Why It Works
The driver of student outcomes is learning. Learning happens primarily by practicing what you are learning to do. You learn algebra by solving problems and writing by writing papers. The differences in educational outcomes between students are largely determined by whether a student has the prerequisites for today’s lesson and does the work of learning it. As Michele Obama wrote:
“I caught on early….the more I practiced, the more progress I made.”
You may know that she was specifically talking about playing piano, but the principle is universal for her and everyone else, in all subjects and endeavors.
Of course, teachers are invaluable in guiding students in what to learn and how to learn it. But the learners do the learning. In college courses, for each hour in class, students are expected to spend 2 hours outside of class studying. But the high school schedule is entirely opposite. Students spend 6 hours in class and 2 hours on homework. Consequently, many students mistakenly believe that they are supposed to learn primarily by listening in class.
In our April 2019 survey, 205 of 219 college faculty and counselors working with struggling students at 30 colleges estimated that fewer than 10% of their students are aware that active practice—-answering, solving, explaining, and applying—-is the most effective way to learn new things.
What Parents Say
Parents often say out of frustration and worry, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink. I have explained the value of education over and over. I have managed TV and homework time, hired tutors, and had conferences with teachers. But, I don’t seem to be getting through. I am not able to get my teenager to work up to full potential.”
If this is your situation, we can help. First, the problem is not that your teen doesn’t understand the value of education. They all do. But, for any of a variety of reasons, your teen probably is convinced that he or she lacks the IQ and motivation to get better grades and to learn certain subjects. So, many teens give up or resist. They blame the teachers or you for expecting better grades than they can deliver. Some avoid doing their homework, and some put in long hours without much effect. And perhaps more frustrating than anything else, many teens understandably don’t want to talk about it.
Our video course works; it takes your teen just minutes a week, quickly delivers noticeable results, is convenient, low cost and guaranteed. If you haven’t done it yet, coax or bribe your teen to spend 10 minutes taking our sample lesson.