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Learn Better

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Learn Better

Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, Or, How to Become an Expert in Just about Anything

By Ulrich Boser

Rodale Books, Hardcover, 9781623365264, 304pp.

Publication Date: March 7, 2017

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Description

For centuries, experts have argued that learning was about memorizing information: You're supposed to study facts, dates, and details, burn them into your memory, and then apply that knowledge at opportune times. But this approach to learning isn t nearly enough for the world that we live in today, and in Learn Better journalist and education researcher Ulrich Boser demonstrates that how we learn can matter just as much as what we learn.

In this brilliantly researched book, Boser maps out the new science of learning, showing how simple techniques like comprehension check-ins and making material personally relatable can help people gain expertise in dramatically better ways. He covers six key steps to help readers learn how to learn, all illuminated with fascinating stories like how Jackson Pollock developed his unique painting style and why an ancient Japanese counting device allows kids to do math at superhuman speeds. Boser's witty, engaging writing makes this book feel like a guilty pleasure, not homework.

Learn Better will revolutionize the way students and society alike approach learning and makes the case that being smart is not an innate ability learning is a skill everyone can master. With Boser as their guide, readers will be able to fully capitalize on their brain's remarkable ability to gain new skills and open up a whole new world of possibilities.



About the Author
ULRICH BOSER is a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank. A former contributing editor for U.S. News & World Report, Boser is the author of two previous books. His work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two daughters.
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