How to Develop a Super Power Memory

How to develop a super power memory by Harry Lorayne is full of memory systems that you can learn today and use in your day to day life.

How to develop a super power memory by Harry Lorayne was first published in 1958 and is still as relevant today as it was then. Perhaps even more so.

How to Develop a Super Power Memory

At 174 pages the book is broken into 26 chapters, each chapter short and easily digested:

Chapter 1. How keen is your observation?

Chapter 2. Habit is memory.

Chapter 3. Test your memory.

Chapter 4. Interest in memory.

Chapter 5. Link Method of memory.

Chapter 6. Peg System of memory.

Chapter 7. Uses of the Peg and Link Systems.

Chapter 8. How to train your observation.

Chapter 9. It pays to remember speeches, articles, scripts and anecdotes.

Chapter 10. It pays to remember playing cards.

Chapter 11. It pays to remember long digit numbers.

Chapter 12. Some Pegs for emergencies.

Chapter 13. It pays to remember dates.

Chapter 14. It pays to remember foreign languages, vocabulary and abstract information.

Chapter 15. It pays to remember names and faces.

Chapter 16. What’s in a name?

Chapter 17. More about names and faces.

Chapter 18. It pays to remember facts about people.

Chapter 19. It pays to remember telephone numbers.

Chapter 20. The importance of memory.

Chapter 21. Don’t be absent minded.

Chapter 22. Amaze your friends.

Chapter 23. It pays to remember appointments and schedules.

Chapter 24. It pays to remember anniversaries, birthdays and other important dates.

Chapter 25. Memory demonstrations.

Chapter 26. Use the systems.


Many people will look at this book and think it’s outdated. Certainly, some of the illustrations could do with being updated and given a more modern feel. Perhaps even substituting pictures of real men and women for greater depth and understanding of the principles put forward.

And yet, the information covered by Harry Lorayne, is just as up to date and useful today as it was 60 years ago.

The wonderful thing about this book is the connection that Mr Lorayne makes with you the reader. The language is straightforward, comfortable, like having a late-night conversation with an old friend beside a blazing fire.

And the information and systems that he shares are priceless, especially because Mr Lorayne isn’t attempting to turn you into a master memorizer. He’s not.

What he is trying to do is teach you how to remember BETTER, and how to apply his memory systems to your everyday life.


How to develop a super power memory is definitely a book for your shelf. It’s easily digested and is full of systems that will (if used) make remembering and recalling information so easy, you’ll amaze your friends and family.

The one thing to remember is this:

You must apply yourself to learning the systems and then use them, daily. Just reading the book won’t cut it. And it does take effort. However, the time you put into learning the systems will be time well spent.

I heartily recommend How to develop a super power memory. A big thumbs up.

About the Author

Harry Lorayne (born 1926) is an American magician and a memory-training specialist and writer who was called “The Yoda of Memory Training” by Time magazine.

He is well known for his mnemonic demonstrations and has appeared on numerous television shows including The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. His book The Memory Book was a New York Times bestseller.

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning.

Powerful Teaching

Powerful Teaching is a book that is disarmingly simple in layout and delivery, managing to condense a complex and deep topic into a practical manual and do it in language that is straight forward and unambiguous.

At a compact 327 pages long, not counting acknowledgements or index, the book is divided into 12 chapters.

The authors have managed to take the four main teaching tools, Retrieval Practice, Spacing, Interleaving and Feedback-Driven-Metacognition and break them down into digestible chunks, providing ample examples and explanations from their own personal teaching experience as well as a wide variety of additional sources.  

While none of the topics are new, or difficult to understand, implementing each technique in a classroom environment can be problematic. But each technique is laid out for you in a simple, solid manner and each chapter builds on the previous one, expanding and developing ideas further. As a result, you’ll find yourself learning how to use the techniques almost without effort.

