Brody MacLean


Learning How To Learn

Powerful mental tools to help you master tough subjects

After having heard this course recommended for so long, I finally started it.

Learning How to Learn provides practical advice on tackling daunting subjects and on beating procrastination, and the lessons engagingly blend neuroscience and common sense.

The course has been taken by more than 1.8 million students from 200 countries, the most ever on Coursera.

This is a collection of notes updated as I progress.

Week 1: What is Learning?

Brain Facts:

  • Cells of the nervous system are called neurons. Information from one neuron flows to another neuron across a synapse. Human brain has a million billion synapses.
  • Your brain creates synapses whenever you learn something new. Sleeping helps "update" your brain cells. Literally.
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