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Coursera: Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

 with  Terrence Sejnowski and Barbara Oakley
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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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What is Learning?
Although living brains are very complex, this module uses metaphor and analogy to help simplify matters. You will discover several fundamentally different modes of thinking, and how you can use these modes to improve your learning. You will also be introduced to a tool for tackling procrastination, be given some practical information about memory, and discover surprisingly useful insights about learning and sleep.

(Please note that this module should only take about an hour--the extra time quoted relates to purely optional activities.)

Chunking
In this module, we’re going to be talking about chunks. Chunks are compact packages of information that your mind can easily access. We’ll talk about how you can form chunks, how you can use them to improve your understanding and creativity with the material, and how chunks can help you to do better on tests. We’ll also explore illusions of competence in learning, the challenges of overlearning, and the advantages of interleaving.

Procrastination and Memory
In this module, we talk about two intimately connected ideas—procrastination and memory. Building solid chunks in long term memory--chunks that are easily accessible by your short term memory—takes time. This is why learning to handle procrastination is so important. Finally, we talk about some of the best ways to access your brain’s most powerful long term memory systems.

Renaissance Learning and Unlocking Your Potential
In this module we’re going to talk more about important ideas and techniques that will enhance your ability to learn. You’ll also discover how to more profitably interact with fellow learners, how to recognize your own strengths, and how to avoid the “imposter syndrome.” Fighter pilots and surgeons use checklists to help them with their critical duties—you can use a similar checklist to help you prepare for tests. Ultimately, you will learn more about the joys of living a life filled with learning!

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1447 reviews for Coursera's Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

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60 out of 66 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Jayne Mccormack completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
A very useful course covering concepts behind how to learn effectively and efficently. Barbara Oakley is a warm and friendly presenter whose videos make a potentially dull subject fun and enjoyable (with the use of zombies, flying mules, etc). Terrence Sejnowski tends to do one main video a week, detailing more anatomi Read More
A very useful course covering concepts behind how to learn effectively and efficently. Barbara Oakley is a warm and friendly presenter whose videos make a potentially dull subject fun and enjoyable (with the use of zombies, flying mules, etc). Terrence Sejnowski tends to do one main video a week, detailing more anatomical/medical aspects. I'd recommend it to anyone who is about to undertake some serious studying as it covers techniques such as overcoming procrastination and learning fallacies.

There is no statement of achievement for this course, which has caused quite a bit of upset and negativity on Coursera. If you wish to have a certificate, the only option is the (paid) Signature Track which requires extra assignments to be completed. If you can't afford the fee, Coursera do offer some assistance. Please check their FAQs for details.
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32 out of 33 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Panos Gr completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This was one of the most rewarding courses I have taken. It's also very conveniently the most time-effective one because it teaches you a broad variety of tips and "cheats" for hacking into your own mind and making yourself feel and BE more productive. In barely 4 weeks, and without any technical language (even the o Read More
This was one of the most rewarding courses I have taken. It's also very conveniently the most time-effective one because it teaches you a broad variety of tips and "cheats" for hacking into your own mind and making yourself feel and BE more productive.

In barely 4 weeks, and without any technical language (even the optional course book is written as if it were a friend talking to you!!) I've learned how to beat one of my biggest problems -procrastination , how to become more productive in the way I study (learn more in less time) , how to memorize things strongly and when to use long/short term memory and how to improve them, how we sometimes unconsciously block out correct answers while taking tests, in which order it is best to answer questions on tests and why focus on things in a broader context rather than seeing only the small picture (forest vs tree analogy) amongst many, many other things.

My advice on this course is to take it without thinking about it twice. It will leave you in a very short time (for a mooc) with a lot of knowledge and gained wisdom on many aspects of your life. Truly a life-enhancing experience that is free(!!) and nobody should miss out on. Are you still reading this review??What are you waiting for!Look for the next starting session!!
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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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Anonymous partially completed this course.
Before reviewing, I would like to note that I was a straight-A student in school, graduated Magna Cum Laude from university, and have taught myself both Japanese and Chinese. I love learning, hence why I took this course. With that said, this should not be titled "Learning How to Learn", it should be titled "The Amaz Read More
Before reviewing, I would like to note that I was a straight-A student in school, graduated Magna Cum Laude from university, and have taught myself both Japanese and Chinese. I love learning, hence why I took this course.

