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Mental skillsbyravi 001

  1. 1. Mental Skills by RaviThe Course Overview
  2. 2. IntroductionWelcome to the overview of the “Mental Skills” course.
  3. 3. So what is this course about?
  4. 4. This course teaches effective study techniques as well as effective memorization techniques
  5. 5. Now, before you say “I don’t need tomemorize, I just need to understand” ..stop & take a step back
  6. 6. When you understand a topic it is easier to remember
  7. 7. So, in other words, understanding is a memorization technique!
  8. 8. It is far more likely you will remember information if you understand it.
  9. 9. However, understanding is only one of many memorization techniques. Not all pieces of information are associated via logic.
  10. 10. For example….
  11. 11. “Columbus discovered Trinidad in 1498”
  12. 12. You cannot logically deduce that, so you just have to memorize it!
  13. 13. This course also deals witheffective study techniques
  14. 14. We have not been taught to study effectivelyThat is something we need to learn!
  15. 15. Also, too many of us are “information addicts”.We feel a need to learn every single bit of information
  16. 16. But, the fact is, not all information is created equal.
  17. 17. Let me give you a very familiar example.
  18. 18. Your exam papers!
  19. 19. We both know that exams test a very specific set of knowledgeIf you don’t study what is being tested, you will fail!
  20. 20. Plain and simple
  21. 21. This course aims to teach you how to focus on what is important
  22. 22. So who is this course for?
  23. 23. First let me ask you 3 questions…
  24. 24. Are you sick & tired of poor grades despite hours of studying?
  25. 25. Do experience “information overload”?
  26. 26. Are you embarrassed to talk about your academic performance?
  27. 27. If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions….
  28. 28. Then this course is for YOU.
  29. 29. This is a visually oriented course
  30. 30. What do I mean by“visually oriented”?
  31. 31. The bulk of memorization techniques involve pictures that you create mentally.
  32. 32. Now, let me dispel a myth.
  33. 33. People are of the false impression that some people are visual learners ..and others are auditory learners.
  34. 34. Wrong, wrong & wrong!
  35. 35. A person may have a preference due to environment & particular beliefs about studying.
  36. 36. But, our brains are wired to handle visual information better than any other types.
  37. 37. So what techniques are covered in this course?
  38. 38. Well here are just some of the highlights
  39. 39. Techniques• Roadmapping• Traditional Mnemonics• Flashcards• Techniques to increase understanding• Active experiencing• Systems creation• Time & energy management• …and much more
  40. 40. • Roadmapping• Traditional Mnemonics• Flashcards• Techniques to increase understanding• Active experiencing• Systems creation• Time & energy management• …and much more
  41. 41. Roadmapping Too many people get lost in the sea of information.That is because they do not understand the core concepts that lie within the information.
  42. 42. RoadmappingWhen you don’t understand core concepts, you are able to get by for a while.…until you are actually required to think & solve a unique problem!
  43. 43. Roadmapping You will learn how to quickly create an easily memorized “skeleton” of the informationThen you will learn to add more complex information to that skeleton
  44. 44. RoadmappingThe complex information will also make more sense, because a clear roadmap puts it into context.
  45. 45. • Roadmapping• Traditional Mnemonics• Flashcards• Techniques to increase understanding• Active experiencing• Systems creation• Time & energy management• …and much more
  46. 46. Traditional MnemonicsYou will also use “traditional mnemonics”like the peg system, Roman room, stories & rhymes
  47. 47. Traditional MnemonicsThese traditional methods are very powerful, but you need to use them properly
  48. 48. Traditional MnemonicsYou may have heard many people downplay the use of mnemonics.But ask yourself “did they really understand how to use them properly”?
  49. 49. Traditional Mnemonics The majority of people give up on mnemonics too easily..and that is because they have no clue how to use them!
  50. 50. Traditional Mnemonics Forget all the negative ideas aboutmnemonics & start using them properly!
  51. 51. • Roadmapping• Traditional Mnemonics• Flashcards• Techniques to increase understanding• Active experiencing• Systems creation• Time & energy management• …and much more
  52. 52. Flash CardsAgain, another misused techniqueI should know…I was the master of flashcard misuse!
