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Entries tagged with: Learning

Cooking to Learn

27 August 2013

Curious about his approach, Rachel read The 4-Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss and realized that she holds some pretty strong opinions about the ways we learn. (Not to mention her ideas about food.)



In Support of Longhand

11 August 2015

Allison read What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop by Maggy McGloin and appreciated this research as children get ready to go back to school and grown-ups try to retain important information at work.



Deep Work: Focus for Longer Periods of Time

22 November 2016

Barbara read Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World and learned that future jobs will go to the people who can think deeply about complex subjects and come up with solutions to difficult problems.



To Type or Not to Type

13 February 2018

Eden watched Pinkcast 2.2: Why You Should Take Notes By Hand and reflected on the benefits of taking handwritten notes.



Study Habits for Everyone, Not Just Back-to-Schoolers

7 August 2018

Barbara read A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if You Flunked Algebra) by Barbra Oakley, Ph.D. and found her study tips immediately useful.



Open a Notebook, Close Your Laptop

18 September 2018

As another school year gets underway, Allison reflected on the power of writing notes by hand rather than using our computers.



Stop Worrying About Your Passion and Just Do the Work

2 October 2018

Barbara read So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport. It turns out discomfort and hard work may help you realize your dreams faster than the pursuit of passion.



Be a Better Learner by Asking Questions

9 October 2018

Janie read Never Stop Learning: Stay Relevant, Reinvent Yourself, and Thrive by Bradley Staats and thought about how asking questions can help her to be a better learner.



Make Exam Prep or Any Project Less Stressful

10 December 2019

Allison read Professor Karen Inkelas' advice for University of Virginia students and realized her insights apply to any daunting project as well as exams.



Developing Intellectual Humility

23 June 2020

Janie watched Dan Pink’s Pinkcast 3.09: This is how to boost your intellectual humility and it prompted her to look for pleasure in unexpected places.



Be a Beginner

25 October 2022

Barbara read Cal Newport’s review of Beginners: The Joy and Transformative Power of Lifelong Learning by Tom Vanderbilt and learned that getting back to a “beginner’s mind” can help  you to cope with life’s challenges.



Better Experiments for Better Learning

30 January 2024

Rachel read a hot-off-the-presses The Experimentation Field Book: A Step-by-Step Project Guide by Jeanne Liedtka, Elizabeth Chen, Natalie Foley, and David Kester and considered how better experimentation might lead to better learning.



Unlocking Hidden Potential

27 February 2024

Janie read Hidden Potential: The Science of Achieving Greater Things by Adam Grant and considered how she could use the stories and lessons shared to advance her own personal and professional growth.



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