How to be the next South African Schools
Memory Champion
Every tool, strategy and tactic you need to
know to perform at yo...
Table of Contents
1) Personal Introduction by Daren Denholm
2) What you need to do to become South Africa’s next memory ch...
5) How to excel in each of the 4 events
- Entry level/ Advanced
- 15 min numbers
- 15 min words
- 15 min cards
- 5 min his...
1) Personal Introduction by Daren Denholm
Dear Friend
This document shares with you some of the most powerful strategies t...
2) What is the BEST way to develop a world class
memory and beat your competition at the up and
coming South African Schoo...
In 2012 I shared what I had learnt with
Siphesihle Shabane from Ashton College,
Ballito. After just 5 weeks of implementin...
What are the 4 major components that contributed to Adithi, Aashish
and Sphe’s major success?
They, as well as all top mem...
3) How to develop a near perfect memory
- Overview
You were born with the same mental equipment as any of the top memory
c...
- Novelty enhancing and sensory stimulation techniques
Your brain does not know what is real or not. It simply responds to...
- How to increase your “absorption of information” + recall by 50% + in
each learning session.
At the world memory champio...
- The best revision strategy to adopt to help with perfect recall
Effective learning is like spinning plates. If you go “t...
1 day
1 week
1 month and
6 months.
You will not need to apply this revision strategy to your training schedule as
you will...
4 Events: An explanation of what you will be tested on and how
An example of what you will be given:
You will receive an answer sheet that looks similar to the example below.
You will notice that the events are muddled up a...
5) How to excel in each of the 4 events. (Beginner approach. This
method assumes you don’t have a lot of time to prepare.)...
6) What your training schedule should look like
90% of the battle is getting faster at recognizing the images you create f...
A diary to reflect on and record progress. (Also to make a note of mistakes)
Access to past papers:
Visit: http://www.world...
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  1. 1. How to be the next South African Schools Memory Champion Every tool, strategy and tactic you need to know to perform at your best in the 2013 South African Schools Memory Championships
  2. 2. Table of Contents 1) Personal Introduction by Daren Denholm 2) What you need to do to become South Africa’s next memory champion 3) How to develop a near perfect memory 4) 4 Events: An explanation of what you will be tested on and how 5) How to excel in each of the 4 events 6) What your training schedule should like like over the next 4 - 8 weeks 7) Secret strategies to fast track your learning process 8) Final comments Expanded Table of Contents 1) Personal Introduction by Daren Denholm 2) What you need to do to become South Africa’s next memory champion: 3 Powerful stories to inspire, encourage and equip you: - Adithi Naidoo: 3rd best memory in the world in just 7.5 weeks. (Junior devision) - Haashish Rao: Indian National Memory Champion in 12 weeks. - Sphe: World Student Record broken after 5 weeks of training. ( 134 numbers in 15 minutes) 3) How to develop a near perfect memory - Overview - How to maximize the use of your brain for perfect recall - How to increase your absorption of information by 50% + in each learning session - Novelty enhancing and sensory stimulation techniques - Journeys, journeys and more journeys - The best revision strategy to adopt to help with perfect recall 4) 4 Events: An explanation of what you will be tested on and how - 15 min numbers - 15 min words - 15 min cards - 5 min history and dates - Where to print out past papers with answers to practice on
  3. 3. 5) How to excel in each of the 4 events - Entry level/ Advanced - 15 min numbers - 15 min words - 15 min cards - 5 min history and dates 6) What your training schedule should like like over the next 4 - 8 weeks - What you should be doing each study session (30 mins, once or twice a day) - What you should be doing at the end of each day. (15 mins) - What you should be doing at the end of each week. (30 mins) 7) 8 powerful secret strategies to fast track your learning process (You should be using these secrets to achieve maximum leverage in your training schedule) 8) Final NB thoughts and details: - Extra support - How to enter the South African Schools Memory Championships - Common questions and answers - Final comments
  4. 4. 1) Personal Introduction by Daren Denholm Dear Friend This document shares with you some of the most powerful strategies that helped me move from literally failing at University to being the highest ranked competitor from Africa and the S.H at the WMC from 2006 - 2011. When I competed in my first World Memory Champs in 2006, I studied between 5 and 8 hours a day, months before the competition. At the competition I realized that all of the top competitors only studied for 30 - 60 mins max per day and were achieving much greater results in a fraction of the time. Over the past 8 years, I have made it my mission to study what the best competitors at international memory competitions do in their training to achieve maximum leverage with the least amount of effort. You need to work hard, what I am going to teach you how to do is make sure that your effort is as intelligent as humanly possible. Your brain is far more powerful than you could ever imagine. Enjoy learning from this document + videos and all the best with implementing this knowledge. To know and not do is the same as not to know. Stay hungry and stay focused. I look forward to introducing you to this incredibly exciting world that has the potential to change your life in a way in which it changed mine. To your success, Daren
  5. 5. 2) What is the BEST way to develop a world class memory and beat your competition at the up and coming South African Schools Memory Championships? The BEST way is to have a big enough reason or goal that is worth fighting for, that is exciting and wild enough to beat any temptation to get distracted... The BEST way is to be more prepared than the other competitors... The BEST way is to work 100 times smarter than everyone else, leveraging everything in your power so that you can lead the pack... The BEST way is to ensure that you make each day a masterpiece of what you want your life to be like in the future, and then fight to make this a reality... The BEST way is to find a healthy balance between work, love and play so that you have the energy to turn your work into art... The BEST way is to create magic by putting your heart into your work... FINAL ANSWER: There is no single best way. The big secret is to combine ALL OF THESE!
