I'm a strong believer in comprehensive learning, as opposed to teaching someone how to pass a test. One method that I find useful is to have a student explain a lesson in his own words, because one of the best ways to learn something is to explain it to someone else. Unexpected questions and relations come up this way, which I believe are essential for learning.
To me, the relationships and connections between subjects are as important, if not more so, as the material itself. All of this is part of the effort to make the material relevant to the student in some way, and, therefore, memorable and useful.
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