When Jim Kwik was a little boy, he had a bad fall that resulted in a concussion. He struggled with learning problems throughout elementary school and even later. But he eventually learned to stop thinking of himself as the boy with the broken brain. In fact, he now has mastered accelerated learning and teaches the rest of us how we can learn faster and remember more, too.
The word FAST offers a superb mnemnomic (memory tip): F is for forgetting what you thought you knew about the topic (because what you know that just ain’t so can really trip you up). A is for active; active learning is faster and sticks with us better. S is for state and T is for teach. If you really want to remember something, figure out how to teach it to someone who doesn’t know it. It’s a great way to discover how well you actually understand your topic, to wrap your mind around it and remember more.
Digital devices are part of our life, and we can’t change that. But we can watch out for the supervillains that can interfere with us utilizing our brain power effectively. There’s digital deluge and distraction. What about digital dementia? We don’t remember things because our devices do. When is that appropriate and when does it become a problem? What can we do to hone our critical thinking skills and remember more?
When we look at a new problem, we need a lot of hats to consider it thoroughly. The white hat is for logical analysis; a red hat helps us recognize our feelings. The black hat can be our critic, while the yellow hat is a sunny optimist evaluating an opportunity. Put on your green hat for growth, and lastly, your sky-blue hat can oversee and manage the whole show.
We’ll also review the ten things we can do to improve our memory and a PIE technique for remembering things more easily. P for place, I for imagine, E for entwine. Don't take our word for it–listen to the end of the show and learn how to remember more.
Jim Kwik is a world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, and optimal brain performance. He is the CEO and Founder of Kwik Learning, a leader in accelerated learning with online students of every age and vocation in over 150 countries. For over two decades, he has served as a brain coach to students, seniors, entrepreneurs, and educators, as well as professional athletes, political leaders, and corporate clients such as Google, 20th Century Fox and Cleveland Clinic, and such institutions as the United Nations, Caltech and Harvard University.
Jim Kwik is the author of Limitless: Upgrade Your Brain, Learn Anything Faster, and Unlock Your Exceptional Life His website is https://jimkwik.com/
The photo of Jim Kwik is by Nick Onken.