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Some Questions on Learning from our Visitors

One of the sources of inspiration for my articles on this site has been the numerous questions I have received from visitors over the years. Many responses turn into full-blown articles but some can be answered in just a few sentences. Below is a sample of some of the many questions that I have received, together with my response.

Q Is it possible for the memory techniques described to have a negative effect, on the mind?

A To the best of my knowledge there are no negative effects on the mind on using the techniques. In fact the outcomes of applying the various systems have in my experience been totally positive. First of all there is the benefit of being able to remember very effectively and secondly it exercises the mind by using imagination and visualisation. There is also a great deal of satisfaction from learning something quickly and effectively.

Q I am using affirmations to help increase my self-belief about my capabilities as a student but I am not sure if they are any good. Can you give me some suggestions?

A Affirmations and positive suggestions are really a personal thing and if you have some of your own already then I am sure they are fine. But just in case check that they are in the first person and state the condition you want to have as though you already have it. For example "I have passed all my exams with ease" or "I am brilliant at examinations" or "I remember everything I need to pass my exams".

The key to the success is not so much the words as the emotion and power that you give them by saying them often, loudly, with feeling and emotion as though nothing in the world could convince you otherwise. Say them with your whole body and then you will begin to believe them and what you believe you will see.

Q When I Mind Map, I find it hard to write down just single words for branches because it is easier to understand whole sentences. I am afraid if I write down just key words I will lose the meaning of the information. Can you help?

A One of the problems many people find when they are using mind maps for the first time is that they try to put down too much detail on the branches. The key thing to remember about a Mind Map is that it is not designed to replace your notes. It is a trigger for the information that resides in your mind. The Key words are chosen to remind you of the main points of the topic you are Mind Mapping. Those words stimulate the recall of the detail and context of the point that the key word summarises. It is vital that after you have mind mapped your topic, you recall it so that you condition and strengthen the meaning of the key words (see the article on Your Memory's Natural Rhythms for more about this).

It takes discipline and practice to develop the technique to the extent where you only use single key words and initially you may find your performance dropping. However if you persevere, the rewards are worth it.

Q Is there a link between memory and concentration?

A There is definitely a correlation between concentration and memory and the relationship is simply this - you are more likely to remember something that you have concentrated on. And what dictates what you concentrate on? Well I believe it is all down to what interests us. The more we are interested in something, the more we are likely to pay attention and concentrate on it.

Q How can I make learning fun for a 9 year old?

The best way to do that is to remember what it was like to be 9 years old and then turn what you want to teach her into something that a 9 year old would be interested in doing. The key is to turn learning into playing, have lots of breaks and perhaps use music. You could also explore some of the more involved aspects of accelerated learning such as Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences.

Q I'd like to improve my memory but it seems like so much work. How do I overcome my laziness?

Before you even begin to do any memory training you need to establish how important it is to you. If you have a strong enough reason then laziness isn't an issue because you will do whatever it takes. If it is just a good idea to have a better memory then you won't do anything with any of the suggestions I could make for you.

The next thing to consider is exactly what do you want to remember? Get specific and once you know what it is, and it is important enough for you, then you are more likely to do something about it.

Unfortunately, I am unable to answer questions individually but if you do send them in I will do my best to address them in the articles I write.

To ask about any aspect of Accelerated Learning, you can contact Michael Tipper direct via the link at the top of this page.

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