To help children excel, we have a simple, practical and fun approach.
Our approach: Upskill the parents to Upskill the children, for self motivated academic success.
To Help Children Excel:
Question: Did you ever ask yourself the following question?
How can I help my child want to learn thing on his/her own without reminders, understand that mistakes are part of the learning process, and be self motivated to enjoy doing their best in school?
The above question is what iLearners helps with. We help parents and involved adults learn some fun yet important skills that they can transfer to the children for long term success in academics and careers.
All you have to be is open minded with an experimenting mindset to learn these skills, and utilize what works best for you.
Anyone involved in a child's life can learn these skills, and the results are truly amazing and heartwarming to see.
We believe that if the parent(s) learn certain communication and critical thinking techniques, then they can utilize some easy strategies to support their children in becoming self motivated independent learners who want to do their best and excel on their own.
All of which leads to student success, higher test scores and grades, resourcefulness, with less stress and anxiety, happier kids, and happier parents!
The focus of our tips and training is to master the basics, to build a strong and agile foundation for learning and resourcefulness; which is learned through intentional practice for what works best for you.
The human learning is in the interactions:
The human intelligence, joy of learning and memory recall is in the evolving human interactions, practice, and self-directions. Self-knowledge of the human learning process is important for long term success in academics, careers, communication, leadership, etc.
We focus on teaching through questions/suggestions (Socratic method), the art of story telling, and less instructions based; which helps develop greater critical thinking and communication skills for the children and parents.
Most teachers do an amazing job teaching our children! So our approach includes making the teachers' job easier by helping our children learn how to ask effective questions at school and enjoy academics.
Traits of an Independent Learner
Our definition of an independent learner is someone who:
Asks effective questions,
Curious, open minded,
Enjoys listening, observing, learning, and exploring different perspectives and strategies,
Resourceful, improvising, agile,
Develops self-leadership and self-confidence,
Enjoys communicating their thoughts,
Enjoys accountability: do what you say - say what you do,
Wants to understand why and how things work,
- Prioritizes remembering, and observes how we forget,
Developing/pursuing his or her directions and opportunities in career/life to take care of themselves, their families, and their communities through education and collaboration.
You could use the above as a checklist when working with your children. You could also practice the learning/teaching quotes listed below.
The below well known Learning Pyramid diagram is a representation of retention when we learn something new. Other factors such as repetition/engagement/etc. can increase or decrease the retention numbers, as well as duration.
From the iLearners perspective, the below diagram gives a good list of the different learning-teaching techniques that can be mixed together to increase retention.
Some of the highest retention techniques are the following three, which are the main areas of skill development and practice that iLeareners focuses on:
Ask effective questions, write it down,
Connect/map to the big picture,
Teach what you're learning with feedback.
Below is a helpful diagram from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi that describes skills/ability development and excelling/flow through challenges.
As it can be seen from the diagram, certain emotions and learning/skill development are often linked.
It's helpful to note that some transferable skills are learned through overcoming certain challenges too.
iLearners supports the skills/ability development to enjoy and excel in academics and careers through enjoying the learning process.
Our Favorite Learning and Teaching Quotes:
1. “If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” - Ignacio Estrada
2. "Teaching is listening, learning is talking." - Deborah Meier
3. "Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers." - Josef Albers
4. “A problem well stated is a problem half solved.” - Charles Kettering
5. "The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” - John F. Kennedy
7. Our favorite definition of Rapport: "a close and harmonious relationship in which the people or groups concerned understand each other's feelings or ideas and communicate well."
8. Art of storytelling and suggestions for Teaching: “To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.” - Henri Frederic Amiel
9. "The best way to learn is to teach." - Frank Oppenheimer. “The best way to learn something is not to do it but to teach it. You understand it better after you explain it — andy you remember it better after retrieving and sharing it.” - Adam Grant
10. "No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship." - Dr. James P. Comer
iLearners offers weekly topics, tips, and training to active members who want to see quicker results through live online group training and Q&As.
Members ask/submit questions, which will be addressed/discussed at each week's video call.
Listen to other members' questions/ discussions.
iLearners will do screen-share during video call on the weekly topic(s).
Topics with thought provoking questions
Weekly practice suggestions
Click here for an example of the weekly topic/practice.
When learning anything, note the following:
Learning most skills, habits, and succeeding in the long run has the same foundational formula, which is the following:
Write down your questions (by hand or typing).
See how you could make the learning fun and engaging (i.e. talk with friends and family about it, go at your own fast/ med/ slow pace, share your journey, learn together with others, make it a fun challenge, celebrate the successes, etc.).
Write down your notes and thoughts.
- Write down what you'll practice doing differently based on what you're learning.
Each week we'll post tips/training (including thought provoking questions and weekly practice suggestions) on communication, critical thinking, study and organization skills, and how that can be applied to helping your children become independent learners with higher grades in school and beyond.
The earlier you start, the easier it is with younger children.
For older children, they could learn these skills along with you.
To learn these skills deeper for the long run:
Your part is to write your questions/notes.
Do general internet search to get a few different perspectives.
Write what you'll practice doing differently going forward.
The weekly tips give perspectives and focus, and help speed up the learning for yourself and your children.
This training is not about only "learning" something in our minds to recite. The focus of the training is on being able to practice and use these communication and critical thinking knowledge/skills when we are feeling well and when we are under some stress; paralleling how some children feel when they are taking an exam.
The results for the children are increased academic/ learning skills, increased test scores and grades, less stress/ anxiety, confidence, happier empowered children, knowledgeable, agile, better communication skills with teachers/ parents/ others.
The results for the parents is joy seeing your kids happier/ confident/ knowledgeable, and you having skills to continue empowering your children, grand children, family/friends, agility, and empowering yourself for the long run.
Focus is on the Basics and Simplicity:
The tips and training we provide focus on the basics, to build a strong and agile foundation for learning and resourcefulness; which is learned through intentional practice of what works best for you and your children.
We focus on teaching through the art of story telling and questions/suggestions, and less instructions based; which helps develop greater critical thinking and communication skills for the children and parents.
Study Skills Training for Tutors/ Mentors
For Tutors, iLearners provides Study Skills training.
Mentors can also benefit from this training to empower their mentees even more.
iLearners Study Skills Tutor Training focuses on developing the following:
Curious/ experimenting mindset
Studying and note taking strategies
Information organizing skills
Connecting context with the larger picture and course expectations
Contact, Topics Request, Testimonials:
We love to help others on their path to success. We love helping parents, students, adults and communities thrive through education and collaboration.
Feel free to request topics you'd like us to cover. Also feel free to leave any feedback or testimonials in this form.
For one-on-one or group training and coaching, please submit this form or send us an email at hello@iLearners.com. Let us know what you'd like help with.