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Integrating Metacognitive Practices and Research to Ensure Student Success

IMPRESS is for RIT students interested in thinking deeply about their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) studies.

IMPRESS has three parts. IMPRESS students can participate in 1, 2 or all 3 activities:
  • Summer Experience during which IMPRESS students work together to investigate complex, real-world problems such as ecosystems, space travel, and computer network design. Participants get paid to have fun exploring these problems and draw connections with their plans of study.
  • Special first-year general education & writing courses. All RIT students have to take gen-ed and writing; IMPRESS students get to take special courses that encourage them to integrate all of their STEM courses. 
  • Learning Assistant leadership positions. 2nd year IMPRESS students are eligible for paid Learning Assistant positions in which they work with faculty mentors to help other students learn better in foundational STEM courses.


What is Metacognition?

Metacognition refers to thoughts about knowledge one is trying to learn; some refer to it as "thinking about thinking." Metacognitive activities not only enhance learning but help "make sense" of the different topics students encounter in their courses.



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