Joe Magliano, Ph.D: College Mastery: Elevating Reading and Critical Thinking | Raising Parents #42

In this episode, host Dina Sargeant is joined by Joe Magliano, Ph.D who holds a Ph.D in Cognitive Psychology and is an Educational Psychology Professor at Georgia State University

College is one of the biggest—and most memorable—milestones that young adults will ever experience. But few are prepared for the experience, specifically for the reading load that it entails. This episode will examine the critical importance of academic reading in college and how young adults can develop the skills to boost their academic performance.

Meet Joe Magliano, Ph.D

Dr. Joe Magliano is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Georgia State University. His specializations include discourse, comprehension, individual differences, and computer-based assessment. Dr. Magliano is also a prolific writer, with hundreds of authored and co-authored publications in various channels.

About the episode

The discussion delved into cognitive psychology and how it can be applied to parenting and life. 

Dr. Joe revealed his expertise, discussing that cognitive psychology deals with how people learn and applying those insights to practical areas like academic reading in college.

He shared valuable insights, such as his theory on why students (on all levels, from undergrad to PhD) procrastinate and his thoughts on how to remedy that.

One of his most important recommendations is to be at peace with the feeling of not understanding what you’re learning or reading, as the overwhelming feeling of not knowing can cause students to give up. Another recommendation is to make learning social, as the life experience attached to learning motivates students better.

The discussion then shifted to the key milestones that students have in college. He discussed young adults’ social, emotional, and cognitive transitions at this life stage.

Social transition is the most visible as students go from structured high school experiences to unstructured college life. They also tend to move to different states, live by themselves for the first time, and even start new social networks from scratch.

These transitions contribute to emotional transitions, as sudden independence and new environments challenge how young adults deal with themselves.

Lastly, there’s then a considerable need for discipline to succeed cognitively. Young adults at this stage need to self-regulate and self-motivate for their schooling. Also attached is the growing career and life awareness that students tend to develop.

In the final part of the discussion, he gave recommendations for parents to help their children prepare for college. Children should be prepared for the culture, workload, and transitions during college life.

In conclusion

Being ready for college might seem trivial, but it greatly affects your children’s experience. Learning about cognitive psychology is one of the best ways to help you with that, and this episode contains valuable information about helping you and your children prepare for this important life event.

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