Greene's Method of Learning

We dropped Luke off at Newcastle University last weekend to start his history degree. I want to thank you all at Greene’s very much for not only teaching him so well, but particularly for helping him tackle and enjoy independent learning. He has had a great transition between school and University which I know will benefit him tremendously.

The Greene’s method of learning draws on the long history and practice of the tutorial combined with the relative ease with which individual academic programmes can be put together using modern technology. Our method of learning comprises the principle of treating you as an individual and cultivating your confidence, critical thinking, ability to work with others, effective oral and written communication and independent learning skills.

What is learning at Greene’s?

Learning is not only about memorising, practising, and examinations. It is also about the ability to reason, debate, and think independently – all attributes that need to be developed for future success at university and in the workplace. Development of these abilities requires you to be challenged through discussion, debate and direct contact with a tutor.

In today’s world, information is more freely available and accessible than ever before and we believe that our method, which focuses on the processing of concepts, ideas and knowledge through discussion, is more relevant than ever before.

How does learning happen at Greene’s?

Often at school you are taught in a group then given homework to practise and consolidate what you have learnt. In a tutorial environment you will first study independently by reading, problem solving, working with your colleagues, working on projects, attending talks and completing assignments. You should then expect to be challenged to think and discuss your work with your tutor.

What are the conditions for learning at Greene’s?

The tutorial method is most successful when both you and your tutors meet a number of conditions. The first of which is that you will do the required work and are well prepared prior to the tutorial. You should aim to come to each tutorial having already absorbed the information and knowledge that the tutor will flesh out through discussion. The second, is that your tutors should provide regular feedback, both during and after each tutorial. Your tutor should direct the thinking and discussion during the tutorial toward topics and concepts that you are having difficulty with or may not have considered. Feedback during the tutorial will help you challenge your thinking and knowledge; whilst feedback after the tutorial helps you to measure your progress.

At Greene’s, we integrate each of these elements into everything we do: starting with your individual academic programme; the induction and training of our tutors; and any support that you may need to help you get the most from our method of learning.

You will have access to feedback after every tutorial from the tutorial reports made available to you on Greene’s Online; and a Personal Tutor to guide you through your studies.