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5.0 out of 5 stars Graduate Of Dr. Higbee's Ind Study Course, September 20, 2005
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I actively used the techniques in Dr Higbee's course [not all of them] and made an A in BIO 100 and Astronomy at BYU. Now I am buying the updated book for my daughter who is beginning high school courses online thru BYU. I wish I could find the online course for her, but the book will carry her far.

I wish I had this book before my first college course in 1977 instead of 2000! I also read all 26 reviews and will not reiterate contents. Several reviewers mentioned a game, but I think this was part of research on Dr. Higbee's part and not a retail item, but you might check an LDS Bookstore like BYU Bookstore, or Liahona in Atlanta, GA, or Deseret Books, which has an online store. If it was created for a research study, that would explain the lack of info on where to purchase it. But, his chapter on how to memorize the main points of the Book of Mormon apply to the Bible also....

I think the previous edition was a good balance between scholarly topics and lay language. One cannot please everybody :) If he quoted stats from so many studies, the book would be inaccessible to most non-psych majors. I am a former one, but I enjoyed the relaxed, lay manner of the book. I read Harry Lorayne's book in 1977 and never got past attempting the peg method. Dr. Higbee's approach made the peg and phonetic methods come alive for me, and I was able to successfully use them, not only for 2 A's in academic subjects, but I got my Ham license [Technician Class-the entry level, plus Morse Code, that I had tried to get for years].

One warning: Memorization takes work, and no method will take the work out of memorizing a lot of material. Dr. Higbee emphasizes this frequently. But, using the methods with his student-friendly approach, along with your usual effort to memorize, will get better results than your usual, if you are not already applying these methods :) Your results will depend on a lot of factors, including how important the material is and how often you will review it. He gave an example in the previous version of memorizing the latest issue of Time magazine enough to give a demonstration. Dr. Higbee admits that previous issues are quickly forgotten without review of the issues. It is a matter of how important the material is, and how often the review. I have forgotten much of my A courses because I haven't reviewed them, and that's not Dr. Higbee's fault. I really enjoyed his online course at BYU Independent Study, and wish I could've taken his course in person. Health failed and I had to leave school before finishing my degree, but I will never forget how I enjoyed my time at BYU. I am grateful to Dr. Higbee, and hope I can find the online course again [apparently I missed it or it is not offered at this time] for my daughter to take. It was Psych 270, I think, or maybe the online version was Psych 100, but it was a 1 semester hour course, and the best hundred dollars I ever spent.

If you buy this book, be sure to take the time to do the exercises, and I think you will get a lot more out of it than just reading it. After all, when you study, you do a lot more than just read :) Enjoy!
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