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Instant Study Skills is concise, helpful, and analytical; it’s especially useful for students. Being a student myself, I found lots of the tips and examples in the book to be very helpful and it mentioned ideas and tactics that I’ve never even thought of. It doesn’t take very long to read or listen to; I got through the audiobook in around twenty minutes.
The audiobook goes through different types of studying and how to do it: for example, it details how one method of studying is better than another and clearly explains why. It also explains how to make use of your studying by teaching the reader techniques to help him or her remember information better, which I found extremely helpful.
The book doesn’t just have ideas and explanations in it, but also exercises that teach you how to apple the study skills, which I think helps a lot. Overall, I think the book is great and a must-read for students.
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I read another one of the books in this series (Instant Focus), and liked it enough to get this one, too, and I would definitely say it was worth it.
The tone was kinder than I had expected after reading Instant Focus, and it used a common enough language and plenty of examples. The author understood the struggle of meeting deadlines and the guilt that comes with procrastination, and that made the overall read a lot more digestible.
The book was packed with a lot of tips, such as visualization, rote studying, interlinking, using diagrams, etc. I especially liked the rote studying method (the sample passage included was interesting but way too difficult for me to memorize, but when the book sliced the passage up, it got a lot simpler). The note-taking part of the book (Section 5, I believe) also was a nice change; I've always founds note-taking to be the most dreaded part of studying, so I like how this book encouraged freedom with your notes (it even encouraged you to include your personal opinions) and not follow one standard format, so that as long as it's fluid and brief, etc.
The book often compares studying to dancing or singing, which made it kind of fun. (I especially liked the example in the imaging technique in Section 10) It also doesn't treat you like an idiot, which is a problem I've had before.
Each Section ends with an exercise, which helps you understand how to use the techniques for your own studies. The exercises were also pretty cool, as the passages and material had a tendency to be either relevant to studying or had an interesting topic (for example: Rock n' Roll Culture vs. Modern Superficial Era).
Section 9 was interesting, as it was like one big pop quiz, but it wasn't hard or anything. The exercise that followed was also interesting (I got the audio book version, so when the narrator recited the song lyrics, it sounded kind of funny. I know that's not exactly relevant to most of you ebook readers, but it deserved mentioning anyway.
My favorite thing about the book was that it gave me lots of techniques to try, but also acknowledged that not all practices will work with everyone. I got the impression that the author wants you to give the tips a try and see what works for you, and maybe modify it to suit your needs. The tips were also pretty flexible.
Like the other book I read from them, the book was packed with tips but gave you the opportunity to pick and choose what words for you since everyone's different. Overall, I'm definitely keeping this one, and I look forward to exploring the other books in this series.