Friday, September 21, 2007

Circle 5.3 Begun

My performance went from 69 to 92 percent correct between Circles 5.1 and 5.2, a 23 point increase (compared to the 14 point increase between circles 4.1 and 4.2). I'm convinced the improved learning is because of the solution-oriented way I attacked the problems.

During 5.2, the problems from 5.1 that I had approached with the stare-for-ten-minutes method, I had that locked-in syndrome, remembering the position and incorrect moves that I thought about way too much. This didn't happen with the problems I had solved with the solution-focused approach. Strangely, the locking-in did happen for those problems in which I combined the approaches! So for those who want to learn a set of problems, don't spend too much time staring. Spend a tiny bit staring, the majority of time thinking about the solution. Unless your goal is to build your calculation muscle. (And assuming my results are representative!)

I did about 50 problems from Circle 5.3 today, and for the majority of the problems I was already at the 'move without thinking' stage! This usually takes me until the sixth circle on a set of problems. It's awesome! I expect to get around 97 percent correct in 5.3.

Goal: finish the Circles within five weeks.

# CirclesPercent Correct
Problem Set 11498-99-100-100-100-100-100
Problem Set 21590-93-96-99-99-99-99-99
Problem Set 3885-93-97-99-99-99-99-100
Problem Set 41373-87-93-96-98-99-99
Problem Set 5269-92
NOTE: Circles undertaken with CTB.


Blogger Temposchlucker said...

As a function of the staring I consider the triggering of eagerness for the solution. Emotion helps to focus and to brand the memories into the brain. Allthough the revenues seem to diminish after 100k+ problems:)

9/21/2007 07:06:00 AM  
Blogger B. Stevenson said...

Go baby go!

9/21/2007 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger takchess said...

once I do the rest of the l30 problems in my current circle 6 I am going to try your Fovea method.

9/22/2007 06:33:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Cool Tak. It will be an interesting experiment. I've added another step to it that I'll write about this weekend.

9/22/2007 12:54:00 PM  

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