SoL: Becoming A Sophisticated Learner

SoL: Becoming A Sophisticated Learner

In partnership with the world’s leading experts, COGx bridges the gap between research from learning sciences and  application. Our online program for students provides compelling research and insightful application to improve your ability to learn independently .

Ensuring Lifelong Learning Success

Becoming a Sophisticated Learner democratizes access to decades of research on human learning. Students demystify the learning process, define learning success, and feel empowered to take control of their education. Participants will learn how to monitor their learning and strategies to learn deeply. Learning through our student course is active, engaging, collaborative, and application-based. Our program will develop your ability to learn effectively and independently with science-based tools that will enable you to master what you are taught inside and outside the classroom.

Program Modules: Becoming A Sophisticated Learner

This program consists of 6 Modules of self-led asynchronous e-learning, which are complemented with live synchronous group collaboration, assignments and guided practice to support students. The pace of the course is adjustable to the needs of each partner organization. We recommend students complete the course in small cohorts to allow for peer discussion, collaboration, and facilitator led coaching sessions.

What You Will Learn

Discover each of our Modules on the Science of Learning for Students

Who You Learn From

Learn from a team of global experts on the Science of Learning

How You Learn

Explore how we apply what we teach to how we teach it

What You Learn: Student Modules

Learning Success Defined

Scientists have spent decades deciphering how we learn optimally. The way we learn is different from how we think we learn and vastly different from how students study. These scientific discoveries should not be a secret or a mystery for students.

We begin this course by challenging paradigms about learning and identifying key elements involved in learning.

Module 01

Learning is something you will do for life, during and after your academic career. 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.

Module 2

Have you ever wondered how people truly master a topic? Learning is an emotional and cognitive process. Discover how to manage challenging emotions and become aware of your mindset related to learning. Uncover the habits of mind and routines to discover what is possible for you.

Learning Beyond Rote Memorization

We often sit in class to be taught and presume the educator is leading the learning. However, learning occurs when we are active drivers of the process. 

The skills to be successful in school and beyond can be developed with intentional practice. Master techniques that you can apply during class and at home to make information stick in your memory. 

Learn strategies to practice retrieval of information for durable memories that can transfer to other contexts.

Module 3

Mastering Memory I
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 durable learning. Learn the basics of how memory works and strategies to facilitate acquiring and applying information.

Module 4

Mastering Memory II
Learn to study smarter and not harder! Compelling research reveals that certain encoding techniques and retrieval strategies improve learning dramatically. Continue to develop your ability to acquire knowledge using proven techniques that facilitate the encoding, storage and recall of new information.

Managing & Monitoring Learning Success

Have you ever stayed up late to cram for a test and did poorly anyway? Felt like you knew the material well until you took the test? Been lost as to how to start a project or get to the finish line?

You were likely using ineffective learning habits that are quite common. They might result in superficial learning or an ineffective use of your time. Fortunately, there is ample research by cognitive scientists that support the use of executive function and metacognitive skills involved with monitoring and managing your learning process

Module 5

Executive Function: Prepare for Learning
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. Learn about the monitoring and managing skills needed before learning activities occur.

Module 6

Metacognition: The Sophisticated Learner's Superpower
Learning does not stop once an activity is complete. In fact, the cyclical nature of improving on skills is critical to transferring knowledge to other contexts. Learn about the monitoring and managing skills needed after learning activities occur. Finish strong and set yourself up for success next time.
Academic Research on Importance of Science of Learning for Student Success

How You Learn: Program Elements

We ensure your mastery and application of the content you learn through a carefully designed set of elements that promote active learning as we provide ongoing guidance and support.

COGx Program Leaders

Program Leaders are assigned to support your learning journey. They monitor the Program and respond to your questions. You can also contact your Program Leader for on-demand support.

Priming Activities

Priming questions are used to get students to think about the subject matter they are about to learn.

Retrieval Practice

To foster durable, flexible, and enduring learning, we apply retrieval strategies throughout the program, including elaboration, spacing, self-testing, and interleaving.

Video Micro-Lessons

Video lessons are delivered by subject matter experts experienced in the translation of research on the science of learning into classroom application.

Effective Learning Guides

Takeaway handouts are provided throughout the modules to guide the effective implementation of the concepts covered.

Peer-Based Feedback & Reflection

Students are motivated to learn collaboratively with their peers while they practice strategies and techniques.

Group Discussion Boards

Discussion Forums enhance engagement, amplify student voice, and promote reflection. Program Leaders are also constantly available to seek clarity or ask a question on any topic throughout the learning journey.

Alumni Practitioner’s Platform

Program alumni (Sophisticated Learners) can join an online platform to share resources and strategies to optimize their learning.

Guided Practice

While students put into practice what they have learned, the Program Leader provides models and clarifies any misconceptions.

Student Enrollment


Students who wish to enroll independently can join upcoming cohorts. Please contact us to learn about dates and options to register:

COGx Partner Organizations


For organizations with group enrollment (50+), please request a call to discuss our partnering process, dedicated support, custom enrollment and discount rates: