Wayne State University

Teaching Students How to Learn

Dr. Saundra McGuire presenting to WSU faculty and staff

Dr. Saundra McGuire, the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University (LSU) was the featured speaker on Tuesday, March 28th 2017. The campus wide forum on teaching and learning was co-hosted by the Office for Teaching and Learning and the Wayne State University (WSU) WIDER/ SSTEPS Grant Program. As a part of this forum, Provost Keith Whitfield addressed participants on the importance of meeting students where they are, emphasized that what may have worked 10 years ago may no longer be sufficient and that new strategies are called for in today’s classrooms. Dr. McGuire engaged a diverse audience of over one hundred and fifty Wayne State faculty members, senior academic leaders, and academic staff members on the topic of engaging students in their learning. McGuire, author of Teach Students How to Learn, led participants through a series of highly interactive exercises in a workshop that exemplified how the use of simple learning strategies, such as introducing students to the study cycle and Bloom’s taxonomy, can help significantly improve students’ academic success. In addition to the campus wide workshop, Dr. McGuire met with members of the Chemistry Department diversity committee, the WIDER SSTEPs Research Team, and a multicultural group of WSU STEM undergraduates.