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Flexible deadlines

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Approx. 12 hours to complete

Suggested: about 3 hours of video, 3 hours of exercises, 3 hours of bonus material...

English

Subtitles: Tamil, Arabic, French, Bengali, Ukrainian, Portuguese (European), Serbian, Chinese (Simplified), Greek, Italian, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Dutch, Estonian, German, Russian, Thai, English, Hebrew, Spanish, Romanian, Persian, Hungarian, Polish...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

What is Learning?

14 videos (Total 109 min), 4 readings, 3 quizzes
14 videos
Terrence Sejnowski and Barbara Oakley--Introduction to the Course Structure2m
Using the Focused and Diffuse Modes--Or, a Little Dali will do You4m
What is Learning?5m
A Procrastination Preview2m
Practice Makes Permanent6m
Introduction to Memory4m
The Importance of Sleep in Learning3m
Interview with Dr. Terrence Sejnowski14m
Summary video for Module 14m
Excitement About Whats Next! MaryAnne Nestor Gives Special Hints1m
Optional Interview with "Benny the Irish Polyglot" about Learning Languages19m
Optional Interview with Dr. Robert Bilder on Creativity and Problem Solving15m
Optional Interview with Writing Coach Daphne Gray-Grant18m
4 readings
Welcome and Course Information10m
Get to Know Your Classmates10m
Reading: Focused versus Diffuse Thinking
A Posting about Anxiety, Depression and PTSD from a learner in Learning How to learn
2 practice exercises
Introductory Quiz (Lots of fun and useful info!)30m
What is Learning?30m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Chunking

11 videos (Total 77 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
11 videos
What is a Chunk?6m
How to Form a Chunk - Part 15m
How to Form a Chunk - Part 27m
Illusions of Competence8m
What Motivates You?5m
The Value of a Library of Chunks5m
Overlearning, Choking, Einstellung, and Interleaving8m
Summary for Module 23m
Optional Interview with Dr. Norman Fortenberry - Learning at MIT10m
Optional Interview with Scott Young, a "Marco Polo" of Learning16m
1 reading
Reading: Chunking
3 practice exercises
Retrieval Practice30m
Retrieval Practice30m
Chunking30m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Procrastination and Memory

14 videos (Total 106 min), 1 reading, 4 quizzes
14 videos
Tackling Procrastination - It is Easier, and More Valuable, Than You Think6m
Zombies Everywhere3m
Surf is Up: Process Versus Product4m
Harnessing Your Zombies to Help You5m
Juggling Life and Learning5m
Summing Up Procrastination1m
Diving Deeper into Memory6m
What is Long Term Memory?5m
Creating Meaningful Groups and the Memory Palace Technique6m
Summing Up Memory3m
Optional Interview with 4 Time US Memory Champion Nelson Dellis23m
Optional Interview with Dr. Robert Gamache, an Award-winning Bilingual Scientist14m
Optional Interview with Keith Devlin from Stanford, the NPR "Math Guy"20m
1 reading
Reading: Procrastination and Memory
3 practice exercises
Retrieval Practice30m
Retrieval Practice30m
Procrastination and Memory30m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Renaissance Learning and Unlocking Your Potential

16 videos (Total 140 min), 3 readings, 3 quizzes
16 videos
Introduction to Renaissance Learning and Unlocking Your Potential1m
Create a Lively Visual Metaphor or Analogy3m
No Need for Genius Envy6m
Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life6m
The Value of Teamwork6m
A Test Checklist3m
Hard Start - Jump to Easy4m
Final Helpful Hints for Tests5m
Summary for Module 43m
Wrapup to the Course by Terrence Sejnowski and Barbara Oakley2m
Optional: Part 1: How NOT to Take a Test, Interview with Dr. Richard Felder and Dr. Rebecca Brent11m
Optional: Part 2: Learning Something New, Interview with Dr. Richard Felder and Dr. Rebecca Brent9m
Optional: Part 3: The Imposter Syndrome and Dealing with Procrastination, Interview with Dr. Richard Felder and Dr. Rebecca Brent9m
Optional: Writer John Maguire (readablewriting.com) on the Importance of Putting Objects in Your Writing20m
Optional Interview with William Craig Rice on learning in the humanities40m
3 readings
Please Rate this Course on Class Central10m
Reading: Renaissance Learning and Unlocking Your Potential
Farewell and Hello!1m
3 practice exercises
Retrieval Practice30m
Retrieval Practice30m
Final30m
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Top reviews from Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

By KGFeb 4th 2016

I specially like the optional interviews. These learning case studies are quite insightful and you might just find a something that you can relate to, which might help in the grand scheme of things :)

By ZLNov 23rd 2015

First MOOC that I can accomplish, even in my busiest days, because I'm motivated to learn the lessons taught in it and I like the teacher and class format (small videos and always repeating concepts).

Instructors

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Dr. Barbara Oakley

Ramón y Cajal Distinguished Scholar of Global Digital Learning, McMaster University
Professor of Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Oakland University
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Dr. Terrence Sejnowski

Francis Crick Professor at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Computational Neurobiology Laboratory

About McMaster University

Founded in 1887, McMaster University is committed to creativity, innovation, and excellence by inspiring critical thinking, personal growth, and a passion for learning. Ranked amongst the Top 100 universities in the world, McMaster pioneered a learner-centred, problem-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning that is now known worldwide as the “McMaster Model”. ...

About University of California San Diego

UC San Diego is an academic powerhouse and economic engine, recognized as one of the top 10 public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Innovation is central to who we are and what we do. Here, students learn that knowledge isn't just acquired in the classroom—life is their laboratory....

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