Learning How To Learn: Taking a MOOC Coursera Class

A Journey Begins With A Single Step.

There are so many more steps ahead of me. At half a century through life, I’ve decided it’s time I do something with the rest of the time I have. Not that I’m dying or anything. I just feel like I haven’t accomplished as much as I’d like to – as much as I am capable of – so far.

It’s also time I do something for me. Not because I need to be an example to my kids. Because I have the time and need something to do because the kids are grown and gone, off living the lives I helped them prepare for. Now it’s my turn!

So I went to the local junior college website and registered for classes. Just the registration process alone had me frustrated and swearing at the computer screen. And it had me thinking, if this makes me frustrated, how will I get through an entire class?

Then I took a look at the practice placement test and realized, it’s been a long time since I’ve taken any kind of math. It dawned on me I might not be ready for this.

Looking back, I don’t now how I came across this class. I’d known about Coursera for a few years. I’d taken a class on nutrition a few years ago, to see how their system worked.

They’ve added courses, which is nice and many of them are still free to take and offer a paid version that awards a certificate of completion at the end of the course for use on a resume or LinkedIn profile.

Coursera is part of what’s called Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC for short. There are other online course offerings like edx.org and Udemy.com. Google: MOOC.

Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects.

I knew the instant I read the title, this was the course I needed. Here’s the link to the course.

I know I want to learn. I also know I don’t want to be frustrated in the process. My study habits were dismal at best because I was decades out of practice.

The four-week course is free and offers the certificate for a fee. The majority of the lessons are short videos, presented by Dr. Barbara Oakley. Dr. Oakley is engaging, entertaining and has a lot of information to share, all of which worked into a very interesting package. Watch for the short quiz at the end of some of the videos!

Week 1: What is Learning? Dr. Oakley discusses the ways we learn and the ways we learn best.

Week 2: Chunking. How to chunk and connect chunks. It’s not a gross as it might sound.

Week 3: Procrastination and Memory. Two things we all have issues with.

Week 4: Renaissance Learning and Unlocking Your Potential. How cool does this sound?

The class started two weeks ago, week 3 starts on Monday.

If you’re ready to learn something new and find yourself struggling and frustrated, I recommend taking four weeks to Learn How to Learn. It will save you a lot of time in the long run.

Nanci Arvizu, Writing and Reviews Editor

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