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Approach

Individual learning programmes

Why is an individual learning programme important? Simply, it is a route showing the progression from a learner's starting point to a desired end point. It takes into account the student's:

  • strengths
  • weaknesses
  • aptitude
  • interests
  • aspirations
  • needs

It may involve knowledge and understanding of a specific content such as graphs or geometry or may involve a wider range of skills such as:

  • language
  • vocabularly
  • written and verbal communication
  • presentation

The hallmarks of individual learning

Each and every lesson should be part of an individual, customised programme of learning. To achieve this aim the tutor needs to:

  • have undertaken an assessment of where the student is at, their strengths, weaknesses, motivation, concerns, aspirations
  • a thorough knowledge of the subject area and the examination board requirements
  • an implicit understanding of how people learn and, importantly, why they fail
  • create strategies to rebuild confidence and motivation, to make learning enjoyable
  • have insights into how complex areas of knowledge can be restructured into sequences of steps that resonate with the way in which a student learns best

Stretch & Challenge

Each student has a particular learning style that suits them best. Some prefer images to help them visualise processes and interactions in science; others are quite happy to deal with abstract ideas and concepts that rely solely on the meaning of words. The initial assessment will take into account all of the above elements. During the early stages the tutor will gauge the ease with which the student acquires new skills, knowledge and understanding. Some will struggle from the outset and for them a gentler pace is necessary; others will find some material too easy and, if not sufficiently challenged, will soon lose interest.