Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn! Sep 30, 2016

10th January 2017

Cheery Friday greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

A Great New Language Hacking Series!

As you all know, we’re great fans of Benny “The Irish Polyglot” Lewis—we love his insights into how to speed up, and keep up, your language learning. (You can find his bonus interview in our MOOC at the end of week 1.) Benny’s book Fluent in 3 Months tells the wonderful story of how he went from a loser in language learning to a world-class expert–and how you can follow in his footsteps.

Now Benny has written four books to help you quickly get started speaking in a new language. Check out the following brand new guides—we’ve had a chance to look at them, and they’re really good.

Barb at McMaster University

Barb will be giving the opening keynote at the Learning Technologies Symposium 2016, at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario on October 18. She’ll speak on how we learn at 9:30 am (featuring highlights from the MOOC—and more), and then give a talk called “Lessons from a Basement Studio” at 1:30 pm, which is a no-holds-barred description of how to make a MOOC. Her final talk of the day will be at 3:30 pm on women, STEM, and broadening your passions. There will be many other worthwhile talks—this is a super symposium you don’t want to miss if you live in Ontario, Michigan, or New York State. Barb hopes to see you there!

Class Central Career Guides

Our friends at Class Central have just published their first guide to help you quickly figure out which online course is right for you. Their first guide, The Best Intro to Programming Courses for Data Science is the first part in a six-piece series that recommends the best MOOCs for launching yourself into the data science industry. Check it out!

A Udemy Course by A Learning How to Learner

And speaking of online courses related to programming, here is an interesting course developed by Learning How to Learner Sylvain Leroux: “Yes I know the Bash & Linux command line tools! Learn the foundations & develop the core skills on real-world examples.”

Sylvain has a very pleasant French accent to his English—as you grow used to it, you’ll see that he uses the same approach we use in Learning How to Learn to convey ideas through metaphors and humor. If you’d like to know a little bit about Sylvain’s back story, you can read about it here.

Video Games Improve Reading and Math

Here’s an intriguing article about a “brain warm up” game that was developed at Yale University. The computer-based system improves student performance in reading and math. As Dr. Bruce Wexler notes: “The program increases focus, self-control, and memory—cognitive skills essential for learning.”

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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