Concept-based Learning &

The Importance of Intuition

Students are often taught to memorize facts and formulas. Yet many who rely on rote memorization experience difficulty applying fundamental mathematical principles to novel or complex problems. 

When students are trained to see the underlying structure that holds true across all levels of problem difficulty, they are more inclined to feel confident and capable when addressing progressively challenging course content. Through understanding how formulas are derived, students learn the underlying principles at play, as well as their appropriate applications. Understanding the mechanics behind math concepts helps students to gain confidence, while building a solid foundation.

Here, students are taught to discern what responses would be reasonable, given the parameters of a problem. Mastering the skill of estimation enables students to gain confidence in their math ability, and helps them to develop critical assessment skills.