- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Stylus Publishing; 1 edition (August 16, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620360098
- ISBN-13: 978-1620360095
- Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This book is a must-read for students who want time to ‘have a life’ while also being able to improve the way they learn.Too frequently, students are left on their own to navigate through a variety of study and learning strategies which are often not based on brain research.
Neuroscientists know so much about how the brain learns best. Unfortunately, they do not usually present their discoveries to those involved with teaching and neither instructors nor students have the time to sift through the voluminous amount of neuroscientific research currently available. Fortunately, Terry and Todd have done the sifting for you.
This book highlights and summarizes some of the most recent and impactful insights for learning and memory. In particular, it helps students to better understand a learner centered approach to teaching and learning, a movement which is slowly becoming the norm in higher education. It is not only packed with practical applications of current brain research but also describes why the application of these skills and strategies work in light of the brain's design. You don't want to miss being a part of this revolutionary approach to learning!” (Jeannie Loeb, Senior Lecturer, Behavioral Neuroscience in Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)
“This is a path-breaking book. Faculties have been learning about how the mind works, and this book spreads the message to students, who need it just as much. More sophisticated and empirically grounded than any study skills manual, this book addresses all the major research findings on how the human brain learns. And it does so using language and examples that students can easily understand and immediately apply to enhance their attention, depth of processing, retention, retrieval, and far-transfer abilities. Plus, each chapter ends with excellent summaries and scholarly references. It deserves to be required reading for all college students―really, anyone interested in learning." (Linda B. Nilson, Director, Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation)
About the Author
Terry Doyle is the Chief Instructor for Faculty Development and Coordinator of the New Faculty Transition Program for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Ferris State University. He has worked with faculty on 30 campuses across the country on how to develop a learner centered teaching practice and has spoken at over fifty national, international, and regional conferences on topics of teaching and learning over the past eight years. He is a regular featured presenter at Lilly conferences. He is a Professor of Reading and Learning Disabilities at Ferris State where he has taught for the past 30 years.
Todd Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine. Prior to his work in the School of Medicine, Dr. Zakrajsek was the Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before arriving at UNC, Dr. Zakrajsek was the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor.
Dr. Zakrajsek currently directs three Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and sits on two educationally related boards: ERI for Lenovo Computer and TEI for Microsoft. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. He holds positions on editorial boards for several journals and has both published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in 42 states and 6 countries. Watch Todd's TED Talk here.
Jeannie H. Loeb
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I purchased this book and devoured it in one sitting. It should be required reading for every college student and every college professor.
**************** For students *****************
You're in college to LEARN, and you're going to be in college for several years. Yet you come to college with little to no knowledge about HOW to learn or HOW to study. And sadly, nobody in college will teach you these essential skills. You'll read your textbook (maybe), take notes in class, review your notes before the test. Maybe this will be sufficient to get a decent grade. But it won't result in much learning. So you'll end up with a piece of paper that says you have an education, but not with much actual education.
And you NEED that education if you want to thrive in this increasingly competitive knowledge-based and information-based economy.
This short book can help you really learn and retain information. The book says it's not hard, you just have to know what to do. I disagree: it's hard to change habits, and the bad news is that you'll need to change some habits if you really want to learn. Habits like time management, to insure you have enough time for sleep, for exercise, and for studying outside of class; this is hard, because it means making tough choices about how you use your time. Another habit that needs to go: "multitasking." Your generation is better than any previous generation at task-switching, which you think of as multitasking. But true learning requires FOCUS. That means shutting out distractions (like the 'ding' your phone makes when people text you). It is hard to put away the phone for a whole hour if you've never done it. But you must, if you really want to learn.
This book explains these points, and many others, in much detail. The book is easy to read, with short chapters (and the book overall is short). Everything in the book is supported by research (with lots of citations).
Think about the incredible investment you're making in college: years of your life that could otherwise be spent in a paid job, not to mention thousands of dollars on tuition and other costs. If you want to get an excellent return on this investment, you really need to learn how to study, and learn how to learn. Sadly, your college will provide you very minimal training in these critical skills. You must pick them up on your own. If you do, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO DO REALLY AMAZING THINGS (the least of which includes earning a high G.P.A.). It's true. Even if you THINK of yourself as a C student, you CAN be an A student. You just need to learn how to learn. (And, importantly, to follow through and implement what you learn.)
You really can do this. Reading this excellent, short, information-packed, affordable book is a great way to start.
**************** For college professors *****************
Most of us have received excellent training in our respective disciplines, but little to no training in the principles of effective teaching. We don't really know HOW students learn. We assume they learn the way WE learned when we were in college; therefore, we teach the way that, when we were students, worked best for us.
This is a bad assumption. As future college professors, our learning styles as college students were atypical, and teaching to these learning styles will not work for most students.
If we really want to be good teachers, we need to understand how students learn - and not just students that will eventually become professors.
That's where this book can help. Reading it won't take much of your time. It's rich with information that can help us do our jobs more effectively, can help us understand the way students learn so we can better design our classes and assignments for better outcomes. This information is based on research, which the authors document thoroughly.
I can't recommend the book highly enough. Again, every college student and every professor should read it.
If you want to know how to memorize more effectively or if you are about to start college, you should definitely read this book.