Sam O Sugiyama

B.A. Economics & Mathematics Ph.D. Economics Have been doing applied economic analysis since the early 1970s, applied risk analysis since the early 1980s. Taught Principles of Economics, Intermediate Economics, Applied Probability & Statistics, Applied Quantitative Methods, Econometrics at the college/university level as Instuctor/Assistant Professor, 1972-1992. Happily married 47 years with 2 adult children, both enjoying employment related to their education: (diagnostic medical sonographer (11 years); industrial & manufacturing engineer (6 years)) Practice Tai Chi & Qi Gong (20+ years) Love to learn one new ‘thing’ from each person contact each day.

Sam O Sugiyama
Portland, OR
Industrial Organization, Applied Probability & Statistics, History of Economic Thought, Intro to Open Economy Macroeconomics, Risk Analysis
Doctor of Philosophy

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

Written a year ago
The course was brilliantly done. From how a person receives input (sees it (visual), hears it (auditory), feels it/tries it/does it-hands-on (kinesthetic), to how a person perceives the input; the course describes in a very understandable way, how to harness the input by effectively using your ‘brain.’ Professors Oakley and Sejnowski describe how the brain works (focused mode & diffused mode; working memory and long-term memory; . . . ), and how anyone can improve their learning of anything—from very technical, to very artistic) by applying the techniques they present. (This is a very skeletal explanation. Take a peek at the course outline and contents. Be prepared to be energized!)

I downloaded all sections and reviewed them, outlined them, thought about them and used them, to re-energize me. I had hid an intellectual wall, and was basically stalled in neutral, stagnating.) I happened upon this course in the NY Times and was immediately curious. After diving in, I could not put the material down, but forced myself to take breaks to let my subconscious (diffuse mode) soak it in.

In closing, I have a Ph.D., in Economics, earned decades ago, have taught for over 20 years, and have consulted and taught on-site courses on risk and uncertainty assessment. This course has added a new set of skills I can use to more effectively present/teach and also learn.

I have recommended this course to friends, colleagues, students in high school, as well as parents who can enhance their children’s learning and excitement about learning.

Looking forward to taking more courses from these two outstanding teachers.

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