Cheery Friday Greetings from Learning How to Learn Sep 4, 2016

8th January 2017

Cheery Friday Greetings to our Learning How to Learners!

Lots of things happening in learning! First, Barb did a fun podcast for Jordan Harbinger’s show The Art of Charm. Jordan is a great guy, and his show is one of the most popular on the web, with hundreds of thousands of listeners. Find out why by listening to our podcast.

An Inspirational Story

We want to tell you about Rafa Hernández, a 48-year-old Spanish man who is beginning to study physics and math. Rafa has read A Mind for Numbers and follows Learning How to Learn on Coursera–they’ve been very helpful for him. He notes:

“I have ADHD and severe focusing difficulties. I need to change my habits and design a new strategy to deal with this disability. Until I took Learning How to Learn, I tried to solve my cognitive problems by intensifying my focus efforts with more time. But this approach only caused a great deal of anxiety for me. I grew exhausted from studying the same material over and over again to try to learn it. Now, I’ve stepped back and become more structured about my learning time and the time I spend not consciously learning. It’s been terrifically helpful!”

Rafa has designed a wonderful daily planner template to help him schedule his daily tasks. You can find the template here. Notice how incredibly creative Rafa has been in creating this very useful planner, despite (perhaps because of!) his learning challenges. Download the template and enjoy! (And yes, we donated towards Rafa’s educational fund.)

Strong Science behind Learning

Recently, Barb was in Milano Italy at the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society conference, learning about the latest breakthroughs in technology and how they can help us better understand how the brain functions. Wonderful stuff! She wrote an article for the EMBS magazine, Pulse, about how bioengineering and related scientific and technical disciplines are helping to advance our understanding of learning.

Fun Learning!

To close out summer with Labor Day weekend, our friend Nelson Dellis, four time memory champion, just filmed a video of him memorizing a deck of cards while holding his breath under water. Wow! And while you’re watching, don’t forget to take part in Dart Neuroscience’s extreme memory challenge! Dart Neuroscience is doing their part for humanity, to help improve our understanding of memory. By taking this test, you can play a role in helping scientists do research.

Have a happy week in Learning How to Learn!

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

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