How to Learn Math: For Students

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Stanford Lagunita offers a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments. We also offer an array of free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide. We foster collaboration with other education organizations by sharing course material, data-driven research, and source code for enhancements to our open-source platform Stanford Lagunita. We continually experiment to improve what we do throu...
Stanford Lagunita offers a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of the University’s schools and departments. We also offer an array of free online courses taught by Stanford faculty to lifelong learners worldwide. We foster collaboration with other education organizations by sharing course material, data-driven research, and source code for enhancements to our open-source platform Stanford Lagunita. We continually experiment to improve what we do through creative use of technology, and we share what we learn with the rest of the world.

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How to Learn Math is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.

The course will feature Jo and a team of undergraduates, as well as videos of math in action - in dance, juggling, snowflakes, soccer and many other applications. It is designed with a pedagogy of active engagem...

How to Learn Math is a free self-paced class for learners of all levels of mathematics. It combines really important information on the brain and learning with new evidence on the best ways to approach and learn math effectively. Many people have had negative experiences with math, and end up disliking math or failing. This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.

The course will feature Jo and a team of undergraduates, as well as videos of math in action - in dance, juggling, snowflakes, soccer and many other applications. It is designed with a pedagogy of active engagement. The course will open in mid June and stay open indefinitely.

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8/10 starsCompleted
  • 4 reviews
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3 years, 6 months ago
This course is kind of a mini-MOOC. I completed it in a day with ease. There are virtually no exercises or assignments but only short video lectures. That being said, I think that a student will probably pick up some beneficial ideas from this course. This course is quite similar to the Learning How To Learn MOOC provided by Barbara Oakley. It highlights the importance of number flexibility, thinking about the big picture, collaborative learning, using mathematical reasoning, looking for patterns and preferring understanding over memorization. Some of the traditional myths regarding math are also said to wrong. However, I didn't like the frivolity in this course and the poor presentation of evidence by the student instructors.
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2 years, 7 months ago
Mathematical talent is highly hereditable. Math ability and IQ are so strongly correlated that they are virtually interchangeable. That's a fact, proven by large twin studies und scientifically undisputed to an extent that it's absolutely inexcusable for a professor to deny this, no matter how likeable she appears apart from that. Other aspect I found annoying was the childish tone of the professor, which is inappropriate when addressing adults or even teenagers/youth, who don't want to be treated like childs. Contrary to my math affinity as an adult, in school I myself had worst grades in math because due to private/family problems I was unconcentrated and rarely followed the lessons and instead got used to minimalistic but highly intense self-study only shortly before the exams. That strategy worked well in subjects with less hierarchically structured content but totally failed in math, especially as our math school books were a... Mathematical talent is highly hereditable. Math ability and IQ are so strongly correlated that they are virtually interchangeable. That's a fact, proven by large twin studies und scientifically undisputed to an extent that it's absolutely inexcusable for a professor to deny this, no matter how likeable she appears apart from that. Other aspect I found annoying was the childish tone of the professor, which is inappropriate when addressing adults or even teenagers/youth, who don't want to be treated like childs. Contrary to my math affinity as an adult, in school I myself had worst grades in math because due to private/family problems I was unconcentrated and rarely followed the lessons and instead got used to minimalistic but highly intense self-study only shortly before the exams. That strategy worked well in subjects with less hierarchically structured content but totally failed in math, especially as our math school books were almost useless for self-study. And I hated math for that reason. The major problem that causes many gifted students to fail in math is it's strong hierarchical nature. Students have to pay attention much much more continuously and disciplined than in other subjects. To bring up this discipline is often very difficult for children and youth due to various reasons. Reality is far more complicated than suggested in this course. Some students surely fail in math due to bad teaching, but others fail due to non-biological causes on which neither a teacher nor the student has any influence whatsoever (e.g. student distracted because of puberty-related problems, problems with paying attention, family problems,...) and others fail simply due to biological reasons, that is their innate neurological limits to understand math. Like it or not, there are many students with little innate math ability (and affinity) and they have a quite sharp predefined limit as to how fast and how far they can learn math. Good teaching can activate the genetic potential but never exceed it. Want to know how to learn or teach math? Look out for exemplary self-study material. There are many old gems out there. Have a look at W.W. Sawyers "What is calculus about?" It was written more than half a century ago but it's an outstanding gem of mathematical teaching with a focus on real intuition instead of todays style of mechanically learning boring step-by-tep techniques and formulas. I recommend it for students and teachers equally.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 8 months ago
i thought everything is good,i loved t really help me. The videos really help me to to see it and hear it, and learning new things about math and the brain.like the taxi driver one about how is really big and not like other peoples.
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1/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 10 months ago
I am extremely disappointed by this course. It has blatant misinformation (for example, re: natural math ability and intelligence) and teaches things in a way that misrepresent how to do math correctly. I had heard good things about it, but I have had to go back to the people who recommended it to straighten out their facts. I clearly would not recommend this course to anyone!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
The course and Prof Boaler are the pinnacle of what mathematics education and educators strive to be! The material engaged my mind, provoked questions, and transformed me and my classroom. Thank you!
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
I personally thought that it was fascinating and very helpful. And it is something I use everyday now. I strongly recommend taking the course. Because it is something everyone should get to learn about.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
Although I finish all my math duties at the University, I was really curious about this course. I really enjoyed the course, and learned some new cool stuff in a fun way. I Highly recommend it to students and parents - I enjoyed math before, and I really love it now
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
I think that this mocc was fun and interesting. This program helped me with my learning and thinking. I personally really liked this program. The instructors voice was clear and their explaning was easy to understand so I really liked it.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
The content was wonderful and very positive about math. The instructors were great but some didn't speak up loud enough. The provider is wonderful and very good expert at math. I personally loved the Stanford course!
