004 Cognitive Psychology: Self-Regulated Learning
Recently, a subfield of cognitive psychology called Self-Regulated Learning has coalesced around the idea of researching learning and memory targeted toward making recommendations about how students should study.
What is Self-Regulated Learning?
Self-Regulated Learning refers to one’s ability to understand and control one’s learning environment. Effective learners are self-regulating, analyzing task requirements, setting productive goals, and selecting, adapting or inventing strategies to achieve their objectives.(TEAL).
How can one become a Self-Regulated Learner? What can teachers do to enhance student learning?
How can a Student Make Studying More Effective?
Study smarter, not harder! Research has identified that self-regulation strategies are associated with increased student effort and motivation, improved scores on standardised tests and general preparedness for class.
What does psychological science say about how students can study more effectively? Can music or noise help a student to concentrate more? What is the best way to study?
How did COVID-19 Affect the way People Studied?
As the COVID-19 Pandemic affected many education systems around the world, many students had to adjust the way they studied.
Did self-regulated learning help students during COVID-19? How did COVID-19 affect the education system? What's in the future of education?
The way people study hasn’t changed much in the last 100 years. Students still make decisions based on intuition, not evidence. Research shows that only a fraction of students have received advice about studying, and only a fraction of that advice is based on evidence. The time is coming to change all that. Recently, a subfield of cognitive psychology called Self-Regulated Learning has coalesced around the idea of researching learning and memory targeted toward making recommendations about how students should study. This research is complemented by parallel analysis designed to identify and correct common misconceptions about good study habits that hold students back from learning to their full potential. Research in this area looks at issues like when it is valuable to re-read versus test oneself, the optimal times at which to schedule studying to maximize learning, the role of context in education, the value of coming up with questions, and the power of teaching as a way to learn.
Students interested in this workshop should have an interest and some foundation knowledge of psychology. Pre-workshop reading material and assignments may be provided to prepare the student for this workshop.
All students in this workshop will conduct original research. With the support from the professor, students will:
Learn how to read and analyze research articles
Learn the basics of research design and statistics
Learn how to formulate original research questions, develop a hypothesis, design a study, collect and analyze data
Complete an individualized research project resulting in a deliverable
Past Students' Research Projects