Posted by: davefarrow | October 29, 2009

Memory Programs for Children

Lynda writes in with the following:

Hello Dave,

We have a nine year old daughter, whom we adopted from China. We have had her assessed by a child physcologist and was found to have alot of trouble with concentration and understanding what she reads, eg a math question may say find the two closest numbers that add up to a number that has been given.. Trin will look at the choices and pick the closest number instead of the two that add up. She is not seeing or remembering what is being asked of her.

My question to you is, do you have a program to help children? Our daughter struggles with Math and some reading, both of which are foundations for a solid education.

My husband is attending your Memory Seminar and purchasing your CD’s.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Well Lynda, you’re on the right track taking the program. It is hard to give advice without doing an assesment of your daughter. Once you listen to the cd’s see if the focus techniques help her concentration. Try some of the first memory games with her as well and keep me in the loop. I would like the feed back. The only way to make permenant change in your daughter’s life is to make steady progress so don’t give up. I will give you what ever help I can.

We are working on more material for children. This area is difficult because I don’t want to bring out a program that is entertaining because that can do more harm tham good (look up baby einstein). I want to focus on tools they can use. Right now the best thing you can do is learn the techniques and then teach her.

Dave

Posted by: davefarrow | October 29, 2009

Memorizing Definitions

James A. teague writes in:

Hi Dave,
I am very interested in learning to have a more powerful memory. I am currently begining a career in Insurance at the age of 40 and have a lot of information to learn. I have 18 courses I need to take along with 4 others to get my license. How does your techniques apply to learning definitions such as Absolute Liability? If you can give me an example that would be great.

Yes my program focuses on definitions. That is part of the secret for student success. I get students to memorize hundreds of definitions in nearly every course. When you know the definitions, you know the course.

It is hard to give you an example of how to do it because it combines all of the memory techniques. Many definitions have a number that you use the number techniques for and names that you use the name technique for. I think you get the idea.

I will try to give you an idea though. You would end up making one image in your mind’s eye for each definition. Each image will have a starting trigger to help organize it so it does not get confused with other definitions of similar names. Then you pick out the key words from it, link them together using the various techniques and review for consistency.

The next day or at your next study session you go over the links to make sure it is locked in. Using this method the average student can easily memorize over 200 definitions in a week and remember it for life. (some have done more in a weekend but it depends on your effort).

I think that either the online course or the audio version will be the best investment you have made.

Dave

Posted by: davefarrow | October 29, 2009

ADHD, Dyslexia and Anxiety – Alternatives to Medication

Another client writes:

Any non medcine ideas to help my nine year old son with his dislexia,add, and anxiety? It seems we have very limited options. I hate to see him suffering, and don’t want to give in to the extreme pressure from his school to medicate him. Your thoughts on this matter would be appreciated.
Thank You – Christa Sauers

Answer:

This is a great question. It shows that most learning problems are more complex than just one solution. Your son has ADHD, Dyslexia and Anxiety. Maybe it is my own Dyslexia coming up but I want to start with the end. Training can help with most of these issues and Anxiety is very heavily influenced by training. You can train yourself to have panic attacks, make them worse or train yourself to overcome them. First, understand that what you want to do requires a slow and steady approach. Step by step, look for incrimental progress not a big jump.

Here are some tools you can use:

When he panics, make him look into your eyes and help him breathe. Slowing your breathing instantly changes your anxiety level. Also, get him to breathe through his stomich. This works if you’re having a panic attack or just a little stressed. The breathing muscles in your chest trigger stress response and the breathing muscles in you stomach trigger relaxation response. There is a series of biological reasons for this that I go through in my online course but for now just know that it works. Put a hand on your chest and a hand on your stomach and see which one goes up and down. That is the one you are triggering.

Next is the ADHD. I am currently working on an online program on ADHD specifically using the system I developed to overcome it in myself. The exercises involve breaking up large mental tasks like studying into smaller bits and raising the intensity of the short bursts of energy. I call it focus bursts and it is a great way to train the brain to think sharper and more focused. I do most of my work this way and it was my secret weapon durring the Guinness Record attempt for memorizing cards.

The entire system is in the Audio program on cd 5 Focus power but I hope this helps. I have been told that by adding a small reward after each burst it is a great way to get kids to clean their rooms as well. Just some feedback from another parent.

Finally dyslexia: this is the toughest to give advice on because it is such a varied condition. First I want to tell you and anyone with Dyslexia that there is noting wrong with you. You are not a bad person you mind just works differently. This difference has advantages that have been shown in many studies. I read the other day that millionaires are 3 times more likley to have dyslexia or is it that dyslexics are 3 times more likely to be millionaires?! Ok that was a dyslexic joke but it is a real reference. The study believes that Dyslexics have to work harder and that leads to greater success. I think it is because thier mind works differently. Think of it like this. My best friend can run faster and farther than me because he has long legs that are right off of a gazelle. I have shorter legs that are stronger so I can lift more at the gym. He does not have a lifting disability any more than I have a running disability. I still have problems with dyslexia but have trained myself to read at up to 2000 words per minute with full comprehension. I was even questioned by the author who wrote the book I read and I remembered more than they did.

