Become a SuperLearner 2: Learn Speed Reading & Boost Memory

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Course Description

One of Udemy's Top Selling Courses of All Time - New & Improved for 2016!

After over 50,000 satisfied students in our original course, Become a SuperLearner has been updated, upgraded, and improved from the ground up for 2016.

This course will teach you how to hack your learning, reading, and memory skills, empowering you to learn anything and everything faster and more effectively.

Whether you're a student, a professional, or simply embarking on a new hobby, you are forced to grapple with an every-increasing amount of information and knowledge. In fact, it's believed that one week's worth of the New York Times contains more information than people 100 years ago encountered in their entire lives. We've all experienced the frustration of an ever-growing reading list, struggling to learn a new language, or forgetting things you learned in even your favorite subjects.

Anyone can develop Super-Learning skills!

This course is about improving your ability to learn new skills or information quickly and effectively. We go far beyond the kinds of "speed-reading" (or glorified skimming) you may have been exposed to, diving into the actual cognitive and neurological factors that make learning easier and more successful. We also give you advanced memory techniques to grapple with the huge loads of information you'll be able to process.

You'll learn how to input and retain information in a whole new way - a faster, better way

The core of this SuperLearning course involves 3 "Super Skills":

  • Speed-reading with high (80%+) comprehension and understanding
  • Memory techniques for storing and recalling vast amounts of information quickly and accurately
  • Developing the cognitive infrastructure to support this flood of new information long-term

However, the SuperLearning skills you'll learn in this course are applicable to many aspects of your every day life, from remembering phone numbers to acquiring new skills or even speaking new languages.

How this new course will change your life and triple your learning speed:

The sad irony is that in order to learn most of these superlearning skills and memory techniques in the past, you had to read dozens of books and psychological journals. Or, you had to hire an expensive private tutor who specializes in superlearning. That's what I did. And it changed my life.

Fortunately, my instructors (experts in the fields of superlearning, memory techniques, and speed-reading) agreed to help me transform their materials into the first ever digital course. That course, Become a SuperLearner 1.0, took the internet by storm, becoming one of the top courses in the history of Udemy, and resulting in a bestselling book and top-ranking podcast.

How is it different from SuperLearner 1.0?

Over the last 2 years and 50,000+ students, we’ve had tens of thousands of data points and pieces of feedback, helping us improve both our methodology and our teaching practices. This new course has more (and better) content than ever before, including:

  • Completely re-written lectures emphasizing clarity and engagement!
  • All-new lectures on topics never before covered!
  • Hands-on demonstration videos for every major concept
  • Dramatically improved video and audio quality
  • Interactive worksheets to print and complete
  • Even MORE supplemental resources!

We can confidently say that this is the best, most comprehensive accelerated learning product we’ve ever released on Udemy.

The course will require 2-3 hours of memory and speed-reading practice and training per week, and last roughly 7-9 weeks. It won't be easy - but if you put in the work, you are guaranteed to succeed.

In addition to the lectures, there is an additional 1.5 hours of supplemental video content from TED, YouTube, and other sources which are considered part of the course curriculum.

"SuperLearner" is a trademark of SuperHuman Enterprises, Inc.

What are the requirements?

  • Students should be able to read proficiently in their native language and in English. Though these skills can be applied to any language, the provided materials will be in English.
  • Willingness to push yourself, break old habits, and a burning desire to succeed
  • Students with visual or learning disabilities: please contact the instructors before purchasing the course, so that we can ensure your utmost success.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • An additional 1.5 Hours of Supplementary Video
  • Our proven methodology, completely upgraded for 2016
  • All, new, never-before seen content based on tens of thousands of data points from students like you
  • Regular homework assignments, games, worksheets, and other supplementary materials
  • By the end of this course, you will be able to read at least 3 times the speed of an average college graduate, with above-average comprehension and retention
  • You will also learn the exact same skills that win World Championships in Memorization - skills that can teach you to memorize thousands of data points in order
  • You will learn how to process and internalize information in a highly-effective way, and how to apply this teaching to any skill you wish to learn
  • The ultimate goal of this course is to give you the tools to learn anything more quickly and effectively

What is the target audience?

  • Ideal for new students AND existing students of SuperLearner 1.0
  • Anyone who has ever wished they could learn more effectively
  • People who love to learn
  • Students
  • Professionals
  • Hobbyists

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction & setting yourself up for success
08:12

This lecture will get you acquainted with the instructor, and tell you the inspirational story of how the course came to be.

If you're not too interested in the history of the methods, it's not a big deal if you skip this lecture.

