Cheery Friday e-mails

Every Friday I send a “Cheery Friday” email chock full of insights about learning and changing to a million registered learners from the massive open online course (“MOOC”) Learning How to Learn.  To receive these emails, just register for the course here (it’s free, and registration takes only a few seconds).  “See” you on Friday!

Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Dec 16, 2016

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week This week, we’d like to recommend “Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics,” by Richard H. Thaler. “The creative genius who invented the field of behavioral economics is also a master storyteller and a very funny man. All these talents are on display in this wonderfu …

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Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Dec 9, 2016

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We have to admit that we’re fans of writer Tim Ferriss. Tim has a wonderful way of ferreting out fantastically interesting people—like Nicholas McCarthy, the only one-handed pianist to graduate from Britain’s Royal College of Music in its 130 year history. Or like Mark Andree …

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Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Dec 2, 2016

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Books of the Week We have a “double-header” this week of two books to recommend. The first is the unusually titled The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson. We love the cover description, which notes: “Manson makes the argument, ba …

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Cheery Thanksgiving Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Nov 24, 2016

Cheery Thanksgiving greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week As you know, we’re big fans of biographies. And we’ve got an exceptional one to tout today: Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff. Great biographies give a sense of what might have been happening behind the scenes in important times in history. While giving a sense of the …

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Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Nov 18, 2016

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week We’re big fans of Steven Johnson, and we’re already engrossed in his brand new book—Wonderland: How Play Made the Modern World. We couldn’t agree more with Johnson’s observation that you’ll find the future wherever people are having the most fun. Some of our previous favorite …

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Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Nov 11, 2016

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month! We’ve always got our eye out for great books on how to be a more effective human being. This is how we stumbled on the fantastic Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It, by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz. This is a riveting book—Voss was the FBI’s le …

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Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Nov 3, 2016

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Learning Styles Hurt Learning Our very own Terry Sejnowski hosts Professor Beth Rogowsky as she gives an outstanding analysis of how “Learning Styles Hurt Learning.” Beth’s own research on this is here: “Matching learning style to instructional method: Effects on comprehension.” The important …

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Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Oct 28, 2016

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Month Our top book this month is Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives, by Tim Harford. We love this book, which speaks to the extraordinary power of serendipity and seeming sloppiness. One of our favorite writers, Adam Grant, summed Messy up this way: “Utterly fasci …

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Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Oct 21, 2016

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Book of the Week Many of you have written or posted in the past about problems with anxiety, depression, and guilt—common problems in this day and age. We’d like to recommend one of the greatest books around in dealing with these challenges: Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, by Dr. David Bu …

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Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Oct 14, 2016

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners! Improving Your Memory: Our recommended Books, and Podcast, of the Week We love Josh Foer’s great book Moonwalking with Einstein, about Foer’s dive into the world of memory competitions. But somehow we never realized that there are even deeper, yet still simple, ways to use the memory palace t …

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