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#117 Dr. Barbara Oakley on Learning How to Learn

Language Hacking

Featured ResourcesRebel with a ClausePatreon Extended EpisodeEnjoy the podcast? Subscribe to our Patreon to get access to extended episodes and loads more content. Here’s what you’ll hear in the long-form episode: Motivation around learning and how to make progress when you feel like you’re bad at something Dr. Oakley’s 3 language survival tools Advice Dr. Oakley would have given herself when she was starting out with language learning How to get back into a language you stopped learning How Dr. Oakley would start learning a new language today Dr. Oakley asks Benny what to do when a teacher assigns you things that just don’t make sense for you personally Learn more and access this bonus content on Patreon.Featured in This Episode Learning How to Learn MOOC A Mind for Numbers Mindshift Benny’s Speak from Day 1 Method Mentioned in this Episode Learning How to Learn MOOC A Mind for Numbers Mindshift Dr. Oakley’s website Evil Genes Benny’s Speak from Day 1 Method Kumon Smartick Episode OverviewSome of the topics brought up during the interview are: How Dr. Oakley got into learning how to learn Joining the military to learn a new language at the Defense Language Institute Using the Speak from Day 1 Approach How Dr. Oakley’s philosophies around language learning influenced her learning in other fields Working as a Russian translator on Soviet trawlers, teaching in China, being an Army Captain in Germany, working as a radio operator at the South Pole Station and how these things shaped Dr Oakley’s perspectives How teaching makes you a better learner through retrieval practice The story behind the MOOC “Learning How to Learn” Tricks for encouraging your kids to love learning Podcast theme: “A New Beginning” by Shannon Kennedy

1hr 1min

19 Sep 2022

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Better learning is today's competitive advantage with guest expert Barbara Oakley

My Quest for the Best with Bill Ringle

Barbara Oakley, author of Learn Like A Pro, Science-Based Tools to become Better at Anything Bill Ringle and Barbara Oakley discuss the advantages that improved learning abilities give you and your people to add capacity to your business. >>> Visit MyQuestforTheBest.com  for complete show notes and more expert advice and inspiring stories to propel your small business growth. My Quest for the Best is a top-rated small business podcast with over 300 episodes of thought-provoking and insightful interviews with today’s top thought leaders and business experts. Host Bill Ringle’s mission with this show is to provide the strategies, insights, and resources that will unlock the growth potential of your business through these powerful conversations. MQ4B Booster 23.1 — High Performers set up their environment for success Interview Insights Top 3 Takeaways We are fortunate to live in a time when excellent online courses are available for learning and a teaching platform. Use the Pomodoro method to eliminate procrastination. Minimize distractions and focus on the task at hand for 25 minutes, then reward yourself for 5 minutes of relaxation. When you return to your next task, your brain will thank you with better focus, recall, and productivity. The assimilation of new ideas and new skills takes time to marinate. We just don’t scoop them up, dump them in our brains, and expect the best results despite how frequently people attempt to do just that. Read the Show Notes from this Episode Barbara’s Dad inspired her at key junctures in her career path. [01:07] How Barbara, someone who hated mathematics growing up, became a prominent engineering professor and online instructor with over two million students worldwide. [03:23] Business owners today don’t have to pause their careers to go back to university due to the abundance of online courses online. [07:38] Why do we need to be cautious of people telling us that we don’t need analytic skills? [09:23] Where and how to choose the best online courses. [10:38] What makes online courses successful and effective? [13:04] Barbara talks about bringing online courses to a higher level. [15:44] An introduction to the Pomodoro technique. [17:35] Developing work and productivity habits that allow us to be our best. [20:04] How to stop procrastinating? [23:18] My Quest for the Best lightning round begins. [25:36] Subscribe to Your Favorite Podcast App Click to listen and subscribe to your favorite place to enjoy podcasts below so you are the first to know when a new episode is released. My Quest for the Best is the podcast where ambitious small business leaders discover strategies and tactics to unlock their growth potential. Give us a 5-star rating and positive review to make it easier for other small business owners to find and benefit from our work! Expert Bio Dr. Barbara Oakley is a professor of engineering at Oakland University and McMaster University. Her online courses on learning are some of the most popular MOOC classes in the world and her research interests range from STEM education to learning practices. With more than 2 million participants in the Coursera course thus far, Barb’s work proves that learners appreciate practical methods and materials grounded in research about how the brain learns. She is based in Rochester MI and is here to talk about her book, A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra). Contact Info and Social Media for Barbara Oakley Primary website Travels from: Rapid City, SD Connect on: LinkedIn | Instagram Resources Mentioned During the Interview Below are key people, places, books, quotes, websites, and other resources that we discussed, so you can explore further. Coursera Course with over 3 million students with Barbara Oakley Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential Learning How To Learn for Youth Uncommon Sense Teaching Uncommon Sense Teaching Specialization Other resources classcentral.com Scott Young – MQ4B Ep 314: Prepare to shatter your limits of what you thought could be learned quickly Andrew Ng – co-founder and head of Google Brain and was the former chief scientist at Baidu, building the company’s Artificial Intelligence Group into a team of several thousand people Francesco Cirillo – Originator of the Pomodoro Technique Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies website | Coursera page Pathological Altruism by Barbara Oakley (Editor), Ariel Knafo (Editor), Guruprasad Madhavan  (Editor), David Sloan Wilson (Editor) The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Books by Barbara Oakley


