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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

Syllabus

What is Learning?
Living brains are very complex. But fortunately, we can understand some of the key ways your brain functions by simply using metaphor and analogy. (Who knew!) This week, we'll explore the two fundamentally different modes of operation of your brain—focused and diffuse. You might be surprised that when your brain goes into a diffuse "resting state," it's still doing important processing that helps you learn. This week, we'll also talk about using tomatoes to tackle procrastination. (Just kidding—kind of!) And we'll cover some surprisingly useful insights about memory, learning and sleep.

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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59 out of 63 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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34 out of 35 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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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful
a year 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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28 out of 32 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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23 out of 24 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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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful
a year 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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18 out of 20 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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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful
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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13 out of 15 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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful
2 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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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful
2 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 out of 4 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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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful
2 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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3 out of 3 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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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
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.

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a year 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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4 out of 4 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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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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9 out of 13 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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1 out of 1 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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12 out of 15 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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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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13 out of 43 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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful
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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful
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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9 months ago
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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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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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 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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11 months 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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a year 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 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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5 months ago
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Harold Darter completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Everyone should take this course. No matter what your skill level this course will improve your learning ability. Well except you people who know everything already.

Great course
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2 years ago
Regina Ciambrone completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very good course, especially for someone who has been out of school for a while. I think beginning High Schoolers should all take this course to get them started on the right foot.
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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
Nitin Binhani completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A must do MOOC for learning new skills, and the tips for effective learning!

A must do MOOC for learning new skills, and the tips for effective learning!
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2 years ago
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Phuong Thi Nam Tran completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The course is quite easy to understand. The quizzes are not difficult. Overall, the course is very helpful for you to improve your concentration and memory.
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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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3 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
It's an interesting and well thought out course. It is very helpful in preparing for difficult subjects, or even enhancing what you already know.
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3 years ago
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Andres Kwan Orjuela completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It's a must. This course help me to improve how to learn witch is so important for me because I want to keep learning for the rest of my life.
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10 months ago
Joao Eduardo Da Rosa is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a great course, whether you are in high scholl, college or higher, a refresher course or for acquiring new skills. Highly recommended
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3 years ago
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Sue Dyer dropped this course and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I only skimmed a few of the videos and did the quiz in week one. Ironically, given the subject: 'Learning how to learn - ' the presentation style was patronising and uninteresting to say the least. The presenter was sycophantic towards the professional being interviewed in week one - it made me want to do anything Read More
I only skimmed a few of the videos and did the quiz in week one. Ironically, given the subject: 'Learning how to learn - ' the presentation style was patronising and uninteresting to say the least. The presenter was sycophantic towards the professional being interviewed in week one - it made me want to do anything but continue with the course. I'm sure there is some interesting stuff buried in there but there must be more engaging ways of 'learning how to learn'! Very disappointed and nauseated. This course doesn't deserve any stars but Ii can't review it with out giving it one
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3 years ago
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Artful Bodger partially completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Sadly, Coursera have decided not to issue free completion certificates for this one, you have to pay for their Signature Track in order to get one.

The material and subject seems of real value yet the above policy spoils this.

Recently this site has allowed course staff to add reviews too.

Oh dear :(

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2 years ago
Yasir Aman completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I want to learn new things everyday. I always started with full enthusiasm, but then I would loose my interest gradually and eventually drop off and divert to something else. Problem with me was that I used to push myself to try hard to memorize everything, and after failing, I would thought "oh God, this is not for me Read More
I want to learn new things everyday. I always started with full enthusiasm, but then I would loose my interest gradually and eventually drop off and divert to something else. Problem with me was that I used to push myself to try hard to memorize everything, and after failing, I would thought "oh God, this is not for me. I am not competent to do this". Taking this course has really changed my life. Now I have a far more better understanding of how my brain works. And definitely, when you know how a thing works, you can use it in the proper way. Now I know, when and how to try to learn, and when and how to NOT to try. My life has become a lot easier and stress free because now my focus is on the "process" of learning, and not on the "product". You want to know what is that? Go, join the course.

I would like to STRONGLY RECOMMEND this course to EVERYBODY ON THIS PLANET and even to everybody out there on EVERY OTHER PLANET in this universe, provided that they have a brain, and it works the same way like ours ;)
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2 years ago
Horacio Idárraga Gil dropped this course.
Hola Barbara, Terrence y todos los miembros que hacen posible Learn how to learn. Comence el curso con el mejor deseo de aprender algo útil y aprovechar mi tiempo libre. Pero me ha causado una gran decepción cuando tomo lo quizes y obtengo una calificación irrisoria. Me gustaría tener la oportunidad de copiar las p Read More
Hola Barbara, Terrence y todos los miembros que hacen posible Learn how to learn.

Comence el curso con el mejor deseo de aprender algo útil y aprovechar mi tiempo libre. Pero me ha causado una gran decepción cuando tomo lo quizes y obtengo una calificación irrisoria.

Me gustaría tener la oportunidad de copiar las preguntas para poder buscar las respuestas en los videos. Tengo la sensación de que muchas de las preguntas se refieren a temas que no se han estudiado en los videos, o yo no he podido entenderlo.

En uno de los últimos mensajes me dicen que el quiz también es una forma de aprender y yo estoy de acuerdo.

Fracasar también es una forma de aprender. Por eso mismo me gustaría tener la oportunidad de copiar los comentarios que le hacen a mis respuestas equivocadas. De esa manera yo tendría la oportunidad de ver en que me equivoque.

Atentamente,

Horacio Idarraga Gil.

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2 years ago
Mohana Krishna Bg completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course provided very useful practices for learning, and some truly wonderful insights on how learning actually works. Dr. Oakley's lectures are very engaging and make sure that key points are driven home. While I had already been intuitively using some of the tips provided here, it is reassuring to note that they Read More
This course provided very useful practices for learning, and some truly wonderful insights on how learning actually works. Dr. Oakley's lectures are very engaging and make sure that key points are driven home. While I had already been intuitively using some of the tips provided here, it is reassuring to note that they are also backed by research. Also, the course helped to bring out some of the blind spots in my learning efforts. I am now convinced that practice and perseverance are essential for mastery beyond mere comprehension. While I could not study the companion book "Mind for Numbers" in parallel to the course since I could not get hold of the book in time, I have the book now and am very sure that I must go through it to reinforce what I have learnt through the lectures, and make it stick. Thank you very much for such a wonderful course!
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a year ago
Ross Brannigan completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Overall, very satisfied with learning outcomes and new techniques discovered Brain & Neural Process (neural dynamics, composition, impact of chemicals such as dopamine, cortisol etc.) Learning Tips & Tools (Pomodoro technique, hard start - switch to easy) Biological Processes (Importance of rest, exercise) I have r Read More
Overall, very satisfied with learning outcomes and new techniques discovered

Brain & Neural Process (neural dynamics, composition, impact of chemicals such as dopamine, cortisol etc.)

Learning Tips & Tools (Pomodoro technique, hard start - switch to easy)

Biological Processes (Importance of rest, exercise)

I have reached graduate level but intend to leverage these new techniques for future learning. A very big thanks to Coursera/UC San Diego for making this content free, very accessible and so experiential.

If any classmates are based in Europe and would like to discuss the learning topic or additional learning MOOCs, I would love to connect for future discussion.

