Learning How to Learn ?

Learning How to Learn?

Background :

Within two months of the chatGPT launch by OpenAI, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  said that self-learning through technology is an opportunity for today’s generation: https://lnkd.in/d9FJN9Jh

Press release from PMO dated: 20 JAN 2023 11:59AM by PIB Delhi

One thing most successful people have in common is the desire and skill to self-learn. It’s the modern way of learning, and it has proven to be very effective and convenient. Although self-learning hasn’t replaced the traditional ways of learning – yet, with the advancement of technology, it has become possible for most individuals. Nowadays, you can learn how to do anything with a mere YouTube tutorial, or learn an entirely new language with a single app.  And the recently introduced Generative AI Chatbots like chatGPT and Bard serve to accelerate this self-learning.

The NEP 2020 at para 4.6 states that its thrust will be to move the education system towards real understanding and ‘learning how to learn’ – and away from the culture of rote learning. 

Its goal will be to create holistic and well-rounded individuals equipped with key 21st-century skills. Self-Learning is perhaps the most important 21st Century Skill. 

Once a person has ‘learnt how to learn’ the person is on the way to become a self-learner. 

Robert Frost, the famous poet and Professor said “ I am not a teacher, I am an awakener”. 

And Richard Feynman in his famous “ Lectures on Physics” quoted Edward Gibbons “and the power of instruction is of little efficacy except in those fortunate dispositions, where it is almost superfluous”. 

The futurist Thomas Frey says “If we continue to insert a teacher between us and everything we need to learn, we cannot possibly learn fast enough to meet the demands of the future”.

Structure of the daily themes of a one month ( 4 weeks, each week from Monday to Friday) WhatsApp course on “ Learning how to learn”.

Week 1: Learning to learn: the most important 21st Century skill?

Monday: LHTL01: Drivers of self-learning: Examples of well known self-learners

Tuesday: LHTL02: What is worth learning ?

Wednesday: LHTL03: Mindsets and other barriers to self-learning

Thursday: LHTL04: Self-learning as a vaccine against ‘uselessness’ 

Friday: LHTL05: Range : Why generalists succeed ? David Epstein

Week 2: Attributes of a successful Learner

Monday: LHTL06: Motivation and Grit

Tuesday: LHTL07: Overcoming procrastination and efficient Time Management 

Wednesday: LHTL08: Learning Agility, Grit, Focus, Perseverance and Persistence

Thursday: LHTL09: Mind maps to enhance understanding

Friday: LHTL10: Questioneering: the skill of asking incisive questions

Week 3: Techniques to become a better Learner

Monday: LHTL11: Step by step learning techniques

Tuesday: LHTL12: Ultralearning

Wednesday: LHTL13: Social learning and individual learning

Thursday: LHTL14: Learning Power

Friday: LHTL15: Learning while you sleep

Week 4: The 21st Century Learner’s Toolkit

Monday: LHTL16: Learning with MOOCs

Tuesday: LHTL17: Duolingo and other AI powered apps

Wednesday: LHTL18: AI powered tools that facilitate learning

Thursday: LHTL19: ChatGPT for better learning 

Friday: LHTL20: Personalising your learning Toolkit

To know more, please send a WhatsApp message to Prof MM Pant at +919810073724