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Accelerated Learning, Memory & Mental Mapping Training Course Outline

Learn practical memory skills you can use every day. Remember people’s names with ease. Use your creative imagination or mnemonics, and mental mapping, to learn and recall information. If you need to make group presentations, you would benefit and gain confidence from enhancing your learning and recall abilities.

It was a very practical course, providing methods of implantation and the reason for, rather than including a lot of ‘theoretical’ ideas and models that I have been given on previous such courses. This was an excellent course! Chris was very clear and able to provide plenty of examples / scenarios that demonstrated the content. Excellent!

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Accelerated Learning, Memory & Mental Mapping Training - Morning

Introductions

Green Tree

This course is split into two halves:

AM: The morning is about tools to improve your Memory (mnemonics).
PM: The afternoon is about Mental Mapping.


Accelerated Learning- AM

Memory = Mnemonics

A Key distinction
There are three levels of learning:

  1. Understanding
  2. Memory
  3. Utilisation

Our model for memory: R.A.I.S.E.

  • R – Repetition
  • A - Association
  • I - Imagination
  • S - Structure
  • E - Engagement

1. Repetition

Repetition is the mother of skill –
For many, information goes 'in one ear and out the other'.
We need it to stick in the mind.

It is important to understand how repetition should be used to aid memory retention.
Rules for repetition.

2. Association

Memory can be seen as: The art of associating what you NEED to know, to what you ALREADY know.
Memory uses the associative power of the mind to make links between what you need to remember and what you already know.
Exercises: games and exercises where you learn by doing.

3. Imagination

Your imagination is the motor of your memory.
You use your imagination to create vivid links.
Four types of image-association:

  • Visual images
  • Words, slogans and catch phrases
  • Physical movements and actions
  • And other Anchors; scent, smells and emotions

The art of using your imagination as the GLUE which permanently bonds the information to your brain.

Accelerated Learning, Memory & Mental Mapping Training - Afternoon

4. Structure: Nature loves branching structures.

Structure your message like a tree:
The Tree of Knowledge

So structure your message like a tree:
The Tree of Knowledge

Key point: Knowledge is (or should be) hierarchical

  1. Fundamentals
  2. Major themes
  3. Minor themes
  4. Details

Mental Mapping gives you the much needed structure

Three kinds of mental mapping

  • Categorical type – putting knowledge into similar sets.
  • Questioning type - drawing knowledge out by asking questions.
  • Creative type - problem solving.
Problem Cause Mindmap

Practice sessions
For you to learn by doing.

Method for clear thinking, speech, and writing
How mapping will improve your writing skills.

Media for mental mapping:
On paper, on computer, with words, with pictures.

5. Engagement

Your training sessions need to be engaging.

Question: How could you make your learning sessions more engaging?
There are many ways you may make the learning session engaging:

  1. Get people talking to each other.
  2. Give them puzzles to solve.
  3. Ask them to make distinctions between two similar, but different, concepts.
  4. Ask them to draw something.
  5. Give them a physical challenge or activity to do.
  6. Test their recall in a mini quiz.
  7. Use movement. Throw a ball around a room and ask a question of the catcher.
  8. Perhaps use some music or rhythm or rhyme.

Exercise: Please work with your partner to figure out ways in which you can make your learning sessions engaging.

Summary and action planning.

Summary: R.A.I.S.E.

“How can you get the very best performance from yourself and others?”

  1. I will use repetition in my training by...
  2. I will use association and imagination in my training by...
  3. I will structure my training by...
  4. I will make my training sessions more engaging by...

This was a excellent course and very informative. Will use problem/cause/solution map and decision matrix, as well as taking home with me a more positive mental attitude towards any task. The trainer's presentation was excellent; really friendly and approachable. The course content was covered really well.

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