Mary Niemczyk

Dedicated to helping students learn, longtime Ahwatukee Foothills resident and Arizona State University professor Dr. Mary Niemczyk hopes the release of her second book will gain the attention of students Valleywide.

“If I could stand on a mountain top and tell everyone about this, I would,” said Niemczyk, who’s book was released in December.

The book, titled “Using your Brain to Learn: Strategies for Success,” is a compilation of Niemczyk’s research in educational psychology and gives students better study tips or methods of learning based on how our brains process information.

“Students really don’t know how to learn, they equate memorization with learning,” Niemczyk said.

According to her research, our brains learn by way of association and connections. The better we can relate information personally and make it contextual, the more likely we are to learn information.

“It’s teaching them how their brains work,” she added.

This is Niemczyk’s second book related to learning and instructional teaching, with her first that came out around 2009. As the department chair at ASU for Technological Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management (TEIM) and the Aviation Programs and Air Transportation Management, the author said her book can be related to all subjects or fields.

Recalling a time where she had a parent ask for help with her son’s course in business law, Niemczyk used the student’s love for baseball to relate to law, rules and business conducts.

“Even if it’s something fun or silly, you can relate new information with prior knowledge to learn,” she added.

In more than 10 years of being an educator, Niemczyk said the most fulfilling part of her work and drive to teaching students how to learn is seeing them succeed.

“It is so fulfilling and inspiring to me to see the student happy when they get that good grade and get the results they are working for,” Niemczyk said.

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