Looking for motivation to study? If you’re feeling unspired and unmotivated, here’s a selection of our favourite talks and speeches to keep you going. TedTalks, for those who don’t know, are presentations given by experts and industry leaders. They’re short, fascinating speeches that are easy to follow and understand. There are TedTalks about everything; from understanding schizophrenia, to study tips, to climate change, to economics. When it comes to learning, there are topics on everything from how to learn, the best techniques for learning and motivation. Here are our favourites.
1. Learning How To Learn – Barbara Oakley
Dr. Oakley flunked her way through high school, before enlisting in the U.S. Army immediately after graduation. When she saw how her lack of mathematical and technical savvy severely limited her options she returned to school with a newfound determination to re-tool her brain to master learning.
2. Learning Styles & The Importance of Critical Self-reflection – Tesia Marshik
Teachers are told that in order to be effective educators, they must identify and cater to individual students’ learning styles; it is estimated that around 90% of students believe that they have a specific learning style.
3. Teaching Methods for Inspiring the Students of the Future – Joe Ruhl
Collaboration. Communication. Critical thinking. Creativity. These should be present in all classrooms.
4. The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything – Josh Kaufman
Kaufman specialises in teaching people how to master practical knowledge and skills. In his talk, he shares how having his first child inspired him to approach learning in a whole new way.
5. Techniques to Enhance Learning and Memory – Nancy D. Chiaravalloti
Dr. Chiaravalloti discusses the learning process and techniques that have been shown to improve learning and memory in healthy persons.
6. Why Learning Is Awesome – John Green
Some people learn best in a classroom, but some thrive better in other environments. Either way, we all love to learn, and don’t let bad classroom experiences make you feel otherwise!
7. The Puzzle of Motivation – Dan Pink
Want to feel motivated to study, but can’t seem to get yourself going? Three words for you: watch this video.