Episode 188: Barbara Oakley, PhD of the University of Oakland discusses the science of how we learn and lessons for implementing this into our lives.
Barbara Oakley, PhD
Barbara Oakley is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University. She is involved in multiple areas of research, ranging from STEM education, to Engineering education, to learning practices.
Most recently, Professor Oakley has co-created and taught Learning How To Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, the world’s most popular online course. She also has written a number of books, including: ‘A Mind For Numbers’ and ‘Mindshift’.
In This Episode We Discuss:
- Focused mode vs. diffuse mode for thinking, problem solving and working
- Environments for productive learning: distractions, timelines and procrastination
- “Neural chunking” and creating patterns for developing skills
- Preventing regression of knowledge and skill acquisition
- Advice for improving scientific literacy/proficiency and confidence in reading/understanding science
- How to soak up (and retain) more information from podcasts
Links & Resources
- Book: A Mind For Numbers
- Book: Mindshift
- Article: How to Get Excited About Topics That Bore You (Harvard Business Review)
- Article: Science Says This Is The Best Way To Learn And Remember New Things (Forbes)
- Barbara Oakley on Twitter
- Learning How To Learn Course
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