answer. Only have that section of work in front of you. leaving studying for the late night hours. don’t spend too much time socializing. don’t neglect it. i. essay. or multiple choice. • If there is an exam coming up try to find out how much the exam is worth and what type of exam it is. Before you sit down to study make sure your study area is organised and you have • • • • • • • • • • • • Different coloured pens Highlighters Note paper Stopwatch Light background music if you find this helps you Sound reduction headset if you have it Big glass of water Healthy snacks • • 04 Plan what work you are going to study. or playing sport.TM exam questions and can guide you as to what is important to know and what can be left out. Set the time you are going to study and stick very strictly to it. OR If you like to move around.
Use all the speed learning timeframes you have learnt. The first day of learning is the most important. Go and do something fun… Stick to this daily plan and you are guaranteed to see incredible success not only in your studies. Start promptly . Every time you revise the work. Going through the work very briefly again the following day will ensure it stays for another week. 04 • • • Make today a masterpiece of what you want your future to look like. Get things done on time.do everything in your power to avoid procrastination. the work should stick for at least the next 24 hours. Get into the habit of using and perfecting all the memory and speed learning techniques you’ve learnt. See these for what they are . but only if they work well for you. it will move a lot slower than it is capable. Thinking about it or just going over it in your head during that week means it will stick now for at least a month. 77 . Another suggestion would be to get things done so early that it bugs your friends After you have studied for 30-40 minutes.spending less time studying with better results. Initially it may be difficult but perseverance will produce your ultimate desire . as you will be setting yourself up for far too many temptations and distractions. Don’t watch TV during these breaks as it often ends up being a long break and you will find it hard to get back into studying.TM DURING STUDYING • Make sure you study in an environment free of distractions. stop and review for 10 minutes. The solution to this is to give yourself a deadline at least a few days earlier than the actual deadline. but also in your whole life. If you give your brain 1 hour to study something that could take you 20 minutes to study. Take small breaks often during your study time. You can form study groups. • • • • • • AFTER STUDYING • • Revision is the essential ingredient in moving forward effectively. You will be tempted to do 101 other very ”important” things before getting started. Make sure you set a revision strategy in place and stick to it. It is generally not a good idea to study in the living room or TV lounge. There is a rule of thumb that goes like this: we will do as much as we need to do within the time limit that we have been given. By doing this. After studying any new information you must revise that work right way so look at it again within the next hour. you are strengthening the neurological pathways and the quicker your recall time will be.distractions from what you really should be doing.
But change is ALWAYS possible! 2. Your level of belief is determined by the circumstances around you. If you are honest enough many of them materialized because of the friends you had at that time. leading to a more positive or negative outlook and response to life.TM WARNING! Identifying and understanding your enemies 9 THINGS THAT CAN TAkE YOU OUT The best way to prepare to enter into war is to know your enemy… 1. as our old ways can be deeply embedded into our subconscious mind. In this way. or with doctors and hear their stories. The more you sit in this place. SUBCONSCIOUS MIND From the time we are born. If you make an effort to spend time with students who are achieving. our minds gather and filter information. For some of us it might require more effort to change the ways we naturally think or do things.This together with circumstances builds a platform from which our character and personality is determined. life experiences create a processing template through which all new information is filtered. One example is whether the processing template creates a more positive or negative filter. This statement could not be truer! Have a look at circumstances that you’ve faced in your life. the more you see your dream fading. These internal representations form part of the processing template. which significantly affects and determines how we see the world. Remember though that circumstances and life experiences do not have the final say on who we will be and what we are capable of achieving. WHO YOU ARE SPENDING TIME WITH BECOMING AN ACHIEVER You have heard the saying that where you will be in 5 years time is largely determined by who you are spending time with today. 04 78 . For example. the more your level of belief will rise. you have always wanted to be a doctor but are currently not achieving the required results in order to see your dream become a reality.
Do not get bogged down when you fall short of who you wish you be. Also spend time alone reflecting on your life so that when you meet with people you will be able to be genuinely concerned with what’s going on in their lives instead of just making yourself the topic of conversation. Just pick yourself up. If you are dishonest. So does everybody else. So make a point of doing the same to everyone you interact with. do everything in your power to remain true to your integrity. make sure that person has your full attention.TM SPEND TIME WITH VITAMIN PEOPLE My friend James raves about “vitamin people. When talking to someone. How do you feel when someone gives his or her full attention when talking to you? You feel great. truly believe that you are sorry for what you have done and make every effort to change your behaviour from that moment on. You know who the vitamin people are in your life. seek that thing out! 3. don’t only spend your time with vitamin people. do not answer your cell phone unless it is truly urgent.” A vitamin person is someone who always has something to give rather than just taking.. If someone has given you his or her time. Whatever it is that inspires you. Do your best to be honest all the time and when you find yourself dropping the ball. love and care for. Carefully select those few who you can trust and make sure that you meet with them often. MEDIOCRITY Would you like to become passionate about what you do? We are sure that you do. Better still. Don’t make excuses for not finding the energy to be a vitamin person every day. This helps you remain real and human. as well as your joys and victories. Spend most of your time with them and less time with people who drain you. you actually create an ideal environment for mediocrity to thrive. become one yourself. It is totally worth it in the end. Then why are so few people deeply passionate about their work? The word passion is derived from the Greek word ”patho” and the Hebrew word ”paseo” which actually means to suffer. You need people in your life to share your hurts and pains with. A great deal of your healing will come from sharing your experiences with friends and family that you trust. Passion is birthed out of some form of suffering in your life.. 04 79 .
“Don’t let life discourage you.” – Richard Evans . everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was .
Have a realistic view of how much time each section of work will take and put a schedule in place to 81 • . as you will feel overwhelmed and will only worsen your procrastination. never the other way around. SO WHAT CAUSES PROCRASTINATION? It can be as simple as • • • • • • • Waiting for the right mood Waiting for the right time Lack of clear goals Underestimating the difficulty of the tasks Underestimating the time required to complete the tasks Fear of failure Perfectionism The list can go on… WHAT CAN YOU DO TO AVOID PROCRASTINATION? Understanding that the future is not just going to arrive and take you by the hand and lead you forward is the first step in the right direction. Don’t keep yourself very busy with insignificant activities. The ability to get things done and overcome procrastination is one of the most important skills to master if you wish to do well.TM 4. Don’t wait to feel motivated before you start working. PROCRASTINATION A basic definition of procrastination is putting off the things you should be doing now. before this bad habit steals your opportunities and damages your ability to study effectively. Forcing yourself to start acting on what you need to do will get the cogs of motivation moving. while delaying getting around to what is truly important. This happens with all of us time after time. 04 DEVELOP YOUR PLAN: • A project is easier when it is built in stages. What will make a big difference to your success is your ability to recognize procrastination and promptly take it under control. as this will never happen. Don’t try to build Rome in a day. start small and add detail and complexity as you achieve and grow. Motivation grows with action.
if you know they are going to be waiting for you at the track at 5am you have to get up and be there on time. Each journey begins with the first step. Like when you have exercise buddies . and distance yourself from distractions. it’s dangerous to mind and body. if procrastination is a habit of yours. BREAkING OLD HABITS Taking on a new way of thinking or a new way of studying will always prove to be difficult initially. week. review the situation and try to rectify it before continuing. etc. and give meaning to experience. once you have forced yourself to break the old habits the new way will become embedded in your subconscious mind. This will help you keep your eye on the ball. Take a step back. Allow yourself to feel frustrated when things don’t seem to be going right. but deny their temptation. Create a good work environment. Put rewards in place that you will receive when you reach certain targets. as recognizing it will help you to start doing something about it. Admit that you have had a problem with procrastination. • Have a set time of day. Looking ahead and seeing yourself succeeding can go a long way in helping you avoid procrastination and give you the get up and go you need to make your dream a reality. STRESS Stress isn’t only uncomfortable.knowing you are being watched often helps you focus and get started. In addition to increasing health problems. 04 6. Gradually the process will become second nature. Don’t keep doing the same thing over and over again if it is not working for you. This helps you develop a new habit of working. Don’t try to deny they exist. However. 82 . 5. when you dedicate yourself to work. as your subconscious brain will naturally want to revert to its old ways. They can be more important than successes. learning experiences. Surround yourself with people who will help motivate you and monitor your progress . Distractions will always be an issue so you need to learn to manage them. • • DON’T BE TOO HARD ON YOURSELF: • Take false starts and mistakes for what they are.TM help keep you on track. and start working. • • • • Finally. focus on the immediate task or project.
problem solving skills. SYMPTOMS OF STRESS: • • • • • • • • • • • • Memory problems Indecisiveness Inability to concentrate Trouble thinking clearly Poor judgment Seeing only the negative Anxious or racing thoughts Constant worrying Loss of objectivity Fearful anticipation All of the above are extremely negative symptoms to be experiencing during your studying and obviously. in our current high-stress culture. particularly when the stress causes accompanying feelings of fear and anxiety. and thought processes. The higher your stress levels. it is important that our relaxation responses are activated so bodily functions can return to normal following a stressful event. Although some teachers feel stress is an inevitable part of the education process. blood pressure. research shows it can actually undermine the learning process. we wouldn’t want to remove all stress as a small amount can help keep arousal levels high enough to complete tasks. Not having the time to study due to over-commitment. and therefore going into an exam feeling totally unprepared. Stress in the classroom or elsewhere.TM chronic stress causes problems with our memory. Unfortunately. Your short-term memory is crippled. are dangerous and work against the learning process. or leaving everything for the last minute. resulting in a state of chronic stress. the quality of their work decreases. while writing exams. the worse your results will be. A high level of cortisol disrupts working memory and reduces a person’s desire to explore new ideas and solve problems creatively. Obviously. large amounts. However. releases a chemical called cortisol into the brain. Studying. While cortisol is an important and helpful part of the body’s response to stress. 83 . and you will have difficulty retrieving previously learnt information. our stress responses are activated so often that the body doesn’t always have a chance to return to normal. But it does not have to be this way! 04 WHY WE STRESS: • • When you look at all the work that needs to be studied. While students under stress may work harder. writing exams and stress seem to go hand in hand. you can easily feel overwhelmed and depressed.
weekly. Learn to say NO.just to chat. 04 84 . Get into the ”Zone” before studying. Set out a study plan. and take 3-5 deep cleansing breaths. feel prepared before sitting down to study. Caffeine elevates negative stress symptoms. or in relationships All of the above can lead to symptoms of stress that will affect you in a very negative way. Be aware of how you use your time. Think positive! Negative thoughts can trigger a physical fear reaction. Take regular breaks to avoid feeling overwhelmed.TM • • • • • Health issues Lack of sleep Poor diet Problems at home. play an instrument etc. close your eyes. Avoid procrastination and/or taking on more than you can handle. Do your 1-minute mental preparation time. HOW TO COMBAT STRESS: • • • • • • • Set attainable goals for yourself on a daily. Laughter is the best medicine. Visualize future success.go for a walk or run. Stick to your study plan so that you can approach exams with confidence. Turn up your favourite song really loud and dance! Call an old friend . do gentle muscle stretches for 15 minutes. To loosen up tight muscles. Try to maintain regular sleep patterns. Find something to laugh about. Limit your caffeine intake. Stay physically active . Putting your thoughts down on paper can help you start to see areas where your stress lies and this in itself can help to alleviate it. PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO: • • • • • • • • • • • Eat a healthy well balanced diet to stay in top form. To clear your mind. and monthly basis. Inject some creativity into your activities: paint a picture.
If you are scared of failure you will probably find yourself procrastinating. Fear leads to procrastination and procrastination will lead to your failure. On a sheet of paper write down anything that comes to mind relating to the work you are having difficulty with. The extent of your courage will be directly proportional to the amount of preparation you put in. I had heard that he was burnt out and a friend had suggested that he talk to me. Embrace it. learn from it and use it to reach greater heights. Fear does not serve you so let it go and do your best to be courageous. The fear of failure will keep you stuck in one place. I had only 2 questions for him: 1) What is the one thing that you love to do most? 2) How many times have you done this in the past month? 85 . If you want to learn and succeed twice as much. move on. seek to get wise counsel. as your brain will continue to look through its neurological pathways for the answer and it could come to you later. write neatly and clearly and have confidence in yourself. you may need to fail twice as much as you are doing now. If you are not failing then you probably need to ask yourself if you are really working hard enough and pushing any boundaries. just relax and take a deep breath. The only thing that you will become if you are scared to fail is mediocre. BURN OUT A while back I had a conversation with the Head Prefect of a nearby school. 04 9. MENTAL BLOCkS The best way to avoid a mental block in the exam room is to make sure you have prepared adequately. 8 times World Memory Champion. This could help trigger the memory and the answer could come. 8. Wise advice from Dominic O’Brien. but in getting up every time we do. If you get to a point in the exam where your mind goes blank.” . “Our greatest glory is not in never falling. Stress is a natural part of life and a certain amount of stress can actually contribute to your success. Work smartly and don’t just jump ahead without thinking. If you allow yourself to get worked up the rest of the paper will become difficult. is that we do not learn and we do not grow unless we make mistakes. Don’t spend unnecessary time on questions you find difficult. Listen to what each person has to say but then act on what YOU think you should do.Confucius Failure is as much a part of your success journey as success itself so never see failure as an end in itself. If this is taking too long.find people you admire and ask for their input. It is a vicious cycle. Before making certain important decisions seek wise counsel. Answer all the easier questions first. Then make your decision.TM 7 FEAR OF FAILURE . The main thing is not to get stressed. Use it to your advantage. Do not seek to get advice. Simply put this means .
Never forget that the work that you do is just an overflow of who you are. Plan to eat foods that improve your health and well-being. but had only surfed once in the past month. If you crave something sweet. I couldn’t do anything else so had to study. not eating enough. He used to surf every day before he became Head Prefect. Choose meals and snacks that emphasize protein over carbohydrates. GIVING YOU ORIENTATION TO THE PERFECT bRAIN FOOD DIET A poor diet puts the body in a state of physical stress and weakens the immune system. Start now! The solution to staying energized: when your schedule gets busier. DIET RECOMMENDATIONS: • • • • • • • Use the food guide pyramid to help you make healthy food choices. For example. Eat the right amount of food on a regular schedule. because not getting the right nutrition may affect the way the brain processes information. breakfast. You can only give what you have. frequent meals to keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady. I was Head Prefect of my school and needed a whole year to recover from the burnout I experienced.TM He didn’t need to respond. This includes unhealthy food choices. consider a high protein nutrition bar or a piece of fruit which will provide you with natural sugars. This form of physical stress also decreases the ability to deal with emotional stress. Avoid sweets and sugary foods. Your internal world will affect your external world. I already knew his answer. When last did you have a good holiday? Do you take time to smell the roses? What are you doing each day for yourself to make sure that you have something valuable to give to your work? Don’t wait. I have been there. Protein-rich meals and snacks keep your energy on an even keel. There are some great websites that offer valuable insight into low GI diets. There were rumours going around that I would be the first person to be Head Prefect 2 years in a row . 30% of the energy you use is consumed by your brain. 86 04 . Try to eat small. lunch and dinner.the only reason I passed was because I broke my collarbone 3 games before the end of the rugby season. His true joy is surfing. The best work you can ever do comes out of a place of rest and relaxation. or not eating regularly. increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat. make sure that your playtime gets busier as well.
rather try: • • • • • Pacing as you read.TM • • • • A snack does not have to be unhealthy so prepare something that will benefit you while studying. Try drinking a glass of water or a cup of hot herbal tea if you are unsure of the origins of your hunger. Remember that thirst can be confused with hunger. When your brain is working hard. Making trips to the bathroom relieves monotony and burns calories. It’s very important to replace this as most of the oxygen that your brain gets is from the water you drink. If you get too comfortable on the couch. • • 04 87 . Only eat when you are physically hungry. unless you know yourself very well and can handle your caffeine intake. like celery. not because you are in need of a study break! And don’t watch TV for a study break. WATER. it uses up a lot of water. cereals etc. Don’t use coffee to keep you awake while studying. Make sure your home is stocked with healthy snacks. WATER – probably the most important thing to consume while studying. as sitting still for long periods of time can lead to fatigue Read aloud Study in a group Eat green apples. tomatoes. WATER. The tart taste and crunchiness keep your senses alert Drink plenty of water. and before you know it. carrots. bananas. apples. popcorn. you may not want to get up again. an hour has passed. nuts.