With that said, this should not be titled "Learning How to Learn", it should be titled "The Amazing Brain Science to Help You Make the Most of Yourself". I signed up for this course with the intention of using it to help me make the most of later courses I'd like to take, but I was shocked at how much of it is applicable in everyday life. I have many projects that I (would have liked) to be working on but had trouble finding the motivation to do so. What I learned here about handling procrastination - the pomodoro technique, focusing on process rather than product, etc - has helped me become both more focused but also helps me allow myself to relax, meaning I'm more ready to take on other projects, positive cycle etc., etc. What I learned about short- and long-term memory, chunking, creating interesting metaphors, and so on, has had a direct impact on my ability to do my job well and commit relevant information to memory quickly. True, there are some things in the course I already knew and did (such as using flashcards - if you don't already, DO IT), but there was so much more that I was either able to understand the how and why things worked or were just flat out helpful.

If you are considering taking this course at all, do it. It's quite worth it.
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Anonymous completed this course.
If you're like me, you probably thought that the steps to proper learning were obvious. And in a sense, they are obvious, so you'd be right. Those people who told you to stop procrastinating, start early, and try harder/smarter if you weren't putting in enough effort/reasoning were right. But most of those people who t Read More
If you're like me, you probably thought that the steps to proper learning were obvious. And in a sense, they are obvious, so you'd be right. Those people who told you to stop procrastinating, start early, and try harder/smarter if you weren't putting in enough effort/reasoning were right. But most of those people who tell you those things only focus on trying to persuade you into doing better. They never tell you HOW to do it better.

If you're stuck in understanding the how of learning, this course is great in helping you figure that out (I mean, that's kind of what it's supposed to do considering the title, but take this as a confirmation from an "alumni" of this course. I put the quotes because I'm not sure if that term is appropriate, but humor me for a bit).

Adding on to what I said earlier in this review, this course does indeed talk about the obvious in terms of being a good student, but it also goes a step above that by providing details that I never even considered. Now I understand the process of learning better, and because I understand a little better, I've become more motivated in trying new things out. I guess what I'm trying to say is that even if you learn noting from this course, this course can help you re-open your mind if it ever felt closed at any point in your life.

The only reason why I'm not giving this course a perfect score is because while this course teaches you how to learn, it's hard to confirm if it actually works. Yes, it tests you now and then to see if you actually understand what it's trying to teach, and personally I think it does a pretty good job at it, but I have yet to find out if this applies to other topics that I want to learn. It seems that the course tries to get your feet wet with the learning that you have ahead of you too, but until I actually get to those topics and try to understand them in greater depth, I can't really confirm if these learning methods that were presented will be effective for said topics.

But I hope you won't let my uncertainty scare you. While I don't know about how the rest of my learning will go or what it has in store for me, finishing this course has gotten me to look forward to studying them. It's made me more active than I've been in a while, and I can't be more excited than I currently am to tackle new subjects and broaden my horizons.

So to close up this review, the last thing I want to say is that I would not waste my time writing this extensive review if I didn't think it was enjoyable or worth the time. For me, it clearly was. In fact, I've never written a review this long. This is a first. Consider me a believer of this course, because I am convinced it did something for me. I don't regret going through any of these lessons one bit. Thanks for reading.

