Learning How to Learn: Free Online Course from UCSD

UC San Diego is offering a free online course in August on “Learning How to Learn,” through the Coursera.org website.

Here is a brief outline of the course:

Week 1 – Introduction: Focused versus Diffuse Thinking (begins Aug 1)
Week 2 – Chunking (begins Aug 8)
Week 3 – Procrastination and Memory (begins Aug 15)
Week 4 – Renaissance Learning and Unlocking Your Potential (begins Aug 22)

By the end of the course, we expect you to be able to do the following:

Explain the difference between focused and diffuse modes of thinking. Be able to practically apply this knowledge to solve problems and understand concepts with less frustration.
Relate key techniques proven by research to help students learn most efficiently
Describe common illusions of learning, and explain how to most effectively help yourself to avoid these illusions.
Explain how working memory and long term memory differ from one another.
Explain what a chunk is, and how and why you can and should enhance your chunking skills.
Use metaphor, story, and visualization to allow pre-existing neural scaffolds to help in improving memory as well as to assist in learning more quickly and deeply
Apply proven and effective techniques dealing with procrastination.
Describe the most important aspects of proper test preparation.
Relate latest research findings explaining why sleep is so important in learning and memory.
Explain why multi-tasking (trying to do more than one task at the same time) makes it more difficult to grasp concepts.
Explain the importance of “mindset” in learning. Describe how some famous people in history defied all odds to go from failure to success through a change in their mindset.
Explain the advantages and disadvantages of working with other students in your studies.When would you want to work with other students? When would it be better to work alone?
As a consequence of your interactions with other students in this course, explain some of the commonalities and differences of learners from around the world.

Recommended Background
No background is necessary for this course, which is suitable for everyone from college and high school students to advanced professors in the social science, humanities, and STEM disciplines who wish to help their students learn better. __ More information

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