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3 years, 10 months ago
I found this interesting to watch and I liked this course a lot. I feel better in math now that I watched this, because there's lot of good content that will help people, I would recommend this to any student that's having trouble in math. I liked how some students helped in the making of this video, I also liked that they involved real world questions, and for the people that are wondering if they should do it or not, I would recommend this to them and also It's not 100% math, it's really how you feel about math, that's why I liked this Stanford course and it made me want to go to Stanford because of the math course, Thanks Jo Boaler for making me feel better in math. :-)
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3 years, 10 months ago
I liked the information in this online course. This taught me new math strategies that I can use in my future. The instructors helped me understand more about math. I would recommend this course to anyone that cares about math.
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7/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
There all pretty good. The content okay but a little cheesy. The provider was just fine. The instructors were just fine. But again a little cheesy and some stuff you said was a little repetitive.
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4/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
The content was a little random because it teaches different things everytime, the instructor(s) were good for me, but it got confused some times, and the website structure was perfect and easy to understand
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3 years, 10 months ago
I loved the curse it was so fun, and the growth mindset part helped me with my reading and all subjects. Thank you these corses helped me a lot. I still listen and do your curses. You your a big inspiration to me and thanks for that.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
I thought the content of this course was informing and made me re-think about how I thought about math. The information they gave me in the videos did not help me so much in one math study, but helped me overall in my math curriculum. The course taught me differently than I had anticipated it would. I enjoyed hearing the instructors as well. They were not all math teachers, but students who actually made the videos fun to watch. They delivered the content in a creative and interesting way. Overall, I think the Stanford Math Course helped me a lot in how I thought of a simple math problem.
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7/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
I mostly enjoyed taking this course. It was nice how the instructors were enthusiastic and engaging, and I enjoyed the content provided. The content taught me new things about the idea of math and how there is no such thing as a "math person". The one thing I wish is that we did more actual math, like exploring different strategies, and looking at the different ways people think of math. Also, the website it was run through was somewhat difficult to use. We had trouble logging in, and sometimes, the videos and excercises we had to do wouldn't load. If you make another course, I think you should test it rigorously before launching it, or just run it though another site. But even though there were some difficulties with this course, I still enjoyed it, and would do it again.
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8/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
I thought that this was a great online course! It taught me multiple life lessons about math that I can use now and in the future. The instructor used great examples to support her thinking. This course provided lots of evidence and asked many great questions for me to answer.
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6/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
The actual course of loving to learn math was slightly boring and quiet repetitive. The instructors where friendly and spoke like you where actually in front of them but it felt like the whole thing was crafted for six year olds. It didn't really change my outlook on math ( I love math ) but that's probably because I don't hate math but enjoy it. I think the course was repetitive because they kept saying " Math is fun!" And " Math is not just for geniuses " those sentences will not change my idea about math because there just so simple! The course provider was easy to navigate but I had a lot of technical difficulties.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
As an 8-year-old who thought I was not as good in math as others, I learned so much in this course! I was most fascinated by the growth mindset, how stress shuts down access to memorized math facts, how knowing how to manipulate numbers and understand number sense is so much more effective that just memorizing formulas. The course was varied, fun, really interesting and well - it changed how I think about math and learning. Every student should be able to take this course!
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
I really expected to learn maths and just practice it, but they cleared all the things that were myths and bad things from my head about mathematics. Now i can learn maths with full attention and mor creativity.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
I had no expectation, but was pleasantly surprised how much I got out of the course. I would definitely recommend it to others.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 10 months ago
Visualizing the math- at from the set theory to calculus
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
I expect to learn more so as to continue equipping myself so that i can continue education the future generation. i liked how the course was carried out,very educative. what i would improve, i could make it a long course and give more explanation.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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3 years, 10 months ago
I liked the course content. It worked great for me. I was excited after each lesson. The excitement built for me as the course continued.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
I hoped for a practical approach to learning math and got it. I agree with the persuasive evidence on our limiting and unsupported assumptions of the math 'talented,' but did not really need to be persuaded. Some more detail along the lines go "Learning to Learn, UC San Diego, Barbara Oakley would be welcome.
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1/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
I expected to learn maths. I didn't like how simple the course was. I would improve everything.
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3 years, 10 months ago
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
This was a nice course for having the thought in your mind that everyone can learn math, and that you have the potential to be good at math. If your looking to learn actual formulas, another course would be better. The people were amazing and were pretty helpful, the only reason I took out a star was because I was expecting to learn new formulas instead of learn that I ca be good at math, I already feel like I can be good at math I don't need a course for it. But overall it was simple and nice, not too much math involved.
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3 years, 10 months ago
The content of the course was great. It really shows how to re-think your way to learn math and just learn in general. And I was expecting that. I liked the fact this course improved my self-confidence. And I was not expecting that few lectures could do that! I really enjoyed the sharing lecture time betwwen Jo Boaler and her studients. It make the course relly dynamic. Adding lectures to make the course longer could be nice.
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3 years, 10 months ago
I expected to see similar mathematical approaches compared to what I was doing in the classroom. I did, luckily! It was great to be reaffirmed in my choices. I liked the various approaches Jo used from video to reflection to in-depth thinking. I THOROUGHLY appreciated the ability to finish the course on my own time and enjoyed working through it with my 8 year old. We had a blast!
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