Teach Students How to Learn

If it seems that your students are unprepared for college, they can’t seem to figure out how to do better, and you can’t figure out how to help them, this course can help.

You can teach students how to learn. You can teach students that learning is a process—not an activity that happens while they’re sitting in class, or something that occurs the night before an exam. Teaching students this process is what Saundra McGuire has learned to do over the past fifteen years. In this course, you will learn exactly how to teach your students these skills, in a way that’s engaging and interesting to them. You can help your students learn and practice strategies and skills that will enable them to experience transformative success in yours and all their courses.

“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
  • Two weeks in length
  • Facilitated with personalized feedback at every step
  • Asynchronous format
  • Approximately 20-25 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.

Format

Teach Students How to Learn is a facilitated, online course designed to be completed over two weeks. Through readings, videos, application activities, collegial discussion, reflection on your own learning, and helpful, individual, 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. There is substantial active learning required and specific due dates must be met. You can expect to spend a total of about 20-25 hours completing the lessons and activities.

Participant Outcomes

You should select a single student group of your own (e.g., one class) with whom you desire to first share the strategies you learn in the workshop. Upon successful completion of the course, you will:

  • Use active learning to explain Bloom’s taxonomy, metacognitive learning strategies, the Study Cycle and the connection of mindset, emotions and learning;
  • Design a face-to-face lesson or online module targeted for the specific student group(s) with whom you work;
  • Identify specific learning activities for your courses 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.

Benefits

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 44 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.