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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!


  • 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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4.8 rating, based on 746 reviews

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you very much everyone. I am a curious person. I like to improve myself. The duration of the lessons was very short. In addition, I could not find the Turkish version of the book described in the lesson. Please have it translated as soon as possible :) These lessons encouraged me to learn English. I hope to meet the scientists in the video as soon as possible. Greetings and love from Ankara,Turkey.
  • 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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    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.
  • This is one of the best MOOC out there, and in my opinion, one that every teenager should go through. It teaches more than you'll hope and leave you with an everlasting impression.
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    Amazing course! This course is overall enjoyable, useful, and is taught and explained precisely well in a fun way to easily comprehend. The videos are short yet informative and efficient; Also, the rest of the material relates well to the lectures. I personally liked this course and their instructors :)
  • This course is a 5 star. It was easy to follow and helped me find tips to learn even further than my capabilities.
  • Anonymous
    This is a very useful course and very well delivered by the lecturers. The contents are clear and were made very interesting for new learners.

    There are many practical skills that can be easily apply in learning and they are not too complex to use.

  • Anonymous
    This course in one of amazing courses in coursera which i want to enroll in it when i have enogh time..this course helps me a lot and teaching me new thing about study i didn't knew it befor..thank you coursera thank you Arzona state university
  • Anonymous
    It is really very useful and helpful.

    I have learned many ways that helps me to learn better and remember the things that i learned.
  • Anonymous
    A good course ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Anonymous
    This is a great course. I am a graduate from India. I am recommending this course to my friends. It is certainly pitched at the right level for me. Well done and thank you. From a learning point of view, it certainly provides acknowledgement that many of the "traditional" approaches to learn 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 for a greater sense of control in both their academic and personal lives.

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