Empower youth to drive their learning by building their understanding of how the brain processes information, effective brain-based learning and study skills in time for mid-year exams.
Mastermind Guides are high school youth mentors, building the student body’s confidence and competence as high school learners and their capacity for independent, lifelong learning. Mastermind Guides and their adult partners will attend a one-day training and return to school to lead a meeting with the advisory faculty, sharing the content of the three sessions and asking that these strategies be utilized on a regular basis.
The work begins with exploring how the brain learns, highlighting the role of self-concept on learning and helping students develop a visual image of how their brain works when they are taking in information. This includes the role of our sensory register and its sensitivity to our belief in our ability to learn, as well as the role and purpose of short- and long-term memory and strategies to embed learning.
However, it is not enough to be more aware of how the brain learns; we also need to be able to act on this knowledge to become empowered as learners. Thus, participants are introduced to proven effective learning strategies, some that might even seem counter to what is familiar or comfortable!
Youth guides and their adult partners will attend a one-day training on October 12 where they will experience the three sessions they will be facilitating, including practicing the first session with structured feedback. They will return to school to lead a meeting with the advisory faculty, sharing the content of the three sessions and asking that these strategies be utilized on a regular basis. The support and partnership of all advisory faculty is key to the success of this effort, including reviewing the upcoming advisory curriculum content in advance of each session. Their three advisory peer-to-peer sessions are then implemented, as a lead-up to mid-year exams, ensuring that the content is highly relevant and immediately applicable to students’ lives.