What if we had an instruction manual for how to best use our brain to deeply learn new and hard topics? This book takes research that explores how our brain learns and turns that research into actionable advice.nThe author was a number-phobe until her mid-20s when she began a new path that led her to be a professor of engineering at Oakland University. The book (and her MOOC “Learning to Learn” on Coursera) is a thoughtful response to a student asking her how she changed her brain to jump so dramatically in from a math-averse Russian translator to her current professorship. One theme of the book I find compelling is that learning is creating, and creating requires tapping into our creativity. I think this aspect of the book could resonate with students who don’t see themselves as “mathy” while also challenging students who race to the “right answer.” Filled with great analogies and applications I believe this book would be interesting and useful to any faculty member, whether numberphile or numberphobe.
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