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Learning How to Learn: A MIND FOR NUMBERS by Barbara Oakley | Core Message

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      Lesson summary:

      In the book “A Mind for Numbers” by Barbara Oakley, an engineering professor at the University of Auckland, she delves into her own transformation from struggling with math and science to mastering them. Contrary to what one might expect, Barbara did not initially have a natural ability for these subjects, even failing them in school. However, after recognising the potential of mathematical and scientific knowledge in her career, she resolved to effectively learn how to learn. Central to her methodology is the switching between focused and diffuse modes of thinking. The Pomodoro Technique is highlighted as a practical application of this principle, promoting concentrated periods of work followed by short breaks, facilitating both modes of thinking and optimising learning.

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