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March 2023 SPECIAL EDITION : Learning like a Pro!

Each year for the past six years, the State Center Community College District has held a conference for and by our student tutors. This event was held virtually during the COVID pandemic, and this March, tutors will gather face-to-face for the first time in 3 years. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Barbara Oakley, an expert on Neuro-science and Learning. Student tutors from all 4 SCCCD campuses will gather on Saturday, March 4th, 2023, to hear from Oakley and each other on various topics designed to encourage learning.

Below is an excerpt from Oakley's website:

"I started studying engineering much later than many engineering students because my original intention had been to become a linguist. I enlisted in the U.S. Army right after high school and spent a year studying Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. The Army eventually sent me to the University of Washington, where I received my first degree–a B.A. in Slavic Languages and Literature…I served four years in Germany as a Signal Officer and rose to become a Captain. After my commitment ended, I decided to leave the Army and study engineering so that I could better understand the communications equipment I had been working with. Five years later I received a second degree: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. … I settled down and spent three years working as an instrumentation and controls engineer at a laser research and development firm near Seattle, and moved to the Detroit area in 1989. I worked for Ford briefly and then began doing consulting and attending Oakland University…I received an M.S. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1995, and a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering in 1998. I was hired after my graduation to continue as a professor at Oakland University. My work focuses on the complex relationship between neuroscience and social behavior. I've published in outlets as varied as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times."

This issue of Paper Jam includes content from our three tutor team presentations which we think will interest all students. This year's theme is taken from one of Dr. Oakley's books, Learn Like a Pro. We hope you take a few minutes to read through the information we have put together, and we hope that you find ideas to make your life as a student more enjoyable and that you realize your potential to Learn Like a Pro!

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