  6. 6. In 2012 I shared what I had learnt with Siphesihle Shabane from Ashton College, Ballito. After just 5 weeks of implementing what he had learnt, Sphe went on to break a world student record by remembering a 134 digit number in just 15 mins. In 2009 Aashish sat behind me at the World Memory Championships in London. He had been training for a minimum of 5 hours a day for many months before the competition. I noticed that the strategies that he was using were extremely outdated. I decided to share with him what the best competitors in the world did for each of the 10 events of the competition. He applied what he learnt and just a few months later won the national Indian championships, light years ahead of 2nd place against over 100 of India’s top memorizers. Story 1: Adithi Naidoo. 3rd best memory in the world after 7 weeks of training. (Junior devision) Story 2: Aashish Rao: Indian National Memory Champion at age 15 after working smarter, not harder. Story 3: Siphesihle Shabane. World Student record after 5 weeks of training. I spent 4 hours with Adithi in 2007 and “downloaded” many of the best strategies I had learnt from competing against the best memory competitors from around the world. I told her that all she needed to do was put in at least 30 - 60 mins of training in, 5 times a week and she would excel. 7 weeks later she competed at the World Memory Champs in Bahrain in the Middle East and won the bronze medal in the Junior Devision.
  7. 7. What are the 4 major components that contributed to Adithi, Aashish and Sphe’s major success? They, as well as all top memory competitors have 4 things in common. 1) They create REASON/ DESIRE beyond the norm which helps them stay focused when times get tough. 2) They use the best TOOLS which enables their hard work to be rewarded with the maximum results. 3) They apply DISCIPLINE to their lives and make sure that each day is a reflection of where they want to end up. AKA: A day does not pass without filling it with productive study time. And 4) They REFLECT AND GET BETTER. Learning without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Top competitors never get too comfortable. A bad day will pass and so will a good day. Consistency is key.
  8. 8. 3) How to develop a near perfect memory - Overview You were born with the same mental equipment as any of the top memory competitors. All you need to know is HOW to use your brain in order to achieve your full potential. The top learners in the world know how to maximize the potential of their brains and they use SYSTEMS and STRATEGIES that enhance the most powerful parts of their brains. This section is designed to give you an understanding of how to fully utilize your brain to get the most amount of leverage in the shortest amount of time. - How to maximize the use of your brain for perfect recall In a nutshell: You remember best when you combine both left and right brain thinking. All the systems used by top memorizers help enhance both left and right brain thinking. Left brain thinking involves order, sequence, structure, analytical, time, reason etc. Right brain thinking involves creativity, imagination, thinking, feeling, day dreaming and emotion. Combine these 2 worlds together and you get “BINGO.”
