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If you have taken the MOOC of Barbara Oakley, Its the same content... in a book format. This book attempt to simplify the research behind how our brain learns and how to make it effective with practical guidelines for the school goers.
The Author uses metaphors to explain the learning process. As any metaphor, it is not complete and at times misleading. Too much emphasis is given to diffuse mode thinking. Diffuse mode comes naturally to all of us. Indian exam systems do not encourage (rather punish) diffuse mode thinking. For ex, Most 'teachers' expect the students to write answers exactly the way it was told. Focusing is hard. It is not natural. Extensive practice is required to build the ability to focus.
This book is a easy read. The book format and quality is very good.
A worth reading book for school kids and college goers. Every elder should give this book as a gift to kids/children. The author gives lots of message in very simple manner. The author him/herself is exemplary. It is really true how educated people make the difference to society and learning.
This is the best book that I have read on learning how to learn. I have studied to masters degree level, and I have learned some of the things described in this book the hard way. I wish I had had this book when I started studying.
I'm now trying to explain studying to a teenager. As a result, I have read around 10 books on learning techniques. This is by far the best. It describes learning how to learn in a very approachable way, and gives very good advice. The book is based on the latest psychological research, and there are many references at the back if you wish to go further.
I thoroughly recommend this book for both teenagers and adults.
All those how-to-study books I read back in the day meant nothing because they never explained how to LEARN. In this book Dr. Oakley explains how to learn in a fun, interesting way. I bought this book as a companion to the book for adults, "A Mind For Numbers" in case I couldn't understand something in the adult-level book. No worries there. This book, the kids book, is full of practical how-to, useful tips and encouragement. The method is not elaborate and it works. Explanations are amusing and do-able for anyone, even neuro-diverse types. I've sent copies to several teens and have recommended this book to more than one person. Likely a life-changing book for that kid you're worried about.
If you thought you knew everything about teaching and learning then think again! This book allows for a complete reflection as well as giving you the science behind some of the things we tell our students to do. Now you can tell them why.
For what it's worth, even though I have a Ph.D in cognitive psychology , this book has stuff I didn't know. It's aimed at high school students, but is useful for any adult (including a geezer like myself). Simple (but that doesn't mean easy) things to do to make sure that you can learn and hold on to the learning. The author knows whereof she speaks - although she was absolutely no good at the sciences, she managed to learn enough about learning to earn a PhD in mechanical engineering. This stuff is not feel-good platitudes and theories. It's a bunch of recipes that work.