Keisha’s Story: Developing a Higher Education State of Mind

Studying is a feeling process. When grappling with academic material, students feel their way through the information. They’re not sure if insights that stand out to them will be equally valued by their teacher. As students try to process high volumes of content, questions such as, “What do I need to know?” and “How do I know that I’m ready?” …

The Power of Micro-Experiences: Transforming Students While Invigorating Faculty

Great teaching should be rewarding for students and energizing for educators. This refreshing post shares one experience that produced both of these outcomes. On December 2, 2016, I shared some of the amazing educational experiences that were occurring at the University of the Cumberlands (UC), the largest private college in Kentucky. I was a co-facilitator with Drs. Tom Fish and Bob Dunston, UC faculty members …

Transforming Your Tutoring Program: How to Move Beyond Important to Being Impactful

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 28 & Wednesday, July 29 at 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EST. As educators, we must update our perspective from counting the number of students using our services, to measuring the impact we are having on students. The Transforming Good Students into Great Learners Webinar provides specific steps and resources that enable …

How to Motivate Your Students According to Science: Fueling Learners

My students just aren’t motivated. If my students had the drive of other students, then they would be much better students. These statements epitomize the most frequent comments I’ve heard from educators (college and high school). While I don’t fully agree with their premise — that motivation alone will solve students’ academic problems, I know it helps. Daniel Pink’s Drive: …

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: A Crucial Reading Comprehension Goal

You’ve undoubtedly seen one of the many versions of the Think Global, Act Local bumper stickers. The tagline is a crafty rallying cry that reminds people to consider the health of the entire planet, but to take action in their communities. The simple slogan is brilliant, as it communicates a problem that can seem overwhelming in an empowering way. It’s convincing …

5 Ways to Help Students Turn Days of Reckoning Into Days of Redemption

Many college students will face a “day of reckoning.” This is a period in their academic experience when the weight of their academic shortcomings nearly crushes them. That day for some is when their study routine generates C’s instead of A’s. For others it is when they are placed on academic probation, dismissed from a program or worse. These are …

New Research Frontier: Habit Formation for Learning and Performance

It’s here! Promising pioneering research that may forever change how we view student learning, measure their performance and provide assistance. Recent habit formation studies conducted by researchers at MIT, Duke, Rutgers and other researchers throughout the world have provided a deeper understanding for why students struggle in school. The LearnWell Projects has taken this research that is rooted in cognitive, neurological …

A Metacognitive Tutoring Model: Linking Thinking, Learning and Performance in a Peer Tutoring Program — Part VI: Creating Frameworks for Learning

Improving students’ metacognitive skills makes abstract thinking visible. Visible problems are much easier to dissect, diagnose and solve. In essence, by helping students develop their metacognitive skills, we provide them a broadly applicable framework for learning. There is nothing like a useful framework. Frameworks provide structure to abstract ideas and processes. For example, during the home construction process, contractors transform abstract …