Thank you for the wonderful experience of your seminar I recently attended. Learning - How do I remember to remember. The task was so daunting - it took me 6-7 weeks to learn the poem (enclosed). I wrote it out, I read it out loud while walking. I am now convinced step one to Alpha is to write in colour the steps, then put them on tape or use your tape (your voice is more convincing than mine), listening to it while walking till I get the message into my subconscious so that I can practise it. I know this may seem a little strange, or far-fetched, but for me, the simplest task takes a while before I get the hang of it. I’ve come into the office to do some photocopying - a simple task for some, but for me I’m still struggling with photocopying on both sides so that they are both up the right way! I don’t give myself such a hard time any more about it. I’m learning to laugh at my mix-ups. I had an experience while in Sydney with my Eftpos Card.
I needed to get some money out of my account. As I walked around town to find a machine, I was trying to think of my pin number. I couldn’t for the life of me remember it. All sorts of thoughts came rushing through my mind. I didn’t panic. What was I going to do? Number one, stay calm. Well maybe if I put the card in the machine I will remember. I still wasn’t sure as my finger pushed on the numbers, but out came the money, so what a relief! Phone numbers, names of people I know well, sometimes I’ll be able to recall them, other times not. This was the problem when I was working - having total memory blanks. I had little notes everywhere to remind me. It was hard working with people who made jokes about my notes. STRESSED TO THE MAX!
Thanks to you and your methods, I have found a way to move forward and remember at school, learning spelling words - I still make the same mistakes on the simple words.
I have analysed and come to realise why I felt so stuck, bogged down. Just like a bogged car. A bogged car that is stuck needs packing under the wheels or a push or pull to assist it out of the bog - it is unable to do it on its own when it’s really stuck. As you said, it’s Okay to ask for help when I need it. I now know my way to freedom is to ask or seek assistance. It will take a while, but that’s okay.
I am writing to tell you what a turning point in my life the CALM seminar has been. I have learned skills I never even though imaginable. I feel I have discovered my own magic powers. I am using the skills learned in CALM in all facets of my life with huge success and the area I have encountered most success is with the creative mediation.
I am a singer/songwriter and a pianist. I always knew this was an area my life was directed, however I had a very hard time writing songs. That is, of course, until I learned how to use the power of my creative mind through meditation. It was an instant success. I simply asked myself whilst deep in meditation what the next lines to the song were. Line by line the perfect words would just come to me and writing them down as I went I was shocked to see how a song was forming in front of my eyes and it was just perfect.
I always seemed to know what I wanted to write about but found it very difficult to find the right words. Since using this method I have been able to very quickly and easily assemble songs and poetry that I am pleased to call my own.
I am still flabbergasted today at how the answers to my questions just come and I often wonder about the amount of information, ideas and visions I can source from within my mind.
Sandy, I cannot express the appreciation I have for what you have taught me. You have given me so much more than was promised. It has opened a door way into a life I didn't know I had. I now so look forward to the future.
To anyone reading this letter who has not yet discovered the CALM weekend, my only advice is JUST DO IT!
I used Mind Charts to help my mother study for a ceramic teacher's course. My mother said "Oh no, this is too difficult, too involved" and only looked at them once. Nevertheless in the exam she found that the Mind Charts came back into her conscious mind and she was able to draw on them to top the class in the exam!
I used Alpha to pass exams and had no trouble at all. Work commitments prevented me from studying as much as I would have liked and once thought necessary. Now I can relax in class and absorb far more information that goes into long term memory so I don't have very much revision out of class hours to be able to do well in exams. I am much more confident now and through positive reinforcement of successful exam situations am finding taking exams a lot less stressful.
I used Sandy's tape Achieving in Exams and Effective Study for studying Business Statistics. During the last month before my exams I would listen to the tape and then study with Accelerated Learning Music. I knew I had done my best and I got copies of past papers which I studied during my relaxation. During the 10 minutes reading time I was able to recall my mind maps and the answers just came flooding into my mind and the exam was so easy that I knew I had been successful. I got the A I visualised.
Before commencing my Business Degree at UTS in 1995 I attended the CALM Seminar. I used the ability to go to my PP and set goals for my study and also listened to the Accelerated Learning tapes whenever I studied. Since then I attended the Study Skills seminar, where I learnt specific skills to assist with my study. I perfected my mind mapping skills and improved my memory, through this course. Before attending these seminars my study had been haphazard and undirected. The most valuable thing I learned from these seminars was the ability to focus and concentrate on my study, ingredients which are imperative for success. Using these methods I have maintained a distinction average throughout my degree.
