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Even events that are very wanted and that you are excited about can also be stressful o Ex – being excited about college but transitioning into college can be stressful o Stressors can interrupt your sleep patterns, eating patterns, and energy levels Common response to stress which can be mild form of depression is feeling tried all the time o You might be sleeping more than you did before, you can’t concentrate as well, you get sick more often One-third of first year students experience one or more of these symptoms o Anhedonia – lack of interest or pleasure, inability to feel pleasure o Learning how to learn is happening in context of a psychological transition Feedback from Psychology of Learning Survey o Stereotype threat – feeling of being negatively evaluated due to a stereotype about your social group James and Freud Free association – helps people learn more about what they are thinking and feeling Two people known for pioneering use of free association – William James & Sigmund Freud o William James – American Harvard psychologist, interested in understanding contents of human mind o Sigmund Freud – wanted to understand people and change how people felt about something Used free association in context of psychoanalysis Patients would freely talk about whatever came to mind Both discovered having people write or talk about what they’re thinking is a great way to understand what they felt o Parts that revealed most about people’s emotions occurred when switching topics from one to another Topics are somehow associated together or linked in your mind o Transitions points most likely have some emotional content involved in something Writing down your feelings can improve your mood and sense of well-being – tool for self-understanding Clicks Tips for studying smarter
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o (1) Don’t just re-read your notes – re-reading causes no improvement compared to those who read once Re-reading is insidious – cursory reading might make you feel like you know the material well o (2) Ask yourself questions (3) Visualize the information (4) Make flashcards (5) Don’t cram o Retrieving information by asking questions and making flashcards builds your memory Self-regulated learning – you take control of what you’re doing in your study strategies o You devise actions, you direct action towards things, you make things change o One important element in self-regulated learning is how motivated you are or motivation Canvas keeps track of what you are clicking and how often you access course material o Clicking has sort of a diminishing return – after a certain point, clicking doesn’t prevent you from failing There is something more than just clicking that you need to do to do well in class o More people are accessing the materials, more likely students are to get an A in the class Metacognition – thinking about thinking, awareness and understanding of your own thought processes o Thinking about what you are learning and when you are confused
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