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
  • РазвлеченияРазвлечения
  • Длительность: 2:38
  • learning  education  Benedict Carey  

Комментарии: 1 711

  • vajrala vinay kumar
    vajrala vinay kumar 3 дня назад

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

  • Vishal Kumar
    Vishal Kumar 5 дней назад +1

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

  • Mustafa Kamran
    Mustafa Kamran 8 дней назад

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

  • Doktor Nikita
    Doktor Nikita 9 дней назад

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

  • Paul Sijpkes
    Paul Sijpkes 13 дней 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...

    BLACK TIGER VRJ 25 дней назад

  • Raju Kumar
    Raju Kumar 25 дней назад

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

  • Lalremruata ralte
    Lalremruata ralte 27 дней назад

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

  • Dylan Schafer
    Dylan Schafer Месяц назад

    video s

  • Dylan Schafer
    Dylan Schafer Месяц назад

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

  • Pino Colada
    Pino Colada Месяц назад

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

  • Night Howl
    Night Howl Месяц назад

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

  • Preethi Murugesh
    Preethi Murugesh Месяц назад


  • Marc Profitt
    Marc Profitt Месяц назад

    Hi guys, I tried this programe and trust me.....the results are astounding. Get Results with ZOX Pro Training
    Save Time, Save Money, and Wipe out Stress Pro Training has over 35 years of experience in helping people, just like you, improve their life. It’s been independently tested and used by people around the world. It works! Good decision makers are informed, and provide solutions quickly. To change and improve in today’s world you need volumes of quality information. ZOXing gets you the Best Information – FAST ! Goodluck =

  • Sabeer V
    Sabeer V Месяц назад

    Oh man! Read the following, meditate whether your concept about the Lord is correct or not.
    The Lord of the world is the One Who created all seven Heavens, seven Earths and all things (including mankind) in between them within 6 days. Then He established on the Throne, you have no Protectors or Intercessors besides Him.
    He is the Three Time Knower, He knows the past, present and future of each and everything. He is the Impartial Lord Who Who taught Adhikr-soul of the Book- to everyone from the Paradise itself.
    He is the One Who created everything in pairs from the Earth produces, from themselves and the other things they have no knowledge.
    He is the One Who created pairs of male and female from 'Nuthfa'(Sperm from male/ovum from female) when it is emitted from the father and mother.
    He is the One Who created man from water and made relationships of lineage and marriage; He is capable upon everything.
    He is the One Who shaped mankind in the womb as He wishes; He is capable upon everything.
    He is the One Who created you from a single Soul, and made its mate from it, so he may dwell with her in love.
    He is the One Who created male and female from the embryo, made love and mercy in between.
    He is the One Who has not been comprehended by visions, while He comprehends all visions, He is the One Who knows the inner feelings of the soul, well Acquainted.
    He is the One upon Whom neither a thing on Earth nor in the Heaven is hidden; He is all Hearing, all Knowing.
    He is the One with Whose remembrance shall cause no disaster from whatever is on Earth or in Sky; He is all Hearing, all Knowing.
    He is the One Who taught each and everything the mode of Prayer and Glorification of Him.
    He is the One to Whom whatever in Heavens and Earth glorifies, He is the sovereign, the Sanctified, the Mightiest and the Wise.
    He is the One Who is the acquainted observer of His servants.
    He is the One Who knows the innermost feelings and well acquainted of His servants.
    He is the One Who is enough to acquaint the offences of His servants.
    He is the One Who has the best knowledge about the inner feelings of servants.
    He is the One Who knows treachery of the eyes and what is hidden in the chests.
    He is the One Whom seize not either slumber or sleep.
    He is the One Who is a Witness upon everything.
    He is the One Who is Custodian of everything.
    He is the One Who is the Disposer and Authority upon everything.
    Indeed He is the One Who is capable to bring anyone to his/her previous condition.
    Indeed Lord is comprehensive observing.
    He is the One Who is the acquainted observer of the offences of His servants.
    He is the One Who is the Best Knower of all unseen things.
    He is the One Who is with you wherever you are.
    He is the One Who exists in between the person and the heart in believers.
    He is the One Who if intends a thing, He commands to it: "Be", then it is.
    He is the Omnipotent, Omniscient and Sovereign, there is no Deity except Him.
    Then whoever calls or invokes for help unseeingly from other than Lord Allah (the only Deity), he is serving Satan-the Kafir. Through the verse 112: 1-4 Lord commands the Prophet and today the believer to say: He is Allah, the One and Only. Allah, the Eternal Absolute (He is not depending anyone while everyone depends upon Him). He no begets, nor is He begotten. There is none just like Him, and He is all Hearing, all Seeing".
    Oh man bestowed with intelligence! You are deputed on Earth in order to live as the vicegerent of Lord. So don't be a vicegerent of Satan by ignoring your Creator Lord. Therefore, if anyone understand his Creator Lord as Adhikr- the Wise Reminder-reveals, he can't even think for doing any evil deed which is harmful to any creature including mankind.
    from the Three Time knower mentioned in the verse 25: 59.

