Modeling “Genius” Learners using NLP
April 15th, 2013 by Tony Barlow
We have all seen students who seem to learn things at a much faster rate than everyone else, perhaps you are one of them. I'm talking about students who are able to read something once and memorize and understand it easily. Learning math concepts is a breeze and just comes naturally to them. We call them 'the smart kid', the 'quick study' and sometimes if they are beyond smart we may refer to them as a 'genius'. These are the types of students that I am always interviewing to find out how they do it, because I believe it is a matter knowing how and its not something you are born into.
MODELING 'GENIUS' LEARNERS
Modeling exceptional people is what NLP is all about. In order to accelerate learning ability the formula works like something this: 1 find people who are learning geniuses, 2 build a model of their behaviors beliefs and thought process, 3 teach others to do the same.
Who are the models ?
-The NLP Spelling strategy comes from Richard Bandler modeling spelling B champions.
-A lot of the language learning strategies come from a man called Powell Janulus who is a polygot listed in the guiness book of world records as fluently speaking 42 languages and was a certified court translator in 28 languages. Modeled by Robert Dilts & Marilyn Atkinson.
-I have modeled numerous students including award winning math students, students who have attained one time learning, meaning that they read something once and retain and understand the information immediately, students who are so far ahead the skip 2 or 3 grade levels in school and many others.
HOW TO MODEL A 'GENIUS' LEARNER
In order to replicate what a top student is doing I model the follow 3 things.
Beliefs of the model - What the student believes about the subject they are studying, their own abilities, school in general. If a student believes they are 'not a math type person', or that they are 'not smart' then even if you teach them wonderful mental strategies the student may block themselves from using them.
Motivation - Why am I doing this ? Wanting to do it is a big part, this is personalized to each student. Students who are motivated to want to do well have school connected up to what they perceive as important to them personally.
Mental strategies - The exact thought process the student goes through when they are listening to the teacher, or studying from their books.
HOW TO TEACH THE MODEL TO ANOTHER STUDENT
I then start by teaching my students the mental strategies I've taken from the 'genius' learners.
When my students see how easily the strategies work their beliefs and motivation start to shift and if necessary I work directly on the beliefs and motivation levels of the student.
There are lots of NLP techniques that can be used to elicit what beliefs a person holds and how to change limiting beliefs to more useful ones and also what motivates and drives a person and how to utilize that information to motivate them in school.
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