I blog on Brain-Based Learning, Metacognition, EdTech, and Social-Emotional Learning. I am the author of the Crush School Series of Books, which help students understand how their brains process information and learn. I also wrote The Power of Three: How to Simplify Your Life to Amplify Your Personal and Professional Success, but be warned that it's meant for adults who want to thrive and are comfortable with four letter words.

In Chapter 14, I differentiate between passive and active learning and explain active learning strategies. Here's a taste:

Whether during lectures, reading, discussions, or watching videos, the key to getting the most out of these activities is to keep your conscious mind involved.

For example you might just sit there and hear the teacher talk or mindlessly watch a video in class. You’ll remember something, but not much. So if you really want to learn this stuff you have to do something with it.

I also talk zombies:

The key thing is that you know that in order to remember and understand what you are learning better, you have to allow your brain to process it and make meaning out of it. When you sit and stare at the teacher blankly or space out while reading a chapter, you’re acting like a vegetable or a zombie.

There are many zombies walking around you. They sleepwalk through their classes hoping the information will magically seep into their brain. Then they complain when it doesn’t. But not you. You learn actively, because zombies are only cool in movies. Or when they’re in love.