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Are you new to the whole e-learning/m-learning/internet-based learning topic? Don’t know where and how to start? In this article, I will introduce you to the course that I think everyone should take no matter of one’s life and work experience. At first, I found this course accidentally, but later it occurred it is the most popular massive online open course on the internet. Let’s see why you should take it! Of course, this text contains only my reflections and opinions. I love this course and Barbara Oakley’s academic achievements.

What is it?

Learning How to Learn is an e-course available on Coursera which the main objective is to present a let to obtain a broad selection of learning techniques. The content of this course is based on research and scientific knowledge, which adds to its value and makes it a reliable source of knowledge.

How did I find it?

Now I’m thinking, how could I not found it sooner? My whole adventure started when I bought the book written by Barbara Oakley – “A Mind for Numbers.” I was looking for books, articles – basically everything about the mathematical reasoning and problem-solving in that area and why it has some magical aura for many people (I bet everyone knows someone who says: I’m just not talented when it comes to math; I’m more like the humanistic person – more into reading and writing, not numbers) and eventually found this fantastic book. Later I discovered this most popular online course – made by Barbara Oakley, an electrical engineer, and Terry Sejnowski, a neuroscientist. And what happened next was pure magic.

Why do I need that?

I made a short list of reasons you should take this course:

  • It will be an excellent base for future learning,
  • You can get to know something about your process of learning and yourself,
  • You’ll get to know many useful mental tools which will improve your cognitive abilities,
  • You’ll receive a fabulous newsletter every Friday (of course, if you agree to do that),
  • Ability to participate in a truly engaged community of learners.

Course review

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects is a course made at the University of California, Sandiego. The course is taught by Dr. Barbara Oakley with Dr. Terrence Sejnowski and consists of about 3 hours of video, 3 hours of exercises, 3 hours of bonus material. The whole content is divided into four weeks with five different quizzes.
Instructors have a rare skill of using a humorous and straightforward way to talk about important and complicated matters. For example, in this course, you’ll learn how to learn more efficiently and fight procrastination.
The course is translated to 19 different languages – including Polish and German (as of 9th of March, 2018), so you don’t have to fluent in English to participate. However, it is worth mentioning that all quizzes (and other activities like discussions) are only in English, so you have to use them at a certain level.

Course effects


That’s, of course, is up to you and your learning processes. But this is what you can get to know:

  • various learning techniques,
  • two learning modes and how it encapsulates information,
  • illusions of learning,
  • memory techniques,
  • dealing with procrastination,
  • practices are shown by research to be most effective in the learning process.

Why do I recommend that?

Besides, this course is highly effective; I strongly value scientific and research-proven knowledge. Worldwide known specialists in their fields make this course, so has an attractive form and is suitable for almost everyone.

Can I take this course for free?

Yes. It is possible to obtain access to the entire course content for free on Coursera. You only have to pay if you need/want a certificate. Here is a three-step instruction on how to sign up and learn for free.

  1. When you already have a Coursera account, find the “Learning How to Learn” course.Learning How to Learn - 1st step
  2. Click Enroll button.
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  3. Select Full course, no certificate option to sign up for free.
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My challenge

Don’t you know if it’s right for you? Try to sign up and complete the first week of this course. If you are not sure, have no motivation and so on – write to me and talk about it. You can do it here through my contact form. I hope that this course will change your view on learning and education.

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