In our estimation, The Learning Blueprint has proven so effective for three primary reasons.
First, nothing we teach is theoretical. The concepts we explore are foundations of metacognition supported by a wealth of brain and behavioral research. In this instance, when we say ‘research’, we don’t mean a single obscure study from 1970 conducted with rats in the Siberian wilderness. We mean well-characterized, well-replicated research spanning decades of scientific toil.
Second, whenever Dr. Horvath steps into the role of ‘teacher’, he adheres to a basic maxim: if he cannot get his students to experience a concept, then he does not yet truly understand that concept himself. As such, The Learning Blueprint includes a complement of effective learning devices to ensure that students truly experience the concepts we explore, including interactive lectures, guided reviews, reflection questions, recall exercises, recognition quizzes and application activities.
And third, The Learning Blueprint was designed with intent. In other words, as experts in the learning process, we’ve leveraged what we know will work when it comes to making sure your child actually learns and internalizes the concepts we teach.
This is important, because we know through ample research that learning is not a spectator sport. Watching a lecture and expecting to learn is not far off from looking at food and expecting to get its nutrients. We must digest our learning experiences just like we digest our food … and without some form of active processing, almost everything we learn is lost within days.
CAVEAT! Even though The Learning Blueprint it optimized to deliver maximum value in minimal time, it won’t work if your child doesn’t do the work.
Just like buying a gym membership doesn’t make you healthier if you don’t actually go to the gym and exercise, your child won’t develop the skills we teach if they don’t commit the necessary time and effort to completing the simple (but important) activities we outline during the term of the program.
BONUS REASON: THE POWER OF ‘WHY’
While most students are exposed to the idea that embracing a learning-and-growth mindset is important, few are ever taught WHY it’s important – let alone HOW they can take steps to practically apply this idea.
And, unfortunately, without a compelling why, simply sharing this idea with students is mostly useless. It’s like planting a potent seed without giving it adequate water and sunlight.
So, with The Learning Blueprint, we address the WHY up front by taking students on an illuminating tour of the brain, and helping them understand what learning actually means on a literal level.
During this process, students are forced to confront many common myths and misunderstandings about learning that may be stifling their potential.
But more importantly, they discover WHY learning is such a vital skill, and WHY (despite what they may currently believe) they are in control the process.
Then – only after we’ve established the necessary belief and buy-in – do we tackle the HOW of learning.
During the second part of the program, students are exposed to deep learning practices, the mechanics of memory, the imperative of errors and mistakes, powerful study and classroom-success tactics, proven self-management strategies, and much more.
By teaching students the WHY and HOW of learning – and by helping them take ownership of the process – The Learning Blueprint is a uniquely powerful tool for deepening student engagement and supporting academic success.