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

  • Опубликовано:  2 года назад
  • 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: 1 663

    JESUS IS THE SAVIOR День назад

    Super super nice video!

  • クラムGames
    クラムGames 10 дней назад


  • levi rollyson
    levi rollyson 12 дней 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 13 дней назад

    I feel like when I write I focus more

  • Gary Pierre
    Gary Pierre 13 дней назад +1

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


  • Daniyal Ali Obaid
    Daniyal Ali Obaid 16 дней назад

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

  • sev7n
    sev7n 17 дней назад

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

  • bogen broom
    bogen broom 26 дней 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 28 дней 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 29 дней назад

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

  • Ufuk Ercan
    Ufuk Ercan 29 дней 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 Месяц 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 Месяц назад

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

  • Monika Tyagi
    Monika Tyagi Месяц назад

    which software do you use for making this animation

  • chai thanya
    chai thanya Месяц назад

    I study in a quiet room. I can remember well

  • Technical Logical
    Technical Logical Месяц назад

    How you edited

  • Arvind 100
    Arvind 100 Месяц 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 Месяц назад

    i am following this topic ,,really beneficial

  • Grey Matter's life matters
    Grey Matter's life matters Месяц назад +1

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

    I becomes Dory.

  • Felicia Stephanie
    Felicia Stephanie Месяц назад

    thank you so much

  • Anna Li
    Anna Li Месяц назад

    verbal 5
    visual 14

  • Aura Azarcon
    Aura Azarcon Месяц 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 Месяц назад

    "Newbucks", haha, a fine touch.

  • De GameVio
    De GameVio Месяц назад

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

  • Brandon Spence
    Brandon Spence 2 месяца назад +1

    praying works for me
    God is real

    AKV STAR 2 месяца назад


  • Tunes Redefined
    Tunes Redefined 2 месяца 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 2 месяца назад

    I want to be successful in my life.

  • Jonathan Rendon
    Jonathan Rendon 2 месяца назад

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

  • Nguyễn Đăng Huy
    Nguyễn Đăng Huy 2 месяца назад

    Wow, wonderful advice for people ! Nice video !

  • Smileyface Lessthanthree
    Smileyface Lessthanthree 2 месяца назад

    Is that the guy from sherlock

  • JiJi
    JiJi 2 месяца 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 2 месяца 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 2 месяца назад

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

  • Im SATAN
    Im SATAN 2 месяца назад

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

  • Diva Angelika
    Diva Angelika 2 месяца 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?

  • soul tiger
    soul tiger 2 месяца назад

    This is amazing :) Thank you

  • octave
    octave 2 месяца 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 ?

  • Devang Gangurde
    Devang Gangurde 2 месяца назад

    thanks now i can study well

  • Online Learning
    Online Learning 2 месяца назад


  • Kamishiro Rize
    Kamishiro Rize 2 месяца назад

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

  • Chandler
    Chandler 2 месяца назад

    sound like Justin Trudeau there!

  • Omnimon
    Omnimon 2 месяца назад

    So, am I the only one who "studies" by reading the same thing, for example, in books over and over again? and no, it doesn't take me months to memorize everything..usually in a span of days, except if it's *that* long. I'm not the only one, right?

    And no, I'm not bullshitting you

    On the other hand, I have this friend who can grasp concepts easily. Just give him the equation, and he can figure out the rest. I'm quite jealous truthfully

  • goggles789
    goggles789 2 месяца назад

    Sounds pretty underwhelming.

  • Bas Haaksema
    Bas Haaksema 2 месяца назад

    wow I never expected this

  • Sameer Singh
    Sameer Singh 2 месяца назад

    Lessen the clutter, Increasing room Brightness ~ Directly Proportional to Increased brightness in results.

  • Mr. Apple
    Mr. Apple 2 месяца назад

    Just an ad...

