Active Self-directed Learning:

There are 3 courses in this track. The first is about pre-school learning and the target group is parents, mainly mothers.

Pre-natal, neo-natal and pre-school learning:

Session 1 : An overview of the child’s continuum of early development 

Session 2 : Pre-natal learning: the womb is also a classroom 

Session 3 : Cognitive development in year 1

Session 4 : Cognitive development in year 2

Session 5 : Cognitive development in year 3

Session 6 : Cognitive development in year 4

Session 7 : Cognitive development in year 5

Session 8 : How early should children be exposed to technology.?

Session 9 : Storytelling to children

Session 10 : Encouraging children to tell their own stories

Session 11 : Observing exceptional behaviour: learning disabilities

Session 12 : Indicators of giftedness :

Session 13 : Creativity and curiosity development 

Session 14 : Mathematical orientation 

Session 15 : Learning to read and then reading to learn 

Session 16 : Games and group activities

Session 17 : Singing, Painting and dancing

Session 18: Deferred gratification, Grit , perseverance and other values

Session 19 : How to choose a suitable school?

Session 20 : Supporting the child at home once schooling begins

The next course is to help students while at School, especially in their later years. We refer to them as Screenagers, who spend a lot of time on their computer or mobile phone screens. Of course people of all ages could be Screenagers.


Learning How to Learn for Screenagers: 

Who is a ‘screenager’ ?

Although it was used initially as a term used to describe teenagers who spend too much time in front of the screen computer, TV or mobile phones, it could reasonably be used to describe any person of any age who spends significant time on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram etc. 

But interestingly, these very time wasters can be put to very productive use and as aids for becoming an effective Lifelong learner. 

Themes of sessions:

Theme 1: Study Smart not hard 

1.1: About this course 

1.2: Make it stick : spaced repetition

1.3: Guiding principles: Barbara Oakley, Josh Kauffman, Richard Feynman, Scott Young

1.4: Overcoming procrastination: time management

1.5: What are your specific  barriers to learning and how to overcome them

Theme 2: Becoming a better learner

2.1: Illusions of learning

2.2: Computational Thinking

2.3: Building learning power

2.4: The significance of mindsets

2.5: A sound mind in a sound body 

Theme 3: Digital Learning

3.1: Learning from YouTube 

3.2: Learning from mobile Apps

3.3: Learning with WhatsApp 

3.4: Learning with Internet resources : Wikipedia …….

3.5: Learning from Social Media

Theme 4: Subject Specific Learning

4.1: Organisation of Knowledge: types, relationships, mind maps 

4.2: Memorising facts

4.3: Understanding concepts

4.4: Critical Thinking, logical fallacies

4.5: Learning something completely new


LHTL: Learning How to Learn


The new education policy 2019 draws attention to the importance of lifelong learning first in its very first page at the third paragraph :0.3. Indeed, with the quickly changing employment and global ecosystem, it is becoming increasingly important that children not only learn, but learn how to learn.
It is again mentioned in its para 4.5. “The key overall thrust of curriculum and pedagogy reform across all stages will be to move the education system towards real understanding and learning how to learn.”

Autonomous learners who know Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning will prosper and flourish bring glory to their families, Schools as well as the country.

As we enter the 3rd decade of the 21st century, there is a broad agreement that lifelong learning is becoming absolutely necessary for all, not only for those at School. In the traditional model of School, College or University and Professional education, a number of mandatory subjects are taught and assessed, resulting in a loss of self-learning power, a phenomenon referred to by Guy Claxton as “ taughtitis”. ( Please see this short video :

Standing on the shoulders of giants:

Isaac Newton ( in 1675) had famously said “ If I have  seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”. This program has been developed by building upon the insights of Nobel Prize winners Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman, Elinor Ostrom and the most recent trio of Abhijeet Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer. And many renowned educational thought leaders and cognitive scientists who are highly regarded for their contributions to the field. 