Yogurt.it is advisable to consult your doctor) • Omega 3/6 – Essential fats. Poultry.TM VITAMINS (Please note these are only suggestions . Oils Sweets Use Sparingly Milk. brilliant for memory • Salmon Oil – Well known brain food • Ginkgo Biloba – Helps with performance and stimulates blood flow to the brain A HEAL THY bALANCED DIET Fats. Rice. Meat and Dry Nuts Group 2 -3 Servings Fruit Group 2 -4 Servings 04 Bread. Cereal. Pasta Group 6-11 Servings 88 . Cheese Group 2 -3 Servings Vegetable Group 3 -5 Servings Fish. Eggs.
It is not a thing to be waited for but rather a thing to be achieved.“Destiny is not a matter of chance. but a matter of choice.” – William Jennings Bryan .
restful state of mind. brain waves become slightly more active. The quantity and quality of one’s sleep has a profound impact on learning and memory.HORMONE OF DARkNESS It is stimulated by darkness and inhibited by light. it is also when your brain maintenance is in full swing. causing tiredness. very relaxed. Research by Dr Robert Stickgold Sleep is not only a time for cells and body tissues to heal. 90 04 . deep sleep. Sleep deprivation also negatively impacts moods. Students must get sufficient sleep following the learning of new information if they want that information to be stored into long-term memory effectively. find it difficult to focus and experience a heightened inability to retain new information. when the brain goes through all the day’s activities.TM Helping you find balance SLEEP Sleep is essential for optimal learning and memory function. it is difficult for hardwiring to occur as your brain waves are unable to reach their optimal frequency level. perfect state to be in for effective learning. between theta and delta. If melatonin levels are low and you are not sleeping soundly. MELATONIN . are in most cases setting themselves up for disappointment. pulling an all-nighter before an exam. when active sleep takes place. relaxed. Serotonin the ”happy” hormone is a by-product of melatonin. When darkness comes or night falls. Research shows that students suffering from a lack of sleep are often overly irritable. During sleep nerve cells branch in your brain and hardwiring of the day’s learning takes place. Delta – low frequency. Therefore students who cram. refresh and repair. over-worked neurons can no longer function to coordinate information properly and you then lose the ability to access previously learned information. Alpha – slower frequency. anxious. Theta – slower frequency. before sleep. which has a direct consequence on learning. Most of this brain activity occurs during delta brainwave frequencies. REM – rapid eye movement. BRAIN WAVE FREQUENCIES: Beta – most active. You also lose the ability to make sound decisions as you can no longer accurately assess the situation or plan accordingly. Melatonin also has a powerful antioxidant function – you have probably heard that sleep is the best drug for youthful looks and longevity. Interrupted sleep robs you of precious learning time. daydreaming. Without adequate sleep and rest. melatonin is naturally produced and released. engaged in mental activities. so if you are not getting enough sleep it will have a direct impact on your happiness and feelings of satisfaction. prone to a flow of ideas. positive mental state.
9 hours on average Adults . Even though you may feel stressed. Infants . Make an effort to interact socially with people.it is more fun and will encourage you to stick with it. 04 91 .TM HOW MUCH SLEEP DOES A PERSON NEED? This depends on many factors like age. Decide on a specific time. Find a buddy to exercise with .7–8 hours is best Learn to budget your time wisely and manage your stress to maintain quality sleep. Most experts recommend doing at least 20 minutes of aerobic/full body activity three times per week. ExERCISE RECOMMENDATIONS • Start a physical activity program.16 hours a day Teenagers . type. health and mental activity. and level of physical activity. improving your feeling of wellbeing. Physical activity has many benefits and a regular exercise program can help decrease feelings of being overwhelmed or depressed.20 minutes of brisk walking outdoors will do the trick • • • SOCIALIzE SUPPORT SYSTEMS Almost everyone needs someone in their life that they can rely on when they are having a hard time. if only to get your mind off things. Fit this time into your schedule so it is part of your routine. amount. you will enjoy being with your friends. Having little or no support makes stressful situations even more difficult to deal with. EXERCISE Not getting enough physical activity can put the body in a stressful state. You don’t have to join a gym .
take a deep breath. Does that mean you do not need to work hard? Of course not! You need to work as hard as you can. Stanford University.” . Once you have done this. The work ethic that you develop as well as what you learn in the process is what you need to hold on to. Your job is to do the best you can at each test you have to write. Make sure that you take time for personal interests and hobbies.You will often find that answers to burning questions or difficult decisions will come during this down time. Pray as if it all depends on God. Here is some really wise advice: Work as if it all depends on you. but more importantly. did a study that revealed that there is little to no correlation between marks in high school/University when related to overall life success. You need to learn to listen to your body and actively put measures in place that will bring about restoration.TM RELAxATION People without outside interests. 04 92 . or ways to relax may be unable to handle stressful situations because they have no outlet for their stress.think of them as activities that fill your tank. LEARN TO LAUGH “Blessed are they that laugh at themselves. you need to work as smartly as you can. one of the top research Universities in the world. relax and go for gold. If you neglect these you will eventually run dry . hobbies. Whenever possible take a mini retreat or getaway with family and friends. they shall never cease to be entertained.Chinese Beatitude Your marks do not reflect who you are. It is during these times of relaxation that you can refuel and energise yourself for the next big project.
they shall never cease to be entertained.Chinese Beatitude .” .“Blessed are they that laugh at themselves.
Your excitement reminds you that there is more to live for than work. life was meant to be enjoyed and not endured.TM LEARN TO PLAY “Men cannot labour on always. USA. REASONS WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO PLAY: 1) Playing recharges your batteries and gives you newfound energy. in his broad Scottish accent. It has been a long week. I spent many hours at my laptop thinking about the coming year as well as finding ways to make it the best year possible. He even asked for it to be put in writing so that he could show his mom that this was an official piece of advice! The word “play” best describes what we need to do.” . The primary purpose? To play. But then you start to think of the party you will be going to on Saturday night. it is essential. My vision is clear and I have the strength and courage to go for my goals. The Den is his little sacred place. You picture your friends. Denholm. You feel exhausted. Go somewhere or do something with the aim of having as much fun as you can. Just do it! 2) Scheduling fun events into your daily/weekly schedule gives you something to look forward to. I have just come back from a 7 week snowboarding holiday in Lake Tahoe. Yes. Just think of your most favourite thing in the world. but my main focus was to have fun – and that is exactly what I did. It now seems possible to get through the week and that final assignment doesn’t seem so bad after all.Orville Dewey One of our pupils was totally shocked to hear how important it is to make sure you find time to play. You hear the music. his shrine. A while back friends invited me to join them for an all expenses paid trip to one of the best ski resorts in the world for a 2-week holiday. You begin to get excited and for some reason you have more energy than you’ve had all week. He. And secondly. You know the feeling. Rest is not only enjoyable. When visiting my uncle in Scotland shortly after making that decision I told him about the opportunity I‘d turned down. don’t take yourself so seriously. looked me deep in the eyes and gave me this wise advice. 94 04 . shook his head in disbelief and took me up to his Den in the attic. put your skates on boy!” I took his advice and had the snowboarding holiday of a lifetime! I hold on to what my Uncle Jack said on a daily basis. “Firstly my boy. his happy place. 4) Just because it’s fun! I remember back at University when I went out with friends I made sure that I “had fun” because that would help me be more productive in my work. a 74-year-old retired minister. He sat me down on a chair. I declined their kind offer simply because I thought that I had too much work to do. They must have recreation. 3) Playing creates balance in your life: Having fun has this amazing way of reminding you that you should never be enslaved to your work. Doing this will feed your soul like nothing else. I feel so incredibly refreshed and can now work out of a place of rest – the best place to work from.
and you keep relatively consistent at doing this each day. Let’s think: if the supply for something is really high and the demand is really low. The first question we generally ask is “how many of you think that learning is boring and could think of 100 other things you would rather do than sit down and study”? And the response? Every hand goes up. The flip side is simple: if you learn how to make the boring work you have to do TODAY come alive. OR 2 Work for someone else Either way the same rule applies. if you are just normal and average. TRUE REALITY CHECk if you have studied economics or even if you haven’t you will understand the simple matter of DEMAND vs SUPPLY. If the demand for something is very high and the supply is really low THEN what happens to price? Yes. assuming you can hold on long enough to reap the rewards of your efforts.. Let’s add you to this equation. We have the privilege of working with thousands of students each year. then you will just be more of a sloth in 10 years time. what happens to price? Yes it drops. Get this and you will have the reason that will help increase your focus each day until you are living out your dream job or career. Every time. If you cannot differentiate yourself in any way. flick through the channels on TV or spend hours on the internet? Welcome to the club. You have 2 options: 1 Work for yourself. how much demand do you think there will be for you? Not much.TM How to Dominate Your Chosen Career or Profession What is the reward for thinking differently? Unless you win the lottery or inherit a large amount of money. The way you approach your work NOW is how you will approach your work THEN. you will have to work one day if you’re not already working. My point: Learning takes effort but the rewards are always exceptionally more than your initial investment. where are you likely to be in 10 years time? Do you find learning boring? Would you rather watch DVDs with friends. only fatter and poorer.. 04 95 . If you approach your work like a sloth now... it goes sky high.
They also earn on average 536 times the salary of the average American. DID YOU kNOW? The average American reads 1 book a year and 90% of these readers don’t get past chapter 1 of that one book. LEARNING LEADS TO WEAL TH.. In South Africa. The results showed that it did not matter too much.5 years to make 1 day’s salary of that CEO. which means that the guys who finish with 9 distinctions don’t necessarily go on to be top achievers and vice versa. then the demand for you becomes really high and because of your perseverance in a consistent direction. The average CEO reads between 3 and 4 books a month. you change the quality of your life as well as the lives of those around you 04 Thinking is powerful so it makes sense to invest into the correct way of thinking. 96 . the supply of people like you gets lower and lower and THEN what happens to price? It goes through the roof and where does the money go? Into your bank account. the average CEO earns 223 times more than the average worker does. continually figuring out what works best and learning from the process. which means you need every bit of help to ensure that you make the most of your education.TM How many people are out there who end up choosing to be ordinary as opposed to a “cut like a Greek God” look or feel? But if you DO decide to invest in yourself and start to get ahead of the competition by being able to solve problems that others can’t. PERIOD Why do we harp on and on about this? Simply because the learning curve in any field of study is incredibly high and the dropout rate is equally high.. If you change the way you think. the way you think. You will recall the Stanford University study on the ratio between high marks and over all life success. You will become one of the world’s most sought after individuals if you get good at solving problems or creating more effective ways of doing things .it all starts here. What affects your overall life success is your attitude. That is what it is all about. That means that the average employee will have to work for 1.
“We are currently preparing students for jobs and technologies that don’t yet exist. in order to solve problems we don’t even know are problems yet ” .
04 INTERESTS: What do you LOVE to do? What activities are you naturally drawn to? What activities make you come alive and bring out the best in you? 98 .TM THERE ARE 3 kEY THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO INVEST INTO IN ORDER TO SET YOURSELF APART: What could you potentially be the best in the world at? Your Skills YOU Your Interests What do you LOVE to do? THE SWEET SPOT Your Values Your internal ethics clock SkILLS: What could you potentially be the best in the world at? Not good or OK at. but the best? What comes naturally to you? What comes easily to you? Do you lead people well? Can you build things with your hands? Can you sing well? Get realistic feedback from people you trust as to where your magic lies.
Do you value honesty? What about integrity? When you think about injustice in the world, what in particular really annoys you? What do you stand for? What do you want your life to represent? Imagine you could attend your own funeral - what would you want people to say about the person you WERE? Not what you did, but who you WERE. What values do you want to hold close throughout your life? You should always do your best to make sure that you are living in the centre of where these three circles meet. When you do so, you will “lose the sense of time” which is known as your sweet spot. This is where your true magic lies. Solving Problems: Always make sure that you have an outlet for expressing your skills, interests and values in a way that will ultimately solve tangible needs in the world. Zig Ziglar said: “You will have whatever you want in this lifetime if you can help enough people get what they want” You need to be relevant and passionate (Interests) about solving people’s problems better than anyone else (Skills). Once you start solving people’s problems in a way that is aligned with your greatest skills, interests and values, you will ideally start making money from your pursuits. What you then need to do is use this money to RE-INVEST back into your skills, interests and values. This will lead to your becoming more passionate about what you love to do, as well as help you become more and more skilled. The more passionate and skilled you become, the more demand there will be for you, and consequently your self-value will also go up. This re-investing back into yourself process is known as the flywheel concept, but in order for this process to gain unprecedented momentum, you need to apply the hedgehog concept. There is a tale that compares the efficiency of a hedgehog to that of a fox. A hedgehog doesn’t do many things well, but what it does, it is very good at.The fox on the other hand is always involved with a variety of things, never focusing purely on one thing at a time. The fox always tries to catch the hedgehog and spends a great deal of his time and energy trying to pursue it. Each time he tries to attack the hedgehog from a new angle, all the hedgehog does is turn around and the sharpness of its back causes the fox to retreat. The hedgehog always wins because of the fact that it has one solid skill that it uses over and over again. The fox always loses because he never focuses long enough to master one set of skills that would actually win him the prize - hedgehog for dinner. So the hedgehog concept is all about focusing your resources on a few things that get results.
Don’t be a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none. You need to be a jack of few trades and a master of one.
Locusts go from crop to crop taking all they can and moving on, with destruction following them. It might seem exciting and fast paced but eventually there will be nothing left as the locust destroys its surroundings and ultimately itself. A cow on the other hand just eats grass all day, is consistent in what it does, but is highly valued as it produces milk for many people. A few things done well will get you to a place where the flywheel concept will become a reality for you. We cannot stress it enough: Re-invest into your skills, interests and values to start becoming expert in your field. Extensive research shows that people who consistently invest into work, love and play time throughout their lives are least likely to have regrets. One of the best pieces of advice we can give you is to spend time with brilliant people who are doing what you would one day love to do. Take them to lunch, coffee, anything to get a piece of their time. Don’t arrive unprepared, think of as many intelligent questions as you can and write down their answers. Show them that you have a genuine interest in them and what they do. Remember they were once where you are now and can give you incredible insight into what the next few years can look like for you. The meeting should have purpose and structure, giving guidelines on what you can do to achieve your dream, what to look out for along the way and areas that you should be paying close attention to. Meetings like this can also begin a web of networking that can spread far and wide. Knowing the right people in the right places can play a huge role in creating future opportunities for you.
