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Choosing The Right Online Consultation Service Provider

Choosing The Right Online Consultation Service Provider

Imagine consulting a lawyer about your tax liabilities online. Imagine responding to an emergency after noting some worrying symptoms with your son or daughter, and opting for an online doctor consultation. Now imagine that any one of these supposed service providers or consultants are crooks. Online consultants may be crooked or they are could be reliable professionals. Now, the questions is, how do you know if you have selected the right consultant. This article will highlight what you should focus on when selecting an online consultation service provider.

Look For Signs Of Professional Expertise

In most cases when hiring or consulting a professional in real life, you use your eyes and ears to see if they’re competent. Unfortunately, visual and audio options are often unavailable in online consultations. However, there are other ways you can look for indications that your consultant is competent and qualified. Ask questions that you can predict the answers to. Do not give out all your information. Leave out areas you know a qualified professional in that niche would ask for, such as the age of your daughter, for example, if you are consulting an online doctor for a diagnosis. If a doctor does not ask for the age, run and do not look back.

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    Also see if the professional is a part of some professional organizations. Research the organization to find out if it’s legitimate. Memberships help validate their professional competence. Hopefully, it is not your first to engage with such a professional. Still, do not ignore your sixth sense. If something feels fishy, trust your gut and cancel the online consultation. More advice; look for testimonies on their website and ask for an objective second opinion.

    Maintain a Need-To-Know Basis

    Even as you use your information skillfully to determine their professional expertise, always maintain a need-to-know interaction. Do not tell them any additional, unnecessary information about you or your case. If, for instance, you are seeking consulting services regarding an illness, keep your online business out of the discussion. Some personal details about your identity should be omitted from the consultation. Do not risk the security of your financial, career, and social life with an online consultant. Only expose as much of yourself as the case under review mandates, and nothing more.

    Initiate All Contracts With A Trial

    Some projects are too gigantic, such as when you are buying a new home, to trust an online consultant when you don’t know if they’ll live up to their end of the bargain. Avoid entrusting the lifeline of your business to a person whose only attribute is being an online consultant. Before you select the consultant to entrust such big projects to, always start with smaller trials. Test their delivery, their reliability, their professionalism, and their performance. Only if a consultant passes the trial (s) should you risk entrusting them with a big project.

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      Check Out The Consultant’s Digital Identity

      Try to look for some personal details to the profile of the online consultant. You can always ask the consultant for any details you don’t see on their profile. If it is feasibly practical, ask for the residential address, work location, or phone number. Make sure you always ask for their accreditation.

      If your are seeking online consultation services from a lawyer, doctor, teacher, designer, or architect, it is necessary that they have valid certificates/licenses to show their education level and appropriate license(s). And, again, don’t ever ignore your sixth sense.

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        Last Updated on October 16, 2019

        5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

        5 Proven Memorization Techniques to Make the Most of Your Memory

        Do you forget stuff every now and then? Are you trying to enhance your memory but not sure how?

        All you need is the right memorization techniques to make the most of your memory.

        The human brain is fascinating. More specifically, the vast interconnections within our mind. Mendel Kaelen compares the human brain to a hill covered in snow,

        “Think of the brain as a hill covered in snow, and thoughts as sleds gliding down that hill. As one sled after another goes down the hill a small number of main trails will appear in the snow. And every time a new sled goes down, it will be drawn into preexisting trails, almost like a magnet. In time it becomes more and more difficulty to glide down the hill on any other path or in a different direction.”

        The intent of Kaelen’s discussion is to think of new ways to temporarily flatten the snow. Kaelen remarked,

        “The deeply worn trails disappear, and suddenly the sled can go in other directions, exploring new landscapes and, literally, creating new pathways.”

        The idea here is to temporarily rewire your brain, or as Michael Pollan remarked in How to Change Your Mind,

        “The power to shake the snow globe, disrupting unhealthy patterns of thought and creating a space of flexibility-entropy-in which more salubrious patterns and narratives have an opportunity to coalesce as the snow slowly settles.”

        So, how can we rewire our brain allowing deeply worn connections to disappear and new connections to form? The answer is quite simple. We must change the way we store information in our mind.

          Let’s examine 5 specific memorization techniques that will change the way you think and remember information.

          1. Build a Memory Palace

            What is it?

            The method of loci[1] (aka memory palace) is a method of memory enhancement using visualizations with the use of spatial memory. It uses familiar information about your environment to quickly recall information. It is a method that was discussed by Cicero in an ancient dialogue called De Oratore.

            How to use it?

            Ron White discusses in How to Memorize Fast and Easily: Build a Memory Palace, that it’s essentially a room or building that you have memorized and you use locations in the room to store data. Ron informs us,

            “You memorize locations in a room and then you later go back to those locations to retrieve the data that you want to remember.”

