Most of us stumble into our personal collection of techniques for learning. Few of us find the optimal set on our own. This course shows how to build and maintain an optimized collection of techniques.
It isn't a course that simply rehashes what researchers have shown, although it is based on behavioral and biological studies. The videos take us through a system of practical steps -- focused work, stepping back, creating the complex objects that make thinking efficient making the best use of our working memory, and lots of techniques for ensuring that what we want to learn ends up in our long-term memory.
That's not to say that Learning How to Learn is a course about making your memory better; the mechanics of memory are a small part of the whole. The course is about something much larger: learning.
After years of getting by with a mind that comprehended things quickly, but shallowly, I have finally learned how to put my energy into learning deeply and thoroughly, thanks to Professors Oakley and Sejnowski and their course.