“Educational leaders are seeing with increasing clearness the necessity of teaching students not only the subject-matter of study but also methods of study. The recognition of this condition is taking the form of the movement toward ''supervised study,'' which attempts to acquaint the student with principles of economy and directness in using his mind. It is generally agreed that there are certain ''tricks'' which make for mental efficiency, consisting of methods of apperceiving facts, methods of review, devices for arranging work. Some are the fruits of psychological experimentation; others are derived from experience. Many of them can be imparted by instruction, and it is for the purpose of systematizing these and making them available for students that this book is prepared.” -The Author
“The weapons of offense and defense in the battles of study, – memory, concentration of attention, the power to reason, note-taking and all the rest, – are carefully and simply explained, are taken apart and put together again in a highly interesting and delightful manner by that pleasing campaigner in psychology, Dr. Harry D. Kitson, in his new book, ‘How to Use Your Mind.’ Kitson does not claim that his book is a patent medicine. He does not pretend that it has any miraculous power to cure intellectual spavins, scholastic ringworms or pedagogical pip. Successful study can only be accomplished by hard work. Dr. Kitson’s book helps such students, as are anxious to work, to work more intelligently and with greater results from the energy expended. Dr. Kitson writes in the style of a father or a Dutch uncle who knows the conditions against which the college freshman will be thrown. The author anticipates all the important distractions and obstructions to study that the earnest college student is likely to meet….Looking back down the hill toward my vanished past, I reflectively flick a tear drop at the wreaths of immortelles and wish for two things: (1) that I had had an opportunity to read such a book as that by Dr. Kitson when I started to college, and (2) that I had had sense enough to profit by its teachings and them into practice after I had read it.” -Miles Gloriosus, The Public School Journal, Volume 36, 1917
“The principles as outlined by Dr. Kitson are not new but have been brought together and systemized in such manner as to make a very readable and interesting text. The volume will be of service to anyone interested in economical and effective methods of study.” -Journal of Applied Psychology, Volume 1, 1917
"How to Use Your Mind" is an exceptionally practical handbook on how you can use your mind more effectively to achieve better results in your studies. The book brings value to both students and teachers/lecturers. It explores the basics of comprehension and memorization and shows effective applications of memory in learning. Some of the topics covered are: How to master the art of effective note taking; how to become avidly interested in any subject matter; how to get a mental second wind; and how to get physically conditioned for effective study. Written by Indiana University Professor of Psychology Harry D. Kitson in 1921 (Second Edition), "How to Use Your Mind" is today still as contemporary as it was then.