A case study – does practice alone make perfect?

Does Practice Alone Make Perfect?

A Case Study

Over the last month we’ve observed 3 children’s completely different use of the Plytime Platform to determine the biggest improvements in their maths progress and their overall life skills.

Child 1 – The Player

Has been playing regularly and appears to be focused on collecting the most tokens in an effort to win the competitions.  They have spent a lot of time answering questions, regularly choosing hard and super-hard questions, often within Refresh in an attempt to earn additional tokens.  Rather than viewing incorrect answers at the end of the game they go on to play another game in an attempt to top the leader board.  Although the parent is linked to the child’s account, there doesn’t appear to be much parental engagement.

Child 2 – The System Follower

Has also been playing regularly but not to the same degree as The Player.  At the end of each game they have been reviewing their incorrect answers, marking them as resolved if they can see what they did wrong, watching help videos and flagging for additional support where they can’t see how to get the answer.  The child also has Focus Tutoring but as the parent is actively engaged, providing additional support to clear the flags, they only require 1 tutoring session per week.

Child 3 – The Unsupported

Has been playing sporadically.  When they get a couple of questions incorrect they simply give up and stop playing the game.  They review a few of their incorrect answers but don’t watch any help videos or flag for additional support.  There is no parent linked to the account so no parental engagement or support provided.

Plytime education Learn, play, review, support

The Plytime platform allows children to practice, whenever they like, by playing short games and answering questions.  They can move through the curriculum at their own pace with Freeplay, or concentrate on specific topics with Refresh.

At the end of each game they are encouraged to review incorrect answers, watch help videos and flag where they need additional support.  The support can be provided by parents, teachers or tutors, depending on the package.

Competitions, tokens and rewards are included to incentivise children to develop the right behaviours and progress.  

Comparative Analysis

Plytime case study results by child

Conclusion

We’ve all heard the phrase “practice makes perfect” and we can see that both Child 1 and Child 2 improved from their regular practice, compared to Child 3, but this is only part of the story.  Whilst all children should be commended for their efforts, practice is only one of the ingredients needed for success.  It is very clear that following the Plytime process – practice, review, flag and support – yields much better academic results. 

An extra benefit is that it also helps to develop resilience and a growth mindset.  Many children, and parents, struggle to find a balance between getting everything correct and pushing themselves harder.   And it is a balance, but when it comes to academic progress, getting questions wrong and learning from them is very much part of the process.  Answering incorrectly shouldn’t be seen as a failure but as offering a real learning opportunity. 

If a child reviews their incorrect answers, they can start to understand where and why they went wrong.  They can then learn how to master that skill, which is the foundation of building confidence and developing a growth mindset.  If a child learns to develop that life skill when they’re young, it will make a huge difference to their future achievements.

Plytime Learning has all the tools that you need to help your child to reach their potential. 

Whether you want them to simply practice content tailored to the curriculum or improve quicker and develop confidence by using the Play, Review, Flag and Support options. 

Get in touch and find out how we can help your child to be their best

  • Post last modified:23rd March 2024