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Learning How To Learn for Youth

Arizona State University via Coursera

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Based on the most popular open online course in the world, this course gives you easy access to the learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. No matter what your current skill level, using these approaches can help you master new topics, change your thinking and improve your life.
This course explains:

* Why sometimes letting your mind wander is an important part of the learning process
* How to avoid "rut think" in order to think outside the box
* The value of metaphors in developing understanding
* A simple, yet powerful, way to stop procrastinating

If you’re already an expert, these strategies will turbocharge your learning, including test-taking tips and insights that will help you make the best use of your time on homework and problem sets.

We all have the tools to learn what might not seem to come naturally to us at first—the secret is to understand how the brain works so we can unlock its power.

Filled with animations, application questions, and exercises, this course makes learning easy and fun!

Syllabus

WEEK 1

What is Learning?

In this module, we'll use metaphor and analogy to help you more easily understand key ideas about how your brain works. You will discover two modes of thinking—you can use these modes in different ways to improve your learning. We will also show you a powerful tool for tackling procrastination, give you some great memory tips, and point out why "sleeping on it" can be a good idea!

 

WEEK 2

Tips to Build Your Memory

In this module, we explore the brain’s process for storing information in long-term memory in an easy to understand metaphor involving a school bag, a locker and an octopus. Then, we will talk about some of the best ways to access your brain’s most powerful long-term memory systems, like metaphor, recall, memory palace and rhyming.

 

WEEK 3

Brain Links and Study Tips

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 avoid “information overload,” and how to recognize your own strengths. 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!

 

 

 

Taught by

Dr. Barbara Oakley, Dr. Terrence Sejnowski and Greg Hammons

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Reviews for Coursera's Learning How To Learn for Youth
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a great course. I am a high school teacher and have completed the adult version of this course twice. I am recommending this new course to my students. It is certainly pitched at the right level for high school students and is equally interesting for adults. Well done. From a teaching point of view it certainly provides acknowledgement that many of the "traditional" approaches to teaching are beneficial for growing brain-links. I think it is so exciting to have some knowledge of how our brain works. I think this knowledge can set up our students for a greater sense of control in both their academic and personal lives.

Oh! and by the way, the best part of doing the adult version is receiving the "Cheery Friday Greetings" email. Thank you.
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Đăng P
5.0 3 months ago
Đăng completed this course.
Hello, i live in Vietnam and i am 30 years old, with me, learning a new thing is very difficult, but throught this course, with the explain clearly and easy understand of those tutors, I can easily to understand , follow and practice by myself. The lectures are fun by using metaphors and vivid images so me or any learner can easily following. This very helpful not for me but also good for each parents who want to teach their children at home.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I've taken the course two times now (although the first time I believe it was just "Learning How to Learn"). The course was basic and could be done relatively quickly.

Pros: Good anecdotes, examples, and analogies that show the applicability of the concepts.

The teaching staff was enthusiastic.

Good quality in videos, diagrams, course setup, etc.

Cons: Nothing really to advance.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I wish I have learned the learning techniques showing in this course when I was younger, so my study would be much easier. However, it is not too late, I will review the course videos a few more times and practice in a daily basic, to make sure I have mastered the techniques. Thank you Professor Barbara Oakley, Professor Terrence Sejnowski, Greg Hammons and Cousera.
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Aisha F
5.0 4 months ago
Aisha completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This course has really helped me learn about the brain and how to become better at learning. It also motivated me to do better in my classes now that I know the do's and dont's of learning.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a very helpful course.

Every video has its own unique learnung strategie that alone can booster learning a lot.

I advise everyone to take it right now.

Hell I couldnt resist finishing it in a single day.
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Pat B
4.0 3 months ago
by Pat completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
This course was just about perfect, with an upbeat style aimed at young people that can also be enjoyed by adults of any age. Engaging videos, enjoyable exercises, and thoughtful discussion topics were excellently presented. It introduces young people to many helpful learning techniques that will help them throughout their lives.