And yet it is still there. If I type too fast or need to spell something I just read, the letters mix up.

It is hard to give advice on this in a blog because I don’t know how severe his case is. It could be mild or it could make it impossible to read. A good first step is to try using your hands as a guide as you read. This will help focus the eye. In addition to focus, your eyes like to follow movement so the movement of your hand will pull your eyes accross the page. This makes reading faster and easier and I have found it helps me. Think of a pendulum in your mind going back and forth. That is how your hand should move back and forth on the page.

If you want more information on my speedreading program take a look at http://www.instantspeedreading.com
and check out my online course at http://www.davefarrow.com/firstlesson.html for much more indepth information on the topics I have described here. Most of all, use this system. If you don’t use it then you will not get the benefit. I am here to coach you and encorage you to take the action that is necessary. Go for it!

Dave Farrow

Posted by: davefarrow | October 29, 2009

Dealing ADHD Frustration – How the ADHD Brain Works

Many customers and clients ask about ADHD so here is one that I pulled out to answer.

A customer from Kitchener, Ontario has a son who dropped out of school because he has ADHD and dyslexia as well. I (our Memory Coach) just felt that if Dave would talk to him maybe he could make an impression.

From Kitchener, Ontario, here is an answer for you:

I know how he feels. I wanted to drop out and actually debated it. For me it was impatience. School was so borring i couldn’t take it. I could teach myself but school was agonizing. Doing that day in, day out it was too much to bear. That was ADHD. I think ADHD is not all bad. In the right situation it can be an advantage. Just play a shootem up video game with an ADHD boy and you will see the genius come out. In short, we think faster.

We are told in life that faster is better but not in this case. Thinking faster in this case makes for slower learning. Here is how it works: the so-called normal attentive child takes a class and listens to the teacher and depending on their work ethic and effort, they can learn at a good pace, pass tests and get good grades.

The ADHD child takes the same class and listens to the same teacher but because thier mind is moving faster than the teacher, thier mind craves more stimulation. That means they will listen for a minute of two and the brain will jump to a new subject. Maybe daydreaming, maybe creative thought, really anything. By the time that child comes back to listen to the teacher, they have lost a whole section of the lecture.

You would think this would be frustrating but this is what the brain wants, a challenge. The ADHD brain is now busy trying to figure out what was the section that they missed. This feeds the same need for sitmulation by providing mental games. Once the child figues out what was missed (or thinks they have) they are listening again and get bored thus the cycle continues.

Do not blame the child, blame the brain.

It is not something that can be controlled any more than you could be excited about an insurance seminar (I appologise to all insurance seminar leaders but trust me, it is borring). The point is your brain shuts off. You can try with all your effort but it will not suddenly be interested.

So I know how he feels. That is why I created the focus technique to overcome this problem. You can’t control it but you can train it. That, I will leave for another blog.

My thoughts on this person is that they will avoid temporay pain by dropping out but they will still encounter the same problem. The brain craves stimulation beyond the norm. So in the working world you will encounter the same problem. I will reach out to him and try to convince him to go back to school. Stay tuned and I will tell you how it turns out.

Hope this helps,

Dave

Posted by: davefarrow | October 29, 2009

A Visual Learner Using the Audio Memory Program

A customer asked the following question:

I just purchased the audio- however visually I learn quicker… I want to do the on-line program too but I can’t afford both. What do you suggest- can I take my time with the on-line program? what if I need to go back to a previous segment? will that be available to me w/ the “on-line” coaching?

Answer:

My answer: yes you can go back and forth through the lessons and we currently have no time limit on the course. If you finish the online course and get a certificate you can’t go back but if that happens simply email us and my staff will reset you so you can use it freely again.

For best results I would suggest both programs. If you are a visual learner you will enjoy the program. It is true that the online course is video based however as a whole I have designed both courses to appeal to all learning styles. We can upgrade your order to the online course easily. We also provide plenty of personal attention in these programs. If you need to email us at any time a memory coach will answer your specific question.

Posted by: davefarrow | October 20, 2009

Phonetic Number System

Greg asks: What letter(s) does Dave use to represent 0 (zero) in his phonetic number system?

Quick answer this time: zero = s or z

Posted by: davefarrow | October 19, 2009

Memorizing Large Volumes of Information

Philippe e-mailed in with the following question:

“I have found your contact information from the website. It would be very kind of you if you can find for me the memorization techniques for learning Huge computer books. Are they any special memory peg systems to memorize the key concepts in the book. I am working in the field of computers/ Information technology where everyday we are presented with huge piles of reports, papers and books to read and
remember. Your kind help in this regard will be highly appreciated.

Thanks & Regards,
Philippe.”

