Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Jul 1, 2016

10th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Exercise—Even More Research Reveals Its Power for Learning!

Here’s a wonderful article on very recent research revealing that “Exercising After a Task Improves Memory,” The key finding? “The people who exercised hours later had better recall and stronger and more clear activation in the areas of their brain associated with memory retrieval.“ Don’t forget to get your exercise today!

Overcoming Fears of Public Speaking

Learning How to Learner Sheetal Goel has long had a fear of public speaking. She loved the strategies of Learning How to Learn and used them to help improve her speaking abilities. She ended up joining Toastmasters, and talked about procrastination in her second speech for the organization. Kudos to this brave learner for taking the leap, working to overcoming her fears, and moving forward! (Here’s an article about overcoming fears while speaking in public.)

Are You with a Major Publisher or Online Provider? Would you like to handle Learning How to Learn for Kids?

Learning How to Learn is now the biggest, most popular MOOC in the world, with nearly 1.5 million students having enrolled from over 200 countries around the world. The enthusiasm and interest for the course has been exceptional. Along those lines, there has been a strong interest from parents and teachers in a junior version of this curriculum for kids and their teachers. If you are affiliated with a major publishing company or online provider and you would like to partner in producing a junior Learning How to Learn multimedia curriculum targeted for younger audiences, please contact our agent Rita Rosenkranz at

Left Brain – Right Brain

We’re sometimes asked about left brain-right brain issues in learning. This is an area where, as research has shown, real care must be taken. There is no such thing as a left brain or right brain type of person–after all, we use both sides of our brain for pretty much anything we do. However, there still are unquestionable differences in how the two hemispheres function, and it’s a fascinating area to read about. Two of our favorite books in this area are The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World, by psychiatrist and neurimaging researcher Iain McGilchrist; and The Alphabet Versus the Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image, by surgeon Leonard Schlain, (who also wrote the groundbreaking Art & Physics). All of these books are highly recommended—they will help you think much more broadly about how we learn!

That’s all for this week. Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

Barb, Terry, and the entire Learning How to Learn team

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