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Simple Principles of Learning Simple Principles of Studying Review by Carrie Wilbur

Richard Schwagerl
Simple Principles of Learning

This is an interesting concept: basic principles of study or learning arranged for easy accessibility. Mr. Schwagerl makes a case for knowing how to learn, not just what to learn. If we know better how to learn, he argues, we see twice the return on study time. Two modules, Simple Principles of Learning and Simple Principles of Studying, are presented in four formats: pocket or wallet-size laminated cards, four-page booklets, and full-size laminated pages.

In brief, Mr. Schwagerl quickly covers four basic principles of learning and how to use them: Attention, The Process, To Store, Remember/Recall. For studying, he touches on how to see the best return on study time, what is not efficient when studying, and how to make your study time more rewarding.

One of the best uses of this material would be in reinforcing the need for a logical approach to learning for a person struggling with aspects of processing/absorption. Younger children would benefit from instruction under a parent who teaches with these ideas in mind. A middle grade student may be able to use this information, especially if used with parental guidance in a particular subject. High schoolers and college students could easily benefit from having the pocket version for quick reference.

My only complaint is that it seems as though Mr. Schwagerl could easily offer a parent/teacher seminar on the subject of learning and studying more easily and effectively. Because I would find such an offering quite useful, I have wondered what the expanded back story is for these materials. His reviews and recommendations elsewhere are extensive and glowing. I'm sure he has more to offer, and I look forward to learning more.

At $3.95 for both modules in any of the aforementioned versions, and full downloads for just $1, these little items pack quite a punch, particularly for students needing better focus.

Product review by Carrie Wilbur, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, March 2010