This course was created by Pete Mockaitis of How to Be Awesome at Your Job. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
Skill Level Beginner
- [Male Narrator] This is an audio course. No need to watch. Just listen. Welcome to the latest addition to LinkedIn Learning podcasts. We've curated some of the best business podcasts and made them even easier to listen to. Each episode is split into sections. Use the links in the contents area to skip to whichever section you like. We're always looking for new ways to help you learn, and we'd appreciate your feedback. Thanks for listening. - [Interviewee] Here's what helped me to be able to learn math, and that was that I had learned something else and that something happened to be language. But when you learn anything, anything, you actually learn some meta skills, some sort of deep skills that can help you to learn something else. And so, for me, once I realized that, for example, for me, when I was learning a language, I'd practice it and I'd learn little bits and pieces, and then I'd put the little bits and pieces together, kind of baby steps, right? And use that as a way to move forward in learning the language. That's exactly what you do when you're learning math. And also, I began to realize that just because I couldn't sit down and understand something the first time I might read it, that related to math, didn't mean that I was stupid, that that's actually how your brain works. You often sort of look at something the first time and then you kind of get stuck and you have to walk away, and when you walk away, that opens new neural pathways that allow you to look with a different perspective that you need to be able to better understand that problem. So, often what you need in learning something new, especially something difficult like mathematics, you want to be able to go back and forth between these two different types of neural connections that you have, what I call focused mode, task-positive networks, and more diffuse kinds of networks, resting state networks that have broader sort of connections in your brain. And by going back and forth between these, you can get the new perspective so that you can learn something new. And the thing is to simply be persistent and a little patient with yourself and it can work. - [Interviewer] Oh, now that's so interesting. So, we got two modes there of the brain running and operating. And so, I guess in a moment when you're sort of hunkering down to learn something, how do you activate and sort of proactively shift gears between each of those modes? - [Interviewee] Well, here's the thing. It's kind of like saying, "How do you make yourself fall asleep?" (chuckles) You can't really quite. You can set up the situation so that after a while you'll fall asleep, but you can't command yourself to fall asleep. And in the same way, you can command yourself to pay attention to something- - Okay. - [Interviewee] but you can't command yourself to not pay attention to something 'cause pretty much as soon as you do that, you're paying attention to it. So, to get into that other more relaxed mode, the default mode network, sometimes you'll need to do things like, oh, go take a shower, go for a walk, get your mind off it by looking at something different, go down to the kitchen, have a cup of coffee, anything that kind of gets your mind off it. But some things like you may be in the kitchen emptying the dishwasher or something like that, but your mind is still on it. So, you have to kind of do something or let time pass that really allows you to get your mind off it. And that's the only way that that other network opens up, and then it kind of tackles this problem in the background and puts things together for you so that when you go back, whoa, it actually makes sense. And in fact, it can make sense so much that you can be sitting there scratching your head kind of going, "How did I ever not understand this?"