Linkedin: https://de.linkedin.com/in/rossbrannigan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rossbrannigan

Best regards

Ross Brannigan
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2 years ago
Ziv Tanner completed this course.
This course is amazing! It gives you a wide set of tools that help your study. The techniques described in the course are built on research, and made easily understandable by examples and analogies. Barbara Oakley is a great teacher, inspiring, has a warm personality, and makes sure that everyone will understand the to Read More
This course is amazing! It gives you a wide set of tools that help your study. The techniques described in the course are built on research, and made easily understandable by examples and analogies. Barbara Oakley is a great teacher, inspiring, has a warm personality, and makes sure that everyone will understand the topic. I loved to listen to her and enjoied every single video.

Terrence Sejnowski talks about the scientific background - I always find the brain an interesting topic, but if you are not so enthusiastic about this, it is not a problem as he covers only a small part of the course material.

I learned a lot, and it helped me already a great deal. If you have a little bit of time, don't miss the chance to take this course, what you learn here will be useful for a long long time.
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2 years ago
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Alistair Dredge completed this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The presenters of this wonderful course have put a great deal into it. It is packed with material, with enough optional reading to keep you busy for the rest of your life, with plenty of interviews with interesting people. The course introduces a tiny bit of basic neuroscience, which was interesting and which reassured Read More
The presenters of this wonderful course have put a great deal into it. It is packed with material, with enough optional reading to keep you busy for the rest of your life, with plenty of interviews with interesting people. The course introduces a tiny bit of basic neuroscience, which was interesting and which reassured me that the course's practical advice was based on reputable and current scientific thinking, but beyond that seemed of little relevance. I suppose it's part of what elevates the course out of the Tips & Tricks league, though.

I enjoyed the course, put my heart into it, and found it all very valuable, but the real test is whether it works, whether it manages to make me a better student, and only time will tell on that point.
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2 years ago
Emilio Gaviria completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
The course structure is top- level knowledge, introduces ordered phases, clear, precise, step by step, articulating presentations instructors (Barb and Terry) with interviews, readings and quizzes, joining a dual approach: learning and brain function. Learning facilitators and barried are discussed, and to overcome the Read More
The course structure is top- level knowledge, introduces ordered phases, clear, precise, step by step, articulating presentations instructors (Barb and Terry) with interviews, readings and quizzes, joining a dual approach: learning and brain function. Learning facilitators and barried are discussed, and to overcome them. Peer review is advisable to use but difficult for Hispanics. The course is applicable for all learning in most disciplines, beginner, intermediated and advanced, as it allows to increase responsability and confidence in solving problems, not only students but also graduates.

Emilio Gaviria. Buenos Aires, 09/18/2015. (Today unusual student, past professor).
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2 years ago
Mary completed this course.
Excellent course. The tutors have great voices which are 'comfortable' on the ear and their diction is great meaning you can actually understand their words. The ideas are brilliantly presented making them relatively easy to grasp. There is not one thing in this course that I didn't find interesting. I devoured all Read More
Excellent course. The tutors have great voices which are 'comfortable' on the ear and their diction is great meaning you can actually understand their words. The ideas are brilliantly presented making them relatively easy to grasp. There is not one thing in this course that I didn't find interesting. I devoured all the extra videos and just could not get enough. I wish I'd known some of this stuff when I studied for my degrees. Huge amount of useful 'stuff' in such a compact course. I will definitely be using these methods in future, in all areas of my life. In fact I used the pomodoro just this morning to clear my sock drawer!

Wonderful. Thank you.
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a year 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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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course is phenomenal!! I've had to battle with severe ADHD all my life so paying attention, learning and quickly understanding subjects of just about any kind has been painfully difficult for me. About a year and a half ago, I came back to grad school for a career change so I figured taking this course co Read More
This course is phenomenal!!

I've had to battle with severe ADHD all my life so paying attention, learning and quickly understanding subjects of just about any kind has been painfully difficult for me. About a year and a half ago, I came back to grad school for a career change so I figured taking this course could somehow help me, specially when I realized the material is based on actual research. It's helped me out trillion-fold!!! You owe it to yourself to take it - specially if you have ADHD like I do. (btw...I'm just speaking for myself)

I don't know how to thank both professors Barb and Terry!!
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a year ago
Nan Halberg completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Great course, especially for high school students transitioning into college, students tackling subjects that are difficult for them, and life-long learners who care about really learning material instead of glossing over it with just enough work to pass a test. The best part for me has been the springboard provided b Read More
Great course, especially for high school students transitioning into college, students tackling subjects that are difficult for them, and life-long learners who care about really learning material instead of glossing over it with just enough work to pass a test. The best part for me has been the springboard provided by the class to further reading in learning, psychology, and education. Additionally, I receive a weekly email from Barbara telling me of related news, stories, and interesting articles, etc. The course is a bit corny but the material is sticking in my brain - the best test there is.
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a year ago
Christine Radomsky completed this course.
Barbara Oakley and Terrence Sejnowski were taking us to a pragmatic still scientifically sound journey of deep learning. As an educator and life-long learner I enjoyed it very much. Some tips are surprisingly simple, even counterintuitive (e.g. "Don't mark too much in your textbook"). But most of them worked quite effe Read More
Barbara Oakley and Terrence Sejnowski were taking us to a pragmatic still scientifically sound journey of deep learning. As an educator and life-long learner I enjoyed it very much. Some tips are surprisingly simple, even counterintuitive (e.g. "Don't mark too much in your textbook"). But most of them worked quite effectively for me. You still have to invest effort in your learning, but it can be fun, too. I was particularly impressed by the story of Barbara Oakley. She is a living example for a successful learner and acquired knowledge and skills areas "she was not gifted for". Highly recommended.
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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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2 years ago
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Humphrey Schillevoort completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A great course with a lot of useful information. The design of the course is thought out. The manner in which the quizes take place, makes that the learner can understand the material far more better. In this the professors practice what they preach: Space repetition. Students, including those who already have a lot of Read More
A great course with a lot of useful information. The design of the course is thought out. The manner in which the quizes take place, makes that the learner can understand the material far more better. In this the professors practice what they preach: Space repetition. Students, including those who already have a lot of study experience, will greatly benefit from this course. Things that you have taken a long time for true, then appear to be different. Such as: Starting an exam at the most challenging questions,( but do'nt stay too long.)
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I teach remedial math at a community college. I find that many of my students get into trouble because they procrastinate doing homework, quizzes, and even extra credit. This is an excellent course discussing how the brain works and gives advice and techniques on how to improve learning skills (e.g. avoiding procrastin Read More
I teach remedial math at a community college. I find that many of my students get into trouble because they procrastinate doing homework, quizzes, and even extra credit. This is an excellent course discussing how the brain works and gives advice and techniques on how to improve learning skills (e.g. avoiding procrastination). I also bought the book and started reading it, although found the videos more appealing (maybe because I'm a visual learner?) and finished the course. I'm now reading the rest of the book.
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a year ago
Elizabeth Enjambre Hernani completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
It is true that there is a broad applicability of the concepts presented in the videos. Using scientific data and concrete examples to illustrate points, the instructors truly delivered. As a medical student, I find this course really worth investing into. I still am amazed of the things I've learned about learning Read More
It is true that there is a broad applicability of the concepts presented in the videos. Using scientific data and concrete examples to illustrate points, the instructors truly delivered.

