Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Get READY to Learn: Going beneath the surface 6

1 Unpacking Your Mind 8

Taking your mind out of its box 9

Your three brains 11

Your divided brain 13

Close-up on your brain 16

Five key principles 18

Brain or mind? 21

Brain food 22

Laughter, music, and sleep 25

Nearly unpacked 28

A day in the life of Annie's brain 29

Unpacking your mind—in a nutshell 33

2 Getting Ready to Learn 34

Checking your emotional readiness 35

Curiosity and emotional state 36

A hierarchy of emotional needs 38

Reading your own moods 39

An emotionally confusing world 40

Raising self-esteem 43

Learned optimism and the three Ps 46

The joined-up revolution 48

Mens sana in corpore sano 49

Brain gym 50

Getting to the spiritual dimension 51

A new sixth sense? 53

Getting ready to learn—in a nutshell 54

3 Switching On Your Mind 55

Understanding your fundamental drives 57

Rewarding your own learning 59

A formula for motivation to learn 61

Motivation and the mind 63

Getting the big picture 64

Balancing challenge and threat 64

The importance of where you learn 67

Who you learn with 68

Getting your learning environment ready 69

The pressures of life 71

Overcoming barriers to learning 72

Switching on your mind—in a nutshell 75

Part II GO For It: Becoming a competent learner 76

4 Learnacy 78

Understanding yourself as a learner 81

Learning to use new techniques: the 5Rs 82

Learning about learning 83

The learning cycle 84

Different types of learning 86

Learnacy—in a nutshell 88

5 Understanding Yourself as a Learner 89

How you take in information 90

Dealing with information 95

Working out your learning style 96

Learning styles and information preferences 97

Learning styles and meetings 98

Understanding yourself as a learner—in a nutshell 101

6 Resourcefulness 102

Getting the big picture 103

Tuning in your mind 105

Breaking down your learning 106

Learning by imitation 108

Learning online 112

Extending your range 114

Resourcefulness—in a nutshell 116

7 Remembering 117

Understanding how your memory works 118

Types of memory 119

Key memory principles 121

Memory pegs 126

The importance of where you are 128

Muttering 129

Making regular deposits in your memory bank 130

Your sleeping mind 131

Remembering—in a nutshell 133

8 Resilience 134

Persistence 136

Being an adventurer 137

Dealing with difficulties 139

Handling confusion 141

Resilience—in a nutshell 143

9 Harnessing Your Creativity 144

Inspiration, ideas, and learning 147

The characteristics of creative people 149

The value of ideas 150

Multiple intelligences 152

The multiple intelligence workplace 158

Barriers to creativity 160

Making connections 163

Creative thinking 169

A world of possibility 179

Harnessing your creativity—in a nutshell 181

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