  • Guy Man
    Guy Man 2 месяца назад

    Know you tell me yesterday was the last day of school for me but I can still go if I want but ohhhhhhhh helllllllll naaaaaaa

  • Sir_Flankalot
    Sir_Flankalot 2 месяца назад

    I'm very good at chemistry, and physics, my way of studying, is to just have something happening along while studying, such as eating food(but that's eh, cause I have to stay fit for my sport) or listen to music in the whole duration of the study session, people say listening to music is bad while studying ? Not for me anyway..

  • s Ky
    s Ky 2 месяца назад

    So an improvement from 16 to 24 words is about 40%?
    Not 50%?
    Maybe you should change the room and calculate again.

  • MicroMicro
    MicroMicro 2 месяца назад +1


  • BAM's Slave
    BAM's Slave 2 месяца назад

    But what if your not asian

  • AstroBala
    AstroBala 2 месяца назад

    I'm stoned or is this white little doll talking to me?

  • TheAmazeer
    TheAmazeer 2 месяца назад

    memory is not understanding ... memorizing is only a small part of the problem...the best way to learn is the game..
    all animals learn by playing when they are young..

  • Aisyah Bahrum
    Aisyah Bahrum 2 месяца назад

    How to become consistent when my exam is tomorrow??

  • GOLD 1515
    GOLD 1515 2 месяца назад

    I'm going to study in a different place from now on! Like my closet!

  • SoeZ-M4
    SoeZ-M4 2 месяца назад

    Just study

  • ilke_yigiter
    ilke_yigiter 2 месяца назад

    I should be studying not watching this!

  • Like A Brosse
    Like A Brosse 2 месяца назад

    J'ai rien compris je parle pas anglais :(

  • xkeepersvk
    xkeepersvk 2 месяца назад

    I dont think people want to hear me learn guitar in a park🤣

  • Fatima Ali
    Fatima Ali 2 месяца назад


  • Tobo
    Tobo 2 месяца назад

    Why not just change the dumb system we're using and make schools teach interesting shit instead of the date of napoleon's death.

  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 2 месяца назад

    Part of this could be due to the psychological fact that you better remember what you've studied where you've studied it. If the participants were asked to recall the words in a different room than where they'd studied, it makes sense that the people who studied in two different rooms would perform better when the scene changed again. That's because their body had already been used to a change of scenery rather than studying everything in the same place and being asked to recall the words in a different space.

  • Jeroen op de beek
    Jeroen op de beek 2 месяца назад

    improvment lol

  • fastname1000
    fastname1000 2 месяца назад

    guess what I was just doing before clicking on this video

  • javier guerrero
    javier guerrero 2 месяца назад

    this was useless as fuck but at least it was a short video

  • Naji Vk
    Naji Vk 2 месяца назад

    Just shut the YouTube off and go away thn take ur book..nw u can start studies

  • william Werner
    william Werner 3 месяца назад

    Those people that study 5 hours straight or a day are stupid, i study only 30 mins in the morning and then 30 at night and i do well and pass all my exam

  • Lol Xd
    Lol Xd 3 месяца назад

    But what if you have short term memory loss?

  • UnicornPuppies
    UnicornPuppies 3 месяца назад +1

    why are everyone lefties

  • Taylor11
    Taylor11 3 месяца назад

    studying about studying...

  • Kevingames21
    Kevingames21 3 месяца назад

    ho needs to study when you have a memory as good as mine
    I got a 100 on my science final and didn't even study

  • Syem Chi
    Syem Chi 3 месяца назад

    This was recommended for me when I was in the exam period

  • Janae Clarice
    Janae Clarice 3 месяца назад

    This guy sounds depressed

  • Elis Tablehockey
    Elis Tablehockey 3 месяца назад

    So all this was ad for book.

  • Eesha Imran
    Eesha Imran 3 месяца назад

    this video itself was a distraction

  • Djezz Van Etten
    Djezz Van Etten 3 месяца назад

    im pretty sure that from 16 to 24 is an increase of 50% but maybe that was taught wrong too ?

