For Hubert Newman, now in his late 70s, the course has meant peace of mind. ‘I no longer waste time or become irritated with myself because I can’t remember an obvious word or fact. Studying the course was simplicity itself. I resisted the temptation to rush through the whole thing in one sitting and stuck to the recommended 20 minutes a day. Within a week I could remember 50 items over night and recite them in any order – forwards or backwards, starting at any point. The most satisfying thing is being able to remember people and – especially – their names. Socially, I feel much more at ease than I ever did before. It has, literally, transformed the quality of my life.