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What you'll get
- 4 hours of audio lessons
Proven strategies and techniques to improve your learning skills.
- Companion e-textbook
When listening isn’t an option, dig into this text-based PDF.
- Q&A with experts
Ask questions and get answers from the course experts.
Experts in this course
- Julia FurlanJulia is an independent podcasting consultant, podcast host, and professor at The New School. Most recently, Julia hosted a series of podcasts for NPR and before that she was the head of the BuzzFeed News PodSquad. She has an MA from NYU in Journalism and Latin American Studies and has written and produced audio for outlets like WNYC, Latino USA, and Slate.
- Josh KaufmanJosh Kaufman is the best-selling author of books on business, entrepreneurship, skill acquisition, productivity, creativity, applied psychology, and practical wisdom. The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast! is an international bestseller, and his TED talk on rapid skill acquisition has been viewed over 17 million times.
- Rachel WuDr. Rachel Wu is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Riverside. She recently received a 5-year CAREER award grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate the role of learning new skills on cognitive and functional growth in adulthood.
- Peter C. BrownPeter C. Brown is co-author of the best-selling book Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning from Harvard University Press. Brown is a novelist, non-fiction writer, and retired management consultant living in St. Paul, Minnesota.
- Dr. Fuschia SiroisDr. Fuschia Sirois is a Reader in Health and Social Psychology at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Her research centers on understanding how psychological factors and qualities related to managing emotions and behavior confer risk or resilience for physical health and well-being related outcomes. These factors include procrastination and perfectionism on the risk side, and self-compassion and gratitude on the resilience side.
- Brigid SchulteBrigid Schulte is a journalist, think tank director, speaker, and author of the New York Times best-selling book on time pressure, gender, and modern life, Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time. She was an award-winning journalist for The Washington Post and The Washington Post Magazine for nearly 17 years and now serves as the director of the Better Life Lab—the work-life, gender equality, and family-supportive social policy program at New America, a non-partisan think tank.
- Yänjaa WintersoulYänjaa Wintersoul is a world-record-holding memory champion and a multi-hyphenate entertainer. She’s the star of multiple documentaries, TV shows, and commercials—including Sweden's Got Talent, an IKEA ad in which she memorized the entire 328-page catalog in a week, and, most recently, Netflix's The Mind: Explained with Emma Stone.
- David FreedmanDavid J. Freedman, PhD, is Professor of Neurobiology and Chair of the Graduate Program in Computational Neuroscience at The University of Chicago, where he has been a faculty member since 2008. His research laboratory studies the neural circuit mechanisms of higher cognitive functions such as learning, memory, and decision making. His laboratory is also working to translate our understanding of biological brain circuits to artificial neural networks in order to advance novel approaches in the field of AI.
- James TurkJames Turk is CEO of The Turk Group, based in New York City. For the last 15 years, James has delivered training and coaching solutions in the areas of leadership development, sales, change management, and customer care. As an executive coach, James has partnered with leaders all over the world including from BuzzFeed, Spotify, and Nike.
- Debbie ReberDebbie Reber is a parenting activist, New York Times best-selling author, speaker, and the founder of TiLT Parenting—a top podcast, community, and educational resource for parents raising differently wired children. Her newest book is Differently Wired: The Parent’s Guide to Raising an Atypical Child with Confidence and Hope.
- Trynia KaufmanTrynia Kaufman, MS, is the Senior Manager of Editorial Research at Understood, a non-profit supporting people who learn and think differently. She discovered her passion for the education field while directing a college prep program targeted toward youth in foster care. This led her to become a special education teacher, and she now writes about education issues and presents nationwide at conferences.
- 01IntroductionMeet your host, Julia Furlan, and preview the lessons you’ll learn from our experts.
- 02Learning as an adultWhy you can learn new things at any age—and how to do it.
- 03Strategies for successful learningExplore techniques from cognitive psychology to make your learning stick.
- 04Learn fasterDiscover a proven method for learning almost anything in just 20 hours.
- 05Conquer procrastinationUnderstand why you procrastinate and how you can do it less.
- 06Fit learning into your scheduleHow to plan your practice to keep yourself accountable.
- 07Commit your learning to memoryLearn how to think like a memory champion.
- 08Develop a learning mindsetExplore learning and development strategies to help you emotionally prepare to learn.
- 09Learning and thinking differencesUnderstand how you can succeed (or support someone) with a learning or thinking difference.
- 10The future of learningWhat might change about the way we learn—and what won’t.