Learning How to Learn

A while back I wanted to dig deeper into a specific topic. I did what all of us do: I started reading some articles on the subject, watched a few presentations on YouTube, listened to some podcasts, and researched the books I should read. While I did get an overall picture of the topic, I struggled with the details, the inner workings. And I noticed that within a few weeks even the knowledge I did have, started to fade.

So, like any good nerd, I researched how to learn better. And I came across Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, an online course taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski, available on coursera.org.

I can tell you that the few hours I invested in this course (about 2-3 hours a week, for four weeks) gave me some invaluable insights. I was aware that reading or watching something is not actually learning. But understanding the processes that happen in the brain made a huge difference and helped me to start doing it right. For example, now I know that me bragging that I could study for an exam just the day before was wrong in more ways than just me being obnoxious.

So, if you have a couple of hours a week and are interested in learning better, take this course. You’ll thank me later ;-).

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