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How to Transition from a Competency-Based Education Program

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Many parents have concerns about the transition from a competency-based education program to a traditional school system. Though a program based on proficiency, like at Delphi Boston, rather than time-spent is very different from your standard public school, that doesn’t mean the transition once a student graduates from Delphi has to be difficult. Here are some tips on how to ease the transition for your child:

1. Get used to lectures.  

In a traditional school, lectures are the common way of teaching. This is a very different environment compared to a competency-based program; it’s something to get used to. A great way to ease this transition is to find a “note-taking style” that you enjoy. It’s important to take notes during a lecture, so you’ll need a fun strategy. Experiment with your notes the first week of school and find the style that works best for you.

2. Plan ahead for deadlines.

Competency-based programs don’t usually have deadlines like traditional schools. It’s really important to keep track of your deadlines for homework and exams. Plan ahead and create a daily schedule to ensure you get everything done on time.

3. Fall back on the tools you have.

In competency-based schools, the program is usually tailored around some sort of independent study approach. In these programs, students are taught how to work through problems and misunderstandings while studying. At Delphi Boston, we utilize a program called Study Technology. This program can be utilized at any school, whether it’s competency-based or traditional. We give students the tools to learn effectively and efficiently, then they can use it wherever life takes them.

So if you start to struggle in a new school, remember what tools you’ve acquired and use them to succeed.  

4. Give it time

Although this transition may seem a little scary at first, it’s important not to get too nervous about it. This is the time to stay steady and positive. Your child will likely be looking for reassurance that “everything is going to be OK.” This is a great time as a parent to step in and be their rock. The transition may prove to be a great bonding period for you and your child. This can be a wonderful learning experience for students, learning how to balance their life in a new environment.  

Both educational models can be beneficial for students and are not mutually exclusive. Your son or daughter will likely learn great things from each school system and used their combined experiences to create a well-rounded education.

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