Just a few lines to say thank you for all the information and skills you equipped me with at the CALM Seminar this past weekend - it was fantastic! I feel so excited knowing the difference that using the skills will continue to have in my life.
I just wanted to take a few lines to summarise what I have already gained, simply by using the suggestions and skills you give in Students Steps to Success. Just 10 days before my second year Psychology exams, a friend lent me a copy of this book; it appealed to me greatly as I was fast running out of time to study for these exams. My study required the reading of two 1000 word Psychology text books - it seemed impossible to achieve this and learn the material. I skimmed your book and was immediately drawn to the chapter on ‘speed reading’. However, with such little time left till exams and my scepticism about whether I could actually learn speed reading in time for my rapidly approaching exams, I wasn’t sure it was worth the risk of trying your methods. Well, all I can say is that it was the most profitable risk I have ever taken. I spent no more than one hour actually practising the techniques before I ‘tested’ myself by reading a Psychology Journal article. It took me less than a minute to read the article. However, still sceptical of whether I had actually taken in what I had read, I decided to write out all the points I remembered, and to my delight and surprise I had missed only one important point!
The following night my husband gave me a four page article about a caving trip he was planning to take. After reading the article in less than 90 seconds, I handed it back to him. He thought I hadn’t bothered to read it and must not be interested. Can you imagine his surprise when I proceeded to tell him every detail in the article!
Well, by now I was convinced that the techniques in your book work, and work well. In just three days I completed reading and studying the required text books. I practised going to my Peaceful Place and while I was there decided to imagine myself in the exam. I visualised myself sitting in the exam room feeling peaceful and confident and knowing the answers. Well it worked!!!! I actually enjoyed the exams and felt totally confident throughout the exams (with a little help from the odd visit to my PP). However, when I met with my friends following the exams I was a bit shocked to find that most of them had found the exams difficult and very stressful. My confidence started to take a dip. Five long weeks later I finally received my exam results, and to my delight I achieved Distinctions for both exams. While I had put in a really hard three days studying, I had previously taken at least three weeks to cover the same amount of material - I was totally delighted!!!Again, thank you so much for passing on all the information you did at the seminar. I just can’t wait to see the results as I continue to practise what I have learned.
This year I commenced an external university course undertaking a full time workload of eight subjects a year – twice the normal external workload. Well meaning friends suggested this may be difficult, giving the usual reasons. I participated in your weekend workshop, and the other participants were interested in what subjects I was going to start with. Everyone reeled in horror when I mentioned Statistics. Well, Maths had never been my best subject during High School in the ‘70’s. I was beginning to worry. If people who work with numbers all the time have difficulty with Stats, what hope do I have? Later that day we had a session on setting and achieving goals. My goal was to achieve a Distinction in Stats and Sociology, secretly regretting ever considering doing Stats.
During the following week I received the course outline — it looked very complicated and intimidating. I used your study techniques as well as PP (and some help from my husband). Although the work was rather difficult, I averaged 85% each assignment. The next hurdle was the exam.In my PP I visualised feeling calm during, and easily completing, the exam. I also visualised opening the letter stating my results — a Distinction of course. When the results did arrive, I was rewarded with a High Distinction. I felt (and still feel) very pleased with myself. Thanks Sandy.
As a high school teacher I constantly use the activities in Sandy’s book “Students’ Steps to Success”. Something wonderful happens for students in this process. They learn how to learn. The students can apply the learning to all types of situations, not just academic. They take charge of their lives! I also use the book at home with my family. My son is 6 and he uses the techniques. I consider the issues dealt with as the most fundamental to successful learning. I implore every student and every teacher to make the central focus in any learning situation, this user friendly learning package.
Since your seminar I have excelled both academically and in sport. I just had my first semester's report in which I got near straight A's in Maths and English and all straight A's in Italian. In Italian I used your technique of studying in Alpha. I did this and I got 97% for the test. My handwriting has also improved drastically.And with the mental alarm clock thing, to time yourself to wake up before the alarm clock, I use the same technique to use as a mental notebook. So in Alpha I will say to myself "At 6.30 I will remember to mow the lawn." And I think of me mowing the lawn. It stops me from forgetting things. And it WORKS!! At 6.30 my mind just fills with mowing the lawn.
