Dancing with the Professors: The Right Steps for the Learning Dance
It is necessary to act in harmony with the professors for high quality and positive learning process throughout university life. In this seminar, the four basic steps to be taken by the learners for a harmonious learning dance are introduced by examples explaining why they are important and how they can contribute to the learning process.
"Smart" Goals for Learning
What is the importance of the goals for our learning? What are some effective goal setting strategies and how do our choices affect them? What should I do for real learning? In this seminar, the concepts and strategies for setting smart goals in learning are introduced and discussed.
Worst Case Scenarios for Students and Strategies for Holding onto Dear Learning
Learning is a challenging process. It involves dealing with obstacles and continuing to put forth effort. In this seminar, several strategies are recommended to deal with some scenarios students encounter that affect their learning negatively.
Learning to Learn (So You Think You Got It)
This seminar aims to introduce to you the Bloom’s Taxonomy (classification) which is the foundation of all educational objectives so that you and your instructors can speak a common language of learning. Once you understand this framework, you will also understand why it is not that easy to claim that you understood or learned something.
Want to Learn like Playing a Game?
Who would not want to learn like playing games? To be able to do that we need to understand why we love games so much in the first place, and see the benefits of gamifiying our learning processes. This seminar explains the principles of gamification for purposes of learning.
Don’t Go With the Flow! Be in the Flow!
In this seminar, the phenomena of being in the flow is examined from a motivational standpoint. The conditions that are necessary for us to experience flow while learning are explained and ways to create these conditions are discussed.
Things You Need to do to be an Unskilled Graduate
The decisions you make in the challenging learning processes throughout your university life will put you either on the path to be a skilled graduate or an unskilled graduate. In this seminar, the criteria for being a skilled graduate are explained and the difficulties that may deter us from progressing in this path are discussed.
A Very Familiar Student Tale
In this seminar, we take notice of the things to watch out for in our learning processes through the tale of a university student who is not very likely to be successful.
Academic Fortune Telling: What do your grades and notes tell?
In this seminar, it is explained that the early grades in courses are generally good indicators for the grades to be received at the end of the semester and it is recommended to devise a plan accordingly, namely early on in the semester. It also explained why it is important to take notes during classes, the characteristics of good note-taking, and the need for students to evaluate the quality of their notes in the learning process.
21st Century Thinking Skills and Learning
In this seminar, the characteristics of critical and creative thinking are explained. The ways for the students to use them in their courses and learning processes are exemplified.
Crashing the Learning to Learn Course
As part of the EDU 201 Learning to Learn course, this seminar is held every week during the course hours to bring together the first-year students ("Course Crashers") and the students of the course, who are mostly third and fourth-year students. Following a mini-lecture on the topic of the week, two groups of students engage in a short discussion answering a few questions ("Peer Talk"). The responses of our guests are recorded and a discussion summary is created together.
Emerging adulthood is a period in which we experience many changes and take responsibility of our lives. What should we expect from this period? In this seminar, five characteristics of emerging adulthood defined by Jeffrey Arnett (2006) are shared with the aim of helping students have a closer look at themselves and better understand experiences of this period.
The most effective tool that brings us to our goal is to have specific strategies. In this seminar, smart goal setting strategies that students can apply both in university life and throughout their lifes will be shared.
Time Management and Delay of Gratification
Do you feel lost in the continuous flow of information, expectations and responsibilities? Managing time is one of the ways to alleviate these feelings, and this also requires waiting for our wishes and desires. Otherwise, the inevitable end is waiting for us: procrastination! In this seminar, time management strategies will be shared, which will make students enjoy the learning experience more.
Implicit Theories of Intelligence
Do we have a certain amount of intelligence and that's all we have? Or is it possible to improve our brains with effort? This seminar aims to introduce to you the findings on brain development and the effects of beliefs about intelligence on our learning.
Motivation is the force that drives us and directs our behavior. Have you ever thought about what your motivation is to attend classes, learn new things and gain new skills? In this seminar, it is aimed to support students to become lifelong learners by considering the sources of our motivation.
Basic Psychological Needs
Understanding our basic psychological needs is essential both for our psychological well-being and for our learning experience. This seminar will cover three basic psychological needs with the aim of helping students better understand themselves and their learning experiences.
Stress and Learning
Do your endless to-do-lists and fast approaching deadlines prevent you from doing what you do? What is stress and how does it affect us? The aim of this seminar is to help students learn the causes and effects of stress and the mechanisms of coping with stress.
How are we aware of emotions we experience in everyday life? Can we regulate our feelings in such a way as to support our relationships and learning? Emotion regulation is one of the skills needed to enrich our life experiences and establish healthy relationships. In this seminar, effective strategies of emotion regulation are shared with students.