CTL Tutoring strategically structures its lessons around problem-solving based learning (PBL), making them universally applicable for all K-12 curriculums. This method encourages students to learn by exposure to challenging aspects of a subject. It’s a model effectively developing problem-solving techniques, vast subject knowledge, and core principles of the subject matter. As a result, students begin building a lifelong foundation of problem-solving approaches to implement within academic and real life scenarios.
The Role of a Tutor within PBL
In problem-solving based tutoring, the role of a tutor directly shapes the learning of the student, in conjunction with their regular curriculum. The tutor is a mentor who introduces challenging scenarios to the student, presenting ideas associated with the subject. Our tutors allow the student to build their own momentum, optimizing their comprehension and learning of the subject while always keeping track of the student’s progress. The tutor also participates in the process of problem-solving based learning as a co-learner. This style of teaching and engaging with the student allows for a tutor to gain access to the students learning style and evaluate the performance overall.
The Benefits for Students
1. A Student-Centered Approach
Real life problems vastly extend outside the average curriculum. To prepare the leaders of tomorrow, problem-solving based learning is a student-centered model involving students within their own progress, and integrating their interests and abilities into the education. CTL Tutoring believes in this method and encourages students to make choices, trust their abilities, and to consider what learning style works best for them. In the end, our goal is to drive students towards a future they will excel in, therefore we’re equipping them with tools needed for lifelong success.
2. Developing Lifelong Skills
Problem-solving based learning – especially in terms of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education – strengthens key factors in a student’s development. Our tutors measure progress based on the student’s ability to be faced with a problem and react by asking questions, connecting the dots, applying critical thinking and developing a solution.
In order to get there, we’re promoting engagement and collaboration, improving leadership instincts, developing positive organizational habits, and providing a mental and emotional boost along the way. By taking this approach, CTL students develop the groundwork from an early age and take these transferrable skills required to succeed in post-secondary and in the field with them.
3. Promoting Lifelong Learning
By integrating problem-solving based learning in tandem with K-12 curriculums, students are becoming conditioned to approach life with open minds year over year. This mindset and ability to recall information will benefit the student for both in-school test taking and out of school problem-solving.
Open dialogue is welcomed by CTL Tutoring, so students have the chance to share their opinions and answer questions. With this engagement, they learn new ways to identify the various prospects of a point and rebuttle with their own knowledable response. This method of problem-solving based learning increases participation of each candidate in discussion and will lead to more student involvement. These are skills students will take with them from their CTL tutoring sessions and be able to utilize the rest of their lives.