Learning is an art and everyone has their own style. The ability to master your own learning style is vastly more important than trying to remember lots of facts and figures, because once you’ve mastered your learning style, you will always have the mental flexibility to learn new things.

One of the reasons why I decided to build my own education was so that I could pull apart the process of education and improve my overall effetiveness at learning new information. I also wanted to unlearn the narrow-minded beliefs and outdated learning approaches I had acquired from my traditional formal education. 

A resource that really epitomised the fresh approach to learning I wanted to utilise was the hugely popular MOOC, Learning How to Learn which, hence why I named this module after it. 

5 Courses

Learning how to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of California, San Diego

Started: 09/10/2014

Finished: 09/11/2014

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Learning to Dream: Education and Economic Mobility

Platform: Canvas

Institution: ExcelinEd

Started: 16/09/2016

Finished: 17/09/2016

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The Neuroscience of Learning

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 20/12/2017

Finished: 23/12/2017

 

Learning How to Increase Learner Engagement

Platform: LinkedIn

Institution: LinkedIn Learning

Started: 23/12/2017

Finished: 26/12/2017

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New Learning: Principles and Practices of Pedagogy

Platform: Coursera

Institution: University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign

Started: 31/08/2018

Finished: 01/09/2018

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2 Books

How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

Author: Benedict Carey

Publisher: Random House Audiobooks

Published: 2014

Started: 29/10/2018

Finished: 04/11/2018

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Reading, Writing and Arithmetic: Mastering the Three Rs of an Old-Fashioned Education

Author: Daniel Smith

Publisher: Michael O’Mara

Published: 2013

Started: 29/03/2019

Finished: 

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You can’t learn without memorizing, and if done right, you can’t memorize without learning. Memory needs to be taught as a skill in exactly the same way that flexibility and strength and stamina are taught to build up a person’s physical health and well being… Students need to learn how to learn. First you teach them how to learn, then you teach them what to learn.

Tony Buzan in Joshua Foer, Moonwalking with Einstein, 2012:195