Learn More Now: 10 Simple Steps to Learning Better, Smarter, and Faster Paperback – February 11, 2004
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From the Back Cover
“A road map to reawakening the natural process of integrating learning into our daily lives.”—Kathy O’Driscoll, Human Resources Director, Microsoft
“Finally a publication that genuinely respects learner diversity as much as it offers tangible ideas for dealing with it….Marcia L. Conner is a true learning champion.”—Gunnar Brückner, former Chief Learning Officer, United Nations Development Programme
We’re all born with a vast capacity to explore and learn. Unfortunately, many of us never discover what we’re truly capable of. What if you could reclaim your birthright and tap into your full potential for learning? Imagine how much you could accomplish—how much you could become. Here’s your chance to find out. Through her innovative learning programs, Marcia Conner has helped thousands of people unleash the power of their intuition to rediscover the joy of learning and to expand their personal and professional productivity. In Learn More Now, she distills her renowned learning solutions into an easy-to-use ten-step program that will help you:
- Learn better, smarter, and faster
- Identify your learning style and your motivational style
- Synthesize your experiences, perspectives, thoughts, and actions
- Develop new pathways in your brain to increase your opportunities
- Absorb facts on the fly and overcome information overload
- Optimize your environment for concentrating and learning
Packed with fun, easy-to-do action steps and exercises, Learn More Now will help you discover how to be more focused and aware, work in step with your natural rhythms, be improvisational in your approach, and transform your life into a learning adventure.
About the Author
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (February 11, 2004)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 256 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0471273902
- ISBN-13 : 978-0471273905
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,281,599 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author gets wrong the one single relevant learning dimension she mentions. She subdivides Learning Style along three sensory subgroups, when it should be four. Kinesthetic and Tactile are two different subgroups. Also, the test she gives in the book is way too short, and vague to give an accurate assessment of your own Learning Style.
Occasionally, her writing style is really boring. In one chapter, she emphasizes the learning power of practicing. She then lists about 10 insights on the subject. But, they were all saying exactly the same thing that practice takes time and is important.
Fortunately, there is a much better book on this subject: "How to Learn Anything Quickly" by Ricki Linksman. This book is everything the other book is not. It is relevant, and effective. It tests your learning style along two effective axes: Learning Style (Visual, Audio, Kinesthetic, and Tactile), and Brain Dominance (Left-brain, Right-brain). Thus, the author's framework includes a very manageable eight different specific learning style. The author devotes an entire chapter on each of these styles. By reading the one relevant to you [i.e. Visual Left-Brain], you will learn a lot about how to better absorb information, acquire knowledge and expertise in any field, get ready for a test. The author gets into practical details such as what style of note-taking will work best for you, or what kind of writing or project outline will help you out. In other words, this book really teaches you how to learn; unlike "Learn More Now."
If you want to study this subject further, I recommend all the excellent books by Howard Gardner, and Tony Buzan. Gardner is the developer of the Multiple Intelligence Theory. Buzan is the inventor of the Mind Mapping technique, a really amazing and fun learning tool. Michael Gelb has also written excellent books on this subject, including "How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci."
When we draw back from action, we are often motivated not by humility but by fear of risk. [Palmer Parker]
I enjoyed this book and chuckled as I recognized many of my present and former students's traits in Marcia Connor's descriptions of learning styles. Can't begin to tell you how many times I have told 'Linear Thinkers' that they think 'backwards' from me. Now I know it's true! They do.
Having just re-read "Teach Me, I Dare You" by Judith Allen Brough et al., which did not really offer what I was looking for, I was delighted to read "Learn More Now."
This book, written by an author who was once labeled "learning-disabled," is bright, sensible, and written with a gentle sense of humor. Conner offers many practical suggestions for dealing with disengaged students.
The title is somewhat misleading, encouraging people to think this is a self-help book. Although, it can be used that way, I would recommend this as a useful classroom management tool.
"Learn More Now" is practical, thoughtful, and respectful of the many kinds of learning styles found in any classroom or organized group.
We have a tutoring department, but most students will not go there. I don't think it is because of time -- I think it is because they feel like people will judge them if they go to some self-help courses. To me, I see them gain self-confidence and realize that there are strategies everyone can use to be able to LEARN more -- some come from high schools where they just memorized or faked it. This book supports the learner in the realization that everyone struggles in some ways in school and there are strategies we can use to enhance our natural gifts.
Also, just because someone has a Ph.D. (and note I do) it doesn't mean you immediately rise to a certain level of "I am better than others" -- I know some Ph.D.'s who think this, but their friends don't! She does not have to write in a certain style or be perfect in what you think she should do. To me, she is writing so that people are not put off with "educationease" -- my students will pick up the book and read it -- yes, read it. You should see the textbooks they are given -- this book helps them figure out and read the many thick, boring textbooks they have to read -- (But don't get me wrong there are wonderful textbooks out there where the authors get it and write it in a style that students want to read, too -- it is just these are far and few in between.)
When my students come to class not motivated to learn -- feeling that if they say something and it is wrong they will be judged, this book pushes them into a place where they are willing to TRY -- as Conner believes, Jump In and Immerse Yourself.