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Ep 7. How to excel in math and other tough subjects with Barbara Oakley

The transcript for this episode is here.

You can listen to the episode here: Chalk & Talk Podcast.

Barbara Oakley’s books and writing on teaching  and learning

Uncommon Sense Teaching: Practical Insights in Brain Science to Help Students Learn

A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science

Learning How to Learn: How to Succeed in School Without Spending All Your Time Studying; A Guide for Kids and Teens

Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

Learn Like a Pro: Science-Based Tools to Become Better at Anything

Opinion | Make Your Daughter Practice Math.  She'll Thank You Later by Barbara Oakely

Website and online course co-created with Dr. Terrence Sejnowski

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

Articles, books and stories mentioned in the episode


Ullman MT. Contributions of memory circuits to language: the declarative/procedural model. Cognition. 2004 May-Jun;92(1-2):231-70. PMID: 15037131.

Ullman, M. T., & Lovelett, J. T. (2018). Implications of the declarative/procedural model for improving second language learning: The role of memory enhancement techniques. Second language research34(1), 39-65.

Geary. (1995). Reflections of Evolution and Culture in Children’s Cognition: Implications for Mathematical Development and Instruction. The American Psychologist50(1), 24–37.

The value of being a slow learner: The story of Santiago Ramón y Cajal

How forgetfulness can be an asset: from the words of Andrew Wiles


More on the essay “Two Types of Mind” by Friedrich Hayek

Freeman Dyson: Piaggio and school holidays

Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning by Pooja K. Agarwal and Patrice Bain

Techniques and programs discussed in the episode


Deliberate Practice

Retrieval Practice


The Pomodoro Technique

The Forest App: Stay focused and plant real trees on Earth

Kumon: After School Math & Reading Programs

Credit to Jazmin Boisclair for this helpful resource page.

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