How to learn and remember 500% or more in half the time or less.
Using the following SuperLearning system greatly enhances
learning and long-term memory
KEY: HOW any material is learned is as important as WHAT is being learned.
Based on decades of scientific research and real-world application, SuperLearning assures optimal learning, understanding, and recall. The SuperLearning techniques activate and focus both hemispheres of the brain. This opens up vast potentials to optimally learn and remember for anyone who uses these methods. They also help to restore fun in the learning process. The key here is quality, not quantity: Learning much more in less time, and locking the learning into your long-term memory.
The frame or context that any information is presented in greatly enhances learning and long-term memory of anything studied. This includes the emotional frame as well: The material being learned should be of genuine interest to the learner. This assures that one’s inner motivation is strongest. When anyone - at any age - is forced to study/learn material against their will or in a competitive learning environment, learning is not optimal. This has been conclusively shown by Deming, Kohn, Neil, Gatto, and many others.
The following factors have been shown to be crucial for SuperLearning (in order of importance):
1. TEMPERATURE: Ideal is 72 degrees F, give or take a degree depending on the local climate. For every degree above or below 72°, long-term memory retention drops approximately 25%. Too hot and people fall asleep; too cold and it is hard to concentrate. Temperature is often overlooked in learning, yet is absolutely CRITICAL to peak learning.
ACTION: Get a digital thermometer at any Radio Shack (about $12) and strive to keep the room temperature wherever you are learning/studying at 72 degrees F (22 degrees C).
2. MUSIC: Soft (barely audible is okay) Baroque music in the background is best; higher volume during breaks. Classical Baroque music approximates the ideal brain wave state for "LTMA" - Long Term Memory Activation; as well as a gentle reminder of the human heartbeat, which tends to relax and open our inner learning channels. Both factors help one to get and keep one in the ideal focused learning state of relaxed concentration.
ACTION: Pick up a good classical Baroque CD or tape and play it softly in the background whenever you are reading/studying anything you want or need to remember.
3. COLOR: When writing or taking notes, always use at least 2 colors (recommend black, blue, red, green). Have fun with this use illustrations, bold lines and other visuals in addition to the words. Highlighting is also very good. Color is very powerful at stimulating greater attention and recall.
ACTION: Always have at least two different color pens handy to take notes (alternate colors every paragraph or so), and get in the habit of highlighting key points, again with at least two different color highlighters (fluorescent colors are good).
4. LEARNING CYCLES: Short learning/teaching segments of 20 to 50 minutes (max.) are best, with 5 to 10 minute mini-breaks. KEY: Our brain remembers best what is "first and last"; this means we want to have plenty of short learning cycles, as opposed to just a few long ones. These short learning cycles allow the brain and body to more fully integrate what is being learned/studied.
ACTION: Use a countdown timer for your learning/studying sessions, and be sure to take at least a 5 minute break every 50 minutes. Remember to reset and start the timer when you begin each new learning cycle.
5. MOVEMENT: Some kind of short movement/exercise helps to activate the right brain at the beginning and/or end of each break cycle. This can be as simple as standing-up and stretching for a few minutes, or a bit more movement, as desired. A regular movement ritual also prepares your mind to get back into the "learning mode" at the end of each break. Ritual is very valuable in marking the start of each new learning cycle.
ACTION: Make it a habit to do some kind of movement ritual for 1-2 minutes at the start of each new 20-50 minute learning cycle, e.g. stretching, quick yoga, etc.
Additional points to enhance SuperLearning:
VIEW FORMULA: 1. At the start of each learning cycle, take a few moments and Pre-VIEW your material. 2. The learning itself is the In-VIEW phase of the process, best supported with the primary SuperLearning techniques. 3. At the end of each learning cycle, or at the end of the day, briefly Re-VIEW what’s been learned, highlighting key points. This is not intended to be a linear process, but more spontaneous and organic, with time for reflection and review.
KEY WORDS: Before beginning, it is good to think of 3-8 key themes or words that convey the essence of what you will be learning. Another very powerful whole-brain activator is to use a good mix of multi-sensory descriptive words (i.e. relating to Sight, Sound, Taste, Touch, Scent, 6th Sense, etc.). This engages EMOTIONAL MEMORY ENCODING, which further "locks-in" the learning.
INTEGRATION: Remember that the entire process is about integrating the two halves of the brain. This vastly increases your potential for deeper learning and memory. The conventional teaching process is almost exclusively focused on just the left brain, with very sub-optimal results. Here is a partial list of left and right brain activities:
|Sense of Time
||Sense of Space
|Splitting Things Up
|Dealing with Details
||Seeing the Whole
||Insights and Ideas
*Linear is considered a left brain function, and while important, is overused by most people. A more integrated approach includes the right brain and therefore helps to create a balance. The objective is to increase the learning capacity, to better understand the material, and to promote long term memory.
MINDMAPPING: One proven technique of accelerating and amplifying whole-brain learning is called MindMapping. Two books, both titled "MindMapping" one by Tony Buzan, originator of the method; the other by Joyce Wycoff, provide an excellent overview of the subject. The MindMapping technique has been proven to be a most powerful way to create, capture, and remember information. It is also is the best method for students to record their notes. Often described as holographic imaging, it has dimension - depth and fullness - not just the usual flatness of a piece of paper. In addition, this method helps make learning fun and friendly.
Using all of the above SuperLearning techniques together has been shown to:
- Increase LTMR (Long-Term Memory Retention) 500-1000% or more
- Decrease the actual time needed to learn and remember information
- Promote a more integrated, whole learning experience
- Raise the quality of the total learning process
- Increase fun and creativity in learning