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Become and Expert Learner
Being good at learning is an obvious benefit when you are a student. It also is a skill that will help you in life and in your career well after you leave Portland State. This page provides links to resources that will help you be a better learner.
Disclaimer: There are no shortcuts to learning. Real learning takes work. The information on this page is intended to help you use your study effort more effectively.
Learning How to learn
- Lecture slides on becoming an expert student
- Barbara Oakley's 10 Rules of Good and Bad Studying
- Read the Excerpt from "How to become a straight-A student" by Cal Newport. Scroll down the page to start at “Excerpt”.
- The Farnam Street blog also has a summary and list of references on what they call accelerated learning. These ideas apply to any subject that you commit to mastering.
- Barbara Oakley's TEDx talk on Learning How to Learn
- Brian Johnson's video summary of Cal Newport's book, "How to become a straight-A student"
Note: You can skip the last 1.5 minutes of the video which are an advertisement for an on-line course.
If and when you have more time, you may want to consult the following resources for more information on, and practice with, becoming an expert learner.
- Barbara Oakley's book, A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even if you flunked algebra)
This is the reference book for the Coursera course, Learning How to Learn
- Cal Newport's How to Become a Straight-A Student
The subtitle is The unconventional strategies real college students use to score high while studying less
- Ericsson and Pool, Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
This is a recent book that may be in paperback by the time you click the link.