Put on the television, open a newspaper, browse the internet. Whichever your medium of choice, you'll be bombarded with pieces about today's educational system - usually what's wrong with it! It seems that exams come in a plethora of acronyms: SATs, GCSEs, NVQs. Nobody can agree on the best system, the best methods, or the best way to test, which puts enormous pressures on our youngsters.
At Got-A-Head®?, we remain convinced, however, that if children are taught to learn more efficiently (by thinking more clearly or more creatively, by observing and memorising proficiently and reading effectively) then they will be able to cope better with whatever the school system throws at them. They will maximise their learning, which can't help but benefit their eventual performance in exams, not to mention the rest of their lives.
Our systems mesh harmoniously with much of the current research. Growth Mindset, for instance, now so popular in schools, where pupils are encouraged to learn from their mistakes instead of walking away from them. Our techniques such as QWERTY® encourages regular use of evaluation and review, feeding back to their own learning to make tasks more efficient/effective in future. It also stresses the importance of looking at things differently. Instead of saying "I can't do this yet'', we get them to think "I can't do it this way - how else could I do it?" We give them the toolkit to enable them to do that.
The nature of the technique also has the learner using skills higher up Bloom's Taxonomy rather than just regurgitating answers. But, of course, if regurgitating answers is what you're after, then our Memory techniques will come in pretty useful, too!
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Our techniques should help them outside of school, too, as they become better at observing what is happening in the world around them and thinking about what it means.
The skills they learn with Got-A-Head®? will help to improve their daily life and make for happier families.