Want to Earn Better Grades and Retain Your Learning While Also Having More Free Time?

Here is my sales pitch to you: “Earn better grades and learn more effectively while spending less time studying than with your present approach to your classwork.” Sound too good to be true? The goal of this First Lecture is to pass on to you how to build good habits of efficient learning so that you master material more quickly and retain that knowledge more thoroughly. These habits reflect our improved understanding of the neuroscience of learning. I will give a (hopefully) humorous talk on the mistakes that most students make leading to inefficient learning, long hours of ineffective studying, and lower grades than desired. I will present how to learn more efficiently and build effective study habits. I will share ideas backed up with many anecdotal stories from my years of teaching students how to excel in the classroom while maximizing their free time. This free time can be used to pursue the myriad of amazing opportunities that university life presents you: participating in clubs, athletics, the arts, or simply building deep friendships with your classmates. In addition to study habits, I will also pass on some ideas of how to make the most of your time in college including transitioning to university life, building relationships with your professors, and taking advantage of the many resources at Notre Dame to carve out unique experiences such as service projects, study abroad, and undergraduate research.

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Mike Seelinger

Dunn Family Teaching Professor of Engineering

College of Engineering

About the Lecturer

Professor Seelinger is the Dunn Family Teaching Professor of Engineering in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. He teaches a variety of courses particularly to 1st and 2nd year engineering students for which he has earned numerous accolades. In the classroom he is best known for what his students refer to as “Story Time with Professor Seelinger.” With some frequency he starts class with a story intended to introduce a “life lesson.” These include topics such as how to be a more efficient learner, how to get the most out of a summer internship, and how to build good professional relationships. He earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1994, 1997, and 1999.

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