Saturday, December 28, 2013

Be a Quick Learner with the Location Method

I absolutely love one of the memory techniques that Kwik shares which links association with location.

First of all, here's a list of the top 10 musts to be a "quick learner":

  1. Good diet
  2. Killing ANTS (automatic negative thoughts)
  3. Physical exercise
  4. Brain Nutrients
  5. Positive Peers
  6. Clean Environment
  7. Sleep
  8. Brain Protection
  9. New Learning
  10. Stress Management
Are you able to memorize a list like this at first glance? Yes? Sure you can! The trick is to associate each point with a different location. I'll use the example Kwik shares of his office. He asks that you close your eyes as he walks you through his office. This way, you have little to no distractions and you're able to conjure up your own image of the office. 

So you arrive at the office. Your first point will be the parking lot and as you move from the first point to the office, number each point/location like this:
  1. Parking lot
  2. Bridge
  3. Elevator
  4. Hallway
  5. Closet
  6. Receptionist
  7. Fish Tank
  8. Door
  9. Whiteboard
  10. Bonsai Trees
Now all you have to do is associate each point from the first list to a location / point from the second list. Like this:
  1. Arrive in the parking lot and imagine a delicious buffet spread out there
    (Good diet)
  2. Walk over the bridge that leads to the main building and imagine tramping on and killing ants
    (Kill Ants - automatic negative thoughts)
  3. Step into the elevator and imagine doing exercise in there. Stretches / yoga / Pilates
    (Physical exercise)
  4. Step out of the elevator into the hallway and imagine huge bottles of some kind of liquid
    (Brain nutrients)
  5. To the left, there's a closet...and in there you will find your friends/colleagues
    (Positive Peers)
  6. You then come across the receptionist and imagine she's cleaning her desk with detergents
    (Clean environment)
  7. Behind the receptionist is a fish tank, but imagine that all the fish are asleep!
  8. Now you arrive at a closed door which you need to open (maybe with a headbutt) so you may need a helmet (Brain Protection)
  9. When the door has opened, you see a whiteboard with a teacher standing there, ready to teach!
    (New Learning)
  10. Lined on the side of the room are bonsai trees. Imagine these relieve stress!
    (Stress management)
Remember: Being a quick learner will lead you to being a faster earner. When we read slowly, we lose time. When we lose time, we lose opportunities, and possibly our careers and yes, even our health.

I'm really excited to try this Location Method with my students. 

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