As a medical student, I find this course really worth investing into. I still am amazed of the things I've learned about learning. I am surprised at how much time and energy I've wasted before studying inefficiently. No wonder I'm burned out time and again. It was delightful embarking on this ship. Thank you very much!
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2 years ago
Rooswilhelm completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very useful course, and interesting to almost anyone who is into MOOCs, I guess. Easy to follow lectures explaining the basics on memory and learning, and giving lots of practical advice on how to approach your learning. Barbara Oakley is lovely and gives the course it easy-going atmosphere. Great course if you have no Read More
Very useful course, and interesting to almost anyone who is into MOOCs, I guess. Easy to follow lectures explaining the basics on memory and learning, and giving lots of practical advice on how to approach your learning. Barbara Oakley is lovely and gives the course it easy-going atmosphere. Great course if you have no prior knowledge whatsover, and still very much worth your time if you already know a bit about thinking fast/slow.Helped me to improve my learning techniques and dealing with procrastination.
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2 years ago
Sudarshan Kumar Dogra completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Expertly designed and conducted. Very useful. My profuse thanks. Interviews were the icing on the cake. I intend to show my gratitude by offering myself as Mentor. (Have submitted the form) Scoring in quizzes needs to be rectified to give credit for correct answers to sub parts of the question also, rather than Read More
Expertly designed and conducted. Very useful. My profuse thanks.

Interviews were the icing on the cake.

I intend to show my gratitude by offering myself as Mentor. (Have submitted the form)

Scoring in quizzes needs to be rectified to give credit for correct answers to sub parts of the question also, rather than treating the entire question as wrong even when answer to only a part of the question is wrong.

A Session on specific learning techniques for specific content/subjects would be helpful.
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10 months ago
Robert Ndungu completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
So much has already been said about this truly magnificent course that I don't think I can add anything substantial. If only most of us had access to this material and guidance during our formative years in education. However, it is never too late to unlearn bad study habits; though don't expect it to be easy - especia Read More
So much has already been said about this truly magnificent course that I don't think I can add anything substantial. If only most of us had access to this material and guidance during our formative years in education. However, it is never too late to unlearn bad study habits; though don't expect it to be easy - especially if you have been doing it for years. I shall certainly purchase a certificate as a token of my appreciation to everyone involved in putting the course together. A tour de force!

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a year ago
Thomas George completed this course.
I wish I had taken this course when I was about 11. I feel I have a much deeper understanding of the neurobiology of the brain, it's modes of thinking. This class is much more than just good study habits although it does cover those bases as well. I have found myself with a slightly different world view and understandi Read More
I wish I had taken this course when I was about 11. I feel I have a much deeper understanding of the neurobiology of the brain, it's modes of thinking. This class is much more than just good study habits although it does cover those bases as well. I have found myself with a slightly different world view and understanding of my own consciousness after this class. I found the teachers highly capable and the material compelling. I think the forum community around the class was strong as well.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
An amazing course, whether you are a life-long learner or a student, seek mastery and expertise or want to learn a bit of everything. Tips, strategies are provided, which are backed by neuroscience and not some new-age self-help cult! This course will help you tackle procrastination, gain confidence in your strengths Read More
An amazing course, whether you are a life-long learner or a student, seek mastery and expertise or want to learn a bit of everything. Tips, strategies are provided, which are backed by neuroscience and not some new-age self-help cult!

This course will help you tackle procrastination, gain confidence in your strengths, embrace (and possibly find a work-around to) your weaknesses and to extend that mentality to other areas of your life.

One of the most important lessons of my life.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Incredible, mind-blowing, totally update my concept of learning. I am from China. And in China, we've been doing everything of "Illusions of Competences" which are shown in this course. Reread and doing exams again and again, and no rest. However the truth is that we need spaced repetition and sleep, exercises and go o Read More
Incredible, mind-blowing, totally update my concept of learning. I am from China. And in China, we've been doing everything of "Illusions of Competences" which are shown in this course. Reread and doing exams again and again, and no rest. However the truth is that we need spaced repetition and sleep, exercises and go out to see new things. I hope this can be introduced to China as a official course. Anyway I'm trying to compile these info into a ppt and show it to everyone around me.
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2 years ago
Dana Bolink completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Learning how to Learn is an easy to understand and follow, but very useful course, with some surprising insights. The basics are simple, and the course can be completed with just three hours of study time per week, but there's ample opportunity to invest more time and effort by watching additional videos or reading add Read More
Learning how to Learn is an easy to understand and follow, but very useful course, with some surprising insights. The basics are simple, and the course can be completed with just three hours of study time per week, but there's ample opportunity to invest more time and effort by watching additional videos or reading additional material. The last varies from short inspirational articles to subject related books, to full scientific research reports. It's up to the student how far to take it!
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Anonymous partially completed this course.
I think is very important to find out as well our brain type :D meaning that each one of us has a different style of learning and we need to adapt to these things. I am visual type, so sometimes i just rewrite what i need to learn, or i read few pages then I write down with my own words what i understood. Seeing the Read More
I think is very important to find out as well our brain type :D meaning that each one of us has a different style of learning and we need to adapt to these things.

I am visual type, so sometimes i just rewrite what i need to learn, or i read few pages then I write down with my own words what i understood. Seeing the phrases written, helps me to remember. This diagram helps to find out your learning type- https://www.mindomo.com/mindmap/learning-styles-2c088b3045e34d26b4b7f4bfbd55dd3f
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a year ago
Seth Hall completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Absolutely fantastic. I took the course without high expectations, but I found that it was immensely enjoyable, valuable, and (most importantly) useful. This is a great resource for anyone, regardless of background. I'd venture to say that this course is one of the most important ones you can take: it gives you the und Read More
Absolutely fantastic. I took the course without high expectations, but I found that it was immensely enjoyable, valuable, and (most importantly) useful. This is a great resource for anyone, regardless of background. I'd venture to say that this course is one of the most important ones you can take: it gives you the understanding and mental tools needed to learn complex things in more advanced courses, or in areas that you've always struggled in. Can't recommend it enough.
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2 years ago
Al completed this course.
Initially I was a little sceptical about MOOC courses. However, after completing Learning How to Learn, I can see there benefits of MOOC's extending my basic knowledge. As an experienced teacher I found this course provided me with a better understanding of how students learn. I was also able to pass on some tips to Read More
Initially I was a little sceptical about MOOC courses.

However, after completing Learning How to Learn, I can see there benefits of MOOC's extending my basic knowledge.

As an experienced teacher I found this course provided me with a better understanding of how students learn. I was also able to pass on some tips to my students, and I know they appreciated the ideas for improving their own study habits.

Thanks for the effort made to create such an interesting course.

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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I successfully completed the course "Learning How to Learn" and found it to be an excellent refresher. As a retiree and grandparent, I was curios to compare learning techniques taught decades ago with those being taught today. Going a step further, I went ahead and purchased the audio book version of "A Mind For N Read More
I successfully completed the course "Learning How to Learn" and found it to be an excellent refresher. As a retiree and grandparent, I was curios to compare learning techniques taught decades ago with those being taught today.

Going a step further, I went ahead and purchased the audio book version of "A Mind For Numbers". The information greatly augmented the course content. I highly recommend this course for those who are willing to commit the time!

