I thought I would spend some time this year seeing if I can actively improve the way I learn and the way my brain works. Because I have seen quite a few adverts for the superlearner book and online course I thought I would give that a try.
This a very short audiobook (4.5 hours) but that is because most of the information actually isn't in the book but rather on the syllabus which can be downloaded online. That has links to further reading, homework to do, tests and games. I like this concept because it allows the authors to continually make sure the information is up to date, however it doesn't work in the way it has been presented here in my opinion. There is just so little in the book itself that a 45 minute car journey results in listening to 10 chapters, each of which has associated reading and homework to be done.
There is a very heavy emphasis on speed-reading as if that is the one and only key to "superlearning". Very little on any other form of learning, time management or mental efficiency tools. For instance at the end of the book is a chapter called "learning by video or audio", yet that chapter doesn’t actually discuss audio at all!
In my opinion this doesn't work as an audiobook and it feels like it has been offered as an afterthought. The narration is stilted, the production makes no sense and seeing as 90% of the content is available for free via the syllabus I question whether it was really even worth offering it in the first place.
Don't get me wrong, this has sparked an interest for improving my learning capability and I plan to work through some of the syllabus content over the coming months, and I will update the blog if I find any really useful stuff there. However if you see an advert for this as an audiobook, follow the links to the syllabus and then look elsewhere.
Dr Chris Harper