‘‘It always seems impossible until it is done”
– Nelson Mandela
Motivation grows with action. you can’t expect your brain to remember everything you study.desire and memory go hand in hand If you don’t have clearly defined academic goals. CAPITALIzING ON PROVEN TECHNIQUES • Take out your grenades and rocket launchers as this is how you now need to start approaching your studies and every area of your life where you want to get incredible results with a fraction of the effort. It is pointless to sit down and study because you HAVE to study. In no time.one of the biggest challenges you will face is converting your work into your own meaningful adventure Developing a world-class memory and achieving extraordinary results is ALL about choice. Your brain will only store information that it believes to be meaningful. your effort MUST be intelligent. You need to tell your brain and then remind it daily. emotionally significant or useful to know for the future . • Working hard is not good enough.TM Course Summary Packed with 200 Actionable Strategies for Immediate Use This is a summary of all you have learnt which also gives you 200 different actionable strategies to start putting everything into practice. Subconsciously you are sabotaging your success every time you study without a clear goal or incentive in mind. They all understand exactly how their brains function best and then capitalize on this by using world-class techniques that enhance each part of the brain enabling it to function to its full potential. • World-class memory competitors were not born with any innate learning ability or talent. • Work through all the actionable strategies on memory techniques and speed learning that follow. 102 . your brain will drift to something you find more interesting. SECTION 1 THE POWERSTUDYING FORMULA REASON AND DESIRE • The most powerful thing you can do for yourself before any tests or exams is to ALWAYS set out what • • • • • • you WANT to achieve and WHY you want to achieve it . that your goals are important to you. This goes totally against the way your brain works.
and then work as SMART as you can to achieve your dream. Being focused is made up of 2 parts: • • • • • • • • 1. Your brain needs to be physically changing shape. Remove emotion from the equation and commit yourself to a goal that is worthy of your effort and attention. A conscious and consistent effort in an intelligent and focused direction is needed from you in order to turn pro. Revision is essential in keeping these new pathways alive. and how to make it work for you! RETICULAR ACTIVATING SYSTEM. Knowing your priorities and 2. This will ensure that many paths are being created to one memory so retrieval of information is guaranteed. making your study session totally ineffective You need to spend time with people who are doing well. SHORT-TERM TO LONG TERM-MEMORY • You need to ensure that every time you study you are effectively transferring the work you are learning • • • • into your long-term memory. You can only achieve this by applying daily discipline and diligence to your efforts. Reason and desire + capitalizing on proven tools and techniques that work + discipline and diligence = extraordinary results.RAS Filters information to the brain • • Make your work way more relevant and significant to ensure your RAS does not filter out most of it. so you could learn a lot from them 103 .TM DISCIPLINE AND DILIGENCE • Here’s what you need to do. If you spend 1 focused hour each day in a specific area or field. THE bRAIN Let’s look at all you learnt about the brain and its memory consolidation process. you will be an expert in that subject after 5 years. You need to tap into all the parts of the brain that can help with the consolidation process. They are possibly seeing the answers you are not. If you can understand WHY you are doing what you are doing. as new neurological pathways are being created. Concentrating on these priorities You need to learn how to put into effect what is on your mind. it will become your reality. Motivation is fickle and fades as quickly as it comes so do not rely on your feelings but learn to fight for something when everything inside is shouting to just throw in the towel.
imagination. especially in subjects you find dull and boring.have something to work towards. Gingko Biloba has been proven to help stimulate blood flow to the hippocampus.AMY Is your emotional brain • You need to create more emotional significance in your work. which helps in the consolidation of memories associated with your goals. Injecting creative thinking and fun into your studying can go a long way to achieving the results you desire.HIPPO Is the mother ship of all memories. the more natural it will become. work at it. It is directly involved in helping you achieve your goals. CORPUS CALLOSUM Is basically the bridge between your left and right brain • Using left and right brain together is the key HYPOTHALAMUS This helps keep you on an even keel . • Make sure to set yourself realistic goals .your equilibrium. This is when dopamine is released in your brain. • The main thing you need to remember is that the hippocampus is associated with short-term memory and you need to put in the effort required to move all relevant information into your long-term memory. thinking. • AMYGDALE . feeling • • • If you are not naturally creative and find it hard to use your imagination. you need to focus on becoming more disciplined RIGHT BRAIN Is your creativity. If you are not very structured. 104 . Remember to use all your senses. which will assist in the transferring of information. The more you practice.TM HIPPOCAMPUS .
and thinking. the more defined your neurological pathways will become and the quicker and easier you will be able to retrieve information. It is what sets you apart from animals. restful.think. The more melatonin you get through long hours of sleep.what you believe to be true.induces sleep and provides a buffer against depression.TM PINEAL GLAND Your dealer in melatonin and serotonin. the more serotonin you will get. vision. delta brainwave sleep to ensure the hard wiring of your brain can take place and all new information learnt can be safely stored into your longterm memory. • Make sure you get sufficient deep. Omega 3 and 6 help insulate your neurological pathways. formulate. • FRONTAL LOBES This area makes up 40% of your brain and is involved in planning. • Start to change the way you think and you can change your life 105 . set goals. which will help with stress levels and depression. plan. Then act on all your visions and goals SUBCONSCIOUS BRAIN This is about your belief patterns. • • Spend time using this crucial part of your brain . • NEUROLOGICAL PATHWAYS These are your roads to long-term storage • The more you revise your work.
every section. It is where you use locations along a familiar path as storage hooks. as novel as you can by using all your senses ROMAN ROOMS This is where you use rooms you are familiar with as storage locations for information you are studying. • Write down as many journeys as you can. dates or facts. the journey is probably not familiar enough. • Look for rooms that you can use. each having 20 locations. This is where linking helps. if you are finding this hard to do.TM SECTION 2 MEMORY TECHNIQUES NOVEL TY ENHANCING AND MEMORY STIMULATION By using all your senses. Remember they need to be familiar. important ideas. make every subject. linking words. Once you start. • Work on being wildly imaginative in all your learning. Remember. you will be surprised at how many journeys you actually have. helping the work flow from one point to the next. • Go through your summaries. you get your brain to trust that the information you are learning is important and real. • When you’ve done this use these journeys to store your work on 106 . ultimately helping you remember it JOURNEY The Journey technique is an extension of the Roman Rooms technique. headings. otherwise create new ones and make them familiar • Practice placing information around these rooms LINkING It is so much easier for your brain to remember a connection of facts than random bits of information. All can be linked in a systematic order.
ideas and topics together in a clear and easy way. so that at a glance you can see clearly what needs to be learnt. • Whether you are musically inclined or not. By using a key image you can summarize an entire textbook using a single image. CHUNkING Remember your brain likes to have order and structure. place yourself there and experience all the subject has to offer. • Summarize your work in a way that puts the main subjects. STORY TELLING Stories are easily stored into long term memory as they play on every emotion. When your work is all over the place. recall of the entire section of work will be triggered.this makes studying tiring and tedious.make each subject come alive. The image is used as a trigger to which all the smaller details are attached. try to make up a song or jingle. • Take a section of work and think of a key image that would suit it. your brain does not know where to begin . • Take your summarized notes and see how many you can make an acronym from. Try placing all the smaller details around the image. RHYTHM AND RHYME Songs have a lot of emotion attached to them and therefore assist incredibly well in helping you remember information. 107 . kEY IMAGE This is a very powerful technique. • Try creating stories within your work. Every time you see or think of that image. You are guaranteed to remember it for a lot longer. or just add a beat to your work.TM ACRONYMS/MNEMONICS This is using the first letters or words from different areas of work and joining them together in a way that makes sense to you. It must be something catchy and memorable.
A question always prompts an answer.
• While studying make a point of asking yourself questions around each topic, point, or section of
your work. By asking questions, you learn to dig deeper into understanding and that is true learning.
There is no hard and fast rule on what memory techniques you should use or which suits what subject best. You need to figure out what suits YOU best, what you find easiest to implement. All these techniques are tools to help make your studying easier, not harder. The main thing is to use your imagination to make your work come alive.
This section teaches how to get through your work a lot faster and at the same time remember more for longer. You need to see this the same way as building a house - your brain only builds onto what it already knows - you always need to lay a foundation in your initial learning to build onto.
FOUNDATION METHOD 17 MINUTES WITH 3 MINUTES FINAL REVISION
While laying your foundations, force yourself to go faster than what feels comfortable. This will keep you focused on only the main headings, sub headings and summaries, and stop you from possibly reverting back to your old way of studying - rote learning AIM TO
• Always start with a 1 minute mental preparation • Main foundations- avoid starting with the little bits • 20-30 seconds a page • Get 2-3 bits of key information per page. Will differ with different work, but start with 2 -3 key ideas per • • • • • • •
page or theme. Build on to this later. Go through 2/3 pages- then revise- go back, look at it again. Revise 2-3 times in the session. When you revise, start adding novelty and sensory stimulation techniques. ONLY main points- headings, sub headings, summaries and conclusions. Don’t stress about the smaller stuff- come back to it in the detail method. The true test is how much you will know after the time is up. Don’t worry about what the summaries look like- cut out the middleman of making a nice summary and having to come back and learn it later. Learn while you are summarizing. Whole purpose = 80% of work done with 20% of the effort in 40 minutes.
THERE ARE 3 KEY STEPS TO THE CONSOLIDATION PROCESS: 1. 2. 3. Short term consolidation: within 1 hour – 1 day after studying information Long term consolidation: 1 week + after studying the information Rest: allow yourself consistently good sleep for the neural pathways to solidify the new information learnt. Diet plays a role in helping in this process too.
DETAIL METHOD - 20 MINUTES WITH 5 MINUTES FOR REVISION
This is where you go through the same section of work, working a bit slower, looking for more detail and adding this to your already laid foundation.
• Don’t get too held up on the finer details as this will be added on the next level, in the
building process • And once again, consolidate!
REFINER METHOD (OPTIONAL) - 20 MINUTES WITH 5 MINUTES FOR REVISION
• Go through the same section of work, looking for those last nuggets of information that may be
important. By now you will have an 80% understanding and memory of the work, so adding these final touches should be easy. • And again, always CONSOLIDATE!
LIGHTNING SPEED LEARNING TIMELINE
Mental Preparation Power scan of entire document. 3 – 4 seconds a page Drawing out and creating a summary Page 1-3 (30 – 40 seconds a page) Review Summary of page 1-3 Drawing out and adding to summary Page 4-6 (30 – 40 seconds a page) Review Summary of page 4-6 And so on… (Pen down) Review/revise your overall summary Total (Blank page) Write down everything you can remember 1 min 1 min 1.5 min 1.5 min 1.5 min 1.5 min 17 min 3 min 20 min 10 - 15 min
5 min 1.5 min 20 min 5 min 25 min 10-15 min 111 .5 min 1.5 min 1.TM DETAIL METHOD Mental Preparation Power scan Add 2-3 extra details to your main headings from page 1-3 Use a different coloured pen for this Review page 1-3 Add 2-3 extra details to your main headings from page 4-6 Review page 4-6 And so on… (Pen down) Review your overall summary Total (Blank page) Write down everything you can remember 1 min 1 min 1.
MAkE EVERY DAY THE PERFECT DAY: BEFORE CLASS • Spend time with relevant. know when your exams are scheduled • Plan your study session for the day • Set the goals you want to achieve during the study session • Prepare your study area DURING STUDYING Study in an environment free of distractions Form study groups. stop and review for 10 minutes • Take short breaks often • • • • • • • • • 112 . There always needs to be something you are working towards.TM SECTION 4 TURNING PRO How much energy are you putting into everything you do. but only if they work well for you Start promptly to avoid procrastination Get into the zone – do this before each study session and exam Focus on time management Use and perfect all the memory and speed learning techniques Create your own memory techniques Know your learning style After you have studied for 30-40 minutes. ensuring that you fully understand everything • If necessary take the teacher aside after class • Find out what type of exam it is and how much it is worth BEFORE STUDYING • Take a good break after lectures and before studying • Plan your study schedule. avoid being negative • Read through your notes before class DURING CLASS • Concentrate and be all there • Ask as many questions as you want. you will have enough motivation to make it happen. You need to set realistic goals and place rewards or incentives beyond your studying or exam writing. especially your studying? If you have a big enough reason. successful people • Affirm yourself.
revise… It is vital if you want what you have just learnt to be transferred to your long • • • • term memory and to be there safely for a long period of time. you are telling your brain that the work is insignificant and not worth holding onto.you need to have a healthy balance between hard work and play WATCH OUT FOR THE 9 THINGS THAT CAN TAkE YOU OUT: 1. By having a negative attitude towards your work. especially during studying and writing exams Sleep well .it will not do you any good Exercise and socialize . MEDIOCRITY • Make yourself an incredibly valuable individual who is in high demand. when you dedicate yourself to work. week. Remember to revise after 1 HOUR. • Make seemingly boring work come alive and you have already accomplished half the effort. etc. It is totally worth it. 1 WEEK Eat well. 4. • Put rewards in place that you know you will receive when you reach certain targets.don’t try cramming the night before . • Don’t get bogged down when you fall short of who you wish you be. revise. WHO YOU SPEND TIME WITH • Become an achiever: where you will be in 5 years time is largely determined by who you are spending time with today.TM AFTER STUDYING • Revise. PROCRASTINATION DEVELOP YOUR PLAN: • A project is easier when it is built in stages • Have a realistic view on how much time each section of work will take • Have a set time of day. so you will be wasting your time. • Get people around you who will help motivate you and monitor your progress • Don’t be too hard on yourself 113 . • 2. Just pick yourself up. By doing this you will have whatever you want out of life. SUBCONSCIOUS MIND Change your attitude and you change your life – literally. truly believe that you are sorry for what you have done and make every effort to change your behaviour from that moment on. This saying could not be truer! • Spend time with Vitamin People 3. 1 DAY.
Learn to say NO if you are too busy • Take regular breaks to avoid feeling overwhelmed • Think positive! Negative thoughts can trigger a physical fear reaction PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO • Eat healthy. This could help trigger the information you are looking for. Sing and dance! 7 FEAR OF FAILURE . balanced meals to stay in top form • Limit your caffeine intake • Stay physically active • Get into the zone before studying • Laughter is the best medicine.loud. and monthly basis • Visualize future success • Set out a study plan. weekly. learn from it and use it to reach greater heights. In time the process will become second nature. just relax. 9. BURN OUT • What is the one thing that you love to do most? Make sure you are doing it. 6. BREAkING OLD HABITS • Once you have forced yourself to make the initial changes and break old habits. STRESS ACTIVELY COMBATING STRESS • Set attainable goals for yourself on a daily. This will always keep you in check and avoid burn out. and then stick to it. • Failure is as much a part of your success journey as success so never see failure as an end in itself. Embrace it. • If you get to a point in the exam where your mind goes blank. This way you will approach exams feeling prepared • Avoid taking on more than you can handle. the NEW WAY will become embedded in your subconscious mind. 8.TM 5. MENTAL BLOCkS • The best way to avoid a mental block in the exam room is to make sure you’ve prepared sufficiently. so learn to laugh more • Turn up your favourite song . 114 . On a blank piece of paper write down anything that comes to mind around the work you are having difficulty with.
frequent meals to keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady • Avoid sweets and sugary foods • Choose meals and snacks that emphasize protein over carbohydrates. WATER. do not over indulge • Eat breakfast.TM GIVING YOU ORIENTATION TO THE PERFECT bRAIN FOOD • Eat foods that improve your health and well-being • Eat the right amount of food. Protein-rich meals and • • • • • • • snacks keep your energy on an even keel Make sure your room/home is stocked with healthy snacks Only eat when you are physically hungry Don’t use coffee to keep you awake while studying WATER. brilliant for memory Salmon Oil – well known brain food Ginkgo Biloba – helps with performance and stimulates blood flow to the brain HELPING YOU FIND bALANCE SLEEP • Develop healthy sleep patterns • Get an average of between 7 – 9 hours sleep a night • Don’t try and cram study before an exam . and allow others to reach out to you • Listen to your body • Make a list of energy fillers and make sure you do them • Take time for personal interests and hobbies • Plan some fun • Take a mini retreat to rejuvenate • Learn to play 115 .this will impact on you negatively ExERCISE • Start a physical activity program and stick to it • Find a buddy to exercise with SOCIALIzE & RELAx • Create support systems around you • Make an effort to interact socially with people • Reach out to other people. lunch and dinner on a regular schedule • Eat small. WATER Omega 3/6 – essentials fats.
