The expected (aka “traditional”) understanding of evaluation is performance on a standardized test, which tends to focus on getting answers to factual questions under pressure and with speed. And, indeed, this is how the world generally perceives and defines mathematics: “Get the answers to calculation problems with pencil-and-paper, even though the smartphone in your pocket can do it faster and more accurately than any human.”
Does this not strike you as strange and perhaps fundamentally wrong?
Sure, the Synthesis Tutor, will absolutely help your child meet the assessment systems still in place today — and offer so much more!
The world needs citizens who can think, who can recognize problems, and who have the confidence to take steps forward to solve them. Mathematics is an exceptional arena for teaching such confidence. The Synthesis Tutor hones in on developing this confidence (and, as a result, helps your child pass school exams too!)
You will see your student progress as a wholly thinking human being and young scholar.
Within the Tutor itself, you can see your student’s progress on the upper left-hand corner of each lesson tile. Green means the lesson has been completed and blue means it is still in progress. Sandbox explorations will never get a green check as they are meant to be discovered multiple times by students.
Synthesis Tutor lessons use mastery-based education. What that means is that the lessons will show you the content your student has grasped. We think of your child’s learning as starting out with a low-resolution map of the ideas, then we steadily make that picture higher resolution over time. We then spiral back to concepts previously learned in order to reinforce them. We’re building towards reporting this progress directly to parents, and will announce when this feature is available.