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The Science of Rapid Skill Acquisition: Advanced Methods to Learn, Remember, and Master New Skills, Information, and Abilities Paperback – April 16, 2018
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- Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 16, 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 202 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1717056172
- ISBN-13 : 978-1717056177
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.46 x 8 inches
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It has been proven that the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic "learning styles" is a myth. There is no scientific proof of this, even though multiple researchers have tried to find it. (What has been proven is that the sense is more related to the type of information to be learned rather than the "style" of any learner.) Well, when the author runs with this myth as fact, he lost me. I stopped trusting his "expertise." (The fact that his name is Pete Hollins and he presents himself as "Author and Researcher at PeteHollins.com should have been my first clue. That this is a self-published book might have been a second clue for me to research what qualifies him to write this book before buying it.) I kept reading, and lo and behold a few pages later the author contradicts the word "science" in the book's title again by presenting the pyramid of learning first to later state, "It should be noted that there is no real, concrete, scientific proof that the learning pyramid is accurate." A couple of paragraphs later: "Nevertheless, I like the idea." After that, the author takes several pages to explain the pyramid, which is condescending. Does someone really need multiple pages to understand that people learn little by just been passively lectured on a topic and much more by discussing a topic, practicing, and/or teaching others? (I bet high-school students know this.)
I found this book, in general, condescending. I expected much more than being told that I'll learn more/better if I create and schedule time to practice, find mentors, and other "common sense" basics. The author does a good job at illustrating his ideas with examples and stories, but still, they're no more than basic ideas.
The last 6% (according to my device) of the book is a summary. So really, you just get from 72% to 93% of "meat," and that bit over 20% of the book has the inaccuracy cited above, tons of stories, and condescending "common sense."
In summary, this book overpromises and underdelivers. The author seems a nice guy that writes well, is a good storyteller, and goes do some research in scientific journal databases and Google, compiles a couple good ideas and stretches them into a book. I certainly do not recommend it.
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Zu kurz kommt das Thema "deliberate Practice".
Leider bietet der Autor keine konkreten Beispiele an. Solche Fallbeispiele - seien es eigene oder die von anderen - hätten dem Buch gut getan. Daher ein Stern Abzug.
Dennochalles in allem lesenswert.