The features of the program: 

This program is designed to be delivered through WhatsApp and can be easily accessed from anywhere with a mobile phone. 
But for those situations where a face to face taught model is preferred, trained educators can fulfil the need. The schedule and duration of these sessions can be aligned to the specific requirements. To organise such a program at your School, College or University, please send an e-mail to :

This program has been scheduled  as a 20 day program that can be pursued over a month, as 5 days per week, a few hours per day over 4 weeks. It allows for the weekends to be used for catching up on any lag that may have occurred during the week, and practising or trying out some of the techniques that may have been shared during the week. 

For the month of January 2020, these days are : Monday 6th to Friday 10th; Monday 13th to Friday 17th; Monday 20th to Friday 24th and Monday 27th to Friday 31st.

I will make a number of scheduled posts between 8pm and 9pm every evening from Monday to Friday, and this being an a-synchronous mode of learning,  the learner is free to raise queries, seek clarification and make observations at any time. I will respond within a reasonable time. The posts will comprise brief text messages, images, PowerPoint slides, audio messages and videos ( both created and curated). A fair amount of engagement and interaction would happen, and learners will experience both personalised learning as well as peer and social learning. 

Sharing below the titles of the themes for each of the proposed 20 sessions. 

The details of the topics that are covered during each session will be 

Session 1: The criticality of Learning how to learn?

Session 2: The importance of becoming a lifelong learner

Session 3:  Attributes of a lifelong learner 

Session 4: Steps to become a lifelong learner 

Session 5: Learning with Apps and MOOCs

Session 6: Meta-cognition

Session 7: Learning from Literature

Session 8: A sound mind in a sound body

Session 9: How to ‘unlearn’ limiting mindsets 

Session 10: Developing Creative Intelligence

Session 11: Drawing up a learning strategy

Session 12: Enhancing your understanding

Session 13: Fallacies

Session 14: Reasoning

Session 15: When there is no teacher : resources for self-learning

Session 16: What Machine learning informs us about human learning ?

Session 17: Building Learning Power

Session 18: Ultralearning

Session 19: The AI powered Autonomous Learner ( AIPAL)

Session 20: Self-learning of various subjects

Detailed flow of the narratives of these sessions have been designed and will be made available to those who are interested and want to know more. 

Fee and other details:

The fee for this course is Rs 5000/- and can easily be remitted through PayTM to the following mobile number : 9810073724

Those who prefer to use remittance through a Bank, the details are :

Madan Mohan Pant

HDFC Bank, Unitech Cyber Park, Sector 39, Gurgaon 

A/c 26451000000301



(The account number is 26451 followed by six zeroes followed by 301)


Flow of the narratives of the sessions : 

  • Session 1: The criticality of learning how to learn?

Topic 1.1: What you know today is less important than what you can learn tomorrow: learning power

Topic 1.2: What is worth learning? Getting ‘hooked’ to learning ?

Topic 1.3: Why shallow learning is inadequate and only deep learning matters?

Topic 1.4: The important lifelong learning elements learnt in Kindergarten

Topic 1.5: The day you stop learning is the day you stop growing: choose learning over entertainment

  • Session 2: The importance of becoming a lifelong learner

Topic 2.1: Why lifelong learning is so important now?

Topic 2.2: Well known and successful lifelong learners 

Topic 2.3: Lifelong learning for career success

Topic 2.4: Maintenace, growth and shock learning

Topic 2.5: The do’s and don’ts of lifelong learning

  • Session 3: Attributes of a lifelong learner 

Topic 3.1: Knowng what to learn?

Topic 3.2: Expansion of the definition of learning

Topic 3.3: The characteristics of a lifelong learner

Topic 3.4: The journey to lifelong learning 

Topic 3.5: Grit : Passion and Perseverence

  • Session 4: Steps to become a lifelong learner 

Topic 4.1: Become a more curious person. Ask questions

Topic 4.2: The do’s for lifelong learning 

Topic 4.3: The don’ts for lifelong learning

Topic 4.4: Overcoming the barriers to your lifelong learning journey 

Topic 4.5: Improving your lifelong learning abilities ( skills)

  • Session 5: Learning with Apps and MOOCs

Topic 5.1: Learning with Apps

Topic 5.2: Learning with MOOCs

Topic 5.3: Learning to Learn English

Topic 5.4: Learning to Learn Maths

Topic 5.5: Learning to Learn Computing


  • Session 6: Meta-cognition

Topic 6.1: Why some people fail to learn? Can everyone learn

Topic 6.2: What is your learning disposition?