Clay

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2 years ago
Srinivas Akella is taking this course right now, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I have completed this course however I am unable to select the "finished" option. I think everyone must take this course. There is so much valuable information that can help us understand how we learn and apply it to improve ourselves. I liked the Pomodoro technique and use it to manage my tasks better. I am looking Read More
I have completed this course however I am unable to select the "finished" option.

I think everyone must take this course. There is so much valuable information that can help us understand how we learn and apply it to improve ourselves. I liked the Pomodoro technique and use it to manage my tasks better. I am looking forward to the next level of "Learning How to Learn" Course. Thanks to Barbara Oakley and Terry Sejnowski for being such passionate teachers. Thank you.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic course! Interesting lectures and great posts on the discussion boards. It was a very positive learning environment and I learned a lot of useful techniques, both from the Profs and my classmates. The staff and TAs were very active on the discussion boards and this added to the course. I really enjoyed doing Read More
Fantastic course! Interesting lectures and great posts on the discussion boards. It was a very positive learning environment and I learned a lot of useful techniques, both from the Profs and my classmates. The staff and TAs were very active on the discussion boards and this added to the course. I really enjoyed doing the final assignment and was amazed at some of the great work submitted by others. Definitely one of the best MOOCs I have taken (Jan 2015 course).
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a course that I would recommend to everybody, it will allow you to better understand how your brain works, you will also be able to identify bad practices, that are stopping you from really understand and master a certain subject. Barbara and Terry did a great job explaining the concepts in a clear and yet ent Read More
This is a course that I would recommend to everybody, it will allow you to better understand how your brain works, you will also be able to identify bad practices, that are stopping you from really understand and master a certain subject.

Barbara and Terry did a great job explaining the concepts in a clear and yet entertaining way.

Now that I have completed this course, I have a whole new structure on how face new concepts and how to effectively learn.
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2 years ago
Carlos completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Barbara Oakley and her team did a great job preparing this course. For me all videos and information they present, has been for me very helpful and useful on daily basis. I would suggest taking this course if you want to improve you learning skills, improve your results in learning process and of course, be more produ Read More
Barbara Oakley and her team did a great job preparing this course. For me all videos and information they present, has been for me very helpful and useful on daily basis.

I would suggest taking this course if you want to improve you learning skills, improve your results in learning process and of course, be more productive in your time spend on learning.

Regards to Barb and her team... you did it!

(Now... I am a much happier learner)

Carlos, from Mexico.
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2 years ago
B M Biplab is taking this course right now, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Great Course. Very helpful for students and teachers alike. People from all walks of life can benefit from it. The course gives you an insight into how our brain functions while learning, what are the obstacles that decrease our efficiency and how we can improve on them. The content is broken down to very simple explan Read More
Great Course. Very helpful for students and teachers alike. People from all walks of life can benefit from it. The course gives you an insight into how our brain functions while learning, what are the obstacles that decrease our efficiency and how we can improve on them. The content is broken down to very simple explanations that anyone can grasp easily. The professors have done a great job at teaching as well as motivating in all the lecture videos.
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2 years ago
Hrvoje Sandukcic completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I highly recommend this course to anyone who starts a journey called online education. Since I plan to take and finish at least one course every month, I found it normal to first Learn how to learn. And I was not disappointed - on a contrary, this is excellent and inspiring course. I recommend to watch all additional v Read More
I highly recommend this course to anyone who starts a journey called online education. Since I plan to take and finish at least one course every month, I found it normal to first Learn how to learn. And I was not disappointed - on a contrary, this is excellent and inspiring course. I recommend to watch all additional video material since it is great (many new ideas and thoughts). And I wish I had such good teachers in my formal education. Thumbs up.
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2 years ago
Elizabeth Angilette partially completed this course.
These are ideas and tools that apply to formal study as well as daily living. For example, I am applying the pomodoro technique to various household chores. The technique is helping me to stay on task and get the, what I feel boring, work done. I would like to take the course again and glean more info. I wish I had the Read More
These are ideas and tools that apply to formal study as well as daily living. For example, I am applying the pomodoro technique to various household chores. The technique is helping me to stay on task and get the, what I feel boring, work done. I would like to take the course again and glean more info. I wish I had these insights when I began my academic career. I'm now 70 years old, former educator, and currently, avid learner and entrepreneur.
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2 years ago
Julian Stockley-smith completed this course.
Learning how to learn gives invaluable insights into the process of learning; the course itself is simple and well structured with the result that you can apply the teachings to all kinds of activities whether traditional subject study, learning a new language or even learning to play a musical instrument. The biggest Read More
Learning how to learn gives invaluable insights into the process of learning; the course itself is simple and well structured with the result that you can apply the teachings to all kinds of activities whether traditional subject study, learning a new language or even learning to play a musical instrument. The biggest challenge (but a really worthwhile one) is taking the step to incorporate the methods into your 'learning life'
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2 years ago
Maxime Zabiégo completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Stimulating ideas. The variety of approaches, notably proposed through interviews involving many different experiences, allows anyone to find his/her interest. I found the assignments particularly interesting and motivating: it was a good way to put the course into practice. A course that's not too demanding and poten Read More
Stimulating ideas. The variety of approaches, notably proposed through interviews involving many different experiences, allows anyone to find his/her interest. I found the assignments particularly interesting and motivating: it was a good way to put the course into practice. A course that's not too demanding and potentially very valuable for anyone who takes it with the objective of actually putting it into practice.
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a year ago
Blake Dagenais completed this course.
Learning How To Learn is a phenomenal course. I am currently studying at university, and have had much success in my academic career. Yet this course still proved to be invaluable to me. It gave me a fresh perspective on what I can do to improve my learning and a fundamental understanding of why I have been successful Read More
Learning How To Learn is a phenomenal course. I am currently studying at university, and have had much success in my academic career. Yet this course still proved to be invaluable to me. It gave me a fresh perspective on what I can do to improve my learning and a fundamental understanding of why I have been successful in the past. It is a course for students of all levels, and I highly encourage you to take this course.
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a year ago
John F. Cotant completed this course.
I am a retired Cardiologist --so, I have done a lot of studying in my lifetime. I took the course on learning, and it was just extraordinary. Even though I already knew a lot about learning, I relearned, confirmed, and learned anew multiple concepts. I really appreciated the fact that the ideas are evidence-based. Dr Read More
I am a retired Cardiologist --so, I have done a lot of studying in my lifetime.

I took the course on learning, and it was just extraordinary. Even though I already knew a lot about learning, I relearned, confirmed, and learned anew multiple concepts. I really appreciated the fact that the ideas are evidence-based. Dr. Barbara Oakley is a remarkable teacher. Thank you for this wonderful course.

John F. Cotant, M.D.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This class really should be mandatory material for anyone that wants to learn anything. I'm currently enrolled in Dev BootCamp, which is an intense coding school. This book has prepared me to take full advantage of everything this school is throwing at me. I've seen people struggle and drop out, and I wish they took th Read More
This class really should be mandatory material for anyone that wants to learn anything. I'm currently enrolled in Dev BootCamp, which is an intense coding school. This book has prepared me to take full advantage of everything this school is throwing at me. I've seen people struggle and drop out, and I wish they took this class. I recommend this class to anyone who wants to learn...and now you'll know HOW.
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8 months ago
Kamil Trzebiatowski completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this course. It's done in a light-hearted way, but very thoroughly and goes through all sorts of memory/brain-related concepts and strategies one can use in real-time and studying: love the Pomodoro technique, and diffuse/focused mode is regularly part of my learning practice. Great co Read More
I would wholeheartedly recommend this course. It's done in a light-hearted way, but very thoroughly and goes through all sorts of memory/brain-related concepts and strategies one can use in real-time and studying: love the Pomodoro technique, and diffuse/focused mode is regularly part of my learning practice.

