Every top athlete gets there based on what they bring to the table as well as what a coach is able to help them draw out from themselves. Learning is no different. Whether the coach is a teacher, tutor or involved parent, the key to learning is the ability of the coach to diagnose where the learner is and then help provide just what the learner needs at the time that the learner is ready to make use of it.
Before you begin to learn something we have to know what is known and what is unknown. Where the holes are to be filled in the learners knowledge. Just pouring information in is NOT enough. Diagnostics allow us to understand where we are starting from and where we need to go. Using timed and untimed quiz's of relevant content allow us to map where the learner is and what gaps in their knowledge need to be addressed.
Once the map of knowledge has been drawn a coach can come in, and using various tools and methods, the coach can help fill the gaps and put the right pieces to the puzzle in the right places. The diagnostics provide the insight that allows the coach to determine the content to be delivered and the method of delivery. Working with the learner the coach directs the proper content to the learner when they are best ready to use it to excel.
Practice. Repetitive review. Drill. And drill some more. Once the new skill sets have been acquired they have to be exercised time and time again. In his book Outliers Malcolm Gladwell writes about the "10,000-Hour Rule". That doing a specific task develops expertise and greatness. The continuous practice of a skill enhances the ability to do the skill. Drilling what has just been learned and connecting it to what has been learned before enhances retention.
EduCAD Learning is a tool for Coaches of learners. A Coach can be a teacher, tutor or parent.