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|This page is about strategies that we can learn and use to
duplicate the abilities of outstanding people.
The essence of strategy is to know the ingredients - which are the five senses - and the order in which you use the ingredience. If you follow these models of excellent performance, then you can duplicate the success of the masters.
We have strategies for everything we do. We have a strategy for getting out of bed, choosing food, making decisions, solving problems, etc. An expert isn't necessarily someone special. It might be a guy who can get out of bed and be in a good mood and ready to carry out his waking activities.
As just mentioned a strategy is a sequence of sense impressions in some order. This order is sometimes called the syntax. For example, to start a car, you turn the key until the car starts. Then you depress the clutch and put the car in gear. If you do this in the wrong order, you will not get the same results. If you try to change gear BEFORE you press the clutch, then you will have difficulties!
Suppose an expert does their strategy by noticing something, saying something in their mind and seeing a picture. We say that the first part - noticing something - is visual and external. Hearing a voice in mind the is Auditory and Internal. Auditory can be sounds (tonal) or word meanings (digital).
We can represent a strategy using this code. So the person notices something (Ve - visual external) and hears a voice in their head (Aid -Auditory, internal digital). They then have a picture in their mind (Vi). We can represent the strategy as:
The shorthand tells us that the person notices something, has internal dialogue and sees a picture in their mind.
We can go further. Internal visual modalities can be constructed or remembered. So if the person makes an image up their minds, then we can represent this as Vic. If they remembered something, then it would be Vir.
In order to teach an expert strategy, you need to find experts who can model a suitable strategy for you. You need to analyse the strategy using the five senses and find out precisely what the experts do to attain their results.
Having learned the strategy, you compare it with the current strategy of novices and change the strategy of the novices in the direction of the experts. If the novice does just what the expert does, then the novice will get exactly the results that the experts get.
You may notice how this process is similar to comparing two beliefs!
If you wish to remember the spelling of a word, you wouldn't do well if you tried to get the feel of it, because spelling does not really have a feel. And saying the letters again and again is not optimum because it is the visual representation that is important.
If you put the word to be remembered up and to the left of your visual field, then you have put it in the right place for remembering. Similarly, if you make the word clear and bright, you are more likely to remember it.
It is better to learn things in chunks of between five and nine pieces - better to have five. So something more complex is better broken down into sizes that are about five long.
Take the word Mississippi. It is better to break the word up:
The above is one way of doing this. Write Mis in your mind and put it up and to your left. Put up the first chunk and check whether it is there or not. Then add the next chunk. Finally check the whole word is still there, up and to your left.
Now you may be able to look at the word and spell it backwards! When you can spell it backwards using your inner sight, then you have learned the word!
The above model has been worked on a lot to show how useful it is. Because the task is an easy one, it is a good example of modelling.