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Lecture for Students: Strategic Learning – A Holistic Approach To Studying

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This talk will cover:

  1. How the brain tricks you from having good study habits
  2. How eating, sleeping, and wasting time can help your learning
  3. How the science of learning can improve your grades and make you a better life-long learner

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify examples of the counterintuitive nature of how people best learn and why we often employ the wrong strategies to learn optimally.
  2. Illustrate the many influences on learning and understand why a holistic approach to learning is needed.
  3. Apply some strategic learning principles to your learning.

Bio of speaker:

Robert K. Kamei, MD, is a Professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and Duke-NUS Medical School. He also holds a tenured faculty position at Duke University, USA. He has devoted his career to helping all students (not just medical students) learn optimally. A pediatrician by training, he has first-hand knowledge that students must be healthy to learn at their best.

In 2006, he moved from the United States to Singapore to help start Duke-NUS Medical School, a collaboration between Duke University and NUS. In 2014, he received the Outstanding Educator in Residence Award from the Singapore Ministry of Education. He served as Associate Provost and founding Director of the Institute for Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology (ALSET) at NUS from July 2016 to 2019. ALSET focuses on the rigorous study of educational best practices in the classroom.

His course on the science and practice of learning has been one of NUS’s most popular general undergraduate electives. He wrote his book Strategic Learning: A Holistic Approach to Studying to give more students a chance to learn how to optimize their learning.

Professor Kamei has an Instagram (@robertkkamei) that provides learners with additional tips on learning and achieving greater success in life.

He holds an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco. In 2000, he served as a United States Fulbright Senior Scholar in Indonesia.



  1. 若出席整個活動及準時到達將獲得1粒至叻星、15個 “CS” 分數。
  2. 若遲到或早退少於10分鐘將獲得半粒至叻星。
  3. 若遲到或早退超過10分鐘將不能獲得至叻星。
  4. 於活動期間離場超過15分鐘將不能獲得至叻星。
  5. 請進場及/或離場時出示學生證登記。
  6. 若不尊重活動場合或不遵守工作人員的指示,學生事務部有權取消獲取至叻星的資格,並保留至叻星計劃的解釋權及決定權

Important notice:

Smart Point / CS will be given to participants who have registered and attended the on-site lecture. Please observe the following guidelines:

  1. Students who attend the WHOLE activity and arrive ON TIME will be given one Smart Point, 15 “Knowledge Integration” (CS).
  2. Students who arrive late or leave early within 10 minutes will be given only half a Smart Point.
  3. Students who arrive late or leave early over 10 minutes will NOT be given any Smart Point.
  4. Students who leave the venue during the activity for over 15 minutes will NOT be given any Smart Point.
  5. Students are required to check in/out of the activity with their valid Student ID Card.
  6. For those who do not respect the activity or ignore the staff’s guidance, Student Affairs Office (SAO) reserves the right to cancel his/her Smart Point. SAO also reserves the right to interpret and process the Smart Point scheme.

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