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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have no hesitation in recommending this.
Bill Lucas, as the Chief Executive of the Campaign for Learning, is exceptionally well qualified to write this book. His work, inevitably, steeps him in learning and he gets to meet, and learn from, extraordinary people in the learning world. People like Christopher Ball, Guy Claxton, Tony Buzan, Susan Greenfield and Charles Handy - to mention but a few. This must...
Published on 11 July 2001

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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better
The premise is good but the spark is missing. Sadly this is not a book that makes you think - wow! It touches upon many different areas but will probably end up being a book you read just the once rather than one that changes much in your life. I`m not convinced it compares favourably with some of the books already available - Diana Beaver`s NLP for lazy learning, Tim...
Published on 30 Oct 2001


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I have no hesitation in recommending this., 11 July 2001
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Bill Lucas, as the Chief Executive of the Campaign for Learning, is exceptionally well qualified to write this book. His work, inevitably, steeps him in learning and he gets to meet, and learn from, extraordinary people in the learning world. People like Christopher Ball, Guy Claxton, Tony Buzan, Susan Greenfield and Charles Handy - to mention but a few. This must sound like name-dropping, but the point is that Bill, in the normal course of his duties, gets to work with people like these and this, and his debt to them, is utterly transparent in the book that he has written.
The thrust of the book is, of course, learning. But there is something refreshingly eclectic about the way Bill tackles the subject. He throws every thing at it in rather the same way an enthusiastic punter hurls missiles at a coconut shy. We have a guided tour of the brain and ten tips for treating your brain right (keep it well hydrated, give it regular breaks, give it the big picture first, etc). We have a chapter on getting ready to learn, with practical advice on how to pump yourself up (emotional readiness, being optimistic, ways to raise self-esteem, etc). Then a chapter called 'switching on your mind' (balancing challenge and threat, finding intrinsic motivation, overcoming common barriers, etc).
The book continues in the same vein; cheerful, practical and engaging - with helpful chapters on 'Going for it' (how to become a competent learner, learning to learn, the learning cycle, learning styles, multiple intelligences, etc) and 'Steady as you go' (putting learning into practice, reflecting, balancing your life, etc).
Have you noticed how many times I have used 'etc'? This isn't me being lazy (honest!). No, rather it is indicative of the wealth of accumulated wisdom packed into 250 or so pages. Even when you get to the end, with more than enough advice to help you raise your learning game, Bill signs off with an A - Z of brain based approaches to life and work (the only time he falters is over the letter X), and with a neat troubleshooting section where problems ('you have temporarily lost your sense of curiosity') and what to do about them ('stop watching so much television') are placed side by side. Finally, Bill lists useful resources and useful organisations (Peter Honey Learning features in both - I just thought I ought to declare what could obviously be construed as a conflict of interest!).
So, everything is A1- but I must admit that missing 'X' slightly niggles me. I think Bill should have gone for xenogamy that, according to my dictionary, means cross-fertilisation. This is what learners need to do (with their minds, not just with their bodies!) and it is certainly what Bill has done in drawing together so much sense from so many different disciplines.
I have no hesitation in recommending this, not merely as a good read, but also as a welcome boost to keeping us all on our learning toes and, therefore, better equipped to help other (less fit?) people to embrace lifelong learning.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ....and exactly which of the 5 R's am I using here?......, 13 July 2003
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The fifth, naturally! To find out exactly what I'm talking about, and to change the way you think about those boring courses you go on at your job/jobcentre etc etc, read this fabulous book...
The approach to this book is simple: If you want to learn something, first you gotta know how to learn...."Learnacy"....only then will you get the fullest advantage.
This book is aimed at the fans and wannabes of Lifelong Learning, but there is far more here than just a lecture on how the Brain works etc etc....indeed, for anyone who, like me,has hit that brick wall at work and can't seem to get any further - this will do nothing less than inspire you to M.A.S.T.E.R. your goals (again - read the book!). I was more than ready, without realising, and since reading this book I have well and truly gone......in style!
One of this book's major, major assetts is that it is utterly compelling! I am a very, very light reader (One or two books a year), but this book lsted less than 2 days...
Despite other comments on this page, this book is also an excellent reference tool...in can be dipped into for a vast number of reasons, providing you put the soundbites into context....
If you are serious about learning, learnacy or promoting or facilitating either, you must, must read this book. Truly a Self-Help book with a difference....
As an aside - it is even more of an experience if you can see theman himself in action....Dr Lucas, like his book, is a breathtaking, non-stop inspiration....was lucky enough to see him at a conference earlier this year....
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic coach for mental agility, 27 Sep 2001
The premise of Power Up Your Mind is simple - you need to understand how your brain works in order to understand and appreciate how to learn effectively. However the fact is that as Bill Lucas, the book's author, points out we generally know more about the workings of our car than the workings of our minds!
This book is crammed full of advice and information gleamed from some of the great thinkers in the area of effective learning as well as lots of original concepts.
It's straightforward, readable and extremely useful and whilst it has a bias towards business also serves as a great tool for personal development.
Overall one of the best coaches in mental agility.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been better, 30 Oct 2001
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The premise is good but the spark is missing. Sadly this is not a book that makes you think - wow! It touches upon many different areas but will probably end up being a book you read just the once rather than one that changes much in your life. I`m not convinced it compares favourably with some of the books already available - Diana Beaver`s NLP for lazy learning, Tim Gallwey`s Inner Game of Work , L.Michael Hall`s work on Meta-states, Flow states theory by Csz...., anything by Jensen, Whack on the side of the head etc. Guy Claxton`s recent books are covered but even here i think the original contained much more. If anything this book reminded me of Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century or the Learning Revolution. Books that seemed to have left out important elements for learning today. It is better than Alistair Smith`s recent books - Could it have been worse? An improvement on Buzan`s work though there`s nothing on photoreading. If you`re going to go with this book, use it as a starting point for exploring some of the themes - there`s so much more out there for you to use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 28 Feb 2014
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Great Book, loved it and woulf recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more on personal and professional improvement. You also learn to understand how to develop :)
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