Becoming Creative Super Learners at IMU!

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Published on March 7, 2014

Author: zaid



Imagine if you could read a 200-page book in 20 minutes? In today’s information overloaded disruptive world driven increasingly by innovation, we are required more than ever to transform the way we learn and think in terms of speed and creativity.

In this talk, Zaid explores some of the things that we can do to stimulate and empower our brains and senses to be more focused, learn faster, and think more creatively.

Future Learning Methods? Learn While Sleeping! Massive Open Sleeping Courses! Super Delta Brain Wave Learning!

Future Learning Methods? Learning Pills! Learning Chips! Learning Implants & Super Learning Neurons!

Five Categories of Brainwaves Gamma Brainwaves (40Hz or higher) The brainwave that is able to link and process information from all parts of the brain. It is the frequency that brings with it the ability to process large amounts of information in relatively small amounts of time.

Video: Super Brain Yoga (research report: Super Brain Yoga (SlideShare): Instructions:

Learn to “De-Switch" Your Brain!



“LIVE as if you were to die tomorrow. LEARN as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi

Human Vs. Goldfish Average attention spans in 2013? SECONDS The average attention span for humans in 2000 = 12 seconds!

A Crash Course on How Our BRAIN LEARNS… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. EXERCISE - Exercise boosts brain power. SURVIVAL - The brain is a survival organ. WIRING - Every brain is wired differently. ATTENTION - We don't pay attention to boring things. SHORT-TERM MEMORY - Repeat to remember. Dr. John Medina LONG-TERM MEMORY - Remember to repeat. SLEEP - Sleep well, think well. STRESS - Stressed brains don't learn the same way. SENSORY INTEGRATION - Stimulate more of the senses. VISION - Vision trumps all other senses. GENDER - Male and female brains are different. EXPLORATION - We are powerful and natural explorers. Summary:

Explore Brain-Designed Learning… 10 Minute Rule …to Stimulate the Brain and Maximize the Students’ Potential. Brain Rules: Brain-Targeted Teaching:

Engage Students to Learn! TEACHING OTHERS Average retention rate 90% Practice by Doing 75% Discussion Group 50% Demonstration 30% Audiovisual 20% Reading 10% Lecture 5%

LEARNING STYLES Learning Styles Research shows us that each learning style uses different parts of the brain. By involving more of the brain during learning, we remember more of what we learn. Learning Choices: Diagram adapted from:



“Study without DESIRE spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” — Leonardo da Vinci

FOCUS! "Focusing is about saying no" To Facebook Or NOT to “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you've got to focus on. But that's not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I'm actually as proud of the things we haven't done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” – Steve Jobs Video:

Optimizing Your Mind & Body for Learning? 1. Define your targets! 2. Breath to relax! 3. Do Super Brain Yoga! 4. Visualize that you will succeed! 5. Choose brain stimulating places to study! 6. Use natural light whenever possible! 7. Take Power Naps to reenergize the brain! 8. Eat healthy and light to stay alert! 9. Mix with People that are hungry to learn! 10. You can learn anything! Yes, you can!

3 reading

"Seek knowledge from the cradle to the Grave." - Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)

The Rate of Medical Knowledge is… “…doubling every three years currently and projected to be doubling every 73 DAYS by 2020…”

Malaysian Reading Habits? 1996 2 pages of a book a year. Is this True? 2005 2 books a year. 2010 8 – 12 books a year. - The National Library Malaysia *Western countries? At least 20 books a year.

PISA 2012: Malaysia? Malaysia ranked 52nd overall out of the 65 OECD participating countries. *OECD: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

PISA 2012: Malaysia’s Reading Stats…  Average performance in reading of 15-year-olds is 398 points, compared to an average of 496 points in OECD countries.  Girls perform better than boys with a statistically significant difference of 40 points (OECD average: 38 points higher for girls). Girls Rock!

How do you read a…? 1 2 5 3 4 6

What about PowerPoint? EFFECTIVE for deep understanding and learning? Anatomy & Physiology presentation :

Your Speed Reading Level? *wpm: Words Per Minute Speed reading empowers you with more time for deep reflection and exploring new frontiers of your learning domain(s).

