Superlearning techniques are the next step if you decide you want to become a super learner.
Don’t tell me ever we can stop learning. We can’t! We can stop learning things other people told us to do so like it’s mandatory and they know this is what we need for our lives.
They know shit!
One of the most famous Greek stoics said:
First, say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.
Education should follow the same pattern.
This usually does not happen first at school. Employees there, are not education coordinators and navigators, but teachers. They are not mentors and coaches, and a lot of them still dislike peer to peer learning.
Whatever had happened at the school is not important though. Your education continues as an adult learner.
It’s because your life continues. Education means good life. Your life brings new dreams, goals, challenges, needs to adapt and establish habits. For all of that, we need education.
They did not teach us how to learn at schools, but we can manage it through these superlearning techniques
Superlearning techniques #1 – the goal of the education
This goes to a lot that has been said above, but it is crucial to repeat this.
Superlearning techniques are foremost not how fast you read the information or how well you retain in. Because this piece of information can be useless for you and it’s not gonna raise your financial, emotional intelligence – if there’s no surge of “life skill” whatsoever.
You have to learn according to your current needs in life. In another word, your education should shape you and enhance you. It’s not that reading of Voltaire won’t get you anywhere. There you might learn some “anti-fragile” things that might help you to grow intellectually, but reserve a month or two from a year for the classics, leave the rest to results-oriented learning.
Become your own architect of your education. Decide what would you be and then learn what you have to.
The Internet has made this possible. There is so much good stuff you can learn for a very little money.
Still, you do have to look for the mentors. People who have been there already to advise you, to guide you to curve you – not to move you around, but to show you the way out, when you get stuck. This is what the internet is still missing, but it’s not too long before we have all mentors based education in one place, I believe.
If results-oriented learning caught your interest, then here’s the course, download it and check it out!
Superlearning techniques #2 – binaural beats & alpha level learning
We function on certain frequencies.
And we are working, learning and performing when we are properly tuned.
There are different levels of consciousness, but if you are not very into this stuff, consider at least that this technique very useful, especially when retaining an important information.
Read the text out loud and record yourself by that.
You can take your time when reading the text, it’s also helpful to create mental markers when reading.
But, this time the goal is to have a crisp clear recording of the text.
When you are done with recording, get cozy and transfer yourself into alpha mode.
I have the best results with this guy’s alpha brain reinforcing exercises. You might find someone else, but this is classic you know
Superlearning techniques # 3 – The method of three fingers
Have you ever heard of three fingers trick? I’d have never thought that it’d work, but it does.
Meditate. Feel the pulse in your body, and travel around it, relaxing its every part from eyes to toes. Imagine some calming scenery, for me, it’s forest for instance.
Meditate for 15 minutes and then imagine strongly number 3 and connect 3 of your fingers together.
If you do that precisely and maybe more than once, your brain can create a shortcut. All of this energy coming from calming visualization/meditation now can be triggered by those 3 fingers.
I am not saying this is the cure for all your problems, but in superlearning it can help tremendously.
Some London taxi drivers have been using this to remember the whole routes and the method of three fingers is sometimes more reliable than GPS navigation.
Superlearning techniques # 4 –
The SQ3R Method
One of the greatest technique that is bound to reading and helps us with memorizing the content and that boosts our motivation and overall understanding is called SQ3R Method.
SQ3R stands for Survey, Question, Read, Recite, and Review. This five-step method is particularly effective for mastering a large volume of technical information from a textbook or professional document.
Survey the material by reading through it quickly. Concentrate most on the chapter headings and subheadings, as well as the first sentence of each paragraph, to get an overview.
Question yourself about the main points of the text. The more provocative and interesting your questions, the better able you will be to mentally organize the material when you re-read it.
Read the text carefully for comprehension, keeping in mind your questions from the second step. Don’t take notes or underline yet—doing so at this stage can actually interfere with your comprehension by interrupting the flow of information.
Recite what you have just read, either to yourself or to someone else. And someone else is actually important because who learns to learn socially, he or she won’t break it. Speaking out loud helps deepen your understanding of the material. Now is also the time to take notes.
Review the text, as well as your notes, a day or two later. Now, think critically about the information: does it support or contradict other information you know about the subject? Go back to your questions from step two. Can you answer them? Do any questions remain? Review the text quickly several more times over the next several days or weeks to help your brain consolidate and store it.
Superlearning techniques # 5
So, one of the great things how to speed things sub is to stop subvocalizing. 5 tips on to stop subvocalizing.
You know, when we were at school, our teachers taught us to read the words out loud, so we get the grasp on them and understand them. We also taught to read the words with our inner voice when we read and basically “hear” the words in our head when we read. This is fine, but it is hindering us. This is one of the most crucial technique to work on when you want to speed things up.
Simply it takes time to read every word in the head and actually, we do not even need it.
Just think about this. When you came across the year 1871 in the text. You would not be probably vocalizing this year Eighteen seventy-one, instead, you would look at the number and understand it just by seeing it.
The same principle applies to every word. Words are only labels, the essence of the idea is behind the words. You can train yourself to understand extrapolate just the idea behind each word without subvocalizing the actual word.
Therefore, try to be aware of your subvocalizing when reading and stop yourself. It is, however, easier said than done, and it is one of my hardest challenges in learning since it is such a strong habit from school, it does not go out so easily.
Rather than eliminating it completely, I tend to think about minimizing it and hoping that one day it will go out completely.
There is a great tool online for you to get ahold or to see how a speed – reading without subvocalizing your text.
It is an online tool, very simple interface, you just copy the text that you want to read – and actually, start to read. You actually can set the reading speed in the setting and read the text.
There is a no chance of actually being able to subvocalize the words as they go in Accelareader. So you get the grasp, that if you want to understand a text at the level of 300 words per minute, which is speedreading, you better stop subvocalizing the words.
There are different techniques to help you to stop subvocalizing and they are in the syllabus pdf. One of them is like I said minimizing the subvocalizing not eliminating it. So, instead of a sentence:
The boy jumped over the fence.” you read “Boy jumped the fence” which is perfectly adequate for understanding it. However, this is still not perfect as it is still subvocalizing. It is a long war, not just a battle, but you probably haven’t even thought about this, as we were all raised at schools this way. So, just being aware of it really can help your velocity in gathering information from reading. Next technique is also very handy.
Superlearning techniques # 6
One of the greatest tool in superlearning when we think of speed – reading is not reading line by line, but reading by saccades.
Reading is done through our eyes and it can be greatly improved. I recommend you that you watch Tim Ferris’s videos on this since he is a well-known speed reader and he is very much focused on saccades.
So, every time your eyes are moving, they are sending information to the brain and your vision has to constantly adjust. Reading a line by line takes a lot time to adjust, actually you are adjusting your vision all the time while you read.
Your eye has to fixate all the time. This is hindering you again since vision is the most difficult, capacity taking part of the functioning of our brain. So, the goal is to minimize the fixations of an eye. If you cut this down significantly, would it help your speed – reading? Of course!
So, using saccades is really a technique that is chopping the text into three points or saccades where you should point your attention and the text up to that point you should read with your peripheral vision.
That’s awesome since by using this technique you will be enhancing your peripheral vision as well.
Just, by implementing this technique and working on it, you can probably double your reading velocity. It is a very powerful technique.
Superlearning techniques # 7
You should expand your memorization techniques
I am not going to write about memorization techniques here.
You can watch this presentation.
I am collecting memorization techniques here: