Best of all, each one takes seconds, not hours. (Except for the part about getting a good night’s sleep, but you were going to do that anyway.)






Read the article and decide if the sentences below are

true or false?



1. The author believes his idea was absolutely extraordinary.

2. Forming words with the lips without making any sound does help in memorising the concepts they represent.

3. The reason of the effectiveness of the method of predicting whether you will recollect something is debatable.

4. Sleeping between two learning sessions and memory retention are hardly correlated.

Key: 1F; 2T; 3T; 4F



  • to map out (something that you are intending to do) – to work out in detail how you will do it



Practice makes perfect

Watch the excerpt 2:09-6:41 of the video Feats of memory anyone can do and answer the questions below:



1. How could we paraphrase the phrase: ”a bunch of guys and a few ladies widely varying in (both age and) hygienic upkeep”?

2. Why did the speaker think of the competitors as ”freaks of nature”?

3. What did Ed Cook want to teach Britney Spears? Why her?

4. What experience does the speaker describe as scintillating? Why?

5. What does the speaker mean by ”outsourcing this fundamental human capacity”?


Use the words in bold in the sentences below:


debatable          chunk          counterintuitive           

 upkeep       out of earshot         


1. The tuition fees pay for libraries and ………… of buildings.

2. It is ………………. whether or not antibiotics would make any difference.

3. It may seem ………………….. , but we do burn calories when we are sleeping.

4. She should have waited until he was ………….. .

5. Could you ……….. this cheese and put the pieces on a plate?

Key: 1. upkeep; 2. debatable; 3. counterintuitive; 4. out of earshot; 5. chunk




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