Better Grades

Old and new study approaches

The situations described above are unsatisfactory for everyone concerned, and have arisen for various reasons, many of them oudined in earlier parts of this book. One further and major reason for poor study results lies in the way we have approached both study techniques and the information we wanted people to study. This approach has also been reflected in the standard study techniques recommended in Schools, Universities, Institutes of Further Education and text books. These techniques have been 'grid' approaches in which it is recommended that a series of steps always be worked through on any book being studied. One common suggestion is that any reasonably difficult study book should always be read through three times in order to ensure a complete understanding. This is obviously a very simple example, but even the many more developed approaches tend to be comparatively rigid and inflexible - simply standard systems to be repeated on each studying occasion.

Food and Refreshments

To make sure that you and your learners operate at peak potential and that effective learning occurs, you should consider various elements related to nutrition as you prepare your sessions. Many trainers provide food and refreshments for learners in the morning, at lunchtime, and for breaks. This is a great idea as long as you provide the right foods, include an assorted variety, and provide ample beaks so that learners can take advantage of whatever you provide.

Six reasons it pays to learn

In the twentieth century there were predictable cycles of innovation lasting several years. More than two decades ago, UK management guru Reg Revans taught that unless a company's learning is faster than the speed of external change, it will not thrive. Accelerated learning is essential for survival, bringing flexibility and adaptability. Businesses need multiskilled employees, with the lifelong learner adding most value. Rapid learning is required just to survive. This applies in your private life too. How effectively you deal with an unexpected house move, with divorce, or with the loss of a parent or family member will be largely determined by how adaptable you have learned to become.

Learnercentered Activities

Just as children learn through experimenting, so do adults, through experiential and accelerated learning strategies. To maximize the potential of such activities, provide a variety of opportunities for learners to process and practice information and skills mentally and physically.

Maryjo Scrivani

In shaping my thoughts I have benefited enormously from those with whom I have worked and come into contact in the last few years Simon Greenly, Chairman of the Campaign for Learning Dr. Javier Bajer, Chief Executive of the Talent Foundation Professor Guy Claxton, author and thinker about lifelong learning Arie de Geus, author and management expert Charles Handy, author and management guru Tony Buzan, author and Chairman of the Brain Trust Sir Christopher Ball, Chancellor of Derby University and Founding Patron of the Campaign for Learning Colin Rose, Managing Director of Accelerated Learning Systems, author, and inspirational thinker Alistair Smith, inspirational trainer, writer, and Director of Alite Jim Smith and Andrea Spurling, Co-Directors of Bamford Taggs Ian Windle, Managing Director of Celemi Ltd Professor Susan Greenfield, eminent scientist, broadcaster, and author and all those not mentioned here whose ideas have helped me develop mine.

Living and Learning

I have argued so far that, to power up your mind, you need to get yourself ready to learn. Now, I want to try to persuade you that, however competent you are as a learner, you will not learn faster and work smarter unless you really put your learning into practice, reflecting, changing, and adapting as you do so. Learning is not a spectator sport. The fourth and fifth of my 5Rs, Reflectiveness and Responsiveness, are at the heart of this capacity to thrive and develop.

Five key principles

This is not the same thing as saying that all stress is bad for you. On the contrary, without the challenge on which your brain also thrives, you simply would not grow and evolve. Nevertheless, few people find it easy to think about complex issues when they are staring disaster in the face. For effective learning to take place there needs to be a balance between high challenge and low threat.

The learning cycle

Learning is essentially an active experience. One of the first theorists to describe this convincingly was David Kolb, who articulated something called experiential learning, now widely seen as a model for effective learning. He argued that learning starts from actual experience. It is followed by observations from reflection and leads to the creation of a new model or theory. This is followed, in turn, by active experimentation and further refinement.

Those Remarkable Mini Lessons

Most of the parents have never seen their children pay such close attention to their reading. Usually, after this presentation the adults are completely sold on the reading and study concepts they've seen demonstrated. They realize that by encouraging these and similar study techniques at home, it's possible to transform their children's study habits, concentration and academic performances.

History Of Photoreading

Patricia Danielson, president of Accelerated Learning Institute of New England, was the first PhotoReading instructor outside of Minnesota. She was certified by Paul Scheele in May, 1986, and has facilitated PhotoReading seminars throughout the world. She has significantly influenced the evolution of PhotoReading and earned the status of PhotoReading Co-Developer. Patricia is an internationally acclaimed learning specialist.

Exercise 179 Learn Through Time Distortion

In this hectic fast pace world, accelerated learning techniques are becoming increasingly more valuable. Learning through time distortion is harnessing the subconscious through conscious direction. Instant mental calculators and high speed readers (over 2,000 wpm) experience a sense of time distortion as information flashes through their mind in only seconds. Through self-hypnosis, you too can learn to review information in a time distorted fashion.

Resources for Brain Development

Because you are interested in lifelong learning, this book will help you by knowing how teachers are using the new results and how you might use them to continue your learning. According to Dr. Sousa, effective learning makes the best use possible of experience, attention span, memory recall patterns, right left orientation, and practice. For information, contact

Identifying Problems That Interfere with Goals

An example of a foreseeable problem may be found in Lesson 5, in which a goal-setting chart was presented. The goal is to get better grades, and the student notes that too much socializing and poor study skills are the problems in his way. Before he even begins to work toward achieving better grades, he knows what he must overcome or solve in order to successfully reach his goal. Note that both problems are probably not simple for the student to solve, as they require breaking habits and acquiring new skills. Socializing less means spending fewer hours with friends not a desirable thing to do. Improving study skills involves finding and learning information.

Practical Strategies to Enhance Everyday Memory

A variety of strategies have proven to be highly effective in helping people improve their memory for new information and skills. These strategies can be divided into organizational methods, effective learning behaviors, and memory techniques. I personally rely on many of them to help me put names to faces, remember what people tell me, avoid misplacing keys and other items, and retain complex information.

Technology

Ten Principles of Accelerated Learning It wasn't until much later that a systematic effort in the field of human memory and learning bore out what Dr. James had realized. In the 1960's the extensive research of Dr. Georgi Lozanov, a Bulgarian psychiatrist, developed a new approach to accelerate learning and use the superpowers of mind. He applied elements of suggestion techniques and relaxation to classroom learning and termed the methods Suggestopedia. This was the beginning of accelerated learning. The application of these ten principles is rigorous and practice of them requires a ubiquitous shift in educational philosophy for most teachers. As shown above, Paraliminal audio cassette learning technology is a direct application of the principles set forth by researchers. The Paraliminal technology, like accelerated learning, is on the cutting edge of human development technology and produces remarkable results.

Goal Setting Chart

What is in my way too much socializing, poor study skills Step 2 improve study skills buy workbook on study skills and complete one practice exercise every day keep notebooks organized by cleaning them out every day after school make a file folder at home for each class do homework every day at desk ask teacher(s) for help if I don't understand something What I need to accomplish goal study skills workbook, file folders Daily no socializing in class or after school until homework is done study skills workbook, clean out notebooks complete all homework assignments Long term keep up plan for getting better grades

The Breakthrough

After a couple of days, I could memorize my first pack of cards in 26 minutes, with eleven errors. It was an important landmark, despite being way off the record. From then on, nothing else mattered the next three months were an object lesson in accelerated learning. An evolution was taking place. All day, every day, late into the night, I dealt myself card after card, pack after pack. I noted down times to the nearest second, analysed errors, substituted symbols and altered journeys.