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The Why Behind Immersive Learning
Think of a skill you’ve mastered in your life. Maybe it’s as simple as learning to walk as a toddler. Or navigating the road for the first time after getting your permit as a teen. In your adult life, perhaps you learned to play a new sport, cook a new dish, or trained for your dream job.
Over time, these moved from daunting tasks to natural skills. Because you didn’t just hear about them. You developed know-how through a series of experiences, triumphs, and maybe even failures.
That’s what education is all about. Teachers have the unique challenge of providing experiences to power learning, and there’s nothing more powerful than learning by doing.
Immersive learning is the process by which students get out of the classroom and into a new, exciting environment where they discover their unique passions, develop new skills, and apply what they’ve learned in a real-world setting.
- Immersive Learning Makes Education Meaningful
Has your student ever struggled with the “why” behind education? When teens have opportunities for real-life application, they tend to make emotional connections to the learning experience.
- Engaged Students Retain More Information
Research shows that learning through experience is one of the best ways to retain information. When students care about what they’re learning, they are able to store it as a long-term memory and retrieve it later.
- Boys Learn Through Hands-on Experiences
The traditional school system does not favor the learning styles that boys often possess. Young men learn best when hands-on, real-life connections are established. Even allowing them to choose research topics or projects that appeal to them is extremely effective.
- Colleges Want Experienced Students
In addition to strong academic achievement and involvement in activities, colleges want to know what learning experiences students have had outside of the school setting. Service projects, job shadowing, and foreign travel are highly valued by admission boards.
- Individualized Instruction Maximizes Learning
Positive role models and personalized attention make all the difference. When students are mentored, not lectured, they are inspired to learn. In immersive settings, educators are facilitators that provide experiences and encouragement as students discover the world for themselves.
Learn More About Immersive Education at St. Augustine Prep School
Our innovative Third Semester, as well as other experiential learning programs, gets students out of the classroom and into the world. We invite you to learn more about our hands-on approach to education that equips young men for bright futures.