ERIC Number: ED390307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
I Know My Stuff: Motivating Your Own Learning in College.
Thompson, W. H.
This book is a guide to helping college students take charge of their learning in their school environment, by capitalizing on their motivation arising from curiosity. It helps students gain independence from the lecture-study-exam system, with a resulting sense of thinking "I know my stuff." The guide argues that many students who do not work to their potential have a low awareness of behaviors that contribute to academic success. Chapter 1 urges students to do one thing at a time and to relax all tensions so their minds can work effectively. Chapter 2 looks at motivation and self-motivation and distinguishes between learning and academic achievement. Chapter 3 describes lack of curiosity and dependency in learning and their causes, such as the need for authority, the need to hold others responsible, the need for assurance, and other factors. Chapter 4 looks at self-reliance in learning based on functioning curiosity. This chapter explores the acceptance of uncertainty and vulnerability and the development of responsible action and self-confidence. Chapter 5 focuses on students' awareness about learning. Chapter 6 gives some practical examples of learning with a functioning curiosity in English, mathematics, problem solving, science, and history. This section also offers suggestions about organizing term papers and classroom notes and writing laboratory reports. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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