tl;dr - If you think you know how to get good at learning, then you probably do, but this course can help you get even better at it because it has details to learning that may not seem as obvious. It was worth my time, and I feel like a better person after finishing it.
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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Anita Ayres is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I am enjoying this course very much. I am interested in the content of the course more than the recognition for the course. I homeschool my children and they are all taking the course as well. Just because Coursera is not offering a free certificate of learning does not mean that I cannot give my students credit for Read More
I am enjoying this course very much. I am interested in the content of the course more than the recognition for the course. I homeschool my children and they are all taking the course as well. Just because Coursera is not offering a free certificate of learning does not mean that I cannot give my students credit for taking the course. I have always been more interested in knowledge than in paper saying I have knowledge, so maybe I am unique in that mindset. I also believe that there is something for everyone in this course from beginners to advanced learners.
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26 out of 27 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
Vijayakumar Menon N is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Hi. This course clearly describes the complex process of how the human brain works while learning. Students get exposed to many new concepts : focused and diffused modes of brain functioning, working memory , short term memory and long term memory, learning techniques like chunking, spaced repetition, recalling in diff Read More
Hi. This course clearly describes the complex process of how the human brain works while learning. Students get exposed to many new concepts : focused and diffused modes of brain functioning, working memory , short term memory and long term memory, learning techniques like chunking, spaced repetition, recalling in different environments, avoiding tendencies to procrastinate and so on. How the neuromodulators get released in the brain when you learn with motivation and how you can benefit out of that. Anyone can improve his or her learning habits by doing this interesting course. Dr Terrence Sejnowski and Dr Barbara Oakley are both excellent teachers. It is a highly recommended MOOC course.
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Gregory J Hamel ( Life Is Study) audited this course and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Learning How to Learn is a 4 lesson self-paced course that summarizes key findings in neuroscience about how we learn. The course touches on brain function, working and long-term memory and various methods for improving learning as well as overcoming hurdles like procrastination. The lecture content in learning how t Read More
Learning How to Learn is a 4 lesson self-paced course that summarizes key findings in neuroscience about how we learn. The course touches on brain function, working and long-term memory and various methods for improving learning as well as overcoming hurdles like procrastination.

The lecture content in learning how to learn is very good. Videos aren't too long, the lecturer is clear and personable and everything is easy to understand. There are more bonus/guest lectures than you'd see with a typical MOOC and I find engaging, memorable guest lectures are rare. Also, you can't fully complete the course unless you verify your identity before submitting quizzes, even if you don't want a verified certificate.

One of the main pitfalls with MOOCs is that you can get into the habit of watching hours of lecture content without taking time out to practice, recall and commit ideas into long-term memory. Good courses help students learn with quizzes and homework; this course teaches students other things they can do, such as making flash cards, taking breaks and getting adequate sleep, to maximize learning. Considering the main lecture content only takes a few hours complete, this course offers a good amount of value for your time.

I give this course 4 out of 5 stars: Very Good.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Learning How to Learn is a wonderful course for any student, education professional or lifelong learner. The course itself is full of useful information and scientific evidence on the process of learning. I highly recommend watching the optional interviews and reading up on some of the optional readings, many of those Read More
Learning How to Learn is a wonderful course for any student, education professional or lifelong learner. The course itself is full of useful information and scientific evidence on the process of learning. I highly recommend watching the optional interviews and reading up on some of the optional readings, many of those are fascinating and worthwhile on your path of learning. Barb Oakley and Terry Sejnowski do a wonderful job presenting in an entertaining and concise manner, you can tell they are truly passionate about this subject and want nothing more than to help other learners to learn more effectively.

I was very grateful for the short tests after many sections that helped keep me focused and ensure that I understood the material. I also enjoyed the short comment sections at the end of many videos (even though I am doubtful that anyone actually reads them) it felt good to write out my thoughts about a subject or finding. I also very much appreciated how the course is “at your own pace” and you can do as much (or as little) as you want, that made it really easy to fit into my schedule. My favorite part about this course was the credibility of having it presented by two renowned doctors and that every section had works cited that backed up any claims made within the videos. You can find a lot of information online in the realm of learning and less and less of it is actually backed up with scientific evidence, it comforted me knowing that the team behind this course had done their due diligence and could back up any claim they made with evidence. As with anything you will get as much out of this course as you put in, however, as someone who scours the Internet for resources on helping students there is no better centralized place with scientifically supported tools and information on learning. I work in a role as a university professional that focuses on helping students navigate college successfully and positively, I have no doubt that this course will help me to be a better resource to students.

Summary: I would highly recommend this course to anyone looking to improve upon his or her knowledge or ability in the realm of learning. It is full of scientifically backed up information, presented clearly, entertaining and is absolutely free to take! What do you stand to lose?

