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Arizona State University

Learning How To Learn for Youth

Arizona State University via Coursera


Based on one of the most popular open online courses in the world, this course gives you easy access to the learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. No matter what your current skill level, using these approaches can help you master new topics, change your thinking and improve your life.
This course explains:

* Why sometimes letting your mind wander is an important part of the learning process
* How to avoid "rut think" in order to think outside the box
* The value of metaphors in developing understanding
* A simple, yet powerful, way to stop procrastinating

If you’re already an expert, these strategies will turbocharge your learning, including test-taking tips and insights that will help you make the best use of your time on homework and problem sets.

We all have the tools to learn what might not seem to come naturally to us at first—the secret is to understand how the brain works so we can unlock its power.

Filled with animations, application questions, and exercises, this course makes learning easy and fun!


  • What is Learning?
    • In this module, we'll use metaphor and analogy to help you more easily understand key ideas about how your brain works. You will discover two modes of thinking—you can use these modes in different ways to improve your learning. We will also show you a powerful tool for tackling procrastination, give you some great memory tips, and point out why "sleeping on it" can be a good idea!
  • Tips to Build Your Memory
    • In this module, we explore the brain’s process for storing information in long-term memory in an easy to understand metaphor involving a school bag, a locker and an octopus. Then, we will talk about some of the best ways to access your brain’s most powerful long-term memory systems, like metaphor, recall, memory palace and rhyming.
  • Brain Links and Study Tips
    • In this module, we’re going to talk more about important ideas and techniques that will enhance your ability to learn. You’ll also discover how to avoid “information overload,” and how to recognize your own strengths. Fighter pilots and surgeons use checklists to help them with their critical duties—you can use a similar checklist to help you prepare for tests. Ultimately, you will learn more about the joys of living a life filled with learning!

Taught by

Dr. Barbara Oakley, Dr. Terrence Sejnowski and Greg Hammons


4.8 rating, based on 881 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at Coursera based on 2371 ratings

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  • A must-take for young/primary-secondary school-level learners of any inclinations as well as educators to help their students learn efficiently; to go further, consider taking the main Learning How To Learn course and Mindshift, also from the same instructors.
  • As someone who struggles a lot with studying and suffers from bad study habits, I find this course immensely helpful. This course is filled with tips that can assist me in learning more effectively and efficiently, and I want to give it a 10/10 in terms of content and delivery. All professors were beyond amazing, as they were able to discuss everything in a way that’s easy for everyone to understand. The lectures were also very fun; I really enjoyed the anecdotes that they used to supplement their lessons, as well as the silly little metaphors which really helped me in remembering the topics. I would love to learn from these professors again. Thank you so much!
  • It is a great class modeled after the popular class from the team from ...' Learning how to learn '. This one is more targeted toward school kids. It is a nicely designed class and quite an entertaining and engaging instruction for children. I would recommend this class to all youths in the elementary to the middle school level. Nice if the teacher assigns the class for everyone to join and then everyone discusses and practices their new learning skills. It will be a lot of fun learning by practicing what they learn! Learning is fun with peers! :)
  • This is not very different from Learning How to Learn. I like this course. I just don't know the reason why this exists as an entirely different course.
  • Learning mechanics explained, along with suggestions and tips.

    No matter if you are a student or not, this course will give you powerful tools to improve both your professional and personal life.
  • Anonymous
    (1) I really liked the format of how it was taught. It didn't feel like a lecture but more like a youtube video that I was watching for my enjoyment during my free time so it was not heavy at all. (2) I really liked how they incorporated visuals in order...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really appreciate your choice of topic, teaching methods, course outline, and the rich materials that you have been provided. In my point of view, this course is helpful for everyone, no matter in which stage or phase of learning journey we are, it is going to be helpful for school students, college students, teachers, mentors, and experts. Further, by consideration of lifelong learning, everyone needs some basic skills which were presented in the current course. Therefore, I strongly recommend the course to everyone whom are passion of learning and teaching, particularly pre-primary and primary school teachers, since the can share and practice the tips and skills with their students in their beginning of learning journeys.
  • Great Course! Learned a lot from Dr. Barbara Oakley by using new learning technique methods to be more effective while studying for exams or doing an assignment. I would highly recommend this course for all students as it shows detailed information about the procedure of how our brain works and what are some of the best ways to improve our thinking and learn more difficult topics and subject efficiently.
  • It's really an excellent, informative, and creative course to gain information and learn skills and techniques regarding being an expert to master the tough subjects.Moreover it's a splendid opportunity for educators' to become an expert as well.
  • A very well planned course that is simple to follow and easy to understand. The instructors spoke clearly and explained concepts simply. Definitely one of the best courses any student or teacher should take up.
  • The science of learning, study tips, test prep strategies etc. are presented in a fun and engaging way. I wish the more 'adult' version of this course had this zaniness and simplicity too. Recommended for all ages :)
  • This is one of the best MOOC out there, and in my opinion, one that every teenager should go through. It teaches more than you'll hope and leave you with an everlasting impression.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is a great course. I am a high school teacher and have completed the adult version of this course twice. I am recommending this new course to my students. It is certainly pitched at the right level for high school students and is equally interesting...
  • This course is a 5 star. It was easy to follow and helped me find tips to learn even further than my capabilities.
  • Pat Bowden completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.

    This course was just about perfect, with an upbeat style aimed at young people that can also be enjoyed by adults of any age. Engaging videos, enjoyable exercises, and thoughtful discussion topics were excellently presented. It introduces young people...
  • Anonymous
    The content in itself was already interesting and relevant to our life. The videos were not that long and were not that short either. All of the 3 instructors which was a professor, a neuroscientist and a motivational speaker were all credible and made the learning experience easier to understand. The videos were also very creative and lively so I did not get bored at all. They also provided mini quizzes that were also creative and helpful apart from the end modules that were provided at the end of each week. The modules were also not that long and the topics that were discussed were the only questions included in the said module. The course also provided pdfs and downloadables that can help us even after finishing the course.
  • Anonymous
    What I loved about this course was that it was easy to follow. Everything was straight to the point and the concepts were effectively discussed and explained thoroughly with the use of their learning strategies, such as the use of metaphors. The topics that were taught are helpful, not only in my studies as a university student but also in my personal development. In addition, the quizzes and tasks were doable in the said time. They were also helpful in assessing whether we had learned something or not. Furthermore, I like how they also provided PDF files or handouts on some of the topics. Those were truly helpful to make us effective learners. All in all, I would highly recommend this course to my peers. 
  • Anonymous
    THANK YOU! As always, I enjoy your courses it has so much insight and knowledge that allows me to improve my teaching styles. I have incorporated some of the things that I learned in my classroom today and passing along the information to my students to help them improve their testing skills and learning habits. I have always believed in the power of flash cards and its impact on learning and memory retention, and I have always encouraged my students to use them. I have also used the mnemonic device to help my student learn difficult concepts and I know it works and I use the mnemonic device with the flashcard which reinforce their learning, I will be signing up for any class that you post.
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  • Anonymous
    The course effectively delivered the outline of topics through video lectures, images, assessment tasks in the form of quizzes and flashcards, interactive discussion forums with other students enrolled in the course and PDF handouts. The course provided techniques and tips proven to be effective in learning new concepts and reorienting oneself with previously learned topics. Concepts were understandable and introduced in a manner easy enough to be grasped by students of different ages. The lessons included in the course were very relevant in discussing ways to effectively facilitate learning and how to properly carry this into one's practice or study life.

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