TM TAkING ACTION: 4 WEEk IMPLEMENTATION PLAN The 4 Week Implementation Plan in the back of your workbook has been specifically designed to help you IMPLEMENT what you have learnt from this course. We encourage you to work through it meticulously. 116 . A great deal of effort has been put into this to help keep you focussed on achieving extraordinary success after completing the program.
TM ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge’ – Einstein .
If you do this small thing you will be getting some great ideas from people around the world who have done the PowerStudying course and achieved amazing results. Your time is extremely valuable so the questions are designed in a way that is simple.com to get details of what you need to do. sharing what YOU have done in a section or two of your work that REALLY helped you and made it easier to do in less time. After applying these answers to your work. As a reward for your effort we will give you access to all the videos other people have sent in on a number of different subjects. Make sure the information you provide is really helpful and that it relates to a specific section of work or subject.. As you have seen on Disk 6 ”Potent Examples and Practical Insight”. If you want to get more answers and continue to grow then we have a great way for you to achieve this.TM INTRODUCTION FINAL PIECE OF THE PUzzLE You will have learnt a lot from this course and found it extremely valuable. Simply capture and send us a 5 or so minute video of yourself. 05 118 . to the point and the answers provided are easy to use. you should experience a great breakthrough. even if you don’t think that some questions are applicable to you. Send an email to videos@powerstudying.. This section will answer further questions you may have. so that you keep growing and learning. we would like you to do the same. but you will learn most by going through all of them. You could just go to the questions that you need answers to.
• Each week set out what you want to achieve. Remember: You will get the most success when you start to combine as many strategies as possible. If you change your day to match your ideal end goal. This process will also help you keep track of your progress and keep you accountable for what you aim to achieve each week and each month. • Always aim for productive study sessions where you can actually quantify what you have done at the end of the session. • Do you have to stick religiously to the 40-45 minute study session with your own work? Not at all.the reason for this is simply that you would have grown since the last time you watched it or tried to implement what you learnt. You can adapt the time frames to how you learn best. • Make sure that you stick to the 4 week plan to help you implement everything. simultaneously. • You can apply over 200 actionable strategies with the 4 week plan. or at least where to start. We recommend that you watch the Summary and read through the actionable strategies at least once a month for the first 6 months after the course. you are onto a sure winning formula. CREATE something. memory. It is just a recommendation of what we believe is the ideal time to study. but how do you build a bridge between what you’ve learnt on this course and how you apply it in all your work? • You will obviously need to take everything you’ve learnt and match it with how you like to learn best.TM HARDCORE QUESTIONS WITH ‘SHOW ME THE MONEY’ ANSWERS HOW DO YOU LEARN bEST? YOUR OWN STUDY MATERIAL • It sounds a bit weird to ask this question when you have done a whole PowerStudying course on learning. Don’t skip this. • Always have a 1 minute mental prep before you start. 119 05 . speed and concentration principles. • Always know why you are doing what you are doing and if you can’t think of anything. the true reflection of whether you will achieve success is found in how you spend each day. • As you know. you will pick up something that you may not have realised previously . This 1 minute will save you time and help you create a strategy around what you need to do. • Every time you do this. Refer to the question “How long should you study at a time?” • You can apply everything you learnt on this course to what you have to learn. • Do a 1 minute power scan.
• Remember that early in the process it will be hard and won’t seem at all romantic.TM • Apply the Foundation. • Go over your work 10 minutes. • When there is an emotional problem that affects you. just keep going and you will make it even if you doubt that you will. • It is a weird thing.. but failure is just as important as success itself. Give yourself some space to get better. • Be proud of your work. Learning how to fight for something is a good thing so count yourself worthy of being challenged. Think of working out at gym. 1 day. Just make sure that the majority of your failing happens in your practice. Failure means that you could actually be very close to big success. • There is ALWAYS going to be more work than you can do and there is NEVER going to be enough time to do it in. lack of sleep.. your family or friends it could take twice as long to learn information and your recall probably won’t be as good as normal. • You will have a huge strategic advantage by summarizing your notes in class exactly as you’ve learnt in this PowerStudying course. Dominic O’Brien said that if you doodle in context (as you’ve learnt with the summarizing techniques) you will increase your memory and understanding by 400%. The two cannot be separated. 1 week. These are covered in your manual in the Speed Learning section. 05 120 . Detail and Refiner methods to your work. This will help keep each of your study sessions as productive as possible and help keep you focused on RESULTS instead of the ACTIVITY. • Make sure that you ALWAYS use your two memory muscles to become FAMILIAR with your work and to try and RECALL your work.. • Realize that many aspects such as stress. 1 hour. If you add colour it goes up to 700%. Everyone is in the same boat so don’t get despondent. • Then build on to this closer to exam time. Don’t be hard on yourself. always being able to see that you are making process. • The 8 times World Memory Champion. Yes. your muscles only grow when you get to a stage where you push them until they physically break down and tear. poor diet and emotional problems have a huge effect on your learning. Work as hard and smart as you can and you’ll continue to get better and better. • Try to keep 60-70% of the work in your head throughout the term by applying the effective revision strategy you’ve learnt. you will get there. put your heart into it and try to make it as much fun as possible. • Make sure that you get 80% of the work done with 20% of the effort by applying the Pareto principle as well as Parkinson’s Law. you may feel like you’ve failed but keep going as you are actually winning. 1 month and 6 months after you studied it.
Herbert Spencer .‘The great aim of education is NOT knowledge but ACTION ’ .
• The trick also is to not let your brain get distracted. • We adopt a similar strategy before the World Memory Championships and have proved its success. you need to really want this and BELIEVE that it is possible. 05 122 . you or your brain? • In order for you to get to the 80/90% or even 100% mark. It can now add smaller details such as more precise information. Say positive words like: “It feels so great knowing that I cracked 98% for that test.. but rather to just start learning. Build slowly. you are probably trying to add too much detail too soon. • Have something specific to work towards that you can compare to previous performance.” • Remove your previous ideas and beliefs of what you believe possible about your performance. Ensure that EVERY study session has a specific goal or target that you could beat: write down what you achieve and try to beat your performance of the previous day or your all time best score. Get started without letting your brain convince you of other things it would possibly rather do.imagine getting your test paper back with 100% on it. A good example would be for you to write out what percentage of the work you think you are familiar with. If you find yourself struggling to remember the work during the Foundation Method. Who is in control. This will save you a huge amount of time. The key thing to keep in mind here is that in depth knowledge of a subject comes with time.. • Because your foundation should be relatively strong. It depends how deep you want to go and how well you want to do. • Every study session has the potential of being extremely boring but help focus by giving yourself a big enough reward to work towards. but obviously you want to get there as soon as possible so you need to be able to quantify some form of change or increase in knowledge. • Picture yourself getting full marks for the subject . • We recommend that you try to keep between 60-75% of the work memorized throughout the term or semester and closer to exam time. spend focused time using the Refiner Method to beef up all you know.TM GETTING THROUGH THE SMALLER DETAIL: How to beef things up to the 85-100% retention mark • Please be sure to listen to the explanation of the No Writing Method so you will know how to build onto your summaries without actually writing anything. Reinforce the times where you have done really well. • Apply the Speed Reading and Reading Strategies in the PowerStudy Course Manual. • You may well do more than one Refiner Method. • Start by applying the Foundation and Detail Methods and then move on to the Refiner Method. This will provide motivation as you will be able to see the progress you are making. your brain has a platform to build quite solidly onto. You could then set a goal of increasing your knowledge by a further 10-15% after a 20-minute study session.
with 4140 binary numbers memorized in perfect order in just 30 minutes. You can achieve this by listening to light classical music. using sound reducing headgear and having a 1 minute mental preparation. at least I can rely on what I have learnt. His strategy? He brings his brainwaves down to theta state. • I know it sounds crazy. Günter Karsten shared with me one of his dirty little secrets which enable him to remember so much after only seeing the work briefly. Günter Karsten is usually in the top 3 of the competition and realizes that if he had to revise in this event he wouldn’t be able to get a good score so what he does is only see the numbers once. almost just before REM sleep. It is the binary numbers event where each person has to remember many random zeros and ones in perfect order. but you also don’t want to be too ’dreamy’. There is an event at the World Memory Champs that is probably one of the toughest events to do really well in. The world record is held by Ben Pridmore. or delta brainwaves.TM • Bring your brainwaves down to alpha or even theta state. but it’s true. I recommend trying to relax enough to where your brain almost becomes totally sponge like while building the smaller information. 05 123 . In this 30 minute event I can memorize about 1600 binary numbers but then I see the binary code 3 times to make sure that they are stuck in my head like glue. so even though I don’t memorize as much as I could. • So where am I going with this? Dr.
TM MEDICINE How to learn terminology for a degree in medicine and entire medical textbooks.. • If you are studying to be a doctor or have already qualified.... They recommended using emotionally lead affirmations to myself each day for 3 months.what is her name? How old is she? Does she have children? You are known as one of the best surgeons and that is why she has come to see you. and get going.picture yourself working on a patient .. there was something inside of me that 05 124 . • There are so many important facts that one can’t leave out. but there is good news: There are very clever ways of tackling this to help ensure that the hard work and sweat that you DO put in will be the most intelligent approach possible. especially as there is so much small detail that is required in a medical degree. • Make sure that there is intense emotion connected to your end goal. You WILL become what you desire. Take a deep breath and just start. He agreed that you must work as intelligently as possibly but ultimately a lot of discipline is essential. Another was “It feels amazing to compete against the best in the world and push my brain to the limit”. • Be specific . One of my affirmations was “I have the best memory in the world”. ON A MIND LEVEL • Start off with a healthy respect for what you have to learn.stick up a picture of the degree or a pictorial representation of what you aim to accomplish where you will see it every day.. The best students have always been those who believed in themselves being doctors before actually getting their degrees. And guess what? You have solutions to her problems and you are going to help her. It will then be just a matter of time for it to become a reality. visualize yourself actually operating on patients. • Put up reminders around your house or office of your desired end goal . Before I started competing in memory competitions I went on a very expensive course on the mind. Every morning on awakening. Tell yourself that you will do it. your job is to become the best doctor possible. Note: Also refer to how to study law cases and definitions • We have had the privilege of working with many doctors. Try to connect to this daily and weekly. Every time I said these words. and every evening before you go to bed visualize yourself actually DOING & LIVING your dream. • Make sure that your self-talk each day is aligned with your end goal. They could see themselves working on patients and helping them way before they were qualified. • We’ve just had feedback from a doctor who is specializing further after applying much of what he learnt from this course to his work. • Do not get despondent and make sure that failure is NOT an option. if you are studying to be a surgeon. The secret lies in BELIEVING and actually SEEING this clearly in your mind BEFORE you achieve it.
If you have the luxury of attending lectures. build up 60-70% of your work in class by applying the summarizing techniques learnt on the course. Detail and Refiner Methods to your work and get an ESTIMATE on how long it took you to get to the 60-70% retention and understanding level.g. • Guess what? Just 7 or so months later. if you struggle with discipline and following through you may say “It makes me feel wonderful knowing that people get great benefit from my expertise that I have been able to acquire through discipline and hard work”. So yes. • Listen and read the answers provided in question 1 to add to this. • Apply the Foundation. I will stamp my feet and testify that the words you speak and the thoughts that dominate your mind DO affect your current reality. and neck and skull surgery degree. but make sure that your brain notices each book and show it WHY each one is DIFFERENT and what each book’s main focus is. it’s not a problem. • An affirmation that you could use as a guideline: “It feels great to know that I am a qualified doctor and that I am brilliant at what I do. one of the most difficult medical degrees. • DO NOT just nod your head and agree. • Take each book.” • Another key is to create affirmations around areas you may struggle in e. and start to break it down a bit further. While I’ve not won the World Memory Champs I have been the best in Africa and the Southern Hemisphere for the past 4 years and the best I have achieved in couple of events would have placed me in the top 3 in the world.TM rebelled and said. You 05 125 . • Take the books you have to study and spread them out in front of you. nose. • Remember this requires patience so don’t get despondent. it should be a lot easier for you to learn the information if you have attended lectures but if not. one at a time. Obviously. ON A PRACTICAL LEVEL • How to study 6000 pages of detailed work and excel. How wonderful to know that our dominant thoughts and words become our reality and we DO have a chance to change our lives to a large degree. • Draw a very basic foundation of each book comprising the key sections together with the chapters. throat. My OLD belief system. it will just require a bit more effort to become familiar with. What are the key sections in book 1. take a chapter of work and choose an amount of pages that would be a challenge for you to do. don’t be ridiculous. I was jetting off to compete at the World Memory Champs.” Do you know what this voice was? What I was used to. Taking knocks is part of the process. 3 etc. including getting through an ear. • Once you have done this. • It may sound like a silly thing to do. make sure that a day doesn’t go by without using the power of affirmations. “Of course you don’t have the best memory. 2. Each one is a different animal and will require some different form of approach.
