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How to Learn Math: For Students

Stanford University via Stanford OpenEdx

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How to Learn Math is a class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.

The course will feature Jo and a team of undergraduates, as well as videos of math in action - in dance, juggling, snowflakes, soccer and many other applications. It is designed with a pedagogy of active engagement. 

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Jo Boaler

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Anonymous
4.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This course is kind of a mini-MOOC. I completed it in a day with ease. There are virtually no exercises or assignments but only short video lectures.

That being said, I think that a student will probably pick up some beneficial ideas from this course. This course is quite similar to the Learning How To Learn MOOC provided by Barbara Oakley. It highlights the importance of number flexibility, thinking about the big picture, collaborative learning, using mathematical reasoning, looking for patterns and preferring understanding over memorization. Some of the traditional myths regarding math are also said to wrong. However, I didn't like the frivolity in this course and the poor presentation of evidence by the student instructors.
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Brian J
5.0 4 years ago
Brian completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
A great course to improve learner's relationship with math. I will recommend it to anyone who struggles with math for them to change their view and perspective about mathematics (and hopefully they will start loving math).
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Juanra J
5.0 4 years ago
by Juanra is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I never imagined that maths could be so fun!! Incredible course, it opened my eyes in many ways. I discovered new ways of learning/teaching maths, perfect for teachers and parents.
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Anonymous
5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great class, very good ideas for gaining confidence in your abilities. Points out that deep understanding of the concepts in math is far more valuable than just memorizing complicated formulas. Very well done!
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Erkin O
4.0 a year ago
by Erkin completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It is a course with fun that includes lots of real cases from our daily life and many examples that even also shows that there are few people around you that have similar views or fears against Math
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Uros J
5.0 3 years ago
Uros audited this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Very interesting, more of a short psychology course, to motivate you to learn. It basically says you can do/learn anything if you try hard enough.
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