10 Tips for Improving Your Learning Centre’s Efficiency
For children to train their cooperation and teamwork ability to solve a problem together, there is no better place than a learning centre. Besides schools, learning centres provide a unique hands-on social interaction experience for the young pupils. But managing such a learning centre is no easy task, heres 10 tips in order to better managing your learning centres.
Many learning centres consist of more than one classrooms, and their curriculum and their learning styles may vary. It is vital to keep tracking of each classroom and its content. For example, you may have classroom strictly for group learning and social interaction, you may also have pre-schoolers and teenagers. It is also advised to keep similar classroom in neighbourhood so that we can arrange cross learning or group projects easier.
Mixing your teaching styles
People are different and so are your students. Countless education studies have shown that personality, along with other well-known factors such as intelligence or memory, can have a huge impact on learning efficiency. Some may perform better while working alone, while others may learn better when placed in a group. So it is generally a good idea to switch your teaching styles, as well as environments, from time to time. Testing things out and let the students decide which way is the most comfortable for them to learn.
To keep your students perform well and show learning skills growth, it is vital to keep track of their performance, and it should be more complicated than simply writing down their performance scores.
As explained earlier, your students vary on which teaching style they find comfortable, and it is up to learning center teachers to keep tracking of their scores and the condition in which they were learning. Once we sort out which students prefer which styles, we can start classify them thus increasing our learning experience, also it is encouraged to try new learning styles, even the ones they were not fond with, on your students for variety.
Scheduling your progress
You should always plan your courses in a calendar-like tool, mark down milestones for each of your classrooms, and make sure progress is met upon dates. It helps your students to better understand what they are learning and what to expect, also helps teachers to follow-through their curriculum. Some learning centres do this via an actual calendar or even notebooks, but for large learning centres with many courses to manage simultaneously, it is recommended to use software.
Keep groups in smaller numbers
Group learning, although not for everyone sometimes, is indeed a great way for teachers to train their students’ problem solving and social interaction skills. But when setting up your students in group projects, it is generally encouraged to keep the number of learners down to five at max. Larger groups often creates a bad experience where some of the more introvert students became gradually obsolete, giving them either more social anxiety or encouragement to become the “isolated” role in a group.
Carefully segment your classrooms
For learning centres with large classrooms, there is a smart way to create a more dynamic and mixed learning experience, which is segmenting your classroom into smaller areas, such as reading area, discussion/activity area, play area/entertainment area, etc. These are just a suggestions if you are trying to set up book reading groups or mini-events in your learning centres.
Organize your content
Organize all your course materials for each of your classrooms. Try to label them for easier index, while some learning centres use physical tools such as zip-loc bags, pins, folders or baskets to do the sorting, modern learning centres should utilize software instead. With a computer and a learning centre software you can easily manage thousands of different contents, lectures and materials, moreover you can check all the history logs and change logs in order to better manage between different teachers.
Manage your courses
Being an efficient learning centre owner, managing courses and their corresponding teachers and students must be a priority for you. Teachers may switch their shifts from time to time and students should move from classroom to classroom to maximum learning experience.
But doing so is a head-scratcher for most managers, the bigger the learning centre, the harder it is to do; some studies show that course managing can take up to 20% of a learning centre’s administrative time cost.
Again, the solution is simple, replacing pens and ledgers with software would really reduce the stress of course managing; not only for the admins but for the teachers and students as well.
Design a “theme-park” learning experience
“Theme-park” learning experience allows students to take part in different learning activities as they choose. In a more sophisticated learning centre, students will receive a checklist of all activities they should complete, or sometimes, they would receive a “score book”, as each of the activity yield a different score, and students are required to reach a certain amount of score. In any case, this “theme-park” learning experience allows students to fully experience the liberty of learning in your facility. Just keep in mind that the scoring system should be simple enough to be understood by all parties: The teachers, the students, and their parents.
Cross teaching your courses
You might have different courses, classrooms in your learning centre; Math, literature, language, IT skills, etc. It is a smart marketing idea to offer your existing students a free tour - meaning a course or two, to other classrooms. It provides your students a better understanding of your learning centre’s full capacity, it also helps them expand their interests, not to mention the fact you could earn more students.
In any event, learning centres can improve their efficiency dramatically when the right method and management system is installed. Improving efficiency not only means less “wasted time” for the owners, it also provides a better working experience for the teachers and learning experience for the students. As the world of technology evolves, why shouldn’t learning centres do the same?