• Kathryn Mary Davis

Undergraduate and Graduate Experience

Updated: Oct 22, 2018

Henry Ford once said that “The object of education is not to fill a man’s mind with facts; it is to teach him how to use his mind in thinking.”

Learning how to learn is a current topic of interest related to challenges I experienced during undergraduate degree completion. Today, I'm 75% done with my coursework in the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program at California State University, Fullerton. To date, I've achieved a cumulative GPA of 4.0—much improved from the 2.5 earned during my first college experience.

When a learner understands how to approach instruction, the likelihood of the learner acquiring and retaining knowledge improves. Some individuals may have missed an introduction to basic learning techniques early in life, while others may have misplaced these skills somewhere along the way.

With that said, the broad goal of my master’s thesis is to understand how learners can get the most out of the time they invest in learning, in preparation for the development of an educational product to support adults re-entering the educational arena. Personally, after attaining and applying several simple learning strategies, the task of learning became much more straightforward, productive, and enjoyable. To that end, I want to help others experience the same.

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