MOC - Learning How to Learn
Course: Learning how to learn by Dr. Barbara Oakley, Dr. Terrence Sejnowski Course claim: Learn more effectively and with less frustration I attended this course in 05/2023
Week 1 - Focused and Diffuse Thinking
Week 1 - Course Notes Focused and Diffuse Thinking
- Focused thinking is like a spotlight, where we concentrate on a specific task or idea.
- Diffuse thinking is like a relaxed state where our minds can wander and make connections between different ideas.
- Using both modes of thinking can help us learn more effectively.
- Switching between focused and diffuse thinking can help overcome mental blocks.
- Taking breaks and engaging in physical activity can help stimulate diffuse thinking.
Week 2 - Procrastination and Memory
Week 2 - Course Notes - Procrastination and Memory
- Procrastination is often caused by fear of failure or discomfort.
- Techniques like the Pomodoro technique or the “just get started” approach can help overcome procrastination.
- Sleep is crucial for memory consolidation.
- Taking breaks during study sessions can improve learning.
- Visual aids like mind maps or diagrams can help with chunking.
Week 3 - Memory and Recall
Week 3 - Course Notes - Memory and Recall
- Memory is improved through repetition and active recall.
- The Feynman technique involves explaining a concept in simple terms as if we were teaching it to someone else.
- Spaced repetition can improve memory retention.
- Mnemonic devices can help with memorization.
- Memory is context-dependent.
Week 4 - Sleep and Learning
Week 4 - Course Notes - Sleep and Learning
- Sleep is crucial for learning and memory consolidation.
- Getting enough sleep and taking breaks during study sessions can improve learning.
- Avoiding caffeine and other stimulants before bedtime can improve sleep quality.
- Napping can help improve learning and memory.
- Blue light from electronic devices can disrupt sleep.