Education – a topic that people have debated over for centuries. What’s the best approach? How do we know when a certain method is working? Should education be tailored specifically to the learner? At Norton House, we believe in 4 simple steps that guarantee academic success and the most efficient way to develop students’ potential:
1) Education Should Be Tailor-Made 教育應當因材施教
It has come to the attention of education specialists in the 21st century that different people learn things in different ways. One popular theory, the VARK model, identifies four primary types of learners: visual, auditory, reading/writing, and kinaesthetic. Therefore while the knowledge being taught remains the same, the method in which it is taught strongly depends on the individual who has to learn the concepts and information.
2) An Efficient System To Measure Progress 擁有完善而高效的系統測試學習進度
It is common for mainstream schooling systems to hand out student reports every quarter or so. However, when one takes the number of school months into account, we notice that student evaluation is not at the frontline of potential improvement methods. Therefore, teacher evaluations of students should be released on a monthly basis at the very minimum to ensure attention is paid to specific areas that need improvement. It is only through evaluation can we discover how to refine ourselves.
3) 21st Century Learning 21世紀的學習方法
Having a strong ability in the area of technology is regarded as the most sought after skill of the 21st century. Society is rapidly evolving into a world that is digital-based, and humanity has only been able to keep up with this demand through the implementation and development of technology. Those who find themselves having grown up with technology and are therefore digitally native, have a stronger chance of landing higher-paid and career-fulfilling jobs.
4) Lateral Thinking Development 拓展發散思維
To excel in often notorious school subjects such as mathematics and the sciences, students must possess a strong logical foundation. By exercising this from a young age with carefully prepared logical development exercises (catered for certain age groups and levels), students will carry these essential academic and life skills into their adolescence and adulthood.
By following these four simple guidelines, students will be primed and ready for a successful future and fruitful academic career. By combining these elements, an all-round education and well-prepared intellectual mind will be developed, lasting you for a lifetime and ensuring you get ahead in life.
We have all heard it before – you should read more! Books are good for you! When are you going to pick up a book? While all of these points are true, have you ever stopped to wonder why that is the case? How does reading actually help me, and why is it something that I should implement into my routine?
Reading is a Fundamental Skill 閱讀是一項基本技能
You’d be surprised at the number of adults who struggle to fill in forms correctly! Why else would people at airport customs have such grumpy looks on their faces?
Reading Develops the Mind 閱讀拓展思維
The mind is a muscle, and muscles need exercise. Evidently, being able to understand the written word helps the mind grow and mature, which is why reading helps overall language skills develop.
Discover New Things 發掘新事物
When you read a book you are reading the thoughts of another human being, another living person whose mind is being exposed on a page. Evidently he or she is trying to communicate a message, and this is how humans are able to learn and absorb new things.
Develop Your Imagination 開發想像力
As opposed to being provided with visual stimuli as you would with a movie or video game, the words on a page create images within your mind and encourage your imagination to operate.
Improve Cognition 提升認知能力
By enhancing your language skills, the chances of you understanding a wider variety of school subjects are greatly enhanced. For instance, being an effective and efficient reader entails you would be able to decipher “wordy” mathematical problems at a higher level, or even come to terms with philosophical theories in a more direct and understanding manner.
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As students transition from middle school to senior school, some may feel a sense of shock or disbelief at the amount of work they now face! Students around the world are left in a state of panic, struggling to figure out how they can simultaneously manage their personal lives and studies. Luckily for you, the Norton House Team have devised a set of points that will keep you ahead of the pack for your IB career!
很多學生面臨升學，有時會因學業繁重而自我懷疑。其實，全世界學生都在面對類似問題，希望同時兼顧生活與學業。而看到這篇文章的你，就幸運的多，因為Norton House 專業團隊已經在IB課程之前，提前梳理注意事項！
1.Accept Change 接受改變
You are starting your final year of secondary school, an important part of your academic career as this determines what sort of path you take for the rest of your soon-to-be adult lives. With this in mind, one should be prepared to accept and welcome any changes that may occur – for example, your social life. If you want to do well, you must put the necessary work in. It’s as simple as that! Make some sacrifices in the short-term and be rewarded with long-term rewards and achievements.
Ahh yes, it’s that word again. So many brave souls have tried to conquer this seemingly unavoidable ritual over the years, and so many have failed. But how did the successful ones manage? Again, it’s a simple theory of mind over matter. The only thing that is stopping you from picking up your pencil right now and hitting the books is you! There is no electric fence around your study material, have a strong mind and get to it! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and success will not fall on your lap.
Now that we’ve already dealt with the “change in social life” topic, it’s time to talk about your subject priority. Are you one of those students that is particularly strong in a specific subject area, yet very weak in another? Or are you more of an all-rounded individual? Identify your weaknesses and make them your strengths – just like Michael Jordan did. Listen to your teachers and always try to improve – put your dominant subjects to one side and pay attention to your weak points!
If there is one thing we have all learnt from IB, it is this: you cannot expect to work at school and use the rest of the day to play Xbox – no, that simply will not do. If you are determined to do well and prove the doubters wrong, you must continue studying at home and in your own time. Remember, you go through several classes a day which go on for no longer than an hour. Even the best teacher can only explain so much in one hour without rushing. Go home, go through what was taught during the day, do your homework, and more importantly make sure you understand it!
Of course, no one can get through such a rigorous and intense school programme without a positive mind set to support themselves. Remember, when you hear your schoolmates start to complain about the work they have to do – don’t let them bring out your negative thoughts. Be positive, respond with something along the lines of “yeah, just got to get it done!” and keep your head down. Not only will you keep yourself motivated and concentrated, but you will also help those around you!
We hope you use these points to the best of your advantage when it comes to undertaking your IB diploma and achieving success. While we are not currently in the students’ shoes, remember that we were also at school and successfully undertook the diploma. There is a reason you see many of the points above being repeated in IB forums – THEY MAKE A DIFFERENCE! So, accept things have to change because you’re older, stop delaying work, get your priorities sorted, work consistently, and be positive! There you have it – the Norton House recipe for IB success.