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Learning to learn.

If you spend all day teaching others but wonder how you can learn better yourself, don't give up! The most popular course on Coursera is Learning How to Learn, and it's aimed at adults like you.

The class is taught by Barbara Oakley, an engineering professor at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich., and Terrence Sejnowski, a neuroscientist at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies and with the University of California, San Diego.

Borrowing ideas from neuroscience, Oakley and Sejnowski have reached nearly 2 million students, most of those 25 to 44 years old and often career changers who are struggling to, well, learn how to learn again, according to an article in the New York Times.

There's a charge if you want to earn a certificate, but if you just want to learn how to learn, there is no fee.

Oakley and Sejnowski introduce strategies like chunking and the Pomodoro Technique (focus for 25 minutes before giving yourself a / reward), which work as well for adults as for 1 K-12 students.

Source: Schwartz, J. (2017, August 4). Learning to ( learn: You, too, can rewire your brain. The New York Times, edlife/learning-how-to-learn-barbara-oakley.html

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