How To Shorten Your Game Learning Curve

The way you study a game resource is just as important as the resource itself. You should approach game as if it was the most important subject you’ll ever study in your life—because it is. Unfortunately a lot of men put more time into studying for a freshman level art history course, whose subject matter they’ll never again encounter, than a topic that depends on the continuation of the human species. Ironic, I know, but that’s how much the corporatocracy has us tricked in acting like mindless clogs to keep the empire humming along.

Let’s say you bought Bang (or any other game book) and are ready to commit to getting this part of your life handled. Here are the steps you must take so that you absorb and retain the material:

1. Read slowly. Do not read more than 10 pages per day, and take the occasional day off. I get a lot of emails from guys saying they read my book in only couple sittings, and while that’s a nice compliment to my elegant writing style, how much of that material are they going to remember? With instructional guides, you need to stop once you’ve learned three or four main concepts, because your brain will forget anything beyond that. Let the information marinade for 24 hours as you rehearse it in your mind. I wouldn’t advise finishing Bang in less than three weeks.

2. Take notes by hand. Pull out some paper, grab a pen, and get busy. If it takes you over 5 minutes to get through a single page, then so be it. Cut down your daily intake to only a few pages a day if need be. Game demands concentration. Remember this is a skill you want to excel at until you perish from the earth. Whether you want to get laid like a champ or maintain a long-term relationship where you have the upper hand, you must approach the subject matter with the utmost seriousness.

3. Type up your notes. Then reread them and grab a handful of actionable items that you can do immediately (e.g. hitting the gym, working on your appearance, setting goals, approaching in the bar or coffee shop, etc.). Soon you’ll begin to learn or notice things you haven’t before.

4. Revisit your notes in a month, and every month thereafter. Reread them and then add or subtract things based on your new experiences. If you come up with a good follow-up to a line you’ve been using, note it down. If you created a routine that girls like, note that down too. Add material from observing successful naturals in the field. If something didn’t work for you, delete it. Bold and italicize important points so you don’t forget what works best for you.

5. Reread your game resource in six months. Your brain will notice things you haven’t before when you had less game experience. Add them to your notes. Even though I wrote a book based on my game, I have forgotten things I’ve done. Our brain is very choosy with the information it decides to retain, and if you don’t use a specific move for a short amount of time, it will atrophy, especially if you took a break due to a relationship or illness.

6. Continue the process of adding and subtracting from your notes. You’ll be able to taper down note reviews to once every two to three months. In under a year, your notes will be a customized game based on your personality, that is most effective for you than any other man. It will be a written form of your social self.

It takes a lot of time to write notes, continuously edit them, and analyze the effectiveness of your social interactions, but if you want to get good at game this is the fastest, most effective way to do it. Less than 10% of men will fail with the method I have just described.

I don’t take notes if I read a novel, but if I read a book on something important like Buddhism or how to breathe fire, topics where the information can improve my life, I take it seriously. Otherwise I’m wasting my time because as soon as I finish that book I will have forgotten 95% of what I just read. Thousands of guys have read Bang, but some have gotten much more mileage just by how seriously they approached it. I’ll be happy if you’re just entertained with my advice, but I’d be happier if you bang a lot of girls because of it.

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Don’t make it so fucking complicated. You aren’t trying to write the computer code to try to get the space shuttle to Mars. Shit. Don’t over analyze the shit out of it. Read different books/resources and go out and practice. Don’t make it fucking harder than it is.

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I’m a medical student and I don’t study my textbooks or lecture notes as meticulously as you’re recommending with studying pickup literature. I think more useful advice for guys would be “read at a pace that allows you internalize the key concepts without overloading your brain with information,” which will be different for everybody. For me 10 pages a day is an absurdly slow place; if I really want to get something down cold I just read it 3 times or so at my normal reading pace.

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GO PENIS TEAM!! GO!!

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i came to this realization recently that i needed to take notes.

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I need to re-read Bang. I really valued the logistics parts of Bang – where to go, when, do this, do that kind of stuff. It really helped me formulate my plan of attack.

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Bang is an excellent book. However, I have to disagree about the suggestion that someone not read more than 10 pages a day in it; some people absorb written material faster than others.

But, like any book that helps improve behavior for a desired result, it should not be assumed that reading Bang once will teach you everything you need to know. Re-reading and revisiting portions of the book that apply to the strongest areas of needed improvement is a must to get the most out of it.

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This is a huge concept for a lot of newbies and if one does not take a piece by piece approach to learning anything really, then you constantly get stuck in that state of information overload, or mental masturbation as so many like to call it.

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reading and taking notes isnt nearly enough

1) read and watch stuff until you realize your beta reality has crumbled

2) define what would be your ideal “alpha man” activities, from wake up to night 7 days a week

3) quit your old life and move into the new one

4) become that new person

5) iterate

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“I don’t study my textbooks or lecture notes as meticulously as you’re recommending”

Point is this is a life changing experience, not something you study to pass an exam. You do have to measure and track yourself until the inertia drives you forward, and then some

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Step #7.You better keep those notes well hidden!!!

….Nothing will dry up a vag and send the girl for the door quicker than seeing meticulous hand written or typed notes on seducing women.

Honestly, forget studying…. people should focus on going out and hitting on girls and trying to get laid wherever they go.

Experience is everything.

As long as you’re out there with hands on experience, the books and reference materials will make sense and sink in on the first reading. The hard part is implementation. Referencing materials as situations arise, and reminding yourself of certain principles through blogs like this should be enough…. In the end, the most important thing for a person to learn is how to combine their own individual style with solid game. That takes trial, error and the hard knocks of life. No amount of studying can replace that.

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I agree

Experience is everything, I’m all for writing field reports. But this process sounds cumbersome to me. I think keeping a journal is the best thing you can do as a beginner, I did for my first year. You can go back and see how you did in a particular situation

I was fortunate to be very detailed in my fr’s so when I read them, I know exactly the things that transpired even though i forgot some minor details (but thanks to my fr’s there are there)

and I agree with Gabe, the best you can do is first hit the field, and while your hitting the field internalize different concepts. I still do this often, I do agree with roosh thought that you need to “refresh” your “INFO”

I had a natural tell me that he reads one article on pick up once a week just to refresh his memory on basic principles that get lost. Personally the problem is too many guys in the game/community do to much reading and KJing and not hitting enough the field to experience things that they KJ about

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On this, I’d suggest the Mortimer Adler’s excellent work, “How to read a book”.

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Are you serious? I need to take notes to bang a western woman. Because I was in central america, and while getting sex was harder, the options were plentiful.

Your blog is the only non-business one I read but sometimes I have to say stop man.

Why are we placing so much effort when the target could care less? American chicks get fatter, dumber and bitcher.

I rather spend my time playing soccer, lifting weights, trading the markets, or anything else than take notes to become cock #67 out of a host of others for some western chick.

If we men don’t put our foots down, then we simply will learn “Game” which gives women an excuse to do nothing.

Experience is everything; It’s enough to realize that some s*it is too fuckin’ ridiculous and jaded to even attempt.

I rather fail 100 times in the field than writing some notes on how to bang a measily 6 with some trashy butterfly tattoo.

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As an engineer, I have to say that this approach is the way to go. This is the way I studied for school and I have no doubts that it would work for gaming as well. That said, I only read Bang once and haven’t revisited. I’ve been in bitter beta mode . #13 describes my thoughts exactly: why should I work so hard to get these fat bitchy women? I’ve lost 30 lbs over the past six months, I’ve tightened up my game, I’ve learned to maintain an alpha posture and vibe…and for what? Just saw a bit in the Washington Post from the CDC: the median percentage of obese people per state is 26.9%. Seriously – that’s a lot of fat nasty chicks who feel that the world owes them something because they happen to have a vagina. The trim ones have received even more positive feedback for their vagina ownership – meaning that the vast majority of them have never had to develop manners or a personality. And, of course, none of them know how to cook or balance a checkbook. I obviously enjoy getting laid, but at what price? Bah! You guys can have them.

