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Learning About the Brain and the Effect on College Students’ Study Strategies

Deborah Brown Department of Professional and Secondary Education - West Chester University My recent presentation at the Lilly Conference for Evidence-Based Teaching in Newport Beach (2015) addressed how our knowledge of brain functioning impacts college students’ study strategies. Over the years, I have taught thousands of students whose parents worried about their academic success as they transition to college. Ironically, my presentation was just at the time that my son was preparing to head to college – it was my turn to worry. As we mentor university students to develop strategies to empower their academic success, I’d like to share six research-based tips, and five general tips

Tempering the Syllabus: From Contract to Invitation, Map, and Guide

Keisha C. Paxton California State University, Dominguez Hills Emily Daniell Magruder Office of the Chancellor - California State University The word “syllabus” invokes a number of emotions for professors. Some of these emotions are positive and some …not so much. These mixed feelings arise from competing ideas about the purpose of this document. Is your syllabus a contractual exercise or does it read like an invitation to join you and the course for a learning expedition? Let’s explore our options. Creating a syllabus is one thing every professor must do. Yet there continues to be debate over what a syllabus is and why we write one for every course. Many institutions have policies pre

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