How To Study Smarter, Not Harder - From How We Learn by Benedict Carey

  • Опубликовано: 14 окт 2014
  • 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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Комментарии • 1 746

  • Odapow
    Odapow 17 часов назад

    I wish there were links to the souses of the information he is using to back up his claim.

  • Dr Astuce
    Dr Astuce 3 дня назад +1

    Dear procrastinators like myself, Something really important needs to be mentioned. This is only useful if you're beyond procrastination, if not then you need to form a study habit for it to get easier to actually sit down and study. When you're totally used to it (enough quantity) then sure you can go a step further and use this video to improve quality.

  • GhOsT Gamerz
    GhOsT Gamerz 3 дня назад

    1:19 *Improvement

  • Erfan Sir
    Erfan Sir 3 дня назад

    And it was an advertisement of a book ! #LoL

  • joesr31
    joesr31 8 дней назад

    The experiment seemed a little flawed, they should have included a group which stuff both times in the neat and bright room too

  • Evian Mason
    Evian Mason 8 дней назад +1

    Awesome Great tips like trying new things I will do that

  • JacsRambles
    JacsRambles 8 дней назад

    I find the best way to Really Learn Better is to Have a really good night sleep, and really pay attention during lecture. Aim at waking up on your own before your Alarm goes off, this way your brain is at its maximum alertness.

  • Jewel Lost
    Jewel Lost 11 дней назад

    RUclip is a distraction

  • Bakyi Hea
    Bakyi Hea 14 дней назад

    I want to get it

  • spomonti
    spomonti 16 дней назад

    A simple change of venue improved the student's memory by 40%? No, 24/16 is 1.5, which would be a change of 50%, not 40%. Also, their memory didn't (necessarily) improve, but their ability to recall did.

  • Keerthana Keerthi
    Keerthana Keerthi 17 дней назад

    good information

  • TechTechInc
    TechTechInc 19 дней назад

    How is going from 16 to 24 a 40% increase? Isn't that a 50% increase?

  • huu
    huu 19 дней назад

    I just realized that I sat through a 2 minute advertisement for a book. Good job playing me by the balls.

  • Ashish's Dreams World
    Ashish's Dreams World 23 дня назад

    Its work for me

  • Zamin Hussain
    Zamin Hussain 28 дней назад

    It's just one rule of this book

  • Life of Blogging
    Life of Blogging Месяц назад

  • Mustapha Assi
    Mustapha Assi Месяц назад

    This School Agenda amazing app helps organize student's everyday studying tasks

  • pankaj kumar
    pankaj kumar 2 месяца назад

    which software u used to make the video

  • Nasreen Siraj
    Nasreen Siraj 2 месяца назад

    I have an exam tomorrow and I end up watching this.!?!?!

  • PD music
    PD music 2 месяца назад


  • Simran Harwani
    Simran Harwani 2 месяца назад

    May i give you a suggestion

  • Good Thoughts 123
    Good Thoughts 123 2 месяца назад

    Where can I get it

  • Good Thoughts 123
    Good Thoughts 123 2 месяца назад

    I would like to get the book ' how we learn '

  • vajrala vinay kumar
    vajrala vinay kumar 2 месяца назад

    That's a good message ,but how have you done all those animation toys?

  • Vishal Kumar
    Vishal Kumar 2 месяца назад +1

    Instructions not clear... I studied while paragliding... Now in hospital...

  • Mustafa Kamran
    Mustafa Kamran 2 месяца назад

    I have exam tomorrow and also my birthday im stressed and excited

  • Doktor Nikita
    Doktor Nikita 2 месяца назад

    Very interesting way to Improve Your Critical Thinking Skills -
    Game can test your progress in logic and intuition.

  • Paul Sijpkes
    Paul Sijpkes 2 месяца назад

    Improvment? Check you're spelling guys. The study methodology was flawed as stated by @Simple Sookie. Intuitively I agree with your premise but I need more evidence...

  • Raju Kumar
    Raju Kumar 3 месяца назад

    please make a tutorial video that how you made this animation video

  • Lalremruata ralte
    Lalremruata ralte 3 месяца назад

    Okay this does not apply to a Literature student....damn

  • Dylan Schafer
    Dylan Schafer 3 месяца назад

    video s

  • Dylan Schafer
    Dylan Schafer 3 месяца назад

    why did you copy right a wonder book? it was just like your video.

  • Pino Colada
    Pino Colada 3 месяца назад

    How is 16 to 24 a 40% improvement? 1:18

  • Night Howl
    Night Howl 3 месяца назад

    Got a test in some hours.
    also fuck nature-lessons!

  • Preethi Murugesh
    Preethi Murugesh 3 месяца назад


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  • mohamed adil
    mohamed adil 4 месяца назад

    not agreeing with hearing music while studying

  • Moamal Haddad
    Moamal Haddad 4 месяца назад

    Change the place to another calmer often works with me

  • Gee Heart
    Gee Heart 4 месяца назад

    Wow..... I'm being inconsistent and distracted by watching how to study better on RUclip at the middle of the night in my cluttered table and continuously being distracted by my sister when I have 2 major homework assignments, a test and a 13 times table quiz all due tomorrow.... wow me.... clap fo mai self........