Great course - if you struggle with learning techniques, there are no better courses out there!
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I Highly recommend this course. I'll help you learn more than what you could imagine. You don't only learn how to learn, thanks to this course and Barbara Oakley's way to pedagogy you'll learn some important values for you life. Please be dilligent in this learning process, I promise, you won't ever regret it. As for m Read More
I Highly recommend this course. I'll help you learn more than what you could imagine. You don't only learn how to learn, thanks to this course and Barbara Oakley's way to pedagogy you'll learn some important values for you life. Please be dilligent in this learning process, I promise, you won't ever regret it. As for me, what I learnt really helped me in a turning point in my life and it still does.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I Highly recommend this course. I'll help you learn more than what you could imagine. You don't only learn how to learn, thanks to this course and Barbara Oakley's way to pedagogy you'll learn some important values for you life. Please be dilligent in this learning process, I promise, you won't ever regret it. As for m Read More
I Highly recommend this course. I'll help you learn more than what you could imagine. You don't only learn how to learn, thanks to this course and Barbara Oakley's way to pedagogy you'll learn some important values for you life. Please be dilligent in this learning process, I promise, you won't ever regret it. As for me, what I learnt really helped me in a turning point in my life and it still does.
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2 years ago
Sileny Chaïmat completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I Highly recommend this course. I'll help you learn more than what you could imagine. You don't only learn how to learn, thanks to this course and Barbara Oakley's way to pedagogy you'll learn some important values for you life. Please be dilligent in this learning process, I promise, you won't ever regret it. As for m Read More
I Highly recommend this course. I'll help you learn more than what you could imagine. You don't only learn how to learn, thanks to this course and Barbara Oakley's way to pedagogy you'll learn some important values for you life. Please be dilligent in this learning process, I promise, you won't ever regret it. As for me, what I learnt really helped me in a turning point in my life and it still does.
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a year ago
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Gaston Keller completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course was very interesting and provided lots of advice for studying and learning. I bought the companion book, "A Mind for Numbers", which I found pretty useful as a complement (though is not strictly necessary!). I recommend this course to anybody interested in how to learn effectively, but specially to students in college or university -- they are the ones who can gain the most out of it.
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2 years ago
Ievgenii Sakhno completed this course.
I'm sure: first course in Coursera will be 'Learning How to Learn'. Any student, who doesnt study this course, waste a lot of his time during studying other courses. Because he has not knowledge how to spend his hours of study correctly. This course is fundamental for any students. I'm sure: better to spend a few own t Read More
I'm sure: first course in Coursera will be 'Learning How to Learn'. Any student, who doesnt study this course, waste a lot of his time during studying other courses. Because he has not knowledge how to spend his hours of study correctly. This course is fundamental for any students. I'm sure: better to spend a few own time to take this course and permanently has skill to study with maximum efficiency.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Amazing! An absolutely essential course for anyone and everyone. This course teaches how to learn and study effectively and helps you discard inefficient study techniques. It draws upon research in neuroscience to scientifically analyze the best methods for both understanding and retaining information. I'd recommend Read More
Amazing! An absolutely essential course for anyone and everyone.

This course teaches how to learn and study effectively and helps you discard inefficient study techniques. It draws upon research in neuroscience to scientifically analyze the best methods for both understanding and retaining information.

I'd recommend this course to anyone who is involved in any academic field of study.
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2 years ago
Valter Paulo Mendonça Filho completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A Fantastic course to guide you in your studies. Barbara Oakley is a entertainer and thoughtful teacher and Terry Sejnowski is more a technical teacher but he only have short classes,so it isn't a great problem. I recommend this to all the ones who are experiencing problem with studies,are coming back to them or don't Read More
A Fantastic course to guide you in your studies. Barbara Oakley is a entertainer and thoughtful teacher and Terry Sejnowski is more a technical teacher but he only have short classes,so it isn't a great problem.

I recommend this to all the ones who are experiencing problem with studies,are coming back to them or don't know really what works and feel that your studies don't are fruitful.
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2 months ago
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Mark Jerusalem completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Brilliant course! Though I wished the quizzes incorporated (one of the learning tips in the course) interleaved distributed practice, e.g. testing week 2's material in week 3, etc. Also, the wrong answers in quizzes tended to be not tricky enough, i.e., someone who hasn't learned the material adequately could just do the quizzes and pass, since the wrong answers are obviously wrong.
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a year ago
Jonathan Churchman completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Great bite sized "chunks" of material, easy tho follow and understand. Plus I enjoyed the way in which it practised what it preached i.e. review and repetition at regular intervals. I now use Pomodoro at work to ensure I make regular focused progress on a number of competing priorities.

I've completed a few MOOCs but this was by far the easiest/most enjoyable to return to.
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2 years ago
Jarek Skrzypek completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
I had a great time taking this course - material is very well prepared and simple to digest. At the same time, I feel like it pinpointed a lot of mistakes in the way I learn. I also greatly recommend watching interviews, as there are great examples of theory explained in this course. Albeit this course is super short Read More
I had a great time taking this course - material is very well prepared and simple to digest. At the same time, I feel like it pinpointed a lot of mistakes in the way I learn.

I also greatly recommend watching interviews, as there are great examples of theory explained in this course.

