Learning math is often about learning specific math topics. But it can also be useful to step back and take a higher-level view of math learning. Keith Devlin, professor of mathematics at Stanford University and creator of the popular Introduction to Mathematical Thinking course on Coursera, says modern students of math have to master two types of thinking:

- In K-12, the goal is to develop strong
*number sense*. - In college, those who continue their studies in STEM need to learn
*mathematical thinking*.