How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens Hardcover – 9 Sep 2014
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"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. For two centuries, psychologists and neurologists have been quietly piecing together the mysteries of mind and memory as they relate to learning and knowing. Benedict Carey serves up their most fascinating, surprising, and valuable discoveries with clarity, wit, and heart. I wish I'd read this when I was seventeen."--Mary Roach, bestselling author of Stiff and Gulp
"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 Carey's 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
"Fact #1: Your brain is a powerful and eccentric machine, capable of performing astonishing feats of memory and skill. Fact #2: Benedict Carey has written a book that will inspire and equip you to use your brain in a more effective way. Fact #3: You should use your brain--right now--to buy this book for yourself and for anyone who wants to learn faster and better."--Daniel Coyle, bestselling author of The Talent Code
About the Author
Benedict Carey is an award-winning science reporter who has been at The New York Times since 2004, and one of the newspaper's most emailed reporters. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a bachelor's degree in math and from Northwestern University with a master's in journalism, and has written about health and science for twenty-five years. He lives in New York City.
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The only thing stopping me giving it five stars is that it would have been good to have a summary of the key points/learnings. There is a lot of information in the book and a careful summary would have brought everything together nicely. I think the follow-up to this work has to be the practical applications of the techniques. To be fair the author has given examples but,as an individual, you will be left wondering how this all applies to you.
I think its time that you too, threw out the rule book.