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Use Your Head: Innovative Learning and Thinking Techniques to Fulfil Your Potential (Mind Set) [Paperback]

Tony Buzan
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25 July 2006 Mind Set

Are you worried that you’re not achieving your full potential?

 

A few years after this classic book on how to improve your brainpower was first published, a fairly average student announced that he intended to try for a place at Cambridge University. His chances were assessed as ‘slim’, since his grades were usually unexceptional. But with the help of Use Your Head, he went on to achieve four As at A-level, two starred firsts at Cambridge and a top job with a multi-national company.

 

Since 1974, Use Your Head has been translated into over 27 languages, has been published in five continents and 100 countries, has sold well over a million copies and still the demand increases!

 

Use Your Head will:

  • Teach you the vital skills of Learning How to Think and Learn.
  • Increase your creative thinking and problem-solving capacity
  • Enable you to make the best of your brain
  • Provide you with both the confidence and the means to fulfil your own mental potential


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  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Active; 1 edition (25 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406610194
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406610192
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 13.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tony Buzan is the world-renowned inventor of Mind Maps and the multi-million copy bestselling author of 'How to Mind Map' and 'Mind Maps for Kids' series. He appears regularly on television and lectures all over the world. He advises international businesses, governments, educational authorities and Olympic athletes. His work has been published in 100 countries and 30 languages.

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'Use Your Head - Innovative Learning and Thinking Techniques To Fulfil Your Mental Potential'; '...I knew how to think - how to use my head. I was a C and B student before I knew how to get an A. I did it. Anyone can.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Are you worried that you’re not achieving your full potential?

 

A few years after this classic book on how to improve your brainpower was first published, a fairly average student announced that he intended to try for a place at Cambridge University. His chances were assessed as ‘slim’, since his grades were usually unexceptional. But with the help of Use Your Head, he went on to achieve four As at A-level, two starred firsts at Cambridge and a top job with a multi-national company.

 

Since 1974, Use Your Head has been translated into over 27 languages, has been published in five continents and 100 countries, has sold well over a million copies and still the demand increases!

 

Use Your Head will:

  • Teach you the vital skills of Learning How to Think and Learn.
  • Increase your creative thinking and problem-solving capacity
  • Enable you to make the best of your brain
  • Provide you with both the confidence and the means to fulfil your own mental potential

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Learning to learn 17 Feb 2001
Format:Paperback
This book has improved my Reading speed a bit, My memory a lot, my study techniqu an amazing amount. I can using the techniques outlined in this easy to read book read faster remember more of what I read and using the simple mind mapping techniques and review techniques make the knowledge a permanent addition. I love this book and I have convinced my Wife and brother to read it. I am also impressing my colleagues at work with my ability to quickly learn and recall new technologies.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating ! 8 Dec 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I was sceptical when I flicked through this book - it looked slightly technical with pictures of the brain and manic diagrams . However, when I started the book, I couldn't put it down and read it in one sitting. The examples are inspiring and the techniques simple to use. I have since recommended this book to 4 other people who have found it extremely helpful in day to day life. I am now working my way through the rest of Buzan's books. I only wish I was taught these techniques when I was at school. Perfect for people studying or for anyone interesed in trying something new
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but not revolutionary 27 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
For those who find studying, note-taking and memorising difficult, this book will undoubtedly offer many useful suggestions, and open doors to new ways of thinking and working. It is also easily digestible, and provides a good introduction to many of the techniques Buzan is associated with, such as mind-mapping and speed-reading. Where it falls down, however, is with its unremitting hyperbole and its triumphalist tone. Buzan's insistence on emphasizing on every page just how marvellous his techniques are, and just how inefficient you have been until you read this book, quickly becomes irritating. If the techniques are truly life-changing - and Buzan claims nothing less - they should speak and act for themselves; but as it stands, the book overstates its case to the point where this reader becomes deeply suspicious. Furthermore, the techniques themselves are limited. Yes, they certainly make attaining a certain level of learning easier and more efficient, and that is a fine achievement. But certain types of understanding are ignored. While Buzan pays lipservice to being aware of every aspect of your mind, I found his techniques of speed-reading, for example, to get in the way of the moral or emotional reading of a text. You may end up reading quickly and understanding the surface meaning of a text perfectly adequately, but surely it is in the daydreaming moments, upon which Buzan frowns, that you appreciate deeper or hidden meanings. Reading seems to be an end in itself for Buzan, something to be accomplished as quickly and effortlessly as possible, but there are times when reading goes far deeper than that. In these times, quicker is not necessarily better. Altogether, then, this book is useful and interesting, but it it not the revolutionary learning system it claims to be. It will certainly help many people with various aspects of studying, but like any method of learning, it has its limitations, and will suit some better than others.
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79 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think about it ! 28 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Having reached the dizzy heights of A levels with little application I suddenly discovered that I had no idea how to study. Academic processes in this country are based on the fallacy that studying is a natural process which can be aquired without tuition. A couple of hours with this book will convince you not only that you are capable of studying more effectively, but also with practice you can do it without angst. This is the definitive self empowerment manual - a complete toolkit for ensuring that you can utilise your own capabilities in the most effective manner.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read especially for a returning student! 19 Sep 2002
Format:Paperback
After 5 years of not studying I am returning to University. I have always battled to study and the techniques shown at school never lived up to anything. This book was a revelation. You need to really sit down and go through it in detail and belive me it helps.
Not only is it going to aid my studying but its also useful for everyday things, like general knowledge, speech making, etc.
Well recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only works if applied! 4 Jun 2006
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
This is a really great book to help you unlock your potential and use your brain more effectively. It shows you various techniques to read faster, have improved memory and order your thoughts, as well as other ideas and concepts. You can go on to read the other books in the series if so inspired, but you have all you need in this one book to make an effective start. A great book, if you take the time to apply and practise the techniques.

