Teaching Others to Learn Better!

Source: Time, Nov 2011

Students enlisted to tutor others, these researchers have found, work harder to understand the material, recall it more accurately and apply it more effectively. In what scientists have dubbed “the protégé effect,” student teachers score higher on tests than pupils who are learning only for their own sake. But how can children, still learning themselves, teach others? One answer: They can tutor younger kids.

In an ingenious program at the University of Pennsylvania, a “cascading mentoring programengages college undergraduates to teach computer science to high school students, who in turn instruct middle school students on the topic.

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