What Students Should Know About How People Learn?

Discussion: Module 1
Please watch and note the entire series of videos on the misconceptions and optimizations of learning. The purpose of these videos is to provide you with helpful tips as you progress through college and life. These videos relate to applying psychological principles can change our lives in positive ways. In school and on the job, we are continually asked to learn new material and by following a few of these recommendations, then your learning can be more efficient.
Video 1: Beliefs that make you fail…or succeed.
How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Part 1 of 5, “Beliefs That Make You Fail… Or Succeed”
Video 2: What students should understand about how people learn.
How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Part 2 of 5, “What Students Should Know About How People Learn”
Video 3: Cognitive principles for optimizing learning.
How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Part 3 of 5, “Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning”
Video 4: Putting the principles for optimizing learning into practice.
How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Part 4 of 5, “Putting Principles for Learning into Practice”
Video 5: I blew the exam, now what?
How to Get the Most Out of Studying: Part 5 of 5, “I Blew the Exam, Now What?”
In your discussion post, discuss the misconceptions associated with attention, learning strategies and metacognition as they relate to your own learning. Discuss which misconceptions were obvious and which were a surprise to you. Discuss which misconceptions would be the most and least difficult to guard against and why. Please give specific examples and relate to your own learning.

In Dr. Chew’s video series, he discussed some common misconceptions of learning strategies. His main 4 points that are misconcieved commonly are that learning is fast, knowledge is composed of isolated facts, being good at a subject comes naturally, and that we are good at multi-tasking. In reality none of the above are true for students. Metacognition is known as ones awareness of their own level of understanding a topic, this is commonly something students may lie to themselves about. The study of deep processing vs. shallow processing was a surprise to me as I did not realize that individuals would gain that much knowledge or memorization without even trying and exemplify deep processing. I think the obvious part of his study was that deep processing involves elaboration, distinctiveness, personal experiences, and appropriate retrieval and application. Although I did not refer to deep processing as consisting of those traits, I understood the concept which was very similar. Dr. Chew referred to note taking near the end of his video series, which is something I related to highly because I take plenty of notes in class. I use note taking as a way of deep processing and notes allow me to elaborate and create distinctiveness within topics that I may be learning in class. The hardest misconception to guard against is multitasking because as a young adult it is very tempting to check my phone or get distracted when studying, and in reality that really hurts my study habits. Something I would say is easy to guard against would be the fact that knowledge is not composed of just facts and it takes more in depth and understanding of topics to have really learned and process.

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