Teach Students How to Learn

Teaching for Metacognitive Equity

Does it seem your students are unprepared for college? They can’t seem to figure out how to do better and you are not sure how to help them?
This course can provide the strategies you are seeking.

You can teach students how to learn. You can develop supportive methods and teach strategies that help students learn how to learn.

Metacognitive equity describes our need to close the gap between students who have acquired effective thinking and learning strategies and those who have not. Often, whether or not a student possesses those strategies—rather than any lack of innate ability or talent—makes the difference between academic success and discouraging failure.”

– Saundra McGuire

Saundra McGuire’s has developed methods to teaching students how to learn over the past twenty years. In this course, you will learn how to teach your students these skills and strategies, in a way that’s engaging and will enable them to experience transformative success in your course.

“A sincere thanks for the practical resources and ideas in this workshop and for providing lots of valuable feedback. I really got a lot out of it and feel inspired to try some new things next semester!”

– Matt Ogburn
Assistant Professor of Biology, Southern Utah University
  • Two and 1/2 weeks in length
  • Facilitated with personalized feedback at every step
  • Asynchronous format
  • Approximately 20 hours to complete
  • Small cohort size
  • Cost: $495/participant
  • Book required*

*You will need to obtain the book, Teach Students How to Learn, prior to the course. Discounted purchase information is available through registration.

Intended Audience

This course is appropriate for higher education faculty, staff (especially in first-year experience, academic support services, career counseling or similar programs), and administrators – anyone who desires to learn and implement strategies that will help students learn how to learn.

“It’s been very exciting for me to witness the transformation in students’ behaviors, attitudes and skills, once they learn how to learn.”

– Saundra McGuire


Teach Students How to Learn is a facilitated course, with multiple opportunities for interaction with an experienced facilitator and fellow colleagues. Through readings, videos, application activities, collegial discussion, reflection, and personalized feedback and suggestions from an experienced facilitator, you will learn and practice key strategies designed to enable you to leave the course with materials, tools, and skills that you can confidently use with students.

The course is offered in a fully-online asynchronous format through the Canvas software. There are no real-time meetings required, however, it is NOT self-paced. Active participation and specific due dates keep the group working together and sharing constructive feedback and ideas at each step of the process.

“I really enjoyed this course. I did a number of online trainings this summer and this one really stood out based on the course organization and facilitation skills. So, thank you!”

– Elizabeth Leininger
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, New College of Florida

Participant Outcomes

In this course you will select a single student group of your own (e.g., one class) with whom to share the strategies and concepts. Upon successful completion of the course, you will:

  • Analyze the beneficial concepts of Bloom’s taxonomy, metacognitive learning strategies, the Study Cycle, and the connection of mindset, emotion and learning, within the context of your student group;
  • Design a face-to-face lesson or online module targeted for your specific student group;
  • Identify specific learning activities for your courses/student groups that encourage and support higher levels of student achievement; and
  • Identify personal strategies and tools for collecting, analyzing and sharing individual and group improvement data.


Teachers and students who have used the teaching and learning strategies in this course report “dramatic individual student improvement.” You will likely experience a newfound joy in your ability to more strategically and effectively help your students learn how to learn.

Dr. Saundra McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops on metacognitive learning strategies to help students succeed at over 300 institutions in 48 states and eight countries. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Her best-selling book, Teach Students How to Learn, was published by Stylus in 2015.  The student version of this book, Teach Yourself How to Learn, became available in January 2018.

“At Texas Southmost College, groups of our faculty go through the Teach Students How to Learn course because it is aligned well to support our current Quality Enhancement Plan…

I appreciate that our faculty are encouraged to create a strong product to then emulate for students. I myself am now ready to work more metacognitive strategies into my courses so that the learning experience is more seamless for students. I truly enjoyed the course and look forward to more in the future.”

Dr. Daniel González
Quality Enhancement Plan Director and Full-time English Instructor
Texas Southmost College