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The Mindful Way To Study: Dancing With Your Books

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The ability to pay attention is a key component of effective learning. Just think of all the times in your life when parents, teachers, bosses, and coaches have told you to pay attention to what you are doing. You would think that with all of the attention paid to paying attention, we would be pretty good at it. The problem is we're not, because most of us have never been ...more
Paperback, 190 pages
Published May 25th 2013 by O'Connor Press (first published January 7th 2012)
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Jenny (Reading Envy)
I'm reading through some books on mindfulness, attention, and contemplative pedagogy for work. This one is really not great. It is geared towards students and starts out with athletics and then goes in all sorts of directions without a clear path. It would have benefited from greater structure and a more defined purpose, as well as a greater connection between mindfulness and study. That's what I thought I would get from the title. The website associated with the book has a resource list that ...more
Aaron
Aug 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for someone with ADD/ADHD, but you won't see those acronyms tossed around in the text - probably because ANYone utilizing these methods can greatly improve their mental functioning. However, this is especially true for people with short attention spans, quick tempers, and procrastination tendencies.

Some of the concepts may come off a bit cheesy, but if you approach them with an attitude of "At worst, this will be hilarious; at best, it could change my life", you'll find that
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Edgar Miller
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read the first edition of this book while in law school, loved it, and felt that it changed the whole experience for the better. It goes way beyond your run of the mill study skills book. I go back to it regularly, especially when facing a new learning challenge. This is an updated version that came out in 2012 and which is available in ebook version (i found it on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Dancing-With-Yo...). The new edition has been updated with, among other things, very brief references ...more
Ken Vallespir
Jan 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
The mindful way to study is written by scientists and lacks finesse. That is to say that the information is conveyed in a cumbersome fashion. The information contained in the first 5 chapters could have been written in one chapter, given proper insight and revision. There are spelling and grammatical errors throughout the book. They were so blatant that an average college student like myself was able to pick up on them consistently.
Second, the attempt to connect to every possible demographic
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Damon
Jun 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
I wanted this book to be better but it wasn't. Better for beginners, but if you don't have problems focusing, concentrating and organizing your studies you'll get minimal value from this book. I was fooled by the high ratings. They must be friends and neighbors and relatives of the author methinks. Or maybe they were actually folks that didn't know how to study or meditate prior to reading this book. I dunno. It's inoffensive and sincere and enthusiastic and for that I sincerely appreciate the ...more
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