OUR APPROACH

IMPROVED WELL-BEING & ADMISSIONS SUCCESS THROUGH DELIBERATE, DISTRIBUTED PRACTICE

The Moxams approach is based on scientific evidence of successful learning methodologies. What we term Intelligent Practice combines two of the most powerful techniques for improving individual performance that are proven to exist:

Deliberate Practice: a purposeful type of practice that is based around a step by step focus on specific skills to reach a goal. It requires the practicer to operate just outside their comfort zone and is most effective when it is informed and overseen by experts who provide actionable feedback.

Distributed Practice: a type of practice that is broken down into short, well-spaced sessions that take place over a long period of time.

Whether it is in memory, maths, language, spelling, swimming, violin, golf or chess, for those who seek improved, high performance Intelligent Practice is shown to be the most effective approach to achieve it. Intelligent Practice steps away from rote learning (repetition of the same skill over and over) and massed practice (cramming learning into long sessions close to a test event) and is proven to be significantly more effective.

At Moxams we use Intelligent Practice to support children in optimising their talents throughout the senior schools admissions process. We use this approach as we believe it is one of the few that is appropriate to an age group facing the pressures created by the oversupply of candidates to places at the UK’s top schools. The resulting competition has the potential to cause young people and their parents stress and ill health. At the heart of our methodology we therefore place short, well-spaced learning in order to improve well-being as well as performance.

READING & RESEARCH ON DELIBERATE & DISTRIBUTED PRACTICE  

Anders Ericsson & Robert Pool, Peak – How all of us can achieve extraordinary things (Vintage, 2016) https://peakthebook.com/index.html

Daniel Coyle, The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born. Its Grown. Here’s How (Bantam Dell, 2009) http://danielcoyle.com/

Oliver James, Not in your genes (Vermilion, 2016) http://selfishcapitalist.com/

Malcolm Gladwell,  Outliers: The Story of Success (Little, Brown, 2008) http://gladwell.typepad.com/

Greg Schutte, et al. “A comparative analysis of massed vs. distributed practice on basic math fact fluency growth rates” Journal of School Psychology Volume 53, Issue 2, April 2015, https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022440514001034

Kristine C. Bloom & Thomas J. Shuell, Effects of Massed and Distributed Practice on the Learning and Retention of Second-Language Vocabulary The Journal of Educational Research, Dec 2014 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00220671.1981.10885317

Robert N. Singer, “Massed and Distributed Practice Effects on the Acquisition and Retention of a Novel Basketball Skill”. American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation Volume 36, March 2013 https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10671188.1965.10614658

“The results are conclusive. Deliberate Distributed Practice wins hands down”

Dr. David Walters, Hon. Research Fellow, Exeter University, Cognitive Education Development Unit

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