Teach Students How to Learn during the Pandemic: Metacognition is the Key!

Virtual presentation by Dr. Saundra McGuire


Tuesday, November 10,
noon to 1:15 p.m.


Online – Those who register will receive access details prior to the event.

21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills, approaches to learning, and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but are not willing to invest much time or effort in learning. As instructors have less face-to-face time with students because of COVID-19, keeping students actively engaged in 2020 is even more challenging.

This session will focus on the importance of helping students acquire simple, but effective, learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. We will engage in interactive reflection activities that will allow attendees to experience strategies that engage and motivate students. Join us to explore how to transform students’ attitudes about the meaning of learning in the midst of the global pandemic.

By attending this session, participants will:

  • Identify metacognitive strategies for increasing student learning during hybrid and online courses;
  • Develop a plan to introduce students to these strategies and the research-based evidence of their effectiveness;
  • Reflect on how metacognition may alleviate certain student concerns related to teaching and learning during COVID-19.


Why should you attend?

Students at UofL said the following after attending a talk by Dr. McGuire in February 2020:

"Thank you so much Dr. McGuire! I really appreciate you for all that you do to help students succeed! You really do make large impacts and I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn and improve my methods based off of yours!"

"Thank you for the help Dr. McGuire! For being so smart it is strange how I never thought to tackle school with these strategies... good thing I have them now!"

"Thank you for teaching us about these different studying methods!! They will come in handy for the rest of my life."
"I think that you should advise professors to regularly encourage the methods you share. That way, this information will frequently reach a lot more students. Thank you so much!"

About the Presenter

Saundra Yancy McGuire

Saundra Yancy McGuire, Director Emerita of the LSU Center for Academic Success and Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry, 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 46 states and ten countries. Prior to joining LSU in 1999, McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Her book, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation, was released in October 2015 and is a Stylus Publishing best seller. The student version of this book, Teach Yourself How to Learn, was released in January 2018.

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