Instant Study Skills

How to Study Instantly!

Non-Fiction - Education
78 Pages
Reviewed on 11/26/2015
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Lori A. Moore for Readers' Favorite

As a professor for the last 15 years and always wanting to find ways to help my students improve their study habits to succeed, I was very interested in reading Instant Study Skills: How to Study Instantly by The INSTANT-Series. This book provides 11 chapters to help students improve their study skills, ranging from upgrading your way of studying, effective note taking, visualization, and speed study. What was super helpful were the exercises at the end of each chapter, giving readers a chance to practice what they've learned. I was happy also to learn that I apparently already use some of the techniques mentioned, which have undoubtedly helped me, but I also picked up several more methods that I can use as I learn new things as well.

The Interlinking Technique in Instant Study Skills: How to Study Instantly is a wonderful way for students to not only memorize something by relating it to something else, but also to help them really apply and understand what it is that they're learning by connecting it to something. Drawing out your studying was another effective technique suggested whereby you assign an image to help you remember something more easily. For those students in high school for whom everything came easily, they will lack the study skills needed for college unless they are taught techniques like those in this book to set them up for success. Studying is not a natural gift, so it's good to have a book like this to teach these skills.

Rebekah Wratney

Being a student, speedy study skills are needed. Good, speedy study skills that work are hard to come by or come up with. But, “Instant Study Skills: How to Study Instantly!,” by The Instant-Series gives students great ideas on how to effectively manage time and study to the best of their ability.

Chapter one explains why one needs to learn how to study more effectively. In conclusion, it gives you three basic steps on how to do just that while incorporating the other chapters’ theories

Chapter two discusses several techniques. The first is based on repetition. By condensing the information you have to learn into more bite-size chunks it is easy to process and therefore easier to learn. As a college student, with over 100 pages to read every night for various courses this technique works great for me because with each chunk of information, you summarize into smaller phrases. Then when you go over that information again, it is easier to swallow.

Chapter three is about Interlinking. Interlinking is the idea that when you have two separate ideas, you can link them together with words that are similar to both. This concept was not very difficult to understand, but when applying it to my studying, it did not pay off for me. I remembered a little more than usual, but I was not confident in my ability to recall the information.

Chapter four is about the visuals. The book encouraged learners to use diagrams. This works well because humans are visual people and are more apt to remember a picture than a thousand words.

Chapter five is about to effectively take notes. This was great to have in the book because they explained that if you don’t have good notes to look back on, you don’t have the resources to study from . This idea was a bit of a no-brainer for me as I have a certain system in how I take notes. I think that many people in college have a certain way they take notes that works for them.

Chapter six is about how to incorporate physicality into studying. This was a new idea to me and it is brilliant! They suggested that when you have to memorize a list of things or definitions assign them a finger. When it comes time for a test, it is easier to recall the definition because you can see your fingers and are able to remember it better because of the visual.

Chapters 7 and 8 both have to deal with time and how it relates to studying and doing homework. Chapter eight was the most beneficial chapter for me because it combined some of the other techniques into one to study fast and well teaching you how to skim. There are five steps to skimming a text. Basically, you read all of the titles in the chapter and write down summaries of the introduction on flashcards to use later for studying.

Chapter nine was a review, Chapter ten listed several other small techniques on how to remember when you forgot your techniques, and
Chapter eleven talked about how you will study from now on and how to do what works best for you.

Overall this book is great. It has great ideas and great examples on how to use each technique. The exercises that are given in the book really help to sink in the technique so that you remember how to study instantly and more effectively next time. For college students, especially, this is a great book and I highly recommend it.

Nate Stewart

This book is incredibly useful to any student or just anyone who wants to get better at studying up on a subject. A lot of people find the hardest part of school or learning to be studying. This book will clearly help you to learn what is going to be effective at increasing your strengths when it comes to studying.

The book goes into many different ways that the science of studying can be more effectively taken advantage of by you. The book covers everything from the basics of learning to repetition to interlinking.

The book effectively teaches with visuals that will make the information stick much better and it will teach you how to best take notes. The whole book has even more information than I can write in one review. I found it incredibly useful and is one book that I actually found useful to read.

In conclusion it helped me a great deal and I wouldn’t mind reading more books from this author that could teach me how else to improve my daily life. If you want to study better check this book out!

Juwan Johnson

The Instant Study Skills Book gave me a lot more than what I would normally expect from a book that promises “instant” results. It wasn’t a cut and dried “do this and do that and then you will be successful” type of book.

It seemed a bit more personalized. I really enjoyed the fact that it was a short read because I was able to knock it out during a trip. I can’t stand books that seem like manuals where they just dump all of the information on you and expect you to be able to retain and apply it.

What I liked is that it touched on the basic skills that I normally and expanded upon them. It gave descriptions and samples of practices like the memorization method, text to diagram method and speed studying, and how to improve upon those skills to make them work best for you.
Instant Study Skills is also interactive, so it’s not like you’re just reading an entire block of information with no idea how to apply it to real life.

The book also had skills that apply to almost everyone. There were methods for Auditory, Visual and Kinesthetic learners. I’m more of an auditory learner myself, but I think it’d be exciting to try something out for other learning styles and see how it works for me.

Overall, the chapters were short, sweet and seemed to follow a simple format:
Introduction, >Expansion, >Application >Evaluation, which was enough to keep me interested and made it easy to found out exactly what i needed.
Highly Recommended!

donaghy

Instant Study Skills is concise, helpful, and analytical; it’s especially useful for students. Being a student myself, I found lots of the tips and examples in the book to be very helpful and it mentioned ideas and tactics that I’ve never even thought of. It doesn’t take very long to read or listen to; I got through the audiobook in around twenty minutes.

The audiobook goes through different types of studying and how to do it: for example, it details how one method of studying is better than another and clearly explains why. It also explains how to make use of your studying by teaching the reader techniques to help him or her remember information better, which I found extremely helpful.

The book doesn’t just have ideas and explanations in it, but also exercises that teach you how to apple the study skills, which I think helps a lot. Overall, I think the book is great and a must-read for students.

Erin

In high school, I never studied. I never needed to. I was the kid who always had fantastic grades and was on the Honor Roll despite never even cracking open a textbook for the purpose of studying. In college, it was a whole different ballgame. I needed to study, but I didn't know how. So I picked up this book, hoping for a concise guide on how to become better at studying, and I got exactly what I was looking for. It was a short, concise read, but it was absolutely full of vital information for anyone who, like me, needs to learn how to study better.

Mana G

So recently I've been a bit overwhelmed with schoolwork (as a reference point, I'm now a junior in college in upper-level classes that I can't breeze through anymore) so naturally instead of spending time studying I'm spending my time reading books on how to study. I'm sure I'm not the only one who sees the irony in that.

Anyway, I've read quite a few of these 'how to study' books this past week and this one was efficient enough to compel me to leave a review. I suppose what stuck out to me the most was how relatable it was- The author is real and speaks to the reader. Yeah, sure, he (she?) calls you out on stuff, but the author also takes time to reassure you and to point out thinks to work on. I guarantee I didn't expect to laugh when I first bought the book (not that it's 100% comedy gold, but still- nice touch) I found myself laughing throughout the book because, again, the author is straight-up honest with you. It's great- I've tried out a few simple things here and there the last few days and I'm happy to say that they've worked!

As you can see I enjoyed the book and as such I simply must give it my recommendation.