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What is the point of game?

Why game?

Personally, because getting laid makes me happy.

Game helps me get laid. This is a fact in my life. I don’t give a shit about your life, but in my world, game helps me get laid.

So, it stands to reason that practicing game will eventually make me happy. And it does.

Game takes work, a lot of fucking work. And a lot of fucking horrible rejections. I can’t even count the number of embarrassing rejections I have had in just this summer alone. However, you just can’t walk through a mirror and become Numero Uno Alpha Male. Nobody does. Everything in life that is worth the effort takes tremendous time and effort. Game isn’t a magic pill, it is a method of increasing your odds.

And Roosh knows this. And that is why I listen to him.

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Another thing you can do is to listen to audio programs while you’re in the car, working at gym or whatever.

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One of the key skills you need to develop is your ability to talk well.

Back in the caveman days, it was all about muscle. When civilizations rose and society got more complex, knowledge was power and knowledge is handled by words. So the eloquent psychopaths rose and took over. They still rule today.

Women are seduced by words. Every sucessful seducer is a good talker.

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The bottom line Roosh is that you try to make it way too fucking complicated. It is obvious the engineering nerd or whatever you studied in school is shining brightly through in this post in how you think so rigidly in how you should study. Read some books, read some websites, and go out and practice.

What is so fucking complicated? Shit.

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Your posts and attitude come through so bitter and beta it is pathetic. Roissy’s blog is much better. Take some tips from him on how to not be so fucking bitter and miserable. It is embarrassing.

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Read much, but not many books.
-Gustave Flaubert

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I like this post, Roosh. You gotta take the art form seriously if you want to become a master.

Inspiring stuff.

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I agree that experience is everything. Especially since most guys have no interest in becoming world class pickup artists. All they want is (1) a girlfriend or wife who is reasonably thin and cute and treats them with respect; and (2) the confidence that they can find someone new if things don’t work out.

Besides, the danger in reading slowly, taking notes, typing them up, and so forth is that you will use it as an excuse not to go out and hit on lots of girls. Because any way you slice it, the main problem in getting laid is overcoming the fear of approaching girls. Even if your game sucks and you are physically unattractive, you will get action if you hit on a lot of girls.

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Back in the day, I used to keep a journal of all my social interactions for two reasons: I was 17 and in love for the first time, and secondly, I just wanted to work on my writing. Ever since I moved on from that first girl, the idea of the art of passion just stayed in me. And I wrote down all my interactions.

Today, I’m not really into the whole flirting portion of life, simply because I feel it’s something you learn, take in, and move on to another subject, and when you need it again, you work on it again. Obviously things stop you from needing a passion for flirting, for example; a girlfriend. However, the same techniques I used to keep notes and log my progress, I do with learning how to blog. I hand write my notes, I type them, and review my statistics.

Good post Roosh. I’m Jonathan. We should throw watermelons off the roof of a building sometime.

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Roosh,I think Pierce (Post 13) was just basically stating that it’s not worth wasting your time learning “western game” for dating western women. He’d much rather travel abroad and not have to take notes, but just learn from experience.

Although he doesn’t agree with your approach on note taking, which I do agree with, he does share a lot of the same sentiment about American women being jaded in the U.S. and there being better opportunities abroad, which is what I’ve also been saying for years. Remember there’s also different learning styles and maybe Pierce just has a different style of learning.

Your approach sounds good and I’m sure it can be applied for many men, but I’d add to the list to travel abroad. Some guys can go crazy spinning their wheels locally but when they travel it opens up great new experiences that definitely add to their game.

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