Welcome to the University! You have more freedom to choose your classes and perhaps more demanding classes — and demands on your time — than ever before. Can decades of research on learning, memory, and the brain give you some hints on how to perform well in your classes and retain the knowledge you gain?
This is a new freshman seminar created in response to feedback from juniors and seniors who have taken my upper-level Learning & Memory seminar and said "I wish someone would have told me this my first year!" We will examine the research from psychology and neuroscience relevant to learning in and out of the classroom.
Evaluations will be based on short tests, writing assignments, and other activities related to the course. Readings will be provided by the instructor via CTools. There are no direct textbook costs, although students who print out the readings should consider the potential costs associated with this.
Class sessions will include lecture, discussion, group activities, and student presentations.