Mental

My Daily Mental Workout-[Current year DOW] & [2012 DOW-alert] Buttons

This is the ninth in a series: First here.

The [Current year DOW] button generates this example:
7-11-2011
3rd Wednesday


16 Monday
21 -1

Walking through the example.
The first line is a randomly generated date in the current year.
The second line is a certain positioned day in that month.

The fourth and fith lines are the answers for DOW and for date of the second line.

Mental Gadgets

Daniel Coyle who wrote The Talent Code had an interesting blog post recently about a kid who wore googles with the bottom half of the lense darkened to help him practice dribbling basketball. He also mentions a couple more simple yet effective homemade devices that people use to increase their skills.

My Daily Mental Workout-- 5 Digit Multiplication

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The 5 Digits button generates this example:
82537
99419
cast nines/practice pao

8205746003


Walking through the example.
The first line is a randomly generated 5 digit number.
The second line is a randomly generated 5 digit number.
The third line is a reminder to cast out 9's and what technique to use.

Building Habits

"What gets measured, gets done." There are many computer apps and paper methods of tracking your efforts toward building productive study habits.

Big Red X
Jerrry Seinfeld kept a large calendar on his wall and every day that he created jokes he put a big red X on that date. He found that it motivated him to write simply because he didn't want to break his string of writing day X's.

Computer Apps

My Daily Mental Workout-4 Digits Button

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The 4 Digits button generates this example:
Multiply: 3570 x 3038

10845660

Walking through the example.
The first line is 2 randomly generated 4-digit numbers.
I use cross-multiplying on these two numbers. Each digit I get I put into set objects that I visualize beside my computer. I use the Dominic O'Brien images for 0 thru 9 (I think.)

1 Candle
2 Swan

My Daily Mental Workout--Square Button

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The Square button generates this example:
Number to square is 69

Squared is 4761

Walking through the example.
The first line is a randomly generated number up to 125
The second line is the square of the first number

Techniques and Background: I practice several different techniques on the same number in order to develop the ability to find the fastest way to do squaring.

My Daily Mental Workout--Conversion Buttons

This is the fourth in a series: First here.

The 2nd row of 6 buttons generates random values for
Temp is Farenheit to Celsius
IC is Inches to Centimeters
YM is Yard to Meters
Keys is Pouds to Kilos to Ounces
kM is Kilometer to Miles
Currency is US dollar to Canadian dollar to Euros to Pounds

My Daily Mental Workout--DOW Button

This is the second in a series: First here.

The DOW button generates this example:
9-6-0915
1st Thursday

11 Wednesday
7 0

The first line is a randomly generated date for me to figure out the day of the week of.
The second line is a randomly generated ordinal number (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th) and a randomly generated day of the week. This challenges me to figure out the date for that day in the current month.
The third line is the answer to the first line.

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