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A New Method of Learning

This new method of learning is individualized and has been judged by 100% of evaluators (both non-technical teachers and students) to be easy to use and more effective than any other device or program they have used for learning. The results of the method can be easily transferred from one school to another — with or without classroom walls. It may prove ideal for new charter schools, new choice programs, for homeschooling and also for third world development based on literacy and education.

The Neogenesis Method

This method, called The Neogenesis Method, enables students to learn to the highest levels of mastery, confidence, performance, critical thinking and creative thinking. So far, in over 5,000 demonstrations, including many blind studies and controlled environments, this method works with all students.

Matching Biological Learning Needs

When their biological learning needs are met, these students in demonstrations can achieve the same high standard — including students who are athletes and students labeled attention deficit disorder, dyslexic and learning disabled — regardless of prior school performance, confidence level,
self-esteem level, school attitudes, family values, neighborhood values, race, socioeconomic level, culture, class size, national origins or IQ scores.

Results in One Hour/Usage Parameters

Significant learning results can be easily demonstrated in less than an hour, including all training time on the machine and the method. A single initial demonstration has proven time and again that many student attitudes and expectations about their abilities can be transformed in less than an hour. Usage to achieve personal academic goals tends to be a function of motivation and expectation. Usage to achieve school goals tends to be a function of implementation method and the availability of specific developed curricula and lesson plans.

Demonstration Example

For example, in a typical demonstration, if a class of students who represent a normal bell curve of past academic results are first tested on total recall of a map of South America, fewer than one in a thousand students and adults can achieve a passing grade and over 90% of the students score less than 20% correct as a starting grade. In less than an hour and often in less than 15 minutes, students can draw correct maps (100%, A+ performance) from total recall level without clues or lists of countries or pre-drawn maps of any kind. Given this very brief experience of learning to mastery, students can also design flight plans and answer questions that require critical thinking skills.

Retention

Retention results have been much higher than expected. While results vary, generally five weeks later, without study of any kind or inclusion of the map in their studies, on a pop quiz with no prior notification, 60% of students can draw the map and label all the countries to an A level. Ten percent of students are at a B level and 30% of students are at a C level. Among the C students are many of the traditionally “best students”. Among the A students are many of the traditionally “worst students”. Thus, a bell curve skewed at the high end is the result. With control groups, few, if any, students reach mastery in the same time periods and almost no students have any increase in knowledge base from a brief learning experience five weeks later.

Literacy

At pre-school level, working with a teaching assistant (who can be a student) , we have been able to teach students at the rate of thirty (30) new words per hour — any word they can say. In a children’s museum setting, the student walks away with a book that is not words like Dick, Spot and Jane, but sentences like “Mommy loves my Tyrannosaurus Rex” which they can read with confidence (and joy). The Neogenesis Method has been used to easily correct grammar that limits individuals in class perception.

Accelerating Transitions

At a middle school level, with English vocabulary (PSAT Prep), seventh graders have been able to learn two semesters of work in less than two weeks to the highest levels and pass tests at 85% or better requiring critical thinking skills. In a cost/benefit analysis, this learning required 5% of the normal time at 6% of the normal cost with over twice as many students able to achieve at 85% plus. All students were able to achieve at this level including students who rarely or never achieved at this level (again, athletes and students labeled attention deficit disorder, dyslexic and learning disabled).

Higher Education

At a college level, one school reported that student athletes with a 1.8 GPA in foreign language, the chief cause of academic dropouts, went to a 3.0 GPA in foreign language in a single semester.

Teacher Reactions

We have found no teachers who are opposed to good student results. Teachers report that the greatest benefit to students is to those students who have previously not achieved or who are at-risk. The nature of the results, however, can be so dramatic that both teachers and students have difficulty adjusting to new ways of thinking, teaching, expectations and implementation. In conventional school settings, the role of the teacher becomes more critical, not less critical. Teachers focus on different kinds of information — why the material is important to learn, what it can be used for, field exercises, critical thinking and creative thinking exercises.

Teachers report that the greatest benefit they experience is in the use of the method as an equalizer to have every student empowered with the same basic facts at the same level before classroom instruction begins. They also report that customized remediation becomes possible and that socialization and self-esteem results exceed any expectations the teacher had previously for specific students.

Research Problems

Substantial problems are reported with gifted students whose prior class ranking is disturbed when other students, particularly athletes, can learn easily and well. Proper implementation is critical for sustained results. NLL will report online all four years of experimentation with methods of implementation.

Research Policy

Throughout this initial long-term exploration the NLL research attitude has been to learn the most possible in the shortest possible time in order to speed ultimate implementation. We have done this in three unconventional ways. One, we have acted on the belief that information acquisition is more important in research than pleasing people. Negative results are as valuable as positive results in research and often more so. NLL values its mistakes and there have been many. Two, based on our first six months of generating co-dependence through too much interest and control, we have adopted a policy of benign neglect. We wanted to know what people would do on their own with new tools if we did not interfere. Third, over the past three years we have maintained isolation, rather than communication, between research sites. Now we enter into an era to enable each school environment to match its own needs for effective implementation through affordable electronic means.

Cost/Benefit Analysis

The cost of research programs is currently $35 per month per student and includes all software, hardware and 24 hour access to individualized hand-held, battery-operated learning machines. Depending on actual usage, in surveyed projects at middle schools, cost has ranged from 15 cents to 79 cents per student hour of usage. Most students can learn at the rate of 30-60 basic facts, definitions or associations per hour. It is possible to calculate what budget it will take each student to reach a particular level of performance. For example, the cost to teach — to total recall level — the seven warning signs of cancer, the basics of diabetic care or stroke prevention could be reduced to pennies per person.

Acceleration

A college freshman foreign language text typically contains about 1,000 facts including irregular verbs, idioms and the vocabulary in the back of the book. While few students choose acceleration and much more research is required, a few limited studies have indicated that students can master this basic material in a matter of days, not months, at a cost that approximates videotape rentals even with current research prototype devices.