Online Course : Learning How to Learn

Time is the most valuable commodity we have, and if you maximize your learning approach, you can grow faster, feel more comfortable jumping into new topics, or even revisit subjects that gave you trouble in the past only to find them clearer than ever now.

Learning How to Learn can be taken independently, but there’s also a companion course, Mindshift, that focuses on learning in careers.

How the class is structured

Coursera courses have recorded video lectures and accompanying readings, practice exercises, and short quizzes. This particular course is broken down into four weeks:

  • What is Learning? 
  • Chunking
  • Procrastination and Memory
  • Renaissance Learning and Unlocking Your Potential

Each section is about four hours, so the full course takes about 15 hours to complete in its entirety. There aren’t any set deadlines, though, so you can go at your own pace. 

You can also join discussion forums — general discussions, study groups, FAQs, and forums focusing on each of the four weekly lessons in particular — if you want a deeper learning experience.

Unsurprisingly, Learning How to Learn is structured in a way that embodies the very efficient learning techniques it teaches you. For example, you’ll see chunking — or, “compact packages of information that your mind can easily access” in the section that teaches chunking, where students learn what a chunk is and how to form one through accompanying exercises. 

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Learning How to Learn also has subtitles available in a dozen languages — Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Dutch, Polish, Vietnamese, and others .

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What to expect

The course follows both a conceptual and actionable structure. Students gain a broad knowledge in the science of learning, such as the relationship between procrastination, memory, and sleep. They also get practical advice for learning information efficiently, like the Pomodoro Technique; counter-intuitive test-taking tips; and how to avoid procrastination without exerting tons of willpower.


The course is free to audit (and you’ll have access to all the course materials), but you can pay $49 to earn a certificate of completion to add to your CV or resume or share on LinkedIn. Financial aid for the certificate is also available.


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