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Dr. Oakley was fantastic. Sure, the videos are graphically simple, but she has done a great job of visually breaking up sections of her teaching by changing what you see on screen. She uses different combinations of camera angles and pictures to focus (and keep) your attention which helped me mentally organize the idea Read More
Dr. Oakley was fantastic. Sure, the videos are graphically simple, but she has done a great job of visually breaking up sections of her teaching by changing what you see on screen. She uses different combinations of camera angles and pictures to focus (and keep) your attention which helped me mentally organize the ideas presented. The course coincidentally provided me with tremendous tools to use to finally start to manage depression. The optional reading in the first week about depression, anxiety, ptsd sounded like I could have written it.

I had purchased the book, A Mind For Numbers during the second week of class and am currently reading it. It's a terrific book, now reinforcing what I have learned by presenting a different form of representing the organization of ideas. It all works really well for the way my mind works, especially as I am learning programming at the same time (I left college with two semesters to go about two years ago, and I'm finally re-ramping up my learning, this course being a major stepping stone).

Unfortunately, whenever Dr Sejnowski had a video (and corresponding quiz questions), I became increasingly irritated as the weeks went by. It was painfully clear that he was reading something he had written seemingly the night before. His videos showed very little effort had been put in, and I was a little insulted. His contributions to the course apparently did not manifest as intended. I don't immediately remember most of what his videos were about, which is disappointing because I would love to learn more about brain chemistry and physiology in general. I wouldn't necessarily want to see him out of the videos entirely, but they need to be completely reformatted and he should change the way he prepares and presents himself if he wants to make a more positive impact on learners. Otherwise, his contribution might be better as an author or suggestor of readings.

I love the content of this course, but some aspects of its presentation could be improved. Perhaps some video student interns!
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21 out of 23 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Abhijith Gopal completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Material is very easy. You can watch most of the videos at 1.5x or more. Nice material to validate techniques that you are following or correct your methodology if you are doing things the ineffective way. Either way, its sort of a feedback for your learning methods. Of course, feedbacks themselves are subjective b Read More
Material is very easy. You can watch most of the videos at 1.5x or more.

Nice material to validate techniques that you are following or correct your methodology if you are doing things the ineffective way.

Either way, its sort of a feedback for your learning methods. Of course, feedbacks themselves are subjective but useful for introspection.

If not anything, gives you reassurance that you are not alone when it comes to struggles during learning or solving problems :)
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Richa completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course was truly insightful. I have experienced a paradigm shift in the way I used to understand the process of learning. I had my own set of mental blocks that prevented me from enjoying the learning process. I had reached a point in my life where learning new concepts was more of a burden. And procrastination ha Read More
This course was truly insightful. I have experienced a paradigm shift in the way I used to understand the process of learning. I had my own set of mental blocks that prevented me from enjoying the learning process. I had reached a point in my life where learning new concepts was more of a burden. And procrastination had started affecting most aspects of my life.this course has changed the way I look at learning. Thanks to the course, it's style, it's content, the instructors.. Learning has become joyful once again.i am really obliged to dr Barbara oaklay.. I will remember her as one of the most influential teachers it have come across in my life so far.

I highly recommend that all students and teachers take this course and make learning a joyful experience.

Thanks
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Trinity Taylor audited this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Utilizing the latest discoveries in neuroscience, this course provides students with the tools to tackle a plethora of obstacles encountered when learning a new and/or difficult subject. The lectures are direct, short, sweet and easy to understand. Barbara Oakley's corny humor is refreshing and absurd; so not only will Read More
Utilizing the latest discoveries in neuroscience, this course provides students with the tools to tackle a plethora of obstacles encountered when learning a new and/or difficult subject. The lectures are direct, short, sweet and easy to understand. Barbara Oakley's corny humor is refreshing and absurd; so not only will students retain the information, they'll actually enjoy every lesson. The assignments and assessments are structured around the same principles taught in the lectures so students can begin practicing the methods they've learned immediately. Even if all you can do is audit, this is a class worth taking.
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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I have completed this course. I found it to be excellent. I completed all the tests and assignments and ended up with 100% (although I have not paid for a certificate). I spent about 3 to 4 hours a week on it.
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3 years ago
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Janelle is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Everyone should take this course. If you're on this platform then learning how to learn will be interesting. It doesn't take up too much time so you can easily study something else while doing this course. I plan on reviewing the tools learnt here very often.
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
Renata Lamas completed this course.
Absolutely perfect. It really changed the way I study my subjects and complete my tasks. There has been almost 2 weeks since I actually finished the course and my progress has improved a lot.