Well Philippe, here is what I can tell you:

I have a few answers for you. I have encountered issues like this alot in my consulting practice. The first step is to figure out how you need to organize the information you need to remember. I dont know your company in particular but your email tells me that there is a huge volume of information and it is just dumped on you right now. The first stage is to catagorize this information.

First, Categorize!

I worked with law students and science students and this was always stage one. It seems basic, but many people skip it and end up overwhelmed. I would set aside some time in the beginning of each day to organize the incomming reports into catagories. The specific sections should be your choice but it should be logical. Once it is categorized, go throught it one at a time and select the right information you need to memorize.

Step 2 is to select the right points you need to remember.

This may seem obvious as well, but most people don’t do it. They treat every report the same. The fact is that some reports and facts are really improtant for you to remember and others you can honestly do without or just have a basic understanding. I have found that if I learn in detail the most improtant sections then the others I can just speed read and I will retain what i need to know because of my understanding of scema.

Scema is the reason why our brains remember more information on subjects we are familiar with than on subjects we are not familiar with. The reason is that when you become familiar with a subject, you create a scema, a map of the information in your mind. If it is science then you know the basic principles, if it is renaissance art then you understand the phases of art that have passed in that period. Then, when you get new information, your mind is better able to fit that into its scema. When the art students learns a new fact about Rembrant, they have a better understanding of where it fits into the entire picture of renaissance art. This cannot be under-estimated. One of the main principles of memory is that nothing exists in a void. You only remember something by how it relates to something else.

So how does this realte to your problem?

Simple. You are overwhelmed by the volume of information hitting you daily. First, categorize it to give it some order. Second, select the information that is improtant enough for you to memorize. In other wrods, prioritize it. Once you do this, you will be left with a manageable amount of information to remember using memory techniques.

Once you focus on this, the rest of the reports can be speed read and you will be able to get the information you need because you already have a structure in your mind.

In the future, this will become so second nature that you will be able to do this the minute you get a new report, you file it in it’s category and either memorize it or simply read through it for the fact depending on its priority level.

I can’t go into all the techniques you will use to memorize the information. That is a whole course. We have a free lesson one memory techniques online right now at http://www.davefarrow.com. If you want to know how to commit anything to memory easily you need to take my course, but suffice to say that you can easily retain any ammount of numbers or codes and more to put you head a shoulders above anyone else you are working with there.

I hope this has helped you. I have used this for my science work and it saved me a lot of pain. The few minutes of planning brings a world of success.

Memorably,
Dave

Posted by: davefarrow | October 19, 2009

Speed Reading on a Computer Screen and With Footnotes

A customer named Gregory asked the following questions:

How do you speed read on a computer screen?
How do you speed read with foot notes?
How do you speed read with footnotes on a computer screen?

This is a simple question. In my course on speed reading I tell students to use thier hands to read when speed reading. This movememnt pulls your eyes accross the page and makes reading much more comfortable on your eyes.

On a computer, do the same thing but use your mouse to pull your eyes accross the page. The only thing that annoys me is all the windows that pop up on some pages when you do this. Sometimes hovering over a word makes a whole screen pop up and it is really annoying to a speed reader so I avoid those sites with extra features.

If you have to read somthing and you can use your hands or a cursor realize that you dont need to do this forever. The hand is just there to train your eyes to have fluid motion across the page. This trains the muscles to stop fighting each other and start working together. It eliminates all eye strain and eye fatigue but once your eyes are trained you can speed read without it. I discovered that when i was reading in the window on 5th Ave in for Sony. (check it out at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CjOYYQmMz8 )

To speed read foot notes is the same method to speed read anything else. I usually flip to the footnote once I see the reference in the book then flip back to where was reading. I don’t recommend speed reading through footnotes on thier own because they have no context. Sure, you can read the words fast but without context you can get a clear undertanding of the material. I think, why speed read if you don’t comprehend the material?! Save that for the photoreading nonsense that was popular a few years ago but dosen’t work for most people. To truly speed read you need to have a context so that you have proper comprehention. When I read, I want full comprehention not 60 % or 40% but all of it.

To answer the final question, I don’t think you can do this on a computer. You can speed read but to get the foot notes on a computer you would need to have two windows up and read your document then flip to the section on footnotes to read the footnote then go back it would be slow going. The only way I can see doing it is to have two windows up. One for the document and one for the foot notes.

Memorably,
Dave

Posted by: davefarrow | August 17, 2009

The Power of the Mind!

Welcome memory fans! This is Dave Farrow, Guinness world recrod holder and the worlds foremost expert on memory training!  Wow that is a long title,  I have to work on shortening that!

 Here you will find tools to maximize the power of your mind.  You can read/watch the memory tips for free.  Follow my interviews with authors and experts on subject relating to the power of the mind and be sure to comment on my regular letters to the president.  The presidential Blogs are on the education system and each one is sent to the oval office.  That’s right we email it and we also print it out and Snail Mail it because i want this to get attention.  Find out how you can help the cause in the blogs.

Well so look to the right and pick a topic you want to get started on and check back regularly for new ones.  Thanks for being here!

Dave Farrow

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