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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.
Each chapter is a specific topic but what I really love is the checklist at the end of the chapter that reviews the previous chapters which really reinforces the topics and makes sure you are building on them. Definitely written with kids in the minds and the drawings really engage and make the points stick. I'm reading it with my 15 year old son and I'm also implementing the strategies along with him! Very helpful and will be a great book to review again!!
Excellent bouquin qui est la synthèse du MOOC sur Coursera. Le "mais", c'est que ça va difficilement intéresser un enfant ou ado francophone s'il n'est pas (lui aussi ;o) excellent en anglais, ou bilingue.
This book is intended for a very young audience. I’m not that audience. It was difficult to read at first because I felt patronized but once you get into the authors’ “vibe” it gets better. I guess it is a good introduction to neuroscience and people with children will be better judges. My main criticism would be its lack of a complete list references. One would need to consult another book! For instance, the authors mention that memory consolidation from the hippocampus to the neocortex occurs while sleeping and they make the process seem fast. The process takes years. That’s why people with damage to the hippocampus not only present anterograde amnesia but retrograde amnesias for a few years before the injury. Also, while the authors seem perfectly aware of the role that emotions play in decision making, and thus regal the readers with a series of illustrations and playful jokes that predispose her to like the book, they don’t explicitly mention the role of emotions in directing attention. But maybe I’m asking too much for a book intended for kids.
Okay if this book even approaches the lecture series that shares the title and recommended it, you are in for a real game changer for learning! I'll warn you now though, the parent needs to read it too, you can't support the kiddo learning if you don't know how yourself, and the techniques and tips are solid. My son, while being scary smart, is a lazy learner, this book has made immense inroads to help him with techniques to conquer his blocks and be a more successful student.