How to study smarter, not harder - From How We Learn by Benedict Carey

Benedict Carey shares how changing your environment can help you retain more information. From his new book, HOW WE LEARN.


In the tradition of The Power of Habit and Thinking, Fast and Slow comes a practical, playful, and endlessly fascinating guide to what we really know about learning and memory today—and how we can apply it to our own lives.

From an early age, it is drilled into our heads: Restlessness, distraction, and ignorance are the enemies of success. We’re told that learning is all self-discipline, that we must confine ourselves to designated study areas, turn off the music, and maintain a strict ritual if we want to ace that test, memorize that presentation, or nail that piano recital.

But what if almost everything we were told about learning is wrong? And what if there was a way to achieve more with less effort?

In How We Learn, award-winning science reporter Benedict Carey sifts through decades of education research and landmark studies to uncover the truth about how our brains absorb and retain information. What he discovers is that, from the moment we are born, we are all learning quickly, efficiently, and automatically; but in our zeal to systematize the process we have ignored valuable, naturally enjoyable learning tools like forgetting, sleeping, and daydreaming. Is a dedicated desk in a quiet room really the best way to study? Can altering your routine improve your recall? Are there times when distraction is good? Is repetition necessary? Carey’s search for answers to these questions yields a wealth of strategies that make learning more a part of our everyday lives—and less of a chore.

By road testing many of the counterintuitive techniques described in this book, Carey shows how we can flex the neural muscles that make deep learning possible. Along the way he reveals why teachers should give final exams on the first day of class, why it’s wise to interleave subjects and concepts when learning any new skill, and when it’s smarter to stay up late prepping for that presentation than to rise early for one last cram session. And if this requires some suspension of disbelief, that’s because the research defies what we’ve been told, throughout our lives, about how best to learn.

The brain is not like a muscle, at least not in any straightforward sense. It is something else altogether, sensitive to mood, to timing, to circadian rhythms, as well as to location and environment. It doesn’t take orders well, to put it mildly. If the brain is a learning machine, then it is an eccentric one. In How We Learn, Benedict Carey shows us how to exploit its quirks to our advantage.

Praise for How We Learn

“How We Learn makes for a welcome rejoinder to the faddish notion that learning is all about the hours put in. Learners, [Benedict] Carey reminds us, are not automatons.”—The New York Times Book Review

“The insights of How We Learn apply to far more than just academic situations. Anyone looking to learn a musical instrument would benefit from understanding what frequency and type of practice is most effective. Even readers with little practical use for Carey’s information will likely find much of it fascinating, such as how intuition can be a teachable skill, or that giving practice exams at the very beginning of a semester improves grades. How We Learn is a valuable, entertaining tool for educators, students and parents.”—Shelf Awareness

“This book is a revelation. I feel as if I’ve owned a brain for fifty-four years and only now discovered the operating manual.”—Mary Roach, bestselling author of Stiff and Gulp

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Автор Zakaria Chmaili ( назад)
for me i don't​ really study at home at all i just doing physic and math exercise while listening to calm music that all :/ and at class and evening classes u have to do ur best trying get all this new information if u gonna use my method the benefits of my method is i always have extra time

Автор dude hack ( назад)
oh they studied for 10 minutes?? lol what a load of crap study however you feel working for you.

Автор khalid alrasheed ( назад)
Bro study as a man or eat shit what the hack is this all bullshit u have to study till u get bald

Автор Ifadhotur Rizkiyah ( назад)
can someone tell me what application or software that can be used to make an animated video like this ??

Автор Aamir Ashraf ( назад)
could you link me to the article of the study ?

Автор GoodVibesTV ( назад)
this only works if you already study to begin with.

Автор Francis Lim ( назад)
What is Newbucks? Hahaha....

Автор Reham Alshomrani ( назад)
Do this and you will 100% get F certainly

Автор Evan Sanchez ( назад)
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Автор Aenon William Hope Inoc ( назад)
i like your video,,
thanks for making this video,,
now i can study better..

Автор fariha Hafiz ( назад)
l love reading in dim light!!!.am l okay???

Автор Diptangshu Chakraborty ( назад)

Автор Luk Joshia ( назад)
thank you, i'll do it

Автор Rusky cabinet ( назад)
1:19 Shouldn't it be improvement and not improvment?

Автор Philandros ( назад)
Should have tested students who had been in a tidy, clean and bright room twice. Maybe it wasn't a "change in venue", just that the cluttered, dim-lighted room was a bad place to study.

Автор Sofia Paris ( назад)
hmm i will try

Автор Liz Torres ( назад)
Thumbs up for cute animation

Автор Practical Knowledge ( назад)
What software do you use to make these videos?

