10 Proven Ways to Learn Faster

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Learning new things is a huge part of life -- we should always be striving to learn and grow. But it takes time, and time is precious. So how can you make the most of your time by speeding up the learning process? Thanks to neuroscience, we now have a better understanding of how we learn and the most effective ways our brains process and hold on to information. If you want to get a jump start on expanding your knowledge, here are 10 proven ways you can start learning faster today.


Ben Carson Just Got a Whole Lot Wrong About the Brain

WIRED

Today, in his first speech to his staff at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, newly minted Secretary Ben Carson delivered an extemporaneous disquisition on the unparalleled marvel that is the human brain and memory. "There is nothing in this universe that even begins to compare with the human brain and what it is capable of," he began. It was a tangent in a speech about how in America, anything is possible. It was also a speech that described slaves brought to the US as "immigrants." That's problematic, but Carson is not an expert on slavery.


Full Stack Data Science (Transcript)

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Here is a link to the podcast. Vicki: Thank you so much for having me. Hugo: It's an absolute pleasure to have you on the show. I'm really excited to talk about your work in Python education, full stack data science, end-to-end data science, what these things actually mean, and your work in consulting. Before we get into all of that, I'd love to know a bit about you. I'm wondering what you're known for in the data community. Vicki: Probably first and foremost, terrible puns and memes about all sorts of data and programming related things. My strategy is a little bit like BuzzFeed, right? Hit them with the memes and then sneak in serious content in between. Vicki: I've written a lot of blog posts about how to do specific things in Python, how to do specific things in data, and then just talking about like where we are in the data community in general, so very high level articles, and talking about things that break down complicated concepts into easy to understand analogies. I love that secondary is the content and that primary are terrible puns and memes. I don't mean to put you on the spot, but what's one of the worst puns you've said or come up with or heard? I have this series of puns where it's basically me pretending to talk to a TV producer to pitch them on possible shows or movies, and so that series is s pretty terrible series of tweets. I thought I would just mention that you're also, in terms of content, in the process of creating a DataCamp course.


Cognitive Load Theory: Implications for Affective Computing

AAAI Conferences

Cognitive load theory investigates instructional consequences of processing limitations of human cognitive system. Excessive cognitive load inevitably influences our affective states by causing frustration that may discourage further learning activities, while low-load tasks may also be disengaging and boring. This paper reviews basic assumptions of cognitive load theory and their consequences for optimizing the design of information presentations, as well as general implications for affective computing.


Loss of sleep leads to gains in weight

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If you're not getting enough, chances are you're making up for it … with calories! You can blame stress, work, your child care routine … even your smart phone or tablet for keeping you up at night. But experts warn: Too little sleep and you'll pack on the pounds. It's what we should all try for -- about seven to nine hours a night according to the National Sleep Foundation. Yet about 30 percent of us don't get nearly enough.