  • TOMI
    TOMI 3 месяца назад

    how did the Google know, i have learning problems???

  • Re Ganester
    Re Ganester 3 месяца назад

    "study" i have no that words in my dictionary

  • kabalidaa aag hu meh
    kabalidaa aag hu meh 3 месяца назад

    best time to study for an exam is the night before the exam period.

  • Jesse M
    Jesse M 3 месяца назад +1

    Why is there so much criticism on this video? They're trying to help you out, and you guys are still not happy? Well, gues you have to go back to your room full of distractions.

  • Ray Du
    Ray Du 3 месяца назад

    How come disc video reach so many like, I think it is not quite right, if u put urself into basketball court, how can u concentrate on your project and studies? When we want to focus anything the first thing is we need a quiet environment, or we are in a working group environment.

  • joaquin
    joaquin 3 месяца назад +1

    No se como llegue aca :V

  • The Infamous
    The Infamous 3 месяца назад

    i can study in short amount of time and remember everything, i use a technique to remember every word. So i can fit 3 hours of studying into 45 minutes

  • Rypzor Trailazzer
    Rypzor Trailazzer 3 месяца назад

    I study best when jumping of a helicopter with my parachute

  • TheWildBear
    TheWildBear 3 месяца назад

    Thanks Random House! Now I know I can play videogames until 1 AM and study for a minute! You just got a subscriber.

  • Nicholas Padilha
    Nicholas Padilha 3 месяца назад

    I disagree with this research. It's too small the sample... How about the significance, the variance and the average X of the sample and of the population for learning skills.

    Actually to practice the skills is a lot more efficient no matter the way you do it. Some people are visual, some are auditory and others are kinesthetic and these are ways to learns faster.

    My way is mostly kinesthetic and visual, but for I'm a musician I'm also a lil bit auditory. Though I learn a lot of music by viewing the accords and feeling the rhythm.

  • torrico :/
    torrico :/ 3 месяца назад

    wut why this video? in 10 minutes u can study perfectly :)

  • Belovedad
    Belovedad 3 месяца назад

    watching this instead of studying

  • Joseph
    Joseph 3 месяца назад

    thank you

  • nihal cavadzade
    nihal cavadzade 3 месяца назад

    Answer is simple if you are not interested or thinking it is boring useless then you can't learn it your brain will deny that and if you learned then you have a bit interest on it
    For me in my school they can't teach
    Like sometimes you need to see something to understand (physics,biology,chemistry etc.)
    But they aren't so it is so boring we are only writing thats it and then you failing because of boring teaching system

  • Durden
    Durden 3 месяца назад

    Can I study while playing GTA?! I think that'll increase my memory.

  • Mohammad Haroon Rashidi
    Mohammad Haroon Rashidi 3 месяца назад

    Check this out

  • Alex Proto
    Alex Proto 3 месяца назад

    spell 'favour' correctly and i might listen

  • Máté Lajos Molnár
    Máté Lajos Molnár 3 месяца назад

    I'm no scientist, but
    If you are a going for a degreee in Liberal Arts then sure why not.
    But if oyu are going for something technical (engireering) or into narutal sciences (Physics) then memorizing is the worst thing you can do. Maybe you are in a Uni where it will give you the pasisng grades, but you wil lcome out of that school without any knowledge.
    If my logic is faulty pls tell me :)

    BATTLEFIELD897 3 месяца назад

    24 out of 40.. phuh noobs xd

  • Emiya Kiritsugu
    Emiya Kiritsugu 3 месяца назад

    Being in a study group will decrease my brain intelligence and consistency to study for about 80%

  • Martin Barnkob
    Martin Barnkob 3 месяца назад


  • Martin Barnkob
    Martin Barnkob 3 месяца назад

    he's making a conclusion from one study, has it even been retested? maybe there is other factors playing in like the room is brighter. I get it though, he wants views and sensatinql video gets more views