What Students Should Understand About How People Learn.

Departmental Learning Goal: Application of Psychology

The purpose of this homework assignment is to present an example of how the scientific method has been used in Cognitive Psychology to examine college students and how you may apply knowledge gained from these studies for your own benefit!

General Instructions

This assignment should be around one half to 1 page of text in total, it will consist of 2 paragraphs, one each for the first 2 videos. Watch the 5 online videos on learning skills presented by Dr. Steven Chew, the web addresses for all five of the videos are shown below:

Video 1: Beliefs That Make You Fail…Or Succeed

The first video examines common mistaken beliefs students often possess that undermine their learning. The video tries to correct those misconceptions with accurate beliefs about learning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFHAtBm_CCI or http://goo.gl/4hhfqm

Video 2: What Students Should Understand About How People Learn

The second video introduces a simple but powerful theory of memory, Levels of Processing, that can help students improve their study. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pROdsokl9cU or http://goo.gl/7kOh7J

Video 3: Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning

The third video operationalizes the concept of level of processing into four principles that students can use to develop effective study strategies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GvBJalFeLs or http://goo.gl/QuMBx0

Video 4: Putting the Principles for Optimizing Learning into Practice

The fourth video applies the principles of deep processing to common study situations, including note taking and highlighting while reading. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pm214sVViQ or http://goo.gl/U55nk2

Video 5: I Blew the Exam, Now What?

This video addresses what students should and should not do when they earn a bad grade on an exam. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WKhd0r_oqo or http://goo.gl/8Kpxok

Specific instructions for Homework Assignment #1

1) Using a separate paragraph for each of the first 2 videos, state the main point Dr Chew presents in each one.

2) For each paragraph, following your statement of the main point for each video, state which finding was the most surprising to you.

3) Lastly, in each paragraph say how you will employ Dr. Chew’s information in your own coursework this semester.

*English is my second language so I want easy vocabulary.
*The paper is due at 11:59 p.m. at my time which is less than 3 hours from now. I would appreciate your help.

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