Chapter List

  1. Discover the power behind power tools.
  2. Build a foundation with Retrieval Practice.
  3. Empower teaching with Retrieval Practice Strategies.
  4. Energize learning with Spacing and Interleaving.
  5. Engage students with Feedback-Driven-Metacognition.
  6. Combine power tools and harness your toolbox.
  7. Keeping it real: Use power tools to tackle challenges. Not add to them.
  8. Foster a supportive environment: Use power tools to reduce anxiety and strengthen community.
  9. Spark conversations with students about the science of learning.
  10. Spark conversations with parents about the science of learning.
  11. Powerful professional development for teachers and leaders.
  12. Do it yourself retrieval guide.
  13. Conclusion: Unleash the science of learning.

In each chapter the authors back up each of their teaching strategies with current scientific research. Each chapter has a list of references, resources and recommended reading that will allow you to delve further into this interesting and complex topic.


Powerful Teaching is a book that condenses and explains current best practice and how you as a parent or teacher can implement it with your children/students.

The authors have done a fantastic job of presenting these ideas in a format that makes them accessible and digestible.

In conclusion, Powerful Teaching is a book for your shelf.

Regardless of whether you are a teacher or parent, this book will be an invaluable resource.

About the Authors.

POOJA K. AGARWAL, PHD, is a cognitive scientist, conducting research on how students learn since 2005. She is an Assistant Professor at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, teaching psychological science to exceptional undergraduate musicians. Her research has been published in leading journals; highlighted by The New York Times and Education Week; and recognized by the National Science Foundation. Her love of learning formed at the outset of her career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in St. Louis. Missouri.

PATRICE M. BAIN, EdS, is a veteran K-12 educator, author, and speaker. As a finalist for Illinois Teacher of the Year and a Fulbright Scholar in Europe, she has been featured in popular press, including NOVA and Scientific American. Patrice co-authored an essential practice guide for educators, Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning, in collaboration with the Institute of Education Sciences.


Optimum Nutrition for the Mind

Optimum Nutrition for the Mind by Patrick Holford is one of those books that you will turn to again and again.

Optimum Nutrition for the Mind

At 488 pages long, Optimum Nutrition for the Mind by Patrick Holford is a monster of a book, and each page is packed with the latest information about nutrition, in particular nutrition, for the brain. (As the title suggests)

The book is broken into 8 parts with an additional 34 pages of references, resources and 17 pages of recommended reading (broken down by chapter) and useful addresses.

Chapter list

Part 1. Food for thought.

Part 2. Protecting your brain.

Part 3. Improving your IQ, Memory and Mood.

Part 4. What is Mental illness?

Part 5. Solving Depression, Manic Depression and Schizophrenia.

Part 6. Mental Health in the Young.

Part 7. Mental Health in Old Age.

Part 8. Action Plan for Mental Health.

References and Resources.

Nutrition and Mental Health

The book covers a lot of ground and the amount of detail can be intimidating. Not only does Patrick Holford explain in detail the foods we need to eat to achieve optimal brain chemistry, he explains the mechanics behind the nutrition. (As far as it can be explained in lay terms.)

The one key theme that threads its way through the book is Patrick Holford’s belief that many of our modern mental health issues can be solved by virtue of eating the correct foods, in the correct amounts. And it’s hard to disagree with him especially when faced with the bible of information that he has provided on the subject.

The most brilliant thing about the book is that despite its size and the amount of information contained within its covers, you can dip in and out of the book and only read those parts that are pertinent to you. (At least for now.)

The first three parts will be of general interest to most readers, while the remaining five parts will be of varying interest, depending on your age, and experience with mental health issues. Those readers with family who are experiencing mental health problems, or age-related memory decline will find the information contained in these parts of considerable value.


Optimum Nutrition for the Mind by Patrick Holford is one of those books that you will turn to again and again, and each time you will find and understand more of what is contained within its covers.

I can’t recommend this book enough. Nutrition for the Mind is definitely a book for the shelf and gets a huge thumbs up.

About the Author

Patrick Holford B.Sc, DiplON, FBANT, NTCRP is one of the UK’s leading nutrition experts and is the author of over 30 books, translated into over 20 languages and selling over a million copies worldwide.

In 1984 he founded the institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION), Europe’s leading provider of nutritional therapy education.

He was also one of the first promoters of the importance of antioxidants, essential fats, B vitamins such as folic acid and a low-GL diet, and is Chief Executive of the Food for the Brain Foundation.