According to Dr. Jeff Nevid, Professor of Psychology at St. John’s University in New York, academic success often comes down to how well you studied, not how long you studied.
When students fall short of their academic goals they often develop self-defeating beliefs. These beliefs sap a student’s motivation and become a self-fulfilling prophecy because students have not learned to read and study effectively.
Power Effective Learners
Dr. Nevid described several strategies that will get students engaged with the material so that it will integrate into their memory where it can be retrieved at will.
His ideas are based on the four strategies of effective learning:
• Gaining attention at start of class with storytelling, puzzles, or video clips
• Conducting demonstrations and class exercises that key into key points
• Relating concepts to real-life examples and using them to solve real problems
• Helping students to assess their knowledge and practice memory retrieval
Dr. Nevid also discussed what researchers in positive psychology have to say about what makes people happy, including the influence of money, genetics and religion. He addressed some of the benefits of web sites such as Facebook, but he also acknowledged that these sites can have, what he called, “a dark side.”