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Learn Like a Pro is an international bestselling book containing the best and most updated advice on learning from neuroscience and cognitive psychology.  

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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.



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#1 New York Times bestselling author of To Sell is Human, Drive, and When

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.
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Adam grant

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Think Again, Originals, and Give and Take

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."
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Distinguished Research Professor; University of California, Los Angeles

In Learn Like a Pro, the authors provide a lively and nicely illustrated guide to specific activities that can make any of us more effective learners―and they intersperse instructive and entertaining cartoons as to why that is the case in terms of underlying neural changes in the brain.
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Learn Like a Pro Was Nominated for the Book Prize Brageprisen in 2020!

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It is easy to believe that some people are born with intelligence and abilities that can never be yours. That one simply doesn't have a particularly super-brain. That was at least what some of us in the jury thought before we read this book. It didn't take many pages before we learned that "having a superbrain is not about which brain you are born with, but how you use it."

Vivid language and good use of illustrations and graphics make heavy facts playfully easy. Perhaps that's why we started using several of the research-based learning strategies in our everyday work?

The book promises to make the reader more efficient, more focused, and better at remembering. It delivers on its promise, and it's useful for both students and anyone else involved in almost anything. Bonus: Regaining faith in your own abilities and your own brainpower.

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