Shortcuts and brain hacks for learning new skills fast by Tansel Ali (2015)
The author list out a 7 step guide to learn anything in 48 hours.
1. Gather materials and resources to learn (3 hours)
2. Develop memorization strategy (2 hours)
3. Organize / prioritize materials (1 hour)
4. Create accountability (Up to 1 hour)
5. Memorize (30 hours)
6. Review (spaced repetition) (1 hour)
7. Practice and apply (10 hours)
Imagination is the key to making anything more memorable. Build on foundation memory principles with SMASHIN SCOPE and bring your story to life. You can practise on anything you can visualize.
S : Senses / Sensation
M : Movement
A : Association
S : Sexuality / Self
H : Humor
I : Imagination
N : Numbers
C : Color
O : Order
P : Positive images / negative images
E : Exaggeration
The Yellow Elephant Memory Model will help you when you are not sure how to remember something. Break it down by looking at how you can create memorable mental images and link the story. There is a 4 step guide to make something memorable.
- Abstract – identify abstract thing.
- Image – Need to convert abstract to image example the word “creativity” is abstract, but we can use the image of a light bulb or even Albert Einstein to convert the abstract nature of the word to an image we recognize and understand.
- Association – use physical connectivity to make a strong association.
- Communication -consider ways to craft info that others can understand.
When reading, use your finger as a guide by running it under the words. Doing this will not only help you read faster but also improve your comprehension.
When linking numbers, make sure you don’t mix up the order of the numbers you are trying to remember. If you make an incorrect story, you will recall wrong numbers.
When using the Method of Loci to remember numbers, always attach the story deeply into the location. Remember, physical connection makes for stronger memorisation. The Method of Loci is the fastest way to memorise playing cards. Create as many loci as you can so you don’t get your stories mixed up by repeatedly using the same location.
Create a spreadsheet listing people and their actions is super helping when using the Dominic system.
Make time to learn things you want to, not just need to, to free your mind from everyday routine. Don’t ever stop learning. It provides fuel for the soul and changes in the world.
Use mind maps or illustrations to help encode big blocks of data.
For languages, make sure you memorize the pronunciations before memorizing the phrases. It will make learning much more effective.
The best way to promote 21st century skills is to embrace Art of Memory techniques.
Real life examples of high speed learning exist. One competitor at first World Memory championships, Bruse Balmer taught himself 2000 foreign words in a single day. Another competitor from the 1999 World Memory championships famously taught himself Icelandic in only one week and then went on a talk show in that language. These individuals have nothing special about them. Rather, they all employ a small set of simple techniques, known collectively as the Art of Memory. The Art of Memory originated in Ancient Greece. They were almost universally practiced by the thinkers of the ancient world.