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Teach Students How to Learn: Metacognition is the Key!

Today's students come to Xavier with widely varying academic skills, attitudes about learning, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. This session will focus on ways to teach students simple, yet powerful learning strategies based on cognitive science research findings. We will engage in individual and small group activities that will allow participants to experience strategies that significantly improve student learning and transform them from memorizers and regurgitators into self-directed, independent learners.

Dr. Saundra Y. McGuire is a Professor of Chemistry and Associate Vice Chancellor for Retention, Learning & Teaching at Louisiana State University. Dr. McGuire has been teaching chemistry and working in the area of learning support for the past 40 years. She received a B.S. degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge, her M.S. from Cornell University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

  • Led by: Dr. Saundra McGuire, LSU Associate Vice Chancellor for Retention, Learning & Teaching
  • Date: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
  • Time: 3:30 - 4:45 PM
  • Location: Mellon Seminar Room - Library 532B
  • Sponsor: Center for the Advancement of Teaching

To register: RSVP to or call x7512

Tags: metacognition, learning, outside speaker
Format: presentation
Event ID: 01135

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