Chapter 9 - True learning: the fun-fast way

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True learning: the fun-fast way


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5. Apply it
  In our view, the real test of learning is not a written examination through multiple-choice questions. The key is to use the learning and apply it to purposeful situations, preferably real-life.
  The real test of a French course is how well you can speak French. The real test of a sales course is how well you can sell.
  You learn to play a piano by playing a piano, you learn to type by typing, to ride a bike by riding a bike, to speak in public by speaking in public. So the best teachers and business seminar organizers plan plenty of action sessions to back up the theory so students can purposefully use and apply the learning.

Turn your students into teachers
  As in the activation phase, it makes sound sense to have students work in pairs or teams, with a free hand to prepare their own presentations of main points. Groups in a teacher-training class, for example, may each be asked to crystallize a specific aspect of educational psychology. And more and more schools are using the "buddy" system, where an older or more qualified student helps another, and both benefit.

Encourage Mind Mapping
  We've already covered the principles of this and suggested you use it to preview the learning, but it is also a remarkable way to review and make notes. It really is what it says: a map that records main points in the same way the brain stores information - like branches on a tree. It's also a major tool in the next process.

6. Review, evaluate and celebrate
  Even highly efficient learners will not always be conscious of whether they "know what they know". One way to bring the learner to that awareness is through a quick Koosh-ball throw at the end of a lesson. This will jog students' memories of all the important learnings of the day. Another way is a "passive concert" review, which also covers all the points handled.
  And then comes one of the most crucial steps: the self-evaluation. This is where a student truly "digs within" to uncover those precious gems


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