How to Learn Something New #BacktoSchool

To be successful today – in a world that is changing fast – we need to be able to consistently and efficiently adapt and grow. To achieve this we need to become a self-directed, lifelong learner.

The key is discovering a love of learning. 

But learning doesn’t just mean acquiring new knowledge. It’s also about developing your skills, your attitudes, values, and your own way of being in the world.

The OpenClassrooms’ course, Learn How to Learn, goes into depth teaching you the tools and techniques required to build your learning skills. You will also discover how to organize and manage your learning objectives on a daily basis, by creating and following your personalized learning plan. 

This course is woven into every OpenClassrooms Program as it is a fundamental skill for life, study and your professional career.

In this article, let’s take a glimpse into the course, and find out the fundamentals of how to learn:

It’s all about your learning mindset

There are 2 different types of mindsets related to learning; a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Let’s explore what these mean:

Fixed mindset

This is the view that the ability to learn is predetermined and limited. A fixed mindset is characterized by limiting beliefs, such as:

Learned helplessness – which results from negative experiences, such as being punished or humiliated by getting poor marks at school. These create a very pessimistic view of your ability to learn. 

Modeling – where a person surrounds themselves with people who share and express a fixed mindset, they typically begin to imitate the same behaviors and beliefs. 

The justification for a fixed mindset is nurtured by the idea that IQ (or the measure of intelligence) is fixed. 

But, here’s the great news – the field of neuroscience has taught us that our brains are highly elastic and continuously changing, and so the natural approach to learning is to adopt a ….

Growth mindset

This is the view that intelligence and abilities are not predetermined or limited, rather they develop and evolve.

A growth mindset makes you more optimistic, determined and resilient. A person with a growth mindset understands that you can’t master something without effort and difficulty, and this pushes you to actively look for feedback and criticism in order to learn.

Intelligence is not just dynamic, it’s diverse! 

Want to learn more about how to Learn?

Here is the introduction to the free OpenClassrooms course, Learn how to Learn:


Go to the course now

About OpenClassrooms 

OpenClassrooms is a global online education-to-employment platform, designed to teach people the skills they need for the most in-demand jobs. 

We provide programs in areas such as web and mobile development, data analysis, design, project management and digital product management, career coaching and more.

All the courses that make up our programs can be accessed freely online.

Our associate’s-, bachelor’s- and masters-level diploma programs are conducted fully online through a mix of videos, online reading, and projects a student would realistically face in a future role. Programs take an average of 6 to 18 months to complete.

To augment the online learning experience, students that sign up for a diploma program are paired with experienced professionals that serve as dedicated mentors. Mentors help with coursework and career coaches help students find a job.

If you would like to inquire about one of our paid, career programs, book a call with one of our student advisors to learn more.


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