I want to say thank and hug Dr. Barbara Oakley for give everyone in this world (specially me) the opportunity to learn such amazing tools!
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3 years ago
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Kirill Soloviev audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I highly recommend this course for anyone taking MOOCs or doing any other active studying. It was absolutely fantastic, one of the best MOOC experiences I've ever had - setting the bar very high for all other courses I take. The instructors were very knowledgeable, yet explained everything in terms simple enough for everyone to follow. Plus, they have a great sense of humor :)
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4 weeks ago
Hugo Angulo completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
At the very beginning the course seemed somehow easy and pretty basic. Nonetheless, once that you start understanding the biological reason about how and why we learn, you get the feeling that this course will definitively change your life. And that is exactly what has happened to me. Before this course I had the illus Read More
At the very beginning the course seemed somehow easy and pretty basic. Nonetheless, once that you start understanding the biological reason about how and why we learn, you get the feeling that this course will definitively change your life. And that is exactly what has happened to me. Before this course I had the illusion that what I was doing was normal, I mean the way in which I was accustomed to learn. However, I had that sense that something was wrong with my approach. It turns out that my intuition was right because I was completely wasting my time while rereading or highlighting the material all the time, just to give you an example.

Additionally, I knew that procrastination could affect your life and your productivity in a way that you do not catch until you start getting anxious, for instance. Therefore a simple technique like the pomodoro, which I have been using during the last month, has been enormously beneficial for your studying and productivity.

Furthermore, there are some techniques like the memory palace, or the use of metaphors and analogies that will definitively ease your job while learning any subject.

Apart from that, understanding how your brain works and why you have certain behavior under certain circumstances, will change the way that you process any new information and it will boost your cognitive abilities up.

Please, give it a try, then you will understand what I have written here.

Learning how to learn, in my opinion, is a must, not an option.

Happy journey.
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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Victoria Rodriguez audited this course.
This course far exceded my expectations. All of the material was extremely helpful not only from the theoretical but from the practical point of view.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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José Diaz Seng completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course is about how to learn more effectively, no matter what you are trying to learn. It is based on fundamental research into the workings of the brain and presents proven methods allowing the brain to work as it is supposed to. Surprisingly, some of quite common approaches to learning like re-reading, underlini Read More
This course is about how to learn more effectively, no matter what you are trying to learn. It is based on fundamental research into the workings of the brain and presents proven methods allowing the brain to work as it is supposed to. Surprisingly, some of quite common approaches to learning like re-reading, underlining important passages in text, banging your head against a problem until a breakthrough happens etc. are WRONG. From my own experience, I must say that I have met some of the obstacles created by wrong approaches, in particular I have been too often exclusively in focused mode, clinging onto problems like a pitbull instead of letting the brain loose to work out things on its own after sufficient initial efforts had been made. Don't miss out on the bonus interviews Dr. Barbara Oakley has conducted with very interesting and diverse people, these and the very good reading material cited are a very nice expansion of the core material.

Both Dr. Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski have done a very good job, they present the key ideas very clearly and in an entertaining and friendly fashion. I only regret not having done the second assignment, I started too late on it (I should have known better by following the advice given in the course itself...).
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François Crabbé completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
As this was my very first MOOC experience, I can't compare it with other courses. Overall, it was well balanced, between duration of videos, of weekly sessions and assignments/quizzes. Since lots of new concepts were presented, it would have been nice to start each week with a summary of those presented so far. Of Read More
As this was my very first MOOC experience, I can't compare it with other courses.

Overall, it was well balanced, between duration of videos, of weekly sessions and assignments/quizzes.

Since lots of new concepts were presented, it would have been nice to start each week with a summary of those presented so far. Of course, it was always possible to watch again the videos. Actually, I did it for a couple of them.

It's always nice to have something in writing to which one can refer during/after the course. I didn't have the time to take notes while listening to and understanding the presentations. I will thus be pleased to refer to Prof. Oakley's book, which I ordered.

I found the quizzes very easy when taken right after the weekly sessions. I would have been interested in taking a quiz a few days later, e.g. before starting a new session.

My score were high enough, but maybe it was the same with most students. I would have liked to know in which percentile I found myself.

