College Readiness: Building A Bridge to Success

College Readiness: Building A Bridge to College Success


Do you know a college-bound student who has faced academic hurdles? Perhaps you know a learner eager to succeed in college but hasn’t found assistance that is truly helpful. You’re not alone!

Did you know?
Most students are not taught how to learn optimally.
  • 89% educators reported that most of their students lack optimal learning strategies.(COGx Global Survey of 1000 Educators, 2023)

  • Decades of Scientific study has revealed that Learning is a science that must be taught. (Bjork et al., 2013: Dunlosky 2021) 

COGx Program
Equipping students with mastery over their learning journey

This award winning program by COGx was co-created with leading experts on human learning. It not only prepares more students for success in pursuing a 4-year degree but also equip them with the skills needed to thrive in the competitive workforce.

While most college success programs focus on  basic skills like time management, note taking and exam strategies COGx programs enhance their retention, executive function, metacognition, comprehension, and critical thinking, ensuring they enter college with confidence and competence. Students learn the science behind effective learning which sets them up for lifelong success.

Program Name: Becoming a Sophisticated Learner

Duration:12-14 hours

Upcoming Start Dates: 

Course Format: Online, Self-Paced

Instructional Format: Synchronous + Asynchronous

Modules: 7

Certificate: Included

What Students Learn

Building Habits for Learning Success

Understand the science behind habits and productive habit formation. Dispel common misunderstandings about how habits are created and maintained. Explore the concept of desirable difficulties and practice methods to persevere through difficult tasks. Learn how to make meaningful changes in your routine that last.

Unlearning & Relearning

Learning is something you will do for life. There is a proper way to learn efficiently and effectively. Learn about the common misconceptions of learning and some basic necessities for learning to occur. Discover how to manage challenging emotions and uncover your mindset related to learning. Develop the habits of mind and routines to achieve what is possible for you.

Mastering Memory (Encoding & Retrieval)

Do you often re-read, highlight, underline and/or forget what you study? Have you ever crammed before a test? Studies show that the most commonly used strategies to study are the most ineffective ones for learning. Furthermore, compelling research reveals that encoding techniques and retrieval strategies improve learning dramatically. Master evidence-based techniques to learn and retain what you learn.

Self Regulation & Executive Function

You are expected to pay attention in class, organize the materials and content, and ultimately use it in and out of the classroom. Yet, rarely are we taught to do this effectively or consciously. Executive function skills, such as time management and organizing, have been found to predict success in school and beyond. Learn about the monitoring and managing skills needed before, during and after learning activities occur.

Metacognition: Monitor & Control

One of the most powerful actions you can take to improve your learning outcomes is to learn metacognitive awareness skills. In fact, research shows that students who have strong metacognition are up to one year ahead of their peers. Discover how to think metacognitively and reflect on your learning. Learn how to determine if the methods you’re using are effective and when to try a different approach.

How Students Learn

Priming Activities

Priming activities prepare students' brains for learning and make it easier to understand the material later on.


Interaction with other students on discussion boards and during live classes.


Students learn from their peers' educational trajectories and share their own prior experiences at school.

Video Micro-Lessons

Students watch video micro-lessons make the information tangible and relevant.

Authentic Assessment

Students demonstrate their learning to authentic audiences of their peers and beyond.

Creative Expression

Students are engaged through creativity and invited to respond in a variety of modes including writing and video.

Retrieval Practice

Students engage in frequent retrieval practice including elaboration, spacing, self- testing, and interleaving.

Application Guides

Application guides are study guides. Students can print them out or store them on their computer for easy reference.


Students make meaning of what they're learning and understand themselves as a learner through reflection.

See How COGx Excels

Traditional Programs
Only provides foundational toolkit to navigate the academic environment effectively
  • Includes basic instruction on time management, organization skills, and offers simple strategies to tackle procrastination.
  • Rarely includes topics on habit formation.

  • Focuses on short-term learning strategies without addressing lifelong learning skills.
  • Provides superficial coverage of health and wellness maintenance and offers basic tips for managing test anxiety and stress, failing to address underlying issues.

  • States common study techniques, known to be less effective for long-term retention according to research findings.
COGx Program
Designed to enhance students' cognitive abilities, equipping them with a comprehensive set of science-based tools to optimize their learning process.
  • Students delve into the intricacies of executive functions, exploring how their minds manage tasks before, during, and after setting a goal.
  • Provides comprehensive training in habit science and perseverance, facilitating lasting routine changes.
  • Emphasizes lifelong learning skills, dispels common misconceptions, and highlights essential components for efficient and effective learning.
  • Covers the crucial topic of how to manage challenging emotions, cultivates mindset awareness, and guides students to uncover their habits of mind and potential for growth.
  • Explores memory processes and offers effective strategies for enhancing learning, retention, and application of information.

COGx Student Testimonials

In Partnership With Experts on Learning Science from...

COGx has been devoted to translating scientific research and evidence-based practice into accessible programs. They are rigorous in their approach and committed to applying research findings and evidence with fidelity. As a result, they are making great strides in changing the status quo in education to one that embraces scientific research on learning.

Professor Robert Bjork
COGx Academic Partner & Professor of Psychology, UCLA; Bjork Learning & Forgetting Lab