Motivation and Learning Strategies for College Success: A Self-Management Approach

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Understanding Learning and Memory
You are reading this book because you want to become a more successful learner. Before I explain how to use effective learning strategies, it is important to understand how humans learn. It is difficult to understand why you should give up certain learning and study skills and replace them with new skills without the knowledge presented in this chapter. Also, once you acquire important knowledge concerning human learning, you can better evaluate your own learning processes.This chapter describes how information is received and processed in the mind and how memory and forgetting occur. After studying this chapter, you will be able to:
Identify how the information processing system (UPS) operates.
Explain why it is important to use a variety of learning strategies to learn different material.
Assess the effectiveness of your own learning and study strategies.

HOW DOES THE INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM EXPLAIN LEARNING?

Have you ever wondered why you remember certain information and why you cannot even remember the important ideas in a course you completed a few months or weeks ago? Many learning experts believe how individuals learn provides the answer to this question.

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