“We really underestimate the role that deliberation and reflection play in learning. To a degree we know it, this is why you think of things in the shower or right before you go to bed. You have these moments where you brain is thinking through the day, making connections, and what’s important, I think, for people who are trying to learn more effectively, is to make organized time for that.”
If you’re reading this newsletter you’re likely interested in learning and this Atlantic article has some suggestions for how to get better at doing so.
It’s an interview with education researcher Ulrich Boser, who wrote the book Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything.
Boser believes learning is about understanding the relationships between things and how they interact with each other, explains why re-reading and highlighting is ineffective, points out that people underestimate how much they forget, and more.