Accelerated Learning Techniques by Brian Tracy

My notes from "Accelerated Learning Techniques" book.

Random facts:

  • Make learning a positive enjoyment.
  • Learning is an investment.
  • More you focus on that you need to learn right now (for your success), more focused and faster you will learn that.
  • Learning is making you more intelligent.
  • An intelligent person is asking lots of questions about the particular subject. (Good communicator is doing same about the other person.)
  • You have separated memory for what you see, hear and do. If you activate all 3 memories simultaneously with new information, your likelihood of learning the information will increase.
  • 3 to 5 years goal I'll have a lifestyle, what people who already have it do different, go ask them.
  • See yourself as already that success, goal and feel is. Write it on paper, clear and as much detailed as possible.
  • The experience of personal growth is one of the greatest motivators. (RSDTyler: Happiness is becoming a person who you want to be.)
  • When people stop learning they begin to stagnate, gain more fear, be more stressed, and tend to be more worried.
  • You remember 20% of what you read • 30% of what you hear • 40% of what you see • 50% of what you say • 60% of what you do • 90% what you do, see, read, hear • Rewrite notes several times • Review your notes after 1 day, 1 week, 1 month - this will improve your learning on the subject by 400%.
  • Einstein was a poor student, he became interested in physics when he played with a magnet. He just learned what he wanted to and was very interested in the topics
  • 70% of what you’ve learned today will be forgotten unless you practice remember it.
  • You can learn anything you need to be what you want to be.
  • Learning how to learn is the smartest thing to learn, it is the key ability to make everything else possible in your life.
  • Everybody can learn better, faster, and easier if they figure out how they learn and how their brain works.
  • Your intelligence is not fixed, it is a muscle, you have to exercise it.
  • To earn more, you need to learn more, there is no limit to how much you can learn therefore there is no limit how much you can earn.
  • You can achieve any goal, solve any problem by acquiring any skill that is required for that situation.

Before learning:

  • Affirmations! (E.F.T.) before learning. "I'm learning fast and easily. I'm a smart and perfect learner. I concentrate easily and well on new material. I learn easily and well."
  • Write down reasons and benefits, why are you going to study what are you going to study and where will I apply learned material. Why the subject matter to you, why are you learning it?
  • Make sure you have everything that you will need (water, snack).
  • Calculate your ROI (of learning this subject) of this investment if is it possible.

Pre-learning ritual:

  1. Think about past success, achievement thanks to learned skill or knowledge (solved a problem, far beyond your expectations).
  2. And replay it again and again and again. Feel that emotion connected with it. What did you hear, feel, all senses. Own eyes, ears. Only from your eyes! And call that feeling whenever you need. Intensify it!
  3. What one word sums up this experience? Power, great, yes, etc.
  4. Sit up straight, pull your shoulders back, close eyes, look up (with head and eyes!) and take a deep breath.
  5. Clench your fists.
  6. Recreate the moment of triumph. (from step 1) Say the word from step 2. Intensify it!
  7. Open eyes and look straight, unclench your fists.

While learning:

  • Walk, move when you're studying.
  • Relaxing classical music while studying, low volume in the background.
  • Deep breathing.
  • Read it out loud as if you were performing it, read it dramatically, it tells your brain that this is important.
  • Visualize the material what you've read, seen or listened. Model learned information in some way. Create a mental TV documentary in your head. (strong visual image) The unusual visual image is better. Vulgar or sexist. Cartoon, diagram, charts.
  • Numbering the points!
  • Single-tasking!!!
  • Highlight only the "new" information.
  • Regular breaks after 20-30 minutes (pomodoro timer)! Get the blood flowing.

After learning:

  • Teach someone else what you learned.
  • Flash cards (?).
  • Learning map only keywords (mind map), nouns, colors and symbols.
  • Summarize in your own words, what you've learned will double the impact of memory.
  • Replay in the head after reading, visualize and make notes only in your words.
  • After learning some part, record yourself what did you learn, or write down the main points, in your words, write rhymes or poems, sing it to the classical music.
  • Read your notes few minutes before you go to sleep and after waking up.
  • Tim Ferriss: Don't learn anything new in 24hrs before the test, just refresh what did you already learn.

