Seven Principles for Effective Teaching and Learning

1. Students’ prior knowledge can help or hinder learning.  

2. How students organize knowledge influences how they learn and apply what they know.  

3. Students’ motivation generates, directs, and sustains what they do to learn. 

4. To develop mastery, students must acquire component skills, practice integrating them, and know when to apply what they have learned. 

5. Goal-directed practice coupled with targeted feedback are critical to learning.  

6. Students’ current level of development interacts with the social, emotional, and intellectual climate of the course to impact learning. 

7. To become self-directed learners, students must learn to assess the demands of the task, evaluate their own knowledge and skills, plan their approach, monitor their progress, and adjust their strategies as needed.