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Get Students to Focus on Learning Instead of Grades:  Metacognition is the Key!


21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels.  Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are unwilling to invest much time or effort in learning.  This workshop will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles.  Participants will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow them to experience strategies that significantly improve learning while transforming student attitudes about the meaning of learning

Facilitator:  Dr. Saundra Yancey McGuire, Louisiana State University

Dr. Saundra Yancey McGuire is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Learning, Teaching and Retention and Professor of Chemistryat Louisiana State University.  Dr. McGuire has been working in the area of learning support and teaching chemistry for the past 40 years. She has presented workshops on teaching students how to learn at more than 100 colleges and universities, to thousands of faculty and students from diverse economic backgrounds, at different developmental levels, and with widely varying learning styles. Both faculty and students alike have reported increased professional and academic success after implementing the strategies she presents.  Dr. McGuire is also the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual UNM Success in the Classroom: Sharing Practices that Work Conference.

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