Learning how to learn | Barbara Oakley | TEDxOaklandUniversity

Learning how to learn | Barbara Oakley | TEDxOaklandUniversity

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”,
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.

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48 Replies to “Learning how to learn | Barbara Oakley | TEDxOaklandUniversity”

  1. 15:4516:01 'Would you ever sing a song once and think you knew that song? No. Test yourself, work that homework problem several times over several days until the solution flows like a song from your mind.'

  2. I failed civil engineering in mining. I became a hiperrealist sculptor and couldn't keep going because even though I was good, I loathed the work. I'm finishing business school and I'm unsatisfied. I'm always the worst student in the room, no matter the class, even sports. I've been suicidal for the past 10 years. I punched my left eye blind, slit my left wrist, lost 2 molars and got tmj disfunction. I'm currently 27 and I'm ashamed of who I am. ¿Do I have any chance of recovering?

  3. Wow! A lot makes sense now, and shes so right, im incredibly creative as Im a Artist and therefore its hard to grasp new concepts and connect the dots

  4. Plot twist : you go to a professional for answers and you explain to them that you have a problem and go into details of what that problem is.
    After a while they respond to tell you that you have no problem in fact you are actually part of the solution to other problems and that you have the rare syndrome of solution manifestation. As you thought you had complex problems regarding the way you think as well as your daily routine this expert explains to you that you are different from others and you brain tricked you all along into thinking you had problems while it was secretary coming up with solutions. It did this by changing the label on the files so it can find extra time to do so. So each time you felt worried and anxious you were just being creative. Enjoy the rest of your day and trust your brain cells to take care of you as you improve your diet, exercise, sleep well and keep learning. Soon you will be surprised by how much you can actually learn by simply learning how to be efficient and creative

  5. 1:40 she begins to realise something because she went to the edge of the world to meet her husband and I realised that I have actually watched this video already… Or I have the most intense deja vu ever. My guess is that I watched it on a different device /yt account witch is a bad habit. Yet some videos deserve to be watched more than once

  6. 1i need ted talks to be in a format of anime and dopamine inducing effects… Sometimes I really get bored watching these Ted talks as well as distracted. So I want to change my brain and I wanna learn so basically I'm watching so much ted talk… But I still struggle while watching them so right here I'm writing a comment while watching and I did not pause… So I will have to rewind like 2 minutes. I love ted talk… I'm so glad the audience is laughing that is encouraging

  7. learning is knowing which sentences to skip, which sentences to read halfway, which sentences to slow down and read and which articles after reading the topic name or abstract to skip reading the rest of the article

  8. I try to find what I don't know or don't understand and list them so I can learn them later…. But procrastinating gets the better of me

    Try to see patterns in things. Do you think this thing is kinda similar to that other thing. Or does this change if I revamp the way I'm doing it. It's hard to see the ideal thing but if you keep changing it you'll probably see the system on how the thing works. See patterns and change them into the things you want them to turn into.

  9. In addition, a
    certain kind of work mentality is important, especially when under a time crunch. With a sense of urgency and these techniques combined, result in learning a lot in little time.

  10. A very amazing and insightful talk.
    There was so much information in just one talk… Our way of learning, how our brain reacts to procrastination, how slow learning actually reflects creativity, and how to learn anything.

  11. I essentially flunked every element for me to be certified and assuredly someone preferred to be your certain type of worker to help further replenish and furnish whatever it is that you'd need or want to nurture while your on this earth for creating everything from becoming a bum or building a kingdom… in other words I'm a servant and will serve anything that wants to go further in life and want to murder IT aka "pennywise" the clown aka FEAR…..

  12. I still don’t understand what Diffuse mode. Just an unfocused way of thinking? What if you have the same thought patterns in focused mode and diffuse mode?

  13. I just want to thank Barbara Oakley, she really taught me how to become more fluent in any arithmetic course while coming from a person who has always been a natural at reading, writing, history, geography, but anything else in math I would be inadequate. She taught me the importance of “it’s not understanding that leads to fluency, it’s focusing on fluency that leads to understanding”. That, plus her encouragement to consistently practice, memorize, & repetition of the steps, has made me an A student in my pre calculus class this semester (& I used to be a c student in any stem classes at best). It took a lot of hustle, but feels soo good to get real results that makes it pay off. Barbara Oakley was the final touch to expanding my horizon on mathematics. Her quote at the end “Don’t just focus on your passions, but expand your horizons & the rewards are tremendous” is very true with me in mathematics. Much gratitude to Barbara 🙏🏼

  14. As a teacher myself,I have enrolled n completed her online course on Coursera during lockdown.
    It was just amazing! Then I shared the techniques that I learnt with the students. Simple techniques, yet so powerful. Thanks Barbara!

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