Optimizing Your Learning aims to transform incoming first year students into effective and empowered self-directed learners.
In the modern world, long-term academic, professional, and personal success is driven by the ability of individuals to take control of their learning. Therefore, this course helps students to develop the knowledge, skills, and mindsets necessary to take ownership of their learning and build their self-efficacy.
During the course, students will develop competence in skills that are most critical for effective self-directed and self-regulated learning (i.e. self-management, self-monitoring, and self-modification), while also learning how to use learning strategies to maximize their overall learning efficiency and efficacy. They will also utilize the Emotional Intelligence framework to explore their identity, self-image, motivation, and self-regulation skills, to support their development as self-directed learners.
The course culminates in the creation of a personal learning charter that will help guide students in their learning throughout their undergraduate studies, which can also be applied to their learning activities in other realms of their lives.