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It’s hard to find good info on long-term memory, isn’t it? You get drowned in difficult terminology, when all you want is to understand what it is and learn how to improve it. On this page, you’re going to discover the different types of long-term memory in plain English. But that doesn’t mean we’ll be skimping on the science of this type of memory…
 
The best way to study flashcards is not to study them at all. Now, before you bounce away, hear me out. There’s a small set of techniques that make learning with flashcards so fast, you really won’t feel like you’re studying at all. Instead, you’ll feel like you’re creating the knowledge you want to learn. Isn’t that exciting? I’ve been using cards…
 
Memory works like breathing and blinking: You can control it to a certain extent and it operates entirely on autopilot, whether you’re paying attention to it or not. How do we know? Think about your home. Did you have to work hard to learn the layout? Probably not. You probably learned it automatically. The alphabet, on the other hand, required exe…
 
Podcast recording updated 04/01/22 Picture this: Exams loom on the horizon and you’re staring at a stack of unread textbooks so large it would make any sane student shake in their boots. Maybe you got behind in your reading over the course of the semester… Or maybe your professor assigned additional reading you haven’t gotten around to yet… Whateve…
 
Do you want to know why questioning everything is the best policy in life? It’s because humans are prone to error, including the smartest amongst us. In fact, there’s a principle called “the curse of knowledge” that highlights this problem. A popular example of how this plays out in life is in the exchanges between Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes. H…
 
The number one reason students struggle to find the main points in their reading is simple: You are being tested on your ability to figure out what they are and why they’re important. Teachers worth their salt won’t give you the answers because to do so violates your ability to learn this skill. Why is this true? Because all of human progress relie…
 
We are all naive sometimes. And make no mistake: That can be a very good thing in the right context. Why? Because the core of scientific, philosophical and personal progress requires the ability to see the world with fresh eyes. By the same token, being naive can also be incredibly destructive. It can force you to miss out on so many of life’s plea…
 
Are you confused by the amount of advice related to deliberate practice? I don’t blame you. After all, there are lots of different kinds of skills that require different kinds of practice. Not only that, but some people use a different term: dedicated practice. You might also see it called intentional practice. These variations on the term only add…
 
David Perell is an author who helps people excel in what you might call the business of creativity. And frankly, I think he’s a memory artist too. For example, everything that has to do with writing winds up involving the most positive form of spaced repetition. It’s like the ultimate mnemonic device. But it’s not traditional spaced repetition or r…
 
If you’re wondering how to read a book and remember everything like a professional scholar, this is one of the most helpful tips I can give: Sit down, open a book and read. Of course, I have more secrets to share than just that. But isn’t common sense powerful? It is. And it’s getting even more powerful as modern life creates more and more distract…
 
Want to know why concrete thinking is so difficult to define? It’s because people use the term in many different ways. Many will refer to how Jean Piaget used it. In his work, the term essentially means that children interact with the world in very direct ways with very few concepts. As we grow, we develop and use a variety of abstractions to navig…
 
Struggling to come to grips with abstract thinking? What exactly is abstract thought and how can you improve it? And if necessary, how can you avoid being too abstract so that others can always understand what you’re trying to say? On this page, we’ll discuss abstract reasoning in-depth. You’ll also get some abstract thinking exercises that will he…
 
Ever heard of a note taking technique that involves vibrant colors and keywords and asked yourself… What on earth is this mindmapping stuff all about? I used to ask myself that question too. Then, one day I started to dig into the topic seriously. I soon discovered that Tony Buzan had developed a number of laws for mapping the mind well. So well in…
 
Is intelligence fixed? Of course not. Think about artificial intelligence. It’s been improving each and every year. And so has human intelligence. As you’ll see, this has been proven by looking at the improvement of IQ scores over the years. However, there is a catch. Lately, IQs have been slipping again. This means that not only can your intellige…
 
Scott Gosnell’s translations of the memory improvement books of Giordano Bruno are legendary. They have enabled English readers around the world to access some of the richest ideas for using the Memory Palace technique around. Now, Scott is launching a revised and updated edition of his first translation: On the Shadows of Ideas. Frankly, this is t…
 
Normally when we think about the Memory Palace technique, it’s for virtuous outcomes. For example, medical students use it to learn the skills that help them save lives. Hannibal Lecter? Not so much. In fact, this fictional doctor has such a horrible memory problem, the ways he uses the technique almost puts it to shame. Good thing then that it tru…
 
Want to know why the biggest barriers to critical thinking are so insidious? The answer is simple: It’s because they’re lurking inside you. And if you don’t know that these barriers are standing between you and exploding your thinking abilities, you’re powerless to improve your situation. Starting right now, let’s identify and remove the biggest ba…
 
If you want to know how to increase IQ, the answer is simple. Create and complete goals. Sounds like a sweeping statement, doesn’t it? I’ll explain why it’s true on this page. And rest assured, the main reason why intelligence goes stagnant in the first place is also simple to explain. It comes from the absence of goals, or the bad habit of not com…
 
Do you wish you knew how to remember everything you hear? If so, you might feel like you’re a poor listener because you forget so many details. Worse, you wind up losing out on so many opportunities to participate in the present and take action in the future. For example, let’s say someone mentions a book. You know you just have to read it because …
 
Imagine memorizing 70 decks of playing cards to raise money for Alzheimer’s. Not just to fund research into curing the disease, but also to support front line workers who help care for the victims of this cruel disease. Well, that’s the goal memory athlete Braden Adams set for himself. Think about this for a second: That’s 70 times 52… 3640 cards, …
 
If you’ve spent any amount of time looking into memory improvement courses, you’ve come across the name Ron White. But you might be wondering… Is his Black Belt Memory course any good? In a word: Yes. And if you’ve struggled with other memory improvement books and courses, his approach might just be the ticket. One reason why is because the course …
 
Don’t you hate it when you learn NOTHING from a course? Me too. I can’t stand it. And it’s the teacher’s fault right? Well… not so fast. It’s entirely possible that even the best teacher is fighting a tradition and system that’s rigged to fail. Not only that, but there’s the question of what makes an experience “meaningful” in the first place, let …
 
Want to know how to memorize a paragraph fast? Tired of the standard advice about using linking and rote repetition? I hope so, because it’s bad advice. Why? Because linking and “chunking” are often more overwhelming than repeating sentences over and over again. Well, you’re in luck. I’ve memorized many paragraphs and on this page will show you how…
 
Are you struggling to learn the law? If so, you might be excited to learn that even the world’s top professionals and legal experts never stop learning it. After all, it’s always changing. And there’s a ton to keep up with. Or maybe you, like me, just find the law fascinating. The logic – or sometimes, lack of logic – stretches your mind. It keeps …
 
Are you confused about rote learning? Some people swear by it. Others who use memory techniques worry about “falling back on rote” despite having better tools for learning. They even get dramatic about this worry, calling rote repetition… “Drill and kill.” What gives? And how specifically is learning by this deadly form of repetition defined? We’ll…
 
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