If you think you are beaten you are
If you think you dare not
If you like to win but think
It's almost sure you won't
If you think that you'll lose you've lost
For out in the world you'll find Success begins with a fellow's will
It's all in the state of mind.J.T started the speech that she gave recently with the above piece. She went on to tell how in Year 12 she had been told to drop every "superfluous" activity and focus completely on study. She gave up public speaking, trips to the gym, singing - all the things she really enjoyed doing. Her life took a nose dive - she started neglecting her body by overeating, not exercising, not meditating, the time she sat in her room to study she was not studying at all .... It got to the stage where I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I had done Sandy's CALM Seminar so I did have some information for self-help in my head and I also had a great deal of pressure surrounding me that I gave in to because I did not have complete control over where I was going. What I needed to know was how to maximise the use of meditation. It was at this low point that I contacted Sandy, asking him if he could throw some light on the situation ... I desperately needed help if I was to survive the HSC. Sandy helped me to regain some balance in my life and I resumed some of the things I loved to do. The important factors in allowing me to survive the exams and assessment periods during my HSC were the methods I have been taught at Sandy's seminars. Also reading "Student's Steps to Success" pointed out a few elements of study and taking care of yourself in simple enough language I believe nearly any HSC student could benefit from it. Knowing what most students go through during year 12, I believe that reading this book is a big plus. I also used the methods set out in Sandy's tape "Achieving in Exams" to prepare myself before, after and during the exam.
I practise my PP 15-20 times a day, on my bed, in the car, and sometimes at school. Now I can get to my PP in about 3-4 seconds (I practise a lot). I used it to set goals for swimming competitions - my Alpha obviously helped me get the best results ever! The Alpha has also helped me with school work, as I am more organised and find myself listening better to the teacher. I also get more ideas for creative work such as title pages and posters. I also got into Dance group and Band, which I was unable to get into last year.
I use PP for academic purposes, sport and any other ordinary things such as getting to sleep or hiccups. My first goals were for swimming. I used PP in school competitions and reached the finals at Regional - my first time. I then continued to set other goals - this time to gain a scholarship to high school in 1996. Using PP and my ability gained me four scholarships! I was (and am) overjoyed! Still I set goals, this time in Cross Country and Athletics. I achieved 7th place at District for 3km and 1st place in 800 metres athletics and gained 3rd place in long jump.
I'd like to thank you for introducing me to my PP where I've learnt a lot about myself. I still have a long way to go but I'm determined to achieve my goals which you have helped me set. The study course with Lorna was fantastic and it helped me to ease into the PP Seminar. I recently had exams and used mind maps to study for biology and received 91%. I can honestly say that is all I used - as proof to myself I refused to use any other method. This is evidence to me that the knowledge I have gained in both seminars will allow me to achieve whatever I set my mind to. The most outstanding for me is my English and the change mind maps have made. I moved up 20 ranks after discovering how to mind map my information and to plan my essay. Thank you - I will continue to use everything you have taught me.
A couple of days ago I got my Semester 1 Results (including exam results) back. I thought I’d send you a copy to just prove that your book really works. My Mum started crying when she read my results sheets and my Dad was very pleased and happy that all my hard work, had finally paid off. Dad even took the sheet to work and photocopied it 10 times!
I must admit that in the last weeks of the Semester I lost my Peaceful Place and I also forgot that there was a whole section in your book that was on achieving good exam results. When I have my next exams, I will remember to read it.
I remember that last year when I was sitting a test, I sat at the front of the classroom all nervous and shaking. Then I remembered my Peaceful Place and I went to it. I will never forget that feeling of calmness and happiness all through my body — it certainly was a great feeling to know that you’re all relaxed and ready to go. Unfortunately, I can never get back to that state again.
On these holidays, I tried to do your book again. I played the PP tape (about creating it) and I said to myself. ‘I’ll go there every day twenty times.’ I did it the first two days, but then I forgot all about it. When I really need to go to my Peaceful Place, like when I’m trying to sleep it’s not there.
I also re-read your whole book again and learnt some new things like ‘tomorrow never comes’ and to trick your sub-conscious mind. To be honest with you, I think I did half the book and then I just read the other half. I’m very slack these holidays.
