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ERIC Number: EJ858949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1539-2422
Learning How to Learn: A Model for Teaching Students Learning Strategies
Nordell, Shawn E.
Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, v35 n1 p35-42 May 2009
Incoming freshmen frequently struggle with the transition from high school to collegiate academics. This appears to be particularly evident in the sciences. Students often lack the self assessment skills and metacognition skills required to self-identify problems with their academic learning strategy. This does not allow them to diagnose and modify their learning strategies to allow them to be successful. Instructors often have little experience with such learning challenges and therefore may not be able to offer students appropriate learning strategy modifications. I present and assess a model for teaching learning strategies to students in an introductory biology course. This model presents specific techniques to assist students in accurate self assessment which then leads to recommendations for modifying their learning strategies. This model was used in an introductory biology course and students who attended these learning strategy workshops performed significantly better in the subsequent exam than students who did not attend a workshop. I present an outline of the workshop and learning strategy modifications and discuss the ramifications of incorporating learning strategy workshops on a broad scale for freshmen. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A