Teaching Resources: Video Guide

Video Guide: How to Study Long and Hard and Still Fail…or How to Get the Most Out of Studying

The overall theme of the videos is if students use ineffective or inefficient ways of studying, they can study long and hard and still fail; but if they use effective strategies, they will get the most learning out of your study time and be more likely to succeed. Each video lasts 7-8 minutes.

Video 1: Beliefs That Make You Fail…Or Succeed 
The first video examines common mistaken beliefs students often possess that undermine their learning. The video tries to correct those misconceptions with accurate beliefs about learning.

Video 1:   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH95h36NChI&feature=related

Video 2: What Students Should Understand About How People Learn 
The second video introduces a simple but powerful theory of memory, Levels of Processing, that can help students improve their study.

Video 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O7y7XEC66M&feature=related    

Video 3: Cognitive Principles for Optimizing Learning 
The third video operationalizes the concept of level of processing into four principles that students can use to develop effective study strategies. 

Video 3:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xeHh5DnCIw&feature=related  

Video 4: Putting the Principles for Optimizing Learning into Practice 
The fourth video applies the principles of deep processing to common study situations, including note taking and highlighting while reading.

Video 4:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9GrOxhYZdQ&feature=related  

Video 5: I Blew the Exam, Now What? 
This video addresses what students should and should not do when they earn a bad grade on an exam.  

Video 5:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QVRiMkdRsU&feature=related  


A playlist for the series of videos is found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH95h36NChI&feature=list_related&playnext=1&list=SP85708E6EA236E3DB  

A description of the presentation to freshmen upon which videos 1-4 is based can be found here: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2010/april-10/improving-classroom-performance-by-challenging-student-misconceptions-about-learning.html