You can also record how much of that section you know and understand. Sujith. every subject is different. • It is recommended that you try to keep 60-70% of the work in your head throughout the term and between 3-7 days before exam time start to add on smaller detail. As you do this start combining more of the memory techniques such as Linking information together. The surgery that Sujith would be performing would require intricate attention to detail and literally only a handful of people in the country are qualified to do this. This will help you get through the work and keep you focused. • Keep a copy of the summary you create in each section as your reference guide to what you have done. was working full time and studying as well. What he did with great success was apply the above information to his work and he then added the combined Roman Rooms. and each section may be different in length and may require different thought processes. The question is.TM NEED to fail in order to get to a stage where you have an exceptional understanding of the work. • One of our students. He practiced a section on the ear thinking that he 05 126 . If you were running a race without a specific time that you were trying to beat. Journey and Key Image techniques. are you prepared to FAIL and GET UP more times than your classmates? • Once you have an estimate of how long you took and how much you were able to recall and understand. but Sujith combined the Key Image and Linking Methods with this to maximize his storage capacity and use of space. loved and respected. • After you’ve done this you can apply the Refiner Method to each section to beef up your work and get closer to the 80-95% mark. he made sure that every key procedure was practiced in his mind with a person that he knew well. The ear section for example was in the ICU ward and each room held a core section of important information that in turn could be broken down further. but getting an estimate on what it would take for say 10 or 20 pages will give you a target to work towards. and make a note of work you still need to do. Not only were key bits of information placed around the hospital in a strategic and structured way. connecting it to a Key Image. would you perform at your best? How much faster would you run if you were aware of a previous record that you had set and were trying to beat? Yes. so to help create meaning and reason beyond just learning the work. Each section was broken down into various rooms that in turn held key information. In other words. creating a Story out of it etc. • He knew the hospital where he worked well and strategically broke down the work and placed the core elements in different sections of the hospital. you may use this as a benchmark and challenge to beat in study sessions to come. • We recommend that you write less and less as you add more detail. which then acted as his personal library of important information. • Always gauge how much you know after each chapter and set a plan in action of when and how you plan on upping the percentage of your memory and understanding for that chapter. get through the bulk of ALL the sections and use this as a base to build on closer to exam time.
but certain aspects of each case are critical and others are not. Start with 5 cases and learn how to remember them. • Use Roman Rooms and Journey Techniques on many of the key diagrams you have to learn. it is a really wise idea to categorise your Journeys into key sections of work. red curly hair with a big revolver in her hand. You could put all your Family Law cases on Journeys around your hometown and your Criminal Law cases around another town you’re familiar with. • Be very specific with your approach and have a goal for each session. Picture how good you will feel getting a near perfect grade as your knowledge of this subject is so great. Make each one very different. connect all important information to her. They must be separate in your mind. your reading will become more productive as you will be looking for the most pertinent information.. the dropout rate for law degrees is exceptionally high because of the workload and the inability most people have to learn effectively. • Try placing Mrs. you will become motivated to try to do more.. but by using a specific person who represents each section of work. LAW How to learn hundreds of cases and definitions for law students. • Most important: When you are storing cases on Key Images or creating highly imaginative stories around the case and placing these images. • Find out from your lecturers and tutors where the most important information lies regarding what you REALLY need to know about each case. you assist your neural pathways to split which helps create clarity. 127 05 . stories or ideas onto your Journeys. • Not only is this strategy great for motivation. You can tweak this idea to fit your style of learning but make sure that the information you need to learn can all be found together so it will be easier to locate. Jones and others in separate locations on Journeys that are familiar to you. Use this motivation to your advantage and create a new image in your head of how well you can do in law. • Law students have had incredible results with PowerStudying as there is a huge amount of information to be learnt and they have to know how to separate and structure the work in a consistent and creative way. • By doing 5 cases and seeing how easy it is to remember them. This also makes the information easier and more enjoyable to learn and definitely aids in the process of memory consolidation. Make sure you focus your energy on learning the most important facts. Even though he may never operate on his daughter. Jones. Unfortunately. • By focusing on the core information in each case. he will undoubtedly operate on someone else’s daughter and this inspired and gave him extra energy and reason beyond merely learning the work. This means that you shouldn’t have many random cases on any random Journeys.TM was working on his 4-year-old daughter. For example: Mrs. • You may think that EVERYTHING is important. unique.
Once you’ve learnt the information. • The first part of this section will help you on a psychological level and the second part on a practical level. The technique or techniques that you initially used to help remember the work will ultimately fade away but the information will remain. • When tackling definitions do the same . Don’t let a week go by without knowing and understanding the work you’ve done. A certain amount of wrestling on your own is essential. It is best to do past papers under exam conditions.TM • You will be amazed at how long you will be able to remember the information for. but once you have gone as far as you can. say by combining the Key Image Technique or the Story Technique with the Roman Rooms and Journey Technique. but this does not mean that you won’t be able to remember the work when prompted to do so. This means full journeys with core themes that you can use in tests and exams that prove you don’t just know your work but you understand it as well. • Mechanical engineering compared to chemical engineering is as different as engineering and actuarial science. ACTUARIAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING How to excel in your engineering or actuarial science degree Reality: No easy answers.around 400 each year. The techniques are just used to help move the information to long term memory. Every response was that it is impossible to get through the degree without working exceptionally hard. you may in the future overwrite the information by storing NEW information onto the locations that you used for this specific work. • We’ve had the privilege of working closely with many actuarial science students and have spent a great deal of time customizing how PowerStudying applies to dominating such a practical degree. You may very well in fact be able to remember precise details of the work. assuming that you wish to keep it.There are so many different disciplines within each field of actuarial science as well as engineering. Look for AHA moments and store these core ideas on Sacred Journeys to help solidify thought and create firm neural pathways. You will be able to use core information on journeys to argue various points. We’ve also worked with all the engineering bursary students of one of South Africa’s largest oil companies . • We contacted some 120 professors and heads of department from many Universities around the world to find out what it took to get through an actuarial science degree. it would be wise to 128 05 . The 2 most consistent and dominant pieces of advice were: • Stay up to date each day and each week.just start with a key word or phrase and build from there. • Create Sacred Journeys in conjunction with the other techniques you’ve learnt to help store important work. • Create Sacred Journeys with consistent patterns of thought that come out of lectures or sections of work.
• Think about the Tour the France cycling race. playing hard and developing meaningful friendships.. money. Of course the person who wins the race would have trained intensively. The team is the number 1 contributing factor to the success of an individual. • A group of close friends at University who were studying chemical engineering called themselves the Chemical Brothers although there were 2 girls in the group. They worked incredibly hard together. inactive workforce. but what it does mean is that you may very well feel that you invest over and over and over again into your dream by giving your time. She was incredibly thankful that he had come to share some practical insight into his world and what made him the millionaire he is today . 129 05 . They were close . but the team has all worked to their strengths to help the individual win. and also leveraged off each other’s strengths and found ways to compensate for each other’s weaknesses. It doesn’t mean that there is no water or food in the desert. This breeds an unproductive. Almost all the successful students who have excelled in these fields have created mastermind groups not only to help keep them on track with the work.. Throughout his talk students walked in and out. The community they created enabled them to find a very healthy balance between working hard. the opportunities that come from qualifications in these fields are vast. • Picture getting through by being in the ring with a really big giant who is known for knocking his opponents out cold. but to excel and thrive. The students in attendance were rude. lazy and did not really have any desire to bring value to the world.not only did they work and attend lectures together but they also went out and had fun together. commenting that people do not know what it means to work hard these days. those who stayed seated chatted amongst themselves and others put their heads on their desks in an attempt to sleep. • Theo is a very successful businessman who was asked to do a talk at a local college and he kindly took time out of his very busy schedule to do so.she thanked him for attending and said that she would love for him to return and share further with some of the other classes. So how does this apply to you and getting through this tough degree? You also need to team up or collaborate with exceptional people. slept well. what Theo experienced shocked and saddened him. • Actuarial science and engineering are highly specialized career choices and because of this. The stats are unfortunately not in your favour as this giant is renowned for his incredibly good track record of winning. energy and possibly even your whole heart. they had a ”give me what I want without much effort on my part” attitude. eaten right. etc. He said he would never go back.TM set up a small group that is disciplined enough to work hard and find solutions. So you must fight with all your resources! • The desert period unfortunately has to be endured by people who want to make something wonderful out of their lives. but find that the rewards you get out are not evenly matched to your investment. The lecturer in attendance was very intrigued by what Theo had to say on how to succeed in business in today’s fast paced world. However. The reason this is so powerful is that it enables you to create space that helps compensate for your weaknesses as well as helping you leverage off each other’s strengths.
I am obviously referring to the majority of your subjects that are practical in nature. Let me expand on what I mean by “not learning” What you need to do is make sure you understand in class. Here is another essential . The reality is that 8 hours of lectures leaves very little time to study. It seems like quite a contradiction.reinforce your understanding of the concepts by practicing a few examples. ever leave a tutorial without knowing and understanding each concept taught. In a 3-hour tutorial you might only get 4 questions. even hurricane weather. so that is enough psychological talk. cold. At home. focused session each day to doing it. Sure. in hot. here is some practical advice to help you get through successfully. Get assistance. try something else.These 4 questions might translate into 3 pages of writing which could take you 25 minutes to write out. rainy.if you have the privilege of attending tutorials or smaller workshops make sure you fully grasp the concepts: The biggest learning takes place when practicing examples. go over the day’s work. but at least try and commit one short. without fail. and make sure you understand what was covered . REMEMBER THE FINEST STEEL GETS SENT THOUGH THE HOTTEST FURNACE. Never. It will really set you apart and give you leverage that the rest of the class won’t have.. Don’t leave until you at least partially understand the lecture. and think of things differently. Ok. Grasp the concept when it’s discussed. However. She was the top student in the class! So do it every day. but with actuarial science and engineering you could be at a disadvantage if you spend much of your time learning. Make it a rule and stick to it. Probably at least 95% of your class won’t have time to do this.5 hours to understand enough to then be able to write it down. You must take advantage of the wonderful guidance you get from tutors. in reality it took you 2. We remember a girl at University who managed to do this every day after lectures when the rest of the class said it was impossible to find the time. stormy. this is a very hard thing to do. Don’t let yourself off the hook! Many successful people in engineering practice repeatedly until the concept becomes ingrained. windy.TM • Hold on and keep giving because if you can hold on long enough the land of milk and honey will be a place where you will be able to reap what you have sowed in the desert. SO CONSIDER YOURSELF FINE. 05 130 .
There are a few fundamental concepts that all other concepts and theories branch off from.. It needs to make sense.TM We know students who have learnt an entire textbook and failed the exam. the equations and the methodology that you need to solve the problem become a lot clearer. the easier it will be for you to recall. ask your lecturers or tutors.visualize what a heat exchanger looks like and what it does. you should spend 10-15% of your time making sure you know key concepts taught. and the other 85-90% of your time practicing examples.. So the more you add Visualization and Novelty Techniques. Mechanical and chemical engineering . If you are not sure. You should be able to see if you are on track or not. so make sure that you understand what these are.set of equations to design a heat exchanger . What you need to understand is that in answering all questions you should write out all your methodology as in most cases it counts for 70% of the marks. which states that 80% of your marks will come from 20% of the key information. and this is done in a piece of equipment that is basically a series of tubes within a larger pipe. Understanding the process behind any answer is where the marks lie. 05 131 . Visualize what is going on. Generally. It may even take 19 hours’ practice and 1 hour of learning.. most questions will require practical application. Energy is transferred from the hot substance to the cold substance indirectly. You could easily mix up a plus or minus sign. If you just calculate your answer and give the correct answer that will probably count for 1 mark. You need to understand what you are learning. Remember the Pareto Principal.. so you need to have an idea in your mind of what an answer could be. So as you visualize what is going on.
132 05 . PINEAL GLAND CORPUS COLLOSUM FRONTAL LOBES TEMPORAL LOBE RETICULAR ACTIVATING SYSTEM HYPOTHALAMUS HIPPOCAMPUS AMYGDALE • If this were an event at the World Memory Champs. the FRONTAL LOBES in the FRONT of your second location etc. Option 1 is a more time consuming. For example. there are two main approaches that competitors would use to tackle it. you could work in a clockwise rotation in the order of the diagram.TM DIAGRAMS Below is an example of how to learn diagrams. Ensure that the parts of the brain are stored in a location that includes information on the diagram to give you a clue as to what it looks like. 1) You could imagine this diagram with the key names of the parts of the brain in different locations of a Journey you are familiar with. You could place PIN and EEL on the wall in your 1st location. starting with the PINEAL gland. but solid approach. Option 2 is faster and the recommended one.
Many students isolate core diagrams as Key Images. but the information will remain in your long-term memory. Bingo GRAPHS • There are a million and one graphs so it is hard to generalize on how to best study them. • The initial funny or creative connection you make will ultimately FADE AWAY. do what we suggested above and go on to ace their exams. HIPPOCAMPUS . Marry the two and make sure that when you think of the first one it triggers the others e. As you can see. but this insight will help you to be strategic in your approach to learning graphs. This will help reinforce your knowledge as well as the connections you’ve made. • See and treat your work like an onion. (Which is actually very easy to do) If you have 1 journey of 20 locations you can technically store 100 pages of work on this. you need to understand that a graph is just a representation of information. assuming that 1 diagram would go on each location. • Do your best to understand the equations that are represented in the graph. 5 pages on a diagram x 20 locations = 100 pages. • Do this with all the words in the diagram and then ideally revise it once to reinforce the images and the clever left and right brain connections you have made. As a very simple 05 133 . You could even imagine the hippo sliding down that section of the brain and being very protective of it. it looks like a big black dot or even an eye.g. • Your aim should never be to learn a graph off by heart. You will need several attempts at each section to go deeper. • You can make each diagram work to act as a Key image for you to store other information onto. your brain will be remembering more and more.say you have 5 pages of work that you can draw out from 1 key diagram. cover up each part and see if you can recall them.TM 2) Use the diagram as your Key Image. assuming that you have something to build on from the previous time.. the long-term rewards of working like this will FAR outweigh the initial effort put in. Get through it layer by layer and keep making progress. Combine both the WORD and the IMAGE (what it looks like). but you should rather aim to understand key components that make up that particular graph and be able to speak on all the changes that will result if one of the components were manipulated..the stripy area of the brain shown in the diagram could be the home where a HIPPO CAMPS. • Photocopy each of your diagrams WITHOUT the names or words you need to know on them and apply the effective revision strategy with trying to recall the key information. You could imagine a PIN going through the EYE of the EEL. the PINEAL gland. • Firstly. • You can even take it further . but every time you do. Even though it might seem like more work initially. Once you’ve done this.
Straight line or a parabola or points that you are connecting or even a 3D graph.. you need to understand what information would be represented by a sine wave. and the reason it oscillates is because of whatever understanding you have of the equations or principles relating to that graph. • Visualize all of these and try connecting the equations you need to know with what is going on in each of the graphs. You will obviously need to know the key components making up this equation. • Because it is oscillating. you visually see a sine wave.. and so on. You would also find out that in order for you to find the x-axis you make y = 0 and for the y-axis you make x = 0. The equation is y = mx + c. before just learning the graph off by heart. However. Once you have done this you can start to practice examples based on what you have learnt to help reinforce what you have learnt as well as giving yourself a deeper understanding of what is going on in the graph. let’s look at a straight-line graph. • You need to understand the fundamentals: A sine wave looks like a repeating squiggle or oscillating wave. You would find out that m is the gradient and what you need to do to find the gradient. • Ask yourself: What is going on here? What does the x-axis represent and what does the y-axis represent? What relationship is this trying to convey? If you can get to the heart of what the graph is trying to represent.TM example. 05 134 . you will start to understand the relationships involved which will in turn help you understand various questions that might be asked on this subject.
If you do not fully grasp or understand the terminology your speed will be negatively affected. Unfortunately. 135 05 . 97%! Johan not only made a choice when he was 13 to do well in maths..That is what Johan did and it definitely paid off for him.report back from students who’ve come back to show us how well they’ve done . This acts as your personal library that you access when trying to solve problems.was consistently that they had simply grouped or chunked key concepts and sections of work together and built onto each section systematically. I was impressed and excitedly started to learn from the many students who had improved in maths. when he was around 13 years of age his teacher wrote in his report card that he was exceptionally weak at it and should not attempt to do maths as a subject in high school. Even though I am not an expert on maths or stats. there is no substitute for practice and if you are serious about doing well in maths and stats. He went to extra maths lessons in high school and when he received his report card 5 years later what do you think was the first thing he did? He visited his senior primary school teacher with 2 reports in his hands... 40%. and the second report showed what he got for higher-grade maths. Johan made a choice that day to prove his teacher wrong. but he backed up this decision with daily hard work. The first showed her comments that he should never do maths as a subject in the future. Have a maths or stats diary that you use to record your daily performance and to note any mistakes you made that day. hopefully you will obtain insight into how to work more strategically with these subjects. Johan had failed maths dismally in senior primary school.. She used to tell us about her star pupil.2 hours of practice a day. After a while I started hearing story after story of how maths exam marks had gone up by 30. I had no idea that students would be able to apply the memory and study techniques that I showed them to improve in mathematics. It is vital that you make notes of where you have gone wrong. it is recommended that you put in at least 1 . Doing maths and stats is similar to playing the violin.. and 85-90% practicing and perfecting what you have learnt by doing examples.. Your focus should be on becoming faster and more proficient in solving problems. Anyone can get good enough to play at a party but not many will turn pro. Johan.TM MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS When I started PowerStudying in 2004. equations etc. You should split your time into a maximum of 10-15% making sure that you know key terminology. My maths teacher at high school was passionate about her subject and was good at teaching it. It is essential that you have a thorough understanding of the terminology of both maths and stats. to ensure that you don’t make the same mistakes in the future. What this 10-15% of your time should look like .
