How College Students Learn

Gerunda Hughes , Ph.D.

October 12 , 2005

Video Segments

  1. How do you learn?
  2. What are the major theories of learning?
  3. What are the key principles of learning?
  4. How can we understand those principles?
  5. How can we design environments to help students learn?
  6. How can we put the principles to work to improve student learning?


To teach well, teachers need to understand how their students learn. They need to keep abreast of recent developments in the science of learning so that they will understand the key principles of learning. In particular, they need to know how to address students’ preconceptions, how to facilitate the transfer of knowledge to new situations, and how to develop their students’ metacognitive skills. Once they understand these principles, they can design learning environments that facilitate learning.