Greetings, reviewers, journalists, and other media & press friends!
Thank you for taking the time to explore my site. I am confident that Concise Learning can be an extremely valuable resource for your readers, viewers, and listeners.
What problem is Concise Learning trying to address?
With all the negative headlines about the current plight of education, it’s easy to get depressed and discouraged. Inadequate learning is undoubtedly the biggest obstacle to student success.
Concise Learning focuses on helping students master self-directed learning (using visual maps) and 21st century skills. Teachers alone cannot “produce” learning in students. Students need to accept that, ultimately, they are responsible for their own learning and success, and that they must take steps to learn how to learn and develop the skills they need to thrive in today’s complex world.
What sets Concise Learning apart?
Far more than just a “how-to-study” book that outlines a few study skills, Concise Learning is a step-by-step guide to help high school and college students learn better and faster, get better grades, and become successful, both academically and in life.
This is the only book that teaches students the two critical prerequisites for success in school and life:
- Mastery of learning through the Concise Learning method (CLM).
- Mastery of essential skills through the Skills of Success (SOS).
No other book has this amount of exhaustive and useful detail in one book.
2. Unique perspective
Concise Learning is based on my nearly 10 years of teaching experience and the experience of other teachers and thousands of students. This book provides real world experience and solutions to the learning issues facing students today.
This isn’t a book on learning theory. Rather, this book provides a simple and intuitive, yet proven and powerful, method for learning and managing multiple sources of information. With Concise Learning method (CLM), learning is achieved through a five-phase process (preview, participate, process, practice, and produce) in which students meaningfully organize and connect key concepts through a visual map, critically think, and ask key questions. With CLM, students can regain control of learning.
4. Engaging style
Although it is substantive and comprehensive, the book is written in a light-hearted and conversational style (e.g., entertaining cartoons, inspirational quotes, and visual maps) that engages and connects with readers. The book keeps readers entertained, reading, and learning.
I bring a captivating, fun, and knowledgeable discussion to audiences—including face-to-face, on camera and over the phone interviews. I’ll engage, laugh, teach, and learn with your audience.
Topics (story angles) include:
- Who is responsible for learning?
- How do we engage students in learning?
- What is the difference between studying and learning?
- Is there learning without reasoning and sense making?
- How can students learn effectively and efficiently?
- What do learning and solving puzzles have in common?
- Fast track to student success.
- Visual mapping in education.
- Visually map your way to excellent grades.
- Can visual maps help students think and learn better?
- Information overload? Try visual mapping.
- Digital education through visual mapping.
- How to rethink your learning – visually.
- Organized information key to student productivity and learning.
- Instead of increasing school hours, increase student engagement.
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Concise Learning in blogs, press, and media
1. Press Releases
- “Pen and Paper Note Taking in Classrooms has Outlived its Usefulness (September 20, 2010).”
- “To be Successful, Students Need to Stop Studying (August 10, 2010).”
2. Web, Press, and Media Mentions
- “Understanding learning to help studying.” –Kevin Washburn (Clerestory Learning)
- “There's now an easier and more efficient method of studying that involves visual mapping.” –Matthew Lang (MindMap Switch)
- “Concise Learning: Using mind maps to improve learning.” –Chance Brown (Mind Map Blog)
- “Learning is what matters, not studying.” –Vic Gee (Mind-mapping.org)
- “Teach yourself to be a self-directed learner.” –Brandon Hall Research
- “2010 reading list.” –Jane Hart, c4lpt
- “Books about mind maps.” -WikIT
- “Students, keep this book within reach!” –Roy Grubb (TopicScape Blog)
- “Concise Learning: An effective learning method for high school and college.” –Chance Brown (About Graduation Blog and The Mindmap Blog)
- “Innovation in learning.” –Philippe Boukobza (Visual-Mapping Blog and Mapping-Experts Blog)
- Visual Mapping: Connecting Teachers with Learning –SEEN Magazine
- TEACHING with Mind Maps – Part 2 of Mind Maps in Education Series – Mindjet blog
- LEARNING with Mind Maps – Part 1 of Mind Maps in Education Series –Mindjet blog
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