Mastery Learning Folders ... for lessons worth remembering.

Hi, I’m Nicola. When tutoring, do you find that some students return seven days later having forgotten a lot of what you'd covered the week before? This is frustrating, however, it is exactly what cognitive psychologists tell us will happen unless we establish the right practice conditions!
One hundred and thirty years ago, memory researcher Hermann Ebbinghaus discovered that he rapidly forgot many learning item she had memorized within three days–this led to his famous “Forgetting Curve”. Thankfully, he later discovered that he could halve the time it took to learn and retain them if he incorporated spaced retrieval practice1. Mastery Learning Folders incorporate. spaced, retrieval, interleaved and elaboration learning strategies and make a huge difference to student progress.
Mastery Learning Folders will organise and systematise the practice of the content covered in your tutoring sessions. I have just completed post-graduate study to ensure the folder process reflects current research in cognitive psychology practice strategies. My results were examined by Robert Bjork (Desirable Difficulties learning strategies), John Hattie (Visible Learning) and John Sweller (Cognitive Load Theory) and implementation of the research will begin over the coming months.
When I enrol new tutoring students, their set-up fee includes the option of a Mastery Learning Folder. I explain to parents that their child’s progress will be greatly enhanced if they’re willing to conduct three 5-minute practice sessions during the week. Parents who participate see their child progress before their eyes and word spreads in conversations at the school gate! The Mastery Learning Folder strategy holds the potential to boost the reputation of your tutoring business well beyond your expectations!

Outlined below are a series of short videos which will lead you through the theory, use and implementation of the folder strategy. I’d encourage you to first join the Flashcard Club to see if any of the free resources would assist your tutoring business.

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Having a basic understanding of the theory behind the Mastery Learning Folder practice tool helps enormously when addressing individual student needs. Module 1 was created to explain both the theory and use of the mastery learning folder tool to parents and primary students. Three modules follow which introduce the essential components of the folder process –how they work, the selection of content to help all students progress from their point of need and finally, the once a week mastery test procedure.

Module 1: Foundation.

Module 2: Practise Process.

Module 3: Learning Content.

Module 4: Mastery Testing.

Is this you?

You’re a tutor.

You’ve watched the videos.

You’ve checked out the Flashcard Club.

You’re interested in trying out the strategy??

If so, you may be interested in the offer for an ex-display premium Mastery Learning Folder sample and a heavy-duty 20 pocket flashcard organiser sheet for $14.95 (+p&h). Unfortunately, at 50% off retail, this offer is limited to one sample per tutor. It includes one-on-one support. To participate, complete the form providing some form of evidence of your tutoring business (eg website or documentation) and then your folder and flashcard organiser sheet will go straight in the post!

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1 Weinstein, Y., Madan, C. R., & Sumeracki, M. A. (2018). Teaching the science of learning. Cognitive research: Principles and implications, 3(1), 1-17. https://bit.ly/37ZWrD9

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