Does your student want to learn and apply a variety of evidenced based strategies that have been proven to advance learning? This class offers an engaging introduction to learning science, based on the work of Drs. Yana Weinstein and Megan Sumeracki, with visuals by Oliver Caviglioli. Well researched and documented learning strategies from this team will stretch and strengthen students’ attention, perception, and memory.
The objective of this course is to expand a student’s toolbox in the areas of spacing, retrieval, elaboration, interleaving, concrete examples, and dual coding. While this may seem like cognitive psychology jargon at the start, each student will grow in their knowledge of common misunderstandings about learning and learn to use proven learning strategies that will change the course of their academic career. In addition, our robust class discussion and participation will complement the skills learned throughout this course.
This course is a complement to my Study Skills: Notetaking course and can be taken concurrently.
- One live Zoom class per week.
- A module containing weekly assignments that focuses on a note taking strategy and may include applying that strategy to assigned videos, readings, online discussion forums, with quizzes, projects and tests about the strategy. As the course progresses, strategies may be combined through the weeks.
- Notes will be a combination of handwritten (which will need to be scanned into a pdf) and typed documents (in .doc format), incorporating different note taking modes. These notes will vary in length, and include the works cited pages when applicable.
- Students may be requested to upload photos, documents in .docx or pdf, infographics, and Power Point.
- Students will utilize the Canvas classroom to submit assignments in compatible formats requested for each assignment, and to communicate with the teacher and their fellow students.
- We may use tools such as Canva, an infographic software, and electronic flashcards such as Quizlet to enhance our strategies. Interactive class exercises and homework assignments are designed to help students generate skills and practice across academic subjects.
Who Should Enroll?
This class is for 9th-12 grade students who have completed 8th grade reading, handwriting, and typing. These students also should be:
- Interested in learning how to learn.
- Willing to adopt new habits for learning.
- Open to practice and expanding their skills.
- Interested in stretching their minds to discard fallacies in learning.
High school students should expect to expand and elevate their reading and writing, and increase their understanding of a myriad of words and concepts. They should also possess the fine motor skills of handwriting and typing several pages of information as needed for note taking.
Technology Requirements and Required Materials
- A reliable PC or laptop
- High Speed Internet
- Scanner/camera phone
- Web cam
- Microphone and speaker
- Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
- Adobe Acrobat reader
- Ability to download files for viewing, editing, and printing.
- Uploaded files should be in .docx or pdf format.
- Paper to take handwritten notes (blank and lined) in a spiral pad or 3 hole punched for a binder.
- Highlighters – (4 colors) yellow, pink, orange, green, or blue
- Colored pencils – at least 6 colors
- Pens – black, red, blue
- Sticky note pads in at least 4 colors (like Post-its, but they can be any brand)
- Index cards – single pack of 100
- Permissions to access youtube.com, https://www.ted.com/talks, and varied other online resources.
Evaluation and Feedback
- All assignments are graded. These include readings, videos, documents, infographics, PowerPoint presentations, notes, forum responses, quizzes, tests, and peer responses.
- A student’s effort and participation in the class will be a significant portion of their grade.
- I will provide feedback in the form of comments on submitted work and encourage students to ask questions.
- I will provide grading for the assignments, discussion forums, quizzes, projects, and tests. Point allotment will depend on the number of questions and the maximum possible points; therefore, point distribution will vary.
- Assignments within provide practice designed to build note taking skills and generate a growth mindset.
Communication and Participation
- This is a hybrid course. Students are encouraged to attend the live class and engage in the assortment of strategies we practice together as well as contribute to class discussions and sharing of ideas. You will receive the most benefit from participating in the activities in class.
- You should plan to log-in several times a week in order to keep up with course assignments. Weekly assignments will be available to view every Wednesday at 9 am.
- All students are welcomed and encouraged to seek my help. Please feel free to contact me via Canvas with questions.