  • Be Motive
    Be Motive 4 месяца назад +1

    2:06 ...why?...because the old Taylor is dead.

  • Ramya
    Ramya 5 месяцев назад

    I think specific ways of studying can never be generalized for all population. People function in many different ways.. videos like these are just suggestive of ideas, if it doesn't work then move on to other ideas or figure out what works for you by trial and error.

  • LukeMan
    LukeMan 5 месяцев назад


  • Roshan Surana
    Roshan Surana 5 месяцев назад +1

    Duh! 16 to 24 is 50 PERCENT!!!!!!!

  • Bianca Santos
    Bianca Santos 5 месяцев назад

    1 - Consistency has been a hallmark of good study habits since the 1900s. It’s drilled into our heads from an early age - have a dedicated desk, have a dedicated time, eliminate distractions. But what if almost everything we’re told about how we learn is wrong? What if being inconsistent can work in our favor?
    2 - For instance, could something as simple as a change in venue make a difference? Could interrupting work on a large project facilitate more inventive thinking? In the mid 1970s a trio of psychologists performed an experiment to answer just that. They wondered what would happen if people studied the same material twice, only in two different places.
    3 - To test this, they presented a group of students with a list of 40 four-lettered words like ‘ball’ and ‘fork’. All of the students were given two ten-minute study sessions, but half of them studied in the same dimly lighted cluttered room for both sessions, while the other half studied in two different rooms - the cluttered one and a neater, brighter one across campus.
    4 - In the last phase of the experiment, researchers had the students write down as many of the study words as they could in ten minutes. The difference in scores were striking. The one room group recalled an average of 16 of the 40 study words. The two-rooms group recalled 24. A simple change in venue had improved the student’s memory by 40%.
    5 - But it isn’t just where you study or practice, how you do so is also part of the environment. Think about it - writing notes by hand is one kind of activity, typing them is another. The same goes for studying while standing up, versus sitting down, versus running on a treadmill. In the end, it doesn’t matter which aspects of the environment you vary, so long as you vary what you can.
    6 - Despite what traditional advice tells us, when it comes to learning, it’s consistency, not change, that is limited. So, next time you need to study, to practice or prepare for that big project, mix it up. Try another room, another time of day. Take your guitar to the park, change coffee shops, switch practice courts, read in silence and with music on.
    7 - Why? Because each alteration of your routine further enriches the skills being rehearsed, making them more accessible to you for a longer period of time. That’s the soul of real learning after all - to carry the skills and the knowledge with you, available when needed, no matter the environment. How We Learn, by Benedict Carey on sale September 9th

  • Asim Nabi
    Asim Nabi 5 месяцев назад

    Improvement !!!!!

  • Sakshi Singh
    Sakshi Singh 5 месяцев назад

    Seriously bro

  • pramita jasuja
    pramita jasuja 5 месяцев назад +1

    guys stop procrastination and get back to table .*keep mob away😂
    p.s i'm here procrastinating too..

  • Kate Russe
    Kate Russe 5 месяцев назад

    I began to eat while studying, but I run out of food too fast(

  • Alessandro Correira
    Alessandro Correira 5 месяцев назад

    I study talking to myself

  • nurinfauzanrusdi
    nurinfauzanrusdi 5 месяцев назад

    wahhhh, very smart

  • Chou Tzuyu
    Chou Tzuyu 5 месяцев назад

    My phone is distracting me to play

    NEPTUNE STUDIOS 5 месяцев назад

    instead of scrolling comments.....start reading

    NEPTUNE STUDIOS 5 месяцев назад

    instead of scrolling comments.....start reading

  • Shokomycoco
    Shokomycoco 5 месяцев назад

    Yet we sit in the same shitty room every fucking years at schools

  • endmymisery_
    endmymisery_ 5 месяцев назад +1

    Very helpful!, I'll try doing this. If i get 10/10 in my quiz or 8 and above I'll edit my comment ASAP!!

  • guystrange
    guystrange 5 месяцев назад

    studied an hour
    thought of taking 5 min break
    didnt get back to studying that day

  • Raza's Jam
    Raza's Jam 5 месяцев назад


  • rod rigo
    rod rigo 6 месяцев назад

    wow that kills the monotony...

  • Jolly Shifa
    Jolly Shifa 6 месяцев назад

    I would Have recalled 30-35 words.. no matter where I study.. Place doesn't matter.. Not at all.
    And ya consistency is MUST.
    I do not agree with this video..

  • Cadence James
    Cadence James 6 месяцев назад

    When I am learning German, I go outside and name the things I see in German. It helps a lot.

  • 浅毛の貯金箱/浅貯
    浅毛の貯金箱/浅貯 6 месяцев назад


  • levi rollyson
    levi rollyson 6 месяцев назад

    To make the precision more accurate they should of had a control group in only well lit rooms as well.

  • L anon
    L anon 6 месяцев назад

    I feel like when I write I focus more

  • Gary Pierre
    Gary Pierre 6 месяцев назад +1

    Who's watching this because they have a lot of stuff to study ?


