How To Study Smarter, Not Harder – From How We Learn By Benedict Carey

Benedict Carey shares how changing your environment can help you retain more information. From his new book, HOW WE LEARN.

To make the most from your studying don’t focus on the time you invest. Focus on the quality of your study session over the quantity you do. This is one of the key things we focus on and we absolutely think you can get twice the results in half the time. Make sure you grab the free audiobook Unlimited Memory by a chess grandmaster which will absolutely transform your results overnight if you apply the techniques.

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 todayand 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. Were 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? Careys search for answers to these questions yields a wealth of strategies that make learning more a part of our everyday livesand 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 its wise to interleave subjects and concepts when learning any new skill, and when its 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, thats because the research defies what weve 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 doesnt 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

How We Learn makes for a welcome rejoinder to the faddish notion that learning is all about the hours put in. Learners, [Benedict] Carey reminds us, are not automatons.The New York Times Book Review

The insights of How We Learn apply to far more than just academic situations. Anyone looking to learn a musical instrument would benefit from understanding what frequency and type of practice is most effective. Even readers with little practical use for Careys information will likely find much of it fascinating, such as how intuition can be a teachable skill, or that giving practice exams at the very beginning of a semester improves grades. How We Learn is a valuable, entertaining tool for educators, students and parents.Shelf Awareness

This book is a revelation. I feel as if Ive owned a brain for fifty-four years and only now discovered the operating manual.Mary Roach, bestselling author of Stiff and Gulp

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consistency has been a hallmark of good study habits since the 1900s it’s drilled into our heads from an early age have a dedicated desk have a dedicated time eliminate distractions but what if almost everything we’re told about how we learn is wrong what if being inconsistent can work in our favor for instance but something as simple as a change in venue make a difference could interrupting work on a large project facilitate more inventive thinking in the mid 1970s a trio of psychologists performed an experiment to answer just that they wondered what would happen if people study the same material twice only in two different places to test this they presented a group of students with a list of 40 four letter words like ball and for all of the students were given two 10 minute study sessions but half of them started in the same dimly lighted cluttered room for both sessions while the other half started in two different rooms the cluttered one and a neater brighter one across campus in the last phase of the experiment researchers had the students write down as many of the study words as they could in ten minutes the difference in scores was striking the one room group recalled an average of 16 of the 40 studied words the two rooms group recalled 24 a simple change in venue had improved the students memory by 40% but it isn’t just where you study or practice how you do so is also part of the environment think about it writing notes by hand is one kind of activity typing them is another the same goes for studying while standing up versus sitting down versus running on a treadmill in the end it doesn’t matter which aspects of the environment you vary so long as you vary what you can despite what traditional advice tells us when it comes to learning it’s consistency not change that is limited so next time you need to study to practice or prepare for that big project mix it up try another room another time of day take your guitar to the park change coffee shops switch practice courts read in silence and with music on why because each alteration of your routine further enriches the skills being read first making them more accessible to you for a longer period of time that’s the soul of real learning after all to carry the skills and the knowledge with you available when needed no matter of the environment how we learn by Benedikt carry on sale September 9th..

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