The exchange forums were a bit disappointing, maybe because they were now compulsory. Time is limited for most people, I suppose.

This course seems to be intended mainly for university students. Fair enough. However, I would have like to see/discuss learning tips for professionals, whose time organization differs significantly. How about "Learning how to learn in the professionals' world"?

All the best,

FC

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3 years ago
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Hector Lee Rodriguez partially completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Barbara Oakley effectively leads you through understanding the mental process of learning and applying research findings in your learning progress. Great assignments. Interesting information.

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2 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Where do I begin!!! As an educator, I have known, practised and understood that most of what you consider to be learning is done first by exposure to it, then maybe some pain in getting to grips with it and finally a sense of success when you have 'got it'. What I was not totally aware of were a lot of natural process Read More
Where do I begin!!!

As an educator, I have known, practised and understood that most of what you consider to be learning is done first by exposure to it, then maybe some pain in getting to grips with it and finally a sense of success when you have 'got it'. What I was not totally aware of were a lot of natural processes such as neurone growth associated with learning concepts and the effect of procrastination on achieving anything.

This course has revolutionised my life to the point where I have told at least 20 people and now incorporate some of the learning in my tuition. My twin daughters have been inundated with the Pomodoro technique - an idea discussed in the course - and we now call revision sessions 'Pomodoring' . They have taken the whole idea of 'sleeping on it' and testing to improve their learning to a whole new level. I love this course - it should be taught every year from Yr 7 to Yr 11 and beyond or the equivalent across the world and furthermore, when professionals are doing Continuing Personal Development courses for their jobs - they should wedge some of this learning in there too!!!

If you do not take this LHTL MOOC - you are missing out on a big chunk of moving any aspect of your life forward!!

Enjoy
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Procrastination is a dream killer number one for many humans. We all want a better life, but what we do to get where we want to be. Wishing, dreaming, simulating, and never take action, right. " You can have more what you've got if you become more than you are" Jim Rohn said it. You must learn every day to be succesful Read More
Procrastination is a dream killer number one for many humans. We all want a better life, but what we do to get where we want to be. Wishing, dreaming, simulating, and never take action, right. " You can have more what you've got if you become more than you are" Jim Rohn said it. You must learn every day to be succesful. Success is only can be rented you cannot own it. The due date is every day if you stop learning you aren't successful by definition. It is where this amazing learning program CAN really help you to steeper you learning curve in times. We can always make more $ but we NEVER make more time. Remember this when do anything in your life especially when you learn. 1 year or 5 years to learn the same thing you choose what path to take. I also recommend Barbara Oakley book" mind for numbers". PS .Start to invest to you better future future TODAY" Jim Rohn. Thank you for knowledge.
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a month ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Whether you want to pursue a career which will require a lot of mental effort, or you are currently a "knowledge worker", or other - I am highly encouraging you to take this FREE course. :) If you're like me who already spent a good amount of time trying several learning hacks before taking this course, I can still gu Read More
Whether you want to pursue a career which will require a lot of mental effort, or you are currently a "knowledge worker", or other - I am highly encouraging you to take this FREE course. :)

If you're like me who already spent a good amount of time trying several learning hacks before taking this course, I can still guarantee you that you will learn something new. It might be one or two concepts or new depths/perspectives about a specific concept, especially through the optional videos and readings.

On the other hand, if most (or all) of the concepts which will be presented here are new to your vocabulary I will say that you are very lucky. It is because you'll have a wonderful chance to change your way of thinking, process of learning, and life for the better.
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2 years ago
Kshitij Jhamb completed this course.
Well structured course. Initially thought that i wouldn't be able to find any practical real sense tools/techniques however every week provided me something extra up my sleeve. I really loved the interview with "serial learner" and was amazed to see people challenge themselves to 3 month language challenge by immersio Read More
Well structured course. Initially thought that i wouldn't be able to find any practical real sense tools/techniques however every week provided me something extra up my sleeve.

I really loved the interview with "serial learner" and was amazed to see people challenge themselves to 3 month language challenge by immersion in a different country.

My main reason to join the course was to overcome procrastination and i came to know of various tricks like pomodoro now that i have seen results in me already.