  53. 53. Flash Cards I was a “flash card junkie”No one had more flash cards than me!Yet, I was in the last 10% of my class!
  54. 54. Flash CardsAgain, you can have the right tools… ..but if you can’t use those tools.. It is not going to matter one bit!
  55. 55. Flash CardsNow, I use a free flash card software called “Anki”I will show you how to use it PROPERLY!
  56. 56. Flash CardsDon’t feel guilty about using software to help you study! Technology created this information explosion in the first place…
  57. 57. Flash Cardsso use technology to help you manage it! The world is changing & so must you!
  58. 58. • Roadmapping• Traditional Mnemonics• Flashcards• Techniques to increase understanding• Active experiencing• Systems creation• Time & energy management• …and much more
  59. 59. Increase Your Understanding Sometimes we think we understand something…
  60. 60. Increase Your Understanding …until we are asked to explain it!That is when the rubber meets the road!
  61. 61. Increase Your UnderstandingJust because you SAY you understand..Just because you FEEL you understand..
  62. 62. Increase Your Understanding…doesn’t mean you REALLY understand!
  63. 63. Increase Your Understanding You must PROVE you understand!
  64. 64. Increase Your Understanding Understanding does not come about by chanceCertain processes take place in your mind & then you understand
  65. 65. Increase Your Understanding You will learn systematic ways to control your understanding Put an end to “hoping you will understand” And make yourself understand!
  66. 66. Increase Your Understanding One method you will learn is “The clueless audience technique”That is, you prepare a mock presentation for an audience that knows nothing about the topic
  67. 67. Increase Your Understanding There are other techniques that you will learnBut the point is, understanding can be brought under deliberate control.
  68. 68. • Roadmapping• Traditional Mnemonics• Flashcards• Techniques to increase understanding• Active experiencing• Systems creation• Time & energy management• …and much more
  69. 69. Active ExperiencingThis technique is used by actors to memorize their lines
  70. 70. Active Experiencing Active experiencing involves bodilymovement with rehearsal of information.It mimics the way in which we exchange information.
  71. 71. Active ExperiencingWhen you speak, do you stand still with your arms at your side? Of course not!
  72. 72. Active ExperiencingWhen you speak, your hands move, your tone varies, your speed changes. That is what “active experiencing” is all about!
  73. 73. • Roadmapping• Traditional Mnemonics• Flashcards• Techniques to increase understanding• Active experiencing• Systems creation• Time & energy management• …and much more
  74. 74. Systems CreationLet me paint a picture for you..
  75. 75. Systems CreationSee yourself getting up in the morning and it is mad rush to get out by 5:30am to beat the traffic… On the way to work you realise you forgot some important documents.
  76. 76. Systems CreationWouldn’t it be great to have a check list you could refer to make sure you had everything before you left?
  77. 77. Systems Creation Well you can!You can create a SYSTEM for doing any task so you don’t forget any of the steps
  78. 78. • Roadmapping• Traditional Mnemonics• Flashcards• Techniques to increase understanding• Active experiencing• Systems creation• Time & energy management• …and much more
  79. 79. Time & Energy Management Time management does not work! Yes, you heard me!
  80. 80. Time & Energy ManagementWhat is the use of a schedule when you are too tired to follow the schedule? Energy management is what is missing!
  81. 81. Time & Energy Management Did you know there are different versions of yourself? What do I mean by this?
  82. 82. Time & Energy ManagementThe different versions of you:• Fired up you – alert & ready to go• Fragmented you – busy, busy, busy• Fatigued you – ready to sleep
  83. 83. Time & Energy Management…and you must assign different tasks to these versions of yourself You delegate to yourself!
  84. 84. • Roadmapping• Traditional Mnemonics• Flashcards• Techniques to increase understanding• Active experiencing• Systems creation• Time & energy management• …and much more
  85. 85. …and much more• Cramming for multiple choice exams• Daily academic review• Daily journaling• Mentally replaying your day• ….and even more
  86. 86. I hope this overview was informative. Make a decision to change!
  87. 87. There comes a time when enough is enough!
  88. 88. Thank youmentalskillsbyravi@gmail.com

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