This week our guest is Renée Mollan-Masters. About 30 years ago, Renee was working on producing a parenting show for PBS when she discovered the research done by Dr. Howard Gardner of Harvard University. Renée had a profound experience as she was reading this information. Everything that she had ever learned or experienced about learning and memory came together in that moment. Instantly she understood Dr. Gardner’s research and had ideas about how it could be applied. Within days, she was lecturing at a local college and sharing this new found information with the students. She then gave these students an assignment. She asked them to study that evening using her ideas. The next day students came up to her as she walked across campus and marveled at what had happened to them. They all reported success beyond their wildest dreams. Thus, the You Are Smarter Than You Think learning system was born.
Renée earned her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology from California State University, Fullerton. She has always been gifted at applying research and was acknowledged for such by the faculty when she was awarded Outstanding Senior Clinician in her senior year.
While serving as a Speech Pathologist for the Fountain Valley School District, she developed a reading perception lab, which became a model program for the state of California. Later, Renée was in private practice in speech pathology for a number years.
In 1980 Renée wrote Yes They Can, a handbook for effectively parenting the disabled. She also held workshops and lectured nationally on the subject. Renée developed You Are Smarter Than You Think learning system in 1987 and taught it to college students all over Southern California. She later refined the program for Orange Coast College, where she included it in the How To Survive College class curriculum.
In 1992, the first edition of her book, You Are Smarter Than You Think! was published. This learning system is used in colleges and universities throughout the country. Her hope is that this system will make education a more equitable and worthwhile experience for students everywhere.
This show aired previously and was one of our most popular. If you missed it, be sure to tune in. If you haven’t heard it in a while it’s definitely worth another listen.