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Metacognitive barriers to effective studying and how to help students overcome them

Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching presents a lunchtime seminar with Dr Paul Penn

PhUELed Lunchtime Seminar

Tuesday 7 April, 1pm-2pm


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Learning is inextricably tied to our ability to accurately gauge how much we already know and the effectiveness of our approaches to studying (i.e. our metacognitive ability). Unfortunately, our metacognition is far from perfect and is subject to several flaws that can significantly impair our efforts to learn by promoting and sustaining ineffective approaches to studying (e.g. an over-reliance on repeatedly rereading sources). Sub-optimal study practices compromise our engagement with material and our ability to learn from it. 

In this lunchtime talk, Dr Paul Penn will illustrate how metacognitive flaws are manifest in the way students frequently approach studying. He will then provide some simple advice from psychological research that those involved in the provision of academic support can offer students to promote the use of more effective study practices.

Dr Paul Penn is a Senior Lecturer within UEL's School of Psychology (and is an ex-undergraduate student of the school). He is the author of 'The Psychology of Effective Studying: How to Succeed in Your Degree', published by Routledge in August 2019.

Please note that this event is for University of East London staff only.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020


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