Автор Elif Alkan ( назад)
birisi bu videoyu türkçeye çevirebilir mi, lütfen?..

Автор Anurag sati ( назад)
try watching this at 2X.

Автор King Jamari ( назад)
This explains a lot. I used to play basketball on an outside court, and I would get frustrated and not get better. But when I got into an inside court, I played a lot more consistently.

Автор cacadodo666 ( назад)
No. Too much stimulation and variance definitely hasn't helped the past few generations. I've been with students who studied under these new fandangled methods and also been exposed to prisoners who focused in a solitary confinement sort of environment where their surroundings were consistent, but had to have a varied and focused, consistent, syllabus/schedule to keep things interesting: squats for 10 minutes; language vocab 30 minutes; stretch 10 minutes; nap 15 minutes; tabata 10 minutes; eat; rinse repeat. They were lightyears beyond any modern student in terms of discipline and focus.

Автор ahmed hatem ( назад)

Автор Afrid Rasul ( назад)
gene expression matters!!!!

Автор Sai Nageswar ( назад)
Wonderful Illustration about studying the right way and misspelled "improvement" at 1:19.

Автор rupmati s ( назад)

Автор Fran Carmona ( назад)
I have a simple rule: if I can explain it out loud then I know it, otherwise I study little more.

Автор Betül Engin ( назад)
I studied 8 hours today,tomorrow I have an exam; and then I watch this,ironic 😖

Автор Miley 5SOS ( назад)
unfortunately im a nerd

Автор Lucas Brautigam ( назад)
Watching this instead of studying...

Автор Roshan Paul ( назад)
EverOne knows this....Useless bit of sit

Автор euriel2010 ( назад)
gaaah.. that pencil scratching.. like the material though. keep it up

Автор HD Clans ( назад)
But lol idk how to study

Автор Dark On Me ( назад)
everyone is here because they want to be smart..

Автор HuMoodJ ( назад)
Wait… all of this was advertisement for a book

Автор Anubhav Bhatt ( назад)
how did you make this video Mr.?

Автор Lil homeboundX ( назад)
No one ever understood me when I said my environment affects my skills. My room and home is too much of a comfort to get work done without a hard drive to do it. My bed (my lover and existance) is a good 3 steps from my desk and my room has dim lightening. It is the hardest thing to resist the urge to jump into my bed and dream away (which most times I accomplish successful) but it the force is too strong. The sweet bliss of sleep calls me. It's impact would decrease in an unfamiliar/formally familiar bright and tighty area of study. Also being surrounded by others who are hard working or look like they are is a great motivation tool.

Автор Jeffrey Iringan ( назад)
it helped me a lot :)

Автор Dina Dina ( назад)
nice video

Автор RICARDO R.SOUZA ( назад)
hotel? Trivago

Автор Rafiq Ahmed ( назад)

Автор Neha ( назад)
Lol I have an important exam tomorrow and I'm watching a video on studying, rather than actually studying.

Автор Jenna Vasquez ( назад)

Автор yoongi cube ( назад)
Lol, my school said you can't study with music and need no distractions. Just sit at a desk and recise will help. This was told at every assembly and know I don't even think it helps looking at this video

Автор vila420 ( назад)
makes sense omg

Автор BeTheOneFitness ( назад)
Makes sense.

Автор TrY ME AuguST D ( назад)
I like pretty notes


Автор Shubham Sharma ( назад)
If you want to study, stop watching this shit 😁

Автор Force User 2000 ( назад)
How can i study help even looking at the sky is more interesting

Автор Adil Ahmad ( назад)
I wasnt even able to concentrate on this video
how am i supposed to concentrate on my studies?

Автор Nikola 00 ( назад)

Автор Åïmãņ Îqbąľ ( назад)
thank you for the video

Автор Muneeb Khaki ( назад)
hey bro which software do you use to make animation videos

Автор lydiadavidson ( назад)
rubbish, it wants to prove what it states, so the results are geared towards meeting the aim of the experiment. being regular sets a good habit for studying and has given results for so many years, seriously can someone study in a park or cafe? instead of at their study desk?

Автор Alp Kaan Ağırel ( назад)
we are students. we have to study no matter how when where why

Автор JBP4 Rector ( назад)
Not convinced by the conclusions of the psych experiment. Instead of considering the particulars of each setting (messy, dark room vs neat, bright room), the team only looked at the fact that there was a difference. That's some bad science there.

Автор Mikey Vreugdenhil ( назад)
Watching this instead of studying..