Albeit this course is super short and easy, I think it is surprisingly beneficial. Give it a try!
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4 months ago
Terry Bu partially completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The nuggets of wisdom you can take away from this course are amazing. Once you apply all that you have learned from this class, you will be a learning powerhouse and will be able to learn new languages, new concepts and new skills in much more exciting ways. I fully endorse this course and give big thanks to the people who made this education possible. It's been enlightening.
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2 years ago
Obrian Johnson completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I really enjoyed taking this course! I was always unsatisfied with my methods and habits whenever I am trying to learn something new. I would cram the night before a test and end up forgetting everything the day after. I wanted to change these habits. Taking this course has given me a whole new insight to learning. And now, I'm a lot more confident in the way I learn.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent! Great presenters who explained everything in easy to understand (and remember) terms. I did this course to assist me with our child; a struggling learner, to ensure that I teach a good foundation to studying and learning with the latest information and understanding about how the brain works. I have recommended this course to many, just do it!
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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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Anonymous completed this course.
The audio and visual work effectively together to aid in the learning process. The course offers an easy-to-understand review of research to back up the suggestions for better learning techniques. Great blend of theory and hands-on. I started using what I learned from this course with my own students even before completing the course. Mission accomplished!
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11 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
So many insightful ways to help you learn anything. The additional videos and extended selection of readings take you even further. I really wish this was required for all junior high or high school students; it would encourage those who don't just 'pick up' new concepts and supply those who do with additional skills for those times when they will be challenged.
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2 years ago
Qz partially completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course was very informative. It provides practical tips that you can apply in your own studies to learn more effectively. It has breadth and depth. And I loved the interviews. Because this is a self-paced course, my advice is to take from this course what you believe is most useful and ignore the rest. And then you can always come back to it for more tips.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
One of the best, if not the best MOOCs for learning how to learn stuff, rather than just building up on past knowledge. My first complete course and the results are pretty phenomenal. Would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn stuff, that too in the most efficient way. Complement with Scott Young and you have the ultimate learning machine.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
It's a great course. I'm impressed by the content shared, and just as impressed by the content delivery. It puts in practice the learning principles the course teaches. The intermittent quizzes (both ungraded and graded ones) are very helpful in reinforcing learning - the recall and the testing principle in learning. Thanks lots, Barbara and Terry!
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Really worthwhile 4 week course; unlike some other courses, almost every single insight in the course is immediately useable. LHTL is a life skill,; if you think you may have missed out on the skill, do the course. even if you think you area good learner, i would be surprised if you didn't find something in it that wasn't worth the time commitment.
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9 months ago
Freddy Martínez completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I found this a really interesting course, I learnt several interesting concepts about how my brain works, as well as methods or strategies for improve my learning. With the knowledge I got in this course, I realized I actually was putting in practice some of the tips they recommend in this course for good learning, but, without knowing it.
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3 weeks ago
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Anthony completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very useful ideas are presented in a very simple and easily understandable way. I didn't complete the 'Honor's assignments' as I don't have the time available right now, but these would have been an excellent way to test and more deeply integrate the concepts that are taught. Overall a very pleasant and highly recommended course for everyone.
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2 years ago
Laura M completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This course was alright. I thought most of the techniques were simply common sense; however, there were some tips I did find useful, which makes the whole class worth it. This shouldn't take you very long and Dr Oakley is wonderful. She seems like the nicest person and I found her to be soothing and was great at explaining the material.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I found the course very interesting and learned quite some new things I did not know. I would suggest to introduce some practice in the program (optional, for reaching the "cum laude" score on the certification for instance) to push students a bit further and ensure certain techniques get grounded in our heads. Thanks a lot for sharing!
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I loved this course and think every high school and college kid should take it. Understanding how your brain acquires new information makes it possible to learn more efficiently and shed bad habits that often carry on into adulthood. As the parent of a high schooler, I'm also better positioned to give good advice on studying.
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a year ago
Frank Börnard audited this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Simply excellent, very engaging. This course had the biggest impact so far on my learning. Barbara is kind of an example to follow, the tips and tricks are easy to apply and powerful. The right amount of theory helps understanding what's going on. Do it - you won't regret it (says an otherwise very, very sceptic learner…)!
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a year ago
Elena Khafizova completed this course.
I would highly recommend this course for everyone who likes learning new things, but doesn't know how to organize himself and to deal with the procrastination. The course reveals how does our brain works so that we get the most out of studying. For those who is new in MOOCs I would recommend to start with this amazing course!
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2 years ago
Ken Knight completed this course.
I found this course well-paced and informative. As a psychotherapist working with adolescents in high school, the course information will help me work with them on procrastination, study habits, test taking, etc.. Professor Oakley was upbeat and inspiring. Well documented strategies and information sources. Well worth the time!!!!
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2 years ago
Farsan Rashid completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is the best course that I have completed on coursera. Instructor barbara is full of life and energetic. I am a computer science student and have completed several other courses related to my subject on different platforms (edx,udacity etc) and this is the only non technical course that I have taken and it was worth of it.
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a year ago
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Ana Knickerbocker partially completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Excellent course. I've completed my BS in Mathematics, but was feeling uncertain about my ability to complete a Masters. The techniques taught in this course are incredibly helpful, most of which I've been able to apply to my current job. I am now confident that I have the tools necessary to pursue any degree/career.

Thank you!
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Course was very informative, material was presented in a clear, easy to understand and humorous way. I will and already have started applying information learned to a real life situations.

I very much enjoyed Dr. Oakley's method of lecturing, mannerisms and tone of voice in pointing out key aspects during lectures.
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8 months ago
Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
If you only do one online course, this should be it!

If you plan to EVER do any study, you should do this course.

If you know someone who plans to study, either online or on campus, tell them about this course. (Yes, even school students.)

Of the 70 courses I have done online, this was one of the most useful and enjoyable.
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8 months ago
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Julie Weston completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I really enjoyed this course and highly recommend it. I learnt skills which are helping me to break a lot of barriers that I had constructed over the years! The videos are highly engaging and are presented in good size chunks! Seriously, take this course, even if you think you don't need to. Many thanks to the team.
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a year ago
Cate Loveland audited this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Loved this class! Got so many good ideas for learning. (I've taken up harp, and the music learning tips and referral resources are so helpful). I'm also learning Italian, and again great resources. Take this class, if you have things to learn, and it will make the process much more efficient and enjoyable .
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course really helped me gain confidence in learning and gave me valuable insight. Not only did it show me why my previous ways of learning were ineffective up until now, but it also armed me with some simple and easy techniques that are already paying off. I also really love Barbara's whimsy! Great course!
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6 months ago
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Amit Kumar Sarangi completed this course, spending 7 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It is a great course for people of all ages who want to learn new things or enhance their learning ability to master tough subjects. Great techniques for learning well explained with excellent lectures; and enough material to focus on with a good encouragement to apply the learning techniques. Thank you.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Very good class and very practical too. I learned many useful ways to improve my memory and learning. There are so many useful examples and interviews with people who became very good in their field with effort and perseverance, showing that everyone can become very good even without being geniuses.
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a year ago
Karen Huffman completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I think everyone should take this course. The instructors -- especially Barbara Oakley -- was a wonderful (and fun!) instructor. It's a great "first course" that helped me understanding how we learn, offered guidance to combat procrastination, and made me confident that I could tackle any subject.
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2 months ago
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Li Chai completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
First completed course! A very easy one. I want to focus on what neuroscientific facts can help me on future learning. Many of them I've heard before, but this course gives me a scientific understanding of how to boost learning process. I love the "chunking" and "procrastination" modules especially.
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2 weeks ago
Sneha Kamath completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
i wanted to start taking moocs and i thought the best place to start would be learning how to learn. The course was very interesting and gave a indepth way for learning. Really enjoyed Barbara Oakleys teaching methods and Terry Sejnowski's amazing neurology related clips..they were facinating.
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2 years ago
La audited this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This was a great course. I am learning Japanese through self-study and thought I would audit this class in hopes that it would help with retention of material learned. I am so glad I did because it has helped greatly! I wish I would have known what I know now when I was in college 20+ years ago!
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7 months ago
Charles Montgomery Burns completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is one of the best online courses I've taken to date and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to seriously learn on their own using MOOCs. The skills you learn from this course are applicable in any field and they're guaranteed to stay with you for the rest of your learning journey. Top toot!
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a year ago
Natalia Moiseenko completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I found this course to be well prepared and interesting. I was already familiar with the most "how", and now I also got some "why" on top. I recommend this course to those who would like to understand better the work of your memory and acquire knowledge on the best existing ways to study.
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2 years ago
Dd completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I would recommend 'Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects' to others. It has helped to understand my flaws and will help me in future. Terrence Sejnowski and Barbara Oakley are very knowledgeable tutors . The videos and tests are really helpful.
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2 years ago
Indu Nair completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Excellent course. Wonderfully structured with practical and easy-to-apply tools for effective learning. Useful for teachers and learners alike. Highly recommended. Special congrats to the instructors for being such great teachers! Really enjoyed this course. Thank you Barb and Terri :)
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a year ago
Tim completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Although I already completed my BA and MA, I still learned a lot from this course. Not only did it gave me new concrete tools for learning and confirmed tools for learning I was already using, it also gave me more theoretical understanding of why some thing work while others do not.
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2 years ago
Beatrice Rosetti completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Each segment is about 5 minutes. The main teaching professor, Barbara Oakley, is very knowledgeable and speaks very clearly. The course offers multiple ways to improve learning ability and its greatest strength is definitely a direct application of the material in its own videos.
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2 years ago
Yuliia Kuriata completed this course.
I would like to thank all the team of the course for great work they have done! I’m a teacher with thirteen years of experience but the course helped me to grasp a lot of new aspects concerning the process of learning. So, thank you so much from your Ukrainian student Yuliia!
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a year ago
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Alexis Dix completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
It is the first online course that I took on Coursera and it really opened my eyes. It revealed to me the fact that I had no idea how to learn. It helped me understand how to study as well as how to learn. Everyone should take this course before learning anything online or otherwise.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course provides a series of techniques to improve the pace, effectiveness, efficiency of your learning process, and your long term retention. Highly recommended for students of all ages. This course should be part of basic education from middle school to gtad school.

