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How to Study with Mind Maps: The Concise Learning Method for Students and Lifelong Learners (Expanded Edition) Kindle Edition

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Editorial Reviews


Michael J. Gelb, author of How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
"shows you in a step-by-step manner how to become a more engaged, efficient, and effective learner"

Douglas Fisher, author of Better Learning Through Structured Teaching
"enables you to break free from depending on others to becoming a competent and independent learner"

Roy Grubb, principal editor of WikIT, the mind mapping wiki
"gives a method for critical thinking, shows how to spot gaps in understanding and fill them, and it does this in a highly motivating and visual style"

Wallace Tait, editor at VisualMapper and Hypershifters
"breakthrough strategies that should be standard inclusions within academic curriculums worldwide"

Michael Deutch, chief evangelist for Mindjet
"invigorates the learning process which will yield life-long benefits"

Dominic O'Brien, eight-time world memory champion
"gets right to the heart of learning how to learn and engaging your whole brain"

Chance Brown, author of Mindmap blog
"ground-breaking book that will transform the way students look at learning"

Jerome Bruner, author of Culture of Education
"teaches the students to transform information into meaningful knowledge"

Bena Kallick, co-author of Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind
"helps students become more analytical and critical thinkers, enabling them to learn independently and meaningfully"

Judy Willis, author of How Your Child Learns Best
"offers strategies to achieve critical learning and skill sets"

Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There
"What got you to college won't get you through college. Learn the skills that you'll need."

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I want to help you succeed with mind maps. Always feel free to get in touch with questions or comments.

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  • File Size: 17058 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Concise Books Publishing (March 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Mind Mapping | Toni helps students, teachers, school administrators, and business professionals learn how to mind map and how to put mind maps into practice. Toni has extensively applied mind maps inside and outside the classroom and is the owner of the largest mind mapping community on Google+.

Adriatic Road Trip | Toni has lived in Slovenia and Croatia, and has traveled extensively through Albania, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Toni now leads a network of local companies that specialize in travel, real estate, and local SEO services for Croatia, Slovenia, Albania, and Montenegro.

Education | Toni is a student success coach who has a decade of college-level teaching experience at both two-year and four-year institutions, including four years at The George Washington University. What began as a young professor's desire to help his students transform the quality of their learning and skills has grown into his lifelong mission to inspire and help all students learn how to learn and be successful.

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One of the problems with America's educational system is that most students are given information but never really taught how to learn effectively. As a college teacher, Toni Krasnic (with help from his students) is helping people learn this skill.

He is big on visual maps (sometimes known as mind maps), which has been shown to be effective at engaging both sides of the brain. As a visual learner, I appreciate this approach.

His Concise Learn Method consists of 5 phases - preview, participate, process, practice and produce. This is aimed at breaking the learning down into easily manageable steps. There are 4 steps to each phase - identify the key concepts, connect them with a visual map, think critically and ask key questions. It really makes learning a process of understanding rather than memorizing and regurgitating.

While the book seems clearly targeted at his audience of college students, this should be given to all high school freshmen to prepare them for learning. The book is laid out much like the CLM process. It is visually stimulating, with fun cartoons, diagrams and visual maps, all of which have a purpose.

There are a lot of books on learning available, but most of them are like text books. This book is actually fun to read. I would recommend this book to everyone because we are all life long learners.
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If you are looking for a book that has a bunch of colorful mind-maps or that looks at mind-maps from different angles, this is NOT it.

The main focus of this book is on helping you to learn effectively through what the author calls, Concise Learning Method. The method incorporates the use of mind maps, sometimes called visual maps.

The author points out that highly successful students apply an information filter early in the learning process because they know they can't possibly absorb all of the information presented, nor do they have to. They select what is important to learn. They make a conscious decision to absorb only the key concepts, which in turn enables them to learn the course material better and faster and to be able to apply it to other areas of learning as well.

The method consists of 5 phases of learning (preview, participate, process, practice, and produce) and four steps within each phase (identify key concepts, meaningfully organize and connect key concept using visual maps, think critically, and ask key questions).

With Concise Learning Method, learning is achieved via a five-phase process (looking for puzzle pieces) that involves meaningfully organizing and connecting key concepts in a visual map (putting together the puzzle pieces), critically thinking, and asking key questions.

The 4 steps within each phase of Concise Learning Method form a continuous cycle during which you identify key concepts in the raw and unstructured information presented to you. You then organize the information, which in turn improves your understanding and gives you the ability to think critically about the information you have and the information that you need (key questions) to complete your understanding of the material.
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I first ran across visual mapping under another heading way back in the 70's. I thought it was a useful tool and have used it ever since in taking notes and brain storming sessions. In preparing my daughter for her transition from high school to college, we explored a number of "how to learn" books and courses. Most used a system similar to the one outlined in the Concise Learning Method of previewing, participating, processing, practicing and producing information (with different labels for each phase.) What's unique about CLM is how it integrates known tools and learning strategies in a comprehensive book, filled with great examples, a case study and where to go for additional information. Students unfamiliar with "learning strategies" (almost never taught in HS) will find a clear road map. Students who have developed some strategies (underlining, taking notes, trying to memorize vast amounts of information) will find this book a wonderful resource in helping to refine their strategies and make them more efficient. The big hurdle is making the commitment to learning new skills. It's the rare person who can read a book and make a change in their life without some personal contact and feedback. Teachers, this is a great tool. Students, get a buddy to learn with you.
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Career professional who have to digest much new information and do serious learning in order to keep abreast of developments should take note of this publication.

It's the same book as Concise Learning, just in electronic format, but without the Skills of Success (SOS) part of the book and with a new title for Kindle.

The book is not only about mind mapping, but about learning with the use of visual maps.

Toni Krasnic wrote a truly excellent book. The core of his book is his approach to learning, which he calls the Concise Learning Method (CLM). The use of mind maps is a method of learning - and a mind map is a great tool. However, the core of the book is how to learn effectively and the 5Ps of learning which, if followed, ensures that this happens: 1. Preview, 2. Participate, 3. Process, 4. Practice and 5. Produce.

Within each P do 4 steps: 1. Identify key concepts, 2. organize them meaningfully and connect key concepts in a visual map, 3. think critically, and 4. ask key, insightful questions. A mind map is a very useful tool with which to address these four steps. An excellent mind map reflects understanding.

Although the author specifically targets high school and college students and their learning needs, its content is totally applicable to anyone interested in increasing personal learning for professional career reasons. I am a business consultant with a diverse range of clients including independent professionals (such as marketers, information technology companies, retailers, engineering companies, designers, consultants, coaches, event organising companies, legal firms, and others) parastatals, learning institutions and non-government or not-for-profit agencies.
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