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Learning is a skill, hence we must engage in "learning to learn." Fortunately, there are now many excellent resources on how to learn.

As an introduction to the psychology and practice of learning, I recommend +Stephen Chew on Learning. Watching these videos is is the best 30 minutes you can invest in learning. (Also available as slides.)

  1. Beliefs That Make You Fail... Or Succeed
  2. What Students Should Know About How People Learn
  3. Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning
  4. Putting Principles for Learning into Practice
  5. I Blew the Exam, Now What?

There's also some great books on the topic. Brown et al.'s Make it stick: The Science of Successful Learning is engaging, fascinating, and very useful. Dave Ellis' Becoming A Master Student is engaging and comprehensive and I appreciate the online complement. However, for more focused (and inexpensive) reading I highly recommend Cal Newport's How to Win at College (advice is broken into 75 short tips) and How to Become a Straight-A Student (covering study basics, quizzes and exams, and essays and papers). I also read his blog Study Hacks.

I've also documented some learning best practices for my students.


The Craft of +Reading
+Making Sense of Concepts
+Note taking


Achieving +Balance in Discussion
Some Thoughts on +Presenting


+Choosing a Topic
+Writing Class Essays
+Writing Responses
Writing Feedback: Rubric and Composition (slides)

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