Learning Technologies Newsletter

ISSUE 42 - December 2008 - by Phil Chambers


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Welcome to the December issue of the Learning Technologies Newsletter, Please continue to forward it to friends and colleagues who you think would find it useful.

This month: we have a review of Ed Cooke’s new book ‘Remember Remember’, a special Christmas offer for every reader plus my 2008 Christmas Mind Map and the regular Mind Map tip and quote of the month.

Mind Mapping Tip of the Month

Work according to your preferred processing style: If you are a holistic learner and like to see the big picture first, filling in the details later, begin by drawing all the main branches. If, on the other hand, you are a more sequential learner, draw the first branch and develop its sub-branches before moving onto the second. Remember you can always go back and add to a branch if you think of something that relates to it

For more tips see '101 Top Tips for Better Mind Maps'. To receive your free copy read on...

December's Quote of the Month

"Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect."

• OREN ARNOLD (American editor and free-lance writer 1900 – 1980)

More Quotes Here


Remember Remember Review

If you want a book that covers a lot of memory theory and then leaves you to apply it to your life, then this is not the book for you. Neither will it teach you how Ed Cooke became a Grandmaster of Memory in the World Memory Championships.

However if you believe, as Ed does, that everyone should know basic facts such as the names of English monarchs, Prime ministers, American presidents and countries of Europe but struggle to learn such things then you must buy this book.

The book takes you on weird and wonderful adventures with Ed as your guide meeting various characters that correspond to the data to be learned along the way. The book is delightfully quirky, liberally illustrated with cartoons and shows Ed’s characteristic wit and imagination.

One of the innovations of the book is the way that at the end of each section Ed re-traces his journey, acting as a useful review but also adding additional information on each of the characters to help build a deeper knowledge.

I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the book and wish Ed every success with it and his other enterprises.

Published buy Viking ISBN 978-0-670-91785-3 priced at £12.99 (available for £7.97 at Amazon)


A Special Christmas Gift

As a special thank you to my loyal newsletter subscribers, I am making a special offer available exclusively to you and your friends.

If you place an order on my website of £10 or more during December and enter the secret codeword ‘Newsletter Offer’ in the ‘where did you hear about us?’ box I will enclose a free copy of my book ‘101 Top Tips for Better Mind Maps’ absolutely free.


Merry Christmas Everybody

Finally I would like to share my Christmas Card this year. It is a Mind Map of the words to the song ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ by the British glam-rock band Slade. It was number one in the UK charts the year I was born but remains a classic Christmas song.

You can hear it by clicking here.


That's all for this year. Have a wonderful holiday season – The next LTL Newsletter will drop into your inbox early in the New Year. In the meantime please feel free to contact me for information on courses or general learning advice.

Best Wishes