How do we define learning?
Learning is a blanket term. The dictionary definition states that learning is the acquisition of knowledge. We'll expand that. Learning is when you gain something new. By our definition, learning is when you understand a new mathematical theorem, figure out how to build a new building structure, or remember how to speak in Latin.
So how can you learn new things?
There's lots of research and differing opinions on how to learn best. How can people absorb information and learn new things? It takes memory, special teaching techniques, and other factors. We'll get into that in this course.
A lot of people believe that learning new things requires someone to learn using a particular learning style. In other words, they believe that people learn better if they learn in a certain way.
What are learning styles?
There are 3 main ones:
Visual learning style
Auditory learning style
Kinesthetic learning style
Visual learners prefer to learn with visual examples like pictures, graphs, or videos. They like written directions and need to visualize the lesson in their minds.
Auditory learners need sound to learn best. They like to read out loud and converse to understand a new idea. Hearing a lecture is preferable to reading an article.
Kinesthetic learners learn by doing. They like to touch things with their hands or incorporate movement into their lesson.
You've probably heard about these learning styles before. And you probably have a preference for a certain style.
But learning styles don't exist. Maybe you like to learn a certain way or are prone to remembering noise better than visuals, but these styles do not actually help you learn any better. Learning styles refer to senses that people remember well, like a sound or spelling, but not the meaning behind that sound or word.
Memory chunking and other techniques actually help you learn because learning requires understanding meaning.We'll teach you many of these methods in this course. (Feel free to scroll down to see an outline of what we cover!)
Ready to learn how to learn?
You're in the right place!
In order to learn how to learn, you need to know how learning works.
How much information can the brain hold onto at a time? Do we need reinforcement and repetition of what we learn? How important is memory? Does our prior knowledge affect what we continue to learn?
We'll answer these questions so you can learn how to learn! Once you know how you learn, it'll be easy to incorporate what your brain needs. And you'll learn like never before.
Rethink everything you knew about learning. These days research keeps uncovering new information about how our brains work, helping us develop and finetune new ways to learn, to unlock our potential, so we can learn more, faster, and better than ever before. And new technologies such as apps and podcasts are opening new horizons to learning, presenting information in ways never before possible.
This course will put all that information at your fingertips, and will present it simply, clearly, to the point, and effectively, so you can put it to work for you right away.
how to reevaluate your own learning habits, and how a few simple tweaks can significantly improve your performance at school, work, and overall.
about memory: what it is, how it works, and how to improve it so you can ace exams and improve your work performance.
about learning styles and different modes of thought, and how to use this information to improve the way you absorb, store, process, and use information
simply yet powerful techniques that you can add into your daily routine to change and improve your learning habits
Co-founder & CEO of Alpe Audio; Former Business Development Director & Venture Capitalist Manager
Introduction to Rethink Learning
Welcome! We'll introduce the changing job landscape and how learning is imperative to staying on top. And go through the overall course focus!
Join us, and become a lifelong learner.
Is it important to remember facts? Does having a wide body of knowledge make an impact on your future learning and cognitive abilities?
We'll learn about working memory and how its strengths and weakness affect how we learn.
We'll answer questions such as:
How many pieces of information can we focus on at one time?
How does working memory interact with long term memory?
How does prior knowledge benefit problem solving and new learning?
Thinking About Stories
What can Star Wars teach us about learning? One of the most powerful teaching and learning techniques is found in something that humans have been doing for millennia: telling stories. Stories are psychologically privileged material, as in, our brain prioritizes them in memory and attention. We simply love stories.
In this lesson, we'll learn about the 4 C's that make up a story: causality, conflict, complication, and character and how you can structure your learning around a story to improve memory and make learning more enjoyable.
Change Your Frame of Thought
How does learning work? How does memory function? How do these two common factors affect how we learn, and more importantly, how to learn better and in a more efficient and correct manner?
Let's change the way we think about memory and learning. Instead of sitting in class or in front of a screen, if we understand our memory and learning habits, we can change the way we learn and do it right.
Learning Styles & The Power of Audio
You might have heard about learning styles; that there are visual learners and audio learners, people who think analytically, and people who think holistically. Today, we'll explore this common (mis)conception.
We'll dive into the theory behind it, whether it's even true. Most importantly, you'll learn how you can leverage the theory to ace your learning. On the way, we'll discover the power of audio.
Memory Improvement Techniques
How can you actively memorize new information? Why are some things difficult to remember while others are easy?
You'll learn how to use Alpe's model of Meaning and Repetition to make the most of your memory. And we'll talk about two methods of applying Meaning to memory:
The Link Method
The First Letter Method
And two methods for Repetition: