Succeeding academically is not necessarily about more studying -- it’s about smarter studying. That’s the overarching message of my How to Study Less and Remember More workshop series (thanks to the UCSD Psychology's Student Affairs Office for the creative title!), a quarterly workshop that I created and launched at UC San Diego in 2017. In the workshop, I taught students how to incorporate the most effective learning strategies (as uncovered by cognitive psychology and other learning science research) into their studying habits.
How to Study Less and Remember More, which at UC San Diego typically took place in the Crick Conference Room (3rd floor of Mandler Hall, Muir College), occurred in the early part of each quarter and was announced in the campus Student Events Insider and the UCSD Psychology Quarterly Newsletter. In 2018, in a project supported by the Psychology Department and in collaboration with honors student Kaiqi Guo, I designed and produced the following videos, which highlight several of the major techniques that are covered in the workshop. I also created profiles of effective techniques which can be viewed at the UC San Diego Psychology website.
How to Study Less and Remember More is informed by (a) my own research and (b) two superb instructional guides that summarize decades of research on effective learning practices. Those are: Pashler et al., Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning, National Center for Education Research (2007), and Dunlosky et al., Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques, Psychological Science in the Public Interest (2013). As brilliantly summarized in Dunlosky et al., among ten of the most promising learning techniques commonly in use today, half have moderate-to-high utility as listed below:
Students need to learn how to communicate research effectively and develop scientific writing skills. To assist with this process -- a task facing the over 1,500 students in UCSD's Psychology Department alone -- I created a 10 part how-to guide for writing research papers in APA style, as well as a series of instructional videos (supported by the department and in collaboration with Kaiqi Guo). The how-to guide can be viewed at the UC San Diego Psychology website and examples of the videos are below; the full series can be viewed at the following playlist link.