'Learning How to Learn'

‘Learning how to learn’, by Barbara Oakley, is a compendium of techniques for learning effectively or more effectively, backed by neuroscience and cognitive psychology. Increasing ones ability to learn speeds up your knowledge compounding rate, and is time magnificently well spent.

  1. Know of and take advantage of the different modes of the brain: Diffuse and Focussed. If you're learning something totally new or you're stuck on a problem, take a break of some sort to allow diffuse mode to do its work.
  2. Pomodoro technique is useful for giving your brain adequate focus and break time to integrate new information. It can also be useful for overcoming procrastination
  3. Exercise: it increases your memory and ability to learn new things
  4. Re-reading and highlighting aren't as effective as studying and then attempting to recall directly the content of the material you're studying (page, video, etc).
  5. Practice and review of material are key to deeper mastery
  6. Self knowledge: Sometimes people who learn more slowly learn more deeply. Sometimes those with poor working memories are creative. Sometimes super focus and strong working memory block creativity by preventing associative thinking. Sometimes learning to rapidly can lead to incorrect conclusions or superficial understanding.