The Important Points
1. The specific rules, natural laws, principles, maxims,
or stable data.
The checkout is geared in the direction of application.
1. "The specific rules, natural laws, principles,
maxims, or stable data" must be known and the student must be able to
demonstrate that their meaning is known to him. Using a demo kit is the normal way to
2. "The exact details of how something is
done" must be exactly known; in which order they are done and a
description of the actions, though not verbatim.
3. "The theory behind why it is done or done that
way" must be known. This has
to be given accurately and with understanding but not verbatim.
Exact dates, numbers, or verbatim quotes would only in very rare cases be important and would in such cases be stated on the checksheet. They are not asked for unless required by the checksheet.
4. Definition of words used. Misunderstood words can prevent understanding completely and result in mis-application and non-application (as explained earlier). You check for meaning of words as to prevent that any MUs are left behind.
The student is expected to eventually apply the data.
That is the whole purpose of study. To be able to apply the data : (1),
rules and laws, must be known down cold, (2), details on how to do it, must be able to be experienced and
(3), the theory behind, must
be appreciated. (4), no misunderstood words must be left behind.
Flunks are given for any hesitation, confusion, or
communication lag when answering. If the student can't answer right away he
doesn't know it well enough to apply. Any hesitation, mmm..., ah..., well... is
a flunk, as the student certainly doesn't know it well enough to use.
You never keep on examining a theory assignment after a student has missed.
In other words, the check-out must have been 100% right answers for a pass. 95% is not a pass. When some theory part is too unimportant for a 100% pass only evidence that it has been read is required and it is not examined at all. This is marked as zero-rated on the checksheet. Materials you check out require 100% pass; less important materials are not examined. They are merely signed off on the checksheet by the student himself. Students attest to having read them, understood them, having cleared up any and all misunderstood words, and knowing them well enough to be able to apply them.
Who Can Give Check-outs
1. Have finished and passed the 3 short chapters on how
to check out theory materials given here (previous chapter, this one and the
Some materials are Supervisor Check-outs. Such materials include the most important parts of the theory. It also includes the three present chapters on how to do a star-rate Check-out. This is done to get the students started right. The supervisor wants to ensure that his students know how to give standard Check-outs exactly by the book. The supervisor also observes his students giving each other Check-outs. He ensures the quality of these Check-outs. If the Check-outs are done right he lets the students get on with it. If not, he writes a so-called Pink Sheet. This is a short study order written on a pink sheet of paper. It tells the student to Word Clear and re-study the needed Check-out chapters or sections thereof. The supervisor then checks the student out on this personally.
The remedies for poor quality Check-outs are Word Clearing and further study of Check-out materials. The supervisor never resorts to taking over Check-outs of all course materials himself. Only by using this system can we have effective Check-outs and a supervisor who is free to supervise effectively.
Make sure that students who get constantly low marks are also handled with Word Clearing. The chains of misunderstoods may go back to definitions of words they havenít understood in some former subject. There exist a number of methods of Word Clearing, all very effective. Method 3 and Method 9 can be done in the course room. Other methods require a professional Word Clearer or an advanced student to do them. These methods include the use of a Meter. The Meter is an instrument that reacts on exact questions asked. The Word Clearer has different ways to ask questions and will consult the Meter and use it to possibly dig up long forgotten misunderstood words.
The subject of "wrong definitions cause stupidity or circuits, followed by hostility, protest and blows", is not easy to get across because it is so common today. Sometimes a Word Clearer has to go a long way into almost forgotten subjects or periods of the student's past to find the misunderstoods causing the trouble in present time. This requires a Meter and is why a professional Word Clearer has to be called in.
Since the student progresses one item of the checksheet at the time it is easy and quick for him to catch up. We don't wait a whole semester (as in schools and universities) and then flunk the student and demand that he spends the next 5-10 months doing it all over again. The checksheet system used in Study Technology ensures that he is led down a path of certainties. This leads to participation, competence, and eventually to professionalism - and that is what the Study Technology is about.