Assessments are of the utmost importance and are the backbone of DLA. Assessment is used to monitor a student’s progress but more importantly to point out a student’s strengths and weaknesses. Weaknesses my hinder a student’s progress and affect the success of their studies, therefore we use the outcomes of assessment as a platform to provide extra aid to students in need.
Assessment is conducted through various assignments. These are a vital part of learning. Assignments allow us to determine whether or not the student has understood the material that has been covered. It is very easy to reiterate study material, but through assessment we can determine the degree of true understanding. Our assignments are based entirely on CIE past examination papers. This allows our students to become familiar with the testing methodology of Cambridge and to understand exactly what will be required of them in the final examination.
For weak areas, we provide extra aids that will help the student to understand better. We do this through, extra tutorial letters, examples, Skype calls, emails, via telephone or even face-to-face. These extra aids are available 24/7, whenever the student needs help.
In a case where a student does not understand, we will explain it again (and again and again), in different formats, until the student completely understands. Understanding is the most important element of education, until this is accomplished, our job is not done!
As we do not have structured school terms, we have divided our academic year into three periods. Over the duration of each period, students complete between two to three assignments per subject. Upon completion of these assignments, we issue both students and parents with an academic report. These reports include assignment marks and guidance from the Academy regarding progress towards academic success.