5 Things you need to know about superlearning
All of the sudden there’s a great buzz and everybody wants to become a superlearning machine. I am not writing it like super – learning on purpose since it’s becoming a sui generis term – the term on its own.
There are two parts of the term in general:
- speed – reader who is also a master memorizer.
- broader meaning, which promotes superlearning to be a term that is defining the ongoing disruption in education.
Education is rather a rigid system. Some patterns that have been established 300 years ago may be still prevalent. For instance teacher’s didacticism, hierarchies or accentuation on memorization of facts.
These are the habits that are to be disrupted as well, but it does not go easy.
Thanks to the internet it’s all been changing. Education is becoming more customer oriented, peer to peer and promotes lifelong learning. Formal education (college) is slowly losing its monopolies.
People all around the world are finding out that you may enjoy learning even though you hate formal education – school.
And this is a game changer. That’s a big thing!
People are looking up to idols like Elon Musk and they are lionizing his extraordinary skills. Learning is being popularized through him and people see that there are different patterns of learning that this great man’s been using in his successful endeavors.
He’s not just using first principle learning.
Elon Musk is popularizing the whole concept of superlearning in the broader meaning – he’s been delivering awesome work across multiple business fields. He’s never been a rocket engineer and all the sudden you hear him saying that he’s read everything about rockets and he’s going into the space industry.
So, let’s look deeper on superlearning with presenting you 5 Things you need to know about superlearning
Superlearning is not just reading fast with comprehension
I do not like the notion that superlearning is only about reading fast with comprehension and a great memorization skills. Maybe, it’s a large part of it, and somebody understands that when we say superlearning, but I think this is limited and not reaching its potential.
Superlearners are concerned with why, how and what they learn. Exactly in this order.
Elon Musk’s learning may be called that he’s superlearning. He learns because he wants to accomplish something. He wants to change the world, and that’s why he wants to acquire skills that help him to do it.
You see, there are…
Three types of learners
Imagine a zealous hard worker – a workaholic. He works hard on his tasks at work, and there is nothing wrong with it. The problem is that he or she thinks only in terms of contemporary learning strategies. There is almost no added value this person can bring in terms of innovations and cross-platform utilities. If your project requires a good knowledge of let’s say excel, it is good to feel comfortable in excel, but imagine if you could deliver your task much more efficient using classic database utilities. This would bring more effectiveness and value to your team and colleagues.
Another type of learner is the – learning for fun kind of a person. Oh, I love to learn for fun and topics that have nothing to do with my current position and actually cannot really build a business around them. But they are fun! Ok, that’s cool, but it’s not what we are aiming for in this course.
We are aiming for a results-oriented learning in this course. You learn either to enhance your personal characteristics (what helps you to lead a better life) or to earn more money. Yes, learning has to be practical in our terms and in terms of this course. Think of the equation learning = results. It has to enhance your life.
There is nothing wrong with working hard, but in the 21st Century you need to learn and work smart”
Some of the learning = results bullet points include:
- You should learn things that will help you to solve current, real-world problems – your problems (not everybody can solve the world’s problems of course)
- Don’t learn things you can’t see the value of and which are not directly useful – do not learn just for intellectual purposes. That’s good to keep yourself sharp. But there is not much practical value in learning what consanguinity means – if you are not marrying your cousin of course.
- Build project study plans – become an architect of your learning. It will help you to see the big picture – your scope statement what you want to achieve in the end. It will help you to differentiate between what information is really important and what you can trash.
- Increase your motivation by doing something that you want to do, by improving your skills, and by having a sense of purpose larger than yourself.
There’s the course that can get you on this track
- Build the foundations in you that your learning should lead to your success
- Build a functional study project plan. Your studies should really be based on your own learning project
- Give you hacks in effective reading and memorizing
- We will also crack the stereotypes of “being too old for learning” and show some tips for gaining and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
So, grab your course and start your results-oriented learning
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There’s more, but we need to further…
You are superlearning when you are thinking about how you learn
The definition of word super means exhibiting the characteristics of its type to an extreme or excessive degree (Merriam – webster). So, superlearners are not just concerned with what they learn, but how they do it.