Topic 6.3: Overcoming Procrastination

Topic 6.4: Getting motivated/ hooked?

Topic 6.5: Pursuing mastery learning 

  • Session 7: Learning from Literature.

Topic 7.1: Poems

Topic 7.2:Stories

Topic 7.3:Essays

Topic 7.4:Biographies

Topic 7.5:Blogs

  • Session 8: A sound mind in a sound body

Topic 8.1:  The significance of diet

Topic 8.2:  Brain facts

Topic 8.3: The importance of exercise 

Topic 8.4: Adequate sleep and rest

Topic 8.5:  Mindfulness 

  • Session 9: How to ‘unlearn’ limiting mindsets 

Topic 9.1: Your most powerful limits were learned in childhood 

Topic 9.2: Toxic mindsets that lead to mediocrity

Topic 9.3: Forget mediocrity; pursue excellence

Topic 9.4: Stop underestimating your potential 

Topic 9.5: Don’t seek Security ; seek growth

  • Session 10: Developing  Creative Intelligence 

Topic 10.1: Creativity in an age of ubiquitous intelligent automation

Topic 10.2: Overcoming Creative Anxiety and other Barriers to Creativity 

Topic 10.3: Measures of Creativity 

Topic 10.4: Can Creativity be developed ?

Topic 10.5: The ‘competencies’ of creative Intelligence 


  • Session 11: Drawing up a learning strategy

Topic 11.1: Learning is not a spectator sport

Topic 11.2:focussed and diffused learning

Topic 11.3:deliberate practice

Topic 11.4:Chunking 

Topic 11.5: Illusions of learning 

  • Session 12: Enhancing  Your Understanding

Topic 12.1: Improved Reading Skills 

Topic 12.2: Creating mind maps

Topic 12.3: Threshold concepts

Topic 12.4: Infographics : learning from them and creating them

Topic 12.5: Expressing your understanding 

  • Session 13: Fallacies

Topic 13.1: What are Fallacies ?

Topic 13.2: Ergo hoc propter hoc

Topic 13.3: Ad hominem

Topic 13.4: Other Fallacies 

Topic 13.5: Protecting oneself against deception and frauds

  • Session 14:  Reasoning 

Topic 14.1: Types of Reasoning

Topic 14.2: What is Inductive Reasoning ?

Topic 14.3: Examples of Inductive Reasoning

Topic 14.4: What is Deductive Reasoning ?

Topic 14.5: Examples of Deductive Reasoning

  • Session  15: When there is no teacher 

Topic 15.1: Feynman technique for learning anything

Topic 15.2: Josh Kaufmann method to learn anything in 20 hours

Topic 15.3: Social learning

Topic 15.4: Using resources on the Internet

Topic 15.5: Using YouTube for learning 


  • Session 16: What Machine learning informs us about human learning?

Topic 16.1: Pedagogy, Andragogy and heutagogy 

Topic 16.2: Supervised learning 

Topic 16.3: Unsupervised learning

Topic 16.4: Reinforcement learning 

Topic 16.5: Transfer learning 

  • Session 17: Building Learning Power

Topic 17.1: What is learning power: its elements

Topic 17.2: The Learning Power equation

Topic 17.3: Cultures of Learning: Schools that Learn

Topic 17.4: Braided Learning 

Topic 17.5: Measuring Learning Power

  • Session 18: Ultralearning

Topic 18.1: Why ultra learning?

Topic 18.2: How to execute ultra learning?

Topic 18.3: Mistakes to avoid 

Topic 18.4: Preparation time and efforts

Topic 18.5: The joy of ultra learning 

  • Session 19: Leveraging AI to become a better learner

Topic 19.1: Using AI for better search

Topic 19.2: Using AI recommendation engines

Topic 19.3: Using speech to text converters and AI driven text analysis 

Topic 19.4: Using machine translation 

Topic 19.5: Using chatbots

  • Session 20: Self-learning of various subjects

Suggestions for the topics for this session will be sought from the members of the group, and one or more from those topics would be chosen to develop the self-learning strategy and path.


This may be modified to align more closely with the needs of specific learners.