I did find one aspect of the course quite distracting, and in a course about learning, very irritating. The font used in the video slides used a combination of upper and lower case letters. For example, How to SuCCeeD in SChool Without SPenDing all YouR T…
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Really it`s a very good course, it helped and learned me a lot. I`m happy that i finished it, and i`ll follow all the information and strategies which i learnt in this course.
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Anonymous
3.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is fine for those who are having trouble with learning or are doing home school. to pass a quiz you need to get 80% or higher, maybe a bit of a let down because it's easy to get through with bit of trial and error, if they did fail they'll just put in the answers like "that sould be correct" and "this should not be correct" is just to easy for people who too stupid that when they fail a test they'll just the correct answers in, unless it's a blind person. also if you put in a answer at wrong spot they'll just fly back and, they must drag and drop into the spot until they get it right, and also, what's the point of making people of "think about the answer that is correct and click the plus to find out" like WHY, What's the point of making them of think about the anwser when they can just click on the plus straight away, i maybe a bit TRIGGERED about the course but still, i had a good time on the "Learning to Learn" course.
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Steven C
5.0 2 months ago
by Steven completed this course.
Although this is promoted as a somewhat simpler version of the popular MOOC "Learning How To Learn", I found the lectures, and particularly the examples and explanations much easier to understand and apply than those of the more detailed course. The use of all of the instructors in most of the videos instead of only having one in a particular video made the videos more interesting and memorable.

I HIGHLY recommend this course for ANYONE, but especially for ANY student, at any grade level from possibly third grade on up. Also take the original course too, for more details and references. But at a minimum, anyone who wants to learn more effectively should take this course NOW!
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Lenairko P
5.0 2 months ago
Lenairko completed this course.
My first acquaintance with Barbara Oakley and Terrence Sejnowski took place when I watched their course "Learning How to Learn". It excited and inspired me so much that seeing another course by them I had no doubts and took it at once. Amazingly explained and totally practical ideas that are invaluable when wishing to become a more effective learner or help your learners become more successful. Thank you, Barbara, Terrence and all your team, for sharing your knowledge and experience with us!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
First let me say that I am well beyond being a youth but, I have learned so much on this course with how to give yourself a chance to learn even when you are a slow learner. I always thought that there is no place in schools for a slow learner and now I have learned that there is more slow learners that make it to the top because they are a slow learner. Very good for me to know. This class is worth taking for all ages and especially if you are a slow learner.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Explained the mechanism learning well and in simple terms to help understand the inner workings. Gave solid suggestive ways to learn and retain material in long term memory. Provided solid successful test taking methods. This course helped me understand my way of learning and gave me insight into my weakness and strengths —- thank you very much to the three of you!!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Much of the information in this course I found to be quite intuitive. We are creatures who learn and we have been learning since time immemorial. This course just highlights the fundamentals of how we learn as well as the things we do that doesn't help as much as is commonly thought. It is good to have these ideas solidly in your head as you continue to learn.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course give me point how much I take my mind to crazy because I still study all time, but now I understand my mind and how I can learn with less tired and save what I have learn for a long time not just for my test. And I feel it help my time in work.

It is good idea for all of us because we don't have this information.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course is a good supplemental resource for the book, Learning How to Learn. I own and use this book, and this course helped me to develop a deeper understanding of how people learn. With the book and this course, I understand how I can approach new challenges with the confidence in knowing that I will be successful.
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Veena N
5.0 2 weeks ago
Veena completed this course.
I have completed all three courses on How to learn to Learn. I would strongly recommend it to all irrespective of age.Learning helps everybody and has lots of physical and mental benefits.The books are also good .We can learn these techniques and start practicing it at home itself.Highly recommended
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Alysson M
5.0 4 months ago
Alysson completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
It's a very helpful course that provides you with an overview of how your brain functions among many other interesting things. Doing this course you will learn how to improve your learning process and make your life better. I recommend it. Thanks Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski
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Paul W
5.0 4 weeks ago
by Paul completed this course.
Embedding these ideas into institutions that do little to support them currently could be a sea change in the education culture--transforming a conformist and relatively unproductive system into one that supports creativity, multi-field proficiency, better literacy, and the joy of learning.
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Fares K
5.0 2 months ago
by Fares completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
very interesting to follow for parents to help their children studying efficiently.

for young people the course encourage them to keep their mind open gto new opportunities, and never give up if the follow the example of the successful person in the videos.

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