Learning How to Learn

Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects.

Using these approaches, no matter what your skill levels in topics you would like to master, you can change your thinking and change your life. If you’re already an expert, this peep under the mental hood will give you ideas for: turbocharging successful learning, including counter-intuitive test-taking tips and insights that will help you make the best use of your time on homework and problem sets. If you’re struggling, you’ll see a structured treasure trove of practical techniques that walk you through what you need to do to get on track. If you’ve ever wanted to become better at anything, this course will help serve as your guide.

This course can be taken independent of, concurrent with, or prior to, its companion course, Mindshift. (Learning How to Learn is more learning focused, and Mindshift is more career focused.)

To join the fully translated Portuguese version of the course, visit: https://www.coursera.org/learn/aprender

To join the fully translated Spanish version of the course, visit: https://www.coursera.org/learn/aprendiendo-a-aprender

To join the fully translated Chinese version of the course, visit: https://www.coursera.org/learn/ruhe-xuexi

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From Coursera
Institution University of California, San Diego
Instructors Becca Judd, Dr. Barbara Oakley,
Length about 3 hours of video, 3 hours of exercises, 3 hours of bonus material
Price Free (with limitations) or $49 for a Verified Certificate
Language English (English)
Subjects Personal Development
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Sonar7 says:

Biology major with a focus on neuroscience checking in. Sometimes I get so buried in my textbooks, lab, and research, I forget how to apply what I'm learning about my brain to my own brain! Phew. I know, inception. This course was relatively easy for me. I imagine it will be for most people. Still, I'm amazed at how much I've actually learned. There are so many awesome "hacks" I could use to make the most of my study time. I also find I've gotten better at explaining concept topics in neuroscience by imitating how the instructors explain things to my non-bio peers. If my uni offered something like this it'd be called "Introduction to Applied Neuroscience".


LAMkoLAM says:

Easily the best bang for my time. Very succinct, but deeply packed morsels of brain food. I wish there were more of these informative short MOOCs for every subject!


eliza says:

This course made me aware that I was using a lot of learning techniques already, so it was cool to see why they work. The subject matter is really interesting!


dgms92 says:

I wish I found out about this class sooner because I think it could have helped me in high school and uni. Still, I have a few exams coming up for work. Hopefully I can apply Dr. Oakley and Dr. Terrence's teachings to them.

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