Learning Dos and Don’ts

I’m about to begin my second year of teaching IB Psychology online with Pamoja Education. As both a technology learning coach and psychology teacher, this experience of teaching a rigorous IB curriculum 100% online has been very good so far. I’m looking forward to Year 2 (IB Diploma courses are two years long) of the experience, especially since we will be tackling the Internal Assessment in the first semester. It’s going to be interesting to see how the process of doing the IA goes with on online class versus a face-to-face class.

In order to help students get in the right frame of mind for learning in this second year of the course, the teachers were asked to write a list of dos and don’t and post it on the Pamoja IB Psychology blog. Here is the list of dos and don’t I wrote for the students. Hyperlinks will take you to psychological research/articles that support that idea.

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Image Licensed from Shutterstock

DO

  • Submit work on time.
  • Revise frequently (especially Year 1 content).
  • Be organized with your use of time.
  • Keep your course content well organized and connected to learning outcomes.
  • Read, reflect upon, and adapt your learning approaches based on teacher qualitative feedback.
  • Use study strategies based on brain and learning research. See this article for some strategies.
  • Communicate and collaborate with your teacher and peers.
  • Reflect upon and connect your personal life experiences with the content we study.
  • Eliminate distractions while reading, studying, and completing work. Check out this app called Self Control that is very helpful with this (Note: this app is for Macs only. For PCs, check out one of these).
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Eat well, exercise, and drink plenty of water.
  • Make time to do the things you love outside of school.
  • Know that with thoughtful, consistent efforts you can and will succeed

DON’T

  • Leave work to the last minute.
  • Just focus on the grade/mark earned in your work.
  • Be afraid to ask questions.
  • Multitask (or task switch) while studying.
  • Wait until April to start revising for the exam.
  • Think you are alone in this learning endeavor.

I know lists like these can be narrowed and refined, but these are the broad, essential elements I think will lead students to success. Is there any other essential do or don’t you would add?

The post on the Pamoja IB Psychology blog can be found here.

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About togalearning

Technology Learning Coach, High School Social Studies and online IB Psychology teacher

Posted on September 2, 2014, in Education, IB, Psychology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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