Exposing students to learning beyond mere books and classrooms is part and parcel of the R.E.A.L Schools educational experience. Participating in various activities, competitions and events form part of this larger endeavour. A recent example of this ongoing effort was the ‘Sunway College A-Levels Math and Logic Challenge 2016’ which was held early this year at Sunway College in Petaling Jaya.
Eight Senior 4 and 5 students from R.E.A.L Schools National, Cheras Campus were selected by the Maths Department to participate in the competition which aims to foster excellence in maths amongst secondary school students. This year marks the 10th edition of the annual challenge which also aims to promote greater interest in maths, a subject which many students may perceive as dull and difficult.
Participants were divided into teams of two and proceeded to pit their wits, knowledge and problem-solving skills against each other on a wide range of mathematical topics. The challenge, which only lasted about an hour or so, proved to be a priceless and eye-opening experience for the students. They thoroughly enjoyed the event; which has given them a fresh, new perspective on the subject as a whole.
Such experiential learning platforms play a vital role in enriching students’ educational journey at R.E.A.L Schools. It is also part of the school’s active learning approach, which facilitates student-centred learning and not a teacher-centred one. Students are taught ‘how to learn’ instead of just ‘what to learn’; acquiring knowledge through various means and always questioning and being critical in order to increase their understanding and enhance results.
With this approach, learning can be transformed into a truly meaningful and engaging experience. Even the notion of Mathematics being a traditionally intimidating subject can be dismissed by injecting elements of fun into it. Essentially, something like ‘Mathematical Anxiety’ can be a thing of the past if active learning is applied and practiced the right way.