Top Tips – Get the Best Out of Your Learning Journey

Sarah@outnumber.app, Research Editor, 2022-08-05  Getting Started, Top Tips, Mistake-friendly App

Outnumber is a mistake-friendly app. It’s designed to encourage children to embrace mistakes and progress through a learning journey of small iterations and personal discoveries. In this article we share some of the top tips gathered from the community of early adopters and focus groups. Let’s go through them.

1. Which level should I start with?

You can use the table below as a starting guide (find more in the curriculum section). Under Lessons, scan through the learning outcome statements and peak into some lessons. Once you’ve chosen your level we recommend starting from the first unit, as the learning units progressively build upon lessons learned in previous units. You can always step back to the previous level, if the chosen level feels too challenging.

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2. How do I track progress?

Lessons are colour-coded to track progress. Follow the recommendations from the feedback engine. The app checks and records your progress every time you try a lesson. You’ll find some lessons easy and some more challenging. Feel free to take your time and work through them several times, until you understand the concepts and feel ready for the next lesson. You can always come back and review.

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3. What if I get stuck?

Getting stuck is part of your learning journey – don’t get frustrated. It gives you the opportunity to pause and think about the problems in a different way. To get unstuck, try writing down the information you know or drawing a diagram. In fact, we recommend keeping a dedicated notebook for Outnumber so that you can write down and save your works as you progress. Discuss the problems and your approaches with an adult. And sometimes it helps to simply take a break!

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4. What are some of the helping tools available?

Outnumber has some interactive tools to help you with the lessons. You can listen to the problem statements. Often the app provides hints on how to approach a problem and detailed explanations on how to solve a problem. Sometimes you will see examples at the beginning of a lesson. Read the examples and explanations as many times as you need to before answering the questions. You could even work through the examples yourself and see if you get the same answer as the one given. If not, look back to see where you went wrong.

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5. How can I review the previous lessons?

Once you’ve finished a level or made significant progress, use Onyx to review the previous lessons. It’s a quick way to review the units without having to go through all the lessons. Onyx will pick a few questions from each unit, and if you get them all right, it will move on to the next unit. If not, it will ask you to practise a bit more. Aside from Onyx, remember you can always go back and review lessons from previous levels or units.

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6. Can I see the materials in my first language which is not English?

We want to support learners with English as a second language, and our long-term ambition is to make the app available in multiple languages with appropriate regionalisation. As a first step, we’ve provided translation for the main problem statements. You can go to Settings and select your target translation language to activate this. Please note that this feature is experimental, and the translation is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate. That said, in our testing we found this feature quite beneficial to students who’re learning English as a second language.

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7. How can I overcome my fear of making mistakes?

We love mistakes! Outnumber is a mistake-friendly app. No one is watching you when you don’t get the answer right. In fact, you are expected to make mistakes and progress through the lessons with multiple tries. Mistakes provide better opportunities to learn and help our brains grow. By analysing your mistakes, you become a better learner. We learn and grow from our mistakes.

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