1. Is Rapid Recall a complete Math Curriculum? Answer...
2. How do I make the RRS fit into our school day? Answer...
3. We have tried so many programs to memorize math facts, what makes the RRS different? Answer...
4. What are the daily components of the Rapid Recall System? Answer...
5. Should I do the Rapid Recall sessions back to back to save time? Answer...
6. What components of Rapid Recall require assistance from the teacher? Answer...
7. My student needs to work on more than one operation. Does it matter which operation we work on first? Answer...
8. Can we work with more than one operation at one time? Answer...
9. What age group is Rapid Recall appropriate for? Answer...
10. Do I need a computer in order to use Rapid Recall? Answer...
1. No. Rapid Recall was created as a supplement to use with any math curriculum. Since the components of Rapid Recall can be accomplished in 7 – 10 minutes a day it is very easy to weave the short 1-2 minute sessions into your current school day.
2. Home School users:
Each component of Rapid Recall takes 1 to 3 minutes. It is best to work these components into your current school day during times you are transitioning to a different subject.
Public/Private School Users:
If your student attends school outside of the home, consider working the sessions in by using time before school, after school between other homework assignment and even in the car on the way to school. This can be easily achieved if a routine is established where, for example, a session is accomplished right after breakfast or just before dinner. The key to success is to make sure there is at least 10 minutes between Rapid Recall input sessions.
3. Before a math fact can be recited, it must first be taught. Unlike traditional flash cards or drill sheets that are output based, Rapid Recall uses input strategies so the brain can retain the information before a student is ever expected to output (recite/speed drill).
A typical individual needs to see the complete and correct information many times before it is learned. In the Rapid Recall System, the student see, says, hears and writes the correct information 14 times a day in short 1-2 minute intense input sessions spread throughout the day. