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4.0 out of 5 starsSimple Steps to a Photographic Memory
Reviewed in the United States on August 24, 2017
Quick read, basic information, but very helpful if the execises are completed. I have read the book, played with a couplecexercises, but plan to revisit each chapter to faithfully complete exercises which I brlieve are key to getting the full value of this text.
This book discusses learning styles and how important it is to be present, stress free, and eating properly when you are trying to encode, store and retrieve memories. It has a lot of practical information to improve your memory and interesting insight about things we could be doing to stretch our mental muscles. If you are aware of what you can do and you work on it, you can improve your techniques and can learn to learn better. Basically making yourself appear to have this photographic memory. You need to enhance your awareness and your recall and your ability to place things into long term memory. The author provides specific exercises in the book and examples to explain his methodology. My one comment is this: if you were to remember every thing all of the time, you would have to wade through every piece of it to get to the important information when you wanted to retrieve it. That is the true conundrum that people with photographic memory have. The author is explaining how to study, learn, retrieve, and use memory smarter, not how to get a photographic memory.
With so many distractions in the world, cell phones, computers, social media, I found myself becoming more forgetful and unable to focus. This book helped me train my brain and become more cognitively inclined. Definitely a good read!
I would happily recommend this book to anyone looking for ways to improve their memory. What was nice to see is that I’m already using some of the concepts for remembering things without even knowing it was an actual technique. According to this book “even the average Joe can do it now” and I think you can, if you’re prepared to put in some work and carry on with the exercises, like you would do if you were training any part of your body. There’s a theme that runs throughout the book and for me it was that we can’t just sit around and wait for things to happen; we’ve got to do that. From the way you think about yourself, to what you you’re your sleep patterns and a whole lot more. If you want to improve your memory, just for every day, for your job or because you’re studying then buy this book. The writing is easy to understand and I found myself nodding my head in agreement with some of the information. Definitely worth it!
At first I was a little skeptical of the advise that this book would give. I generally try to stay away from self help books since I know that they are not based in actual research findings. However, I have to say this book is definitely different. I am currently studying psychology and this book was a nice refresher on things that I have learned. It gives plenty of proven ways to boost memory and tips to help you out. I would definitely would recommend this to anyone who is looking for some help with remembering things better.
WOW! You come out of this a new perspective of how to read and the concepts of learning and understanding what you've read is amazing. I wouldn't have thought of breaking things down and "chunking" them in an easier was to remember verses how we were taught in school. I'm going to have my kids read this and really get a sense of how to learn effectively.