12 Sep 2022

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The Atlas Society Asks Barbara Oakley

The Atlas Society Presents - The Atlas Society Asks

Join CEO Jennifer Grossman for the 116th episode of The Atlas Society Asks where she interviews Engineering Professor Barbara Oakley about her work in the field of cognition and learning. Oakley's rather distinguished academic career belies a life of adventure in which she has worked as a translator on Soviet trawlers, a radio operator at the South Pole Station in Antarctica, a teacher in China, and an Army officer in Germany. She has written books like "Uncommon Sense Teaching" and "Mindshift," but has also explored spheres of ethics with her books "Pathological Altruism" and "Evil Genes." Listen as Barbara Oakley explains a controversial perspective on Ayn Rand's genius that is worth debating.

1hr 3mins

10 Aug 2022

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#81: Barbara Oakley — Author of “Uncommon Sense Teaching: Practical Insights in Brain Science to Help Students Learn,” Engineer, Professor at Oakland University, and Fmr. Army Captain

Bring It In | The Future of Work, Jobs, and Education

Hundreds of institutions, both online and offline, claim to offer quality educational experiences and expose you to the best learning techniques available. According to Barbara Oakley, most of these groups are nothing more than scams. For the past 30 years Barbara has focused all of her research on the relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. Published in outlets such as the National Academy of Sciences, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, where her work has been called “revolutionary.” Barbara has had a varied career, starting in the U.S. Army and eventually serving as a Captain stationed in Europe. She then received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, while serving as a translator for ships in the Bering Sea. She then spent a season as the radio operator for South Pole Station Antarctica (where she met her husband), and then “settled down” near Seattle as a control engineer in a laser research and development firm. After a final run at Ford Motors, Barbara began consulting and teaching at Oakland University. Needless to say, Barbara knows how to master skills quickly and effectively. Her decades of hands-on application and in depth research has been compiled into a number of her books, most recently “Learning How to Learn,” “Learn Like a Pro,” and “Uncommon Sense Teaching.” We sat down with Barbara to delve deeper into her strategies and research, and what the future of learning could achieve with a new hybrid standard. So with that…let’s bring it in!


20 Apr 2022

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E254 Barbara Oakley - Understanding Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology to Maximize Your Investment Portfolio

Elevate with Tyler Chesser - The Real Estate Podcast for Investing, Mindset and Personal Development

Barbara Oakley, PhD is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Her work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. She created and teaches Coursera – UC San Diego’s “Learning How to Learn,” one of the world’s most popular massive open online course with over three million registered students, along with other popular “Top MOOCs of All Time.”  Barb is also a New York Times best-selling author.Tyler and Barb’s discussion centered around investing in yourself through learning, why it’s important for real estate investors to know more about neuroscience and cognitive psychology and more.Highlights include: The great potential of online learning Why you should rely on several sources for information  The importance of seeking out contrary opinions  Advantages and disadvantages of being on the autistic spectrum  Understanding working memory versus long-term memory Tips for developing your intuition from a learning perspective  The importance of preparing for black swan events as a real estate investor Cultivating a mindset of being comfortable being uncomfortable The importance of being conscious of how you define yourself Connect with Barbara:Website: http://barbaraoakley.comLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/barbaraoakleyThe following books and resources were mentioned in the show: Principles by Ray Dalio I Do Recall AppListen to Barbara’s first episode on Elevate: E159 Barbara Oakley - Learning How to Learn EffectivelyAre you a real estate investor looking to elevate your income, freedom & lifestyle? If so, optimize your daily performance by downloading our free guide, Raising the Bar - 5 Steps to Elevate Your Habits, at elevatepod.com.In this guide, created by your host Tyler Chesser, you’ll learn why you do what you do, how to easily institute cues in your environment to trigger desired behavior, directly applicable steps to create a fulfilling future and much more.Get your free copy at elevatepod.com and kick-start your new habits today. Your future self will thank you!This episode of Elevate is brought to you by CF Capital, a national real estate investment firm. CF Capital’s mission is to provide property investment and asset management solutions to help investors like you maximize their returns by investing in high-value multifamily communities.If you are looking for risk-adjusted alternative investments in quality apartment communities, and are seeking tax optimized cash flow with appreciation upside without all the hassle of management, you might benefit from learning more about investing alongside our team.You’re invited to reach out and learn how you can invest with us by visiting cfcapllc.com.We’re also currently offering a free ebook called The Bottom Line - 10 Ways to Increase Cash Flow in an Apartment Complex. Whether you’re a new or an experienced investor, we’re confident you’ll find massive value in this resource. Get your free copy today at cfcapllc.com.

