Growing Skill: How It Feels

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10 Responses to “Growing Skill: How It Feels”

  1. Joshua says:

    Actually it worked the other way around for me. I got a lot of things right where the pictures werefully shown. Then again, I’m not like most people ūüėõ

    But yes, it is true. When you create an image, you retain the information better.

  2. RV says:

    Recall is something that has always been something of a problem for me. My short term memory is really good, which is one reason why I think I as well as I did in this (9 correct) test.

    Also, on the first screen I looked at the pictures first and then I made a switch and decided to look at the words themselves. After makeing that decision, I didn’t look at the pictures with the intent of memorizing them. I did notice the blanks, which confused me a bit at first. But I don;t think I payed my attention to them.

    So, I’m not sure I did any “deep practice” here.

    I am reading the book. I enjoyed the deep practice section. The “ingnition” part I’m still thinking about. In fact I ended up skipping quite a bit of it (which might explain why I didn’t get it…just didn’t resonate with me. I will go back and re-read that section). I am very intrigued by the “Master Coaching” section.

    Overall, I really like the book and it does explain a number of my own short comings in the way I studied when I was in school and college.

    Daniel, if you ever do another book and need a person, or people to study who have not studied “well” in school, but who have landed some pretty good jobs, please do contact me. I’m always baffled when I see where I am today and look back at what I did when I was in school.

    Cheers!

  3. Adam says:

    Ditto for volunteering my brain too! I have had awful study habits but always find a way to make things work for me. Interesting point is I did better on the testing without the partial breakups and blank spaces on the word rememberance.

  4. Laura says:

    I started off a bit shakily, then got the hang of deep practicing and got 10 correct!

  5. Nicki says:

    The opposite thing happened for me. In the first game I got all the pictures I could either completely or partially see, and in the second game I got all of the words that were complete and only one pair that wasn’t.

  6. William says:

    Like the other commenters, I had the opposite outcome from your prediction. Pictures were easy, 100% recall in repeated trials.

    Words were difficult, below 50% recall. I was unable to form a mental picture of a word before it disappeared, so it was never committed to memory.

  7. djcoyle says:

    Thanks, Jasper — I really appreciate the feedback. Based on it, we’ll look at a redesign — because I don’t think you’re alone here.

  8. James says:

    I got 9 out of 10 on the first try.

    I ignored the pictures and focused on the words, which helped! When I realized the pictures were going to be inconsistent, with blanks, that gave me a big clue to ignore the pictures, because if they’re not consistent, why should I pay attention to them?

  9. Mavry says:

    It was quite easy. And on the “Aha” I could only remember 3 and they were the ones with the missing letter.

  10. Andrew Smith says:

    I consider my memory to be one of my biggest weaknesses. Interestingly, in the word pair quiz, I did not catch that there were missing letters until I read the explanation at the end. Curious what that implies!

    (My results were opposite the norm on the visual quiz. I did substantially better when the complete image was shown.)

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