  • mohamed adil
    mohamed adil Месяц назад

    not agreeing with hearing music while studying

  • Moamal Haddad
    Moamal Haddad 2 месяца назад

    Change the place to another calmer often works with me

  • Gee Heart
    Gee Heart 2 месяца назад

    Wow..... I'm being inconsistent and distracted by watching how to study better on YouTube 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 2 месяца назад +1

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

  • Ramya
    Ramya 2 месяца 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 2 месяца назад


  • Roshan Surana
    Roshan Surana 2 месяца назад +1

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

  • Bianca Santos
    Bianca Santos 2 месяца 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 2 месяца назад

    Improvement !!!!!

  • Sakshi Singh
    Sakshi Singh 2 месяца назад

    Seriously bro

  • pramita jasuja
    pramita jasuja 2 месяца назад +1

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

  • Kate Russe
    Kate Russe 2 месяца назад

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

  • Alessandro Correira
    Alessandro Correira 3 месяца назад

    I study talking to myself

  • nurinfauzanrusdi
    nurinfauzanrusdi 3 месяца назад

    wahhhh, very smart

  • Chou Tzuyu
    Chou Tzuyu 3 месяца назад

    My phone is distracting me to play

    TEAM NEPTUNE 3 месяца назад

    instead of scrolling comments.....start reading

    TEAM NEPTUNE 3 месяца назад

    instead of scrolling comments.....start reading

  • Shokomycoco
    Shokomycoco 3 месяца назад

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

  • endmymisery_
    endmymisery_ 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

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

  • Raza's Jam
    Raza's Jam 3 месяца назад


  • rod rigo
    rod rigo 3 месяца назад

    wow that kills the monotony...

  • Jolly Shifa
    Jolly Shifa 3 месяца 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 3 месяца назад

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

  • クラム先輩/KuramuSenior
    クラム先輩/KuramuSenior 4 месяца назад


  • levi rollyson
    levi rollyson 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

    I feel like when I write I focus more

  • Gary Pierre
    Gary Pierre 4 месяца назад +1

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


  • Daniyal Ali Obaid
    Daniyal Ali Obaid 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

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

  • bogen broom
    bogen broom 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 4 месяца назад

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

  • Ufuk Ercan
    Ufuk Ercan 4 месяца 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 4 месяца 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 5 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 5 месяцев назад

    which software do you use for making this animation

  • chai thanya
    chai thanya 5 месяцев назад

    I study in a quiet room. I can remember well

  • Technical Logical
    Technical Logical 5 месяцев назад

    How you edited

  • Arvind 100
    Arvind 100 5 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 5 месяцев назад

    i am following this topic ,,really beneficial

  • Grey Matter's life matters
    Grey Matter's life matters 5 месяцев назад +1

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

    I becomes Dory.

  • xerostamia gt
    xerostamia gt 5 месяцев назад

    thank you so much

  • Anna Li
    Anna Li 5 месяцев назад

    verbal 5
    visual 14

  • Aura Azarcon
    Aura Azarcon 5 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 5 месяцев назад

    "Newbucks", haha, a fine touch.

  • De GameVio
    De GameVio 5 месяцев назад

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

  • Brandon Spence
    Brandon Spence 5 месяцев назад +1

    praying works for me
    God is real

    AKV STAR 5 месяцев назад


  • Tunes Redefined
    Tunes Redefined 6 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 6 месяцев назад

    I want to be successful in my life.

  • Jonathan Rendon
    Jonathan Rendon 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Nguyễn Đăng Huy
    Nguyễn Đăng Huy 6 месяцев назад

    Wow, wonderful advice for people ! Nice video !

  • Smileyface Lessthanthree
    Smileyface Lessthanthree 6 месяцев назад

    Is that the guy from sherlock

  • JiJi
    JiJi 6 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 6 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 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Im SATAN
    Im SATAN 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Diva Angelika
    Diva Angelika 6 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?

  • soul tiger
    soul tiger 6 месяцев назад

    This is amazing :) Thank you

  • octave
    octave 6 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 ?

  • Devang Gangurde
    Devang Gangurde 6 месяцев назад

    thanks now i can study well

  • Kamishiro Rize
    Kamishiro Rize 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Chandler
    Chandler 6 месяцев назад

    sound like Justin Trudeau there!

  • Omnimon
    Omnimon 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев назад

    Sounds pretty underwhelming.

  • Bas Haaksema
    Bas Haaksema 6 месяцев назад

    wow I never expected this

  • Sameer Singh
    Sameer Singh 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Andy
    Andy 6 месяцев назад

    Just an ad...

  • Guy Man
    Guy Man 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев 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 6 месяцев назад +1


  • BAM's Slave
    BAM's Slave 6 месяцев назад

    But what if your not asian

  • starboy
    starboy 6 месяцев назад

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

  • TheAmazeer
    TheAmazeer 6 месяцев 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..

  • Aicha B
    Aicha B 6 месяцев назад

    How to become consistent when my exam is tomorrow??

  • GOLD 1515
    GOLD 1515 6 месяцев назад

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

  • SoeZ-M4
    SoeZ-M4 6 месяцев назад

    Just study

  • ilke_yigiter
    ilke_yigiter 6 месяцев назад

    I should be studying not watching this!

  • Like A Brosse
    Like A Brosse 6 месяцев назад

    J'ai rien compris je parle pas anglais :(

  • xkeepersvk
    xkeepersvk 6 месяцев назад

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

  • Fatima Ali
    Fatima Ali 6 месяцев назад


  • Tobo
    Tobo 6 месяцев 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.