Brain Training Report – Mateusz – Stage 3, Session 15

Stage: 3

Session number: 15

Average n-back: 4.9

I jumped from 3.95 to 4.9 in one session merely by changing method.

Before that session I was trying to remember whole sequence as one and discarding one block/letter at a time. For example on n=4 and sequence A,B,C,D,E,B,G,D I would remember
1. A B C D
2. (A) B C D E
3. (B) C D E B [MATCH]
4. (C) D E B G
5. (D) E B G D [MATCH]

Now I split sequence into two subsequences. For above example I remember:
1 (A B) (C D)
2 (A B) (C D) (E)
3 (A B) (C D) (E B) [MATCH]
4 (C D) (E B) (G)
5 (C D) (E B) (G D) [MATCH]

For N=5 I split sequence into two subsequences 2 and 3 blocks/letters long, alternating between 2 and 3.

And now I feel pretty comfortable on N=5 and sometimes stay on N=6. However I feel like I’m cheating a little bit ;>. I hope new method doesn’t make my training less effective. What do you think?


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One Response to “Brain Training Report – Mateusz – Stage 3, Session 15”

  1. Wayne says:

    Hi Mateusz,
    At Stage 3, Session 19, I’m still hovering between 2.95 and 3.00, so I find your successful method very interesting. Is it still working for you a few sessions later? I’ve read discussions about the intuitive approach versus strategy, and I can’t see how either one will work without at least a bit of the other. When I try a strategy, though, I end up thinking too much, and it messes everything up. Does your thought-out strategy become intuitive during the session or do you actually think and repeat letters during the exercise? Can you describe how you apply this method during the session? I’d be thrilled to get tips from somebody who’s better. –Wayne

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