EDP 304: Strategic Learning for the 21st Century

Textbook–Motivation and Learning Strategies of College Success: A Focus on Self-Regulated Learning by Dembo, M.H., & Seli, H.

This undergraduate course introduces students to research on self-regulation, learning, memory, motivation, and emotion. Students will gain practical skills for becoming more successful learners in areas such as time management, goal setting, study strategies, and techniques for regulating their outer (physical and social) and inner (motivational and emotional) worlds. Centered on team based learning, this course is highly interactive and engaging, as students work together throughout the semester to discuss course concepts and prepare projects.

Mindful Self-Compassion 8 Week Program

Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported, 8-week, training program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult moments in their lives with kindness, care and understanding.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and balanced, mindful awareness. Kindness opens our hearts to suffering, so we can give ourselves what we need. Common humanity opens us to our essential interrelatedness, so that we know we aren’t alone. Mindfulness opens us to the present moment, so we can accept our experience with greater ease. Together they comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as diet and exercise, and satisfying personal relationships.


A 300-hr Dharma Yoga certified teacher, Phoebe teaches weekly yoga classes at UT-Austin for faculty and students. Classes begin with short meditations to cultivate breath and body awareness. Guided movement is fluid and safe to build strength, flexibility, and most importantly, kindness towards the body.  As a teacher, Phoebe believes yoga’s primary benefit is to facilitate a deeper familiarity with our bodies and minds. As such, she highly encourages her students’ creative movements and modifications.


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