The first step to join Genius plus is an assessment test. Through the assessment test we are able to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the student. This assessment test is designed by experienced school and university level teachers.
Hereafter the panel of teachers designs an individual coaching plan for the student.
The coaching plan comprises of :
- Concept strengthening
- Subject understanding
- Topic mastery
- Practice and More practice
- Assessment and evaluation
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As a backdrop to explaining our methodology, there are a few tenets that are important to put into perspective:
- The size of class must be small. Children learn differently. The need for a system separate from that of the school is because children cannot get the individual attention required. If the tuition class also has 25+ children, it is following the same principles as a school. At Genius Plus, the maximum class size is limited to 12. This allows for individual attention as well as small group activity.
- Tutor Certification. A methodology and content can only be as successful as the person delivering it. At Genius Plus our selection process weeds out more than 90% of applicants. Thereafter training is provided to ensure that delivery will be sound.
- Continuous Monitoring. We track ongoing performance of each student through our central correction of assessment. Our tutors and us work together on problems in learning and work out ways to bring up the level of each student.
During concept development, your child is introduced to basic concepts along with helping him or her understand the purpose and logic of the concepts being taught.
This is done through collaborative exercises involving games, activities and discussions. Examples used are from real life and most often in areas that the students will otherwise be interested. The focus is as much on ‘why’ the concept is relevant to them as ‘how’ to apply it.
These activities can be computer-based, or through manipulatives and experiments.
Once the concept is clear, Topic Mastery is achieved through a carefully constructed set of slides that ensure that the topic is dealt with comprehensively. The different structures are:
- Topic Objectives and Summaries. Each topic is explained in context, and summarized on completion to provide a reference framework
- New Terms. New terms are explained extensively since their meaning in Maths and Science are frequently more specific than their meaning in common usage. This resolves much of the confusion that comes in later years.
- Examples and Exercises. Class exercises are used extensively to ensure that variants of an idea or concept is fully applied
- Quizzes and Games. There are quizzes using game formats so that students compete positively and work together to answer questions
- Critical Mistakes. Learning is better by correcting mistakes rather than not making any. We use ‘Correct the Sum’ exercises in which students point out the mistake and discuss how to set it right
The teaching is accompanied by a Quick Guide which provides a complete reference book for the syllabus. This Quick Guide is referenced during the teaching process, so later referencing is easy and students can quickly recall key concepts and detail.
Once topics have been mastered, Practice ensures that the understanding translates to competence in solving problems. A separate Practice Book is provided with many problems and questions.
Questions are arranged from easy to difficult, so that a student finds each problem easy to solve and ends up solving complex problems because they are just a little harder than the previous.
A significant amount of time is provided for Practice.
On completion of each chapter, there is a test. These tests are answered on OMR sheets that are then sent to the central office for correction and reporting. Because this is a central process involving a standardized question set, comparative performance is easy to judge.
The results from this test are used to provide a developmental report. The developmental report highlights performance by:
- Topic. In each chapter, topic-wise performance is visible, allowing for more focus during remediation
- Question Type. This is RMA (Recall, Mechanics, Application) in Maths and MCA (Memory, Comprehension, Application) in Science. Analysis of this shows areas where special classes may be required
- Error Type. Every wrong answer is tabulated to be one of 6 possible error types. Trends in error types point to basic learning orientations and are then addressed during remediation
In addition to the regular chapter tests, there are term assessments and tests that may be required by students facing difficulty in some areas of Math.
While the developmental report is at the heart of Genius Plus assessment, there are additional reports to further support analysis including trends and detailed analysis of each question of a test.
The remediation session is held every third session. During remediation, students are supported individually. Remediation sessions are frequently held across mixed batches and while the time is usually the same as the other classes; some students may have longer sessions or may not have a session at all. Remediation sessions are usually required because:
- The developmental report shows some areas that need special attention
- There are some homework difficulties that the student is not able to resolve
- There is a text scheduled the coming week
- The student has missed some sessions and needs additional help
Remediation is done keeping in mind the learning style of the student. Learning styles can be Visual, Aural, Read/Write or Kinesthetic, and students are taught keeping their styles in mind.