What to Do During Class
Your Goals for Class Time
Your first goal is always to educate students as they come in. As soon as students start to join the class, you should be actively for YOUR student! You should be vocal about which students you intend to take. Only take students with whom you are comfortable working, and if a student ever switches to something you don’t know very well, transfer that student to a different instructor.
One of the hardest things to learn at Vohra is how to teach with our methodologies. In other words… how to NOT teach!
In our experience, we have seen that when we actively explain a skill or strategy, or give hints, we get very mediocre results. About 20% of the time, the student will actually “learn” that information, but only for 1 day, maybe 2 days, possibly even a week. That’s the BEST case scenario.
Since we are helping students prepare for a major test that is always going to be more than 2 days off, we cannot “teach” using that “traditional” method. And anyways, 80% of the time, students will either completely misunderstand whatever is taught directly, or they will forget it nearly immediately upon being told.
So, instead we focus on struggle-based learning. We give students challenges to overcome, and then we assume the role of “coach”. We remind them how far they’ve come, how much they DO know. We tell them that we are always 100% certain that they can handle the challenge we have laid before them (because if we aren’t, then we would be doing a responsive worksheet).
Our method really doesn’t even look like teaching. It’s not. It’s empowering. We are convincing students that they have the power to seize their education for themselves, to create understanding, to own their knowledge. That’s your real goal, and it’s going to take a lottttt of practice to stop yourself from giving those damaging hints, suggestions, and explanations. Even though they seem benign, they often have minorly or majorly damaging effects. Spend class time actively practicing this skill, and send any student reviews to Chelsey via email in order to get constructive feedback and be considered for advancement and certification in various topics!
If there are no students working on topics in which you are certified, that means you need to do more training! The more training you do, the more students you can work with. You should get through all of the main SAT training very quickly because those are the most common students we see. You can visit the Advancement page to learn more about how to finish your certifications in the SAT curriculum and then move forward with us.
Your next goal in everything you do here is to refine, fix, and improve our system. You are the critical part of our system. As an Instructor, you see the students; you see how they think and what they get wrong. You know first hand if a particular question is working or not. You can tell when the student is frustrated, lost, or just not getting anywhere. Be sure to watch this video to see how the curriculum is intended to work, and how you can easily spot errors and failures which will need to be fixed.
For now, you’ll likely just be reporting these issues, via email, to Chelsey. But as you advance (and have more time available for work) you will be given more challenging and interesting projects, including fixing the errors you find!
If you are working on any projects, then you are welcome to complete those during class as well. This is only to be done on a slow day when you have either no students or only one student. Your primary goal during class is ALWAYS to ensure that students receive a response ideally within 3-5 seconds of sending an answer. y or n, very quickly. As long as you maintain speed and accuracy with your student, you can work on current projects as well.