1hr 8mins

12 Apr 2022

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Learning How To Learn | Barbara Oakley, PhD - 314

Roll With The Punches

With so many things to learn in life, it's kind of interesting to me to realise that learning HOW to actually LEARN is also a thing. It's a thing that Barbara Oakley has devoted much of her learning to and so I burrow into her brilliant mind in this episode to pull out some knowledge and science for myself (and you). There's so much more I want to learn and I'm excited at the prospect of better understanding the process, which in itself fascinates me. I fire some questions at Barbara such as 'why did I sign up to your course two weeks ago and not finish it?' (like many others I have). How do we better focus our ADHD tendencies? Can we focus if we are not innately interested in the content? She is a mind weapon!  Enjoy :) EPISODE SPONSOR | MICHAEL BENJAMIN AND ASSOCIATES Website: www.mblaw.com.au BARBARA OAKLEY Website: www.barbaraoakley.com TIFFANEE COOK Linktree:  https://linktr.ee/rollwiththepunches/ Website: www.rollwiththepunches.com.au LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/tiffaneecook/ Facebook:  www.facebook.com/rollwiththepunchespodcast/ Instagram:  www.instagram.com/rollwiththepunches_podcast/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/tiffaneeandcoSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

1hr 5mins

15 Mar 2022

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#716 Uncommon Sense Teaching - Prof. Barbara Oakley

The You Project

Professor Barbara Oakley is the Teacher of Teachers, the Sensei of Students and a true Leader of Learning. Apart from having four degrees, including a Master’s and PhD, she was also a Captain in the US Army, served four years in Germany as a Signal Officer, she co-created and taught one of the world’s most popular courses (Learning How To Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects), worked as a translator (Russian-English) on Soviet trawlers in the Bering Sea, taught in China, worked as a radio operator at the South Pole Station in the Antarctic (where she met her husband), has written four best-selling books and is an absolute to delight to chat with. Enjoy. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.


14 Feb 2022

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A Mind for Numbers| Barbara Oakley

Growth Minded

We'll be looking at learning strategies including the pomodoro technique, mental contrasting, mind mapping and recall.  This is a throwback video from 2020...enjoy! 


13 Jan 2022

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Audrey Lawrence chats with world-renowned thought leader Dr. Barbara Oakley from Mindshift

Audrey Lawrence | The Self Disruption Show

Audrey Lawrence is honored to speak with one of the most prolific professors of our time, Dr. Barbara Oakley. "The New York Times called her work revolutionary, I call her my hero!" Learn what technique Dr. Oakley uses to help her with her own success and beat procrastination, and how to manage hurdles to learning, to help you hit your goals, from the hugely popular class and books Mindshift and Learning How To Learn.


15 Dec 2021

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Inside Learning EP 6 with Barbara Oakley

Inside Learning | Unlocking human potential

The latest episode of our podcast, Inside Learning, features Dr Barbara Oakley author of "Uncommon Sense Teaching Practical Insights in Brain Science to Help Students Learn." This episode explores we have made huge strides in the neuroscience of learning, but often these breakthroughs do not filter down to the way teachers teach. Other topics include diverse friendly learning environments, keeping students engaged in a virtual learning environment, and a small lesson on the neuroscience of learning.  Aidan is also joined on this episode by Innovation Services Team Lead Peter Gillis from The Learnovate Centre.


5 Sep 2021