LBCC – More Memory Tricks

Ok I’m going to go ahead and start this workshop is called more memory tricks and i know some of you were here last week at the regular memory tricks if you weren’t you’ll be able to catch on to this i think very quickly anyway but i have so many memory tricks that it’s hard to uh… cover them all in one workshop so we’re going for two uh… these are the four things that i’m a going to talk to you about today this one is really quick and then we’re going to spend a lot of time on these next couple uh… last week for those who were here one thing that you should remember is that um…i taught a couple of math tricks at the beginning of the workshop and that was not designed to teach math it was designed to just show you the power of tricks in knowing shortcut ways to do things and so uh…

I’m gonna show you one more math trick and now as just a little warm up this is nothing you need to write down or anything but again it’s to show you something about again the power of tricks so if i ask you to do a problem like that nine divided by point two five what you would need to do in order to solve that would be to do this and then this and then you have to move the decimal point over and just do the whole thing if you know the basics of how to do it it’s not that hard it just takes a little while to kind of process through but if you know the trick you can do it in about one second without having to do any of this and that is whenever you have a math problem where you have a number divided by point two five that’s the exact same as multiplying it by four which is a lot easier than the other so here’s your math question for the day what’s nine times four thirty-six ok and if you had done all of this and all that and done it…

You would have come up with the same answer it would have just taken you are a lot longer and so six divided by point two five would be twenty-four right six times four and the fact that you can do that once you learn this in about one second doesn’t mean that you’re any smarter then you were when you came in here in math it just means that you know the shortcut again the trick and so with the goal of last week’s workshop and this week is to show you some applications of how you can use tricks to make your memory absorb more and do better on tests as a result and that’s what these three are going to be all about okay so whether you follow that completely or not doesn’t particularly matter for our purposes today but what i wanted to do first in terms of uh… actual teaching has to do with mental pictures and uh… quick uh… recap for those who were not here last week just so that you have an idea of what we’re doing i explained last week that one of the best memory tricks you can have is learning how to close your eyes and getting a picture of something in a certain way and then it sticks that kind of glues into your brain and you remember it all of us have imagination all of us can close our eyes and see things but two of the qualities of a good mental picture that i gave last time

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