- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 2 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: December 17, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00R5081JU
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A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) Audiobook – Unabridged
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I am a student majoring in the sciences who suffered as a child with basic math and reading. I failed miserably in school and did not do well until after I had my daughter at the age of 19 and entered into full time college where I put my mind to things, determined to accomplished them; graduating with a 4.0 GPA. This book is something I wish I had before I started my endeavor in schooling because it would have benefited me mentally and even helped retain information. I recommend this book for every person; student or not; just read it to sharpen your mind. For students, I recommend studying this book as though it were a textbook and taking notes. I had a notebook specifically for this book when I realized it was a book worth taking notes from.
As a mother, homeschooling a dyslexic daughter, I appreciate her truthfulness which gives hope for my 8 year old daughter who struggles to read a clock, but excels in engineering and design as well as having a complex vocabulary (though a struggling reader) and horsemanship. I am now in the place to teach the passion for learning, and teaching how to learn to another person. This book will surely help me through the experience.
My only quibble is on the early emphasis of the diffuse vs. focused modes of thinking, which weren't immediately attached to learning strategies and seemed more like pop science than a foundation built on reliable psychological research; the pinball analogies in particular weren't compelling for me as they didn't seem to capture how problem solving feels from the inside. Later on, the author tied the focused vs. diffuse modes into why certain learning strategies were more or less effective, and that was more helpful.
The main thing I think that would have helped the book be more effective for students would be to include more student case studies: showing how one student applied the techniques across an entire first-year calculus course, or through a high school biology course: how much easier or effective was their learning, compared to a student using less informed strategies? What does each week of studying for the course look like realistically, with which particular techniques being applied?