Overall a very positive course that makes you appreciate the beauty of the process or the learning experience which in our day to day lives we often fail to admire.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
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Anonymous partially completed this course.
I started out in educational research before I became a college professor. I kept up with pedagogy, but still found this course very useful. Partly through I joined a choir, a familiar activity, and found new ideas from this course helped me learn the music more efficiently. Others asked how I could do my difficult Read More
I started out in educational research before I became a college professor. I kept up with pedagogy, but still found this course very useful. Partly through I joined a choir, a familiar activity, and found new ideas from this course helped me learn the music more efficiently. Others asked how I could do my difficult part with such ease. Most of them crammed just before the concert. Who was nervous? Not me. I look forward to completing the last lessons. No one is too old to learn to learn better!
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2 years ago
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Anonymous is taking this course right now.
A very practical course. Would certainly recommend it to anyone. Useful tips from course: exercise in order for new neurons to be generated; sufficient sleep for the brain to clear away toxins in the brain and also organize things learned during the day; avoid editing while writing; the Pomodoro method of focusing for Read More
A very practical course. Would certainly recommend it to anyone.

Useful tips from course: exercise in order for new neurons to be generated; sufficient sleep for the brain to clear away toxins in the brain and also organize things learned during the day; avoid editing while writing; the Pomodoro method of focusing for 25 minutes and then taking a break for the diffused mind to work: this allows me to accomplish a lot of things e.g., household chores, and still be fresh for more learning.
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2 years ago
Daniela Buttini completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I thought the course was fantastic and an absolute must for everyone; the tips and tricks alone certainly provide improvements in both learning and life. Dr. Sejnowski’s material is very helpful and, amongst other concepts, drives home that learning and exercise support vital neurogenesis. The highlight however to me i Read More
I thought the course was fantastic and an absolute must for everyone; the tips and tricks alone certainly provide improvements in both learning and life. Dr. Sejnowski’s material is very helpful and, amongst other concepts, drives home that learning and exercise support vital neurogenesis. The highlight however to me is funny and witty Dr. Oakley, who does an absolutely outstanding (and memorable) job of sharing practical tools, with easy-to-understand underling reasons, on how to maximize efficiency and minimize dispersion of time and efforts. Thank you!!

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Nathan completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
+ Fun and useful, I liked the presenter's lighthearted style :) - Could have had more content in 4 weeks or the present amount of content distributed for less weeks. The 3-4 hours/week said on the Coursera website is a lot more than necessary, I spent probably less than a hour a week with the course (though I only wat Read More
+ Fun and useful, I liked the presenter's lighthearted style :)

- Could have had more content in 4 weeks or the present amount of content distributed for less weeks. The 3-4 hours/week said on the Coursera website is a lot more than necessary, I spent probably less than a hour a week with the course (though I only watched the videos and did the quizzes, didn't do the written assignment).

