Video: Effective Learning
Effective Learning Strategies
This video provides some helpful information about learning to help you be more successful in the program. There is sound, so please turn on your speakers or plug in headphones to listen to the narration.
To learn complex concepts, our brains need to focus then take regular breaks to process what we're learning. This is called the Pomodoro method, and it takes advantage of focused and diffuse modes of thinking. When you're studying:
- Work in half-hour chunks of time with 25 minutes of focused learning and 5 minutes of break away from the material
- After four chunks, take an extended 15-20 minute break, completely away from the material.
- There are many free timers you can install on your computer or smartphone to help with this. We use an app called "Tomighty”.
Suggested Weekly Schedule
We suggest the following rough schedule for the weekly modules, which may help you manage the pace:
Please recognize that it is very difficult for us to provide last-minute support. We try to respond as soon as possible, but if you anticipate that you're going to need extra help, it is better to arrange a time a day or two in advance, so that we can schedule around it. In an asynchronous online course, the instructors are not on-call. We are assisting dozens of students, so we rotate our work schedules to maximize our availability, and advanced booking appointments with us helps us manage our time and students' expectations.