As you move towards becoming an advanced speedcuber, it becomes necessary to also remember complex algorithms that will help you achieve the goal. This can seem quite daunting initially, especially when you learn algorithms like OLL (Orientation of the Last Layer) and PLL (Permutation of the Last Layer). If you wish to know more about speedsolving, how to solve the various cube variants, and wish to make a purchase, visit Cubelelo website. They also have awesome collections of Speed Cubes and Puzzles.
This article will help you learn and remember Rubik’s cube algorithms.
10 Easy Tricks To Learn Rubik’s Cube Algorithms
1. Don’t learn too many algorithms at once
You should avoid trying to learn more than two to three algorithms in one day. However, if these algorithms are really short and easy, then you can consider learning a couple more. You need to remember and implement these algorithms and months and even maybe years. Therefore, you should take it slow initially and not overwhelm your mind with new and complex algorithms.
2. Implement algorithms
You should practice and implement the algorithms on a daily basis. Adding 5 to 10 minutes of speedsolving session can do wonders for your memory. You should, therefore, speed solve every day and perform the algorithms that you learn.
3. Learn similar algorithms simultaneously
As you move on to advanced methods of solving the Rubik’s cube, you would realize that many algorithms look similar. For example, when you learn the T perm algorithm, you should also consider learning the Y, F, and Jb permutations as the movements of the cube is almost similar and will help you remember and recognize them faster.
4. Learn 2-look OLL first
Before you start with learning full OLL, you should first learn 2-Look OLL. This will help improve your speed solve time and will also give you a headstart when you begin to learn full OLL.
5. Learn full PLL before full OLL
PLL has around 21 algorithms in all. Not only are these lesser than OLL algorithms, but learning PLL first can also help improve your speed solve time. This is why the experts always recommended learning PLL algorithms at one go, even if it takes weeks or months to get it right.
6. Practice scramble algorithms
If you find the standard cube notations quite challenging, then you can practice simple scramble algorithms from the WCA Scramble Generator (World Cube Association). You should try to match your cube to the pictures provided and even time yourself to get better and faster.
7. Name the cases
When you are memorizing the various cases and algorithms for OLL and PLL, the best way would be to give them names. For example, you can name the seven OLL corner cases like headlights, hammerhead, Sune, Anti-Sune, double headlights, etc. These will help you remember and recognize the algorithms faster.
8. Involve a friend
If you have a friend or know someone who is also trying to learn the Rubik’s cube algorithms, then you can learn a couple of algorithms and then teach your friend what you learned. Similarly, your friend can teach you the algorithms that they learned. This can help you exchange simple ideas and help each other learn algorithms faster.
9. Memorize triggers
Some simple algorithms also form the base for multiple moves. For example, a trigger like R U R’ U’ is quite common. This algorithm is at times referred to as the ‘sexy’ move. There is also another ‘sledgehammer’ algorithm: R’ F R F’. Recognizing these triggers can help you turn it into a 6-move algorithm like F R U R’ U’ F’ or even a 3-move algorithms like F ‘Sexy’ F’.
10. Follow certain patterns
At times following certain moves closely can help you recognize and memorize them faster. For example, in the V-permutation, you can see how the white pieces move around on the front and the right faces. Recognizing such patterns will help you memorize and learn Rubik’s cube algorithms faster.
Once you remember all the basic algorithms and the triggers, you can then move on to all the other complicated ones. You need to focus on the hand moves and even try to remember the pattern. If you know how to move the hands, try to do it blindfolded.
This is the best way to learn Rubik’s cube algorithms! So, put your skills to the test and see if you can speed solve your Rubik’s cube blindfolded. Happy Cubing!