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

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

  • Title: How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
  • Author: Benedict Carey
  • ISBN: 9780812993899
  • Page: 175
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 allIn 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 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 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 defies what we ve been told, throughout our lives, about how best to learn The brain is not like a muscle, at least not in any straightforward sense It is something else altogether, sensitive to mood, to timing, to circadian rhythms, as well as to location and environment It doesn t take orders well, to put it mildly If the brain is a learning machine, then it is an eccentric one In How We Learn, Benedict Carey shows us how to exploit its quirks to our advantage Praise for How We Learn This book is a revelation I feel as if I ve owned a brain for fifty four years and only now discovered the operating manual Mary Roach, bestselling author of Stiff and Gulp A welcome rejoinder to the faddish notion that learning is all about the hours put in The New York Times Book Review A valuable, entertaining tool for educators, students and parents Shelf Awareness How We Learn is than a new approach to learning it is a guide to making the most out of life Who wouldn t be interested in that Scientific American I know of no other source that pulls together so much of what we know about the science of memory and couples it with practical, practicable advice Daniel T Willingham, professor of psychology at the University of VirginiaFrom the Hardcover edition.

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    1. According to Benedict Carey, a science reporter, the way we THINK we learn is actually very different from the way we ACTUALLY learn. About 95% of Carey’s book is a historical chronology of the clinical studies and science experiments that led to our current understanding of learning. The remaining 5% contains the useful points and strategies you need to be a better learner. Since I’m guessing almost all of us care very much about the useful 5% and very little of the historical 95%, I’ve b [...]

    2. Why So SeriousWe all “know” we need to be organized, to develop good, consistent study routines, to find a quiet place and avoid distractions, to focus on one skill at a time, and above all, to concentrate on our work. What’s to question about that?Carey begins this book with the allegation that most of our instincts about learning are misplaced, incomplete, or flat wrong. It goes like this: Want to procrastinate? Good!Can’t focus? Good!No fixed schedule? Good!Can’t study in a fixed pl [...]

    3. Probably the most informative book I have read in years. I was amazed at the information it contains, and how it was written for ready comprehension. It stands the traditional ideas on learning on end, and provides a solid basis for the knowledge it provides. I especially liked the appendix which summarized the information from the entire book into practical guidelines for use. I will make sure many members of my family get a copy of this book. It is valuable for all ages.

    4. Recomendo esse livro para qualquer um interessado em aprender. Claro, bem explicado, com pesquisa recente e ótimos exemplos claros do que ajuda e atrapalha a aprender. Eu não fazia ideia da importância de esquecer no processo. Algumas recomendações que ajudam a aprender mais e lembrar com mais facilidade do que aprendemos:Estudar em ambientes variadosVariar o tema de estudo em um mesmo dia. O mesmo vale para prática de esportes ou habilidades específicas.Quebrar o tempo de estudo em mais [...]

    5. Another excellent book on learning science--The book covers much of the same ground as Make It Stick: the Science of Successful Learning—desirable difficulty, the necessity of forgetting in learning, testing as a learning technique, illusion of knowing, and spaced & varied practice—but the emphasis is more on the practical side of learning and offers some concepts, studies, and insights not found in Make It Stick. Some of the things I took away from this book and will be applying to my o [...]

    6. I could go 3.5 stars easily, but not four as much of the book was review, not surprising (although my parents never, ever suggested when, where or how I should study!) I wanted to retitle the first half of this book "How We Memorize" as Carey dealt, in an engaging way, with studies on how we retain factual information. This is not the heart of my interest in deep learning -- and I think the topic is covered better and with better, useful techniques for memorization, in Moonwalking with EinsteinE [...]

    7. As soon as we shift focus from teaching to learning, understanding how our brains acquire information becomes paramount. The easy going, storytelling style of this book belies its depth and importance; this is a book about how brain cells form, hold onto, and retrieve new information.How we do learn often differs from how we may have been taught to learn. Schoolmarms would be very surprised to find out what actually works. Here are some of the unusual conclusions developed in the book:+ Forgetti [...]

    8. This is a rare book that, having listened to it, I want to buy as a hard copy to review.There are a lot of ideas in here about ideal learning conditions, the research that backs them up, and the ways to make the most of one's brain. Fascinating and useful. I wish I'd listened to it before I took my boards exam. There were things I might have structured differently in my study plan.I especially would like to have this on hand in the event that I'm involved in course design at some point. I think [...]

    9. I’ve been reading a lot of books about the science of learning lately. It started a couple of years ago when I began using an article by Carol Dweck in my developmental reading/writing course—an article about fixed and growth mindset and about how such a small thing like what you believe about your own intelligence or ability can have a huge impact. My students both related to it as learners but sometimes as parents too. Since then, I have seen/read discussions of mindset everywhere and one [...]

    10. 3.5--I wish my peers would read this and understand techniques that help children learn. Because I follow this kind of research quite a bit, there wasn't much here that I did not already know but I did appreciate Carey taking the time to explain the research behind the theories. This would be a great common book for college freshmen.

    11. Carey's "How We Learn" challenges our traditional views of learning by discussing the experimental results from the science of learning. The book is thus very similar to "Make It Stick" by Brown et al. In my opinion, Carey's book is more readable but not quite as useful and informative as "Make It Stick."Our traditional views about memorization, studying, and learning tend to focus on making learning easy: study in the same location, develop a study ritual, reduce distractions, then read, take n [...]

    12. Review of learning studies.Take aways:1. Forgetting then retrieval makes the memory 2. Recreate same state of mind/study environment -shake it up so that can redo in a variety of circumstances 3. Space out learn over time to remember more 4. “fluency illusion” easy to remember now and also later; to overcome consistently engage in self-testing as you go (ie. recite from memory as part of studying) 5. Pre-testing as study tool - even a wrong guess engages the mind in a more demanding way than [...]

    13. Sensacional, foca muito bem em como aprendemos, embora ele não seja um guia de como aprender, existem muitas dicas interessantes e não intuitivas nele como:-É mais interessante estudar em lugares variados ao invés de um cantinho só do estudo.-Alternar matérias é mais efetivo que estudar uma só (isso é intuitivo).-Tentar resolver questões antes de aprender o assunto, mesmo errando quase todas te dá uma maior retenção do que você vai aprender.-Estudo espaçado é o oque há- Melhor e [...]

    14. Some good news about our bad habits of procrastination, distraction, sleep, and learning. All these items long considered enemies to accomplishment in academia and life may be well-disguised friends due to the quirky ways our mind actually learns. Argues a more laid-back approach may be more efficient in the end which is music to my ears probably most people as well so there is a bit of too good to be true in the story. not bad.

    15. As the sub-title mentions, the ideas preferred in the book is in fact surprising and goes against the conventional wisdom in learning that we have grown up with. Turning too many ideas on its head, through a mixture of cognitive research, social science experiments and philosophical detours Mr Carey presents a cogent and quite persuasive picture of how we can adapt ourselves to learn consistently and most efficiently while keeping our eyes and ears open for that cherished moments of creative daw [...]

    16. thebookfeed4.5 StarsTo be honest, I've been looking for a book like this for a while. Not too long ago, I started reading “Thinking Fast and Slow”, but it couldn’t hold my attention long enough for me to finish it. I’ll admit, there were spots in this book that were a bit dry, but overall it was packed full of knowledge that was truly interesting. For instance, I really like how the author included a few brain teasers, as well as some truly bizarre brain experiments (splitting the brain, [...]

    17. How We Learn is almost a how-to book about what to do to learn better and faster. It turns out we're doing it all wrong.Benedict Carey is a science reporter, and so he has experience taking complex or incomplete scientific concepts and making them crystal clear to the general public. Since we really still don't know much about how the brain works, that is, how it forms memories and recalls facts for instance, we're stuck with trial and error for the time being. Carey points to many interesting, [...]

    18. Excellent book that surveys the research over the last few centuries on how we learn and retain what we learn. The best part is that the information is actionable, whether you're just trying to expand the horizons of what you know or whether you are in academia. "This much is clear: The mixing of items, skills, or concepts during practice, over the longer term, seems to help us not only see the distinctions between them but also to achieve a clearer grasp of each one individually. The hardest pa [...]

    19. I had high hopes for this book. I’m terribly interested in how we learn, so it was the “how we learn” along with “the surprising truth” that intrigued me. Here’s the real truth: How We Learn covers “how we learn” moderately well, at least as well as my educational psychology class from 1976. But, sadly, I didn’t run across any surprises here. And, if you wish, we can attribute that to my keeping up with current learning theories rather well instead of failures of the book.

    20. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.What I liked: Benedict Carey does a fantastic job of gathering the data and presenting the results. I learned practical ways that will help me help my children learn as we embark on a homeschooling adventure this fall. The book is readable, interesting, and well written. After reading this I feel like I have concrete real life ways to enhance our learning! Yay!

    21. I would definitely recommend this to teachers! It has very helpful insights on how the brain learns and gives tips for understanding the fear of tests that we seem to have. If learning is the main goal of the school system, then why wouldn't we want to help the minds of students learn in the best way?

    22. A very educative book! I truly liked and enjoyed reading it!Very good one for either individuals, teachers or parents Experiments, theories and researches by scientists and psychologists trying to find the secrets behind how the human brain can learn something new and what best strategies to achieve the most promising results according to many experiments since the late 19th century!

    23. It is a book of the storage method.It shows the effect of distributed learning.Learning by dividing the time.To learn to move location.To learn while listening to music.This book is commentary by their effect using the neuroscience.It is a very, very ,very,etc useful book with respect to the storage method.

    24. This was an interesting, well-placed book about the science behind how we learn. Looking at it from a former student's perspective, I see how I applied many of the strategies without knowing it, and they served me well. Thinking about it from a teacher's perspective, I am interested to see how I can incorporate the strategies into class to make learning more effective in the future.

    25. If you care about teaching or learning, do not deprive yourself of crucial information on how to do it better - hurry and read this book NOW!

    26. Author: Benedict CareyPublisher: Random HouseYear: 2014Pages: 200 (e-Book (Nook), ARC; hardcover book 272)[Disclaimer: I was provided an ARC by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my fair and unbiased review of this book. I was given no compensation and I am not required to write a positive review. I only tell you this because someone in the government thinks you need to know. To be sure, I don't even get to keep the book.]The problem with reviewing this book is that I don't know enough [...]

    27. It was interesting to read about some mind tricks and discovers, but Carey describes all experiments with redundant details and repetitions, what makes you lose an overall idea sometimes. I would recommend to read this book as summarized article as pieces of advice are practical and useful tho.

    28. This book was a very slow starter for me - glad I stuck with it. The chapters on interruption/disruption, quitting (percolating), and sleeping are fantastic.This book questions all the traditional ideas about concentration and quiet being required for learning.Recommended!

    29. Thankyou Big bad Wolf 2017 I've got this books only IDR 65.000 instead of IDR Rp 113.404 in Bookdepository!

    30. Not a gripping read, but Carey is an amiable guide to a vast literature, and he works hard to give practical information. I learned a lot.

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