- Paperback: 396 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477650555
- ISBN-13: 978-1477650554
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mnemonics are vital for solid learning/memorization- we do it all the time without even knowing it. If we meet some person at a friend's house and all of a sudden there's a crash of thunder and someone screams, you will most likely remember that person much more vividly from then on, whereas you would have forgotten them completely had something out of the ordinary not happened that minute to heighten your senses and activate your frontal cortex.
Anyway, this book really does have some great mnemonics in it that I would never have thought up. There are also some words whose mnemonics are 'meh' or hard to remember/easy to forget; but mostly this book is very well put together.
I find it strange that there is no publisher information, no ISBN information, no index for quick reference- besides the pages of words and their mnemonics, the book is quite literally bare. There are actually a bunch of empty pages as well, I'm assuming as a place to write new words or practice, but it is a strange feeling to have such an anonymous-like book.
The way I went about using this book was I started off by learning the root words at the back of the book and then started learning the words themselves. With my experience so far, I aver that you only need to revise the words three times (at most) to learn them by heart; this seems to be the case with me, anyway.
ADDITION: I initially gave this a five star; but, after studying more words, I've realized that it may not be perfect. Nevertheless, having studied for the past two weeks from this one, I am now able to come up with my own creative hook words and sentences!