Bibliography of Books, Websites and other Sources

Note: This list is still incomlete. Additional Sources will be added later.

Books recommended for all college students

Buzan, Tony.  1983. Use Both Sides of Your Brain: New Techniques to help you read efficiently, study effectively, solve problems, remember more, think creatively. NY: E.P. Dutton.
I really don’t think this book does all those things the title says it does. It is widely recognized as the source of “Mindmapping” but what it does best is explain the basis for scheduled reviews. It also contains the wonderful story of Edward Hughes. Just remember that Hughes did well because of scheduled reviews, not “Mindmapping.” He could have done as well using outlines.

Covey, Sean. 1998. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. NYC: Fireside (Simon and Schuster).
I recommend this book very highly. Every teen in high school, college, on out of school should really read this book.

Doidge, Norman. 2007. The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. NYC: Penguin. This is the most important book I’ve read in the past 20-30 years. Easy enough to read and a major shift in scientific/medical thinking.

Kane, Thomas M. 2008. Protect Yourself at College. Sterling VA:Capitol Books
Everyone in college or about to go to college should read this. It includes a long list of dangers: earthquakes, tornados, fires, hazing, alcohol, death from too much water, rape, computer theft, identify theft, problems of living off campus, and many other disasters and how to protect yourself.

Kaplan, Ben. 2002. How to Go to College Almost for Free.  NY: HarperCollins.
If you are going into debt, you need to read this book and start winning scholarships. Inspirational and practical.

Light, Richard J. 2001. Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Ratey, John and Eric Hagerman. 2008. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain. NYC: Little, Brown and Co.

Tapscott, Don. 1998. Growing Up Digital: The Rise of the Net Generation. NY: McGraw-Hill.  This book is outdated – since it involves computers – but I found it exciting to read his comparison of teens and older people and their use of the computer.



General Bibliography

Many of these are also excellent books but not books I’ld recommend for most college students. Some are written for teachers. Some are textbooks or other books with much more information than you probably want. If you found a certain topic especially interesting you will find these are excellent references.

* Those marked with an asterisk are books college students might find most helpful.

Note: There is a separate bibliography in the LD (Learning Differences) section.

*Adler, Mortimer J. and Charles Van Doren. 1972. How to Read a Book. NYC: Simon and Schuster.

Albrect, Karl. 1980. Brain Power: Learn to Improve Your Thinking Skills. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

American Association for the Advancement of Science. 1990. Science for All Americans. NYC: Oxford University Press.

Baddeley, Alan, Michael W. Eysench, Michael C. Anderson. 2009. Memory. NYC: Psychology Press.

Bailey, Jill. 1995. Evolution and Genetics: The Molecules of Inheritance. NYC: Oxford University Press

Barrell, John. 1991. Teaching for Thoughtfulness. NYC: Longman.

* Baumeister, Roy and John Tierney. 2011. Willpower:Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength. NY: The Penguin Press.

Bautista, Veltisezar. 2000. Improve Your Grades: How to Become an Honor Student. Warren, MI: Bookhaus Publishers.

Brookfield, Stephen D. 1987. Developing Critical Thinkers: Challenging Adults to Explore Alternative Ways of Thinking and Acting. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass Publishers.

Caine, Renata Nummella and Geoffrey Caine. 1994. Making Connections. Menlo Park, CA.: Innovative Learning Publications.

Carnegie, Dale. 1936, Revised 1989. How to Win Friends and Influence People. NYC: Simon and Schuster.

—————–Revised by Dorothy Carnegie. 1962. The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking. Garden City, NY: Dale Carnegie and Associates.

Christie, William and Thomas Murphy. 1992. Smart Learning: A Study Skills Guide for Teens. Bloomington, IN: Grayson/Bernard Publishers.

Clarke, John H. 1990. Patterns of Thinking: Integrating Learning Skills in Content Teaching. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn and Bacon.

* Covey, Stephen R. 1990. The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. NYC: Simon and Schuster.

————————–2004. The Eighth Habit. NYC: Free Press.

Cronin, Eileen M. 1994. Helping Our Dyslexic Child. Rocklin, CA: Prima Publishing.

Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly. 1990. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. NY: Harper and Row.

D’Angelo, E. 1971. The Teaching of Critical Thinking. Amsterdm: B.R. Gruner.

*Dewdney, A. K. 1993. 200% of Nothing. NYC: John Wiley and Sons.

Dryden, Gordon and Jeannette Vos.  1994. The Learning Revolution. Rolling Hills Estate, CA: Jalmer Press.

