Speed Words (5 Mins) Record?

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#1 20 October, 2015 - 16:00
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Speed Words (5 Mins) Record?


Does anyone know what the current world record is for 5 minute words?

I've just achieved 125 and according to this page, the record is 124. Does anyone know if that page is up-to-date?

Happy days!

20 October, 2015 - 16:09
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Drat! Looks like it's not included in the WMC any more.

I've got 278 in 15 words, but that wouldn't even come top in the competition, let alone beat the record of 300.

20 October, 2015 - 21:45
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The latest championship on that page you linked was in march 2015, so it looks current. Well done!

Bateman

22 October, 2015 - 22:02
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Cheers. Just got 126! :)

2 November, 2015 - 11:03
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You're great at those words! I think the official WR is still 124. The Memocamp record is 137 by hariomomdasher.

13 November, 2015 - 21:08
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130 in 5 minutes!

But yesterday I got 109 - clearly not a reliable system.

24 November, 2015 - 16:29
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Yeeeesh!

140 in 5 minutes. Once again, however, I'm not consistent with that.

Still, happy days!

24 November, 2015 - 23:36
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Amazing!! I've never gotten anything close to any of those.

Make sure you're scoring correctly, where every error is worth -10 points unless there are more than two per column. Some people have misconceptions about the scoring and think some errors are not as devastating as that. Congratulations though either way, amazing stuff!

25 November, 2015 - 05:59
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So true, LociIntheSky. I got 64 out of 66 attempted in 5 min words on Memocamp recently, but it scored as only 46 because the two mistakes I made were in different columns, so each of those columns scored only 10 pts, so my evaluation was only 10+10+20+6 (I got full points for the 6 I attempted and got right in the last column) = 46. Brutal scoring, but I guess I'd better get used to that if I'm going to be a mental athlete. [Did I just call myself a mental athlete? Ha, ha.]

25 November, 2015 - 11:04
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Careful Tracy. In that instance, memocamp scored you correctly. But usually it will not, so you have to take care to score yourself there.
Usually it will give you an evaluation that is higher than what you 'deserve.'
That probably was a contributing factor to my scoring 25 Words at my first competition. It was such a horrible score, I couldn't believe it - words were always a weak discipline for me but that's why I attempted such a low and save quantity. If not for a pep talk from Hannes (which means a lot to an up-and-coming MA) the mood it left me in would have ruined the next 9 disciplines one by one.

Now I realize that I was probably scoring 25's all the time and just had no idea about it.

Also Graham, there's no such thing as a "reliable words system," not yet anyway ;)

25 November, 2015 - 12:49
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Oh, wait, words aren't part of the USA competition (at least in the four qualifying events), right? And then, in the finals, it's sudden death. So I guess if I practice words at all I need to concentrate on making sure I don't make any mistakes at all.

25 November, 2015 - 16:06
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Amazing!! I've never gotten anything close to any of those.

Make sure you're scoring correctly, where every error is worth -10 points unless there are more than two per column. Some people have misconceptions about the scoring and think some errors are not as devastating as that. Congratulations though either way, amazing stuff!

Thanks!

Yeah, I got 140 on both, but lost 10 points on the first.

25 November, 2015 - 20:36
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Correct Tracy. But you can miss 7/8 words for a while, then 6/7 words for a while, then 5/6 words for a while and rely on astronomical luck. It's hard to find the right balance. The last two years, the MA's kept going til there was a "last man standing" and some people had memorized way way beyond what they could do under pressure with ~100% certainty (into the 180's or 190's I believe until all but one were eliminated). I tend to be on the safe side, but I have a feeling I'll have to stretch it farther this next year because of all these overachieving whippersnappers.

26 November, 2015 - 10:01
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So exactly how long do you memorize and review for Graham, and what do you think about or focus on?

26 November, 2015 - 11:43
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5 minutes memorisation and 10 minutes to recall.

I'm not sure what your second question means?

26 November, 2015 - 14:17
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Not recall, review.

Some people memorize 100 as quick as they can in under 3:00, but if they hit the 3:00 mark and aren't yet to 100 words, they'll go back and review them by covering up the words and trying to recall them, only peeking if they can't remember the word after one second has passed. After all the 100 words have been reviewed, they continue to memorize new words slowly until the time runs out.

I just made that up, but your answer would look something like this.

26 November, 2015 - 15:46
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Oh, I see what you mean. Well, that would be telling, wouldn't it? :)

The truth is, there's nothing to tell. I'm still playing around with that and haven't yet found something I'm completely happy with. Sometimes I never review, sometimes after 20 words, sometimes after 80. And sometimes, as you say, after 100.

28 November, 2015 - 11:16
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Which one were you doing when you got 140/140?

28 November, 2015 - 17:06
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Which one were you doing when you got 140/140?

No review, as such.

However, I knew I was aiming for 140. So I speed-read 140 words. Then memorised. Then speed-read the 140 again.

You could argue that the second reading is a review, but I don't intentionally picture what I've memorised. It serves more to help with mistaken singulars, dropped adverbs, etc. It's obviously a very risky tactic though.

11 December, 2015 - 15:31
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Well, the cat's out of the bag regarding the technique I'm playing around with. So, I thought I'd post some updates of my latest attempts at Speed Words:

120
140
140
121
90
103
124
80!

Some good, some not so good!

Frustratingly, my 15 minute scores are nowhere near as good.

12 December, 2015 - 16:55
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Just got 100! Hmmmm...

13 December, 2015 - 14:35
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Last 7 days:

90 /103
124
80 / 100
140 / 138
140
120
140

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