03:40

A huge part of this course revolves around the games, reading assignments, and resources found in the PDF syllabus. Make sure to download it now using the link provided in the video.

05:47

In this lecture, we learn about the training methodology used throughout the course, and some different strategies to combat frustration.

Personal Goals & Progress Worksheet
Preview
7 pages
4 pages

In this worksheet, we are going to test your baseline reading speed and comprehension so that we can determine how much improvement is being made throughout the course.

5 questions

As we embark on this journey together, it’s important to make sure we are on the same page in terms of expectations and goals. This quiz makes sure you’ve been paying attention thus far!

Section 2: Understanding your memory (so that you can improve it!)
Misconceptions Pre-Quiz I
1 page
07:47

One of the major things that makes this course different is that we emphasize memory improvement first and foremost. This lecture will explain why.

09:37

This lecture gives a brief background on how the brain works using theories from cognitive neuroscience.

03:59

In this lecture we learn about a powerful mnemonic hack called "chunking."

03:42

In this lecture, we get to see chunking in action and look at some exercises and activities that will help us practice it.

2 pages

The Chunking Worksheet will help you understand the importance of junking before you begin playing some of the recommended games.

03:12

In this lecture, we learn about "dual coding" and "brute force learning" - two central parts of the SuperLearning methodology.

5 questions

This quiz will evaluate whether or not you understand the core concepts surrounding memory and improved memorization. This is a critical step before we start practicing the actual techniques we’ll be using.

Section 3: The incredible power of visual memory
1 page

Visual memory will be the most impactful skill you'll learn in this course. In order to generate curiosity and get you thinking about the subject before we dive in, we've created this pre-quiz. You should go through it carefully and spend some time thinking about each and every question!

07:08

Visual memory will be the most impactful skill you'll learn in this course. In order to generate curiosity and get you thinking about the subject before we dive in, we've created this pre-quiz. You should go through it carefully and spend some time thinking about each and every question!

04:57

It turns out that creativity is a huge part of becoming a SuperLearner. This lecture explains why - and how to make sure you have enough of it!

04:03

In this lecture, we learn what types of images will work best for you going forward.

4 questions

This quiz will ensure that you understand one of the most important steps towards becoming a SuperLearner: how to train yourself to harness the brain’s picture superiority effect and utilize visual memory effectively.

Section 4: Mental markers: visual memory meets learning
06:37

You may be wondering how visual memory will be related to reading. This lecture explains all that.

09:40

Ready for another demo? Let's see how visualization works in action.

11:09

This lecture explains how we can improve our markers and create better ones.

03:04

Logical and creative markers help us connect things together in our mind. This lecture teaches us how to use them.

02:51

It's time to step out of the lab and try your new skills in the real world!

10:44

Linking our markers together is an important aspect of remembering them. This lecture shows us how to do it right!

08:19

Let's see what it looks like to put everything together with random facts!

14:16

Now, let's see what it looks like to follow along with a text and go through the SuperLearning process.

6 questions

Markers are a crucial component of SuperLearning. This quiz will evaluate how well you understand the theory and application of markers.

Section 5: Systems for creating & maintaining long term memories
1 page

Pre-reading is a big part of the SuperLearner methodology, and so in this pre-quiz, we're going to assess some of your thoughts about it.

04:49

One of the major misconceptions about super learning is that you don't have to review your new knowledge. On the contrary, super learners review their knowledge in a systematized and deliberate way. This lecture will share some great tips on how to do that effectively.

08:27

In this lecture, we learn about mind mapping, A powerful technique for creating, storing, and organizing new knowledge.

09:03

Memory Palaces are one of the single most powerful techniques you can use to improve your memory. In this lecture, we will learn what they are and how to use them.

07:02

In this lecture, we learn about two different powerful techniques for adopting our visual memory skills towards memorizing strings of numbers.

5 questions

In this section, we’ve learned why and how we should maintain our memories using a number of sophisticated techniques and strategies. This quiz will make sure you are well equipped to use them in your own SuperLearning practice.

Section 6: Pre-reading and preparation
03:19

In this lecture we learn about the SQ3R system.

03:42

Pre-reading is a critical component of accelerated learning. In this lecture, you'll understand why.

1 page

We've finally arrived at Speed Reading. This pre-quiz will test some of your assumptions about it, and generate some curiosity and thinking on the matter.

05:58

In this lecture we start to understand some strategies for generating interest and maintaining focus.

06:59

This lecture will give you an opportunity to see what it actually looks like to pre-read, and what things you should be noticing in your pre-reading.

