The following notes were taken from a lecture “Study like a genius” by Woody Robertson
- Studies have shown the best breakfast before learning (or taking a test) is a high protein breakfast – nuts, smoothies, etc
- NO Caffeine! He said it was a drug ( I wanted to hide under my chair after I heard that)
- Make sure to get 8 hours of sleep each night. Some of history’s famous inventors and genius’ would take a short nap in the day and when they woke up (20 min) all their thoughts had sorted out and they could understand what they couldn’t before. So, if you child is drained , take a break.
- Cardio in the morning gets the oxygen in your brain moving
- drink water
- use your hands as your read, you will read faster, you will have more concentration and your eyes won’t roam – which they do when your reading – you just haven’t realized it yet. You hands blocks other words and helps you keep focus
- Always find a a quiet place – no music
- consider learning speed reading and memorization skills. I tested myself, I read 310wpm and when I used my hand to follow along, it increased to 410wpm – pretty cool. Drill: find something you’ve already read, reread it 2x and then another 2x and the 4th time read it normal. Take in as much info as possible. According to the speaker, if you do this drill for 3 weeks, for 16 min, 2x a day -am and pm – you will see an increased change in ability to take in more information. I’m not convinced, but I’d love to speed read. Maybe I’ll try it. The fastest reader today can read 50,000wpm- that’s crazy. I want to do that.
- More tips on speed reading: 1st skim entire book, 1 page per second and run thumb down page to get an idea of what is in book. 2nd scan chapter to read 3rd – read at your pace with your hand. 4th keep your speed, if you don’t understand something, you’ll mark it with a quick pencil mark but keep going. 5th give yourself 20 minute segments of learning, take a 3-5 min change of scenery break and keep on. 6th remember! use your memory skills – what did I just read? have a mental picure -fpg file, picture and glue it in your brain – make a rhyming list to help you memorize or a story plot to help you memorize.
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