Did You Know? Juggling has been shown to increase both GREY and WHITE MATTER in the brain! It empowers you to FOCUS BETTER, THINK FASTER and improve your PERIPHERAL VISION, which are critical for speed reading. Source:


Speed Reading Tips? To be revealed during the ____! 12 Speed Reading Tips:

Speed Reading Learning Tool? Acceleread: 8 More Speed Reading Tools:



“Education without application is just entertainment.” — Tim Sanders

CURATING? How do you FIND what you are looking for online? Curating refers to the process of COLLECTING, ORGANIZING and SHARING resources relevant to a particular topic or area of interest.

Other Tools?

Connect, Network & Discover Using… Article:

Social Curation/Bookmarking Tools… To Pull, Discover, Filter, Organize & Share!

Social Citations/Referencing Tools... To Collect, Organize, Cite, and Share your Research Sources! RefWorks: Mendeley: End Note: Citeulike: Zotero:


“Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” ― E.M. Forster

The Human Camera Stephen Wiltshire He is known for his ability to draw from memory a landscape after seeing it just once. His website: Video:


Memory Processing Model I N P U T REMEMBER ING Encoding Attention Sensory Memory Long-Term Memory Short-Term Memory Retrieval FORG ET T ING Adapted from: `

Ebbinghaus’ Forgetting Curve Source:

Study Smart! The Learning Power of Spaced Repetition! Source: Brooke Thio

Primacy & Recency Effect When asked to recall a list of items in any order (free recall), people tend to begin recall with the end of the list, recalling those items best (the recency effect). Among earlier list items, the first few items are recalled more frequently than the middle items (the primacy effect). Diagram source:

Mind Maps Min maps help learners comprehend, see the big picture, create new ideas, and build connections. Mind Map Guidelines: Mind Maps in Medicine:

Mnemonics Med Mnemonics Mnemonics are learning memory techniques that help learners recall larger pieces of information, especially in the form of lists like characteristics, steps, stages, parts, phases, etc. Medical Mnemonics: SODA:

MEMORY PALACE The Method of Loci (Memory Palace) is a method of memorizing information by placing each item to be remembered at a point along an imaginary journey. The information can then be recalled in a specific order by retracing the same route through the imaginary journey. Method of Loci: Memory Palace:

More Super Memory Tips? To be revealed during the ____! How to Develop Super Memory:


13 x 7 = 28 Agree? Abbott and Costello 13 X 7 is 28:

Is This You? OPEN MINDED about other people’s views? HONEST to yourself (or others) when you are wrong? COURAGE and PASSION to take initiative and confront challenges? AWARE of your own biases and preconceptions? WELCOME CRITICISM from other people? INDEPENDENT opinions and not afraid to disagree?

F-R-E-E-Writing Disney Creativity Strategy Fishbone Diagram Hexagon Modelling NLP Force-Field Analysis Gap Analysis Delphi Visual Brainstorming Snowball Technique Lateral Thinking Five Ws and H SWOT Analysis Why Why Why Six Thinking Hats Think Tank TRIZ Systematic Inventive Thinking SuperHeroes Thinking Tools empower us to use our minds more systematically and effectively to generate new ideas, solve problems, make decisions and be more innovative.

One Example?

Disney's Creative Thinking Strategy THE DREAMER  What are you trying to make or achieve?  What excites and inspires you about it?  If you could wave a magic wand and do anything you like – what would you create? How would it look? What could you do with it? How would that make you feel? THE REALIST  What resources do you need to make this happen – people, money, materials and technology?  What’s your plan?  What obstacles will you face? How will you get round them? THE CRITIC At critical stages of the project, step back from your work and ask yourself:  How does this look? What about the big picture? And the fine detail? How do I feel when I examine it?  How would it look to a customer? A user? A member of the audience? The client? An expert in this field?  Is this the best I/we can do? What would make it better? Diagram: Article:

7 MOVING Forward

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.” - Albert Einstein

Start Rewiring Your Brain NOW!  Explore how the BRAIN learns.  Optimize your MIND and senses for super learning.  Learn how to speed READ with comprehension.  Use social CURATION tools to make sense of information overload.  Apply various remembering techniques to awaken and empower your super MEMORY.  Use tools to empower creative and critical THINKING.

“Our brains can be rewired to become ‘Creative Super Learners’ at any age.” - Zaid Ali Alsagoff

Finally, You Might Want To… Have a ZaidLearn!

Zaid Ali Alsagoff E-Learning Manager E-mail : Blog : Slides : Twitter: IMU : DID : +603-2731 7327 Ext. : 3115

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