Learning how to learn | Barbara Oakley | TEDxOaklandUniversity İndir

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  • 5 Ağu 2014

  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Engineering professor Barbara Oakley is co-teaching one of the world's largest online classes, "Learning How to Learn", https://www.coursera.org/course/learning. She know firsthand how it feels to struggle with math. Dr. Oakley flunked her way through high school math and science courses, before enlisting in the U.S. Army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options—both to rise in the military and to explore other careers—she returned to school with a new found determination to re-tool her brain to master the very subjects that had given her so much trouble throughout her entire life. Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Her research focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior, and has been described as “revolutionary” by the Wall Street Journal. Oakley’s books have been praised by many leading researchers and writers, including Harvard’s Steven Pinker and E. O. Wilson, and National Book Award winner Joyce Carol Oates. Her book A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel in Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra), will be published by Tarcher-Penguin on July 31, 2014. Prior to her academic career, Oakley rose from private to captain in the U.S. Army, during which time she was recognized as a Distinguished Military Scholar. She met her husband, Philip, when she was working at the South Pole Station in Antarctica. Her experiences with well-intentioned altruism were shaped by her work as a Russian translator on Soviet trawlers on the Bering Sea during the early 1980s. Oakley was designated as an NSF New Century Scholar—she is also a recipient of the Oakland University Teaching Excellence Award (2013) and the National Science Foundation’s Frontiers in Engineering New Faculty Fellow Award. Oakley is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


  • By Design
    By Design 10 ay önce

    Ironically, I am avoiding work to watch YouTube to learn that avoiding work to watch YouTube is a bad idea...

  • Vivek Kumar
    Vivek Kumar 4 ay önce

    Take away:

  • epankaj1
    epankaj1 2 ay önce

    I completed the course , "learning how to learn" . Its an excellent course and helped me improve a lot...

  • AnthonyGL
    AnthonyGL 6 yıl önce

    There's something about this woman as a teacher.  She seems to genuinely care.  I took her online course and it's changed my way of learning for the better.  Highly recommended for the geniuses and the averages.  

  • nguyen phuoc
    nguyen phuoc 1 gün önce

    1. Try to focus, not try to complete the task

  • Racer X
    Racer X 5 yıl önce

    After watching this video, I've come to the conclusion that I spend way too much time in the diffuse mode. =)

  • Alex Conte
    Alex Conte 4 yıl önce


  • tina:D
    tina:D 6 yıl önce

    To sum up: focused learning (pomodoro technique), exeecise, tests, replace highlighting with read-look away- recall learning.

  • one iota
    one iota 4 yıl önce

    "Don't just follow your passions,

  • Litts Alberts
    Litts Alberts 5 ay önce

    "understanding is truly important but only when combined with practice and repition"

  • CrazyWaffle5150
    CrazyWaffle5150 4 yıl önce

    OMG I love this woman.

  • Letrus100
    Letrus100 4 yıl önce

    I took her class on coursera a few months ago. She taught some very useful information about learning.

  • Dydreth
    Dydreth 3 yıl önce

    I wish I could have seen this 20 years ago. She speaks to several issues I had with learning, retention, and confusing understanding with mastery.

  • Genji Mccorkle
    Genji Mccorkle 7 ay önce (düzenlendi)

    Three things to take away from this video:

  • Christine Drew
    Christine Drew 4 yıl önce

    When I was in college, I would do the Pomodoro effect...I had no idea...I would study for 20 to 30 minutes and then eat 10 or 12 Chinese noodles. I am not sure why that seemed to be such a treat, but perhaps it was just a way to take a break. I would enjoy EACH one and this was a shared event with my roommate, by the way. I have always been introspective about the process, fortunately. Now I work in the Art of Learning as applied to K-12 public education. BRAVO to you and thank you for your introspection, shared.

  • Coras
    Coras 4 yıl önce

    Where was this video all my life?

  • Samar_theoriginal
    Samar_theoriginal 4 yıl önce

    So true. Unfortunately, the very institutions that should be teaching us this - like schools - fail to do so.What's worse is that modern day desk jobs overload employees with so much work that learning is turned into a very stressful exercise, rather than being fun,

  • Funandconsciousness
    Funandconsciousness 6 yıl önce

    "Don't just follow your passions - broaden your passions ... and your life will be enriched beyond measure."  Appropriate expansive conclusion, Barbara.

  • Marlene Munoz
    Marlene Munoz 4 yıl önce

    I just loved your book: "A Mind for Numbers"

  • Jessica Urban
    Jessica Urban 1 yıl önce

    I must say, this is one of the best ted talks I have ever seen.