Learning Strategies


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1. Making the most of classes and study sessions: Evidence-based tips for effective learning

In this video, Katherine shares some evidence-based tips that will help you make the most of classes and study sessions. These tips will help you learn more effectively regardless of your course instructor’s teaching style.

Click here to watch the video about attending vs. participating in class that Katherine mentions in the video above.

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2. Class attendance vs. participation: How do they impact learning?

Alecia outlines how class attendance and participation relates to students’ achievement in a course. Our research shows that being physically present in class is not enough, and that what is more important is what students actually do in class. It is important for students to participate and be engaged in what is happening during class, but of course, to do so, they must also be present in class.

Click here for a link to the corresponding research paper, and here for a study on the relation between participation and academic achievement in a blended learning context.



3. Getting the most out of your studying: Evidence-based study strategies

In this video, Cassandra outlines three evidence-based study strategies that have helped her succeed in her undergraduate studies. These study tips correspond to well-known cognitive learning principles, namely, the spacing effect (or distributed practice), testing effect (or retrieval practice), and a highly effective encoding strategy – organization. Enjoy and please share this video widely!



4. Using test results to enhance learning

This video highlights research results showing that students’ test marks are correlated with how well they do on the final exam. Our research shows that students’ marks for a quiz that they took on the third class of a 12 class semester was predictive of how they scored on the final cumulative exam. The implications of this research include a low-cost, practical means of identifying students who could benefit most from additional academic support and resources to help enhance their learning achievement in a course. Another implication is that it is important for students to adopt effective study habits and learning strategies from the beginning of a course, and that if a specific study technique doesn’t work for them (demonstrated by a test mark that they are not happy with) they should try alternative study techniques.

Click here for a link to the corresponding research paper.

If you’re interested in learning about effective, evidence-based study strategies, check out our video “Getting the most out of your studying: Evidence-based study strategies” below.