Back to School with The How To: Academy
October 11, 2016 | By: High50

How to academy: Rewire-Your-BrainThe older we become, the more we realise we don’t know and the more we want to learn. But when do we have the time?  While some of us can now find time to enrol on full-length courses, most of us want a quick fix, an injection of knowledge that we can absorb conveniently and at speed.

So High50 welcomes The how to: Academy a selection of ‘compact courses for those who think big’.  The brainchild of John Gordon, the Academy offers informing, entertaining talks by world-famous authors, superstar academics and leading 21st century thinkers.  Talks are held at numerous central London locations on a range of topics from how to build a business or communicate effectively to how to rewire your brain to make better decisions. It also offers a big selection of talks on history, science and the arts and on a range of specially curated, fascinating subjects like the founding of the London Zoo or Live Wild and Be Brave, an evening with Cheryl Strayed, author of bestselling Wild.

Readers of High50 are eligible for a 10% discount on all tickets. Please use the code HIGH50 as a promotional code when booking. 

Five How To: Academy Courses coming up in the next two months that High50 recommends:

1. THE PURSUIT OF POWER : EUROPE 1815 to 1914 

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Thursday 20th October, 2016 : 6.45 to 8.00 pm

Emmanuel Centre, 9-23 Marsham Street, SW1P 3DW

As part of their Great Historian Series, Sir Richard J. Evans (President of Wolfson Collage, Cambridge and author of a groundbreaking new study of the period, The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815 to 1914) is joined by internationally acclaimed Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan (award-winning author of international bestsellers, The War that Ended Peace, Peacemakers and Nixon in China ) to discuss Europe’s dramatic developments in the 19th and 20th centuries and how they shaped our own society.


History lovers will also love best-selling military historian Antony Beevor’s talk FROM STALINGRAD TO SYRIA: HOW MODERN WARFARE HAS CHANGED on Monday 7th November, 2016, also at the Emmanuel Centre.



Monday 24th October, 2016:  6.45 to 8.00 p.m.

Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design, 16-17 Greek Street, W1D 4DR

‘Comma Queen’, Mary Norris, long-time copy editor at The New Yorker and Philip Roth’s trusted proof-reader will unlock the mysteries of writing in lucid style with impeccable punctuation.  It’s never too late to learn how to write beautifully and with the sort of precision worthy of the world’s favourite magazine.



Thursday 27th October, 2016:  8.30 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.

Condé Nast College of Fashion and Design, 16-17 Greek Street, W1D 4DR

This talk has proved so popular that it’s already sold out the night before so this breakfast talk has been put on for anyone not lucky enough to have bought tickets.

‘Sleep guru’, Nick Littlehales, (Chairman of the UK Sleep Council and elite athletes’ sleep coach) tells us very simply how to improve our quality of sleep – absolutely essential for all of our age group struggling with insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns.



Monday 21st November, 2016: 6.45 to 8.00 p.m.

Portland Hall, 4-12 Little Titchfield Street, W1W 7BY

Guaranteed to sharpen the mind, this is an evening of addictive mental gymnastics led by mathematician and bestselling author Alex Bellos who will pose riddles and problems that have stumped spies, academics and mathematicians for thousands of years.


How to academy: Conference

Thursday 1st December, 2016:  9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

The Royal Institution, 21 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BS

Moderated by Matthew Taylor of the RSA, this annual one-day conference (now celebrating its third year) has become a permanent fixture in the calendar for anyone interested in the future of innovation and of our planet. Leading experts will talk about everything from solar power and robotic brains to cancer research, 3D printed organs, Alzheimers prevention and more.

how to: Academy Brexit Debate | Filmed 13th June 2016 from how to: Academy on Vimeo.