Reviews and Recommendations
First Generation Resources

Check the Three Generations of Accelerated Learning for an introduction of the technologies represented below.

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Top Recommendation:

Memory Optimzer by Vera Birkenbihl

Most journeys into accelerated learning begin with learning methods to enhance memory. There are a lot of books that rehash the same associative pegging techniques.This is the first course of memory enhancement that I've seen that goes beyond the classic memory tricks and leads the listener to developing a more comprehensive system for planting and harvesting all types of information.

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The Essentials:

Use Both Sides of Your Brain by Tony Buzan

This is the quintessential, quick-n-dirty overview of first generation technologies. Like most first generation resources, nothing in this book is the cutting edge, but it serves as a great introduction to the field with useful, immediately applicable techniques and distinctions.


Jump-Start Your Brain by Doug Hall

The most practical and entertaining book on creativity this side of The Einstein Factor. Doug leads you through a series of unique exercises that are just crazy and enjoyable enough to many contexts. And his own considerable resume is a testament to the effectiveness of his Eureka Stimulus/Response method. Recommended for anyone seeking an easy, fun edge on creativity.

The Mind Map Book by Tony Buzan

A unique and useful note-taking method fully explained and illustrated. While I wish Tony was more flexible, mindmapping serves as a great starting point to much more effective note-taking. Recommended for those who take notes in school but feel the notes aren't as effective as they should be.

Honorable Mentions:

Use Your Perfect Memory by Tony Buzan

The least expensive resource for all the classic memory tricks, and a suitable companion to Birkenbihl's Memory Optimizer.

Speed Reading by Tony Buzan

The least expensive resource for all the classic speed reading tricks. A nice compliment to photoreading.

Math Magic by Scott Flansburg

A useful resource for calculating math in your head. If you ever wondered how the math whizzes do it, read this very accessible book.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

I'm still shocked that I the exercises in this book worked as well as they did. This book is full of nice metaphors and left brain/right brain distinctions.

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