If it seems that your students are unprepared for college, they can’t seem to figure out how to do better, and you can’t figure out how to help them, this workshop can help. You can teach students how to learn. You can teach students that “learning is a process—not an activity that happens while they’re sitting in class, or something that occurs the night before an exam.” Teaching students this process is what Saundra McGuire has learned to do over the past fifteen years, and she says, “It’s been very exciting for me to witness the transformation in students’ behaviors, attitudes and skills, once they learn how to learn.” In this workshop, you will learn exactly how to teach your students these skills—in a way that’s engaging and interesting to them. You can help your students learn and practice strategies and skills that will enable them to experience transformative success in yours and all their courses.

  • Cost:  $395/participant
  • No pre-requisites
  • Two weeks in length
  • Facilitated
  • Asynchronous
  • Approximately 20-hr time commitment
  • Sessions limited to 15 participants
Upcoming Sessions

Summer 2019
August 14 – August 29

Fall 2019
September 11 – September 26
October 16 – October 31
November 6 – November 21

(To register, select date of your choice)


Dedicated sessions for groups of 10 or more are available upon request.
To schedule, contact Linda Jacoby at lindaj@optimizelearning.org

Intended Audience

This workshop is appropriate for teachers, staff (especially in first-year experience type programs, academic support services, career counseling, programs), and administrators– anyone who desires to learn and implement strategies that will help students learn how to learn.

Workshop Format
Teach Students How to Learn is a facilitated, online workshop designed to be completed over two weeks. Through readings, videos, a variety of application activities, collegial discussion, reflection on your own learning, and helpful, individual, personalized feedback and suggestions from an experienced coach, you will learn and practice key strategies designed to enable you to leave the workshop with materials, tools, and skills that you can confidently use with students. There is substantial active learning required in this workshop and specific due dates must be met. You can expect to spend a total of about 20 hours completing workshop lessons and activities.

Workshop Product
You should select a single student group of your own (e.g., one class) with whom you desire to first share the strategies you learn in the workshop. By the end of the workshop you will have:

  • Used active learning to explain Bloom’s taxonomy, metacognitive learning strategies, the Study Cycle and the connection of mindset, emotions and learning;
  • Designed a f2f lesson or online module targeted for the specific student group(s) with whom you work;
  • Identified specific learning activities for your courses that will encourage and support higher levels of student achievement; and
  • Identified personal strategies and tools for collecting, analyzing and sharing individual and group improvement data.

Teachers and students who have used the teaching and learning strategies you will learn and work with  in this workshop, report “dramatic individual student improvement.” You will also experience new joy and ability to more strategically and effectively help students learn how to learn.

About the Author
Dr. McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops on metacognitive learning strategies to help students succeed at over 300 institutions in 44 states and eight countries. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Her best-selling book, Teach Students How to Learn, was published by Stylus in 2015.  The student version of this book, Teach Yourself How to Learn, also became available in January 2018.