4 questions

Effective pre-reading is one of the most under-rated skills in a SuperLearner’s toolkit. This quiz will make sure we understand how to effectively leverage it.

Section 7: Read with your eyes, not with your inner voice
03:57

A lot of people trick themselves into thinking they understood what they read. Don't be one of those people!

4 pages

We have yet to get into speed reading itself, but by now, your comprehension should have improved dramatically, and with the skill of pre-reading, you should be able to read a little bit faster. Let’s check your progress with this quick speed and comprehension test. If you don’t see a major improvement in your speed, don’t worry: that’s coming up in this chapter. You should, however, see a marked difference in your retention score.

05:58

In this lecture we learn about the biggest hurdle to reading faster and comprehending more: subvocalization.

04:07

In this lecture we'll learn about saccades, a key part of speed reading

02:00

Now it's time to learn how to make your saccades wider and more efficient.

04:29

"How do I use saccades on my _______ device?" This lecture tells you all about it!

02:45

Some closing thoughts on saccades and how to use them in the real world, as well as how to make them even more efficiently.

Demonstration: Saccades in action
03:26
5 questions

The core of our speed-reading skills involve sight-reading. Let’s make sure you understand what exactly that means before moving on!

Section 8: Let's speed things up!
03:27

It's time to start speed reading! First, we'll learn how to use a visual pacer for training purposes.

08:55

In this lecture we outline a specific training schedule for the coming weeks.

01:48

This clever little trick will help you manage the speed increases.

06:17

When we speed read, we don't actually create markers during the reading process. This lecture will clear that right up for you!

1 page

By now, you know a lot about speed-reading and SuperLearning. Now, it’s time to think seriously about how to maintain the new memories you’re creating over the long term. This quiz will test some of your misconceptions before we dive in.

08:19

Here's a step-by-step walkthrough of how we do it!

04:19

Ideally, we want our markers and their links to coincide with the structure of the text. This lecture explains how.

05:01

From here on out, you'll be training largely on your own. This lecture explains how to manage that and what to do if you backslide.

4 pages

Take this quiz only after you’ve been practicing your optimized, efficient saccades and broken the “sound barrier.” This should take a couple of weeks, so we recommend skipping the quiz for now if you intend to continue reading. Come back to it later to track your progress!

4 questions

In the last week, we’ve worked hard to solidify and improve our speed reading skills. This quiz will make sure we’re still on the same page despite the rapid pace.

Section 9: Good learning habits
1 page

Now that you’re humming along as a SuperLearner, it’s important that you understand the key role that environmental factors and behaviors can play on your learning efficacy. This quiz will get you to start thinking and challenging some of your assumptions.

03:24

That sleep is one of the most important fundamentals for learning? In this lecture you'll learn how to optimize it.

04:37

In this lecture, you will learn how to set up your learning environment for optimal performance.

3 questions

By now, you know a lot about speed-reading and SuperLearning - but have you made sure your lifestyle and environment are set up to maximize your success?

Section 10: Applying your new skills to anything and everything
1 page

In the coming section, you’ll be learning how to tailor your skills to other facets and areas of your life. This chapter will get you thinking about how to best do that, before we dive into the actual skills and strategies themselves.

03:34

Not all of our learning comes in books in blog posts. We also do a lot of learning by audio or video. This lecture will help us accelerate and improve that learning using the same techniques and adapting them to different media.

10:29

One of the best and most impactful ways to apply your new skills is by learning a language. This lecture will tell you how to adapt your skills to do that in a much faster and more efficient way!

02:56

Remembering faces and names is one of the biggest frustrations for most people. This lecture will give you a simple system to avoid any future difficulty or embarassing mishaps.

Can you apply your new skills to things besides reading?
4 questions
02:14

You made it! But this is definitely not the end of your journey… It's just the beginning

05:54

In this lecture, you'll get a behind-the-scenes look at our exclusive SuperLearner MasterMind Group, a valuable, members-only program with a ton of value.

Make sure to watch the video all the way through for a special introductory offer.

1 page

Upgrade to the SuperLearner MasterClass TODAY to continue your journey!

You'll learn:

  • How to apply your skills to math, science, law, medicine, sports, and much, much more
  • How to highlight, make notes, and review like a SuperLearner
  • How to exercise like a SuperLearner and optimize cognition
  • Which nootropics work and which ones you should try
  • ....and much, much more!

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Instructor Biography

Jonathan Levi, Lifehacker, SuperLearner, Top Instructor (>73,000 students!)

