Learning how to learn

Hello! i took this course from coursera with title same as of this blog and inorder to retain what i learnt from this course, would like to keyboard down here. Enjoy and see it this helps you to learn new things.

Often it occurred to me that whatever i learnt with either interest or need to learn anything new, it fades away with time, once you are not in touch with it or changed to other daily activities. So here are some tips to understand how your brain works when learning and help you to learn new things in science or mathematics or other abstract subjects, with some tools, techniques to over come behaviors like procrastination.

It’s quite common to get stuck on a problem–often because you have initial ideas about what the solution should be that block your ability to see the real solution. so how do we solve such situations? Moreover if the subject is too complicated to understand but you need to learn it due some academic or profession need, then how do you focus to achieve it?

Answer lies in some of the below methods……

  • diffuse or focus: It has helped many great scientists like thomas alva to do “diffuse” thinking compared to “focus” thinking. In focus thinking our brain forms patterns which are constrained in a limited space and generally not helpful to retain information, since the learning content might be very much abstract. However diffuse thinking can help to process the new information by creating, broader spatial patterns in brain. Jogging, taking bath, holding key (rest – wake up with a drop) and sleeping are some of the ways to do diffuse thinking.
  • Pomodoro technique: Focus on learning for 25 mins with utmost attention and then reward yourself by taking a break like having coffee/ listening to music/whatever you like to do in short time say in 5-10 mins. Continue this process to learn further with breaks and this is a classical way to resolve procrastination.
  • Memory retention: Sometimes sleeping over a problem repeatedly leads to a solution. Rather than learning all the new material / content in 1 day, learn over many days and repeat the process of learning (summary) to move the new knowledge from “working memory” to ” Long term memory”. Sleeping helps in removing some of the toxins in brain and removes less important memories. Hence resting and sleeping is good for long term memory retention. This is possible because with sleep, metabolic toxins are removed and strong neuron structures are formed with stable structures in long term memory.

Did you know:

For many years the scientific view of the brain was that once our brain was mature the neurons we had could be strengthened with learning but new neurons couldn’t develop as we aged. A lot of people still believe this is true, which creates a pretty bleak outlook as they get older. But now scientists have better methods of watching the brain in action and they can see that our brains develop new neurons while we sleep, when we surround ourselves with stimulating environments and people – and when we exercise! Interestingly, even if we don’t have a stimulating environment exercise still assists our brains in growing new neurons.

More to come … TBC …….. Chunks


“Learning How to Learn: Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects” from https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-how-to-learn/home/


The content is written in my own words but there could be few sentences which resemble closely to course content but i am sharing this to get more people to enroll in this course, which is helping has helped me a lot and know things well to learn new or tough subjects. Therefore the intent is not plagiarism but to promote the course / help people.

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