Teaching Resources: Purpose of the Videos

The purpose of these videos is to teach students the basic cognitive principles they need to understand in order to become effective learners. The lack of adequate preparation of high school graduates for college level work is of tremendous concern. In 2011, only 25% of high school seniors met all four ACT College Readiness Benchmarks in math, science, English, and reading. That means a large percentage of high school graduates are capable of college level work, but ill equipped to handle it. The success of these students depends on their ability to transform themselves into effective college learners. The video series is intended to help students accomplish that. The videos present a comprehensive, empirically validated framework of principles on how people learn that enables students to develop their own learning strategies and skills. There is really no other resource like it. The videos translate cognitive theory and research into simple, accessible, and practical practices that students can use in their study. The videos are broken down into brief modules, so that students can choose the ones that are most relevant to their needs, and each module is designed to be clear and engaging.