Jonathan Levi is an experienced entrepreneur, angel investor, and lifehacker from Silicon Valley. Since 2014, Jonathan has been one of the top-performing instructors on Udemy, with his course Become a SuperLearner (now retired) earning him over 60,000 students. He has since snowballed this success into the launch of his rapidly growing information products company, SuperHuman Enterprises, which produces such products as the top-rated Becoming SuperHuman Podcast; the bestselling "Become a SuperLearner" print, digital, and audiobooks; and numerous online courses. Most recently, he launched The SuperLearner Academy, a private, online academy where he teaches premium-level masterclasses in accelerated learning and productivity. He is based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Origin Story:

After successfully selling his Inc 5,000 rated startup in April of 2011, Levi packed up for Israel to gain experience in the Venture Capital industry. While in Israel, Levi enlisted the help of speed-reading expert and university professor Anna Goldentouch and Machine Learning expert Dr. Lev Gold, who tutored him in speed-reading, advanced memorization, and more. Levi saw incredible results while earning his MBA from INSEAD, and was overwhelmed with the amount of interest his classmates expressed in acquiring the same skill set. Since acquiring this superlearning skill, he has become a proficient lifehacker, optimizing and "hacking" such processes as travel, sleep, language learning, and fitness.

Media Recognition

In addition to publishing his own bestselling book, Levi has been featured in such publications and programs as the Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, TEDx, Entrepreneur On Fire, Mixergy, Dream. Think. Do, Nana10 Television, The Silicon Valley Business Journal, The SoloPreneur Hour, The Smart People Podcast, and Upstarts! How GenY Entrepreneurs are Rocking the World of Business and 8 Ways You Can Profit from Their Success, among other blogs, podcasts, and publications.

Instructor Biography

Dr. Lev Goldentouch, Lifehacker and technology guru.

Dr Lev Gold finished PhD in machine learning and information theory when he was 27 years old. Understanding of similarity of machine learning and human super-learning allowed Lev to learn immense amounts of knowledge in many technological and cognitive subjects. Immediately afterwards Lev opened a consulting company, which offers its services to highly skilled individuals, agile startups and technological giants like Samsung.

The super-learning tools developed by Lev allow ordinary people to learn x10 speed of their colleagues, and enable machines to solve extremely complex problems.

Lev is an active lifehacker, constantly looking for new and better ways to do things, and willing to share his unique knowledge and experience with others.

Instructor Biography

Prof. Anna Goldentouch, Education guru

Prof. Anna Goldentouch started teaching super-learning skills when she was 17 years old. Anna developed the super-learning abilities as a tool to deal with personal dyslexia, after taking several courses on super-learning. After finishing advanced degrees in education and sociology, Anna started to teach in Bar Ilan and Ben Gurion Universities in Israel. Anna's courses on speedreading, memory development and didactic techniques are extremey popular with students. Anna also provides consulting services and training for various big companies and government services.

Anna made her mission to teach people how to learn in better, more efficient and fulfilling way.

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The Speed Reading Renaissance

Why is interest in speed reading shooting up like a rocketship?

Here at Udemy, one of our most popular courses is called "Become a SuperLearner: Learn Speed Reading & Advanced Memory." Only a year and a half into the course being offered, Udemy users have cumulatively logged almost 1.4 million minutes on this course alone.

The course's curriculum includes speed reading -- techniques to improve one's ability to read quickly. Speed reading has a very interesting history. It was developed by a school teacher in the 50s, became wildly popular in the 60s and 70s, and then fell out of fashion. Now, speed reading is enjoying a kind of revival, and we wanted to know more about it.

So, we looked at our data. Speed reading students are a pretty diverse group, but the best represented demographics are entrepreneurs, engineers, and Tim Ferris fans.


What is Speed Reading?


In the 1940s at the University of Utah, graduate student Evelyn Wood -- a "tiny, soft spoken woman" -- had a professor who would change her life.

"I handed Dr. Lees a term paper and watched him flip through the 80 pages at a startling rate, grade the paper and hand it back. He appeared to be reading as fast as he could turn the pages. He knew the total content and was able to tell me not only what was in it, but also what was missing. Intrigued, I clocked him on other material and found he could read at a rate of 2,500 words a minute."

The average college-educated adult can only read at about 300 words a minute. This man's example set Wood off on a quest that would be derided by many as quackery, and but embraced by many others as brilliance. She spent decades seeking out and studying people who could "read very fast", while still understanding and retaining what they were reading. From her research she developed that purported to teach this skill.

