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COUNS 142 - Learning to Learn - Anh Nguyen, Ph.D.

Course:Learning to Learn
Professor:Anh Nguyen, Ph.D.
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 8 Week


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Welcome to Counseling 142! I'm very excited to have you in my class and look forward to helping you achieve success in your academic, personal, and professional lives. Congratulations on taking the first step toward learning how to be an effective learner and achieve student success by registering in this class. I am here to help support you. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this class. 

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.

Prerequisites: None                                                                                              Transferability: UC, CSU

UC credit limitation: COUNS-142 and COUNS-150 combined: maximum credit, 3 semester units.

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

This is a 100% ONLINE course with no in-person meetings required. In this class, it is expected that you complete all assignments online (including but not limited to lectures, videos, discussions, and quizzes) using COC’s course management system, CANVAS.  To participate in this class, you must have access to a computer, internet services, and a web cam or scanner. 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, email, and/or discussion boards.

This course will be available in CANVAS on the first day of the academic term. You must log into CANVAS on the first day of the term to avoid being dropped from the class. Thereafter, you will be expected to log into CANVAS at least every other day. If you add this class after the first day of the term, it may take up to 24 hours before you will have access to CANVAS. If you cannot log in after 24 hours, please send me an e-mail. See below for information on how to log into CANVAS.

All announcements, assignments, discussions, and quizzes for this class will be posted online by 11:59 p.m. Friday of the week prior for the upcoming week. All assignments are due as noted in CANVAS. 

To access the online class work, you will need to log into College of the Canyons’ learning management system called CANVAS:

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.

If you have not taken an online course before, I strongly recommend that you review the CANVAS online tutorials available at:

Please change your password after you log into CANVAS for the first time.  Go to: to learn how to change your password.  

For help with logging into and/or using Canvas, please contact COC Student Tech Support: 

First Day of Class:

You will be required to login by 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday of the first week of class and complete an assignment to introduce yourself to the class. Failure to login by this time and complete the discussion board post will result in being dropped from the course. 

**If you are on the “waitlist” and are still interested in adding the class, please email me on the first day of class. If space is available, I will add authorize you to register for the course. Because this course is accelerated, I cannot add students after the add/drop deadline regardless if you were on the waitlist.

Types of Assessments

During the term, you will be completing the following activities:
Discussion posts: You will interact through online discussions with classmates each week related to the current lesson being discussed.
Individual homework assignments, journals, and projects: You will complete assignments covering course material, handouts, online research, and assessments.
Online quizzes and exams: You will complete quizzes and exams online that reinforce lessons learned.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

FREE Open Educational Resources (OER) Textbook. There is NO COST to you as a student. All the materials are FREE and available through CANVAS in an online, pdf format:

Other Relevant Course Information

DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE COUNSELING COURSES. The work that is expected in this course is to help you become a better student. 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 online class. Just like in a traditional classroom, you are expected to PARTICIPATE, SHOW UP (ONLINE), AND DO THE WORK.

Distance education/online learning is not for everyone. Please examine your preferred learning style. You should be self-motivated, independent, enjoy spending time on the computer, have the ability to articulate your voice in written language, and have the time required to complete the class. 

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

College of the Canyons cares about your emotional and physical health. Learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including free counseling and mental health services available during this time by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center website or by calling them at: 661-362-3259.

The National Suicide Lifeline number is 1-800-273- 8255 (TALK). Please call it if you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress - it could save someone's life.

You can also use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. It's free, available 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.


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Last updated: 12/07/2022 Sub#: 959