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The Mnemonics Book: 30 Ways in 30 Days to Maximize Your Memory Paperback – September 11, 2009

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This should be taught in every school and learning center. I have purchased many copies of this book as those who borrow are so impressed I just let them keep it and I purchase a new one. Its not like a novel but a book of books written in easy to understand language and easy application now matter what level you are. A must have... --Norman Todd, Executive

There is a lot of information in this book that may prove daunting to someone hoping for a quick-fix in improving one's memory. But despite the dense writing style, I found some useful insights in improving my memory capacity through the use of mnemonics. I plan to use some of these techniques in grad school and also when I begin teaching again. There are numerous strategies covered in this book which can be adapted for use in teaching, for personal study, and also for improving one's memory. But as with everything else, it requires a certain level of commitment and practice. --Z. Hayes, Amazon Top 10 Reviewer

I am Mark Urbansky M.D. Ph.D. and a psychology professor. I have read hundreds of memory enhancement books, and this one is undoubtedly the best. Every known memory and mnemonic strategy is listed, and if you engage only a fraction of them, you will be on your way to success, academic achievement, and memory mastery. The chapters are short, but extremely well written, packed with technical information. This book was so riveting that I could not put it down, and I would find myself up at 3am, way past my bed time, absorbed in it. As a medical doctor and memory researcher, I give this book the highest possible rating! This book is the best memory enhancement book ever written --Mark Urbansky

About the Author

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Professional Press; 1 edition (September 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570877467
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570877469
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,268,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By samiam on March 23, 2011
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First, something unrelated to the book's content: I can't help but assume a lot of the reviews here are from the author's friends. One person refers to him as 'Curt' (his name is Curtis) -- a rather familiar moniker to use for a stranger. Another review is an original paragraph, followed by material pasted from book's introduction with no such indication. I mention this because the positive reviews influenced my unfortunate decision to buy the book.

As for the book's content, the table of contents gives the impression that readers will be concisely introduced to the techniques listed. Instead, one doesn't learn new techniques in every chapter. One gets to read the author's opinions backed by little if any data. He even has a chapter on ESP. Included is talk about how humans have a latent capability for clairvoyance, pre-cognition, and telepathy (among other things). This would be fine if there were repeatable scientific studies to support the existence of any of the fields studied by parapsychologists like J.B. Rhine. Unfortunately for Holliman, Rhine's results have never been reproduced and he even discovered his own assistant falsifying data to support their desired conclusions. Rhine appears to have been an honest, though deluded man.

This book would have been much stronger had it been edited for grammar (e.g. "The rat whom ate the malt"), style (e.g. the author seems to think his having several unrelated degrees means anything for the subject; pedagogically unsound, inconsistent repetition of material), and content (e.g. stick to mnemonics, and avoid trying to write about paranormal activities; follow through with the implicit promise made to the reader).

There are some tidbits in the book worth reading, but there's nothing here that isn't found in more reliable volumes on memory.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joseph on November 27, 2010
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I understand that the author drew on what he had gleaned from other books on the subject however I did not and would not expect him to keep repeating the same statements ( actually pretty much full pages) over and over again throughout the book. In one case he repeated the same info at least three times. And it wasn't important. In my opinion it was just for filler.

I was disappointed. I felt I had wasted my money on this book purchase. The book was over-hyped
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GPD on March 18, 2011
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The techniques are good, the filler and redundant wording obscures the various golden nuggets of information at times. Also, the book drifts off into areas I'd consider just a little too new age-ish to be useful for me.
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6 of 15 people found the following review helpful By R. Petkeviciene on January 10, 2010
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The Mnemonics Book assisted me in getting through Nursing School with a straight "A" grade point average. A mnemonic, or mnemonic device, is a strategy for improving your memory.

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. They become invincible with the use of mnemonics. 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 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 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. Mnemonics, after all, is hard work. 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 my intent to take the hard work out of memorization and learning new factual data. It has been one of my principle goals in writing this book to make many different strategies available in one volume.
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6 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Cabrera on January 15, 2010
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This book is great! It's very detailed and easy to follow. There were a lot of concepts that I never thought about before and it made remembering things easier for me! I'm a college student and I find it hard to memorize all the terminology that is thrown at me all at once. This book contains techniques that I can use to help me succeed in my classes along with my future endeavors. Overall, this is a great book, a great tool to use, and it's unbeatable for its price! There is a wealth of knowledge in here, this book is a steal!
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3 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Petkeviciene on January 30, 2010
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The Mnemonics Book assisted me in getting through Nursing School with a straight "A" grade point average. A mnemonic, or mnemonic device, is a strategy for improving your memory.

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. They become invincible with the use of mnemonics. 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 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 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. Mnemonics, after all, is hard work. 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 my intent to take the hard work out of memorization and learning new factual data. It has been one of my principle goals in writing this book to make many different strategies available in one volume.
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