We have a very different system from more traditional schools. Students study only 1 subject each week. They do a pre-test on Monday, which establishes their subject baseline. They then work flat out using all available resources to prepare for a post-test at the end of the week. They have access to masterclass videos and live Ask-Me-Anything sessions with subject experts during the week to help them prepare.
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?