The more you practice the easier it will be to remember the equation. in separate rooms and journeys. We recommend that you start with the simplest of examples and work your way up to more hectic questions.This may seem obvious. In total. 05 136 . There are a number of ways you can make sure that you grasp concepts taught to you on a daily basis. Your initial method of remembering each equation will ultimately also fade away. You can personally just wrestle through the problems until you get it. In order for you to get faster and more proficient you need to group and arrange concepts in a methodical. Save huge amounts of time by studying theory more intelligently and effectively. A strategic method will be to find diligent people in your class who can act as your mastermind group. This will be rewarding once you get the concept but is often costly on time. Building clarity like this right in the beginning helped ensure that practice time was most productive and avoided confusion. You may have the luxury of being provided with a formula sheet during the exams. but if you don’t have this then do your best to come up with a creative way to remember each equation or formula. but it is essential that you know which formulas belong to which section of work. 85-90% of your time as stated should be used to practice example after example. and make sure you file this information in your brain in a way that enables quick and easy access in the future. with his key images. but will assist the initial learning process from short term to long term. It is essential that you do not fall behind so do everything in your power to grasp each concept taught each day. So one room may have represented say trigonometry equations and another room may have been filled with algebra equations. systematic and structured way that makes sense to you. Initial learning is always the most difficult and requires the most amount of energy so structure your time with this in mind. Also. One past student had great success by grouping key equations and assigning a key image to each part of the equation and then storing that little story. Obviously all of this would be useless UNLESS you practiced using these equations with examples. Once you have grouped key concepts you would need to know and understand each of the concepts. This buys you time for practicing maths and stats. seek advice from your tutors and lecturers. Be careful of who you choose to partner with. you would have to know and understand 21 separate equations that unlock 3 sections of work. For example: you are doing 3 sections of work and each section has 7 key equations that you need to know.TM It was very clear in their minds as to which equations were meant for each specific section.
not a lack of knowledge.“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength. but rather a lack of the will” – Vince Lombardi .
• Take your audience on a journey. It will show. so feel free to add smaller detail in the form of a story. Anything more could give your audience information overload. A good idea is if you know the location you will be delivering your oral or speech. • World-class communication means that your listeners will understand what you are saying and feel what you are feeling. logical order. Don’t give your topic away. look at your audience as you speak and just enjoy the experience. Rather say less but let that information be powerful and meaningful. • With practice. • Oral presentations are generally short. Make a dramatic pause when you have said something important. • Do not speak too fast or too slowly. Be passionate and show that you’ve done your homework. 05 138 . then choose something that they will talk about… in a good way that is. • Practice in front of a mirror so that you will be confident when it comes to doing your talk in front of the class. Hint: if they are not going to talk about your presentation and what they learnt later with friends. Aim to include between 3-5 main points or themes. • End by bringing everything together and then do your best to end on a very powerful note. build up some form of suspense. Do not overkill it though. go there beforehand and place all the key bits or main points around the room in a strategic. act confident. you just look around the room and all the points will be there. If you are not excited about your topic. • When the time comes. Then when you get up to deliver the speech. draw them in and at the end of the story let them know what your oral is on and why you chose that topic.TM ORAL PRESENTATION / SPEECHES How to get 100% for an oral presentation Delivering at speed without notes • Open with a captivating story. This will also ensure that you don’t forget anything if you work your way around the room focusing on each storage location you created. stir them up. Everyone loves a good story. the beginning and end will be embedded in their minds the strongest. get them to think. • Each point or theme may have other information attached to it. • Memorizing your oral or speech: Use the Journey or Roman Rooms Technique to help store all the main points of your presentation in your mind. • It’s ideal to speak on something you are passionate about. you will get faster and a lot more confident in doing this. how can you expect them to be? Move them. Generally.
then you can start another journey but when you are ready to start Chapter 2. • OK so let’s assume you need to know 100 pages of work in a week’s time and you only have 1 hour to study for it. as the third option explains this.. you should ideally start Chapter 2 on a new journey too. e.5-4 hours with around 80- 90% retention.. • If Chapter 1 was say 15 pages. • E.TM 100 PAGES IN JUST 1 HOUR How to learn 100 pages of work in 1 hour with 70% retention • It will take maybe 2-3 years of practice to get to this place but it is very do-able.revise every 2 to 3 pages etc.. Many of the ancient Romans and Greeks were known to have had as many as 100 000 locations as storage space! • So it is recommended that you have at least 10 journeys of 20 places to start with.become familiar and then try to recall without looking .. • Listen to the Invisible or No Writing Method. • At the beginning of each journey or chapter. Yip from China has 100 000 locations. break down the 100 pages into distinct sections in your mind. • Make sure you are in alpha state. Start with storing the core heading or sub heading. “Hitler plans to conquer the world. so at the beginning of the journey you could picture Hitler doing something funny or weird.g.. which would be 200 storage locations.. the NEXT most important information.g.. and Chapter 1 cannot fit onto Journey 1. getting me around 75% overall for a test. make a wild or obvious sign showing you what the chapter is about. Now I often learn 150 pages on a 1-hour flight with around 70% retention. Only when you feel you know the core components will you start to build the smaller information around that. using your 2 memory muscles . Once you’ve done this then move on to the smaller detail. • If you can’t think of how to picture the chapter heading at the beginning of the journey then visualise 05 a big sign on the wall.with a scary photo of him. To give you an idea: I currently have 50 journeys of 20 locations (1000 places) in my head that I use frequently. use the time frame method aka Parkinson’s Law. this method does not apply to novels with huge amounts of information. you would break down this chapter into the core pillars which you would store directly onto your Journey No. • Isolate key headings into different categories or prominent locations on each journey. • Unfortunately. 1 and once you have done say 3 pages you would go back and reinforce what you have learnt. • If you run out of space. World War 2: Hitler is Chapter 1. Let’s say there are 7 key sections or chapters – make sure each chapter starts a new journey.!” 139 . • First. This will help keep things clear in your mind. • You need to ensure that you have enough journey space in your head.. • In my last year at University I could get through 100 pages of work in 3. Dr. • This is pretty much the same as the Invisible Method and storing directly onto journeys.
Obviously your speed will slow down the more pages you need to do. Remember..g.. Just because you may be able to store 5 pages in a few minutes. it will drop.TM • Be as creative as you can with your storage space to try and make it fit with the information you need to learn. it does not mean that you will forget what you previously learnt. so if key information drops it means nothing else can build on to it. • Use a pen or pencil as well as your finger while you go through your notes. • This will take a long time to get right but at least you have a solid approach to use if you are willing to put in the time that will get you results. e.. 05 140 . In other words. make sure that you put it on Sacred Journeys. it does not mean you will be able to do the same with up to 50 pages. you aid in transferring the learning process from short term to long term so even if you do overwrite a Journey the information should still be quite solidly imprinted in your mind. if Hitler had 4 key strategies of attack that he implemented and this section of work happens to be in your room or a friend’s room. but it is a lot harder to do so. so be sure to go back to revise the work that you have learnt. but it may just be more difficult to remember the information with perfect recall.. • If you learn over the work. once you have placed information onto this. If you don’t go back and spin the plate again. • Find out how much information you can store in your head before you need to revise. at least it can technically. and you don’t want this to happen because your brain can only build on to what it already knows. this is the same as spinning plates. these 4 strategies may be found in each one of your 4 drawers. • If you need to keep information for a long period. • By storing information onto Journeys. This will help keep your vision focused on the core information and help you structure the work in your head. DO NOT place other information over it until you don’t mind letting go of it.
and then try to draw out the summary as you remember it. taking into account the Pareto Principle. In other words. • You can add directly onto your summaries. Be as active as you need to with your reading..This is high brain functioning stuff so make sure you are in alpha state. The difference with this is simply that you are adding to your knowledge from what you already know from the Foundation and Detail Methods. draw strategic lines to direct your thinking or even write key words or thoughts in the margin of your page.TM MAXIMIzING YOUR STUDY TIME NO WRITING INVISIBLE METHOD This is an incredible summarizing method to use because it will really help you if you put it into practice. then in your recall. Simply take your first 2 to 3 pages of work. This method will save you a great deal of time as you are not being limited purely by writing. You can use this technique while doing the Foundation and Detail Methods. or by underlining your work. Add to your summaries in a different coloured pen AFTER you have spent time allowing your brain to pick up the smaller details of the work. So the first time you actually write anything is when you are trying to recall what you’ve broken down in your mind. You may wish to circle key information with a pencil. • Break down the information you are learning. You may need to see them twice or even a third time for the information to start to stick. it will force your brain to think hard about it and will even direct your brain where to look. Once you have broken down the information (assuming you are using the Foundation Method). NOT 141 05 . which states that 80% of our success is the result of 20% of our actions. try to recall what you have done on a blank sheet paper. Instead of just drawing out your summaries as you perform the Foundation and Detail Methods with your work. break the 3 pages down in your mind and get through them without writing anything down. There are ideally 3 ways in which you can use the No Writing Method to achieve wonderful results in your studies. first in your mind. but it needs to be practiced and perfected. but are using your writing time as a chance to check what you know. The key here is trying to add 2-3 extra pieces of surrounding information.. What you need to do is use your summaries as the core foundation that you are going to build onto. You may have learnt 60-75% of your work after applying the Foundation and Detail Methods but obviously you want to try to beef up your knowledge as much as possible and this method can help you do just that. Writing is an incredibly time consuming activity and it is a known fact that the brain moves way faster than the speed at which one can write. you can save a great deal of time by learning to break down the work first in your head. or by using a highlighter. then use the Reading and Speed Reading Techniques to help you add all pertinent information to your already somewhat firm foundation. If you can’t remember something. So you can understand why this is so powerful.
• Remember that motivation is a by-product of action. It will take effort but remember that your brain doesn’t know what is real or not. your internal feelings. you are building onto your summaries without writing everything down. • Get into alpha state. relevant and emotionally significant. • The best advice on concentration is. Use your discretion to ascertain what you believe is the next most important information. This is the exact same process as going through the Foundation. And the great thing is that you are getting 80% of the work done with 20% of the effort by focusing and isolating what you believe is the most important information. Intrinsic means those rewards that make you get excited about how good you will feel when you achieve your goal. “Wherever you are. The only way to get better and faster at this is summed up in one word.You would ideally have enough pre set journey or location space available and would start by placing key headings and subheadings onto various places in a systematic way. • You can store information directly to Journeys This will take some time to practice but is well worth the investment. be ALL there”. • Your brain will always be drawn towards those things that are most exciting. (The Foundation Method) It would be best to revise every 2-3 pages or so.the external rewards.. the only difference here is that you are doing this and storing the information directly onto Journeys instead of writing them out in the form of a summary.. Consolidation Methods as before. You would then start to add detail once you feel that your main headings and subheadings are secured in your long-term or semi long-term memory bank. The powerful thing about this strategy is that you start storing information you feel is most important and once you have done this. The secret is thus to change your ATTITUDE towards the work and make it way more meaningful. you can add the next most important information etc. Detail. AND you are saving extra time by skipping over the writing phase completely. This will motivate you to aim at an actual goal or amount of work to be covered and keep yourself on track. only what YOU tell it. Extrinsic refers to a tangible reward that you can give yourself such as: “I will only go out to watch a movie with friends if I learn 70% of 9 and 10” .. So in a nutshell. You cannot stress there.. 05 142 . Refiner. PRACTICE! LASER LIkE CONCENTRATION • How to develop the art and science of world-class concentration • People don’t necessarily have a CONCENTRATION problem but more of a CONTENT problem. • Create intrinsic and extrinsic rewards for yourself. meaningful and emotionally significant to you.. as you have learnt before. relevant..TM EVERYTHING IS IMPORTANT. • Always ensure you are able to quantify the work you have done.
flashes of insight will come if you invite and allow them. • Force yourself to ask as many questions as it takes to get more understanding. • See yourself as the expert. your hippocampus responds to your desires and works in conjunction with your amygdale or emotional brain. then a month. find out if there are others way of understanding the work. • Have a pen and paper next to your bed for AHA moments as well as when you are walking around your home or around campus. you increase your understanding by 400%. but you could become an expert in that subject for that semester. at appropriate times.. • If you doodle (when you summarize your work in a relaxed way) in context. • Speak to friends about what you have learnt. then a week. • Commit to becoming an expert in the subject. Understanding is deepened through experience. Intelligent practice is always a winner but make sure you record and reflect on your mistakes. you need to increase your amount of ACTION around the subject and be prepared to fail many times in the pursuit of going deeper with the knowledge. you increase your understanding by 700%. Keep getting better. and engage in a discussion if those friends have been studying the same material. • Revise after a day. • Pre-read before class using the Foundation Method. even lecturing 1000 people on the subject. Is there a captivating movie on the subject? Is there a knowledgeable person you can interview or ask further questions on the subject? • Pick your lecturers’ brains. • Do extra reading and research. • In order for you to increase your understanding.. Get them to go over material after class if you are still battling to grasp the concepts. • Build on as you revise.TM ENHANCING YOUR UNDERSTANDING How to radically improve your understanding of a subject • Start by accepting that you know little or nothing and that you are willing to learn. These flashes of insight are directly connected to your desire and reason behind wanting to have a deeper understanding of the subject. • Allow a day for the information to settle in.. If you doodle in context and in colour. 05 143 .. • Start building on detail in class. It might only be a short course that you are doing.
Creativity and imagination can be developed extensively over time with continual input and practice. This can be in the form of pure fun and fulfilment and not necessarily something tangible. Walt Disney had the dream to open Disneyland and was known for giving his engineers tasks that they said were impossible. 05 144 . wild imagination. What is your magic? Start to find ways to nurture it so you can build confidence and momentum. What you need to rather do is ask yourself ”What do I need to do to be able to afford the holiday?” All creative geniuses have realized this and are continually giving themselves problems that help facilitate the creative process whereby their brains churn out answers. Disney wanted a rainbow coloured waterfall in his first Disneyland but his engineers said it was not possible.we have a beagle and whenever there is a storm she runs outside and howls with excitement. He refused to accept defeat and continued to press on. so bring back your youthful. inventor. Whether you are left brain or right brain dominant. Start making a conscious effort to re-ignite it. co-founder and CEO of Apple.. Finally.. dropped out of University and dropped in on calligraphy classes that later resulted in the inclusion of fonts in computers.. Expand ideas and concepts as often as you can. the rainbow waterfall was developed and was a major success. NEVER get in the habit of saying to yourself: “I can’t afford to go.” This is the height of creative laziness and lets your brain off the hook so it doesn’t need to find an answer to your problem. If you are more left brained.. It’s no use having a great amount of creativity unless there is some benefit that comes from it. Stick to your strengths.. The colours kept washing into each other but that was OK. Start to see all the possible options around your problems.You need to view your future and your career the same way. creativity is vitally important. Take beagle hunting . She is a hunting dog and the thunder reminds her somehow of shots being fired which means the hunt is on. and a multi millionaire before the age of 30. You too have innate creative ability. team up with people who are more right brained and vice versa. they did not give up as Disney refused to accept no for an answer.. The other dogs hide under the table. Steve Jobs. She has never been hunting but deep down there is excitement in her that she can’t help but pay attention to. but sadly after time a ‘maturing’ mentality sets in and we stop using our imagination. We are all born with a natural ability to be wildly imaginative.TM HOW TO BOOST YOUR CREATIVITY/IMAGINATION Einstein said that genius is the ability to put into effect what is on your mind. Let’s say your friends invite you to go away on holiday with them but you don’t have enough money.. but the beagle is in her element. Feel free to test concepts. but the goal here is to create some form of reward or fruit from your ideas and creativity.
