The Art of Learning

A Self-Help Manual for Students

By Katherine M. Ramsland

Subjects: Adult/continuing Education
Paperback : 9780791409220, 236 pages, July 1992
Hardcover : 9780791409213, 236 pages, July 1992

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Table of contents

Part 1: The Art of Learning: Preliminary Preparation

1. The Will to Learn

2. Learning as Partnership

3. Being Prepared

4. External Hindrances to Learning

5. Internal Hindrances to Learning

6. Characteristics That Facilitate Learning

Summary of Part I

Part 2: The Art of Learning: Techniques

7. Double Reflection and Self-Awareness

8. Mental Agility

9. Visualization

10. Inner Direction

11. Being Still

12. Concentration

13. Flow

Summary of Part 2

Part 3: The Art of Learning: Applications

14. Learning in a College Setting

15. Inner Learning: Applications

16. Becoming a Master




Students who know how to tap their own resources have a better chance at success. The skills necessary to do this can be learned and it is the primary purpose of The Art of Learning to take them through the steps. Beginning with the importance of self-motivation, students are introduced to concrete methods for becoming responsible for their education and for moving beyond passive "information processing" to active involvement with classroom material.

The book combines insights from philosophy, psychology, education, and studies in creativity and peak performance in a handbook on the art of being a student. Focusing on motivation, learning blocks, self-examination, and concentration, Ramsland teaches students how to utilize inner instruction to achieve thinking, creativity, and maximum personal and academic benefits.

The art of being a student has been taken for granted. Students today need basic advice, and that advice should begin with the personal dynamics of the learning process.

Katherine Ramsland teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Rutgers University.