Dominic O'Brien backdrops his explanation of mnemonic techniques by telling his own story, which is quite inspirational. Also, he starts with the most simplistic, yet effective techniques and gradually builds on them to more complex ones. He explains why the techniques are effective and gives very clear examples of how to practice. He showed me that I do have a good memory, I just hadn't learned how to take advantage of it yet.
The only downside is that he did not clearly show how to apply these techniques to the school setting, which would have been much appreciated. The techniques seem isolated to party-tricks, random lists, names, and phone numbers. I am still giving this book 5 stars because it read well and delivered what it said it would. I hope he refines these techniques for academia and then shares with the rest of us how to do it.
Thanks for an inspiring story!
- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Watkins Publishing (14 April 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1907486976
- ISBN-13: 978-1907486975
- Product Dimensions:: 14.9 x 1.5 x 21 cm
- Shipping Weight: 281 g
- Customer reviews: 58 customer ratings
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: 53,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)