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Arizona State University

Learning How To Learn for Youth

Arizona State University via Coursera


Based on one of the most popular open online courses 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!

Taught by

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


4.8 rating, based on 1,015 Class Central reviews

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  • I really loved how the instructors shortened their Learning how to learn video and made a concise yet perfect video with more self-help pdfs and tips.
    The instructors taught in such a way that even a kid would understand, how I wish I had learnt about it sooner, who ever reads this, do not waste your time anymore and start doing self-help courses, this is beginner friendly and only took 3-4 hours to complete, it took that much time because I wrote precious notes and advices from this course.
    I participated on all the optional feedback surveys too so if anyone joins in, that's be great too.
  • As someone who struggles a lot with studying and suffers from bad study habits, I find this course immensely helpful. This course is filled with tips that can assist me in learning more effectively and efficiently, and I want to give it a 10/10 in terms of content and delivery. All professors were beyond amazing, as they were able to discuss everything in a way that’s easy for everyone to understand. The lectures were also very fun; I really enjoyed the anecdotes that they used to supplement their lessons, as well as the silly little metaphors which really helped me in remembering the topics. I would love to learn from these professors again. Thank you so much!
  • A must-take for young/primary-secondary school-level learners of any inclinations as well as educators to help their students learn efficiently; to go further, consider taking the main Learning How To Learn course and Mindshift, also from the same instructors.
  • Learning mechanics explained, along with suggestions and tips.

    No matter if you are a student or not, this course will give you powerful tools to improve both your professional and personal life.
  • It is a great class modeled after the popular class from the team from ...' Learning how to learn '. This one is more targeted toward school kids. It is a nicely designed class and quite an entertaining and engaging instruction for children. I would recommend this class to all youths in the elementary to the middle school level. Nice if the teacher assigns the class for everyone to join and then everyone discusses and practices their new learning skills. It will be a lot of fun learning by practicing what they learn! Learning is fun with peers! :)
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    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 intere…
  • Anonymous
    As a self study student, I consider this course as a gift to me, I came across this course in coursera, I was curious and I clicked in, I am really grateful that I did, the learning strategies, implementation and analogy made by Professor Barbara Oa…
  • This is not very different from Learning How to Learn. I like this course. I just don't know the reason why this exists as an entirely different course.
  • Pat Bowden 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 peop…
  • Great Course! Learned a lot from Dr. Barbara Oakley by using new learning technique methods to be more effective while studying for exams or doing an assignment. I would highly recommend this course for all students as it shows detailed information about the procedure of how our brain works and what are some of the best ways to improve our thinking and learn more difficult topics and subject efficiently.
  • Anonymous
    This course really helped me a lot. I am a distracted person in general, that is I find it hard to focus on one topic at times however, as I began following the tricks taught in this course, I found myself to be more productive. The course pretty mu…
  • Anonymous
    I consider myself fortunate to have discovered this course through a YouTuber's recommendation while researching how to learn coding independently. The YouTuber emphasized the importance of effective learning and studying skills, as learning is a co…
  • Anonymous
    A revolutionary teaching course called "Learning How To Learn for Youth" provides young brains with crucial cognitive skills. Effective learning techniques like active recall, spaced repetition, and metacognition are introduced, giving students the…
  • Anonymous
    I am an overloaded student who has so many things to study within a short period because I work full-time jobs while I study. Fortunately, I found this course and the name 'Learning How to Learn' seems interesting and I chose the course. I really did enjoy with all three instructors. Their videos and the information and tips they shared highly effective to me and I am using them now. I can surely say that I am a little more convenient in learning and memorizing techniques. Moreover, the facts they gave me are easy to understand and follow. I am bored when the videos are too long, however; in this course, the videos length are convenient for me. I have no doubt that I will be a good learner with the strategies the instructors shared.
  • It's really an excellent, informative, and creative course to gain information and learn skills and techniques regarding being an expert to master the tough subjects.Moreover it's a splendid opportunity for educators' to become an expert as well.
  • Santa Jākobsone
    I am glad that I could learn useful things about the learning process. The teachers of the course talk about the functioning of our brain during the learning process in simple and understandable language, with visual examples, give valuable advice and introduce both beginners and experts in learning. This course definitely helps everyone to improve themselves. Gives an opportunity to engage in valuable discussions, as well as to read useful educational literature. I recommend this course to everyone who is looking for answers to questions about how to improve their memory, how to learn new things and not to give up halfway.
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    Đăng Phạm 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.
  • Anonymous
    Overall this course is a plus i would encourage any individual that wants to learn more on how the mind or brain works they should take this course it helps a great lot especially if youre a slow learner . it will help to expand your thinking .things that you dont know about brain link , metaphor ,analogy ,flexibility and persistent its all here in this course . it helps with every thing . long term memory locker .its usually not very handy . you have to walk down the hallyway. your memory is like a school bag . it is small and cant hold much. but its very handy . ot holds whatever youre working on at the moment
  • A very well planned course that is simple to follow and easy to understand. The instructors spoke clearly and explained concepts simply. Definitely one of the best courses any student or teacher should take up.
  • The science of learning, study tips, test prep strategies etc. are presented in a fun and engaging way. I wish the more 'adult' version of this course had this zaniness and simplicity too. Recommended for all ages :)

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