Quarantine Week - Learning to Learn More Effectively & Efficiently: Sharpen Your Saw for the Spring Term

Tuesday, Jan 12, 2021

This is an excellent time to ‘sharpen your saw,’ that is, to hone the skills that will make your academic work more efficient and allow you to attain your goals, maintain balance and truly thrive this spring. This integrated set of active workshops provides students with the advanced knowledge and strategies needed to meet Princeton’s distinctive academic challenges—which are all the more demanding under present circumstances. 


Using Cognitive Science Research to Become an Expert Learner
Monday, January 25, 2021, 3-4:00 p.m.

Princeton expectations and demands require not only that you gain expertise in the subject matter of your courses, but in learning itself. Experimental research has identified a set of guiding principles that can make your learning, studying and exam preparation more effective and efficient. In this workshop you will learn about these principles and how to realistically apply them in your own courses during the semester so you can achieve your academic goals.

Managing Large Amounts of Information: ‘Blueprinting’ Your Courses
Tuesday, January 26, 2021, 3-4:00 p.m.

Want to learn new methods for managing the large amounts of information in your courses? Learn how to “blueprint” your courses so that you can read, take lecture notes, and study more purposefully and efficiently. The blueprinting strategy is expressly designed for reading-intensive Princeton courses, but can be adapted to any course.

Feel Like You Could Get More from Lectures and Precepts?: Learn to Take More Effective Notes
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 3-4:00 p.m.

To a significant extent, college students are expected to teach themselves, that is to learn independently using the materials professors provide. In many Princeton courses lecture notes are the primary sources of students’ independent learning. So, to achieve academic success you need to develop superior strategies for taking and effectively using class notes.

Preventing Procrastination
Friday, January 29, 2021, 3-4:00 p.m.

Was procrastination an obstacle to maintaining balance and achieving your academic goals in the fall semester? Procrastination is not a matter of mere “laziness” and the solution is not simply “better time management”. In order to overcome procrastination, it is vital that you understand its root causes and motivational dynamics and learn an array of (sometimes counter-intuitive) strategies and techniques for preventing it.