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Metacognition: The Key to Improving Brain-Based Learning

Original Lilly Conference, 2011 Plenary Presentation

Saundra McGuire, Chemistry; Learning, Teaching and Retention, Louisiana State University

Twenty-first-century students come to college with widely varying academic skills and motivation levels. Faculty often lament that students are focused on achieving high grades, but do not invest much effort in learning. Most students think that memorizing information just before examinations is tantamount to learning, and spend considerably less time studying than is commensurate with their grade expectations. This interactive session will discuss why many students lack confidence in their ability to learn and perform below their ability levels. Cognitive science research-based methods that can be used to facilitate conceptual learning will be presented.

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