Posts Tagged ‘life-long learning’

Better Memory Through Active Recall Practice?

This article, from Medical News Today, describes recent Purdue University research that compared studying methods. Specifically, the study compared Active Recall, in which students set aside the materials they were learning and sought to remember what they had read, to Concept Mapping, in which students created diagrams to try to build connections within their memory. […]

The Best Resolution

Please read this article by Oliver Sacks. He writes about brain plasticity — a $10 phrase for life-long learning and the ability of the brain to change and adapt. If you do one thing this year, commit to life-long learning, then take a positive step in that direction. Some new course, a new reading program, […]

On Black Swans — and Giving Books

Things are uncertain.  Just how uncertain?  We generally don’t know, and as humans we are not particularly well-suited to deal with this. That is the message of two books by Nassim Taleb, Fooled By Randomness and The Black Swan.  My friend Jim White from Rust Consulting, who has superb taste in books (more on that […]

Does the Internet Fry Your Brain?

Nicholas Carr had an interesting article at Wired Magazine last week. It reports on research relating to the potential impact of the internet on human brains.  It’s very provocative, and worth a read. The core notion is that web content, with its many hyperlinks and other potential distractions, may impede, rather than enhance, learning. In […]

Plenty of Time on Our Hands

Laura Vanderkam has a superb little PowerPoint circulated as part of issue 71 of ChangeThis:  168 Hours:  The Blank Slate.  Her point is simple and powerful, conveyed in nine slides.  In sum, we have much more time available than we think. I won’t take up more time now.  As with so many other things at […]

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