Learning How to Learn
1.540 days ago - January 29, 2015

Today I’ve finished another Coursera course, called Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects.


The material was developed by professor Dr. Barbara Oakley, with participation of Dr. Terrence Sejnowski. She explain, in a quick 4 weeks course, how our brain works to learn new things.

Dr. Barbara Oakley and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski

We could learn how to differentiate both thinking methods: Focus and Diffuse, where Diffuse has a very important part in our learning process and creativity.

For Memory Recording, practice makes permanent fixes in our brain, been such more valuable to study everyday, than want to study all in the same day.

We could understand the importance of sleeping for the learning process, when toxins are removed from our neuroniums.

She give us a concept of “chunks” of memories, that are important parts to create a completed method of do something. These chunks of informations will be the main part to create new habits, where with them, we don’t need to spend energy about how we should do them. They’re automatic. We don’t need to use our focused manner.

To avoid the Procrastination, we could develop a system with rewards to boring activitie. One option explained by Barbara, tell us to focus on the Process of some activity (like, spend 20 minutes working) and not in the Product (complete a working task). Your attention should be focused on the building process. The Product creates the imaginary pain that causes you to procrastinate, the Process don’t.

At last week, we learned to use Metaphors and Analogies, helping to seal abstract concepts.

This course took me 7h20, to watch Video Lectures.