LBCC – Memory Tricks

Okay i’m gonna go ahead and start uh… today’s workshop is called memory tricks and the reason that next week’s workshop is called more memory tricks is because i know a lot of tricks and i can’t get them all in one workshop so more of the same next week if you find today’s workshop helpful which i hope you do and you’re able to come back next week that would be great ’cause that way you get sort of the full teaching on this if you’re not able to make it next week and this is the only one you come to hopefully you’ll still get something good my first thing that i’m gonna do with you today is to show you hopefully the power of that word the word tricks i gave a workshop last week called how to remember for tests so that was the first memory workshop but for this one what i want you to try to uh…

Understand and sort of value is the fact that if you learn tricks or shortcut ways to do things it makes it so much easier to memorize lots of things for school and it makes your memory look even better than it is now and i’m hoping it’s pretty good to very good but it makes it look even better and so most of you have probably seen magic tricks performed before uh… either in person or on t_v_ and if somebody is a good magician and they do uh…

Trick and you watch carefully and try to figure out how they move the elephant from there to there or cut someone in half and put them back together if they’re good you can’t figure out how they did it and your mouth drops open wow but if you find out how they do the trick and you realize ah it’s just a cute little trick and then you see the magic trick again it’s not so special anymore because the magic is gone well i want to show you two things to start with and i’m actually gonna do this next week too this is like your mental warm up before i get to the main teaching uh…

I don’t know what your attitude is toward math some people love math some people okay and some people hate math with a passion i ran into a former student today and i said how are your classes going this semester she said fine except math and that’s how she says math and so if that’s you you’re gonna learn something here if you like math great a few of you might have seen this before but again it’s not to teach you math as much as it is to show you the power of tricks ok so i’m just going take a few minutes with this and then we’ll move into the main a section of the workshop okay if i ask you to do this problem which i don’t want you to do actually but if i asked you to do this on paper this is thirty five times what thirty-five now even if math is your weakest subject if you wrote down that problem and you did the problem i think everyone here could come up with the right answer you know it’s not that difficult but if i told you that you could actually do this kind of problem in two or three seconds in your head most people even if they’re not great at math would think uh…

boy you don’t know my mind i can’t do something like that but if you know the trick it’s easy ok so here’s how it works when you have a two-digit number that ends in five and you want to square it or multiply it by itself all you have to do is one simple thing and.

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