The Best Way To Learn And Remember New Things: chunking

Science Says This Is The Best Way To Learn And Remember New Things
Jul 8, 2016
by Barbara Oakley, Learning How to Learn. Coursera
https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2016/07/08/science-says-this-is-the-best-way-to-learn-and-remember-new-things

“chunking” is the mother of all learning—or at least the fairy godmother. Chunking is what happens when you know something so well, like a song, or a scientific formula, or a verb conjugation, or a dance routine, that it is basically a snap to call it to mind and do it or use it.

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Dr. Terrence Sejnowski on Context Switching

Interview with Dr. Terrence Sejnowski (Video Lecture 1-8)
Coursera. Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects
by Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, Dr. Barbara Oakley
UC San Diego. August 2014
https://class.coursera.org/learning-001

02:30 A general principle: you learn more by active engagement rather than passive listening.

04:38 We can’t actually do two things consciously, at the same time, because these will get mixed up

Context switching: some people are better than others. In other words sometimes takes a while to get into the swing of things if, you’re in the middle of writing a paper.
For example, it may take hours before you get to the point where you can actually be productive, actually able to get something accomplished.

related:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Task_switching_(psychology)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive-shifting

programming tasks take so long to task switch
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/fog0000000022.html

“Constant, constant, multi-tasking craziness”: managing multiple working spheres
2004
http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=985707

A diary study of task switching and interruptions
2004
http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=985715

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