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10 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Dr. Oakley is a phenomenally excellent instructor. She even goes the extra mile and provides weekly emails after the course is completed. These emails provide links to do many informative topics from which I am learning so much. I am deeply appreciative of all her hard work.
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2 years ago
Ronny De Winter completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Excellent course for the largest possible audience. Life-long-learning is a necessity for today's knowledge workers. We all (should) spend a lot of time in our life on learning. This course helps tremendously in using this learning time efficiently, whatever your learning topics are.
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4 months ago
Dave Rawlings audited this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Lots of practical advice supporting by scientific explanations. Interviews with a number of academics, etc and further reading sources added value to the core of the course. It was also enjoyable. My only regret is not having done the course years ago. Highly recommended.
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9 months ago
Omar F. is taking this course right now, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This coursed reviewed a lot of neuroscience findings that I had learned about at a high level from books (Your Brain at Work, Brain Rules, etc.) plus more. It gave me many actionable insights to apply to how I learn, which I can apply in my career and live after college.
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a year ago
Peter Tran completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very interesting course. I learned a few things I'm hoping to make me a better learner. I plan to go back and read all the optional material and listen to the interviews of the successful people.

I'm going to make my 10th grade son take this course over the summer.
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2 years ago
Shamim Formoso completed this course.
Excellent tool for being smart about how to learn. I gained so many tips from reducing procrastination to sharpening memory to better ways for test taking to value of tests in learning to value of recall to difference between defuse learning and focused learning etc.
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10 months ago
Terri P completed this course.
What a great course! The information regarding chunking, and the Pomodora technique along with the breathing technique and of course rewarding yourself all make perfect sense and will help me go far in the lifelong learning I plan to do. Thank you Dr. Oakley, et al!
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I audited this course (because I could not afford the certificate) and found it very helpful. I wish I could have had its benefits 60 years ago! At 74, I know I would have retained so much more over my years of learning. My thanks to all involved, especially Barbara.

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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I loved this course. It is helping me a lot in learning. Though, its easier said than done. It takes lots of hard work and practice to get accustomed with those tactics and maintain efficiency. Its quite hard, but the practices mentioned in course are really helpful.
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2 years ago
Дина Зыкова completed this course.
The course is really great. It gave me insights about my memory works, about how handle the procrastination and how effectively take the tests. There are a lot of useful topics and tools which I have implemented immediately. Thanks to creators for a big work!
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2 years ago
Roos Mary Trujillo completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course teaches you techniques useful for improving the learning process but also gives you an insight of the scientific facts on which it is based. It shows a view of how the brain appropriates knowledge and makes it available for you at every moment
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a year ago
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Melinda Subri completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This is a perfect beginner course for anyone interested in improving their learning skills. The materials mentioned in the course are generally known, however the insight of the materials is what made this course such an excellent course. Highly recommended.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic course, completed in 2 weeks. Really took something away from this and looking forward to using the techniques discussed.

Bought Barbara's accompanying book and it is excellent, delves into this MOOC in a lot more detail, also well worth a look.
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2 years ago
Aarti Srivastava completed this course.
I realised that while we sometimes do know what is wrong, like a habit of procrastination, we don't necessarily know how to over-come it. Learning how to learn is a useful and interesting course to take to not only understand, but improve your brain activities.
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2 years ago
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Liv completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The best MOOC I've taken; the learnings are straight-forward and applicable for day-to-day life. Loved the two trainers; Barb's passion and enthusiasm is infectious and Terry's sincerity was clear (and his keenness for everyone to do more exercise!). Thank you
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2 years ago
Eva Korošec is taking this course right now.
Most helpfull advice on learning how to learn that will increase your motivation, efficiency and confidence in your knowledge. Presented are easy techniques that you would not think of yourself, but work, and more importantly, the science behind them.
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
The brevity and clarity of the videos is perfectly judged, the science immediately translatable into practice. Stories, analogies, metaphors and expert interviews make it crystal clear how our brains learn best. This course is outstanding.

Neil Bromiley
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a year ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I audited this course and found it to be very helpful. I wish I had been able to take it 60 years ago! Now 74, I know that I would have been able to retain far, far more had I had these helpful tips. My thanks to all involved, especially Barbara.

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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
As the title say, they give you powerful mental tools, it just all make sense, i really love this course and i think it should be shown in school and colleges, this will help me for me entire life of learning, gracias Barb, Terry y a todo el equipo! :)
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2 years ago
Karym Bentebbal partially completed this course.
This is my first MOOC learning experience and it is just amazing. I like Barbara's way of delivering the materials which makes it mostly enjoyable. I look forward to completing my certification and embark on a new learning journey. Bravo!
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3 months ago
Sien Sien completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very useful and wonderful course!!! The techniques and concepts they teach is just awesome! To help you understand how your mind work and help you to highly concentrate on what you are working on. Excellent. The two lecturers are cute xD.
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a year ago
Niki Papanikolaou completed this course.
Excellent way to undestand how we learn new things and the techniques that helps us to perform better, understand nad move on in our learning. Easy to understand the course and always interesting supporting material. I trully enjoyed taking it
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a year ago
Xindi Huang partially completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a wonderfully well-presented course with useful insights for learners of any field. There are tons of extra resources for those who want to dig deeper, and I love the Friday newsletters that make me feel like part of a community.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
It is an amazing course. This kind of information should actually be taught in high school. I would highly recommend this course, whether you are a fulltime student or just taking one course, no matter the subject you are interested in.
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3 months ago
Brendan Mckenna completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This course was extremely useful in helping me learn better! Leveraging new discoveries in neuroscience and psychology, the instructors tell you everything you need to know about how we learn and offer techniques to studying and understanding.
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2 months ago
Reshma completed this course and found the course difficulty to be easy.
wonderful course, each week you will be excited to know more.Anybody can do this course.You will start learning in a more efficient way.Dr Barbara Oakley is a very good instructor,she is very clear and simple in her teaching methods.