Power reading (new book):

  1. Overview - Create a big picture, of the book. Contents, structure. Keywords and phrases. Headings and subheadings.
  2. Scan read the text of 1st chapter with a speed of 7 seconds a page.
  3. Sketch out what you already know about the subject before starting reading. Write it down. Alerting your mind what is coming. (3 minutes per chapter)
  4. Set up questions about the material, what you want to get out of reading. What are the main ideas? What's in it for me? Are the facts up to date? What can I use this material?
  5. Read the text of each chapter, one chapter the time. 15-20 seconds per page, underline new ideas, create symbols. Key ideas.
  6. After-view - taking a time to understand of new ideas, read aloud parts what were difficult to understand.
  7. Make notes or learning maps (mind maps). From key-points.
  8. Review - 10 minutes next day of notes, 5 minutes in a week, month, 6 months.

Speed reading:

  • Start reading on 2-3rd word on every line of text and finnish 2-3rd word from the start of the line. Use your finger, and move it faster than you think you can read. Do it at least 20 minutes and you will start seeing highlighted words, keywords.

Power writing:

  • Great writing is 40% research, 20% writing, 40% revision.
  • Writing is a function of your creativity.
  • Nobody likes unimportant information - be direct, short and sweet.
  1. Look up your previous notes.
  2. Add additional notes if you feel you need some extra references.
  3. Put the subject of the article what are you going to write into the middle of the blank page.
  4. Write all ideas and words that come to mind to the page for 15 minutes. It's vital to keep doing after you have seen to run out of ideas. (Good ideas = lots of ideas!)
  5. Sit back and look at the paper and look for connections.
  6. Make learning map of it. Organize it.
  7. Start writing. (Just write, don't worry about structure or grammar, JUST WRITE!!!) - expect to re-write it several times to make it readable.
  8. Take break - one night or longer
  9. Editing - Early in the morning is the best time for editing. Big picture, details, and then overview. Read out loud what you wrote, re-write if it sounds awkward. Natural, brief and grab them with the first line! That's the only chance.

6 rules to be a far more effective writer:

  1. Consider your audience carefully. Who are they? What did they expect? What's there for them?
  2. Grab them by the throat - 30 seconds to grab their attention. Personal, demotic, appointment (?), relative. The first 15 words are the most important.
  3. Give them a reason to be interested. How he or she might benefit from the text.
  4. Short sentences. Simple, concrete words.
  5. Use quotes, underlining, italic, headings, subheadings. Fun and easy to read. Use expressions like "Just imagine", "Have you ever thought?" - This activates the reader's brain.
  6. Punchy close. It can be a quote. Summarizing. This remains in reader's mind for the most of the article.

Power communicating:

  • Treat people the way they want to be treated not the way you want to be treated.
  • Ask a lot of questions - People who ask questions have the control in the conversation. People just want to be heard - People love when they can speak their opinions and somebody cares.
  • 70/30 Rule in conversations - talk 30% of the time, listen 70% of the time.
  • No more than 3 sentences in a row.
  • Pause - pause before you speak - 3-5 seconds - Gives you time to think about what you’re going to say - Makes people feel like you’re taking what they said into consideration.
  • If the conversation is lacking, ask open-ended questions.
  • No matter what the other person says, be positive and agree.
  • Don't be judgmental.
  • Eye contact, nod, show your listening.
  • Rapt attention is the highest level of flattery.
  • "I understand exactly how you feel, If I was in your position I'd feel the same way" - is a very powerful statement. (J: Two and a half men, an episode where Charlie is mostly saying only "I understand". :D)
  • Words count for 7% of the message. - The tone of voice is 38% of the message - Body language is 55% of the message.
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