The Maximum Overdrive Study Guide is designed to maximize the amount of material learned in the minimum amount of time. The program is designed to facilitate the transfer of information from short-term memory in to long-term memory. The key to this transfer occurs at approximately three and one-half minutes after stimulus presentation. The problem with most study efforts is that there is no facilitation of transfer. This program works by repeating the presented stimulus at approximately three and one half minute intervals. Utilization of the most efficient sensory pathways is critical to any learning situation, and this one is  no exception. Visual learners should utilize a predominance of visually presented stimuli during acquisition and gradually incorporate (pairing) auditory stimuli during the mastery phase. Auditory learners should utilize a predominance of auditorily presented stimuli during acquisition and gradually incorporate (pairing) visual stimuli during the mastery phase. A worked example presented diagrammatically is as follows:

 

A….>>>>3.5 minutes >>>> …. A …. >>>> 3.5 minutes >>>>…. B ….>>>>3.5 minutes >>>>…. B ….>>>> 3.5 minutes >>>> …. C ….>>>> 3.5 minutes >>>>…. C ….>>>> 3.5 minutes >>>>…. D ….>>>> 3.5 minutes >>>>…. D …. >>>> 3.5 minutes >>>>…., ETC.

 

What this formula does is provide a repetition at approximately three and one half minutes for each item presented. This provides a “stimulus trace” boost at the time that the original stimulus is weakest AND most needs to be reinforced. Here is the same formula again:

 

A – [presented for approximately 3.5 minutes] then repeat once.

B – [presented for approximately 3.5 minutes] then repeat once.

C – [presented for approximately 3.5 minutes] then repeat once.

D – [presented for approximately 3.5 minutes] then repeat once.

 

This method can be used to learn any type of information. Information can be presented in paragraph or list form. The paragraphs or lists can be presented visually, auditorily, or a combination of both. The most effective method of learning chapters in a science or social studies text would be to teach the student to outline the chapters and then learn the outline.

 

Receptive or expressive language deficits problems can be effectively addressed using this method. To integrate the processes of expressive and receptive language, the use of a tape recorder is especially effective. Read the information out loud into the tape recorder for 3.5 minutes and then listen to what you have taped (which obviously will take 3.5 minutes). This would look like this:

 

Read A for approximately 3.5 minutes then listen to A

Read B for approximately 3.5 minutes then listen to B

Read C for approximately 3.5 minutes then listen to C

Read D for approximately 3.5 minutes then listen to D

 

Again, the use of an outline will maximize efficiency. Flash card presentation, computer, or tape recorder can all be used to present and reinforce information.

Maximum Overdrive Study Guide

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