Art of Learning Series

September – November, 2021
Thursdays, 15:00 to 17:00 (CEST)
CBS Library Forum and Online

Learning isn’t just something that happens to you at school; it is an art you master and practice throughout your life. From late September to early November, the CBS Library writing consultant, Thomas Basbøll, will be holding a series of informal talks about the learning process. How can you get the most out of the resources and opportunities that a modern university setting provides? How can you acquire the knowledge you need, not just to pass your courses, but to succeed in your career?

The talks will be held live in the Forum space in the basement of the CBS Library and will be simultaneously streamed online. If you wish to be in the room please register (CBS students only), as there are limited spaces available. A link to the livestream will be available here on the day of the talk (everyone is welcome). A recording of the talk will be available here the next day.

How to Know Things (September 23). Knowledge isn’t just something we have, it’s something we use. We are knowledge-able — both able-to-know and enabled-by-knowing. In this talk we’ll go through the philosophical, rhetorical, and literary components of this competence, providing you with a framework to ensure that you actually come to know the things your are trying to learn. [Video and notes.]

How to Read (September 30). Reading is an important part of learning. Indeed, in Danish we don’t “go to university” we “read at university”, we don’t “study marketing”, we “read marketing”. In this talk, we’ll get into how to decide what to read, how to find good reading material, and how to read the texts you find (and are told to read by your teachers) effectively. [Video and notes.]

How to Think (October 7). In order to learn anything at all you have to make up your mind about what you think is true. You can’t know something if you don’t believe it, and you shouldn’t believe it if you don’t understand it. Our ability to reason therefore plays an essential role in the learning process. In this talk, we’ll cover some basic strategies to help you get the most our of your thinking. [Video and notes.]

How to Write (October 14). In a university setting, you don’t truly know something if you can’t write a coherent prose paragraph about it in under half an hour. If you develop this ability as part of your day-to-day learning process you will not regret the effort. In this talk, we’ll discuss the best way to train yourself to reliably produce clear prose about things you know. [Audio and notes.]

How to Listen (October 28). Given the amount of time we spend in lectures and seminars at university, it should come as no surprise that the ability to listen plays a crucial role in determining our learning outcomes. But how do we get the most out of a 45-minute lecture or a 15-minute presentation? In this talk, we’ll cover some basic tools to help you retain what you hear, in and out of class. [Video and notes.]

How to Talk (November 4). Academics do a lot of talking. In fact, the ability to participate in conversations with other knowledgeable people is a defining part of the competence of knowing something. (“He knows what he’s talking about.”) In this talk we’ll talk about the important role that talking the talk plays in learning how to walk the walk. [Video and notes]

How to Enjoy Things (November 11). Being good at something means knowing how to enjoy it. It would be tragic if you graduated from your program with excellent grades but no love for the subject you have spent years learning to master. In this talk, we’ll go through a few simple strategies to help you experience the pleasure of learning and remember the satisfaction that school also provides.

How to Know Things Again (November 18). It’s true that we forget many of the individual things we learn during our studies. That’s why it’s perhaps more important to remember how we learned them. In this talk we’ll revisit the competence we talked about the first talk, but from the perspective how to use our full understanding of the “art of learning” to maintain both a learn-ed and learn-ing posture in the world.