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Teach Students How To Learn Workshops by Dr. Saundra McGuire

Teach Students How To Learn Workshops by Dr. Saundra McGuire

The WVU campus community is invited to attend workshops (Sept. 4 & 5, 2019) presented by Dr. Saundra McGuire (Emeritus Professor, Louisiana State University and author of "Teach Students How to Learn"). Dr. McGuire will be presenting a series of four workshops of special interest to faculty, staff, graduate students, and advisors who teach, advise, and tutor and undergraduate students. All are invited to any four of the offered workshops. Details on each workshop are provided below.

Workshop PowerPoints:

Workshop Video Links

Increasing Student Motivation: Strategies That Work:

Metacognition: The Key to Acing STEM Courses!:

Teach STEM Students HOW to Learn: Metacognition is the Key!

Wednesday 09/04/2019

9:00-10:30 a.m.: Workshop 1 (Target Audience: General Faculty and Graduate Students Who Teach) –“Increasing Student Motivation Strategies that Work” (Rhododendron Room, Mountainlair)

To register, please click here

Description: Motivating today’s students to actively engage in learning activities proves challenging for most faculty. Very often millennial students do not respond as did students in the past to extrinsic motivators such as bonus quizzes and extra credit assignments. However, as James Raffini presents in 150 Ways to Increase Intrinsic Motivation in the Classroom, when the psychoacademic needs of students are met in creative ways, student motivation soars. This presentation will engage faculty in a discussion of addressing student needs for autonomy, competence, relatedness, self-esteem, and enjoyment in order to significantly increase student motivation.

Wednesday 09/04/2019

2:00-3:30 pm: Workshop 2 (Target Audience: Graduate and undergraduate student who teach or tutor) – “Metacognition: The Key to Acing Courses (and Life)! (Cathedral Room, Mountainlair)

To register, please click here.

Description: All students who are admitted to college have the ability to ace their courses. However, most students did not acquire effective learning strategies in high school, and resort to memorizing information just before tests. This strategy usually yields poor results, with students earning grades much lower than their ability. This interactive workshop will introduce students to cognitive science-based learning strategies that help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning, resulting in A’s in their courses!

Wednesday 09/04/2019

4:30–5:30 p.m.: Workshop 3 (Target Audience: STEM faculty and STEM graduate students)– Teach STEM Students How to Learn: Metacognition is the Key!” (208 Clark)

To register, please click here.

Description: All STEM students who are admitted to the institution have the ability to succeed in STEM courses. However, most do not have effective learning strategies, and resort to memorizing information just before tests. This interactive workshop will introduce faculty to cognitive science research-based learning strategies that will help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning. The session will focus on ways to teach STEM students simple, yet powerful learning strategies to ensure success in STEM courses.

Thursday 09/05/2019

9-10:30 a.m.: Workshop 4 (Target Audience: Academic advisors) - “Using Appreciative Advising to Help Students Excel (Shenandoah Room, Mountainlair)

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Description: Students often come to college with high aspirations, but with inadequate preparation to excel. This interactive session will present a discussion of appreciative advising, an advising technique developed by Jennifer Bloom. This approach has the potential to facilitate more effective academic advising of today’s students. Effectively integrating learning strategies into advising sessions will also be discussed.

Biography: Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success, Professor Emerita in the Department of Chemistry, and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor at Louisiana State University. She is an internationally recognized chemical educator, author and lecturer who has travelled the globe promoting sure-fire strategies to help students, including those underrepresented in science and math professions, to be successful in their coursework and careers. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 400 institutions in 47 states and ten 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, was released in 2018.

McGuire’s most recent accolades include the 2019 Distinguished Lecturer Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD), the 2019 Commitment to Excellence in Academic Support Award from the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education, the 2017 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences, and induction in 2017 into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction. She is an elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA).

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