#117 | Dr. Barbara Oakley on Learning How to Learn

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  • 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

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Episode Overview

Some 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

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