Reflective Learning for Maths Learners

08 July 2020

Reflective Learning for Maths Learners –

According to Reflective Learning (, a Cape Town-based edtech startup, more than 60% of learners (in South Africa) have foundational gaps in Maths.

The world we live in today is built on Mathematics in a big way. This makes it an essential skill for future generations to master.

Mathematics has many concepts that are built on each other; therefore it is easy for learners to become frustrated if they have missed foundational building blocks along the way.

So, what does the concept reflective learning mean?

Reflective learning is a form of education (or a form of learning) in which learners reflect upon their learning experiences.

Reflective learning is an intentional – and complex – process where context and experience play a role. This process allows learners to step back from their former learning experience whilst helping them to develop critical thinking skills. By definition it means that whilst engaging in the process of reflective learning learners can – with help – analyse what they have learned and determine how far they have come.

Doing this also builds self-confidence in their abilities to do a subject like Maths, which can be very challenging.

Reflective Learning has recently launched a new online app where learners can take diagnostics when they sign up for remediation ( on a monthly subscription.

The assessments and high-level results are free for a limited period of time and it assists with identifying gaps and helping learners to catch up with these gaps.

Through Reflective Learning learners are shown exactly where the gaps are and thereafter learners are helped to close the gaps.

According to Eugene Pelteret, the managing director of Reflective Learning, it is important to note that Reflective Learning complements The Answer Series. He adds that “While TAS helps learners excel at the grade level they are in, Reflective Learning goes back to find and catch-up the gaps that have been missed in previous years; in this way learners will be able to do better”.

Click here for the Explainer Video that gives an overview of the whole process.

The features of Reflective Learning are the following:

• Critical concepts are assessed
• Results are benchmarked
• Visual learning maps are used
• Content is personalised
• A metacognitive approach is used
• Tangible progress can be seen
• Progress is tracked

Newsflash: Being Madiba Month in July, Reflective Learning will be launching a campaign called 67-squared. The aim is to find sponsorship for 4489 learners (67 x 67 = 4489) who otherwise wouldn’t be able to get access to Reflective Learning. For every learner sponsored, Reflective Learning will sponsor an additional 3 learners. This is potentially 18 000 lives impacted. Learners and their parents will be able to follow the story on the #Imstaying Facebook group and they can also contribute if they wish to do so.

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