- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: TarcherPerigee (Aug. 7 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0143132547
- ISBN-13: 978-0143132547
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 1.8 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #13,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens Paperback – Aug 7 2018
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“A fun, practical book about how to help your kids build the most important skill in life: the skill of learning.”
—Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take, Originals, and Option B with Sheryl Sandberg
"Young people are expected to learn, but are rarely taught how. This book does that job beautifully. Based on the latest research, Learning How to Learn conveys ideas and strategies simply and directly, covering all the bases. I wish someone had given me this book when I was in middle or high school. If you have (or know) children this age, do them a favor and give them this book.”
--Henry L. Roediger III, coauthor of Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning
"The authors' neuroscience-grounded, yet real-life, approach will be of value to learners of any age."
—Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD, Professor in Neurology, Physiology, and Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco
“In this highly readable and lively book, the authors illustrate how the brain and behavioral dynamics underlie effective learning—and they do so in a way that young learners will find understandable and even entertaining.”
—Robert A. Bjork, Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles
"Learning How to Learn shows kids and teens that a little knowledge of how their brain works goes a long way in helping them improve their learning and studying success. This unique book is full of fun learning strategies—I highly recommend it!”
—Paula Tallal, PhD, Board of Governors Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience at Rutgers University and cofounder of Scientific Learning Corporation
“I devoured Learning How to Learn in three sittings (I needed time for diffuse thinking, active recall, and sleep). A terrific book!”
—Jeff Sandefer, cofounder of Acton Academy
“This book helps students understand how to learn more effectively. My 10th grade daughter especially enjoys applying the technique of ‘sleeping on it’ to enhance her recall.”
—Todd Troutman, Dean, Science and Mathematics, Mott Community College
About the Author
Barbara Oakley is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, and Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning at McMaster University. Her research involves bioengineering with an emphasis on neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Dr. Oakley teaches the massive open online courses (MOOCs) "Learning How to Learn" and "Mindshift," alongside legendary neuroscientist Terrence Sejnowski. Dr. Oakley has received many awards for her teaching, including the American Society of Engineering Education's Chester F. Carlson Award for technical innovation in education and the National Science Foundation New Century Scholar Award.
Terrence Sejnowski is the Francis Crick Professor at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, where he also directs the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory. He is among only twelve living scientists who have been elected to the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering.
Alistair McConville is the deputy head of Bedales School, one of England's most prestigious private K-12 schools.
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The book is intended for grades 5 and up. Even adults can glean useful information to help for themselves. This is a paperback book with 16 Chapters. The book is illustrated with some funny characters that will appeal to kids in this age range. The author comes across as easy going and injects humor throughout the book. She explains the concepts and some more technical words in layman’s terms. She uses endnotes to refer to on definitions and interesting facts, and etcetera.
Some information that is covered is the focus and diffuse mode. Does listening to music enhance or hurt your learning while you’re studying? Some steps to boost your reading power with active recall. Neurons in your brain to enhance your learning powers while studying. Which learns better a Hiker brain vs. Race car brain? So much more information.
Another feature is that at the end of each chapter are several helps. There are several portions that are highlighted in gray separate boxes.
The first being “Pause and Recall” which is going to ask you to think back to the main idea of the chapter you just read. With techniques like picturing the imaginative characters and other ideals to help you recall what you just read.
The next box is “Now you Try! This is something that you have to do to test out the theory per say with what you learned in the chapter. It could be exercising or other activities.
Then “Summing it Up” which points out the main idea or concepts of each chapter.
The final box is “Check your Understanding” These are questions that you can ask yourself mentally or on paper. The answers are in the back of the book.
I actually thought that this was a well written book that has a lot of useful information. The only thing that I’m trying to grasp with my brain chain is how appealing it will be for the intended ages even though I feel it’s written for their level. I have a child who enjoys reading and the humor is right up his alley. She uses a lot of metaphors to make connections with learning. My son will read whatever I assign to him but, I have a hard time grasping this age range picking up this book and reading it. Yes, I think once they get into it they will see the value of it and enjoy it. I don’t know maybe it’s just me? My son reads all kinds of books on topics that interest him and things he needs to research something on. I’m just undecided on the appeal for the age range. Trust me I would love to be wrong on my thinking with this. We need a generation of thinkers and those who can adapt and learn new things with passion.
Don’t get me wrong this is packed full of information and has a lot of intriguing concepts that I need to explore for myself.
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review.