Effective Study Strategies for Students

Collected below are resources that provide an overview of results from cognitive science about how to maximize learning. This resources list was put together by a GVSU Metacognitive Strategies Work Group, in 2018-2019.

Faculty Resources

Current Learning Research Literature

The Learning Scientists—Website that offers summaries and discussion of recent findings in the cognitive psychology. Ideal for those that don’t have time to keep track of another body of research literature.

Retrieval Practice—Website that collects resources about science of learning.

Podcast about evidence-based learning (from LearningScientists.org)

Recent books on the subject

Brown, P. C., Roediger, H. L., III, & McDaniel, M. A. (2014).  Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

Agarwal, P. & Bain, P. M. (2019).  Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Ambrose, S. A., Bridges, M. W., DiPietro, M., Lovett, M. C., & Norman, M. K. (2010).  How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Metacognition Resources

Metacognition—Resources for having students think about their study skills

The Psychology department has compiled an excellent set of resources to help faculty make use of the most recent research on metacognition.  This includes the Chew videos mentioned in the session.  Visit this Resource Page.


Saundra McGuire's books offer very good advice for faculty and students on improving students' metacognitive skills

Student Directed Resources

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