I really like the ideas in your book. It really helps me. I recently read another book on ‘things to do and things not to do in life.” One of the tips was ‘one day, try and be nice to everyone for 24 hours and bite your tongue if you’re going to say something not nice.’ I’m trying it today and I think it’s only ‘half working.’Thanks again for your phone call. I’m going to try and go to my Peaceful Place twenty times a day, starting now!
This is my story of my great success which I achieved with the help of your book and courses. At the start of Year 6 I continuously received test results ranging from 70-80% in both Maths and English. It was than that I started to read your book "Students Steps to Success" and I set my goal for myself - to get over 80%. Daddy promised me that every mark over 80% was worth a dollar. Then in the next test that I sat for I went to my Peaceful Place and completed the test calmly, more relaxed than ever before. When I received my results I was so pleased that I had got the top marks in my class and received $9 and a special dinner dedicated to my success. I am now in my final term of Year 6 and have received the result of 100% in my Maths test and 92% in my English My PP and Emotional Anchor have helped me a lot. My goal is now set to be a zoologist and with all my positive reinforcements I believe that I will achieve it. Thank you for all your help and great ideas that you have shared with me. M.B. Sydney.
I would like to share my recent success story with everyone. Two years ago I was average at Maths and English. I always struggled with both. I had a concrete goal to improve my ability and my grades in all my subjects. I began thinking of my Peaceful Place, to remain calm in exams and while studying. I reinforced my Emotional Anchor and used personal, positive and present thinking. Immediately I saw an astounding result. When my yearly exams came I reached the top advanced class. This year I am in year 9, I am studying Advanced Maths, and Advanced English. In a recent English test I scored a whopping 91% (before I would be lucky to receive 60-70%. I did a maths test set by the University of NSW and I came in the top 13% of Australia. I was the only person in my school who got a "Distinction". The moral of my story is: "If you think you can't, you won't. If you believe you can, you always will." Thank you Sandy for your wonderful techniques that have kept me motivated and reaching for the stars. I hope this encourages other children, because nothing is impossible! Never let anyone stand in the way of your dreams. J.B. Sydney
Although I completed Sandy’s Student’s Seminar in Year 9, it was really at my Mum’s insistence. However the seminar became an awareness of what could be done. I took no action in Years 9 and 10. At the beginning of Year 11 I worked through SSS book, colouring in each summary page of the book. I then used my Peaceful Place (PP) and played the Accelerated Learning music during my study time. I did not do any mind charts at this time.
Following the Trial Exam in Year 12 I was disappointed with my Business Studies Trial Mark of 60%. It was essential that I do well in this subject so I turned again to Sandy’s book “Students Steps to Success”. I committed myself to mind mapping the complete Year 11 and Year 12 course in Business Studies prior to the HSC (primarily this meant summarising the text book). I always played Accelerated Learning music and worked in my PP while I prepared my mind maps.
I had a bit of an extra disadvantage because in primary school I wore coloured glasses because of being diagnosed with Scoptic Sensitivity. At the end of Year 7 the school was worried about my reading ability and sent me to a special course with my Mum and when I was tested again in Year 9 my reading was still at primary school level.
All the preparation was worth it with my joy of achieving a mark in the top 10% of the state in the HSC and the best thing was I only had to read the textbooks once.
Of course I did a lot of preparation and I have made a detailed account of the steps I took between the text books and final mind map (Sandy has a copy of all this). These steps to mind mapping could be reduced with practice.
The hardest part of the exercise was the first 3 weeks (that is the note taking time for the whole course) when self-sabotaging thoughts included “What’s the point”, “All this time and for what benefit”, “It won’t work”, “Others aren’t doing it, why should I”, “This is NOT fun – just a waste of time”. My dedication to my goal was tested many times and I felt like giving up. However once I progressed to drawing and learning the mind maps it all changed. Seeing 100 plus pages of textbooks on one A4 sheet was the first benefit I realised. From there it was full steam ahead – learning and recalling the mind maps was the easy part. You can imagine how great I felt about myself and felt that all the time and work was worth every minute when I got my result.
The school that I teach at has a values based approach to education, which has contributed largely to the academic success of the students in our school. I first introduced the ideas put forward in your book "Piece of Mind" when I began teaching here in 1999. Like myself, the school principal felt that your ideas on Accelerated Learning were excellent and so we decided to incorporate some of your beliefs into our values based program. The results have been outstanding! Every child in our school uses the Peaceful Place method of going into their Peaceful Place to achieve the Alpha mind state. The children are being taught more and more about how their brain operates and therefore how to achieve better results. The feedback from our parents has been remarkable, some have even purchased copies of your book to use in their homes.
