By Kristen Manieri

Pro Strategies for Lifelong Learners

Some people never stop learning. They are endlessly curious about the world and all the ways we can understand and experience it more fully. As someone who identifies as a lifelong learner, I’m interested and invested in ways to learn better and retain more. Turns out there is a ton of neuroscience and cognitive psychology research behind how to upgrade our learning. In their new book, Learn Like a Pro: Science-Based Tools to Become Better at Anything, Dr. Barbara Oakley and Olav Schewe unpack this research and deliver tangible strategies for becoming a better learner.

I was thrilled to have the opportunity to speak to Barbara and Olav about their enormously useful and insightful book.

In our conversation, we discuss:

  • What happens in the brain when we learn;
  • Strategies for better retention and recall;
  • The importance of sleep, exercise and rest (without our phones) for our brains;
  • Understanding short and long-term memory.

I LOVED getting into the tactical tips and nerdy neuroscience behind how we can upgrade our ability to learn. Listen wherever you stream podcasts (Apple, Spotify, iHeart Radio) or listen here:



Barbara Oakley, PhD, PE is a Professor of Engineering at Oakland University and Michigan’s Distinguished Professor of the Year for 2018; she is also Coursera’s inaugural Innovation Instructor. barbaraoakley.com

Olav Schewe is the founder and CEO of Educas, an educational technology startup, that develops solutions to help students learn how to learn. He is also an educational consultant to one of the world’s largest educational tech companies, Kahoot. olavschewe.com

Check out their FREE Learn Like a Pro course!



Kristen Manieri is certified as both a habits coach and a mindfulness teacher. Her book, Better Daily Mindfulness Habits, will be released this summer. She specializes in: stress reduction, energy management, mindset, resilience, habit formation, rest rituals, and self-care. As the host of the weekly 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, an Apple top 100 social science podcast, Kristen has interviewed over 100 authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more conscious, connected, intentional and joyful life. Learn more at kristenmanieri.com/work-with-me.

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