RNZ’s Nine to Noon programme on Monday April 8 included an interview with Barbara Oakley on learning how to learn.

Barbara Oakley is the co-founder of the world's most popular online course, Learning How to Learn which has over 2 million learners world-wide.

The interview with Kathryn Ryan includes Barbara’s personal story and some of the basic practices which she suggests help people of all ages to become a successful learner.

Tips include: taking the time (slow learners are often more thorough learners) and scheduling breaks (down time allows the brain to go into a different modality and consolidate learning).

She also has some thoughts about telling people to follow their passion. Better, she thinks, to encourage people to broaden their passions.

Click here to listen to the podcast.