I am sure you know that information is not a knowledge. Information is a pure description of an action, but knowledge is action itself.
Information is a commodity in this world. The value is in its organization into project structure plans that are supporting your goals.
When you take your time to pile up the structure that safeguards what information is valuable and what is not.
You are superlearning when you are prioritizing what information and knowledge will suit your actual needs and what you can learn later.
And especially you are superlearning when you are thinking critically about your subject – that’s usually the method of first principle thinking.
First principles thinking helps you to cobble together information from different disciplines to create new ideas and innovations. You start by getting to the facts. Once you have a foundation of facts, you can make a plan to improve each little piece. This process naturally leads to exploring widely for better substitutes.
So, your thinking process may look something like this:
- An assumption is: “Growing of my business is gonna cost me a lot of money!”
Your thinking process as of first principles can go like this:
What do I need to grow my business? I need to sell products and services to more customers!
Does it have to cost a lot of money to sell to new customers? Not necessarily, but I’ll probably need access to these new customers inexpensively.
How to create a win-win deal? Sell half of my business to a larger partner with a traffic in exchange for access to that traffic – customers.
Whatever your methodology, always think of learning in equation – Learning = Results that enhance your life.
Superlearning is also about seemingly extrasensory methods of learning
I do believe that we should all go back to ourselves to find answers. And I believe that the root of all happiness lies within each and every one of us. It’s in how well we’re able to control of mind for our own well – being.
Do not be afraid to visualize a meditate. Go deeper to yourself to look for the answers. We function on different levels of consciousness. Do not be afraid to experiment with them by learning.
There are two great methods:
- The method of three fingers
- listening in alpha mode
The method of three fingers
There was a taxi driver who did not use GPS navigation and most of the roads he memorized. He took naps during his shifts and most of the time, in his alpha – wave mode of consciousness, and he could visualize the whole routes to the destinations.
Ti was almost as precise as they were in what we call a reality. He used his visualization skills sometimes when he was not sure how to get to a destination.
Then one day a friend told him, that instead of meditation, that involved putting himself into the alpha level, he could use a three fingers trick. If you connect three fingers and command your brain to make a connection, the whole visualization path may be encapsulated into your three fingers.
Now, when you put your three fingers together, your brain will trigger the exact reaction, like if you meditated. When a customer came to him, and a taxi – driver was not sure about how to get to a destination, he put his three fingers together and all of the sudden he triggered the data from visualizations.
If you think about it, our brains are creating shortcuts all the time.And we can train our brains to use this shortcuts wisely.
Listening in alpha mode
This is of course nothing new. I remember watching a cartoon when I was a little kid. Do you remember on Dexter’s lab?
In one episode, Dexter wanted to study for his French test. He did not do it the ordinary way of course, but he played a vinyl containing the whole french course and played it while asleep.
Being asleep and being in alpha level is a bit different of course, but to finish the story.
The vinyl got to stop and it was repeating the whole time: Omelette du Fromage!
Dexter woke up the other day and it was the only sentence he was able to say.
So, we don’t want to do it like Dexter, but I had to tell you about this episode. What you do is that you read your information thoroughly in your conscious, beta level state – rational level.
You will record yourself with a deep relaxed voice.
Then you meditate, get into your Alpha level (how the hell am I supposed to do it – click) and play your recording.
This method can help you tremendously in effective memorization and storing the necessary information at the deeper level of consciousness.
Superlearning is about reading fast with comprehension
Superlearning is about speed – reading and memorizing after all.
If you want watch this interview with the Worlds fastest reader Howard Berg
There are techniques that help you speed – read and enhance your comprehension:
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. 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.
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 a 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 should look like. It is called https://accelareader.com/
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 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.
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.
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:
Superlearning is there for you
When you decide for learning to be the single most important tool in building your life’s fulfillment, that’s when you truly become superlearning.
It’s not hereditary.
Some people learn better than the others, that’s right.
But, the majority of people does not give a damn what they learn once they are out with a college degree.
The world of the future will function differently. It’s changing constantly and formal education is just a beginning. Real value workers are constantly acquiring new specialized knowledge. The knowledge that is creating value immediately through action.
Those who will learn constantly and function accordingly, will be the leaders and innovators.
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