I attended your seminar at Shepparton. I would like to tell you that it was a great day, and I know it will help me out a lot with exams, speeches, job interviews and many more things along the way in my life. It has already helped me out. If I have fights, I got to my peaceful place which makes me feel better, and it also helps me out to see the other person's point of view too, so that person doesn't get sad because I don't say something that makes them upset. I work it out with them. It really has helped me.
I have bought both your Students Steps to Success book and tape. I listen to your tape when I am finding it hard to sleep, when I am bored, or whenever I am trying to get things done and I can't. I am starting to read your book today, and I know that I will enjoy it.
Story from C.N. Vic
Hi Sandy I am still using your active meditation tapes after 12 years and am very happy to see that they are now available on CD so I can load them to my ipod. I am currently teaching my teenage sons how to meditate especially for their study, so the study CD will be very useful. Thank you.
Story from P.S. ACT
Story from P.E. NSW
Student's Steps to Success enabled me to relax in 30 seconds flat and to understand the power of the subconscious mind in retaining information and accessing it at the right time ..... The subconscious mind is a vast storehouse! I would set myself goals and achieve them without stress knowing that my confidence was growing and stress was going and most of all to love myself. Unconditional love is a major factor without a doubt. Self confident, thanks to discovering your CDs Sandy back then I breezed through my study and exams. Getting into my peaceful place in the exam room helped me beyond measure. With deep gratitude.
Story from M.G. SA
Hello Sandy. It's been a long time since I started using the Peaceful Place technique (1996). I credit it with contributing in large part, to the persistence I have been able to exercise in getting to the stage of being in the last few months of my first ever degree. Not only am I about to complete a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major, in Psychology and Philosophy, but I hope (and expect) to obtain an honours year in 2008, with the eventual aim of completing a PhD.
So it's not just the short term benefit of PP that is important - and in 1996, that was substantial, but the possibility of achieving major changes in life-skills and long-term well-being that is available
Story from E.D. NSW
I'd like to thank you for introducing me to my Peaceful Place where I've learnt so much about myself. I still have a long way to go but I'm determined to achieve my goals which you have helped me set. As a chronic migraine sufferer the seminar was valuable in helping me to control them. I'm proud to say I have taken only 1/3 of the painkillers I used to and I hope to stop altogether.
Just recently I had my exams and particularly Biology in which I received 91%. In regards to the Mind Charting and picturing myself with a high result in Biology, I can honestly say that this is all I used to get 91%. As proof to myself I refused to use any other method. This is evidence to me that the knowledge I have gained will allow me to achieve whatever I set my mind to. The most outstanding for me is my English - I moved up 20 ranks!
The mind is a powerful thing and I thank you Sandy for teaching me this. I realise now it is up to me to achieve my goals, like finishing the HSC with the best possible TER I can receive. Thank you once again for bringing a change, a positive change into my life which I will never forget.
Story from M.B. NSW
This is my story of my great success which I achieved with the help of your book and courses. At the start of Year 6 I continuously received test results ranging from 70-80% in both Maths and English. It was than that I started to read your book "Students Steps to Success" and I set my goal for myself - to get over 80%. Daddy promised me that every mark over 80% was worth a dollar. Then in the next test that I sat for I went to my Peaceful Place and completed the test calmly, more relaxed than ever before. When I received my results I was so pleased that I had got the top marks in my class and received $9 and a special dinner dedicated to my success. I am now in my final term of Year 6 and have received the result of 100% in my Maths test and 92% in my English. My PP and Emotional Anchor have helped me a lot. My goal is now set to be a zoologist and with all my positive reinforcements I believe that I will achieve it. Thank you for all your help and great ideas that you have shared with me.
Story from J.B. NSW
I would like to share my recent success story with everyone. Two years ago I was average at Maths and English. I always struggled with both. I had a concrete goal to improve my ability and my grades in all my subjects. I began thinking of my Peaceful Place, to remain calm in exams and while studying. I reinforced my Emotional Anchor and used personal, positive and present thinking. Immediately I saw an astounding result. When my yearly exams came I reached the top advanced class. This year I am in year 9, I am studying Advanced Maths, and Advanced English. In a recent English test I scored a whopping 91% (before I would be lucky to receive 60-70%. I did a maths test set by the University of NSW and I came in the top 13% of Australia. I was the only person in my school who got a "Distinction". The moral of my story is: "If you think you can't, you won't. If you believe you can, you always will." Thank you Sandy for your wonderful techniques that have kept me motivated and reaching for the stars. I hope this encourages other children, because nothing is impossible! Never let anyone stand in the way of your dreams.
