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“Yet we now know that a brief distraction can help when we’re stuck on a math problem or tied up in a creative knot and need to shake free.”

After having read my share of books about learning, I was initially reluctant to read this one because a reviewer said it is a “gift to guilt-ridden slackers everywhere.” Fortunately, it’s the review, not the book, that is misleading about … Continue reading

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“The first key fact is that attention is limited.”

Pay attention! Isn’t that the first step to. . . well. . . just about everything? It turns out, however, that most of us are terrible judges of how well we can focus. We tend to think that we can … Continue reading

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“I began to think about what it means to be a facilitator of learning rather than a teacher.”

What is the difference between “educating people” and “helping people learn”? This classic book by Malcolm Knowles — the central figure in US adult education during the last century — explores the different sets of assumptions behind these two approaches. … Continue reading

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“For the most part, we are going about learning in the wrong ways.”

The authors tell us that going over and over something is “a time-consuming study strategy that yields neglibile benefits at the expense of much more effective strategies that take less time.” (15) What works better? Quizzing yourself, or writing a … Continue reading

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