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9 Tactics for Rapid Learning (That Most People Have Never Heard Of) Whenever the subject of why some people learn faster comes up, I get a whole host of common answers: Some people are just naturally smart.

9 Tactics for Rapid Learning (That Most People Have Never Heard Of)

(Often implying you can’t improve)Everyone is “smart” in their own way. (Nonsense, research indicates different “intelligences” often correlate)IQ is all in the genes. (Except IQ changes with age and IQ tests can be studied for, like any other test) There may be some truth to these claims. Considering the upcoming launch of my rapid learning program, I wanted to share my favorite tactics to learn faster, retain information better or just enjoy the process of learning more: #1 – Pegging (or How Mental Magicians can Perfectly Recall Hundreds of Numbers) One of my favorite learning tactics, that is rarely mentioned, is pegging.

The systems I’ve seen typically work with a special cheat sheet. From there, you can translate any series of numbers into a series of letters. Here’s a quick way to separate the rapid learners from the average learners.

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Office 365 for Education

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Microsoft Mathematics Add-in for Word and OneNote

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Small Basic

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Office Add-in for Moodle

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Microsoft Mathematics 4.0

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Kinect for Windows SDK

Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensor device, which works with an Xbox 360 gaming console, offers nearly limitless opportunities to introduce game-based learning to let your students' creativity soar. You can use existing Kinect games in creative ways, or use the free Kinect for Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) to create custom learning opportunities for your students. Either way, Kinect offers an exciting new tool that can help you transform ordinary classroom activities into extraordinary learning experiences.

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