Are Peaceful Place techniques suitable for children
What I usually suggest is that the parents learn the techniques so that they can pass it on to their children - they are really easy and useful, however children usually do not have an attention span of 20 minutes and that's why they need to build their PP faster than adults (in say about 7 - 10 minutes.)
Do you cover recall and memory – and, can these be improved
Yes, absolutely – that is covered in my books and seminars and there are some exercises. The books tell you about memory and how it occurs and how you'll be able to put information into the brain whereby you'll be able to recall more easily. Our memory is fantastic – it's recall that we need to improve and to do this we need to take the correct action to ensure that the information goes to long term memory. The main book is "Students Steps To Success" Chapter 17 - Memory. In this chapter we summarise 22 ways of improving your memory.
During study how do I get back to or keep focused when my mind wanders
Remember that your attention span is seldom more than 20 minutes - often, especially when you are studying something that you don't enjoy it could be far less. So get up from your desk, get a glass of water, maybe do your cross over exercises and then go back to your PP (with your baroque music playing in the background) and then count yourself out to 1, 2, 3 to return to move on with your study. When you are in your PP you could tell yourself that you like the subject and that you are enjoying finding out something about the subject you're studying. When it happens again then do the same process again - after that study something else. In other words study the subject that you like least in short bursts.
Here is a letter I received and my answer - I hope it sparks an interest.
I am contacting you with one main goal...to pick your brain about getting 'life strategies/skills' material into schools as is mandatory as English, Mathematics, Geography, Economic, Business classes.
I am a school teacher & university lecturer in Economics & Business Studies yet find myself more & more integrating 'self-help' strategies everyday...kids seem to come out of the 'wood-works' for this help...yet the school system is anti-help by teachers unless you are a 'counsellor' (which I find sad given the counsellors I have personally worked with use text-book theory & victim enforcing remedies to amend the kids' issues).
Life skills that teach our kids to recognise, take charge of their own life no-matter what the circumstances, take responsibilities of / own the feelings in their body, validate their feelings then create lasting change that serves.
NOW is the time to put School / Education at the forefront of this learning. I feel there needs to be a group of similiar minded people to make this a reality by 2005.
What will it take to get your help in making this happen in becoming a reality for the kids?
Answer: I totally agree with your sentiments.
I have been gradually working towards contributing towards a solution for what you speak about. It's based on my seminar: Students' Success Seminar, which is based on my book "Students' Steps to Success". I have had the seminar filmed and am currently editing a 2nd draft of a Video Copy of the seminar. My plan is to have not only the video copy of the seminar, but a DVD copy of the seminar, and together with my book, Students' Steps to Success Audio tapes, Accelerated Learning Music tapes and 3 more audio tapes (or CDs), will be offered as a package for Students. I intend to have a separate website for this material.
As an extension to this I hope to get teachers from schools interested in presenting this material in their personal development programs. To this end I believe that teachers will need to attend a Facilitator's Program and taught how and what to present in the classroom. I am thinking of working towards having the teachers sponsored by Corporate to these Train-the-Trainer Programs. It's been in the melting pot for some considerable time and I have worked with a number of teachers in the past. As you know, I already conduct some seminars in schools and for some students, however most students don't find it "cool" to come to seminars. The answer is to teach them in schools or they can learn the skills at home from the above package.
Here's to the future - United we stand ....
How can I deal with the challenge of dyslexia - do you have any products that might help
The journey of dealing with dyslexia is challenging, and ultimately for those who persist in working with this challenge, the results can be fortuitous - skills developed along the journey can often end up being a great advantage in life, sometimes even careers are developed. For instance, many artists are dyslexic. People with dyslexia are more often those with high IQs - we just need to find out what sparks their passion.
It is important to shop around for a supportive school. Some schools and teachers are much better than others. One of my personal preferences in this area is the Steiner school system. Consulting an Educational Kinesiologist can be helpful in the area of dyslexia, especially with exercises to help with "cross-over" from the left to the right side of the brain.
