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An audiobook for learners of all ages containing the best and most updated advice on learning from neuroscience and cognitive psychology.

Do you spend too much time learning with disappointing results? Do you find it difficult to remember what you read? Do you put off studying because it’s boring and you’re easily distracted? This book is for you.

Dr. Barbara Oakley and Olav Schewe have both struggled in the past with their learning. But they have found techniques to help them master any material. Building on insights from neuroscience and cognitive psychology, they give you a crash course to improve your ability to learn, no matter what the subject is. Through their decades of writing, teaching, and research on learning, the authors have developed deep connections with experts from a vast array of disciplines. And it’s all honed with feedback from thousands of students who have themselves gone through the trenches of learning. Successful learners gradually add tools and techniques to their mental toolbox, and they think critically about their learning to determine when and how to best use their mental tools. That allows these learners to make the best use of their brains, whether those brains seem “naturally” geared toward learning or not. This book will teach you how you can do the same.

A Macmillan Audio production from St. Martin's Essentials

"Learn Like a Pro is the book I wish I’d had when I was a student. It is jam-packed with practical, evidence-based advice for overcoming procrastination, strengthening memory, and reading more effectively. You’ll find a nugget of learning gold on every page." (Daniel H. Pink, number one New York Times best-selling author of When, Drive, and To Sell Is Human)

"If you want to learn how to learn, I can’t think of better guides than Barbara Oakley and Olav Schewe. They transformed themselves from struggling students into master teachers, and they’ve written an unusually digestible, immediately useful book about how to build your knowledge, improve your memory, and boost your motivation to keep getting smarter." (Adam Grant, number one New York Times best-selling author of Think Again and host of the TED podcast WorkLife)

©2021 Barbara Oakley (P)2021 Macmillan Audio

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short and sweet

excellent book with helpful tips on learning and memorizing. it's straight to the point and explains every subject quickly.

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Get ready for your exams and learn like a pro.

Read this book if you are struggling with your course. Use some of the helpful hints. I wish I had this book when I was an undergrad. Learn how to learn, and become a life long learner.

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It's a great book, helped me develop an IEP.

It relies heavily on the pomodoro technique. So if you have sufficient knowledge of that, you'll probably already know the contents.

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Solid steps for students; trickier for adults

There are definitely good lessons for everyone wanting to improve the way they learn. That said, students with a curriculum and tests will benefit most. As adults and professionals, lessons we need help learning are rarely laid out in a curriculum, or with pre-written tests to practice.

Still, someone dedicated to becoming a pro learner can find ways of incorporating most of these tips into an improvement plan. I have already started!

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Excellent advice for getting the most out of study

Love it!!! Thank you, Barbara & Olaf, for sharing the secrets to success! Anything Dr. Oakley writes is worth reading.

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Actionable Advice on Effective Learning

This book was fantastic at helping me understand a better way to learn. The authors take a scientific route to curb procrastination and more effectively remember the things you study for.

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Modern Learning Techniques

This is a great overview of the techniques and science behind learning. It is a good resource for lifelong learners and students of all subjects. Highly recommend.

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Just what I thought it would be and more

lots of well written ideas and concepts that are great advice. you just need to follow and all change?