1 The ability to remember a telephone number for a few seconds is useless. We would not waste your time . For sports fans the analogy is the first touch in football [soccer] – get the ball under control redistribute and move on . A poor first touch and all sorts of bad things happen .
2 Given no distractions just how good are you at maintaining focus .
3 If your working memory is exceptional what is holding you back ?
4 Can you remember instructions . Have you ever walked into a room and forgot why. Have you ever read a textbook or listened to a lecture zoned out .
5 The Digit Span is a training proxy, a way of setting up accelerated feedback loops
6 It’s not a game, it’s a trainer
7 It’s a practice not a subject
8 Don’t over intellectualize .
9 Mastering the visual spatial sketch pad takes practice .
10 Saying is not doing .
11 When Listening, after 3 days ,detailed recall hovers around 10% .However recall increases to over 60% when trying to recall what you see or imagine .It is this persistence of memory that is the true game changer Source John Medina Source Alan Paivio [Picture Superiority Effect – empirically test inside the Automated Digit Span] .
12 Measuring progress : Within hours information will stop fading and your ability to switch on your focus and concentration will improve . Reading is fine at any speed but listening and public speaking depends on both aptitude and practice .
13 Beating the digit span with us is not a trick, you are learning to learn efficiently.
14 After 12 days a base level aptitude will be ingrained .
15 Your Brain has plasticity .A basic aptitude, learning to ride a bike once learnt will not desert you
16 According to the academy of medical science just a 10% improvement in memory will result in significantly better SATS , A levels , College admission and Degree performance.
17 Given clinical, library like conditions, smart drugs are crushed . In the real world smart drugs still have a role to play .
18 Once you have mastered recalling numbers you can learn to recall anything .
19 No party tricks, with us you are not going to learn how to remember names and faces or decks of card.
20 You can’t change a persona , you shoudl not change , if you are absent minded then that is who you are.
21 You can however learn to rank inside the top 1 percent of the population when it comes to functional working memory .
22 Upsetting a status quo result in winners and losers .
23 You really do get what you pay for.
24 Life is short do not waste your time reinventing the wheel
25 Smart courses are much more than memory training.
26 Higher order thinking skills depend on memory.We provide a grounding in how to think through the M:O:A:T framework.
27 Will I ever use what I have learnt? If you are required to learn new skills new information, then the skills you learn will be woven into the fabric of your everyday life .Why because it so much simpler to take a bit longer and get it right, first time , every time!
28 The Tortoise and the Hair – speed is over rated – slow down and think !
29 Learning to turn off an inner monologue is the key to directing attention .
30 Good speakers choose content very carefully – content needs to be concise , simple and direct
31 The listeners attention is limited – Good lecturers understand the importance of a very simple structure.
32 Language is for input and output – Your thinking need not be limited to just language .
33 Our system is flawed . If only we were all medium in a size 8. Life would be so much simpler. Einstein knows that a true Meritocracy is something you have to fight for ! You may have to think outside the box . You may have to throw the rule book away because the alternative is death by a thousand examinations .
34 Our free 60M course is text based for assessment reasons – that is how the world is !
35 – The main barrier to new learning is emotional not intellectual – nobody like to feel stupid – say you are a 20 stone ex marine – grossly incompetent and knowing it – is still a universally humbling experience36 The 10000 Hour Rule – It takes 10000 Hours to become an expert but….according to research it only takes 20 hours or 45 minutes dedicated and productive practice each day for 1 month to get really good at something . Perfect is the enemy of better