Our system of learning

We have a very different system from more traditional schools here at CLC. Instead of doing 3 subjects at a time, we do one subject intensively for one day each week, so that students can make a lot of progress and dig really deep into the subject, before moving on to the next subject the next day.

Students learn using the tutorial method during our masterclasses and we utilise reverse learning.

Reverse Learning Technique

Here is how the reverse learning  technique checklist would be applied to maths, as an example of how this technique helps students learn.

Step 1: Choose the right problem
Identify a set of concepts you’ve been struggling with. Good places to look are problems you’re totally lost on, or procedure steps you have to constantly keep referring back to the notes or textbook.

Find an example problem(s), with the full solution available, that encompasses these concepts well. (Printout one of the ones covered by the masterclass faculty member in a pdf, – don’t use the video because you’re going to go backwards)

Step 2: Start asking “why” and “how”
Start at the solution to the problem, and work your way back towards the question. Slowly and methodically work your way backwards, making sure you understand each detail and logical step required to get to the answer.

Ask things like “Why is this the answer?,” “How did she solve for that?,” “Why was this assumption made?,” etc. Write down these questions on the printout of the pdf of the solution.

Answer your own questions as you go. Try to figure it out on your own from the clues give from the problem itself, or what you remember from your supervisions. If you’re still at a loss, then it’s time to venture over to the ZCoach chat rooms. First ask in the channels and then if you’re not getting anywhere, reach out to the faculty members directly.

Write down your answers on the pdf as you come across them.

Step 3: Finish strong and review your work

Keep pushing with the Q&A process until you get back to the problem statement, making sure you don’t leave any gaps in your understanding. Then take an overall look at the ground you’ve covered:
Which concepts or what logic didn’t you understand before that now makes sense? What surprised you? What insights can you pull out of your work?

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