  • Daniyal Ali Obaid
    Daniyal Ali Obaid 6 месяцев назад

    I have a multiple choice college exam next Friday for 3 hours and 30 minutes and here I am searching up on RUclip on how to bloody pass the exam..

  • sev7n
    sev7n 6 месяцев назад

    This is bull shit i study in dim light yet i get good grades ... Idiotic video

  • bogen broom
    bogen broom 7 месяцев назад

    Test - Research -
    the Flat and motionless Earth..
    Start - '200 proofs the Earth is not a spinning Ball ' Eric Dubay (2017) ..

  • Arti Sharma
    Arti Sharma 7 месяцев назад +1

    Why are u wasting our time. Don't try to become what u are not. #cannor even calculate a simple percentage but are talking like a super genius. DUMBO! 👊👊👊

  • Kris Barnes
    Kris Barnes 7 месяцев назад

    The premise of the experiment is flawed. The clutter of the room affects the ability to study.

  • Ufuk Ercan
    Ufuk Ercan 7 месяцев назад

    listening dubsteb boosts your speed when doing hw and you can still have a lot of correct answers, try it

  • Yeshi Phuntsok
    Yeshi Phuntsok 7 месяцев назад

    actually i tried different methods to improve my studying skills and nearly wasted a decade which never happend and after all these years i came to know m a sports person not introvert

  • Prapti Tasnim
    Prapti Tasnim 7 месяцев назад

    when you binge watch studying videos, and the previous one encourages you to have a dedicated desk and time 🙄

  • Amit Tyagi
    Amit Tyagi 7 месяцев назад

    which software do you use for making this animation

  • chai thanya
    chai thanya 7 месяцев назад

    I study in a quiet room. I can remember well

  • Technical Logical
    Technical Logical 7 месяцев назад

    How you edited

  • Arvind 100
    Arvind 100 7 месяцев назад

    memorise answers with drawings
    first read an answer and draw something related to the key words in the answer
    then read the answer with the help of those drawings and finally memorise without seeing the drawings

  • Motivation Bangla
    Motivation Bangla 7 месяцев назад

    i am following this topic ,,really beneficial

  • Grey Matter's life matters
    Grey Matter's life matters 7 месяцев назад +1

    No matter how hard I study when the exam day comes...

    I becomes Dory.

  • xerostamia gt
    xerostamia gt 7 месяцев назад

    thank you so much

  • Anna Li
    Anna Li 7 месяцев назад

    verbal 5
    visual 14

  • Aura Azarcon
    Aura Azarcon 8 месяцев назад

    Wow! I just realized I've been doing this unconsciously throughout med school (varying my environment when studying) and I guess this is really effective! :)

  • Andrei Andrei
    Andrei Andrei 8 месяцев назад

    "Newbucks", haha, a fine touch.

  • De GameVio
    De GameVio 8 месяцев назад

    Nice i watch this, just after my exams f***ing ended

  • Brandon Spence
    Brandon Spence 8 месяцев назад +1

    praying works for me
    God is real

    AKV STAR 8 месяцев назад


  • Tunes Redefined
    Tunes Redefined 8 месяцев назад

    Guys !! The way I study is I make images of the things in my mind...i coloured them in my mind and take myself to that situation...this really works...make images in your mind...make it a story

  • Anonymous Anonymous
    Anonymous Anonymous 8 месяцев назад

    I want to be successful in my life.

  • Jonathan Rendon
    Jonathan Rendon 8 месяцев назад

    took me 4 years of college to figure this out in myself 😅

  • Nguyễn Đăng Huy
    Nguyễn Đăng Huy 8 месяцев назад

    Wow, wonderful advice for people ! Nice video !

  • Smileyface Lessthanthree
    Smileyface Lessthanthree 8 месяцев назад

    Is that the guy from sherlock

  • JiJi
    JiJi 8 месяцев назад

    I already did this before watching this video, one thing I must say that this will certainly improve you learning in many way

  • Aakash Mallik
    Aakash Mallik 8 месяцев назад

    The more change you bring to your life, the more number of connections your synapses make in your brain.... This is a proven research and it states that doing the same job in different ways improves IQ.

  • Hasbi Zorryus
    Hasbi Zorryus 8 месяцев назад

    this video show up on my recommendation just 2 days before my entrance test, maybe i am lucky

    ADDICTED JOKERS 8 месяцев назад

    30% study. 70% recite that and see the change

  • Diva Angelika
    Diva Angelika 8 месяцев назад

    I studied while listening to music once, but i focused to the songs instead of to my lessons. but if i focused to lessons, i can't enjoy the music. i want to enjoy the music but also can still focus on my lessons at the same time, how?

  • shady melody
    shady melody 9 месяцев назад

    This is amazing :) Thank you

  • octave
    octave 9 месяцев назад

    I want to read science in 11 and 12 but I should be good in Optional maths they say but i always fail in optional maths . I love science but only the science without calculations of trigo
    what should I do ?

  • Risorine Gaming
    Risorine Gaming 9 месяцев назад

    thanks now i can study well

  • Kamishiro Rize
    Kamishiro Rize 9 месяцев назад

    please how you make this videos ?! which program !???