            Example

            An easy 5-step example, in the form of a Wiki, can be found at Artofmemory.com. Let’s examine the the steps:

            • Step 1. Choose a place that you know well. For example, your house or office.
            • Step 2. Plan the route and pick specific locations in your route. For example, your front door, bathroom kitchen, etc.
            • Step 3. Decide what you want to memorize. For example, geography, list of items, answers for a test, etc.
            • Step 4. Place one or two items, with a mental image, and place them in your memory palace. Exaggerate your images. For example, use nudity or crazy images forcing it to stick in your mind.
            • Step 5. Make the image into a mnemonic.

            You can learn more about this technique here: How to Build a Memory Palace to Remember More of Everything

            2. Mnemonic

              What is it?

              A mnemonic is a memory device that aids in retention and/or retrieval of information. Mnemonic systems are techniques consciously used to improve memory by helping us use information already stored in long-term memory to make memorization easier.[2]

              How to use it?

              Mnemonics make use of retrieval cues to encode information in our brain allowing for efficient storage and retrieval of the information. The trick is to learn how to easily create mnemonics. If you find that you struggle with creating your own, try the following website: Mnemonic Generator.

              Example

              I recently came across a video using mnemonics to memorize countries. Memorizing Countries using Mnemonics is a video created as an introduction to a class for using memory techniques to learn the names of countries on maps.

              I actively search for videos that provide enormous educational value, yet receive very little exposure. At the time of this writing, this video has received less than 4k views. Let’s examine the video.

              Goal: Create a mnemonic to memorize the countries in the Caribbean (just the countries you need to learn).

              Step 1. Looking at a map – write out each country (for which five were chosen).

              Cuba, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico.

              Step 2. Write the first letter of each country vertically.

              C

              J

              H

              D

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              P

              Step 3. Create a sentence or phrase.

              Cubs

              Just

              Hate

              Doing

              Push-ups

              Cubs just hate doing push-ups. (Cuba Jamaica Haiti Dominican Republic Puerto Rico)

              3. Mnemonic Peg System

                What is it?

                According to Artofmemory.com, a mnemonic peg system is a technique for memorizing lists and it works by memorizing a list of words that are easy to associate with the numbers they represent.[3] These objects are the pegs of the system.

                How to use it?

                The trick is to create a Number Rhyme System with each number having a rhyming mnemonic keyword.

                Example

                Let’s look at an example of a Number Rhyme System:[4]

                0 = hero

                1 = gun

                2 = shoe

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                3 = tree

                4 = door

                5 = hive

                6 = sticks

                7 = heaven

                8 = gate

                9 = line

                Another technique like the Peg system is the Number Shape System.[5] Here you are assigning mnemonic images based on the shape of the number. Watch the following video for an example of this system: Number Shape System for Memorizing Numbers.

                4. Chunking

                  What is it?

                  Chunking is a way to remember large bits of information by chunking them into smaller pieces of information. We are more likely to then remember the information when we put the small pieces back together to see the entire picture.

                  How to use it?

                  In the video Chunking – A Learning Technique, we can see that there are several ways to chunk information.

                  Example

                  Let’s examine a simple example using a nine-digit number.

                  Step 1. What is the number you are trying to remember?

                  081127882

                  Step 2. Cut the number into smaller pieces through chunking.

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                  081 – 127 – 882

                  Let’s look at one more example from the same video.

                  “Piano teachers will first demonstrate an entire song to students. They will then ask their students to practice one measure at a time. Once the part has been learned and the neural connections in the brain have been built, then students go on to the next measure. After all chunks have been played separately, they are combined until the entire piece is connected.”

                  5. Transfer of Learning

                    What is it?

                    Transfer of learning is a way to learn something in one area and apply it in another. Authors of Thinking at Every Desk, Derek and Laura Cabrera inform us about the transfer of learning,

                    “If a student has a high transfer skills, she can learn one thing and then teach herself 10, 50, or 100 additional things.”

                    How to use it?

                    There are two specific ways to use it:

                    1. Vertical Transfer (aka Far Transfer). Think of learning something in grade school and applying it another grade or later in life.
                    2. Horizontal Transfer (aka Near Transfer). Think of learning a concept in history and applying it in math.

                    Example

                    I provide a detailed step-by-step example for this technique in this article:

                    Learn How to Learn: How to Understand and Connect Difficult Ideas Easily

                    The Bottom Line

                    The key to using the techniques discussed here is to remember that we must actively think about information.

                    We cannot simply drill information into our brain through rote memorization. We must change the way we think about memorization. We must find a way to “shake the snow-globe” in our mind or flatten the snow so that we can create new learning paths.

                    Or as Derek and Laura Cabrera point out, we must insert “Thinking” into the equation,

                    “Information X Thinking = Knowledge”

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                    Reference

                    [1] Remember Everything: Memory Palaces and the Method of Loci
                    [2] The Learning Center Exchange: 9 Types of Mnemonics for Better Memory
                    [3] Art of Memory: Mnemonic Peg System
                    [4] Art of Memory: Number Rhyme System
                    [5] Art of Memory: Number Shape System

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