Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens

Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens


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A surprisingly simple way for students to master any subject—based on one of the world's most popular online courses and the bestselling book A Mind for Numbers

A Mind for Numbers and its wildly popular online companion course "Learning How to Learn" have empowered more than two million learners of all ages from around the world to master subjects that they once struggled with. Fans often wish they'd discovered these learning strategies earlier and ask how they can help their kids master these skills as well. Now in this new book for kids and teens, the authors reveal how to make the most of time spent studying.
We all have the tools to learn what might not seem to come naturally to us at first—the secret is to understand how the brain works so we can unlock its power. This book explains:
• Why sometimes letting your mind wander is an important part of the learning process
• How to avoid "rut think" in order to think outside the box
• Why having a poor memory can be a good thing
• The value of metaphors in developing understanding
• A simple, yet powerful, way to stop procrastinating
Filled with illustrations, application questions, and exercises, this book makes learning easy and fun.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780143132547
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/07/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 117,308
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 17 Years

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.

Table of Contents

A Note to Parents and Teachers vii

Chapter 1 Is The Problem with Passion 1

Chapter 2 Easy Does It: Why Trying Too Hard Can Sometimes Be Part of the Problem 13

Chapter 3 I'll Do It Later, Honest! Using a Tomato to Beat Procrastination 30

Chapter 4 Brain-Links and Fun with Space Aliens 45

Chapter 5 The Other Side of the Teacher's Desk 68

Chapter 8 Learning While You Sleep: How to Wake Up Smarter 76

Chapter 7 School Bags, Lockers, and Your Attentional Octopus 88

Chapter 8 Slick Tricks to Build Your Memory 97

Chapter 9 Why Brain-Links Are Important (and How Not to Back a Car into a Ditch) 112

Chapter 10 Learning with Clubs and Groups, Finding Your Mission, and Mow Terry Nearly Burned Down the School 126

Chapter 11 How to Pump Up Your Brain 134

Chapter 12 Making Brain-Links: How Hot to Learn from a Comic Book 143

Chapter 13 Asking Yourself Important Questions: Should You Listen to Music While You're Studying? 160

Chapter 14 Learning Surprises: Pssst… Your Worst Traits Can Be Your Best Traits! 174

Chapter 15 How to Do Well on Tests 186

Chapter 16 Going from "Have to" to "Get to" 195

Solutions to End-of-Chapter Problems 206

Suggested Resources 216

Illustration Gredits 220

Acknowledgments 223

References 225

Notes 230

Index 236

About the Authors and Illustrator 245

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