Learning Better. Together
Our pedagogy brings together well-trained people, custom made educational materials and innovative teaching methods. Avanti’s academic team is made up of former JEE coaches and IIT graduates who create and curate a rich library of videos, conceptual questions and doubt-solving resources for our students.
Each centre is run by a Centre Manager, whose responsibilities include:
- Spending one-on-one time with each student and acting as their counselor and guide
- Maintaining classroom discipline and guiding the learning process
- Reporting testing (quantitative and psychometric) and feedback data
- Helping coordinate mentoring and doubt-solving sessions
Students spend over 20 hours a week in our after-school programs. The program runs 2 years covering Grade XI and XII. Each topic is covered in the following phases:
- Peer Learning
- Self study and group work
- Teaching to the test
Phase I: Pre-reading
Students are given guided reading assignments to be completed before class. At the beginning of each class, students take a 5-minute quiz on the pre-reading material from the night before. Students can track how their reading comprehension and study habits improve over time. Spot Tests also alert the Centre Managers and Academic Team when the material is too easy or too difficult.
Phase II: Peer Learning (1⁄3 of centre time)
The next phase of class is run as per the peer learning method, which Professor Eric Mazur developed and tested over 10 years with his physics students at Harvard. His methods have since been validated by hundreds of teachers the world over. Peer learning has been shown to drive stronger conceptual performance, higher test scores, better retention, and improved application in college science students. Learn more about Professor Mazur’s method of peer instruction here.
When students enter the classroom, the learning coach shows them a short 10 min video that reviews the concepts listed in their reading assignments. This video is followed by a series of Concept Tests. Concept Tests are short multiple choice questions that follow these basic guidelines:
- Focuses on a single concept
- Not solvable by relying on equations
- Incorrect answer choices plausible, and, when possible, based on typical student misunderstandings
- Unambiguously worded
- 30-70% likely to arrive at the right answer
- Requires 1 min of thought to arrive at an answer
Phase III: Self study and group work (1⁄3 of centre time)
We make comprehensive study modules and quantitative problem sets available to each student. After the peer learning phase, students are provided time to study by themselves. We divide the class into groups of 5-6 and encourage students to help each other learn, solve doubts and clarify concepts. In addition to this scheduled time, we make our centres available to students after-hours to use as study spaces.
Phase IV: Teaching to the test (1⁄3 of centre time)
After we feel comfortable that the class has attained mastery over the concepts we’re teaching, they are provided access to recorded lectures that focus on test-specific problem solving. The Indian Engineering Entrance Exams are amongst the toughest tests in the world. This necessitates some test-specific teaching.
Mentoring & doubt solving
One or more student mentors from the IITs and other top schools are assigned to each learning group. These mentors spend 2-3 hours per week with the group helping to clarify doubts and tutor on specific concepts. In addition, we make highly experienced teachers available to students via video-conferencing or in person interactions as needed.