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 starsDropped
5 years, 4 months ago
The best part of the course was breaking the myth about being born a "math person." Turns out my 7 year old had heard this at school and discounted his ability to learn math. This one small segment of the course allowed him to overcome that limitation and helped improve his confidence. Thank you!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I loved the course. The videos were very helpful and really made me think about math in the everyday world and the growth mindset. I would love to see Jo continue to develop more courses to help students build their math understanding and math confidence!
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
This brief but powerful course exceeded my expectations. The "summarize what you just learned" quizzes after each video helped me retain what I learned, and they were graded based on completion which kept me from stressing about it. The information in the course was very helpful in breaking down negative ideas about math. I now believe that I can be a "math person" and am doing well at math. The course was very helpful and encouraging. I would definitely recommend to anyone struggling in math.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Pretty much what I thought; that anyone can do Maths if they believe in themselves and are not afraid of asking questions until they get it. I thought 5 sessions was a bit long. I didn't like the dance steps; too fast. maybe take into consideration that last 2 comments for improvement, but really TOP effort!!! I keep recommending it to other staffers to show their kids. They really need resilience training! actually, so do a lot of teachers; they are afraid to try new things....
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5 years, 4 months ago
I took the course in the hope of overcoming my (clearly irrational) math phobia and really felt great about the upbeat friendly tone and contents and was quite eager and curious about all of the material provided including links to games (even though most were inaccessible to me because they were window based and at the time I was on a Mac -- I've fixed that problem since). I talked about it to my kids encouraging them to check it out etc...really excited and hopeful! The whole thing came down crashing for me though the moment it was suggested I might need to read a book to get the necessary background to proceed well with the course. I had already bought the book the moment I signed up with every intention of reading it anyway but now I can't even remember if I got beyond the first chapter. All of a sudden, I felt I could not go on with the course until I read the entire book and I couldn't get myself to do it because it put me ri... I took the course in the hope of overcoming my (clearly irrational) math phobia and really felt great about the upbeat friendly tone and contents and was quite eager and curious about all of the material provided including links to games (even though most were inaccessible to me because they were window based and at the time I was on a Mac -- I've fixed that problem since). I talked about it to my kids encouraging them to check it out etc...really excited and hopeful! The whole thing came down crashing for me though the moment it was suggested I might need to read a book to get the necessary background to proceed well with the course. I had already bought the book the moment I signed up with every intention of reading it anyway but now I can't even remember if I got beyond the first chapter. All of a sudden, I felt I could not go on with the course until I read the entire book and I couldn't get myself to do it because it put me right back in the experience of being alone with my fear of math. It just disconnected me from the course and I simply was never able to get myself back into it after that. I have been so avoidant since that I couldn't even get myself to go back to the games which are still somewhere in my bookmarks. Hence, I can't really respond to the previous questions because I didn't stick with the course long enough to know. I am certainly an extreme case and my experience should not discourage others from experiencing the entire course but if I could make a recommendation to the course developers it would be not to forget that some seriously phobic people out there may be trying this out and that sending them out to get the "necessary background" on something they have zero self efficacy about is a losing battle. I'd still like to give it another shot should the class be offered again but I would need some mechanism to get me up to speed that is not alienating lest I'm sure I'll just drop out...AGAIN :(
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I learned more about putting myself in my students' shoes when I teach math. Also, the number talks are great. I would like to see how we can use this to cover a tremendous amount of content (driven by the school district's desire that students be doing accelerated classes in high school while having minimal knowledge from elementary school. I am a 7th grade math teacher).
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I expected to learn more math techniques and equations, instead I learnt that math could be interesting. I liked learning about the patterns and connections in math and I thought I would love more examples but now I see the connnections and patterns all the time.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
Maybe spanish contento, Al was great forma me
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10/10 starsCompleted
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5 years, 4 months ago
I expected to learn mathematics. My expectations were exceeded because I also learned how the brain works. I really liked the videos that were created for this course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I had taken the course for teachers the summer before taking this course for students. I knew what to expect. I liked all aspects. An important message that comes through is Growth Mindset. So many students have been made to think that they are not good at math and never will be good at math. Being able to show them that success in math is based on hard work and not on genes or gender is quite powerful.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I have taught math from grades 1 to 8, and I love math. I recently became interested in the kind of math teaching that Jo advocates. I enjoyed the whole whole class. As a teacher, the first three components were mostly review of what I already knew and believed about math, so I did them very quickly. The last three gave me a lot to think about more deeply. The pacing and reflective pieces were excellent - ideal for online learning. I would highly recommend this class for anyone who does or doesn't like math, or who simply wants the experience of what a well-constructed, effective online class looks like. I recommended it to the parents of my current students. I hope to take the math for teachers online class that Jo offers someday.
