Learning tips ..part 3

Learn to Understand, Not to Remember

This is key. When you are trying to learn something, focus on understanding and not remembering. Understanding creates associations with existing knowledge and makes a more powerful recall. When you understand something you tend to get excited and enthusiastic ..if you enjoy it you will more likely remember more!

How to draw a Recall Tree

This is a powerful memory technique, and is a lot like a mind map.
After you learn something or read something you want to remember, recall it and draw as a tree
Focus on keywords and not the story, Memory joggers.
Draw a line down the middle of a sheet of paper and draw a series of branches off of this main line.
Expand each branch into the appropriate number of smaller branches, just like a branching tree. You draw a new sub-branch for each idea that derives from the main branch.
You end up with a branching tree with each branch containing a key word or very short phrase written on it.
Once you have done this from memory, review the information and fill in your recall tree with ideas or groupings that you missed during recall. The recall tree will be a powerful method of quickly reviewing and recalling the information in your later repetitions.
Try to reproduce it from memory 24 hours later.
Because this is such a practical method it is a fantastic tool ..if you have just 2 hours to learn something ..learn it for 30 minutes then draw your recall tree from memory then use the rest of the time reviewing and filling in the missed parts from your recall session

Have fun learning

Being happy and enjoying your learning will increase your memory ..Emotion creates chemicals in the brain ..so be happy and remember 😉

Hope you enjoyed this little set of helpful hints about learning and recall..if you missed some of the other parts ..they are below

Learning from yours, as well as other peoples mistakes!

I have been pretty tied up for the last few weeks organising and promoting my conference for September (blatant plug ..for more info go to http://seminarboost.wordpress.com)


..this is the first multi-speaker event that I have run myself and I am exhausted, nervous, excited, scared, and exhilarated all at the same time ! ..I have learned loads in the process and I have some great people helping me and advising me along the way.

What I have done is, kept a list of things that I have done and what has worked well and what has been a disaster and what was OK but could have been improved..

Learning by your mistakes is hard but so fulfilling ..I thought that I knew what I was doing..I had a plan, I had, I thought, everything in place ..but still things have not worked out quite as I would have wished ..but it is learning process ..and I know that the Conference will be a success ..the speakers are amazing and have such a wealth of knowledge to share so only good things can come of it.

..so learn from other people’s mistakes but don’t expect to not make your own.

You are an individual and we all have a different interpretation on how we do things and see thing

Is failure the new success?

Yes it is a strange title but I have recently read a few article, books & blogs all shouting from the roof tops that to fail is a positive thing.
Let me explain:  it has been said that by failing you come one step nearer to getting the results that you want.  The guy who made post-its (sticky yellow notelets) was meant to be finding a “super” adhesive but actually made the opposite and took the opportunity to turn the idea around.  So moved from failure to success.

I have also read this week that it is not failure but feedback – which again I get, however you do need to be in the right mind set to deal with this and be ready to ask a whole new set of questions to yourself.

For instance by failing to get a date with that girl may well be a blow to your ego, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Visual:   How was my appearance?  Could I have looked better?

Sound:   How did I sound?  Was I abrupt?  Was I friendly?  Was I argumentative? – Could I have been friendlier/softer

Content:   Could I have asked her out in a different way ?

Timing:   Was the timing right? What had she/you both just been doing ?  Was she rushing off somewhere?

Preparation:  Was I truly prepared

The idea is not to beat yourself up about the failure, but to ask yourself some quality questions that could help you to learn from the experience & do better next time.

It is relevant to all issues, listen only to your own “helpful” criticism, do not let yourself talk negative talk to yourself ..remember this is learning ..remember learning is great..next you will do it better

Everything that you do in life can either be a success or a failure ..I know which one I prefer.