Mind Charting is one of the best skills for dyslexics to learn - by using these they can learn to turn words into picture or symbol memories. (We know of students who were at the bottom of a class and came up to the top 10% using this technique). I think the best material I have to help is the "Students Steps to Success" book which works with using both sides of the brain, relaxation, goals, self esteem and mind charting. Most of my information suits students 13 years old and upwards, however I do encourage parents to teach children who are younger than this. I have tapes (or CDs) that go with this book and the tape content is suitable when modified - mainly shortened - by parents
How can I help my child to learn better
If you can, then make it as enjoyable as possible for your child to attend school . Extra curricular activities that they really enjoy and look forward to are also important. And it's always good to focus on and praise the things that they are really good at. The ability to relax and release stress - even for a child - is a very helpful "tool" in study and coping skills. You can work through the techniques outlined in the books "Piece of Mind" and "Students Steps to Success" with children under 13 years old, and this will be very helpful, especially the "Peaceful Place" technique, Goals and Self Esteem.
How do I easily learn those "boring" subjects
By changing your attitude and making them interesting!! A way to get interested in a boring subject is to figure out why you will need it later in your life. I call this "What's In It For Me" or WIIFMs. By making the connection that you will really need maths as a resort manager so you will be able to calculate the profit because your bonus is a percentage of the profit; this helps to hold your interest now while you're learning it.
Also remember, that you talk to yourself 50,000 times a day – and who listens? YOU DO! If you tell yourself you can, you will. And if you tell yourself you can't – guess what – you won't! Positive self talk is the major key in building up the right attitude.
How do I handle exam stress
The main way is to physically see yourself going through this test or exam inside your mind. See how well you are doing it, feel good about it, even look at the mark that you're going to obtain. Just notice all that and then emotionalise it. When you actually do the exam your subconscious mind has done it so often before that it's a habit. What has happened is that you have extended your comfort zone to include the exam. You are really utilising the fact that the subconscious mind does not know the difference between imagination and reality. If you feel uptight before an exam another thing to do is to breathe. Just take a deep breath because when you take a deep breath you're letting oxygen in and you will relax. Also remember throughout the year when you're learning the information, it helps to study in Alpha. You can also do the meditation PP11 - Achieving in Exams and Effective Study.
I am interested in the memory aspect of your program. I have tried a pegging system in the past and found it difficult. Could you explain in detail how the memory procedure works and any other relevent information?
There are many things that affect memory and there are many memory methods. On this website you can see what I believe to be the major component of memory, which is the ability to work with the subconscious mind, using a relaxation method. In my book, "Students Steps to Success" I describe in one chapter - devoted to Memory - 22 different ways of improving memory. Within the book, and within my seminars, many of these 22 different ways are actually covered.
Some specific ways to improve memory such as Memory Pegging, The Journey, and more ... are not all taught by me - however I summarise them, and give examples. I am more concerned with teaching people how to use their memory so that they can improve their study skills. One of these major methods is Mind Charting - this I do teach.
What I suggest you do is to examine the Chapter on Memory in my book "Students Steps to Success" - which you may be able to do at a bookshop, Library, or buy it from me (you can order it, at www.calm.com.au - you can also see what tapes & CDs I have at the website), go to the Chapter on Memory.
I also believe in the value of listening to Baroque Music especially selected at 60 beats to the minute - the heart then gets in time with the music and helps to bring about relaxation. I have a selection of this music on my Accelerated Learning Music CD and Tape double.
I can't think of the right symbols to use and I can't really draw.
As far as drawing is concerned - who cares? Personally I use stick figures. Provided you thought about it, it is the right symbol. If you have difficulty, try this. Close your eyes, deep breath and relax. Let your mind float back through your past and recall people you love, friends, Christmas, birthdays, parties, holidays, triumphs, pets, sport, good times. Now look at your Mind Chart words. See if you can connect any past experience, thought or emotion to any of the words. Make up a simple symbol to represent this connection and add it to the Mind Chart.
I find background baroque music distracting. What shall I do
You are not supposed to listen to the music whilst it's in the background - your heart "listens" to it. My initial thought would be to turn down the volume. If you cannot eventually adjust to this background music, then turn it off – it's not an absolute essential.
