33 Replies to “Barbara Oakley: “Learning How to Learn” | Talks at Google”

  1. Studying something, 6 phases:
    Phase 1: get exposed to all of the material
    Phase 2: take each main thing and study it thoroughly
    Phase 3: do the same thing for other main ideas
    Phase 4: review all the ideas
    Phase 5: practice and try to interconnect everything
    Phase 6: practice with your new understanding until it become like ABCD to you.

  2. The last point about the importance of mathematics and science, I agree with that. I'm actually planning to study medicine (I'm currently in prep year), but I'm thinking of taking courses in "advanced mathematics" like calculus and other similar math courses (having them as side tracks parallel to my main study path), because mathematics helps you develop problem solving and critical thinking skills that are very essential. But the thing is; these skills don't grow on trees, you can't just aquire these skills in one day. You have to as mentioned practice, do spaced repetition, and be very consistent; to the point where you're sharp as a razor blade. The more time you stay away from practicing an idea, the more it becomes "difficult" to get back on track with your learning, because you have a lot of things to re-study in order to catch up. So it would be better to start with the consistency then keep it up (by studying and reviewing past topics then looking forward -and repeat). This will allow for achievable sustained learning.

  3. this lady must have an amazing husband that helps with 4 children participate at home and understands that she needs time for her profession… not so easy to find and part of success in a profession…

  4. 59:58 math practice and repetition can be made fun. I have yet to knowingly done calculus yet I’m sure with a bit of creativity it can be made fun, interesting and entertaining. I’ve received every grade out the book. Which made me noticed that my grades would drop due to loss of interest. I would have to implement some sort of entertaining functionality into my studies. Usually tying it to how learning it will improve my enjoyment of life by getting to do more of what I want or just being more efficient at things that I have to do to live.

  5. This is incredible! it gives purpose to every human specially to those who think they're not good enough. Your reason to exist is magnified by this great speech.

  6. That is a very excellent lecture. It wrapped up and confirmed of the recent results in study of learning and building expertise. I think when she said that switching between focused and diffused modes is important in retaining more knowledge is perfectly match well with Anders Ericsson idea of how experts build their expertise by create a mental representations of subjects and problems which raise in their domain. Since focused mode capture the essentials of the subject matter as chunks, I think when we switch to diffused mode we create connections between these chunks in much more like a full mental image. Ericsson also argues that images works well with memory retention because images is more linked to our sensory experience for which it can easily save in our long-term memory. Repetitions and recalling help to enforce and cement the connections between the new neural patterns representing our mental representations which also represent our chunked learning experience! So, I think the sequence is in this way: Focused and Diffused modes –> Chunked information–>Mental representations–>Repetition and recalling–>Practice and Enforcement.REPEAT!

  7. I wish I had read Barbara Oakley’s books when going to school. I accidentally did some of it when given an essay assignment, simply because I walked to and from university. But when it came to math, I was too focused and used the counter productive method of brute force.

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