In the tradition of The Power of Habit and Thinking, Fast and Slow comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today - and how we can apply it to our own lives.
From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness, distraction, and ignorance are the enemies of success. We’re told that learning is all self-discipline, that we must confine ourselves to designated study areas, turn off the music, and maintain a strict ritual if we want to ace that test, memorize that presentation, or nail that piano recital.
But what if almost everything we were told about learning is wrong? And what if there was a way to achieve more with less effort?
In How We Learn, award-winning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that, from the moment we are born, we are all learning quickly, efficiently, and automatically; but in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming. Is a dedicated desk in a quiet room really the best way to study? Can altering your routine improve your recall? Are there times when distraction is good? Is repetition necessary? Carey's search for answers to these questions yields a wealth of strategies that make learning more a part of our everyday lives - and less of a chore. In How We Learn, Benedict Carey shows us how to exploit its quirks to our advantage.
©2014 Benedict Carey (P)2014 Random House Audio
Graphic designer and University professor. I love comics and to be always learning something new!
No, because it's informative, I did take notes though! great studying tips!
There a lot of books talking about how the brain works... this one FOCUS on studying and remembering and quotes/explains a lot of past experiments
Yes, although it got kind of tedious for some moments
nop, but it did surprise me some points!
This was a fascinating book. Nicely laid out with complex cognitive systems described clearly. My only issue was that the book is slightly mischaracterized to be about "learning" when most of it is on memory and recall. The author does touch on deeper levels of learning- application, synthesis and making connections. I would have liked more here. Still a really great listen.
Make it stick is better in my opinion. There were great stories and examples though. Must read for parents and educators.
Benedict Carey offers some interesting insights of the learning process in some non-traditional but evidence supported methods. Even though I have studied learning and educational psychology some, I was not familiar with some of the research Carey offered. Some of the insights helped me to understand a few of the observations I had made in my professional degree program students over the years. Indeed, some of this content will be woven into recommendations for future courses. I rated everything as a 4-star for this book because of tending to be stingy with 5s. If available, 4.5s would have been perfect. If you are an educator at the secondary level or higher, I recommend this book. It could change the way you do things or the evidence presented therein could prove to be the impetus behind your own creative strategies for your students or even adult learners.
Easy listening, great info and insights. So many of my beliefs were wrong about the best way to learn. Enlightening read,
Write in laymen's terms this book really simplifies brain theory and gives you practical ways to apply what you have learned. A great investment that will pay dividends for years to come.
I like audiobooks.
An enjoyable account of brain science meets education research. Might be a good, light read if this is your cup of tea.
Wish I had known this earlier! Though it's so counterintuitive that I doubt wherther I would have taken to the advice. I hope that my students will take this advice to heart.
Very much enjoyed this book. From its humorous jokes and anecdotes, to its approach to sharing what current learning science has discovered. My only worry is that other educators will read this book and use it to come up with better test taking strategies for their students as opposed to better learning strategies for their students.
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