Interested in Improving Learning?

Interested in Improving Learning?

Dr. Stephen Chew/Lecturer

Guest Lecture with Dr. Stephen Chew / September 29, 3:30-5:00, WA-104 (Santa Fe College Northwest Campus)

Dr. Stephen Chew, professor and Chair of psychology at Samford University, will join us on Thursday, September 29th, to share how to improve student performance by addressing misconceptions about learning. All are invited to Thursday’s lecture and Q&A.

Dr. Chew’s presentation will examine common misconceptions among both students and teachers that undermine student learning. Students often overestimate their level of understanding, mistakenly believe they can multi-task effectively, and select poor learning strategies. Teachers often believe that student engagement, “active” learning, and struggle are critical to teaching effectiveness when these concepts have serious limitations. Dr. Chew will discuss and demonstrate some key cognitive principles that must be addressed for any pedagogy to be effective.

Dr. Chew will also lead a special working session on Developing a Mindset for Successful Learning on Friday, September 30th. For details and to register for this workshop, visit or contact

Trained as a cognitive psychologist, Dr. Chew was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in 1998 as part of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. In 2005, he received the Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He was named the 2011 Outstanding Master’s Universities and Colleges U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His video series, “Developing a Mindset for Successful Learning” (for students) and “The Cognitive Principles of Effective Teaching” (for teachers), have been viewed over a million times and are in wide use from high schools to professional schools.