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A look at the model

Metacognition: The key to success?

Anxiety reduction tips and techniques

Assessing preferences

The research basis for the strategies, tips, and techniques presented

About the author

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) & Comments


Are learning preferences a result of experience and environment? Can they change?
There is evidence to support both inherent and experiential/environmental effects on learning preferences. Generally, the stronger a person's preference, the less likely to change. From personal experiences, I have seen persons without a single strong preference, be able to consciously effect change toward a desired preference.

Can I use the material/resources on your website, giving you credit?
Absolutely! You may use anything you find helpful. If I have a citation with it, you need only cite them. It is a model I became very excited about when I heard Nelson DuBois research about metacognition and study skills. The model fit so beautifully into the model of four quadrants that is used in the 4MAT model for learning preferences. The characteristics for study strategies even fits within many of the characteristics of the 4MAT model by Excel, Inc.

Can I send students to your website?
Please do. I would welcome their feedback as well. One person stated that I needed more graphics. She said it was content-rich but dry without some graphics to heighten interest.


Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 12:49:46

User Name: Susan at

I came upon your website for the first time today when I did a search on constructivism + "developmental education". I've just finished reading all of it. I feel like I've found a bit of a gold mine!
I've spent the last 2-1/2 years teaching 1st semester developmental learning students in a study skills course. Each semester I've used a different textbook, not satisfied with any of them. I've considered writing my own textbook, but that's a major undertaking and I have no interest in reinventing the proverbial wheel. After reading your model and accompanying material, I feel like I've found an approach and strategies that I've been looking for all along. Do you have any textbooks you recommend? articles and/or resources for the students' use? Can I use the material/resources on your website, giving you credit?
Thanks so much for what your doing here!


Tuesday, May 16, 2006 at 22:53:20
User Name: Kazimir
User Comments: I really love this website, it is interesting, fun and entertaining.
Keep up the hard work.


Wednesday, February 8, 2006 at 06:31:03
Username: BlackJack Games
Hi. You have very nice website! Beautiful design.


Tuesday, November 15, 2005 at 19:17:49
User Name: Carolyn

  • Chose right brain/left brain.
  • Personally interested. Am good in Math and Physics but also have a strong reactive side.
  • In past tests of this type, I have come out in the middle - left=right.
  • Curious to see if things have changed. Doing a lot more creative now than math and science.
  • Lo and behold, my right brain score was twice my left brain. Does it mean anything?
  • Did I learn that lifestyle and work can change the relationship? I don't know.But it made me think!
  • Knew a lot of this, because of my education background but gained new insight.
  • Use with students: Test techniques refer them to as well as for math anxiety.
  • Lot of good stuff there.


On Tue Oct 12, 2004 at 1:14AM David Becker <> said:
I am a grateful former student of Nelson DuBois circa 1978. Back then he talked a lot about Gagne and was a superb teacher and I imagine he has learned a few things since then. Please tell him a former student sends his best regards and has changed the "system" a little bit as he predicted.
David Becker


Teaching and Technology News cited Mon Mar 29, 2004 at teachnology
"Learning is very personal. "Learning, Your Way" is grounded in research in metacognition and constructivism. It uses experiences from workshops, seminars, and best practices over the last 20 years to help learners assess learning needs and consciously choose strategies to improve their success in learning"


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