Dyer, Wayne W. 2011. Excuses Begone: How to Change Lifelong, Self-defeating Thinking Habits. NYC: Hay House.

Ekstein, Rudolph and Rocco I Motto. 1969. From Learning for Love to Love of Learning. NYC: Brunner/Mazel Publications.

Fogarty, Robin and James Bellanca. 1986. Teach Them Thinking: Mental Menus for 24 Thinking Skills. Palatine, IL: IRI/Skylight Publishing.

Finkel, Robert W. 1991. Brainbooster: Six Hours to Rapid Learning and Remembering. NYC: Walker and Company.

Fisher, Alec. 2001. Critical Thinking: An Introduction. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Fives, Theresa with Holly Papowski. 2003. Getting Through College Without Going Broke. NY: Natavi Guides.

Foer, Joshua. 2011. Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything. NYC: The Penguin Press.

Frank, Steven. 1996. The Everything Study Book. Holbrook, MA: Adams Media Corporation.

*Fry, Ron. 1996. How to Study. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press.

* ————1996. Last Minute Study Tips. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press.

* ———–1994.  Improve Your Memory, 2nd ed.  Hawthorne, NJ: Career Press.

* ———–1991. Write Papers. Hawthorne, NJ: Career Press.

*Gardner, Howard. 1983. Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences. NYC: Basic Books.

*————————1993. Multiple Intelligences: The Theory into Practice. NYC: Basic Books.

*———————–1999. The Disciplined Mind. NY: Simon and Schuster.

*———————–2004. Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds. Boston, MA: Harvard Business School Press.

*Gelb, Michael J. 2002. Discover Your Genius. NYC: HarperCollins.

*———————-1998. How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day. NYC: Delacorte Press.

*Goleman, Daniel. 2006. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships. NYC. Bantam Books.

* ———————–1995. Emotional Intelligence. NYC: Bantam Books

Goleman, Daniel, Paul Kaufman, and Michael Ray. 1992. The Creative Spirit. NY: Dutton Books.

Gonick, Larry and Woolcott Smith. 1993. The Cartoon Guide to Statistics. NY: Harper Perennial.

Gottesman, Deb and Buzz Mauro. 2001. Taking Center Stage: Public Speaking Skills You Never Knew You Had. NYC: Berkeley Books.

Green, Cynthia. 2001. Total Memory Workout: Eight Easy Steps to Maximum Memory Fitness. NYC: Bantam. Books.

Greenwood-Robinson, Maggie. 2003. 20/20 Thinking. NYC: Penguin Putnam.

**Grothe, Mardy. 2008. i never metaphor i didn’t like. NYC: HarperCollins.

Hannaford, Carla. 1995. Smart Moves. Arlington, VA: Great Ocean Publishers.

Hannell, Glynis. 2004. Dyslexia: Action Plans for Successful Learning.  Minnetonka, MN: Peytral Publications.

Herrmann, Douglas, Douglas Raybeck, Michael Gruneberg. 2002. Improving Memory and Study Skills: Advances in Theory and Practice. Seattle, WA: Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.

Howard, Pierce J. 2000. The Owner’s Manual for The Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research, second ed. Austin, Tx: Bard Press.

*Hughes, William and Jonathan Lavery. 2004. Critical Thinking: an Introduction to the Basic Skills, 4th ed. Toronto, Canada: Broadview Press.

Hyerle, David. 2009. Visual Tools for Transforming Information into Knowledge, second ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

—————- 2004. Student Success with Thinking Maps. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press

Jensen, Eric. 1994. The Learning Brain. Delmar, CA: Turning Point Publishing.

—————–1995 Super Teaching. Delmar, CA: Turning Point Publishing.

—————–1995. Brain-Based Learning and Teaching. Delmar, CA: Turning Point Publishing.

—————–1996. Completing the Puzzle: The Brain-Based Approach. Delmar, CA: Turning Point Publishing.

Johnson, Susan. 1997. Taking the Anxiety out of Taking Tests. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Kahneman, Daniel. 2001. Thinking Fast and Slow. NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.

Kandel, Eric R. 2007.  In Search of Memory. NYC: W.W. Norton and Company.

Kean, Sam. 2010. The Disappearing Spoon. NYC: Little, Brown and Company.

Kotre, John. 1998. White Gloves: How we create ourselves through Memory. NY: The Free Press? Simon and Schuster.

Langan, John. 2004. Advancing College Reading Skills, 4th edition. West Berlin, NJ: Townsend Press Inc.
This and other books by Langan are used to help students needing remedial reading skills.

Lazear, David. 1991. Seven Ways of Teaching. Palatine, IL: IRI/Skylight Publishing.

