dynamics · studying

Dynamics midterm study tips

While you’re studying next week, I have a few suggestions for you, based on my own studying experiences, the comments I’ve received from previous students, and what psychologists who actually study learning tell us.  Here’s a great article: http://bjorklab.psych.ucla.edu/pubs/RBjork_2001b.pdf My interpretation: Reading solutions from the solutions manual and thinking “OK, I get it” is not… Continue reading Dynamics midterm study tips

for faculty · for students · math anxiety

Science is hard and that’s a good thing!

To be honest, math always came easily to me and so I never understood the “math anxiety” or “I hate math” perspectives.  This post, entitled Science: It’s Really, Really Hard, And That’s Something To Celebrate sums up a couple of key things that have bouncing around in my head but I hadn’t yet put into… Continue reading Science is hard and that’s a good thing!

educational philosophy · for faculty · unschooling

Noam Chomsky on the purpose of education

In this 20 minute video, Noam Chomsky discusses different views on the purpose of education.  There is the traditional view that the highest goal in life is to inquire and create, and follow a quest for understanding, versus the control and indoctrination view where the believe is that “young people have to be placed into… Continue reading Noam Chomsky on the purpose of education

math anxiety

how successful students overcome math anxiety

To be honest, this topic is completely foreign to me since I love math and have never experienced any math anxiety in my life!  I am also not an expert on the current literature, but I thought this article might be useful for students: Brain Study Reveals how Successful Students Overcome Math Anxiety Apparently, overcoming… Continue reading how successful students overcome math anxiety

for faculty

MRU’s STEM Education Journal Club begins!

STEM Education Journal Club – Winter 2012 Facilitator: Janice Miller-Young This journal club will be a forum to share interdisciplinary research on teaching and learning in STEM, for the purposes of (a) informing our teaching and (b) learning about unique research, assessment methodologies, and results in STEM education. The first meeting will be to decide… Continue reading MRU’s STEM Education Journal Club begins!

STEM issues

STEM attrition discussed in NYT

Why Science Majors Change their Minds (It’s just so darn hard) I thought this was a well-balanced article in terms of addressing the many possible reasons why attrition in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering & math) is so high – around 40%.  It doesn’t suggest that any one thing in particular is to blame, but… Continue reading STEM attrition discussed in NYT

studying

How to get the most out of studying: “I blew the exam, now what?”

All my students should watch this.  Dr. Stephen Chew is a cognitive psychologist who translates what we know about how people learn, into clear, useful information for students to help them study better.  Note that this is the last presentation in a 5-part series so be sure to watch them all, and watch them more… Continue reading How to get the most out of studying: “I blew the exam, now what?”