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The Active Bloom Method

Bloom's Taxonomy

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Bloom's Taxonomy is a framework widely adopted worldwide, including MOE, on teaching and learning. Basically this framework suggests that there is a hierarchy in learning and one needs to master the lower order skill before proceeding to a higher order one.

Common Myths to ace your math:

  • The more papers we drill, the better we get.

  • We should focus on difficult exam questions.

Blind drilling is similar to gambling whereby one tries his or her luck to spot an exam question similar to the one practiced. While it may bring short term success, if you are lucky, but this success may not be sustainable in the long run.

 

Focusing solely on difficult questions involving level 6 skills may make study inefficient without the mastery of level 1 to 5 skills. Sometimes a student may be spending an hour staring blankly at a difficult question without any progress. It might be more beneficial to spend the first 30min to revise on the fundamentals before attempting the difficult question.

In my lessons, teaching methods and practice questions will follow closely to the Bloom''s method and ensure that each student moves up the levels in a sustainable and systematic order, depending on the student's current ability level. A student may not see improvement in grades overnight but once they do, there is a higher chance of sustaining that grade and move to the next better grade.

Let's bloom together!

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Active Recall Technique

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It is very common for a student to forget things learned after he or she does not touch the topic after a period of time. To make things worse, there are many subjects a student need to handle simultaneously.

We need an efficient method to train our brains to store and extract information. One popular method is the active recall method.

Common myths:

  • Read summary notes repeatedly to recall.

  • I should always read solutions to understand problem solving.


Reading summary notes is just storing information in your brain. It does not simulate your brain to extract information from the memory space, which is one requirement of mathematics. Worse, your brain will not be trained to recall concepts learnt if the notes is written by somebody else.

Often in mathematics, the key skill required to solve a problem is the art of crafting a solution on your own. By merely reading solutions, your brain will not have the chance to practice crafting the solutions from scratch.

In my lessons, instead of summary notes, students will be given a list of active recall questions to answer for each topic instead. This will "force" the brain to try and extract information stored during the learning phase. Furthermore, this list will act as a check list to identify any gaps in the foundation knowledge.

Ready for Active Recall?

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