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Active Learning-Why it’s important for your child

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As the exams draw near, the atmosphere in most households grows tense. A good number of children begin their preparation for the exams by completing notes, buying exam guides, marking important chapters etc. There are also many parents who join the preparation by disconnecting the wifi and cable connections, declining invitations to functions and birthday parties and keeping their mobile phones locked, till the exams are over.

However, what are we preparing for? We’re creating an atmosphere free of distraction for our children to learn in a month, what they have been taught for an entire year.

That doesn’t really qualify as learning but is merely an exercise that tests a child’s memory power every year. We can’t blame ourselves for this because the education system is such in our country, that children are trained to memorize and compete.

However, there is something we can do to help our children learn holistically: Introduce them to active learning.

What is Active Learning?

Active Learning refers to the research finding that learning is more effective when children are engaged in the learning process. Long term retention and understanding is a result of the mental work that the children put in their learning process. With active learning, children begin to form meaningful relationships between ideas instead of just recording information in their brains.

Why is Active Learning important?

Researchers have found that higher student achievement is associated with active learning. It is also proved that students who employ active learning strategies in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of their learning progress have outperformed their peers.

How to incorporate Active Learning?

Student success primarily depends on how teachers introduce them to learning. As parents, we can also guide them towards active learning in the following ways

  • Encourage your child to make connections, ask questions and find solutions. Studies prove that recall and comprehension are greater when children are asked to produce ideas rather than take in information from textbooks
  • Help your child integrate new information with their existing knowledge network. For example, if they are thorough with the concept of addition,  help them understand the relationship between addition and subtraction like x+5=9 => x=9-5.
  • Include frequent opportunities for your child to make use of what they’re learning. This will help them recall and retain the concepts.

The best example of active learning is a Cuemath session. Students are introduced to the various concepts in the worksheets. They solve a number of questions and learn while doing these problems. These concepts are then put to use in the tab-based exercises and puzzle cards. Cuemath students are also encouraged to collaborate and solve puzzle cards.

Although educators are encouraged to adopt active learning methods in their classes, a vast majority still follow traditional methods. Traditional teaching methods are basically for information transmission and children don’t benefit much out of these methods. Techniques like re-reading, summarizing, highlighting etc. involve minimal mental effort on the part of students. Therefore, their learning curve is often compromised.

With Cuemath, your child is building active learning skills and be rest assured that they will continue learning this way in future.

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Meryl Vincent

Campaign Associate at Cuemath
Meryl is the resident blogger at Cuemath. She works with Cuemath teachers and students to bring out their math related stories. Apart from this, she also collaborates with the Curriculum team at Cuemath to bring out the fascinating side of math through articles and contests. You can contact her on meryl@cuemath.com for any blog related enquiry.

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