Book – Accelerate Your Learning: Practical Strategies to Learn Faster, Sharpen Memory, and Explode Your Personal Expertise and Knowledge in No Time
Author – Pollux Andrews
The author claims “Accelerate Your Learning” is your essential guide and a practical toolbox to bust all your myths and will put you on a fast track to improve your learning skills.
This is not merely a regurgitation of all the theories scattered across thick books, rather it’s a sincere effort to put highly effective and powerful techniques together to trigger action.
What I liked about the book?
This is actually the first non-guitar related book I have reviewed for an Elite Guitarist Inner Circle book of the month review and it is the sort of book I have wanted to review for a while. As musicians, we are expected to learn a huge amount of information, and often in a short period of time. It can be very difficult to process it all.
The book makes you understand that the way you learn is a choice, and you can improve your style of learning so that you process and retain information faster than you ever have done. This means you will spend your time much more efficiently as a musician and improve faster because of it.
The author lays out 7 key areas of learning and explains each one thoroughly – these range from “Chunking” (something I have been a big advocate of for a long time) to Mnemonics, Imagery, learning new ideas on top of old ideas and more. All of these ideas are practical, clearly stated and backed by Scientific research.
Is there an audio cd and is it any good?
No, but as it is NOT a guitar related book this isn`t necessary.
What I don`t like about the book?
There isn`t a lot to not like about the book but some of the ideas might seem a little underwhelming as they are not particularly ground-breaking. You may even have come across some or all of these ideas before but don`t let that put you off. There are many great nuggets to help you learn faster.
The book takes quite a bit of time to get to the good stuff. When I read books like this I want the information as fast as possible but there is a lot of “setting up” in the book before we arrive at the interesting information.
Even though it is not a book aimed at guitarists, I believe every guitarist should own a book like this. The information in it is practical, interesting and backed by scientific research.
All the ideas presented are applicable to music too, but some you might have to think a little about how to apply to music and your music related learning. That being said, apart from the fluff, it is a really useful guide on learning faster.