Feel free to check out my blog which can be found on my profile page.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A summary of his other books 24 Sep 2002
Format:Paperback
I've bought 'Speed Reading' and 'Using your Memory' by Tony Buzan, and I found that they help quite a lot.
I was disappointed to find that this book simply summarises the content of his other books. Tony doesn't even go into much depth about any of the subjects of memory and reading.
If you have any of Buzan's books don't buy this one.
If you are new to the subject, you won't be displeased - his methods actually work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life. 31 Dec 1999
Format:Paperback
Way back in 1989 while doing my HNC in Computing at nightschool, a friend introduced me to a book which changed my life. This book was like the instruction guide for the brain. How to study, when to study, what to study, how to remember, how to memorise, how to speed read etc. etc. All this in an 8 book with 150 pages. From that day on studying was never the same. Before I go on, I have to say that I have no connections with the book / author / publishers whatsoever. This is purely my personal experience and thoughts.
Needless to say I passed my HNC with flying colours and studying was stopped and forgotten about till September '98 when on the advice of my 'contract' agency I started down the road to commercial certification i.e Novell / Microsoft. The book was dug out and read again and I started practising the concepts immediately (in fact I actually mind mapped the book!)
My Novell CNA exam was booked for the end of October which I flew through and there after I set my sights on the Microsoft MCSE passing all exams first time with VERY high marks. Just missed the 'ACE' by one mark on a couple of them (TCP/IP and Net Essentials) and got an ACE for NT4 Workstation.
Buzan's books WILL change you life!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Headline - now there's a pun
seriously a very useful book for anyone wanting to get top marks in their exams. it teaches you how to make your memory work even better. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ideas
As with most of Tony's books, it makes you realise that you can make so much more of yourself with a little application.
Published 19 months ago by Mrs. V. H. Tavener
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy to grasp
I purchased this book as it was recommended by my tutor of Business Studies. I found it to be very easy to read, understand and grasp the whole idea of the book. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2010 by Pink Bunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Changed my life
This book literally changed my life. I had been taking exams for years, both academically and vocationally. Read more
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by Mr. Victor Botterill
4.0 out of 5 stars Use Your Head
A very good book to teach techniques to enhance memory and enhance the use of brain.
Published on 18 July 2010 by E. Butt
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting
I m not going to say that this book is revolutionary as the methods of learning proposed are pretty logical. Read more
Published on 16 Jun 2010 by Agatha C.
5.0 out of 5 stars all good!
Useful little book that I was first introduced to at the age of 13, I actually bought this copy for someone else. Read more
Published on 24 May 2010 by professor frink
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm living proof this system works - Five Stars
When I first heard of this book I was a university drop out who had FANTASTICALLY failed the second year of my degree(that would be 1993). Read more
Published on 14 Feb 2010 by J. George
1.0 out of 5 stars Nonesuch
Cannot review this product at present as it hasn't arrived (Lost in postal strike, presumably?)
Published on 19 Oct 2009 by paigetheoracle
5.0 out of 5 stars Buzan methodology
I am a great believer in the Buzan read and precis methodology. The concept I have been pushing with my students for years stems from this book. Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2009 by Dr. P. Jepson
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