Course: Learning to Learn

Learning to Learn

  • Life Time Access
  • Certificate on Completion
  • Access on Android and iOS App
  • Self-Paced
About this Course

Welcome to this e-learning course developed and produced by Dr Neil Thompson and hosted by Simpliv. Neil is a well-published author in the people professions field, an international conference speaker and sought-after consultant.The overall aim of this course is to help you broaden and deepen your understanding of what is involved in learning, what can prevent it from happening and what you can do to maximize your learning.

Learning is part of everyday life and something we are very familiar with. But, that does not mean that we are making the most of the learning opportunities we encounter. Indeed, it is fair to say that, despite the emphasis on the importance of learning, relatively few people achieve optimal learning. This is because we can be so focused on getting our job done that we don't leave room for drawing out the learning from our daily experience.

This course has been developed to help you understand what is involved in learning, how learning can be blocked and what can be done to make sure that you learn as much as you reasonably can.

The course comprises a short introductory video followed by six main ‘lessons’, a concluding video and certificate of completion. It is best if you follow the course in the set order, as each lesson builds on the previous ones. From time to time you will be directed to your Module Companion E-book. You will need to download this from Lecture 2 and print it out. It will then be very useful for you (a) to take notes to consolidate your learning as you progress through the program; and (b) to undertake the exercises that are a core element of the course. Please ensure that you have a printed copy of the Module Companion E-book available before you commence Lesson 1.

The course is roughly equivalent to a full day's study, but can be completed in your own time and at your own pace; you don't have to complete it all in one go. Leave the course and come back to it whenever you like.

We very much hope you find this course not only interesting but also of practical benefit in maximizing your learning!

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in improving their ability to learn can benefit from this course. So, whatever your occupation or background, whether you are interested for personal or professional reasons, this course will have much to offer you.
Basic knowledge
  • There are no specific requirements for this course. All you need is an interest in, and a commitment to, getting the most out of the learning opportunities that come your way
What you will learn
  • By the end of this course you should be in a position to maximize your learning
  • In this course you will develop a better understanding of how learning works, how it can be blocked and how you can make the most of the learning opportunities you will encounter in future
Number of Lectures: 22
Total Duration: 03:20:32
  • Introductory video  

    This is a short introductory video that gives you an overview of the course. Watch this before you make a start on Lesson One.

  • Module Companion E-book - please print me out!  

    This is the Module Companion E-book that you will need to print out. It provides you with somewhere to take notes as you work your way through the course and also contains the exercises that are associated with the main learning materials. So, it is an important part of your learning experience to help you get as much out of the course as possible.

Lesson 1: Why is learning to learn so important?
  • Introduction  


  • Lesson1a: Can we improve our learning?  

    Can we improve our learning?

  • Lesson1b: Active learning  

    Active learning

  • Lesson1c: Professional expectations  

    Professional expectations

Lesson 2: How does learning happen?
  • Lesson2a: Learning processes  

    Learning processes

  • Lesson2b: Skill development  

    Skill development

  • Lesson2c: Theory and practice  

    Theory and practice

Lesson 3: Where does learning come from?
  • Lesson3a: Reflective practice  

    Reflective practice

  • Lesson3b: Other sources of learning  

    Other sources of learning

  • Lesson3c: Communities of learning  

    Communities of learning

Lesson 4: What approaches to learning are there?
  • Lesson4a: Learning styles and beyond  

    Learning styles and beyond

  • Lesson4b: Dimensions of learning  

    Dimensions of learning

  • Lesson4c: Self-directed learning  

    Self-directed learning

Lesson 5: What can get in the way of learning?
  • Lesson5a: Twenty obstacles to learning - Part one  

    Twenty obstacles to learning - Part one

  • Lesson5b: Obstacles to learning - Part two  

    Obstacles to learning - Part two

  • Lesson5c: The importance of support  

    The importance of support

Lesson 6: How can we make learning happen?
  • Lesson6a: Openness to learning  

    Openness to learning

  • Lesson6b: Capitalizing on opportunities  

    Capitalizing on opportunities

  • Lesson6c: Obstacles to learning - Part three  

    Obstacles to learning - Part three

End Matter 2 Lectures
  • Concluding video  

    Concluding video

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