Smart Revise takes a pragmatic approach to mastery learning. In Quiz students have a mastery bar that indicates how many times a question has been answered correctly in a row. Even when questions have been answered correctly they reappear and mastered questions never completely disappear. Repetition is at the heart of what enables Smart Revise to raise attainment.
A teacher can:
A student can:
Obtaining a high success rate is one of the ten Rosenshine principles. A success rate of around 80% has been found to be optimal, showing students are learning and also being challenged.
Subject matter is broken into blocks or units with predetermined objectives and specified outcomes. Students must demonstrate mastery on unit tests, typically 80%, before moving on to new material. Any students who do not achieve mastery are provided with extra support through a range of teaching strategies such as more intensive teaching, tutoring, peer-assisted learning, small group discussions, or additional homework. Students continue the cycle of studying and testing until the mastery criteria are met.
In practice mastery learning is challenging to implement because ideally students do not move onto new content until they have mastered what they have already learned. In addition, it may be more effective when students work collaboratively and take responsibility for supporting each other’s progress.
Rosenshine, B. (2012) Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know. American Educator, 36(1), p12-39.