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Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

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Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Spanish

Skills you will gain

Learning To LearnLifelong LearningPomodoro TechniqueMeta Learning

Learner Career Outcomes

39%

started a new career after completing these courses

35%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Beginner Level

Approx. 11 hours to complete

Suggested: Two hours of study per week, for four weeks....

English

Subtitles: English, Vietnamese, Spanish

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Change IS possible

13 videos (Total 71 min), 2 quizzes
13 videos
1-2 The Value of Being a Slow Learner4m
1-3 From Passive to Active7m
1-4 The Value of Your Past6m
1-5 Mastery Learning6m
1-6 Focused Versus Diffuse – Furthering Your Understanding6m
1-7 Should You Listen to Music When You're Studying?1m
1-8 Learning Something Hard? The Coffee Shop Trick5m
1-9 Your environment affects who you are6m
1-10 The Changing World – Matching Aspirations with Opportunity6m
1-11 Natural Passions, Career Choice, and Gender4m
1-12 Week 1 Wrap Up2m
Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #16m
1 practice exercise
Week 130m
Week
2
2 hours to complete

Getting Deeper into Happy Learning

14 videos (Total 86 min), 1 quiz
14 videos
2-2 The Value of a Poor Memory6m
2-3 Meditation and Mindfulness – What to Look for4m
2-4 The Pomodoro Technique as Working Meditation7m
2-5 Getting Past Procrastination7m
2-6 The Value of Procedural Fluency and Deliberate Practice6m
2-7 Bad Grades and Barb's Hands – The Value of Mental Tricks3m
2-8 Learning to Reframe – Put a Label on It!8m
2-9 Integrate All Your Senses Into Learning – The Pitfalls of "Learning Styles"3m
2-10 Can You Try to Learn Too Much?3m
2-11 Your Social Brain5m
2-12 Week 2 Wrap Up4m
Optional Bonus Video: Interview with Singapore Entrepreneur Adam Khoo20m
Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #24m
1 practice exercise
Week 230m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Learning and Careers

13 videos (Total 65 min), 2 quizzes
13 videos
3-2 Passion and Work Part 13m
3-3 Passion and Work Part 25m
3-4 Passion and Work Part 36m
3-5 Mindshifting – What to Do in the Face of Opposition6m
3-6 General Competence versus Selective Ignorance2m
3-7 The Value of Feeling Like an Imposter2m
3-8 Avoiding Career Ruts and Surviving Career Catastrophes4m
3-9 Bad Traits as Best Traits3m
3-10 The Intelligence of Emotions6m
3-11 Week 3 Wrap Up3m
Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #39m
Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #4 Remembering Names & Faces9m
1 practice exercise
Week 330m
Week
4
2 hours to complete

Adopting a Learning Lifestyle

13 videos (Total 72 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
13 videos
4-2 Why Should You Keep Learning?5m
4-3 MOOC Tips Part 1 – How to Get the Most from MOOCs3m
4-4 Dirty Little Secrets of Traditional vs Massive Online Teaching4m
4-5 A Visit to Barb's Basement: The Secret Sauce of Learning How to Learn5m
4-6 MOOC Tips Part 2 – Looking More Deeply Into Quality Learning4m
4-7 Mentors in Your Life5m
4-8 Read, Read, Read3m
4-9 Surviving in the New Information Economy5m
4-10 Week 4 Wrap Up3m
4-11 Finale: Discovering Your Hidden Potential4m
Optional Bonus Video: Nelson Dellis Memory Tips #5 Language Learning11m
Memory Tips: Nelson Dellis on How to Memorize a Speech or a Script13m
1 reading
Please Rate this Course on Class Central5m
1 practice exercise
Final Examination50m
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Top reviews from Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

By TMFeb 12th 2018

I really enjoyed the first course, Learn 2Learn. The female professor is great but the boring old guy should have been kicked out of the course, as he do not provide anything of value for the course.

By SNJan 18th 2018

Thank you Barbara. It was really enjoyable trip with you in this course. I have found many new learning techniques. Your positive behavior was very encouraging for me to begin a new list of my life!

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
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M.S. Orlando Trejo

Assistant Professor
Department of Electronics and Circuits, Universidad Simón Bolívar

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”. ...

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