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Liked the solid science based approach and explanation of techniques, except for the chapter about IQ which didn't seem so solid with empirical research and more based on wishful thinking about the intelligence potential being more or less equal between us all. In saying that I agree that we can all maximise what we are given genetically using the fantastic techniques within the book. Very practical approach to learning so that out kids are not having to work it out on the fly by themselves.
From reading this book I got a good idea of the most effective strategies for learning. It was also interesting how many of the learning techniques and ideas commonly held are misplaced. An example of one misplaced but commonly held idea is that there are different types of learners based on sense (e.g. 'visual learners').
Das Buch hat wenig Inhalt und viel Text. Die Schlüsselkonzepte sind weder neu noch besonders außergewöhnlich, man könnte sie auf einer Seite zusammen fassen.
-Wir lernen am besten fürs Langzeitgedächtnis, wenn wir Pausen zwischen dem lernen einlegen. -"Einbrennen" von Informationen durch simple Wiederholung ist nicht effektiv, führt aber zum Irrtum, dass wir glauben alles zu wissen. -Wenn wir uns selbst Tests stellen, bleiben die Informationen besser im Gedächtnis und wir haben ein besseres Urteil über unser Wissen. -Karteikarten sind hilfreich um sich selbst zu testen. -Benutze eine Lernkartei(Leitner Box) -Mnemotechniken können helfen arbiträre Informationen zu lernen.
Hier, habe euch 20€ gespart. Der Rest des Buches ist Füllmaterial und verwässert die Informationen.
I've been an educator for over 25 years and can assure you that this book is the best guide to efficient learning in existence. The last chapter alone is worth more than the sum of everything else that I've ever read on how to learn efficiently. A wonderful, original, insightful and priceless book.
This book is potentially a life-changer for me. It's been about a month or so since I read the contents and started applying the core concepts of it into my own life. I cannot stress enough the difference I have noticed in my retention ability - this, on a very difficult topic, (C++ and Problem Solving).
To give a little background into why I write the review, and to hopefully encourage others who might be similar to invest in this publication: I always wondered why I couldn't transfer an uncommon ability to absorb trivia into other parts of my life, especially in an academic context. When I was in high school, I was an exceptional sponge of knowledge, and placed well in national trivia competitions. Even after high school, I won pub quizzes as 'One Man At the Bar". Why couldn't I transfer this 'skill' to more important and worthwhile pursuits?
I'd always been pretty relaxed (to the point of horizontal) in my approach to studying, with a toxic combination undermining my progress. I had a natural disinclination to study, as well as an acceptance of second best, all anchored down by an abysmal sense of self esteem. Despite all of this, I always reassured myself that I could achieve things if I 'actually' tried, and stayed safe in the knowledge that "if I really work at it, I could definitely do/learn it." Failures in anything were handwaved with 'I didn't try hard enough', which may or may not have been truthful - it's difficult to objectively analyse.
However, having worked hard on eliminating the self-esteem problems over the last year, and setting the bar a lot higher for myself in terms of what I'd like to get out of life, I noticed I had surprising difficulties in retaining knowledge on C++ and Programming. I had assumed that sustained study with purpose and direction would finally allow me to 'take the handbrake off' on my learning, and find a better career in programming. It came as a rude shock to see me fail to grasp and retain information that, while not necessarily easy, is certainly something that other people seem able to master in a much shorter timeframe.
After a little research into what might be slowing me down (it wasn't intelligence, memory, lack of interest, ADHD, etc...), I found this book - and I now realise I simply had never learned how to study properly! Put succinctly: I had never needed to! I more or less crammed or desperately squeezed what info I could into my head before any tests/assignments (some of which, looking back, I very badly let myself down in). On one occasion, I can remember being dishonest in an official exam, although with zero benefit from a moral or personal perspective.
Anyway; this book has helped me retain very difficult information in a very short time frame. I'm finally able to reel off the kind of complicated knowledge presented in books like 'C++ Primer' (incidentally, an excellent book!) in the same way that I could casually recall trivia like country capitals, the monarchs reigning during certain historical events, or the creator of specific pieces of art.
Certainly, this book will not turn one into a genius overnight (or indeed, ever!) - AND there is 'work' to be put into studying and the use/creation of spaced-repetition flashcards...but just find what works for you. I cannot recommend this book enough, and look forward to moving through life with the handbrake finally removed :)