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Curtis Holliman PhD is the founder and President of The Mnemonics Institute located in Hutsonville, Illinois. Dr. Holliman holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Eastern Illinois University, a Master of Science in Accounting from Roosevelt University, a Master of Science in Business Administration from Lincoln University, a Master of Science in Taxation from the Washington School of Law, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the Washington School of Law. Dr. Holliman is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Financial Planner, and licensed to sell securities and insurance. Dr. Holliman has worked in public accounting, corporate accounting, and both the Internal Revenue Service, and the Illinois Department of Revenue. Dr. Holliman has been an acclaimed faculty member of the City Colleges of Chicago, Roosevelt University, Webster University, Lincoln University, and the Illinois CPA Society, just to name a few. Dr. Holliman has been instrumental in bringing The Mnemonics Course to Colleges in Corrections, and has enabled hundreds of inmates to achieve the GED designation. On his 10 acre campus, Dr. Holliman owns the world s largest library of memory and mnemonics books, which totaled over 12,000 when last inventoried. Besides The Mnemonics Book, Dr. Holliman is presently working on several memory books including The Methods of Mnemonics, The Mnemonics Manual, and The Mnemonics Man. Each chapter in The Mnemonics Book takes no more than 15 to 30 minutes per day. With all of the dozens of mnemonic strategies explained, you ll be able to instantly remember names, phone numbers, addresses, financial data, speeches, schoolwork, etc. All you need is the desire to learn these strategies, and you will score in the top 1/10th of 1% of any test given. The Mnemonics Book and The Mnemonics Seminar have enabled thousands of students world wide to achieve their goals, earn their degrees, and graduate to the next level. As a purchaser of this book you are allowed one free tutoring session at The Mnemonics Institute, or online, with Dr. Holliman, The Mnemonics Man himself.
As the founder and Executive Director of The Mnemonics Institute, the only educational institution dedicated solely to the advancement of memory training utilizing mnemonics, I welcome you. A mnemonic, or mnemonic device, is a strategy for improving your memory. The idea behind mnemonic devices is simple. To associate what is unfamiliar to what is already known. To make the incomprehensible understandable. Generations of students have learned the Great Lakes by recalling HOMES, an acronym for Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, and Superior. A person s abilities to perform such physical feats as moving boulders, removing trees, or lifting heavy objects are quite limited. Our human powers increased tremendously by the invention of tools. This includes levers, bulldozers, cranes, cars, saws, etc. Like our physical powers, our inherent mental powers are also quite limited. The use of an appropriate conceptual mnemonic is the mind's most powerful tool. Like a good hammer, for example, a mnemonic can help us perform mental tasks that otherwise would be difficult, or even impossible to perform. However, just as a hammer may be appropriate for some tasks but not others (pounding nails versus tightening a bolt), a particular mnemonic strategy may or may not be appropriate depending upon the nature of the memory problem. The exploration and eventual selection of strategies must therefore be preceded by a careful identification and analysis of the particular memory problem to be solved. The appropriateness of the strategies must be evaluated by actively applying them and analyzing their effects. You never need to spend more than 15 minutes a day on this book. This book is unique in that it combines many techniques in a step by step program that links the interrelationships of mnemonic approaches, and makes them easily assailable. It has been one of my principle goals in writing this book to make all available strategies available in one volume. I have defined and refined the mechanics of memorization and my book is the only encyclopedia of mnemonic techniques available. Most memory books list several methods, but I list every mnemonic tool ever utilized. Mnemonics are like iron swords - they must first be forged with fire in your mind, and then honed sharp with practice. My book is worth its weight in solid gold. Do not be intimidated or impressed by the frauds, charlatans, quacks, and hacks (who don't know Jack) who claim to have won memory championships. This is a TOTAL FRAUD. My books are concerned with Adult Learning - the mastery of meaningful material in school, university, or on the job. The process of applying mnemonics to improve your memory consists of three steps: Get to know the technique How to apply them Determine which situations it can be used in Practice using them. Often. The 30 Ways,1. Rhyming, rhythm, and Memory Concepts,2. Chunking, 3. Chain and Link (AKA Stack and Link), 4. Imagination, 5. Concentration, 6. Organization, 7. Attention Span, 8. Acrostics, 9. Anagrams and Vocabulary Improvement, 10. Association, 11. Sensory Perception, 12. Extra Sensory Perception, 13. Numbers, 14. Names and Faces (The Name Game), 15. Rapid Reading, 16. Focus on the Locus, 17. Visualization and Graphic Representations, 18. Brain Boosters Food and Nutrition, Part 1, 19. Brain Boosters Food, Nutrition, and Sleep, Part 2, 20. Schemata, 21. Encoding, 22. The Brain Hardware, 23. The Brain Software, 24. Peg Board Lists, 25. Kaizen, 26. Advertisements and Commercials, 27. Memory, Mnemonics, Learning, and Intelligence, 28. Acronyms, Initalisms, and Abbreviations, 29. Self Concept and Self Esteem, 30. Methods of Mnemonics, Conclusions.