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Online Course

Learning How To Learn for Youth

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Arizona State University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
  • Effort 4-5 hours a week
  • Duration 3 weeks long
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Overview

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

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!

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.

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 Based on 372 reviews

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Anonymous
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
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
Anonymous completed this course.
I really appreciate your choice of topic, teaching methods, course outline, and the rich materials that you have been provided. In my point of view, this course is helpful for everyone, no matter in which stage or phase of learning journey we are, it is going to be helpful for school students, college students, teachers, mentors, and experts. Further, by consideration of lifelong learning, everyone needs some basic skills which were presented in the current course. Therefore, I strongly recommend the course to everyone whom are passion of learning and teaching, particularly pre-primary and primary school teachers, since the can share and practice the tips and skills with their students in their beginning of learning journeys.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
As a teacher it has open a new approach to helping my students and encouraging them to take the course and apply it. I have also suggested the book to my coordinator and hopefully we will use it. Reviews are still pending.

I thank you all for the opportunity of taking this course and encouraging students all over that they can improve. I too had a hard time in school when I was very young and I think it is extremely important that we learn not only subjects and information, but actually how our brain works and how it can work better.

Thanks again.
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Anonymous
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
Anonymous completed this course.
Well, I am a hard reviewer that not every good thing make me review but guess what.

I did take that course for a reason which is to develop a skill that would help me to learn more and so become a successful person. My expectation was a decent course with so much to remember and study and the reality is... no.. The course is so awesome, powerful and simplified with metaphors, nice animations and easy teaching techniques that made not only make it hard to forget but so entertaining and so well made.
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Anonymous
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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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
This course was very interesting and teaches you a lot about techniques you should try in a test and those are very helpful. This course also teaches you some skills that you might not have learned a school but can come in useful at school and later on in your life. I would strongly recommend this course to my friends and anybody willing to take the time to complete it.
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Aisha F
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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Gaurav J
Gaurav completed this course.
Completed Learning How to Learn, building upon the foundation of barb's old book LH2L, this new yet to the point course is very much a refresher and interactive and creatively hone from the previous one. Love every second of this beautiful course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
It didn't really teach me any new techniques for studying but it did a very good job explaining why those techniques are useful and important. It moved a little slower than I think it needed to. The information was all easy to comprehend.
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Anonymous
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
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...
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Saloni P
Saloni completed this course.
I loved this course and especially the videos and the methods of teaching. I learn a lot in this course and the course is engaging and fun. Thank you so much for this knowledge...
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
really good class lots of thing to help you. also loved the videos so you don't need to read much. Also interesting facts about smart celebrities. it inspired me to work harder!!!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
A truly enriching course with lots of helpful material for students to be better at learning anything. The videos were interactive, and I personally loved the approach of using diverse metaphors to explain new concepts (the attentional octopus metaphor was my favourite!). There were also fun activities...
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Anonymous
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
Anonymous completed this course.
This course effectively helps me help my students become better learners by studying and practicing what is taught in it.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
A very nice, interactive, helpful and a must do course to boost up knowledge and become a great learner throughout the life.
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Sulaiman H
Sulaiman completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
The course is very fun because using a creative video performance and teach using methaphor or analogy, so it's made me not boring to watch the video and to studying. And the website system is very sophisticated, that have a part to "save the note," that can save the notes with the text & the picture...
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