Three Things Every Student Must Know to Move Beyond Memory-based Learning

Okay, let’s face it: Learning is a human function. Kids learn naturally and effortlessly well before they become students. Students learn complexly in their non-school endeavors. Yet when it comes to education, students — young through old — use an unnatural approach to learning, a method that leaves students perplexed and educators frustrated. Below are three research-based facts students must understand …

Leading and Lagging Indicators in Learning: An Economic Perspective on Improving Student Academic Performance

Abstract: Economists use predictive factors to determine how an economy will perform. In doing so, they must distinguish between information that drives or is correlated with future performance — leading indicators, from data that measure past performance – lagging indicators. Educators and students regularly, unknowingly, mistake lagging indicators for leading indicators. This misinterpretation results in a host of bad outcomes: teacher frustration, …

Transferring Competence: How Our Work Experience Can Improve Student Performance (Part II)

This is part II of a two part article.  Click here for Part I Networks A few years ago, educators throughout the country began suggesting that group study was counterproductive. This message made its way to my campus.  Referencing purported “research” from a widely distributed book, some faculty were actively discouraging students from studying in groups. These well-intentioned colleagues claimed …

Transferring Competence: How Our Work Experience Can Improve Student Performance (Part I)

Most established professionals don’t face the same types of challenges as students. We (as professionals) have the luxury of primarily operating from places of competence and strength.  If we are in-class educators, we teach in the ways that are most comfortable to us. Learning support professionals use strategies that are most congruent with their approach to learning.   What’s behind …

Dumb Jock Myth Dispelled: Academic Success Helps Fuel Football Team’s National Championship Run

I’m writing this article as the Lenoir-Rhyne University (LRU) football team prepares for an NCAA Division II National Championship game against Northwest Missouri State University on Saturday, December 21, at noon (EST).  The game will be televised live on ESPN 2. You’re probably thinking: Good for them. Now what does this have to do with learning or The LearnWell Projects? As …

From Good to Great Learning: 4-Week Academic Study

Challenge Accepted! Short before-and-after video: http://bit.ly/18XGqFn  Are you tired of seeing good, hard-working students under-perform in college?  Do you believe there are a different set of factors underlying students’ academic problems than the usual pejoratives: “they’re lazy,” “high school didn’t teach them anything,” or “they don’t care about their learning.” Are you seeking interventions that can boost students’ learning and test …

Adjusting to Rigor: Changing Students’ Default Settings

Every technology product we purchase comes with default settings. These settings are basic operational parameters that are preset by the manufacturer. The same presets exist in every device. So even though millions of us hold individual cell phones, we share the same default operating system. Our defaults are automatic and operate without our knowledge. For example, based on presets, our …

What is Academic Rigor to Students? A View From the Other Side

Did you know that students bring more than 16,000 hours of learning with them to college?  (And this does not include out-of-class studying.) According to Malcolm Gladwell’s 10,000 Hour Rule, which asserts that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice before one reaches expert level, students should be expert learners by the time they reach college. However, we know this …

Why Good Students Do “Bad” in College: Why We Should Care and What We Should Do

Updated: August 2017 By the time students enter college, they’ve invested more than 20,000 hours in academic learning. They should be expert learners. But rather than enjoying school, students endure it. Many eventually stop-out, drop-out or fail-out. Educators and institutions that cut through popular beliefs that students are apathetic, woefully unprepared or generationally deficient to understand the real reasons behind …