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

10th January 2017

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 technique. Barb was lucky enough to do an interview with memory expert Dr. Anthony Metivier. Check out “Learning How To Learn: On Altruism and Memory With Barbara Oakley,” where our discussion romps not only through memory improvement techniques—but also how to best help others.

Barb has been reading Anthony’s books, which she highly recommends—they describe in depth key ideas, like how to ensure your memory image is moving. Even if you are simply interested in generally improving your memory, you’ll still learn a lot from either of Anthony’s books, below. These are very different from Benny Lewis’s great books on language learning, which we recommended a few weeks ago. And they are highly recommended!

Better Memory through Exercise

In keeping with this week’s memory theme, here’s a worthwhile article from the Daily Mail—the title says it all “How exercise makes your brain grow bigger: People who are fit found to have better memories and less chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease.”

Specialization of the Week from McMaster University in Ontario (Where Barb Will Be Speaking!)

We’ve had highly recommended to us the “Finance for Everyone Specialization,” by Arshad Ahmad of McMaster University (Coursera). Learning the language of finance and understanding the flow of money will allow you to better interact with the world, and to be more informed about key social issues. This specialization is apparently one of Coursera’s very best, so it’s well worth checking out.

And don’t forget that Barb will be speaking at McMaster on October 18th—she’d be thrilled to see you there!

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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