Some ideas can be used straight away. I was buzzing for weeks after as if on a caffeine high. 05 145 . whatever “space” means to you. for this to grow. So make sure that your life is filled with exciting things that you look forward to and help you relax. it is a whole other thing to land them.. Aristotle said that thinking requires leisure. Create a network of friends who complement your thinking and who are hopefully somewhat different when it comes to helping you ensure that your creativity materializes.. Pray for wisdom. A few months ago I couldn’t sleep all night because 6 years’ worth of ideas all came together in the middle of the night in one big fell swoop. Create space. like a fine wine. Find things that help it thrive... but even more importantly. Because of the fact that your brain only builds onto what it already knows. It is one thing to conjure up the ideas.TM Visit and spend time at places that enable your creative juices to run wild. The secret is trying to discern the season for when each great idea is meant to be birthed in. If you are not the person who is going to land the idea then can you delegate the idea to someone else? Be accountable by telling someone you trust about the ideas you are working on.. you have a plan of action about pinning down these ideas into goals and smaller tasks with a deadline. always searching for ways in which my ideas and dreams could become reality. Others could take years to mature.. be sure to have a tangible way of reflecting your thoughts and ideas as well as the action plans that follow these.. so that you all benefit from each other.This would not have happened if I hadn’t developed the habit of creating space to think and dream. Go wild with your brainstorming but make sure that when you are finished throwing ideas around.
“Even if you are on the right track. you will get run over if you just sit there ” – Will Rogers .
TM BEST MOTIVATION STRATEGIES How to get through a dip: How to get a boost of motivation The future will never come and take you by the hand. Another way of saying this is: “The fire of suffering brings forth the gold of godliness.” Try to spend time with wise people to get your mind off problems. When creating a desired end goal using the 3 biggest motivators will help you. Life is tough. When things are going really well see it as a bonus and celebrate. If the burden is very big and too much to burden your friends. It helps to know this. family or partner with then try to find a good therapist who will work with you on a professional level. The finest steel is sent through the hottest furnace so feel privileged that you are being shaped. but hang in there. You do not have to share everything with them but you can let them know that you are going through a difficult time and that you would really appreciate their support. It could very well mean you are getting close to breakthrough.when things seem hectic and you feel overwhelmed. You might get SO close to just throwing in the towel. A really great piece of advice from a business coach . Create a collage with your favourite things that you love and that get you excited. The tide will change and you will get through this and become a stronger person on the other side of it.. do your very best to endure the trial.. It will make it a lot easier if you have been there for them previously as well. They are 1) Desire for Gain 2) Fear of loss and 3) To love or be loved As hard as it may be to do this. Understand that there are good and bad times. draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper and on the left side write: ME and on the right side write: 05 147 . motivation will follow. so connect with family and friends in good times and bad. When they are not. Action produces motivation. you need to get up and go get it. be grateful for your dips or challenges. just as the tide comes in and goes out. if you start to act.
HOW TO AVOID PROCRASTINATION A basic definition of procrastination is putting off things that you should be doing now. before this bad habit steals your opportunities and damages your ability to study effectively. list all the things that you need to do that day and on the right side of the page list all the things that you need God to cover. or even the word FAITH. Write everything that is on your mind and then start to tackle each item one by one. This happens with all of us time after time.Your imagination can easily get the better of you and exaggerate problems that may not actually exist. What will make a big difference to your success is your ability to recognize procrastination and promptly take it under control. Do not occupy yourself with random activities. wasting time instead of getting around to the truly important things. Make a note of rewarding yourself or at least noticing the progress that you are making. however small or insignificant it may seem. On the left. This is a very liberating task to do and allows you to avoid being stuck in your thinking or actions. It is often a good thing to write out all the things that are causing you to get stuck. Godin argues that all successful people need to realize that there are dips and there are dead ends and that knowing which one of these you are in is vital for achieving success. Even though this is not easy. So what causes procrastination? It can be as simple as • Waiting for the right mood • Waiting for the right time • Lack of clear goals • Underestimating the difficulty of the tasks • Underestimating the time required to complete the tasks • Fear of failure • Perfectionism The list can go on. keep asking yourself ”Is this a dead end that is not getting me anywhere? Or is this a dip that I need to push through?” Once you’ve made your mind up.TM GOD. commit yourself 100% to what you aim to achieve. A great book by Seth Godin called “The Dip” explains that one needs to be wise in discerning whether to press on through a dip. The ability to get things done and overcome procrastination is one of the most important skills to master if you wish to do well. and on… 05 148 . This type of thinking is always critical to success as it helps you gain focus and clarity. or quit. or need the faith to believe will get done without you.
Forcing yourself to start on what you need to be doing will begin the cogs of motivation. 05 149 . They can be more important than successes and give meaning to experience. review the situation. when you dedicate yourself to work. and build up from there. Don’t keep doing the same thing repeatedly if it is not working for you. Have a set time of day. never the other way around. Get people around you to help motivate you and monitor your progress. you will feel overwhelmed before you start and will only worsen your procrastination. etc. and distance yourself from distractions. Develop your plan • A project is easier when it is built in stages. Put rewards in place that you know you will receive when you reach a certain target to help you keep your eyes on the ball. Admitting that you have had a problem with procrastination and recognizing it will help you put measures into place to do something about it. Then take a step back. Do not wait to feel motivated before you get to work. if procrastination is a habit of yours. Take false starts and mistakes for what they are. This helps you develop a new habit of working. Have a realistic view on how much time each section of work will take and put a schedule in place to help keep you on track. if you know they are going to be waiting for you at the track at 5am you have to get up and go. Distractions will always be an issue. 3. Allow yourself to get frustrated when things don’t seem to be going right. and try to rectify it before continuing. Like when you have an exercise buddy. start small and add detail and complexity as you achieve • • • • and grow.TM What can you do to avoid procrastination? Understanding that the future is not just going to arrive and take you by the hand is the first step in the right direction. 4. 5. 2. Build a good working environment. week. Don’t try to build Rome in a day. but deny their temptation. Motivation begins to grow with action. as this will never happen. focus on the immediate task or project. Each journey begins with one step. Finally. Don’t be too hard on yourself 1. If you know you are being watched it often helps you focus and get going. learning experiences.don’t try to deny they exist. you just need to learn to manage them . Looking ahead and seeing yourself succeeding can go a long way in helping you avoid procrastination and provide the get up and go you need to make your dreams a reality.
uk Visit the World Memory Championships website for interesting insight into the world of memory as a competitive sport: www. We recommend that you join the WWBC (worldwide brain club) for an extensive library of day-to-day conversations from some of the best minds on memory.net Great articles on memory and learning. NB: Make sure that “All items” are viewed in “List view” and not “Expanded view”. Use the research tools below. www.yahoo. even ruthless regarding the information that you accept. on a daily and weekly basis.php POWERFUL RESEARCH TOOLS TO FIND ANSWERS QUICkL Y: Business is ALL about becoming brilliant at solving problems. www. 150 05 .edu. Delete any groups that have more spam than meat. This group was created in 1999. In small print at the top left side you will find “Accelerated Learning” Click on it for extra articles: www.au/bcss/psychology/john-malouff/problem-solving. A library of incredibly good extra information on a variety of effective studying topics: http://www.studygs.com The most valuable website on the Internet: You will need a fair amount of bandwidth to download a wide variety of 20-minute videos: www.org. You can post questions on subjects you are having difficulty with and receive advice and answers.com/groups Tip: This is another very powerful tool that will enable you to connect with literally thousands of people with similar interests from around the world. speed of learning and concentration. Please note: We have done our best to provide you with some excellent free resources available to expand your horizons and keep you growing.google.com Over 50 great problem-solving strategies explained: http://www.worldmemorychampionships. By only seeing the main headlines of the RSS feeds you will be able to sift through large quantities of information. but be careful.une. articles and answers that will be most beneficial to you.ted.TM FREE ONLINE RESOURCES VALUABLE INFORMATION THAT WILL DEEPEN YOUR kNOWLEDGE.happychild.com/reader Tip: Search for groups and communities that will provide great advice and support.
try ignorance’ – Andy McIntyre .‘If you think education is expensive.
Behaviour that is rewarded is behaviour that is repeated. Gently but firmly steer them away from areas that they are weak at and let them become more and more aware of being allowed to focus on their strengths. Always be sure you build your children up .TM bONUS INFORMATION ADVICE TO PARENTS The best advice I would give parents with young children about increasing their productivity in school from an early age • You have learnt a vast amount from PowerStudy that you will be able to massage into your child’s brain • • • • • • • • • • on a daily basis. but often do the 152 05 . For example. Self mastery The ancient Greeks’ approach to teaching was to show students what they needed to do and then let them to do it. Separate your child from their wrongdoing. It was suggested that the productivity gain was due to the motivational effect of the interest being shown in them. don’t attack them personally. are completely different. It is obvious which approach was the most effective . Amongst Sasol’s top bursary students was a student who got 8 As in his final exams at school. An interesting study was done by Elton Mayo between the years of 1924-1927 at the Hawthorne Works (a Western Electric factory outside Chicago). Feed them emotionally as much as you can. For example. There are internal rewards that affect the person internally. External rewards refer to rewards that are more tangible. What they do and who they are. passion and values lie. love. Autonomy 2. Words have the power to shape their destiny. Teach them the importance of hard work. lift them up and give positive reinforcement. He said he’d been thinking along the lines of our teaching since starting school at age 6. Take every opportunity you can to affirm them. Schools unfortunately don’t generally allow kids to thrive in their areas of strength. like getting something. relationships and play. ”If you get good results for the upcoming exam I am going to be so proud of you”. The key of course is to try to help your children apply intelligent thinking to each of their daily study sessions. Hawthorne Works commissioned a study to see if its workers would become more productive in higher or lower levels of light. 2 things everyone needs . The workers’ productivity seemed to improve when changes were made but slumped when the study was concluded. The Hebrews had a very different approach. They would teach students what they needed to do and then continue to give them guidance and assistance for a number of years to ensure their full understanding.anyone who has continual mentoring or coaching ultimately gets the foundations required for solid growth.1. Sometimes all that might be required to see an improvement in your child’s behaviour or marks is to give them your attention. Punish the wrongdoing. “if you get good results for the upcoming exam you can have that new PlayStation game you want”.NEVER tear them down with the words you use. He’d struggled until an occupational therapist working with him daily taught him basic study skill principles which became second nature. Seek to find where their areas of skill. like the way they feel.
My gift is strategic thinking as well as communicating my thoughts in a way which inspires and equips people to act in a new way. what would I need to see in his life to really believe he is the best? The 2 top answers that came to mind were: 1. So you are encouraged to put effort into your weakest areas. He would need to compete against the best in the world . spending time with them and even staying at their homes. They also set many other challenges up for him. so my goal is to be the best that I can be. I felt a fair question would be: If I were to attend a course on memory skills and believe that the facilitator was the best in the world at what he did. This doesn’t make sense. Where would most of the effort then be placed? On art. My passion has always been about the strategic discoveries I made and sharing this with others. Let’s say your child does really badly at art in school. I cannot give what I do not have. Following my struggles at University I naturally had a passion to share with others what I had learnt.TM opposite. And not just spend time with them. ensuring I would spend time with the best in the world. and how much my life changed once I applied a few basic principles and strategies to my daily studying routine. He must have hung out with and learnt from the best in the world I decided then to compete at the World Memory Championships for at least 5 years in a row doing my best. That is why I’ve made an effort to have in depth discussions with top competitors since 2004. and to make this information available to others. but also for affecting the lives of the people with whom I have the privilege of sharing this information. as they knew this inspired and challenged him. My passion for learning gets me excited each year to get better personally. which brings results.This has not just been about finding easier ways of learning for my own benefit. Once my business started building momentum I decided to do my utmost to become the best in the world at SHARING and making this information readily AVAILABLE to others. I am continually putting that to good use as well. My goal has been to compete at the World Memory Champs so I can develop the best memory in the world. Because another gift is the ability to connect and network with people. but also really get to know them and learn how they think. • Richard Branson’s parents realized that he had a very courageous streak and at the tender age of 4 dropped him off miles from home and told him to find his way home. FORMULA FOR SUCCESS & PERSONAL MAGIC I am a firm believer in sticking to your strengths as ruthlessly as you can. but would still have to be very good 2. so that I can be more and ultimately give more.not necessarily be the best. Some questions you could ask yourself: 05 153 .
but eventually the loud. emotionally lead affirmations. 05 154 . Some of the things I can now do include memorizing the order of a randomly shuffled deck of cards in 50 seconds. I have been the highest ranked competitor from Africa and the Southern Hemisphere at the World Memory Championships every year for the past 4 years. Once I’d done this. I learnt that my brain had no idea what was real or not. Say these every morning and every evening for the next 3 months. I also learnt that our brains respond best to emotion so the daily affirmation needed to have some emotional significance or feeling attached to it. simply by changing my self-talk. as well as memorizing an 1100 digit number in 1 hour. but illustrates how my life has changed radically. This was a huge revelation and a big tipping point in my life. The many times I’d failed in school and University had caused me to believe that I could never compete and the words that I said to myself consciously and subconsciously reinforced this. feel. The trick is to speak your affirmations as if your desired end goal has actually happened. My mentor Michael Tipper had dared me the year before to compete at the World Memory Champs. experience and become excited about it. 12 decks in 1 hour. The course’s main theme was that the words you speak on a daily basis will ultimately affect your reality. This isn’t boasting. I needed to see. dominant voices that tried to remind me how inadequate my brain was got silenced. but built up its belief system from the repeated messages that I told it or allowed it to believe. I soon realized that you can’t do something that you believe is impossible. say: ”It feels GREAT to have the best memory in the world”. Initially it seemed ludicrous telling myself things like: ”It feels great to have the best memory in the world” and ”I have one of the most advanced brains in the world”. In what areas of your life would you like to see exciting changes or more results that are positive? Something practical YOU can do: Write out 3 positive. Keep them brief and add as much feeling as possible.TM • What would you say is your true gift or personal magic? • What percentage of your day is spent in developing your gifts? • What do you need to say NO to? • What do you think the result of this would be for you? Your team? Your family? I went on a superb training course on the power of the mind at a critical time in my life. I needed to create positive daily affirmations that reinforced my new desired end goal. So I needed to use my frontal lobes. but I didn’t taken his dare seriously until after completing this course. so unless I changed my personal belief system. I wasn’t going to experience any real breakthrough with developing a near perfect memory. about 8 months before the 2006 World Memory Championships. the largest and most powerful part of my brain. to really think of what my desired end goal would look like. The only way to change my self-belief system was to change the words that I spoke to myself. So instead of saying: ”I hope to one day have the best memory in the world”.