From that system she built a business: a series of books, lectures, and the Evelyn Wood Reading Development Institute (which still exists today). A fervor for learning to read faster, thus better, swept the nation. Her students reported reading rates of 1,000-4,000 words per minute. Rivals popped up, with different systems, different methods. But Evelyn Wood's name remained synonymous with speed reading. President Kennedy sent members of his staff to her institute for training, as did Nixon, as did Carter. (If you consider all of the briefs a White House staffer has to power their way through, speed reading starts to seem like a really handy skill for the profession.)

President Jimmy Carter and his daughter learning to speed read

Then the craze died down. Academics touted that yes, you could "read" 2,000 words a minute, but you were very limited in your ability to process and retain the information you read. One study of 16 'expert' readers found that not one of them could read faster than 600 words per minute while retaining more than 75% of the content they read. Even devoted practitioners stopped as the decades wore on, admitting that speed reading required more focus and toil than it was worth. As Marcel Just, a Carnegie Mellon professor of psychology, once told the Orlando Sentinel, "You speed read something in 10 minutes that would otherwise take half an hour, then you have to lie down for 20 minutes and rest up."

Now speed reading's back, and not just on Udemy. Within the past few years, a number of "speed reading apps" have emerged, trying to train you to read and comprehend text faster on your smartphone. New classes and methods have also sprung up, along with a generation of self-improvement gurus touting the benefits they experienced when they learned to read "more efficiently."

Some of these more modern incarnations of speed reading focus on methods to retrain and process the information read, in addition to reading it quickly. In the past few decades, psychiatry has developed a lot of tools to help people remember information normally at the limits of their ability. From SuperLearner's course description:

"We go far beyond the kinds of "speed-reading" (or glorified skimming) you may have been exposed to, diving into the actual cognitive and neurological factors that make learning easier and more successful. We also give you advanced memory techniques to grapple with the huge loads of information you'll be able to process."

If that sounds good to you, you're not alone...


The Demographics of SuperLearners


One of the first things we wanted to know about were the intellectual backgrounds and professional lives of the people taking our course. It turns out that the best-represented field of study among SuperLearner students is computer science, by far. It's trailed by psychology, economics, business, finance, and computer engineering.

Why are backgrounds in computer science and computer engineering so common? For one, computer science and computer engineering people might be more likely to take an online course in general, and they also might be more likely to seek out the most-popular and highest-rated of those, which this class is. But there's also the stereotype that a programmer will optimize algorithms wherever he or she can: and reading is just another input function.

There's also a possible economic narrative, here, about how the professional roles filled by computer scientists have diversified in recent years. With the rise of the Silicon Valley, more and more people with technical backgrounds find themselves in leadership positions, thus having to slog through lots and lots of emails, slide decks, briefs and contracts.

Like the White House staffers Carter, Nixon, and Kennedy put at the mercy of Evelyn Wood, are speed reading students generally people who have to do a lot of reading as part of their day-to-day job?

"Engineer" is the second most popular job title among SuperLearner students. The first is "entrepreneur." But there are a fair number of consultants, interns, and teacher/tutors, too -- all jobs that tend to require a lot of reading. Bartenders and servers also seem interested in speed reading.

Another thing we were curious about was the students' interests, outside of work and school.

To build the chart below, we looked interests shared by at least 75 users enrolled in SuperLearner. Then we divided that number by a measure of how generally popular each subject was among Facebook users at large, to get a rating of SuperLearner students' most distinctive interests, relative to the general population. If we sort by that rating, the following pages rank in the top 20.

A lot of this is consistent with the other data: what self-respecting CS major or entrepreneur doesn't read TechCrunch or CNET or the Oatmeal? But if you look a little closer you'll find a pretty particular type of celebrity represented: Tim Ferriss, Pat Flynn, John C. Maxwell, Brendon Burchard. These are all people who have written about self-improvement and empowerment.

Ferriss in particular is an interesting connection. Author of The 4-Hour Work Week, Ferriss is a wildly popular "life hacker" and "quantitative self" guru who has written and spoken positively about his own experience with speed reading. Ferriss, and the general rise of the quantitative self movement, might be partially responsible for speed reading's current renaissance. It fits well into the ethos that, through metrics-driven optimization, you can get better at anything. If through life hacking you can run faster, work more efficiently, and dance better -- shouldn't there be life hack to read and learn more efficiently?

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Who is learning to speed read on Udemy? It turns out a lot of different people are, from scientists to school teachers. But the best represented demographics are engineers and entrepreneurs, and people who are interested in self-improvement, empowerment and efficiency.