- The videos about test-taking were personally irrelevant, but I guess it can be useful for people in formal education
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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Matt Loeslie completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Awesome class. Great for anybody!!! Use the information I learned all the time! Really one of the best courses I have ever taken.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Jason Galloway is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Michael Mark P. Vallescas completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course is highly recommended for those who are seriously going into life-long learning. It provides a practical approach on how you can better improve your learning and retention of the subjects you are interested in studying. The speakers were good, very easy to understand and follow. The videos are well edited and presented. The over-all organization of the learning material is superb!
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15 out of 44 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
Adelyne Chan dropped this course.
I was of the impression that a free Statement of Accomplishment would be offered for completion of the course, but today I observed through the forums that there would be no such option. I feel that this should have been made clear from the beginning, I feel sort of cheated and thus I unenrolled from this course. Also, Read More
I was of the impression that a free Statement of Accomplishment would be offered for completion of the course, but today I observed through the forums that there would be no such option. I feel that this should have been made clear from the beginning, I feel sort of cheated and thus I unenrolled from this course. Also, on the discussion forums, staff members are actively deleting threads addressing this issue - a policy which I feel should not be in place if the university were really in the spirit of global sharing of education.
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Maria Jaber completed this course.
I cannot express enough how much i learnt from this course. The material, pace, wealth of resources are priceless. Throughout the period of my learning, I couldn't wait for the next day to come to learn more. I am already using many of the techniques and I am going back to my notes almost on daily basis. I am truly grateful for this course, simply beautiful.
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2 years ago
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Brenda Muniz completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Learning How to Learn is a great course that will change the way you think of learning and memorizing concepts. I'm really happy that I'd found this before going to college, because I learned a lot from the videos, interviews and recommended readings. Participating on the forums was a great way to strengthen what I had Read More
Learning How to Learn is a great course that will change the way you think of learning and memorizing concepts. I'm really happy that I'd found this before going to college, because I learned a lot from the videos, interviews and recommended readings. Participating on the forums was a great way to strengthen what I had learnt and to improve my English writing skills. Best regards and happy learning.
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2 years ago
Rodrigo Paula completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The course is fantastic. In an informal tone and using an objective and direct approach, Dr. Barbara Oakley will really change the way you learn by showing very useful and simple techniques to improve learning skills and to tackle procrastination. The bonus interviews will give you the chance to learn from some pretty awesome people too.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Nadezhda Orlova completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Thanks to the instructors for the course. It is really useful for me to understand how the process of learning and memorizing works. Barbara Oakley has friendly and easy to understand style of presenting. And it was not boring at all, I enjoyed the most of lectures. I didn't do peer-assessments, just quizzes.
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Cynthia Abner completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is an excellent course for learning good basic skills on how to learn more efficiently. It does not earn a free certificate, but I found the information well worth the time.
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3 years ago
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Mark Wideberg completed this course.
Brilliant. IMO every person with even a microscopic interest in learning or becoming a more efficient and potent learner (or educator!) should take it.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Maboroshi audited this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Not so revolutionary as previously thought of. It is more of some hints to help in study instead of a systematical way to improve one's learning ability. Anyway, at least I can gain some interesting method and thinking, that'll be fine.
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a week ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This was a fantastic course. The course was in small chunks, therefore, I found it easy to complete the weekly modules without it taking up much of my day or week. I appreciated the mini-tests after the majority of the videos as this would help me gauge my understanding of that particular video. Having tests at th Read More
This was a fantastic course.

The course was in small chunks, therefore, I found it easy to complete the weekly modules without it taking up much of my day or week.

I appreciated the mini-tests after the majority of the videos as this would help me gauge my understanding of that particular video.

Having tests at the end of the week also was helpful to my learning.

The interweaving of information also helped me recall information from previous weeks.

Great tips, techniques, advice on how to be a better learner - practical tips. So just doing the course and NOT enacting the advice won't be of much use to you, however, practice the techniques over a period of time IS.

It's stuff even as someone who has completed her bachelor degree believes anyone can find this useful. I actually also was able to relate some of the things I've learned on this course to how I would answer interview questions.

The pace was consistent.

The content was manageable.

The structure was well put together.

It's free. With options to pay, so if you don't feel like you benefited from this course (I doubt it) you haven't wasted your money.

I can not say enough positive things about this course.

CONS:

Taking so long to find this course. Wish I was able to find this course BEFORE I started my undergraduate degree. But I can not in all honesty fault this course.

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4 weeks ago
Stephane Balmat completed this course.
This course was of great interest to me. Simple to understand and not taking to much time.

I really appreciated how scientific datas were turned into easy to understand and easy to use tips for better learning.

Many thanks to the aauthors of this MOOC
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
a year ago
Santhosh Guru completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Someone said if 6 hours is given for cutting a tree, 5 hours should be spent in sharpening the axe. This course is the sharpening act for lifelong learning
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Vicky Pang completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The content is very practical. The lectures are engaging and easy to follow. The personal experience of the course instructor also added to my faith in the effectiveness of the skills taught.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course. Well structured, clear and important. It gives an idea of efficient and effective learning by explaining how the brain works when it comes to memory and learning.
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2 years ago
Connor W. Hawley completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
It was a great course that really lived up to its promises. I found its material has relevant implications for most things that involve learning in one form or another.
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2 years ago
Vinayak Mehta audited this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Learned cool things on learning how to learn, the interviews with awesome people were inspiring. I didn't go through the suggested readings though they might be useful.
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2 years ago
Aída Martínez Hinojosa completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Awesome course. It helped me understand better how to learn, and to know my brain a little further. It's a very interesting course, and easy to take.
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