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  • Series: A Fireside book
  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone; Reissue edition (February 24, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671495194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671495190
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is a must for everyone from school children to the business person. It will help you :-
Realize how much you already know

Improve information retention

Improve the recalling of that information

Read more efficiently

Learn more efficiently

I came across Tony Buzan's work in 1990, when I had just started studying for a degree whilst working full time. It was not until I read this book that I actually learnt how to learn quicker, more efficiently and be able to access that knowledge easier.

Throughout this book you are given examples, explanations and tests that you can use to prove to yourself within minutes that what you have just been told works. In fact, not only are you told at the start how incredible your brain is and how much you already know, but this book then helps you proves it !!

Each chapter could be a book in its own right, however the aim of this book, quite rightly, is to give you 80% of the benefit for 20% of the effort.
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I must preface this review with two key points:

1 - this is the only book of this subject I have read, so my review lacks relativity

2 - my review and subsequent 5 star rating is based on the memory section only. I read this book only with the intention of improving my memory and thus I did not put forth much emphasis on the other elements of the book.

With that out of the way, I can attest first hand that this book's promise to improve your memory is an understatement. I applied the principals in this book and within hours was able to accomplish memory outcomes that I figured were only available to savants. That statement might sound ridiculous and possibly even comical, but it is verifiably true!

Relating to my first disclaimer, it is quite possible there are a number of memory books that offer the same easy procedures of increased memory. I would bet on it in fact, as these procedures seem too simple and the results too great to merely be limited to one book. However on a singular view, this book delivers exactly what I was hoping for in terms of improving memory and does not stop there.

As a result of the memory principals in this book, I was able to improve my retention at a remarkable pace. Within an hour of using the principals, I was able to retain 24 to 25 out of 25 items in forward and reverse order. Essentially if you are shown 25 random items (or pictures of them, or told of them) and then asked to recite them, how many would you anticipate remembering? Try it out. Open a magazine and scan through the first 25 pages reading only the first word, and then try to write down as many of those words as you can remember. The average person recites less than 10.
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Four stars only as this is more of the 'popularisation' of the right brain/left brain stuff and, if you haven't come across that before then there's something of interest. However, most of the topics are covered without detail and so the the book is more a primer for Tony's other works than something you can read and utilise.
If you have some of the other generic intros to 'brain power' then you don't need this one. If you need a starting point then this should open many a synaptic vista...enjoy
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Clear, easy to read and understand. This book is not only practical, it can also change lives of those who take the lessons seriously. Applications from this book have made me effective in teaching a graduate school elective called Integrative Systems for Intuitive Natural and Creative Technologies (In.St.I.N.C.T.). The subject is very well recieved and is offered in three of the top business schools in the Philippines. Thanks to people like Buzan, we can become more confident, creative and meaningful in our lives & work. An excellent all occasion gift...
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This book helps you learn to be smarter; to be more creative, read faster, remember numbers, do head calculations, improve your memory etc. It'll also explain, in a scientific way, what you have to do to succeed in improving yourself. Inspiring, encouraging, useful!
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Fairly decent book. Goes over several topics- speed reading, memory building, basic biology of memory, and so forth.
Doesn't go very much in depth on any particular subject.
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As a result of a near fatal accident resulting in two brain hemorrhages, a fractured neck and a brain injury. I was consulting a psychologist with the aim of eventually regaining my former self. The psychologist recommended that I read Tony Buzan's book. Having read it I was able to work forward with an understanding of how the brain works and overcomes various challenges. I am told that I am a different person from my former self but that I am now able to able to present intelligent discussion and debate and be an enjoyable participant in group activities. A very good book for those that wish to understand how our brains work.
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I recently saw a television ad for some sort of app to train your mind and I remembered my collection of Tony Buzan books who's principles I have used continuously over the years.

Although this is somewhat dated and refers to studies a considerable number of years ago, the exercises which Buzan annunciates are tried and tested and been proven to work.

Alas, in this day and age, it seems that reading actual books and journal articles, never mind primary sources, is a declining practice but nevertheless his principles hold true.

I cannot be alone in wondering why there are three hour classes in our universities when it has been proven that the human body cannot maintain a high level of concentration throughout that time. Nor can I believe that we restrict study to certain activities when there is considerable variation in individuals capacities to record, store and recollect information. For myself, I find it necessary to write things down in some form where others utilize different strategies.

Getting back to the book, it really is a very useful guide despite it's venerable old age and I would highly recommend it to students of all ages.
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