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COUNS-142 - Learning to Learn - Aivee Ortega

Course:Learning to Learn
Professor:Aivee Ortega
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Hello learners!  My name is Aivee (pronounced Ivy) Ortega and I am a counselor at College of the Canyons who will also be your instructor for this course.

My philosophy as an instructor and counselor is to inspire and encourage students to become a responsible learner. I hope to do so through this course. I truly enjoy teaching this course and helping students make the connection between the brain and learning. I am fascinated with how our brain learns and I am enthusiastic to teach “how-to-learn” skills.

I am here to support and encourage you in the learning process.  If you have any questions about this course, prior to the start of the course please email me at  I will respond within 48 business hours. Please write COUNS 142 in the subject line when emailing.  I am looking forward to meeting you online on the first day of the term and getting to know you through Counseling 142!

Course Description

Focuses on basic brain anatomy and how it impacts memory, information processing, and learning. Students will apply brain-based learning study strategies to promote self-regulation. Topics include discovering sources of motivation, identifying locus of control, formulating learning goals, improving critical thinking skills and emotional intelligence, and developing a growth mindset. Students will combine theory and metacognitive practices to become successful learners.

Student Learning Outcome:

Assess and analyze learning goals, self-efficacy, attribution of academic performance, test anxiety, and the six components of self-regulated learning to improve metacognition for learning.

What to Expect in this Course

You will be expected to participate in discussions each week and expected to complete all quizzes, exams, and assignments as scheduled.  DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE COUNSELING COURSES.  There is a significant amount work given that everything is online. Keep in mind that the more you put into this course the more you will get out of it. Everything we do in this class is applying what we learn and to help you become a better learner. 

It is important to have good self-management skills and self-discipline to keep up with the assignments in order to be successful in this class.  Please know that when this course is offered in shorter terms, the work will be at an accelerated pace.  Just like in a traditional classroom, you are expected to PARTICIPATE, SHOW UP (ONLINE) AND DO THE WORK

This course will be available on the first day of the term. You will be expected to log into the Canvas classroom on the first day of the term and at least every other day thereafter to keep up with the assignments.

Types of Assessments

There will be weekly discussion boards, quizzes, assignments which apply to the lessons we cover, and a final exam in this course.

Textbook Information

This course uses a Zero Textbook Cost textbook, known as ZTC textbooks. These textbooks are digital textbooks available for free to students. I will provide you with the link to download the textbook.

In order to participate in this class, you must have access to a computer, internet services, and to a camera.  We will be utilizing photo/video devices and/or online audio devices so that you can post recordings, videos and/or photos as part of your assignments when needed. All communication is through Canvas announcements and email.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


The Library provides live online and in-person research help, access to a full range of e-resources and physical materials that support the curriculum, individual and group study areas, and much more!

Last updated: 10/08/2021 Sub#: 845