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The Mnemonics Book – Book Review

Would you like to improve your memory 30 ways in 30 days? Most people will not be able to improve their memory that well that quickly. However, Curtis Holliman’s book is set up for you to read one chapter every day for 30 days and learn an enormous amount of information about how to improve your memory, if you are willing to spend the time learning the techniques and practicing them.

One of the strong points of the book for me is that the author does not delude you into thinking that you can just read the book and then automatically have a fantastic memory at the end of 30 days. He repeatedly reminds you that you must work and practice the skills you learn in order to remember the information that you need to. The advantage to doing the work and learning the techniques well, is that once you have learned them, you will be able to use them virtually forever without much effort. I found that I have only learned a couple of the methods so far but they are fun to do and really do help when I need to remember, if I don’t want to write everything down constantly. I will go back to the book to learn more of the techniques as I feel more comfortable with these first ones. Different strategies work better for different types of learning so you distance learners can pick the ones that you need the most at any given time depending on the subject you are studying.

The author includes stories about the strategies being used hundreds of years ago before people were able to write notes to help them remember. Those stories added interest to the subject and helped to remember how to use some of the techniques. Also very interesting was the information about the brain that helped me to understand what exactly is going on when we try to remember things both for the short term and for the long term, and why repetition of information is so vital to long term memory.

In my opinion the biggest weakness with this book was the flow of the information. I believe this could have been improved by having the book edited. Some spelling and grammar mistakes could have been corrected; some of the information could have utilized tables so that it was easier to read; some repetition could have been avoided; and the table of contents could have been improved. It read more or less like a lecture, and I enjoyed that to a certain extent, but I expect more from a book.

These strategies are based on many years of research by Curtis Holliman. He has chosen the techniques that are proven to work and claims that students who learn to use the techniques will score in the top 1/10th of 1% in their course. It is also possible that they will remember most of the information many years later. Although I did not pay for this book, I would go out and purchase a copy of it, especially if I was taking a course that required a lot of memorization.

The Mnemonics Book: 30 Ways in 30 Days to Maximize Your Memory by Curtis Holliman.
Published by Professional Press, September 11, 2009; 292 pages; $24.00 from Amazon.com.
ISBN – 10: 1570877467.

This book was provided to me free of charge by the author, Curtis Holliman.
Regardless of whether I receive a book free, or pay for it, I always state my own true opinions about the book.

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