If you’ve tried to study with your child, you’ve likely battled with cries of “Not again!” and “So boring!” Repetition, though necessary for learning, can also become mechanical.What do you struggle with? Encouraging hard work or smart work?
Understanding a basic concept, while hard, is not enough. The slow, but sure method of repetition through practice aligns the neurons in your brain permanently. Then the concept can be used and applied with ease.
Consistent practice also gives your child the opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them, till the task is effortless.
One way kids can test their understanding of a concept is when they see that they can apply it to a variety of more complex problems. So, if they’re working on more advanced things and not wasting time with repetition of simplistic things, they’re probably getting a deeper understanding of whatever principle they’re learning.
So What Should Parents Do?
A good way to approach your child’s learning is by making sure he or she is getting a mix of both. Of course it’s hard to control this at school, but it is a good question to ask a tutor. A good one will factor in both kinds of practice when teaching your child.
The Vidyanext approach to Practice
Practice is a critical component of the Vidyanext learning system. The balance between quantity and quality of practice is achieved through
- Spiral arrangement of the practice: a combination of simple, sub-chapter level worksheets, more complex chapter/unit level worksheets focusing on the examination pattern, and subject level model papers that give learners an understanding of preparedness for the exam.
- Graded practice: Arranged easy to hard with an ability for the tutor to customize the practice sets to suit the level of the student.
- Practice with feedback: practice is corrected, gaps are identified and fixed both by the learner and by the tutor. This gives the learner the confidence to attempt more challenging problems over time.
- Organised practice: students’ work is digitally stored so it can be reviewed & analyzed by the learner, tutor and the parent. Repeated review is automatically triggered to ensure better understanding.