A Curious Spark
Have you ever wanted to try something new but thought it would be too difficult? I sure did. In fact, it happened more than I would like to admit. While watching a competition on TV, a little girl was able to memorize a shuffled deck of cards in an hour and recite them, in order, without any mistakes…what an incredible memory! No wonder she was on TV to show off her amazing skills!
But then I thought to myself... “She’s only 9 years old...if she is able to do that, why can’t I do the same… I wonder if I can do what she can do...” And so the research began.
I was on a mission out of pure curiosity to see if I could duplicate what seemed to be a feat of nature. After countless interviews, meetings, videos, books, articles, and group forums, I gave it a shot. I sat down to study 52 random cards. After 45 minutes, I reached the end of the deck.
“No way...,” I thought.
I gave the cards to my brother and rattled off each card...without a single mistake. I couldn’t believe what I had just done!
This led to experimenting with other types of information, including memorizing whole chapters in books and foreign language vocabulary. I was capable of remembering so much more than I thought possible. As an ESL teacher, I wondered if my students could learn better and faster if they used this technique. And they did.
I taught several nationalities and levels of ESL (English as a Second Language) students; after learning the technique, many students were able to improve vocabulary recall by over 300%: three times as much as before!
After seeing their results, I started a new mission: to help others achieve more than they ever thought they could.