This online workshop is open to both active tutors as well as tutors completing our application process. The workshop, however, does not substitute for the mandatory in-person Tutor Training required of new applicants. Please refer to our event calendar to register for a Tutor Training.
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
We spend the entirety of our lives learning, both in school and beyond. Yet despite those years of experience, our intuitions about how to learn best are often wrong. Although it can be tempting to make learning feel easy, research has proven that putting effort into learning engages students and creates more durable results. In fact, many of the techniques that make learning feel easy—and which are often the most popularly used methods by both learners and instructors—have been shown to be relatively ineffective. In this workshop, tutors will learn how to teach using effective and efficient learning strategies, otherwise known as “desirable difficulties.” Presenters Veronica Yan and Michael Garcia will discuss why these techniques promote deeper learning and how they can be incorporated into tutoring sessions.
*Please note that this session will not be recorded or available for viewing on our website, so if you are interested in this topic, please plan to attend on the 21st.
About the Presenters: Dr. Veronica Yan and Michael Garcia are cognitive psychologists who have dedicated their careers to researching how to optimize learning. They study techniques that making learning both more durable and efficient and how to teach learners the ultimate survival tool: learning how to learn. Dr. Yan received her PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and her BA from the University of Cambridge. Michael Garcia received his BA from UCLA and is currently completing his PhD there as well.
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