Connecting the Dots: Key Concepts in Science and Math
Develop a strong conceptual foundation in Science & Math. Start connecting the dots between different ideas & start thinking from first principles. Relevant for students from all Boards.
For students in Grades 8, 9, 10, from any Board (CBSE/ IB/ IGCSE/ ICSE, etc.)
We were inspired by some recent posts on Social Media about the excessive focus on methods/ short-cuts/ speed, as opposed to foundational understanding. There's plenty of research about typical conceptual gaps in students' understanding at at various age/ grade levels. Our blog post, Conceptual Learning: What, Why and How, provides a more detailed background.
With this starting point, our mentors sat down to curate a list of such areas that students could do well to have a deep, foundational understanding of, that they can build on, over time. We have identified such topics across Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and Math.
For each topic, the student experience includes pre-work, live sessions with mentors, assignments/ assessments, and feedback. In addition, students can email their doubts and questions to the mentor at any point of time during the course, as also join small-group 'doubt-clearing' sessions, scheduled twice a month.
The content has been chosen based on a knowledge of common student misconceptions and errors - derived from research as well as the experience base of our mentors. Apart from the content topics, scientific literacy skills will also be covered.
The course comprises 25 sessions of 1.5 hours each, starts on Sep 12, 2020, and will end towards the end of Jan 2021. There will be 1 session every Saturday typically (1130 AM to 1 PM); there may be 1-2 additional sessions every month, which will be scheduled on a Sundays/ Public Holidays.
The course is NOT a tuition service aimed at preparation for exams. These courses are also NOT a substitute for school work.
Please click here for a more detailed write-up about the course.
The course will have multiple facilitators (from our pool of expert mentors), led by Vishnu Agnihotri.
Vishnu is co-founder, chief learner, and academic director at GenWise. He is a pioneer in Gifted Education and Talent Development in India. He has vast experience in both the education and business domains. From 2005 to 2017, he worked at Educational Initiatives where he led the ASSET development team. He was also the academic director of the ASSET Summer Program in 2015 and 2016. He has also worked at i2, Eutech Healthcare, Feedback Infra, and is currently developing a curriculum on values and attitudes at CLIx, an MIT and TISS initiative.
Vishnu has a bachelor's degree in Engineering from IIT Madras.
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