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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.


Nov 06, 2016

Amazing course, I learned a lot of new techniques for self motivation, and effecient learning. Now, I feel more confident to take further steps in improving and developing myself. Thank you so much :)

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By Mohcine NAZRHAN

Feb 18, 2019

Great course

By Михаил Болтышев

Feb 18, 2019

Великолепный курс, Барбара спасибо большое.

Сейчас читаю твою книгу "Думай как математик"

By Dylan Cooper

Feb 18, 2019

A great course that allowed me to understand the back-end to our brains and how we learn. A must for anyone wanting to improve their learning and life

By Mohit Mandal

Feb 18, 2019

Very good course delivery and useful content. Useful for anyone who wants to improve their learning abilities.

By Kostiantyn Miziun

Feb 18, 2019

definitely recommend to my friends - it's very useful to know how brain operates when studying and preparing to tests

i am very thankful to Barbora and Terrence

By Sébastien Lavoie

Feb 18, 2019

This course contains invaluable information to help you succeed in life. The instructors back everything they say with lots of good and interesting references, which are available to consult at the end of each module.They presented some strategies for studying that were really useful, the best ones being "test yourself" (practice testing), distributed practice (space repetition) and interleaved practice.Students can also learn quite a bit about procrastination, memory, sleep, mindset, motivation, creativity, overlearning, chunking and other complementary resources that help you learn.I especially enjoyed the optional interviews at the end of a few modules! If you read every single reference mentioned (including books), you may end up spending well over four weeks learning from the material presented in that course. Otherwise, this can be done in a few days at most. Highly recommended!

By Dallas Ramsden

Feb 18, 2019

This course has provided me tactics, strategies, and skills that I use to become even more productive in my job and life.

By Maria Eugênia

Feb 17, 2019

Very good this course.

By Walter Chang

Feb 17, 2019

This course helped me identify the root of some of my procrastination and how might I be able to overcome it. I recommend it to everyone who is looking to pick up new skills or are struggling with their studies.

By 卢静

Feb 17, 2019

I learned a lot from this course and it opened the window of "how to learn" for me.