Sunday, August 25, 2013

Back to School with DK Canada–Part 2: How to be a Genius

back-to-school-boutique-button-185x185To celebrate the Back to School event in our lives, DK Canada is having a special limited time offer (30% off) on selected titles in their Back to School Boutique.  Consequently, to celebrate the Back to School time of the year, I will present you some of the titles found in the DK Canada Boutique in the week to come. 

To continue the special Back to School theme, today I present you the title How to Be a Genius – Your Brain and How to Train It.


About the book

How to be a Genius reveals the magical and mysterious world of the brain. With facts, puzzles, brain teasers, optical illusions, and other brain training activities, readers will unlock their true intellectual power. How to be a Genius explores the physiology, anatomy, and evolution of the brain and then teaches innovative brain stimulating exercises. Covering all aspects of brain activity, from perception and problem solving, to memory, language, and creativity, readers will learn tips and tricks for getting the most out of the brain. The book also features activities including sports, magic, playing cards, and computer games. Readers will enjoy employing their creativity with this hands-on guide to the mind filled with wonderful knowledge and great activities to boost brainpower.

My Thoughts

In the past few years, you have probably stumbled on news stating the importance of training your brain in order to keep it healthy.   I do believe that doing so will help you in being able to remember better some things.   But what does it means to train your brain?   It means to do actively find puzzles, games and optical illusions that will allow you to stretch the gray matter of your brain.

This book will allow you to do just that and more.  Not only will you be able to read more about the brain itself as well as famous scientists, painters or composers but you will find fun activities to do alone or with other throughout the book.  The book is divided into eight sections:

  • Meet Your Brain – this section is presenting you the brain as we know it by showing you the different parts of the brain and explaining the difference between the left side and the right side.   It will also explain nerves, neurons and brain waves.
  • Come to Your Senses – Senses are very helpful to allow you to understand better the world around you.  This section will let you discover how your senses can be tricked with exercises and how you can develop your senses in order to better understand how they work.  You will also discover who Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was.
  • How Memory Works – What is memory?  This specific section will let you know how to improve your memory, how to pay attention to details and make associations.  You will also learn more about Albert Einstein.
  • Problem Solving -   In this section, you can better understand how you learn, discover how to solve mazes and puzzles, explore logic and brainteasers, as well as discover how to resolve math problems.  You will also learn more about George Washington Carver (a personality I am fascinated with lately) and Wernher von Braun.
  • A Way With Words – In this section, you will discover the importance of words, how reading words aloud can help you to better understand complicated things and learn who Jean François Champollion was.
  • The Creative Mind – Learn how you can boost your creativity by doing simple exercises.  Also discover Leonardo da Vinci.
  • Your Brain and You – What makes you special compare to someone else?   Discover how the personality type, the dreams, emotions, and more will make the person you are in life.   Also in this section, you will learn more about Mary Anning and Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The Evolving Brain – this section will expands on how the brain grows, what is brain surgery, explore animal intelligence and how machines think.  It will also present you Charles Darwin which is the father of evolution.

The book is packed with fun exercises to test you brain, fun illustrations that accompany the text and interesting information about the brain.   With simply tricks like mnemonics, imagery and pictures, you can improve your memory and be proactive when reading.   I remember taking a fast reading course when I was in university.  This course itself helped me to go through my bachelor and master degrees by giving me tricks to improve my reading skills and the time it takes to read a text.  To this day I find that some of these tricks are still useful.  

Whether you are in middle school, high school, college/university or an adult, I think this book can help you improve your brain functions and train it to remember more.   It’s always good to be challenge when the new school year starts, so why not exploring How to Be a Genius and train your brain at the same time!

If you want to find these titles and many more that could be interesting to supplement school works/studies as well as inform your kids on specific themes, I would suggest that you check out the Back to School Boutique at DK Canada.  Don’t forget that they offer 30% off on titles listed in this specific promotion. Click on the image below to discover the various titles found in the Back To School Boutique at DK Canada!


The titles presented in this review are available for purchase at your favourite bookstore, even and


Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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