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a year ago
Toma Hentea completed this course, spending 5 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The course is very interesting: well organized, well paced and not stressful at all.

The subject matter is of great importance to anyone, be it young or old.

I highly recommend it. It will improve the life of everyone who takes it.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous partially completed this course.
A very important course no matter what stage of life you are at. I wish I learnt this during my school days. I really thank the creators of this wonderful video for helping to radically change my whole approach towards learning.
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7 months ago
Navaneeth Malingan completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
It is the basic course that everyone should try before taking up any other courses. It is simple and teaches up powerful mental techniques which you can apply in learning Science, Maths, Engineering and almost all. Happy Learning :)
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2 years ago
Chrysa Rokidou completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This very interesting course breaks down barriers you may have about your learning ability, and inspires you to keep learning for the rest of your life...

Great instructors who manage to combine scientific data with humor!

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10 months ago
Jesse Rico completed this course.
This is a great course that pays off in dividends. The ideas and tips you learn in this course can help you in so many ways in life. As a Professor, I use ideas I learned in this class on my students all the time, and it really helps.
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2 years ago
Cristiane Santos Martinelli completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This is a very helpful course for anybody that wants to increase the understanding of difficult topics. It teaches a lot of important information on how to use effectively the time and the mental tools available for learning.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
I gained so much from this course. I wish I did it when I was starting college, or high school for that matter. I have started my graduate program and have been using these techniques for my studies. They have been working superbly.
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a year ago
Jana Light completed this course.
Great course - interesting, short lectures, and skills that will last you a lifetime. Barbara Oakley is easy to listen to and she presents the material in a way that keeps you engaged. Do yourself a favour and take this course! ;)
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2 years ago
Iva audited this course.
Dear learners,

I'd like to say that the course "Learning How to Learn" is my favorite one I've ever attended. Mrs. Barbara is the great professor.Her pleasant voice and huge experience in teaching skills make this course enjoyable.

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2 months ago
Karine Romeni completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Great and exciting. My first MOOC was a success. The professors are interesting, passionate, competent. J'essaierai de suivre d'autres cours avec eux. Merci pour cette super formation dont j'utilise déjà les astuces.
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a year ago
Julio Ricardo Gomes Mota partially completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it.
O curso é excelente, tive um pouco de dificuldade com o inglês mas é bom pra treinar, enfim recomendo o curso a todos que são estudantes e professores pois nos possibilita melhorar nossas habilidades de aprendizado.
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2 years ago
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Naizhen Xia completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This course will help most people trying to learn difficult subjects. The course itself is easy to learn. The concepts are clearly explained and illustrated in the videos and the advices are practical and easy to follow.
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a year ago
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Anonymous partially completed this course.
Very different approach of LEarning are given, Which either I didn't pay any attention to or I never noticed. Great course to take. Don't take it as a course that you need to complete. Take it like you read a novel.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous partially completed this course.
I am mid flight in this course, I think its fabulous. The insights and understandings I am gaining continually assist me in acquiring and retaining knowledge for my professional field of endeavour. Time well spent.
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2 years ago
Kier Mitchel Pitogo completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course simply teaches you techniques on how to develop your learning process. The interviews from individuals, who are experts of their field, add up to first-hand knowledge that you cannot get elsewhere.
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2 years ago
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David Mcgill completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This was an excellent course and I would recommend this to anyone. I will be taking it again as it can be a lot of information that is useful and using the diffuse mode to understand would be beneficial. :)
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2 years ago
Dmytro Kostiuk completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Learning how to Learn is fantastic course!

I received a complex and systematic knowledge about effective technics of learning.

Course includes 4 weeks. Each week looking at some interesting and useful subject.
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a year ago
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Anonymous audited this course.
The course was very helpful. I wish I had been able to take it 60 years ago! I know, at age, 74, I would have retained so much more than I have. My thanks to all involved, especially Barbara.

Janice Walford

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a year ago
Ed Halifax partially completed this course.
Took course to improve teaching skills. Found first two sections helped. Somehow, I couldn't take much from the two final sections but I had a student who completed it amd his improvement was remarkably good.
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a year ago
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Anonymous audited this course.
The learning methods covered where good reminders of what I already knew and was not applying at the time and some new techniques that helped me to decrease procrastination and improve retention and recall.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Great course! Take it and you will really improve your learning abilities. It showed me the various mistakes I did while studying variousc subject and how to become more effective and efficient in my studies.
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2 years ago
Deanna completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The instructors are fantastic, and the topic is really interesting. I will be recommending this course to my college students. If it is helping me to deal with my procrastination, it should help them, too! :)
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2 weeks ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
This is a brilliant course. I came to realize and solidify my understanding of how my brain works as most oftenly the lecturers expressed in clear terms what I've already known from my own experience.
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a year ago
Jason completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very useful not just in academics but in daily life. Our brain does not come with a manual well this is the best way how to understand it. When we know how thing works, we can maximize the use of it.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Important clues to change your academic life... Barb and prof. Sejanoski teach all the circustances involving focusing, motivating and studying, it all in a very direct and easy talk. I really recommend
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12 months ago
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Anonymous completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
Amazing. I wished I knew all this when I was a student.

Still, as I'm currently starting to learn to code, this is all extremely useful.

This course is a must for people in all stages of life!
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a year ago
Gizelle Assaly completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
This class should be a must!! Ground zero before learning anything, we should learn HOW TO LEARN.

I apply teached and learned techniques for myself and for my 13 year old son.

Thank you.
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2 years ago
Arthur partially completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
You can learn the best way about learning after attend this course. There are a lot of technic about not only learning but also testing skills. And I guaranteed that it will change your life!
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a year ago
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Jean-marc Battesti completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very intersting and useful : how to get around procrastination, understand how your brain works, and what to do to get more "bang for your bucks", in terms of learning efforts and results.
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5 months ago
Kathleen Wright completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A phenomenal course on learning how to learn. I have taken it twice and will be taking it again because there's so much to digest and begin to learn to apply in my life and my teaching life.
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2 years ago
Ian Pitchford completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
I have four degrees, including a PhD, but still found this course tremendously interesting. The instructors are first-class and the material is stimulating and relevant throughout.
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8 months ago
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Margarida Patricio completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Very interesting and useful for anyone who wishes to learn new ways of studying. i will put somethings into practice. Amazing teachers, very charismatic. Thank you very much!
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
It is a great course that is relevant to everyone who has anything to do with learning. It has brought me closer to getting rid of procrastination. They practice what they preach.
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2 years ago
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James Porter completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Wonderful course. Underpins all your other learning and other courses. Well worth doing. Every hour spent becoming more efficient is many hours saved someplace else.
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2 years ago
Marta Serena completed this course.
I am addicted to courses MOOC especially to Coursera's MOOC. It's really difficult to choose what to study. But I think the course "Learn to learning" is a good beginning.
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2 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Course help me to manage my time better. It was wery well preperaed. I could understand everything and easily improve my learning skills after every lesson. Thank you
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2 years ago
Abiola completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Powerful mental tricks, also hep to really understand what's going inside the brain. And another perspective to learning helps give another approach to learning. Great work.
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2 years ago
Ivaneth Silva Pernalette is taking this course right now.
Excellent, very useful!

This course "Learning 2 learning" was a great choice, the teachers: Barb and Terrence are very professionals and all the material was so incredible
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