4 out of 4 stars
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Many people find it hard to cut through the information in a book, retain the key points, and put the knowledge acquired from a text to use. Some people would love to read more and become better learners, but they often struggle to get beyond the first few chapters. Thankfully, Donald Russell Woodruff provides readers with a way to fix the above issues in his book—The Kangaroo Method.
The author seeks to raise the reader's ability to become more intelligent by addressing the root causes that impede learning. He believes that by significantly improving readers' verbal intelligence, readers can strengthen their reading fluency, comprehension, and retention. But what is verbal intelligence, and how can one unlock it? Do you know why we often tune out while reading? Read this book to learn to be a proficient reader and enjoy the author's eye-opening answers to the above questions.
Recently, I read a book that also provided invaluable tips on how to improve one's reading speed and skills, so I am glad to find that this author opened up another portal to becoming proficient in reading and learning. After reading this book, I employed the author's strategy, the Kangaroo Method, and found that I had a better understanding of what I was reading. I also noticed that I could easily recall what I read. Hence, what I like most about this book is the author's innovative contribution to solving a problem that continues to worry most learners. I appreciate his insights into how unknown words or words we assume to know but are at a loss to define cause disruption when we read. And I believe that anyone looking to improve how they study or enjoy publications would benefit from the book.
Furthermore, the author's writing style is praiseworthy. His experience as an educator is evident throughout the book. He delivers his discussions and explanations in simple language, and I loved how organized his lessons were. Also, I enjoyed the author's use of analogies and his life stories to make his points relatable and easy to understand. For example, I found the author's story of a parallel parking test he failed and how his father put him through it by breaking the process into steps entertaining and eye-opening.
Another aspect of this book that I love is that the author didn't stop at only teaching his readers to become better readers and learners. The book contains personal stories from the author that would inspire readers to believe in themselves to achieve whatever they desire. I also appreciate his advice to readers to push through the expected pushback that follows applying a new strategy. Hence, I must commend his message of persistence and patience.
I didn't dislike anything about this book. At just 54 pages, it is also a quick read, and I love that the book is exceptionally edited. Therefore, I rate The Kangaroo Method a well-deserved four out of four stars. I highly recommend it to people who wish to read and learn better and unlock the intellectual boost they seek.
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