Thursday, November 12, 2015

How We Learn-Benedict Carey

How We Learn:the surprising truth of when and how it happens-Benedict Carey

the facts
satisfaction: up
pages: 272
gender: M
nationality: USA
year: 2014

Science reporter Benedict Carey gathers together multiple threads of current learning research to cover all of the bases.

Accessibly and clearly written. Whenever Carey quotes from dense text, he then proceeds to explain it in a different way and that makes all the difference between this being a dry primer to learning research to what is what actually an engaging primer. Now, I am the sort of person who has always been the type of student Carey describes with jealousy (I never study and retain what I read without much fuss in addition to being a good test-taker) so much of the results really don't surprise me unlike what the subtitle promises. Much of what Carey suggests to optimize your learning, I do instinctively but nevertheless I enjoyed it and that is down to Carey's clarity of writing. This is the type of book that you can read easily and it bleeds into your ideas about how to train that new person at work whose learning style is not your own. To the subtitle's promise, it does clearly demonstrate why you should not study in large long blocks in quiet environments (the students who live in the library who I've always sworn were doing it wrong were indeed doing it wrong *cue superiority complex*) and concisely summarizes the really confusing recent sleep research (something I've struggled to get a real handle on beyond the vague stages theory).
Seriously, are you a teacher, liable to be responsible for training someone at a job or simply someone who wants to optimize your non-fiction reading? Take a look at this.

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