I believed that he was better than I and because of this my subconscious would not allow me to do something that I believed was not possible. SOMETHING TO THINk ABOUT: • • • • What literature are you reading on a daily basis? With whom are you predominantly spending your time? Are you happy with the answers to these 2 questions? If not. I had been doing all the “right stuff ” for previous years but didn’t realize that I’d actually put a cap on my own performance. 155 05 . My mentor had come 2nd in the 1998 World Memory Championships. I’m very persistent and this resulted in my travelling around the world to meet with these gurus to pick their brains.9 seconds. I also emailed top memory experts from around the world. until I watched Ben Pridmore memorize a deck in just 24. my belief system has become rock solid on what is possible and my actions have followed suit. what can you do to change things? PODIUM At the 2009 World Memory Championships in London. I decided to read pretty much everything I could find on the topic of memory. I have also seen Johannes Mellow from Germany memorize a 405-digit number in just 5 minutes. I only discovered later that my scores before the 2009 World Champs would have placed me 3rd in 1998. I used to think that memorizing a deck of cards in 3 minutes was quite amazing. and 27 decks in 1 hour. Charles Jones said: Where you will be in 5 years time is based on 2 things 1. He was mentored by the 8 times World Memory Champion and what I had subconsciously done was place him on a pedestal. and many other amazing feats. My new belief system was realized only when my new positive self talk was aligned with my desired end goal. But my biggest breakthroughs in memory only really happened after actually witnessing firsthand what people were achieving at the World Memory Championships. By choosing to hang out with free thinkers. I read a quote that changed my life after applying its wisdom. I achieved 9 personal bests out of 10 events after putting in less training time than ever before.The people you are spending time with After struggling at University.The books you are reading 2.TM PEOPLE AND BOOkS When I was struggling at University. just 1 place behind my mentor.
but the secret to success is trying to make sure that the failing happens in practice. Can you think of any fear in particular that you know limits what you can achieve? What do you believe you could achieve if you were fearless. Before each competition I read through all my mistakes and reinforce the correct approach. but ignorance is a lot more costly. Picture Steve Jobs as a sniffer dog. you need to make sure you do not sabotage your success by holding on to a good. I would choose one book that rocked my world. At the end of the day when they were locking up. Snow Leopard. buy it. Each of the Apple 156 05 . I’ve realized that all top competitors fail at least 10 times the amount that most people do when it comes to learning. it was a risk to invest into that. I knew that my belief had changed after seeing how much I’d improved. Steve Jobs.TM So I started a conversation with my brain about my determination to win. or OSX. the owner of Apple. go home and study it further. 1000 professional people for 3 years! And think of the iPod. I note mistakes in the back of my diary and make a mental note to never make that mistake again. I then thought about the top 3 competitors in the world and what they were achieving on a dayto-day basis and concentrated on this until finally it became my belief. Yes. I told myself that even though my mentor was incredible and that I respected him highly. As a student I couldn’t afford to buy extra books so I’d often sit in Exclusive Books (the South African version of Barnes and Noble) and read for days on end. It usually takes at least 2 or 3 attempts at putting information into my long-term memory before the information actually sticks. what do you plan to do to change these beliefs about yourself and what you can achieve? REFLECT AND GET BETTER I keep a memory training diary where I record my daily achievements as well as reflect on past performance and mistakes. but to date over 250 million iPods have been sold. hired 1000 fulltime programmers for 3 years straight. he smells a scent and hunts down and catches his prey. times had changed and greater memory feats were possible. Dominic O’Brien said that failing extravagantly in practice is essential if someone wants to become a phenomenal competitor. So technically every time I “forget” information and have to reinforce it I am actually failing. This may seem similar to positive self-talk but once you have the right thinking in place.. but limited belief. to work on and perfect their current operating system.. THINkING A BIT DEEPER • • Are there any deeper beliefs that are potentially sabotaging your current success? If so. They never kicked me out so I assumed that they were OK with my being there. yet still applied wisdom to each situation? Invest Heavily into New & Improved Ways of Thinking Learning is expensive.
It definitely takes years to fine tune good ideas. energy. An exercise we had to do was to contact one of the top thinkers in our field of expertise and invite them to a 20-minute lunch.The more I learn about the brain. focused. one the world’s most respected and influential memory trainers. minimum wage work simply because he had possibly become too ‘brain’ heavy. This seemed impossible until I suspended my disbelief and applied their intelligent ways of thinking. You were to try to be as professional as you knew how. talent and money. Do your best to ensure that your learning has been channelled into one consistent direction. I emailed Michael Tipper. After interviewing top competitors. and of course. is that you break even. I realized that they only trained from 30 minutes to 1 hour a day. I think the secret behind this is combining heavy investment into learning with strategic. the more excited I get about the possibilities of what it can achieve. A friend who lives in another country has 3 degrees. author of “The One Minute Manager” said that the worst thing that can happen to you if someone turns you down.TM products in recent years has been a rip roaring success because Steve Jobs has been bold enough to back up his vision with hardcore investments of time. I recently tried to find him simple. COURAGE: LET YOUR ACTIONS BE BOLD Ken Blanchard. Some years back I attended a phenomenal career development workshop. be fully prepared with intelligent questions. intelligent thinking that aims to ultimately help you become better at solving problems that people have. or not agreeing to a proposal you suggested. Before my first world championships I trained anywhere between 5 and 8 hours daily. His knowledge was incredible but it was very spread out. Wisdom is Mining the Very Best Thinking Always be on the hunt for the BEST information. offer to pay for lunch. but the end result. I said that I wanted to fly to London and take him to lunch. he gave me 5 very different answers. When I asked him what problems he could solve better than everyone else. 157 05 . Long story short. I try to ensure that my discovery of new ideas is never the prime goal. I flew to London and took a train to Swindon to meet Michael for a pub lunch. one of them a master’s degree but has struggled for years to find work. Not even he knew what his number one area of skill was. My study time has now dropped substantially to 30 minutes a day. if this thinking is allowed to stew long enough. either by saying no to meeting you. There are far too many stories of overqualified people struggling to find work. but the adventure is. always far outweighs your overall investment. Zig Ziglar said that you would have whatever you want in this life if you can help enough people get what they want. but I achieve a great deal more in each 30-minute study session than in 8 hours previously.
TM Our 20 minute scheduled meeting turned into 4 hours as we shared stories and talked about the wonderful world of memory. learn from the best. By being bold. Michael was the one who dared me to compete at the World Memory Championships. I continually try to become more brutal with what I block out. Not only did I meet Michael. I seldom write out long to-do lists as I try and limit what I need to do each day to just a few very important things and always push to make it a habit of spending at least 80% of my day smack bang in the middle of where my greatest gifting lies. I’ve had the privilege of meeting the most incredible people.. It is amazing what an idea and a phone call can produce. It was great.. many of whom I had read about and respected deeply. On the flip side of this. but give back too. I have tried to before but it is just very difficult for me to eat at regular times as well as to have enough patience to cook every day. I outsource as much as possible to ensure that I am not responsible for the many little important tasks that need to get done each day. It’s very difficult for me to keep to any structure or routine and because of this. My aim has always been to develop friendships and not only take.which also means people struggle to keep up with me. For example. The word passion is derived from the Greek word ”Patho” or the Hebrew word ”Paseo” which actually means . OUTSOURCING AND AVOIDING MENTAL CLUTTER There are many things that I am bad at.to suffer. I had lunch with a previous South African Minister of Education when Nelson Mandela was in power. but he introduced me to his friends. 99% of any news will make no difference to my life and if I really need to know about something then someone will tell me about it. I picked him up from his home and we spent a wonderful afternoon talking about education in South Africa as well as the goals he and Mr. most of the passion I have for what I do has been birthed purely from the pain I have endured from not knowing more intelligent ways of thinking. I have ADHD. passion is birthed out of adversity. I pay someone else to do this so I can focus my time and energy on doing what I do. almost every single day involves me somehow staying in touch with what is going on in my area of focus or expertise. Mandela had for the country. I’ve learnt that in order to achieve anything I need to limit my intake of random information as much as possible. I also do my best to help others who work with me do the same. So in essence. Since then we’ve become great friends and we try to connect whenever I am in London. 05 158 . Michael’s best piece of advice was: “Stand on the shoulders of giants” in other words. For example: I never cook for myself. as well as what I allow in. which means that my brain generally runs in a million directions all at once . if you let it. PAIN: LETTING IT DIRECT YOU Unfortunately. I never read the daily paper or watch the news.
many people may let an opportunity like this pass them by. compete largely for the thrill of knowing that we can in fact learn. and rather get involved with something where I could be the instant hero without having to go through the school of hard knocks. that we have beaten the traditional system so to speak. We were designed to live in community and not meant to do life alone .TM It has always been tempting to stamp my feet. I needed to make sure that I had a place solely dedicated to my being allowed to vent and to heal from any past hurts or misfortunes. sulk. not weighing up the rewards that come from intelligent thought and reflection built up over a decent period. This doesn’t include the advantage that is currently being created by the foundation I have been building for the past few years.5 years. was also dyslexic and never quite fitted into the traditional schooling system. I was very sceptical in the beginning as I thought that a business coach seemed like a lame idea. Dominic O’Brien had ADD. I could never give extensively to my work and to others if my headspace was not free and uncluttered. as well as many others. I realized that if I wanted to push the boundaries in my own life. every 2 weeks for the first 6 months and then saw her on average once a month for the following 1. Catherine. but to date I would not be surprised if the return has been 100 fold. and now I see her whenever I feel stuck in my thinking. call it by name.there is something incredibly powerful about sharing our lives with people. and have overcome a seemingly impossible task. THE ROYAL FINGER Many competitors at the World Memory Championships were labelled as having learning disabilities at school. BUSINESS COACH: kEEPING THINGS ON TRACk One of the best investments I ever made was hiring a really good business and life coach. I saw my business coach. It is very difficult to put an exact figure on how much the return on this investment has been.The 8 times world memory champion. My past pain causes me to stop and look at struggling students and know what they are going through and help them to a better way. Instead of burying my pain and shortcomings I decided to look it in the eye. Because it is difficult to see the immediate benefits. find ways to turn the tables on it and get it in a WWF headlock. Dominic and I. Somewhere deep down there has been a small still voice directing me to continue doing what I’ve been doing because I know I am not the only one who finds the education system radically incongruent to the way that I think and perform. I get a huge kick out of turning traditional paradigms of the current schooling system on its head. as I believe 159 05 .
I think anger is a powerful and good thing as long as it is channelled in the right direction. I get a kick out of helping people find easier and more intelligent ways of doing things.which is pointed at almost every teacher or persons in my past. It’s similar to the book ”Screw it. Brent Curtis said: ”Let people feel the weight of who you are and then let them deal with it”. let’s do it” by Richard Branson of Virgin. but in the end. He kindly invited Heidi and I to stay at his palace for 4 nights after the competition. ultimately helping them create extra time to do what they don’t usually have the time to do. my work colleague Heidi and I had the privilege of meeting Shaik Rashid Al Khalifa of the royal family. Whenever I train for a competition there are. It’s amazing that they can figure all of that out from ticking and crossing a bunch of academic questionnaires that are almost always geared to predominantly favour left brain thinkers. as you can imagine. decks of playing cards.. My heart has always been keen to serve people and give to them in an extravagant way. but are using the wrong tools. which would make sense as I don’t think I have a left brain. This gets me up in the morning and keeps me trying to find answers to life’s changing questions. 101 other seemingly more interesting things that my brain could run along and flirt with. Because of this I have learnt that it is essential to disengage and revel in life otherwise burnout is probable. Learning thousands of binary numbers.. One of the greatest reasons I compete is simply because it keeps me in the game of knowing what my clients go through whenever they write exams. I bought a thobe (traditional white Muslim clothing) as well as a traditional red and white check headpiece and have photos of Shaik Rashid and I playing Sony PlayStation Guitar Hero! I am generally a very extreme person and throw myself fully into a task or project. history and dates surprisingly can be a heap of fun. At the 2008 World Memory Champs in Bahrain in the Middle East. How can I tell someone how to push through and stay motivated if I don’t practice this with study material on a day-to-day basis? FUN AND ENJOYMENT This is much easier said than done. To give it the royal finger . I know that my work is not just about teaching memory skills. including those psychologists who said that I should never go to University because I wouldn’t cope and that I should settle for a more ’technical’ profession. it is about sharing with real human beings who have real hopes and real dreams. There is something very special about knowing how to beat a system that once bullied you around. 05 160 . but I have always tried my best to have as much fun as possible even during seemingly dark and gloomy times. I especially enjoy working with people who are working hard. it always necessitates convincing my brain that what I am learning is in fact incredible and fascinating.TM it rewards students largely on their academic performance as opposed to teaching them how to think and solve problems. although this is what they are currently trying to do in South Africa.
I have realized over the years that there are two main approaches to competing at the World Memory Champs. The first approach is to take it very seriously and try really hard to make sure that the information learnt sticks. The second approach is not only more enjoyable but amazingly more effective than the first.That is to enjoy the learning, have fun and not think of the 100 million people that the event is televised to. The opposite of concentration is not distraction, but anxiety. Repeat.... the opposite of concentration is not distraction but anxiety.
UNIVERSITY SPONSORSHIP STRATEGY
How I raised R100k for university and did not have to pay it back
There are many top businessmen and women around with lots of money. A question to ask yourself is do they want to spend it on you?! Write to every big business in your country. Personalize the letter so it is addressed to the head of HR, or even better, the CEO or president of the company, or send it to both. Hand deliver as many as you can to the big players. It will be well worth your effort. My biggest sponsor came from a hand written letter that I delivered to his post box personally. I deliberately didn’t put a stamp on it so he could see that I’d made the effort to put it in his post box.
The letter that you write has to be very moving; tap into their emotions but at the same time be clear as to what you want. Tell them what you want to do to conquer the world, end poverty, feed the hungry, save the Egyptian mongoose from distinction, etc. and tell them why the degree you plan on studying will help you achieve this goal.
Be creative and courageous in your approach and even a bit in your face. Many will turn you down... so what. Don’t try to please everyone with a normal boring letter. People are busy. Give them a reason to be captivated by your story.
Tell them what you have done so far. Show them that you work hard, but your thinking at your young age does not match up to the resources that you need to get you to the next step. Send MANY letters out. I sent around 50 and only two positive replies came back but those two provided me with R100k for my university fees.
MEMORIzING NUMbERS AND DATES
The simple and easy approach
You could quite easily learn a 50-digit number in order with this system, but by moving to the advanced system you could double your storage space with the same effort. Create a 0-9 system converting each number into an image that represents that number For example: 0 - Doughnut 1 - Tree 2 - Swan 3 - Stool 4 - Car 5 - Glove 6 – Golf club 7 - Angel 8 - Gate 9 - Balloon After learning what image represents which number, you would put stories together to remember the sequence of numbers. For example: If you wanted to remember the phone number (031) 5838032 The story could go something like this: there was a Doughnut(0) sitting on the Stool(3) that was under the Tree(1). I put my Glove(5) on as I did not want to get sticky fingers and then opened the Gate(8) and walked towards the Stool(3). The Gate(8) then slammed shut causing the Doughnut(0) to fall from the Stool(3) and a Swan(2) ate it. How this translates into learning dates The same number learning process would take place but you would then translate that ‘story’ into the event that happened.
For example: 18 December 2008 – ”Hunger for Freedom” Nelson Mandela Foundation book wins award Nelson Mandela was sitting under the massive Tree(1) next to the Gate(8) that shut up the hunger for freedom Swan(2), Nelson Mandela gave it 2 Doughnuts(00), (as it was Christmas)(December) from over the Gate(8) and was awarded for his kindness.
This is one of the events at the World Memory Championships and you will be incredibly surprised to see how many dates can be memorized using this technique. Johannes Mallow holds the world record for memorizing 118 dates in 5 minutes. The more you use it the faster you will get.
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