Title: The Biology of Learning
Calibrations, Average Word Count, and Answer Keys
For this assignment the
student is asked to:
1. Understand the difference between information and knowledge.
2. Carefully consider the brain changes that accompany learning and how best to facilitate these changes.
3. Understand the two components of learning.
4. Understand how repetition and elaboration aid memory.
5. Take the Learning Styles Survey and establish what your learning style is. Consider new study methods and strategies suggested by the Learning Styles Survey.
6. Review the methods and strategies of study and apply them to your particular learning style.
Write an essay that relates the learning biology of your brain to the study methods and strategies you use. Discuss how you might change, organize, or otherwise improve your study strategies in light of any new knowledge gained from the"Biology of Learning," "Learning Styles Survey" and other assigned resources.
"The Biology of
Learning" by Dr. Stephen Londe is the main resource and is the basis of the
DVC Online Learning Style Survey for College (http://www.metamath.com/lsweb/dvclearn.htm) This resource was prepared by learning specialists at Diablo Valley College. You are asked to take the Learning Styles Survey to see what kinds of things might help you assimilate and comprehend course material.
Sleep web site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sleeping An interesting overview of the "science" of sleep with some additional references.
"The Brain from top to bottom" http://www.thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/index_d.html
epecially important: memory http://www.thebrain.mcgill.ca/flash/i/i_07/i_07_cr/i_07_cr_tra/i_07_cr_tra.htm#2 This is a good website about the brain and its function. It is written at several levels and is a great introduction to this complex field.
"How Not to Plagiarize" - Here's a brief overview on plagiarism and how not to do it. URL: http://http://www.utoronto.ca/writing/plagsep.html
"Tips for Writing Essays" - A short and VERY basic primer for proper essay construction. A paragraph (which is what you are to write in THIS assignment) is much like an essay, but the first sentence introduces the concept, each following sentence develops your arguments, and the final sentence is a conclusion. URL: http://www.infoplease.com/homework/hwessays.html
Raims, Ann: "Keys for Writers". 4th Edition; Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company; March 30, 2004. A very good general writing manual reference for all writing. (Optional)
Your 400-1200 word
essay should be based on information from the article by Dr. Londe, "The
Biology of Learning." posted on eCompanion. Make sure you read it carefully.
Take some notes or outline the information for use in your essay.
Take the "Learning Styles Survey" and then compare the reccomended study methods and strategies in both of these resources to your present methods of study. Here take some notes on the study method suggestions for use in your essay.
Describe in your essay any changes in method or strategy of study that you might adopt based on these two resources.
Follow the Guiding questions.
Think about how best to organize your essay in response to the Writing Prompts.
Check your essay completeness by doing a preliminary calibration using the calibration questions, which are posted on eCompanion.
What is the difference between information and knowledge?
2. What is learning and what are the two components of learning?
3. What are the changes in the brain brought about by the process of learning?
4. What are the two main strategies of remembering?
5. What are short-term, long-term, and working memory?
6. What are the study methods suggested to facilitate learning?
7. What are some strategies to facilitate learning, make learning more efficient, and provide the best conditions for learning?
Write a short essay of 400 - 5000 WORDS briefly summarizing the biology of learning and how it might affect your personal strategies for performing well at the college level. Be sure to use your own words -- don't just cut and paste from the articles (that is plagiarism and will result in automatic F with additional serious academic consequences!). Address all the issues raised in the writing prompt. Ensure you INCLUDE EACH of the following in your final (submitted) essay in separate paragraphs.
The grading scheme will address the topics and how they're presented, and you will lose points if you fail to follow instructions properly.
Write the essay according to the general guidelines provided. Keep this at hand for frequent referral as necessary. Your essay should clearly demonstrate that you have read and understood the source material. Use the calibration questions posted for you on eCompanion to assess completness of your essay before submitting it.
1. Summarize the main
points in the article "The Biology of Learning." Explain how brain
biology relates to methods of study especially your present methods of study.
Explain what new methods you might use.
2. Take the "Learning Styles Survey" and include in your essay, strategies you might employ to do well in college. If you already use all these strategies, indicate which ones have worked well for you in the past.
3. Add any of your own ideas to this mix. It is important for you to express your ideas, find a common theme for your introduction, and then organize it all logically. Creativity is prized.
4. Use some of the information in the "Biology of Learning" and the "Learning Styles Survey" as they relate to you and explain how you might add to or change your study habits.
5. Do the web sites on sleep and the brain add any useful information? Include it in your discussion.
6. In summary, there should be about FIVE OR MORE PARAGRAPHS: Introductory, "Biology of Learning" including information and how it relates to the your study methods, "Learning Styles Survey" including information and how it relates to the your study methods, a paragraph containing pertinent information from the a sleep and brain website, and finally a summary or conclusion paragraph.
7. After you have written the first full draft, review it to be sure that the paragraph subjects are included in the first paragraph main theme and that there is a smooth and logical transition.
8. End with an appropriate summary or conclusion.
9. Answer the calibration questions posted for you on eCompanion to assess you essay before submitting it.
10. Remember "SAVING" just saves the material for further writing and editing. You must format it in HTML and "SUBMIT" it for final credit. Remember to HIT "PREVIEW TEXT" to see that it looks right! To format it (see SMC CPR Student Handout section on "Formatting Essays").
n.b The Calibration Questions are the same for the calibration essays and the review essays. They follow below. The instructor answers have been removed for the calibration essays.
Average Calibration Word Count = 634