Singapore University of Social Sciences

Learn to Learn, Learn for Life

Learn to Learn, Learn for Life (NCO201)


The complex socio-economical-political world that we live in today will require us to constantly adapt and meet evolving needs. The acquisition of the learning-to-learn competency is an approach to manage this challenge. While the ability to learn is intuitive, the ability to learn well requires a conscientious effort. The aim of this course is to help students gain metacognitive awareness of their learning processes and behaviours. With the newly gained insights, students will learn to identify and utilize effective study skills and learning strategies. Students will have a chance to practise and enhance these skills by applying them while completing contemporary social-issue related learning tasks. This is to demonstrate to students that learning can be impactful and meaningful, learning is for life and learning can become a lifelong habit.

Level: 2
Credit Units: 5
Presentation Pattern: Every semester


  • Learning to learn competencies
  • The learning mindset
  • Cognitive processes of learning
  • Metacognitive processes for effective learning
  • Self-regulation and learning
  • Social-relational aspects of learning
  • Motivation strategies for learning
  • Emotion and learning
  • Effective study skills and learning strategies
  • Depth of learning
  • Learning through understanding teaching approaches
  • The science behind learning

Learning Outcome

  • Explain the process and the factors that underlies and affect learning
  • Identify barriers that affect learning
  • Evaluate strategies, tools, and methods for effective learning
  • Demonstrate awareness of one’s learning process for effective learning
  • Apply strategies and tools when approaching learning tasks
  • Show self-directedness when approaching learning tasks
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