The Difference Between Classwork and Learning
Even for those who find success in finance, education and business administration, the education landscape is unlike most others, in which we apply all sorts of structure to our lives.
This is where it can be difficult for some students who are always looking to improve their grades and graduation rates, but there are key techniques they can use to keep the focus on learning instead of grade point averages. This is to help them avoid turning to things like cheating or plagiarism to stay focused.
The critical difference is understanding that this grading system works. By reducing the emphasis on class work, students can focus on creating a dynamic learning environment. Here’s how to use this grading strategy effectively to help with your success.
Lean on Social Learning
This is an obvious change, as social learning is more about connecting with others rather than dealing with some difficult subject matter. This is a change that is useful to consider for students who are involved in daily activities with those around them. From church to a local work program, taking part in activities around your community does two important things.
First, it can help to keep you grounded in what is going on in the world. Second, it can help create a collaborative environment in which many people work together. If you are having trouble with class work, this social environment has the opportunity to provide a place to connect with others.
Allow for Some Red Flag Leavings
Some of the best learning is occurring beyond the classroom or office space. It is likely that this is a place where most of your peers are not present. Using common sense, this space can be opened up to a variety of activities outside of the classroom that can be a massive boost to student performance.
As long as you know which red flags are there, you can use this space to initiate sharing and gathering with your classmates. What you find depends on your experiences, but as long as a red flag isn’t used as a proxy for your current situation, you can take advantage of the power of daily life to contribute to the learning process.
See the Proof
There is a general misconception that what happens in the real world is much like the classroom. This is just not true. The “real world” is a much more realistic place that can pose many roadblocks to students who do not look outside the classroom.
Even if you are in a situation of high pressure with the work side of your job, the “real world” can always throw curveballs. Your focus should not be placed on how to avoid setbacks but rather how to manage the chaos. Avoid getting distracted by distractions and instead, take advantage of the positive aspects of the field you’re in.
Prioritize, But Don’t Count on it
Choosing what to study can be confusing for all of us, especially if we’re juggling multiple needs and responsibilities. Students who opt for this grading strategy, however, know that maintaining focus through class and work has many positive effects.
One of the best things about this approach is that it focuses on learning through process, not right now, not next week, not down the road. It allows for pause and transition in order to keep learning.
Remember, education is a process, not a destination.
The Beauty of Learning is Social
By blending structure with open-ended action, students can find that the “real world” offers students the opportunities to have a real impact on their communities. A regular adjustment and adjustment, working in small and large groups, allows for this integration to flourish.