Lehrer, Jonah.2012. Imagine: How Creativity Works. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

——————   2010. How We Decide. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

* Locke, Edwin A. 1975. Study Methods and Motivation. New Milford, CT. Second Renaissance Books.

* Lorayne, Harry. 1990. Super Memory, Super Student: How to Raise Your Grades in 30 Days. NYC: Little Brown and Company.

* ——————-  1985. Page a Minute Memory Book. NYC: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.

Maguire, Jack. 1990. Care and Feeding of the Brain. NYC: Doubleday.

Merriweather, Neil W. 1997. Twelve Easy Steps to Successful Research Papers. Lincolnwood, IL: NTC Publishing Group.

Monkhouse, Bob. 1991. Just Say a Few Words: The Complete Speaker’s Handbook. NYC: M. Evans and Company.

Myers, Betsy with John David Mann. 2011. Take the Lead: Motivate, Inspire, and Bring Out the Best in Yourself and Everyone Around You. NY: Simon and Schuster. – a good book on leadership.

*Mycoskie, Blake. 2006. Start Something that Matters. NY: Spiegel and Grau.

Naisbitt, John. 2006. Mind Set: Reset Your Thinking and See the Future. NY: HarperCollins.

Nelson, Aaron P. 2005. The Harvard Medical School Guide to Achieving Optimal Memory. NYC: McGraw-Hill.

* Nist-Olejnik, Sherrie and Jodi Patrick Holschuh. 2007. College Rules:How to Study, Survive and Succeed in College, 2nd ed. Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press.

* Northcutt, Frances, ed. 2008. How to Survive Your Freshman Year by Hundreds of College Students Who Did. Atlanta, GA: Hundreds of Heads Books.

Orloff, Judith. 2009. Emotional Freedom: Liberate Yourself from Negative Emotions and Transform Your Life. NY: Harmony Books.

Paris, Scott G. and Linda R. Ayers. 1994. Becoming Reflective Students and Teachers.  Washington,DC. American Psychological Association.

*Paul, Kevin. 1996.Study Smarter, Not Harder. Vancouver, Canada: Self-Counsel Press.

*Pink, Daniel H. 2006. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future. NYC: Riverhead Books.

Pinker, Steven. 2007. The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature. NYC: Viking.

Ratey, John J. 2002. A User’s Guide to the Brain. NYC: Vintage Books.

Roan, Dan. 2009. The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures. NY: Portfolio – Penguin Group.

Rucker, Rudy. 1988. Mind Tools: The five levels of Mathematical Reality. Boston, MA:Houghton Mifflin.

Ruggiero, Vincent. 1988. Thinking Across the Curriculum. NYC: Harper and Row.

*Sebranek, P., V. Meyer, and D. Kemper. 1997, Write for College. Wilmington, MA: Great Source Educational Group.

Seligman, Martin. 1991. Learned Optimism. NYC: Alfred A. Knopf.

Stevens, Chris. 2008. Thirty Days Has September: Cool Ways to Remember Stuff. NYC: Scholastic Inc.

Sousa, David A. 2001. How the Brain Learns. Thousand Oaks, AC: Corvin Press, Inc.

*Sternberg, Robert J. 1996. Successful Intelligence: How Practical and Creative Intelligence Determine Success in Life. NYC: Penguin Putnam.

————————- 1997. Thinking Styles. Cambridge MA: Cambridge University Press.

Tapscott: Dan and Anthony D. Williams. 2010. Macrowikinomics: Rebooting Business and the World. NY:Portfolio – Penguin. Chapter 2: Five Principles for the Age of Networked Intelligence.

Thorpe, Scott. 2000. How to Think Like Einstein: Simple Ways to Break the Rules and Discover Your Hidden Genius. Naperville. IL: Sourcebooks.

*Tyler, Suzette, ed. 2008. Been There Should’ve Done That: 995 Tips for Making the Most of College. Lansing: MI: Front Porch Press.

Von Oeck, Roger. 1983. A Whack on the Side of the Head: How to Unlock Your Mind for Innovation. NYC: Warner Books.

Wenger, Win. 1996. The Einstein Factor: A Proven Method for Increasing Your Intelligence.  Rocklin CA: Prima Publishing.

*Worthington, Janet F. and Ronald Farrar. 1998. The Ultimate College Survival Guide, 4th ed. Princeton, NJ: Peterson’s

Yank, Mike. 2003. Find Your Passion in College. NY: Natavi Guide.




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For more information on the brain, or on Learning Strategies, Johns Hopkins University School of Education has  helpful series of articles

For the  Brain:
For Learning Strategies: