Students can become accustomed to cramming for exams and taking notes through hours of lectures. But is this the best educational method for promoting student learning? And are the same strategies effective for everyone? This course explores the intersections of psychology and education to reveal the science underlying the best practices of learning and teaching. Topics include the influence of attention cognitive development emotion regulation stereotype threat growth mindset and motivation on learning. Through in-class demonstrations and the development of evidence-based lessons we wrestle with how to apply psychological principles to enhance the practice of teaching and learning. This course includes an experiential component in which students learn study strategies and practical tips to enhance their own learning and performance in the classroom.
Harvard Division of Continuing Education