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

Toni Krasnic
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Book Description

How to Study with Mind Maps (HTSWMM) is a book by a mind mapper, who's also a decade-long college professor, on how to mind map and how to use mind maps to improve thinking and learning in school and at work.


HTSWMM has been expanded to include a full case study on the Concise Learning Method (CLM) and a new chapter on lifelong learning with mind maps.


FIRST PART of the book discusses the foundation of mind maps as a learning tool, describes the benefits and uses of mind maps, and shows you how to draw mind maps, step-by-step, with a mind map diagram at each step. Even if you've never drawn a mind map before, you'll learn the basics and more in this one chapter that takes you through all the essentials of a mind mapping process. It also gives an overview of mind mapping uses, programs and their features, and is accompanied by extensive resources on book's website.

SECOND PART of the book shows you, step-by-step, how to use mind maps to improve your thinking and learning via CLM. With CLM, meaningful learning is achieved through a five-phase process that involves meaningfully organizing and connecting key concepts in a mind map, critically thinking, and asking key questions. This chapter is also accompanied by a full case study.

THIRD PART of the book explains how to use mind maps and CLM for lifelong learning. Included in the chapter are also tips on developing your Personal Learning Network and designing your personal learning plan. Although it’s written with professionals in mind, students will also find value in the chapter, especially those students about to graduate.


Each book also comes with a free 1-year trial of MindMeister or ConceptDraw MindMap, two leading mind mapping programs on the market. To get your free access code, e-mail the author with your proof of book purchase and program preference.

Start mapping now and have fun learning!

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."

From the Author

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

Product Details

  • File Size: 14049 KB
  • Print Length: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Concise Books Publishing (March 11, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Boook for Everyone - Not Just for Students April 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Effective learning strategy, incorporating mind maps November 22, 2011
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great tool for the transitioning student April 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consultants and coaches take note September 12, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must read if your an educator trying to teach students best...
Great follow-up book to MInd Maps for Kids. Thorough, concise and easy to follow and learn. Been mind-mapping ever since I started reading it. Highly recommend!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Lena V.
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book
I have learned so much by reading this book. It opened my eyes to a whole new way of learning.
Published 3 months ago by Dondra Pitts
5.0 out of 5 stars It's useful not only to achieve success in college but to ...
This is a book for life. Although it's meant for students, what you learn is how to think! It's useful not only to achieve success in college but to plan any project at work or... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maria Guadalupe Figueroa
5.0 out of 5 stars CLM - I am converted
A simple but useful concept which is helping me with my University studies. Congratulations on a great book that is easy to read and understand.
Published 6 months ago by Paul Whitford
5.0 out of 5 stars A solid resource for using mind maps to help you ...
A solid resource for using mind maps to help you study. The 5-step process Toni proposes is right on the mark. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Scott Skibell
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting idea
I thought this book was good, and I'm going to try it out. The main challenge I have with the book is like many universities it uses to many acronyms and abbreviations.
Published 7 months ago by Matthew J. Maples
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
useful approach to studying and learning. lots of links to additional resources
Published 7 months ago by TosaMD
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn...
Repetitive and self indulgent. 15% into the book and nothing's happened yet. Skipped sections, more repetition and self promotion. Didn't bother to finish it.
Published 8 months ago by Veronique Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars great book on mind mapping
Very visual and foundational book on the concepts of mind mapping. Highly recommend this book to anyone interested in using mind mapping to improve ones life
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Memory Keys
Learning the way such memory keys can be implemented is very helpful
Published 8 months ago by Robert J Zimmerman
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More About the Author

Toni helps students, teachers, school administrators, and business professionals learn how to mind map and how to put mind maps into practice.

Toni Krasnic (@ConciseLearning) is a student success coach, teacher, and mind mapper. He 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.

Toni has extensively applied mind maps inside and outside the classroom, has helped thousands of students and professionals, and is the owner of the largest mind mapping community on Google+. He's been featured by the Northern Virginia Magazine as Northern Virginia's favorite local author in 2011.

Contact Toni at profTK@ConciseLearning.com or visit his website at www.ConciseLearning.com.


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