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

“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.


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

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.


programming tasks take so long to task switch

“Constant, constant, multi-tasking craziness”: managing multiple working spheres

A diary study of task switching and interruptions



Marty Lobdell – Study Less Study Smart