  9. 9. - Novelty enhancing and sensory stimulation techniques Your brain does not know what is real or not. It simply responds to what YOU tell it is true. In 2006 I had the privilege of competing against 3 x World Memory Champion Andi Bell. Andi has memorized 100 decks of randomly shuffled playing cards in just 5 hours. Thats 5200 cards in 5 hours. I asked him what his single greatest tip for developing one of the most powerful memories on the planet was. We then made a 2 min video from what he shared. Watch the video here: www.powerstudying.evplayer.com/novelty Now you know what you need to do in order for your brain to trust that the information is real. (and therefore remember it) What you now need to know is how to STORE this information in a safe place in your mind. This next video will show you how to do just that. - Journeys, journeys and more journeys Watch this video which explains how to store information in your brain. Nb Overview of how to "store" information: http://powerstudying.evplayer.com/nboverview/ Exercise: Create 3 journeys of 20 places on each journey. Journey 1, 2 and 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 etc
  10. 10. - How to increase your “absorption of information” + recall by 50% + in each learning session. At the world memory championships we have a 1 min mental prep before each event to help us get in the zone before competing. Being in the right frame of mind (alpha state) enables you to absorb as well as recall up to 50% more. What is the best way to get into Alpha state? 1) Imagine the colors of the rainbow as vividly as you can. 2) Listen to light baroque music. Light classical music in the background. 3) Use sound reducing head gear. 4) Have a goal that you want to achieve in a given study session. Reflect on this goal throughout your study session. 5) Have a strict time limit in a study session. This will help keep your brain engaged while learning.
  11. 11. - The best revision strategy to adopt to help with perfect recall Effective learning is like spinning plates. If you go “too far ahead” without going back to spin a plate, the plate will drop. The same applies when memorizing large amounts of information. Every time you revise CONSISTENTLY, you increase your ability to recall by about 30%. Therefore it is just a matter of time before the information “sticks.” There are 2 types of revision that is essential when training. 1) Within a study session: How many times should you SEE the information within a given period of time? If you have a 5 min event: Twice (1 to learn, 1 to revise) 10 min event: 2 or 3 times (3 is safer but you won’t be able to get a very high score) 15 min event: 3 times ( 1 to learn, 2 to revise) 30 min event: 3 or 4 times 60 min event: 4 or 5 times 2) After learning: If you want to keep the information learnt for an extended period of time, you would ideally need to revise the work within: 1 hour
  12. 12. 1 day 1 week 1 month and 6 months. You will not need to apply this revision strategy to your training schedule as you will not need to keep the information learnt during your training for extended periods of time. I would however highly encourage you to keep a training diary of all your victories and mistakes so you can reflect on what is working as well as make the necessary corrections so you don’t repeat the same mistakes in the future.
  13. 13. 4 Events: An explanation of what you will be tested on and how
  14. 14. An example of what you will be given:
  15. 15. You will receive an answer sheet that looks similar to the example below. You will notice that the events are muddled up and you have to insert the correct date to as many events as you can remember.
  16. 16. 5) How to excel in each of the 4 events. (Beginner approach. This method assumes you don’t have a lot of time to prepare.) How to learn cards: http://powerstudying.evplayer.com/howtolearncards/ How to learn numbers: http://powerstudying.evplayer.com/howtolearnnumbers/ How to learn dates: http://powerstudying.evplayer.com/how-to-learn-dates/ How to learn words: Maybe do memory test 1 and 2 with them? How to excel in each of the 4 events. (More advanced approach. This method assumes you don’t have a lot more time to prepare.) How to learn cards: http://powerstudying.evplayer.com/howtolearncards/ How to learn numbers: http://powerstudying.evplayer.com/howtolearnnumbers/ How to learn dates: http://powerstudying.evplayer.com/how-to-learn-dates/ Need to create these videos. Should not take too long, but need to do.
  17. 17. 6) What your training schedule should look like 90% of the battle is getting faster at recognizing the images you create for your cards and numbers and linking these images together in a memorable way. Monday 1) Time yourself at how quickly you can recognize “person, action and object” for cards. You should do this 3 - 5 times a day, possibly at the beginning of your training session. Record your scores and try and beat your best score each day. 2) Do the same for your numbers 00 - 99. (Flash cards) 120 numbers, 3 rows of 40 numbers each. 3) Memorize a deck of playing cards on a journey. 4) Memorize an 80 digit number on a journey. Tuesday 1) Time yourself at how quickly you can recognize “person, action and object” for cards. You should do this 3 - 5 times a day, possibly at the beginning of your training session. Record your scores and try and beat your best score each day. 2) Do the same for your numbers 00 - 99. (Flash cards) 120 numbers, 3 rows of 40 numbers each. 3) Complete a “words” event under exam conditions. 4) Complete a “History and Dates” event under exam conditions. What do you need? A stop watch 5 decks of playing cards
  18. 18. A diary to reflect on and record progress. (Also to make a note of mistakes) Access to past papers: Visit: http://www.worldmemorysportscouncil.com/papers.asp A quiet environment with little to no distractions. Sound reducing head gear. (ideally) Flash cards for the numbers 00 - 99 7) Secret strategies to fast track your learning process Always have a goal to beat or work towards Recognize... get fast Diet: While training Exercise Alpha 8) Final comments

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