This module considers techniques for learning derived from the fundamental science and understanding of how we learn. It reveals steps on the path to more effective learning by using a set of simple, pragmatic rules; rules to build motivation and rules to speed up the learning process over both the short and long term. By viewing 12 short videos, attending weekly face-to-face sessions and completing associated reflective tasks, learners will appreciate the rules, and will understand why, despite sometimes being counterintuitive, they work so well. This understanding will lead to individualised application of techniques to improve learning.
By the end of this module, you will:
(i) Knowledge and Understanding
a. be aware of a repertoire of learning strategies
b. understand the principles behind different learning strategies
c. assess and understand the strengths and weaknesses in your current approach to learning
d. identify and select learning strategies you can use
e. adopt and apply appropriate learning strategies effectively
f. evaluate you application and the efficacy of self-selected learning strategies
g. create, develop and expand your own repertoire of self-selected learning strategies to enhance your learning independently.
(ii) Transferable Skills
h. manage your own learning progress
i. work productively as members of a small group
j. present theoretical and practical aspects of the experiments in written modes using appropriate learning tools and techniques.
k. develop a personal plan and a learning philosophy, based on self-awareness and understanding.
Teaching and Learning Experience:
Students completing this module will have been given the opportunity to:
- arrange and attend consultations to assist learning of content
- work individually or in small groups in and outside class settings to gain practical skills and theoretical knowledge.