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2023 Virtual Teaching and Learning Symposium
“Teaching Students How to Learn”



Keynote Address

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, “Close the Metacognitive Equity Gap: Teach Students How to Learn”

We are very excited to have Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire as our keynote speaker this year as she shares with us her work on student metacognition.

Many students come to college without the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed. However, these skills can be increased rapidly and substantially by teaching students metacognitive learning strategies and helping them develop a growth mindset about intelligence. This interactive keynote will present simple and effective learning strategies based on cognitive science principles. Participants will engage in activities to demonstrate strategies that transform students’ attitudes about the meaning of learning. This transformation leads to increased student success, confidence, and motivation.


About Dr. McGuire

Dr. Saundra Yancy 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 effective learning strategies at over 500 institutions in 47 states and thirteen countries. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Her best-selling books, Teach Students How to Learn and Teach Yourself How to Learn, are widely praised by faculty and students. The Parents’ Guide to Studying and Learning was released in January 2022.

Dr. McGuire’s most recent accolades include being named a 2022 Louisiana Legend by Louisiana Public Broadcasting, being listed in the 2020 edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America, receiving the 2019 Commitment to Excellence in Academic Support Award from the Commission for Academic Support in Higher Education, and induction in 2017 into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction. She is an elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring in a White House Oval Office Ceremony.

Dr. McGuire received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA; her Master’s degree from Cornell University; and her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Professional Promise.



Please direct any questions about the CETL 2023 Symposium to Stephanie Guedet, guedet@uwm.edu.


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