AuthorsDen.com   Join | Login  

     Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Alfred Schwab, iJohn MacEachern, iIan Thorpe, iEileen Granfors, iRon Mullinax, iCheryl Carpinello, iTuchy (Carl) Palmieri, i

  Home > Self-Help > Articles Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Irene Watson

· Become a Fan
· Contact me
· Books
· Articles
· 1,314 Titles
· 21 Reviews
· Save to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Nov, 2005

   newsletter

Subscribe to the Irene Watson Newsletter. Enter your name and email below and click "sign me up!"
Name:
Email:
Irene Watson, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.



   Recent articles by
Irene Watson

Ding Dong the Diva’s Dead by Cat Melodia: Book Review
Interview with Marie Gates, author of Are We Our Past Lives?
Are We Our Past Lives? by Marie Gates: Book Review
Black as Snow by Nick Nolan: Book Review
Interview with Cecilia Velastegui, author of Gathering the Indigo Maidens
Gathering the Indigo Maidens by Cecilia Velastegui: Book Review
Five Dances with Death: Dance On by Austin Briggs: Book Review
Hurrah’s Nest: Memoirs of a Money Trader by Barbara Kennedy: Book Review
Padman: A Dad’s Guide to Buying by Mark Elswick: Book Review
Fighting CPS by Deborah K. Frontiera: Book Review
What Do You Use to Help Your Body? by Jewel Kats: Book Review
Interview with Ken Brand, author of Less Blah Blah More Ah Ha
           >> View all

How to Become Smarter by author Nikolai Shevchuk,PhD: Book Review
by Irene Watson   
Not "rated" by the Author.
Last edited: Sunday, April 11, 2010
Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2010

Share    Print   Save    Become a Fan


"How to Become Smarter" by author Nikolai Shevchuk describes techniques for improving mental abilities such as general intelligence, attention control and impulse control, information processing speed, as well as understanding and getting along with other people. Some aspects of emotional intelligence are also covered, such as anger management and regulation of mood. Most of the proposed methods are temporary lifestyle changes such as “smart diets” and hydrotherapy (brief cooling or heating of the body). The proposed techniques can help you to slow down or to speed up your mental processes when necessary, or to lift or lower your mood as needed.

How to Become Smarter

Nikolai Shevchuk, PhD
CreateSpace (2010)
ISBN 9781449919597
Reviewed by Ron Standerfer for Reader Views (03/10)


“How to Become Smarter” by Nikolai Shevchuk has a lot going for it, starting with the front cover.  Let’s face it, who could resist picking up a book like that off the shelf and at least reading the first few pages to see what it is all about?  We all need to become smarter in some way or another, so it is a natural read.

I have to admit that before opening the cover of this book I was a little skeptical.  Who is this guy and what is he selling?  Is he a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a motivational speaker, or perhaps some kind of charlatan?  And what is he selling? As I began to read, I quickly realized that the answer to those two questions is none of the above, and nothing.  Specifically, Dr. Shevchuk has a PhD in molecular and cellular oncology from George Washington University.  He is an author or coauthor of fourteen scientific publications in the field of biomedicine.  The only thing he is selling is this book, in which he makes a strong and credible case for certain dietary and lifestyle changes that in his words, “can help you to: understand complex or dull text; concentrate on reading and writing; get along with people and live without conflicts; sharpen your wit and entertain people; and more.”

Dr. Shevchuk’s writing style won me over almost immediately with the following statement early on in the book, “Each chapter contains an informative summary and there is also a summary of key points at the end of each section within each chapter.  It may be easier to read the summaries of all chapters once or twice and then key points at the end of each section.  After that you can proceed to read chapters that you find particularly interesting or the whole book from start to finish.”  A man after my own heart!  That’s just how I like to read books of this type. Armed with this advice, I proceeded to read steadily and with good comprehension through the main chapters of the book which are: Mental clarity or “fluid intelligence;” Attention control or the ability to concentrate; Management of sleep; Emotional intelligence; Reading and writing performance; and Social intelligence.

You may be wondering why a Russian microbiologist would write so knowledgably and persuasively about nonpharmacological approaches to mental fitness.  I don’t have an answer to that, but my wife, who was born in Poland and spent most of her life there, tells me that Russians are famous for their home-remedy skills, mainly because there has always been a shortage of doctors in the smaller towns and villages there.  This seems plausible to me.

So what’s the bottom line?  Do I recommend this book or not?  Let me put it this way: my review copy is on my desk and it is going to stay there until I get a chance to read it again slowly, highlighter in hand, cover to cover---especially the chapter on reading and writing performance.  Meanwhile, a copy is on its way to my son along with stern admonition to thoroughly read the chapter on social intelligence.  He could use a little help in that department.  In other words, “How to Get Smarter” by Nikolai Shevchuk is an excellent and practical read and I highly recommend it.   Cпасибо, Dr Shevchuk!


Click here to get your book reviewed!



Want to review or comment on this article?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!



Coming Full Circle by Barbara Henry

'Coming Full Circle' is a book of poems, prayers,and inspirational quotes that promote hope, faith,and personal growth...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members


The Free Drink by Michael Gallegos Borresen

Compulsive gambling has become a worldwide self-destructive addiction of the mind and has become an epidemic...  
Featured BookAds by Silver
Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.