A Mind for numbers

by Barbara Oakley, Ph.D.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Date completed: January 16, 2016

I liked this book because it addressed two of the major issues I have with learning new skills: procrastination and a memory like a sieve.

Dr. Oakley provides practical strategies for dealing with procrastination. I immediately started implementing these strategies and have already reduced the stress I have around some of the self-learning I do.

Before reading this book, I thought my poor memory was something I just needed to work around. But, aftery trying the “memory palace” technique recommended by Dr. Oakley, I quickly memorized (and still remember days later!) the five layers of the epidermis. I’ve been using this technique with great success in the Algorithmic Thinking class I am taking.

I recommend this book to anyone who is still in school, does a lot of self-directed learning or teaches in some capacity.