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 • 1 752

  • 100k YaYa
    100k YaYa 11 дней назад

    This is true ... U sometimes study in your room with no problem. At time u just cnt concentrate in your study space, walk to the kitchen & just stand there & the words just into your head with much ease.

  • Arno Yan
    Arno Yan 18 дней назад

    Ahhahah great animation😂👌👌

  • Nima Sarajpoor
    Nima Sarajpoor Месяц назад

    1:21....chart is wrong

  • RyanJ92Vids
    RyanJ92Vids Месяц назад


  • danish hassan
    danish hassan Месяц назад

    I read it. Its not worth it. Think before buying. Most part of the book is covered with experiments and experiments with conclusion which are extreme common. Reading experiments become extrmely boring because we need the resul with short support of evidence not whole scientific process. Think twice. Infact try art of learning by vijay

  • Evian Mason
    Evian Mason Месяц назад

    Awesome thanks learning every day..

  • Cool Dweebs
    Cool Dweebs 2 месяца назад

    Newbucks LOL! the shade @starbucks tho!

  • Ajay Menon
    Ajay Menon 2 месяца назад

    This study seems quite vague. The factors are generalised quite grossly. Even thought it claims to be scientific citing studies it's not at all thorough.

  • learning solution
    learning solution 2 месяца назад

  • Delores Johnson
    Delores Johnson 3 месяца назад

    Thank you!

  • demuntas
    demuntas 3 месяца назад

    Wtf i dont understand i will study and getting (2)

  • Mumin Don
    Mumin Don 3 месяца назад

    not works on me

  • Darwin Lingat
    Darwin Lingat 3 месяца назад

  • Mercy Abenoyo
    Mercy Abenoyo 3 месяца назад

    good, thank u

  • Odapow
    Odapow 3 месяца 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 месяца 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.

  • Erfan Sir
    Erfan Sir 3 месяца назад

    And it was an advertisement of a book ! #LoL

  • joesr31
    joesr31 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад +1

    Awesome Great tips like trying new things I will do that

  • Jasc Video Rambles
    Jasc Video Rambles 4 месяца 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.

  • Thirdy Garcia
    Thirdy Garcia 4 месяца назад

    RUclip is a distraction

  • Bakyi Hea
    Bakyi Hea 4 месяца назад

    I want to get it

  • spomonti
    spomonti 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

    good information

  • TechTechInc
    TechTechInc 4 месяца назад

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

  • huu
    huu 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

    Its work for me

  • Zamin Hussain
    Zamin Hussain 4 месяца назад

    It's just one rule of this book

  • Life of Blogging
    Life of Blogging 5 месяцев назад

  • Mustapha Assi
    Mustapha Assi 5 месяцев назад

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

  • pankaj kumar
    pankaj kumar 6 месяцев назад

    which software u used to make the video

  • Nasreen Siraj
    Nasreen Siraj 6 месяцев назад

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

  • PD Whistle
    PD Whistle 6 месяцев назад


  • simran harwani
    simran harwani 6 месяцев назад

    May i give you a suggestion

  • Good Thoughts 123
    Good Thoughts 123 6 месяцев назад

    Where can I get it

  • Good Thoughts 123
    Good Thoughts 123 6 месяцев назад

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

  • vajrala vinay kumar
    vajrala vinay kumar 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Vishal Kumar
    Vishal Kumar 6 месяцев назад +1

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

  • goku ultra inspired
    goku ultra inspired 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Doktor Nikita
    Doktor Nikita 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Paul Sijpkes
    Paul Sijpkes 6 месяцев 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 7 месяцев назад

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

  • Lalremruata ralte
    Lalremruata ralte 7 месяцев назад

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

  • Dylan Schafer
    Dylan Schafer 7 месяцев назад

    video s

  • Dylan Schafer
    Dylan Schafer 7 месяцев назад

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

  • Pino Colada
    Pino Colada 7 месяцев назад

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

  • Night Howl
    Night Howl 7 месяцев назад

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

  • Preethi Murugesh
    Preethi Murugesh 7 месяцев назад


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  • mohamed adil
    mohamed adil 8 месяцев назад

    not agreeing with hearing music while studying

  • Moamal Haddad
    Moamal Haddad 8 месяцев назад

    Change the place to another calmer often works with me

  • Gee Heart
    Gee Heart 8 месяцев 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 8 месяцев назад +1

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

  • Ramya
    Ramya 8 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 8 месяцев назад


  • Roshan Surana
    Roshan Surana 9 месяцев назад +1

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

  • Bianca Santos
    Bianca Santos 9 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 9 месяцев назад

    Improvement !!!!!

  • Sakshi Singh
    Sakshi Singh 9 месяцев назад

    Seriously bro

  • pramita jasuja
    pramita jasuja 9 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 9 месяцев назад

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

  • Inkling Alessandro
    Inkling Alessandro 9 месяцев назад

    I study talking to myself

  • nurinfauzanrusdi
    nurinfauzanrusdi 9 месяцев назад

    wahhhh, very smart

  • Chou Tzuyu
    Chou Tzuyu 9 месяцев назад

    My phone is distracting me to play

  • Neptune Gamingz
    Neptune Gamingz 9 месяцев назад

    instead of scrolling comments.....start reading

  • Neptune Gamingz
    Neptune Gamingz 9 месяцев назад

    instead of scrolling comments.....start reading

  • Shokomycoco
    Shokomycoco 9 месяцев назад

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

  • endmymisery_
    endmymisery_ 9 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 9 месяцев назад

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

  • Raza's Jam
    Raza's Jam 9 месяцев назад


  • rod rigo
    rod rigo 9 месяцев назад

    wow that kills the monotony...

  • Jolly Shifa
    Jolly Shifa 9 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 9 месяцев назад

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

  • 蛭子
    蛭子 10 месяцев назад


  • levi rollyson
    levi rollyson 10 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 10 месяцев назад

    I feel like when I write I focus more

  • Gary Pierre
    Gary Pierre 10 месяцев назад +1

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


  • Daniyal Ali Obaid
    Daniyal Ali Obaid 10 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 10 месяцев назад

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

  • bogen broom
    bogen broom 10 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 10 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 11 месяцев назад

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

  • Ufuk Ercan
    Ufuk Ercan 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 месяцев назад

    which software do you use for making this animation

  • Chaithanya Reddy
    Chaithanya Reddy 11 месяцев назад

    I study in a quiet room. I can remember well

  • Technical Logical
    Technical Logical 11 месяцев назад

    How you edited

  • Motivation Bangla
    Motivation Bangla 11 месяцев назад

    i am following this topic ,,really beneficial

  • Grey Matter's life matters
    Grey Matter's life matters 11 месяцев назад +1

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

    I becomes Dory.

  • xerostamia gt
    xerostamia gt 11 месяцев назад

    thank you so much

  • Anna Li
    Anna Li 11 месяцев назад

    verbal 5
    visual 14

  • Aura Azarcon
    Aura Azarcon 11 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 11 месяцев назад

    "Newbucks", haha, a fine touch.

  • De GameVio
    De GameVio 11 месяцев назад

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

  • Brandon Spence
    Brandon Spence Год назад +1

    praying works for me
    God is real

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  • Tunes Redefined
    Tunes Redefined Год 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 Год назад

    I want to be successful in my life.