Have you ever taught a skill or concept to others? If you have, you may have noticed that with each time you repeat information and answers questions, your understanding of the topic deepens. One of the best ways to learn something is to take what you know and teach it to others. You can use this to help the student in your life learn more and enjoy the process!
Why it works…
When you’re teaching something to another person you generally start from the bottom. You don’t assume they know the basics, you start with the initial concept and build upon it. This acts as a continual review for the information that cements it in your mind and makes it easier, each time, for you to recall and understand.
Teaching others also improves confidence and sparks curiosity for a deeper understanding of a topic. Maybe somebody you’re teaching asks a questions that inspires you to do more research. In doing so, you’re elevating your own knowledge.
How you can utilize the concept…
Many classrooms use peer tutoring or have similar programs. If your school does, encourage your child to participate. But even if you do not have access to such a program, you can still put the concept to work for you. Ask your child to teach you or your other children. Make it feel official by setting aside your own classroom time. Help them feel important by setting up a dry erase board and getting them any props they may need.
Students have a lot to learn in order to be competitive these days. The demands of education puts considerable stress on young learners, so every thing you can do to make it easier is worth the effort! Encourage your student to teach others, offer them opportunities to do so and give them praise for all of their hard work!