The brain and advanced noting

If the brain is to relate to information most efficiently the information must be structured in such a way as to 'slot in' as easily as possible. It follows that if the brain works primarily with key concepts in an interlinked and integrated manner, our notes and our word relations should in many instances be structured in this way rather than in traditional 'lines'. Rather than starting from the top and working down in sentences or lists, one should start from the centre or main idea and...

Advanced reading techniques

Apart from the general advice given above, some readers may be able to benefit from the following information which is usually practised in conjunction with a qualified instructor 1 Visual aid techniques When children learn how to read they often point with their finger to the words they are reading. We have traditionally regarded this as a fault and have told them to take their fingers off the page. It is now realised that it is we and not the children who are at fault. Instead of insisting...

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Problems of 'getting down' to study Reasons for fear and reluctance when approaching study books Problems arising from the use of standard study techniques Study planned to suit the individual's needs Defining the areas and amount of study Distribution of the student's effort Noting of current knowledge on the subject being studied Planning approach to the new subject Defining reasons for study and goals to be achieved Study overview Preview Inview Review Summary of the Buzan Organic Study...

The chapters

Each chapter deals with a different aspect of your brain's functioning. First the book outlines the most up-to-date information about the brain and then applies this information to the way in which your vision can be best used. Next, a chapter explains how you can improve memory both during and after learning. In addition a special system is introduced for the perfect memorisation of listed items. The middle chapters explore the brain's internal 'maps'. This information about how you think is...

Study Overview

One of the interesting facts about people using study books is that most, when given a new text, start reading on page one. It is not advisable to start reading a new study text on the first page. The following situation is a parallel illustration of this point Imagine that you are a fanatic jigsaw-puzzle-doer. A friend arrives on your doorstep with a gigantic box wrapped in paper and tied with string, and tells you that it's a present 'the most beautiful and complex jigsaw puzzle yet divised...

Transforming a mind map to a speech article etc

Many people, when first shown mind maps, assume that they cannot be used for any linear purpose, such as giving a talk or writing an article. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you refer to the mind map of this chapter on page 100, you will find how such a transformation took place Once the map has been completed, the required information is readily available. All that is necessary is to decide the final order in which to present the information. A good mind map will offer a number of...

Preparation

The Organic Study Method is divided into two main sections Preparation and Application. Each of these sections is divided into four sub sections Application Overview Preview Inview Review It is important to note at the outset that although the main steps are presented in a certain order, this order is by no means essential and can be changed, subtracted from and added to as the study texts warrant. This section will deal with the Preparation