Learning How to Learn


  • To reflect on the notion of “learning about learning” and what this means for the individual.

Individual action

1. Bill Lucas is a Learning Strategist and Facilitator from England. He poses the following questions to professionals in the many workshops he facilitates:

  • Think about what you do when you don’t know what to do. 
  • Do you fall back on your knowledge of a subject? 
  • Do you try and remember what you did last time you were stuck?

Take a moment to think about (or share your thoughts with colleagues):

  • What do you do when you don’t know what to do?

2. Read what Bill has to say about learning how to learn.

Learning How to Learn - Information Sheet (PDF - 24Kb) (pdf - 23.73kb)

3. Bill Lucas talks about the 5Rs – your learning muscles, these being:

  • Resourcefulness: Knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do!
  • Remembering: This involves getting better at recalling processes and techniques that have helped you in the past and applying them in the present
  • Resilience: Developing staying power so that you can deal with the uncomfortable feelings you will get when you really stretch yourself.
  • Reflectiveness: This involves harvesting the meaning from your learning so that you are continuously improving.
  • Responsiveness: This involves adapting and changing as you put what you have learned into practice.

Take a moment to think about the following questions. You may want to print out a simple Learning How to Learn (PDF - 20Kb) (pdf - 20.25kb) activity sheet which includes the following questions.

  • Have you ever heard about the 5Rs – your learning muscles – before?
  • Can you think of situations when you have used each of the 5Rs?
  • Do you use one of your learning muscles more than the others?
  • What might assist you to become a “better” learner?

4. Read the About Bill Lucas (PDF - 24Kb) (pdf - 23.73kb) information sheet. You can also go to his website www.bill-lucas.com