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How We Learn - The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

Benedict Carey

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. By road testing many of the counterintuitive techniques described in this book, Carey shows how we can flex the neural muscles that make deep learning possible. Along the way he reveals why teachers should give final exams on the first day of class, why it's wise to interleave subjects and concepts when learning any new skill, and when it's smarter to stay up late prepping for that presentation than to rise early for one last cram session. And if this requires some suspension of disbelief, that's because the research defi

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. By road testing many of the counterintuitive techniques described in this book, Carey shows how we can flex the neural muscles that make deep learning possible. Along the way he reveals why teachers should give final exams on the first day of class, why it's wise to interleave subjects and concepts when learning any new skill, and when it's smarter to stay up late prepping for that presentation than to rise early for one last cram session. And if this requires some suspension of disbelief, that's because the research defi
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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. By road testing many of the counterintuitive techniques described in this book, Carey shows how we can flex the neural muscles that make deep learning possible. Along the way he reveals why teachers should give final exams on the first day of class, why it's wise to interleave subjects and concepts when learning any new skill, and when it's smarter to stay up late prepping for that presentation than to rise early for one last cram session. And if this requires some suspension of disbelief, that's because the research defi

Language:

English

Narrators:

Steve Kramer

Length:

7h 21m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:03


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:12


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:23


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:12


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:06


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:14


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:49


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:09


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:15


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

09:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:09


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:28


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:23


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:08


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:48


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:09


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:47


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:29


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:46


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:07


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:36


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:32


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:11


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:11


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:29


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:57


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:32


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

07:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:26


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

07:36


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:33


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:28


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:21


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:46


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:37


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:23


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:50


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:00


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

10:13


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:11


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:36


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:33


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:11


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:56


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:15


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:31


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:29


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:15


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:19


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:58


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

06:37


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:18


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:11


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:09


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

00:34