Learning how to learn
Dr. Barbara Oakley, an engineering professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, a neuroscientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, together with the University of California, San Diego, created a Learning How to Learn course on Coursera, which has been quoted "the most popular course of all time on Coursera" by the New York Times in August, 2017:
What is the course about?
The course teaches students how to use tools drawn from neuroscience to enhance learning. Dr. Oakley says she believes that just about anyone can train him/herself to learn. “Students may look at math, for example, and say, ‘I can’t figure this out — it must mean I’m really stupid!’ They don’t know how their brain works.”
She was not a diligent student when growing up. “I flunked my way through elementary, middle school and high school math and science,” she said. She joined the Army out of high school to help pay for college and received extensive training in Russian at the Defense Language Institute. Once out, she realized she would have a better career path with a technical degree (specifically, electrical engineering), and set out to tackle math and science, training herself to grind through technical subjects with many of the techniques of practice and repetition that she had used to let Russian vocabulary and declension soak in.
Watch her TED Talk produced independently by Oakland University and published in Aug, 2014:
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