I keep forgetting small things like my pen or business cards and I think I'm losing my memory. Can you use Alpha to assist
When do you remember that you have forgotten something? Oh, as soon as you leave your house? Well, then do you say "Oh darn I've forgotten my keys!" (or whatever it might be)? When you're saying "forget" you're reinforcing "forget" in the subconscious mind. I forgot, I forgot, I forgot. Do you know it's not even the truth! The truth is you've just remembered your keys! If you always say, "I just remembered my keys", then what you're reinforcing in the subconscious mind is remember. "I just remembered my keys." So, change your self talk, that is really important. Positive language is very, very important. Remember self talk becomes self esteem and our self esteem becomes our self image and the way we actually act in life.
I put things down and then can't find them. Help please!
The major reason is that you didn't pay attention to where you put them, that's why you don't know where they are. Take just a fraction of a second to pay attention to where you put them. For one fraction of a second look at the spot where you are going to put something down, let's say your wallet, and pretend to yell "wallet" inside your mind. It could be "wallet" and "table" to associate the fact that your wallet is on the table. That's all, just for one fraction of a second. Now for that one fraction of a second it's like recalling your mother's maiden name. You access Alpha, for that one fraction of a second starting at the spot where you put your wallet and saying "WALLET", "TABLE"! That triggers the memory response inside your mind. In fact you open up your filter of the Reticular Activating System. Try that – it works!
I'm writing in reference to my daughter, who is entering her last year at secondary school next year. You did mention one of your success stories was motivating a student to achieve her best in her final year....... and while she is a good and responsible teenager and a lot of fun to be with......... she has not had a good year academically this year and I think this has dented her confidence and given her a negative attitude to her studies. Any suggestions for motivation?
Thank you for your e-mail. Many, many people have identical issues as your daughter and will never get their motivation from a book at this stage in their lives.
I note what you've said and am familiar with the issues you speak about. I really think that motivation is a matter of being able to motivate yourself. Actually, nobody can motivate you for more than a few days. If you do it yourself it will last. Of course sometimes something inspirational to an individual can spark that motivation - to this end I would ask you to show your daughter my website www.calm.com.au and go to the links on the left hand side whereby she can read the stories of some people who have succeeded in the area of learning, study and self confidence. Talk to her about her goal. It really is working towards the goal that will provide the motivation.
I've heard that Baroque Music is useful for study and relaxation - could you please tell me more about this
Science has now shown that our heartbeat tends to get in time with the music and thus we, in turn, relax and reach the alpha brainwave state. When we relax the Reticular Activating Filter is open and therefore information flows straight through to memory which is in the subconscious mind. That's why specially selected Baroque Music (with a timing of 60 beats per minute) is good for meditation and releasing stress, accelerated learning techniques such as Lazanov's Passive Concert, and for guided imagery and creativity. Use it as a background music for studying - from mathematics to languages, or at work. Relaxation increases productivity.
I've tried, but I haven't yet made Mind Charts work for me.
Mind Charts are an effective way of using your whole brain to summarise and recall important information. Sometimes new things take a while to perfect. There is no doubt, you achieve better results when you use more of your brain!! Try working in a group and bring some humour into the Mind Chart – it's often a key.
In an exam – how do I use alpha for remembering the answer when I get stuck
Go to your Peaceful Place – ask yourself the question- see yourself getting the answer with a tick next to it – then go on with the next question. You will find the answer suddenly comes to you whilst doing another question.
My son plays loud modern music when he's studying - any comments please
When music is fast and varies its timing, then the heart will follow suit. Thus the Reticular Activating Filter will remain closed allowing little information to flow through into memory. This is an ineffective form of study, as it will take much longer to absorb the material.
What actually are Mind Charts and how do you use them
A Mind Chart is a representation of words done using pictures, symbols, colour and abbreviations. It is simple and personal. There is quite a bit more detail on Mind Charting in my book "Students Steps to Success" - an example is given in the book as to how to go about making a Mind Chart. Mind Charts work on the premise that a picture is worth a thousand words and they use both sides of the brain for memory. We are deliberately incorporating the Right Brain to be used in the process of memory as it is 400 to 4,000 times faster than the Left Brain.
Often when you need to write an essay in an exam, if the information needed has been summarised in a Mind Chart, it can come flowing right back at the crucial moment. So prior to the exam you make a Mind Chart and put this somewhere where you can see it often. In the exam, you easily recall the Mind Chart and in fact reproduce it. Once you've done this, it is a simple matter to then write your essay. Other uses for Mind Charting could be to make shopping lists or speeches, or to solve problems and challenges. Mind Charts can be useful for most people (people with dyslexia have found them to be of enormous benefit, because of their difficulty with reading).