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!
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.
Make it stick is better in my opinion. There were great stories and examples though. Must read for parents and educators.
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'm fascinated by learning strategies, so I could be biased. That said, this was the most well thought out and executed books I've ever read.
The ideas are structured perfectly, there's just enough science to back up those ideas, and every lesson comes with practical application. Most books fail at one or all of these. Not here.
I'm putting this advice to work right away and I'm confident that I'll see some payout quickly. Awesome!
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.
The narrative becomes slow during the first quarter of the book, but then the content and material helps to improve it.
In general, a good book for those interested in understanding more the process of learning. You'll find out that a lot of paradigms are actually a barrier to learning. Very useful for parents!
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