Mastery-based learning is an approach to education that focuses on individual learning rather than standardized teaching schedules. The mastery method of teaching is gaining nationwide recognition as a highly successful way to allow students to learn more while progressing at their own pace.
Since our inception in 2006, Lydian Academy has used the Mastery Learning approach which focuses on ensuring that every student gains the knowledge and skills they need to progress to the next level in each course. By building this strong foundation in a one-on-one learning environment that adjusts to each learner’s progress, Mastery Learning is changing the way we prepare young people for success in higher education and all their life goals.
Mastery Learning is based on the premise that every student can master a topic if they are provided with the right conditions for learning. This approach allows students to move forward when they have mastered the task, concept, or skill, and teachers to spend as much time as is needed for each learner to succeed. Teaching and testing methods can be adjusted to suit the needs of an individual student.
Rather than focusing on teaching students for a specific length of time and then grading them on how much they learned, the Mastery Learning approach focuses on how the student learns and adjusts the teaching methods and timeline to ensure a full understanding of the subject matter. This personalized path to education empowers students and teachers to achieve more together.
Studies suggest that using a Mastery Learning approach has a positive impact on student self-esteem, and may provide as much as six months additional progress over traditional methods.1 While some schools can struggle to provide the flexibility and resources needed to implement Mastery Learning in a large classroom environment, Lydian Academy’s one-to-one in-person and virtual learning options consistently provide a student-centered learning experience.
There are 10 principles that are considered essential to a mastery-based learning system. These are:
There are many benefits to focusing on individual learning rather than rigid teaching schedules. We find that the mastery method of teaching offers these advantages for all participants in the educational process:
Mastery-based learning is an integral part of middle and high school programs at Lydian Academy. Because all of our classes are one-to-one, this innovative learning approach is part of our mission. We believe that every student can succeed with the right tools, resources, and individualized instruction.
Families choose our student-focused programs for our Mastery Learning model, flexible rolling schedules, and virtual learning or in-person classes at our Burlingame or Menlo Park, CA campuses. Gifted and 2e students and those with learning differences thrive in an education environment truly focused on their personal strengths and unique path to success.
You can schedule a tour of our campuses or attend a virtual open house to find out more about how Mastery Learning is transforming the way we educate. We share our strong sense of purpose with every young person we encounter, promoting a lifelong love of learning and personal achievement for every student.