Introduction of the book

How to Learn 101

        Why are there some lousy students? They could be “dummies”, or they cannot keep up in class because they have not been taught how to learn. If you cannot code a program without having been taught programming 101, are you a dummy? Of course not. So, why are they regarded as “dummies” without being taught the basics: how to learn.

        Most readers of this book will be adults. Do you think you can survive without learning until your retirement in today’s competitive society? Do you think you do not have to learn any more after your graduation from high school or university? Do you think you can get a position that brings your family and you more comfortable income without additional learning? If you are a parent and do not provide your children with a decent quality of life because you didn’t learn much, do you think you can regard yourself as a good dad or mom?

        I will show you “How to Learn 101.” While I was in the U.S., I saw many books for beginners like the “For Dummies” series, such as “Critical Thinking Skills For Dummies.” However, I did not have a chance to find a book on efficient learning.

        While learning English alone, I got upset with myself countless times, saying “Why can’t I keep sitting in the chair and learning for more than 30 minutes?”. The fact that I could not focus that long bothered me a lot. I sometimes regarded myself as a dummy. Then I came up with some learning tips and applied them to myself, which helped me to enter the U.S. universities and acquire an MBA degree.

        My second book has become a best-seller, not because it has lots of learning tips the readers do not know, but because these tips are practical and easy for them to apply. These are my hands-on tips. There are many books on learning in Japan, but most of them are about, say “You are supposed to learn this way.” For example, one of them says “You are supposed to get up one hour earlier and learn,” but the “how” is missing. I will show you learning tips, but it is not a good idea to introduce all of them to you at once. I strongly recommend you that you start with one or two tips and move on to the next one after you get used to it or them. The easiest tips for you personally to apply are the best ones to start with. Once you get used to them, they will not be a big deal for you, kind of like brushing your teeth and taking a shower.

        The target readers of this book are not highly educated people, but rather those who have decided to invest their time and money in themselves and educate themselves in order to climb the social ladder. This is crucial; you need to learn something not to be more intelligent, but to enrich the lives of your family and yourself. This book might also be helpful for parents of children with learning disabilities or disorders. I hope the following learning tips will be helpful. Enjoy reading!