Strategic Learning & Growth

Good Decision Making Has Never Been More Important

This is a rigorous, curriculum-based course on the science of learning that provides tools for students to reflect, plan, and act in ways that will allow them to learn new skills and reach goals more effectively. The course will focus on instilling a growth mindset and developing practical strategies for engaging in continuous cycles of reflection and learning. Focus on understanding and improving executive functioning and applying them to real world situations is priority over the duration of the class. Topics like cognitive flexibility, inhibitory control, and working memory are covered. Managing distractions and habit formation are looked at in detail to build new strategies for effective learning. Additionally, this course covers additional strategies to hack the brain’s ability to create new habits that promote self-awareness, knowledge acquisition, efficient planning, and careful decision making.

An aspect of critical thinking is being able to analyze alternative choices and identify their respective trade-offs. Part of weighing each choice is considering the different types of future costs and benefits for all stakeholders and reacting accordingly.

Course Objectives:

  • Apply executive functions to real world situations
  • Improve and implement executive functioning skills
  • Apply executive functioning to self-directed skills and habit formation

Course Activities:

  • Strategies to improve cognitive flexibility
  • Strategies to improve working memory
  • Strategies to improve inhibitory control
  • Creation of a self-directed learning plan


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10 or 20 week options, plus 1 additional week for students who enroll in the credit option

Session A: 10 weeks | 6/14/2021-8/27/2021 | Mon/Wed | 5:00pm-6:30pm EST


Class Size:


High School Junior

High School Senior

College Freshman

Others by application

System Requirements:

Windows or macOS operating system

A multi-core score of 1650 or higher on the Geekbench 5 test


11ac wireless networking

A working webcam

Headphones with a microphone

Strong Internet connection

Student Experience:

Our academic philosophy is student oriented. It centers on imparting practical knowledge that prepares you for success in college and beyond. Instead of the traditional emphasis on information dissemination, Blueprint featuring Minerva focuses on developing your abilities to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and work well with others. These aspects of your education are far more important than simply memorizing facts and concepts because they provide a set of practical and adaptable skills, together with an understanding of how to apply them in the world.

Students in the course benefit from using the Blueprint featuring Minerva Forum platform that creates an engaging class experience that is unmatched on other learning platforms. The curriculum for this course was intentionally structured to emphasize four core skills relevant in today’s world — thinking critically, thinking creatively, communicating effectively, and interacting effectively. Live, video-based seminars enhance student-to-professor and peer-to-peer interactions by ensuring that everyone is visibly engaged and actively participating. The Forum also facilitates numerous rapid mode changes, including moving from full group discussion to smaller breakout groups, one-on-one and team debates, collaborative document sharing and editing, as well as dynamic polling and real-time simulations.

Blueprint’s small class size, fewer than 25 students — coupled with the Forum’s advanced technology, enables professors to provide expert instruction, direct personal interaction, and frequent feedback, simultaneously ensuring that every student is an active class participant.