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Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects, McMaster University

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About this Course

This course gives you easy access to the invaluable learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines. We’ll learn about the how the brain uses two very different learning modes and how it encapsulates (“chunks”) information. We’ll also cover illusions of learning, memory techniques, dealing with procrastination, and best practices shown by research to be most effective in helping you master tough subjects. Using these approaches, no matter what your skill levels in topics you would like to master, you can change your thinking and change your life. If you’re already an expert, this peep under the mental hood will give you ideas for: turbocharging successful learning, including counter-intuitive test-taking tips and insights that will help you make the best use of your time on homework and problem sets. If you’re struggling, you’ll see a structured treasure trove of practical techniques that walk you through what you need to do to get on track. If you’ve ever wanted to become better at anything, this course will help serve as your guide. This course can be taken independent of, concurrent with, or prior to, its companion course, Mindshift. (Learning How to Learn is more learning focused, and Mindshift is more career focused.) To join the fully translated Portuguese version of the course, visit: To join the fully translated Spanish version of the course, visit: To join the fully translated Chinese version of the course, visit:

Top reviews


Aug 18, 2017

It was a wonderful journey of learning how to learn. Simple and effective. Wish i had come across something like this a little early in life. But better late than never. Keep up the good work. Thanks.


Feb 04, 2016

I specially like the optional interviews. These learning case studies are quite insightful and you might just find a something that you can relate to, which might help in the grand scheme of things :)

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By Alexandre Rudeau

Apr 24, 2019

Important lessons to learn in an optimal way. Many thanks for the work provided in such a helpful way.

By Jed Ibarra

Apr 23, 2019

You will learn a lot about the learning process and gain new skills to efficiently learn.

By Holger Schenk

Apr 23, 2019

It's awesome and i want to thank Dr. Oakley and Dr. Sinofsky for their effort, how i wish that this would be though early on in school so you understand your own behavior to certain situations much better.

By Michael Ashcroft

Apr 23, 2019

This is an exceptional course and can serve as a strong foundation for a lifetime of good learning habits. Despite having two university degrees I've still learned a lot about how I can upgrade my learning and work lives.

By Richmond Chris-Koka

Apr 23, 2019

This is an exceptional course I believe everyone should take. Not only those in academia, but also those in the industry as well. Well Done!

By Redouane Lemguered

Apr 23, 2019

I really liked the cours, i had many new informations and skills that will help me during my study lif, thank you so much for sharing this great knowledge.

thank you

By Treepop Wisanwanichthan

Apr 23, 2019

Very Nice and effective way to be a life-time learner.

By Jing Jenny Zhang

Apr 23, 2019

The course offers practical tips on improving learning efficiency such as memory techniques and combating procrastination.

By Aline Nanni

Apr 22, 2019


By Jo Kaspar Van Mierlo Cunia

Apr 22, 2019

Muy bueno el curso para explicar elementos claves sobre el aprendizaje y brindar sugerencias de mejorar el propio. Quizá realizar más actividades evaluativas en base a la propia experiencia como elemento de calificación, para conocer cómo uno lo viene aprendiendo en sí mismo.