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
I learned a lot about how to approach math and think about math. I like how the videos and graphics enhance the message and how there were pauses to allow us to attempt some of the math. I really like the interviews of people on the street. The teaching assistants do a good job but some are better than others, in that they seem more natural and less actorly. I would like to see more math strategies presented, like the different ways to mentally do math. I took the course for teachers and the course for students and I would like more content for teachers, but I understand that this course is meant to be viewed by a wide range of people.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
My students were really excited about taking this course. They still talk about it and many of them would like to review the material.
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5 years, 4 months ago
I thought it was a great balance between content and habits of mind, like growth mindset and making use of patterns. The tasks that were offered were not readily usable by me as a teacher because I didn't see the link between standards I was currently addressing and the tasks themselves. As much as I thought the tasks were certainly engaging and compelling for students, I didn't feel at peace using valuable class time for them. I believe that compelling tasks can also be aligned to grade-level standards more explicitly and "hit two birds" so to speak. Other than that, the course content was dead on and the resources available on Youcubed were really supportive.
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5 years, 4 months ago
I really enjoyed this course. I dedicated my career as an intervention specialist to helping elementary school students feel less anxiety about math. The course gave me so much more insight. I now incorporate these ideas into a professional development course for teachers.
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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
How to Learn Math: For Students was a great course, it pretty much satisfied my expectations. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn't very long and it was full of interesting information. It made me understand about the brain growth, the mindset, that everyone can learn and to think positively about mistakes. Also, the instructor was very good and she made everything easy and clear. I recommend this course.
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7/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
The course pretty much satisfied my expectations. The idea of the course e.g. about the mindset and that everyone can learn was great for my students. I liked everything. Two things I wish you think about if you continue (which I hope) doing similar courses is that 1) the students that participate in the videos don't talk so fast. My students who took the course are from Sweden and when English isn't your mother tongue it can be difficult to keep up with the, rather unclear and fast, talk 2) not having the long quiz about background. It's to contextual for Americans and as you say that everyone can participate you need to think about this. It can feel rather excluding and confusing not to recognize your school context
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5 years, 4 months ago
I expected to glimpse a new way of approaching mathematics. This was delivered in bucketfulls! All the presenters were very likeable - big plus. The positivity was great and very encouraging - another big plus. The break down of the subject was well done and helpful - another plus. I found I had to translate visuals into language, though; this took time and then I'd lose the thread. Back to the old problems! Using drawings to help visualise the question seemed ad hoc, imprecise and frankly verging on guesswork: well, that sort looks like a quarter etc, or well maybe if you lay it out this way , and only way it could form a spiral. Yes, but not the spiral in nature. Yes, but near it..... Improve? Very difficult in the time you have. I have no idea.
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10/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 4 months ago
The course was what I expected to learn, enjoyed that it was not overly long or congested with useless information! Have recommended it to my colleagues, I am sure they will be checking it out.
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5 years, 4 months ago
How to Learn Math: For Students was an exceptional course. I anticipated developing a deeper understanding of how to further my mathematical knowledge. I not only furthered my understanding of math through this course, I came out a better student overall. The course helped me develop a deep understanding and appreciation for mistakes, divergent thinking, and creativity in math and really, in all learning. This was an amazing course and I highly recommend it to learners of all ages.
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5 years, 4 months ago
I was open to learn anything, I had been directed to the course by my daughter's math teacher. Her school is piloting a different way of teaching math and I thought I might understand it better...and I do!!! I tutor 40 children in the community and I wanted to acquire knowledge to facilitate this. Improvements could be made in other courses by providing tools to impart the concepts
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5 years, 4 months ago
The content exceeded my expectations. It was relevant and and the length of the clips were appropriate. No other suggestions for improvement at this time.
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5 years, 4 months ago
I expected to learn how to like math; I learned that and much, much more. For example, alternative ways to solve problems and how math is closely related to sports are just a few of the intriguing concepts that were not only taught, but demonstrated. I liked the structure of the course, the fact that you can redo questions, and the overall presentation. I also appreciated the long time span that is available for completing the course.
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