Unlimited memory by Kevin Horsley
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THE BLUE TREE

Personal
Productivity

CEF B1

CEFR B1

Intermediate

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warm up

Answer the questions below. After each question there is an audio with a model answer Listen to it and use it to improve yours. Remember: never be content with your first attempt 🙂

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part one

Welcome to our lesson on memory improvement! Today we’re going to be discussing some powerful techniques that you can use to boost your memory, based on the principles outlined in Kevin Horsley’s book “Ultimate Memory.” Whether you’re a student looking to improve your study habits, a professional looking to stay ahead in your field, or just someone who wants to keep your brain sharp, these techniques will help you do just that. You’ll learn about mnemonics, visualization, and other methods for remembering information more effectively. By the end of this lesson, you’ll have a solid understanding of how to improve your memory and be well on your way to achieving your goals. So, let’s get started!

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 0:41 What do the examples of a lawyer, surgeon and a speaker mean?
  • ⌚ 0:47 How important is it to have good memory for our careers?
  • ⌚ 0:56 Is good memory an innate talent or a creative habit?
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part two

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 1:05 What does it mean that memory is ‘not something that happens to us’?
  • ⌚ 1:12 What’s the secret of having good memory?
  • ⌚ 1:23 What has Kevin Horsely achieved as regards improving his memory?
  • ⌚ 1:40 What are the two methods we will learn about in this lesson?
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part three

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 2:00 What does SEE stand for?
  • ⌚ 2:18 How can we uses senses to remember better?
  • ⌚ 2:28 What is the goal behind the ‘exaggerate’ step in SEE?
  • ⌚ 2:37 Does learning need to be serious?
  • ⌚ 2:46 How can we energize the information we want to remember?
  • ⌚ 3:25 How did Nathan use the SEE method in his studies?
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part four

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 3:46 How did he remember the relation between Dopamine and Cocaine?
  • ⌚ 4:06 What did he imagine to remember the connection between Anandamide & Marijuana?
  • ⌚ 4:25 Do you remember what Serotonin does and how it relates to Prozac?
  • ⌚ 4:51 What helped him remember Norepinethrine & Ritalin?
  • ⌚ 5:08 Do you remember what endorthins do?
  • ⌚ 5:21 What else helped him remember this information?
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part five

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COMPREHENSION

  • ⌚ 5:36 How can we remember a long list of items using the Placing method?
  • ⌚ 5:52 What is out mind good at?
  • ⌚ 6:32 How did Nathan use the Placing method to remember the list for his presentation?
  • ⌚ 6:40 What does it mean that “the journey is like the paper, and the images are like the ink?
  • ⌚ 6:56 What kind of places can we use to remember things better?
  • ⌚ 7:19 Will we ever run out of places in our mind to store new information?
  • ⌚ 7:33 Do you agree with Nathan, that “perfect memory is a skill, not a special gift”
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POLL

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Which idea from this lesson on memory do you agree with?
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DISCUSSION

Discuss the questions below. 

  • How effective do you think the ideas from this lesson are in the context of remembeing things better?
  • Can you think of a specific time when you had to use a mnemonic device to remember something important? How did it work for you?
  • How do you think our emotions affect our ability to remember things? Give an example.
  • How do you think you can improve your memory?
    Can you think of a time when your memory failed you? What do you think caused the failure and how can it be prevented in the future?
  • How does the process of memorization differ for different types of information (e.g. facts, names, faces, etc.)?
  • How do you think technology has impacted our ability to remember things?
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lesson glossary

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COMMENTS

What do you think of the ideas presented in this lesson? Have you ever worked on improving your memory in any systemic way? Would you like to have better memory? How would having better memory help you in personal and professional life?

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