"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Friday, April 10, 2009


[continue from the Last Post]


Open the book. Scan through the table of contents; it will give you the themes for each chapter, and serve as raw material for what may serve as key topics on the main branches of a Mind Map.

Check the copyright date and print edition to see how current the publication is; it might be out of date. This is very important if your book is for study or research purposes because you might have come across a book that was written decades ago that may no longer be relevant. You would need something upto-date. In the case of a novel, this is not so crucial.

Check the end section of the book. Many authors summarise beautifully, with bullet points, Mind Maps, or something as effective. You may just find what you are looking for, and save yourself the trouble of wading through the entire book.

Check the opening section of the book; it will give you information on the writer’s style, and clues as to how the information will unfold. Flip through the book and notice the page design, whether there are any images, symbols, text that is in italics, bold, in capitals, material in boxes, whatever pops out into your consciousness.

Read the chapter headings and any headlines. This should take about two minutes.

[To be continued in the Next Post. Excerpted from 'Unleashing Genius with the World's Most Powerful Learning Systems', by Dilip Mukerjea. All the images in this post are the intellectual property of Dilip Mukerjea.]

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