Автор intu1t1on ( назад)
Does the change increase study or Does the variation increase motivation to study? Same old same okd can be boring and we may not concentrate well on the material

Автор SeanDwayne YT ( назад)
Thanks, this really worked..

Автор Sheza Tapan ( назад)
götüme muz sokmak istiyorum nedemn??

Автор Matthew Bringle ( назад)
Step one: get off youtube!

Автор John Wesson ( назад)
This stretches the results of the experiment way too much.

Автор Fida Aifiya ( назад)
wrong. to study better you should not go to youtube.

Автор Angelo Calderon ( назад)
Fucking porn hub, it won't let me study!

Автор Sophie Soares ( назад)
who else is watching this instead of doing their homework?😂😂

Автор mi sha ( назад)

Автор Raygyl ( назад)
im even smarter, i dont study, i use my time to do everything i want and at the exams i just copy everything from my nerd friend

Автор Hohohohoho Hahahahaha ( назад)
여기 어디 한국인 안계시오??!! 저 놈이 뭐라카는지 알려줄사람 어디 없소?!

Автор ADRYAN NATHA ( назад)
watch "school hacks" in my channel

Автор Anthony Williams ( назад)
I'm watching this while I should be studying

Автор coolguymarek ( назад)
why does this guy sound like bill trinen

Автор pootato pootato ( назад)
I'm supposed to be studying

Автор Jackson Lekeujah ( назад)
bullshit! i need quietness and being able to listen to my blood flowing through my veins in order to tap into the part of the humain brain not used. I call it concentration and focus. Pulling out an old, not documented, unreliable study from the 70's ha! yeah right! Yo! good luck to those who will take this guy advice.

Автор Haaziq Khalid ( назад)
How about I start studying right now........

Автор mya johnson ( назад)
im just watching this because of finals.

Автор Maria Marry ( назад)
Yup! Pretty good because it opens the brain but I can't store the concept of topic while listening song!!

Автор Afni Ali ( назад)
I'm gonna try this to my son. and he's not been born yet 😂👶 the angel probably gonna be here on July ❤😆 pray for me and my baby !

Автор The YOUTUBE Elite ( назад)
Its true your brain is focus and trigged to learn at take information for only 10 minutes so if you want to lean propely Take those 10 min only and repeat that every 15 minutes

Автор Felix Iris ( назад)
Its a little Hard to take a piano to another room. I wonder if a different scent and lighting would change anything

Автор Turtles ( назад)
this is a bad video, the study could also be taken to prove people study better in well lit clean environments. The fact he makes a video saying you'll also study better if you study whilst sky diving then study when you're on a train just shows how much bs he is pedalling.

Автор Otaku Hamilton ( назад)
I thought this was gonna be Hamilton related, oh how i was wrong...

Автор He Zhang ( назад)
I pretty much can remember about 80% of the material in given ten minutes.

Автор Laura Ziegler ( назад)
I just can't imagine me studying 🤔 anyone else?

Автор Aman Kumar ( назад)
awesome editing bro, superb

Автор GayerGeek Vin Sings ( назад)
the fck , dont believe this bullsht
its a trap , your mom posted it for u to clean ur fcking rooom 😂😂😂😂

Автор Melinda Chen ( назад)
damn.... so i'm just watching an ads?

Автор Miguel Angel ( назад)
When I'm studying, I get into a very specific state of mind, if I were to stop, I wouldn't be able to go back to it again.

Автор Gabriela Stacy ( назад)
I'm totally trying this!

Автор Kamilla János ( назад)
Sorry but noone realized that it is 50% , not 40...???

Автор ROY The WORST PLAYER EVER ( назад)
this show is nice...

Автор Sean Devlin ( назад)
You're consistently being inconsistent ...BOOM

Автор Jona Willekens ( назад)
Right. Time to test out if it actually makes a difference.

Автор QANTAS 747 ( назад)
When you are meant to study and your getting distracted watching this. I'm sure that someone is guilty of this.

Автор Chief Kart ( назад)
i thought benedict cumberbck

Автор samvilms ( назад)
this video has been disproven so many times -- something called context dependency dumbass

Автор TheYellowPixel - OSRS ( назад)
Next time I'm studying I'm going to be skydiving naked listening to polka music

Автор Michelle.you ( назад)
It would have been a better measure if one group studied in the neat room twice and the other studied in the neat room and the cluttered room...

Автор Sayd Jam ( назад)
can I know ,what animation did you use?

Автор Juan Perez ( назад)
I think the best study method is the feynman method. It's not the fastest, but you will learn the material. People have to understand theres no short cut to to studying. If you want a short cut, at best I say your just memorizing the material.

Автор michel keks ( назад)
Mind blowing. 0.0'

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