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Learning is a skill you can get better at, so it's just a dependency. Learning is not an unchangeable talent. Some books that will help you learn better:

* Power of Intuition, about naturalistic decision making - https://www.amazon.com/Power-Intuition-Feelings-Better-Decis...

* How Learning Works - https://www.amazon.com/How-Learning-Works-Research-Based-Pri... (my review: https://codewithoutrules.com/2016/03/19/how-learning-works/)

No doubt others can recommend more books.

Wether or not a trait is mutable is different from the degree to which that trait is mutable. The distinction is important. Most breeds of dog can be trained to learn some simple commands, but good luck getting some mutt from the pound to herd sheep like a border collie.

Here's a video of border collies in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpjP3mxv21s

> Learning is a skill you can get better at...

You know, I just don't think it's realistic to expect everyone to be able to learn anything. Certainly an expert in a field can come from anywhere, but not anyone can be an expert.

I don't think you can go through those books, however excellent, grab a random name from the phonebook, and then teach them how to do differential equations. Or to debug corrupted stacks in a multithreaded C++ program.

Leaning how to pass exams can certainly be done. Weather say the essay part of the SAT (producing a formulaic essay using the approved pattern) is actually much use, in deciding if you should get one of the scarce places on a Tier 1 uni STEM course - not so much.

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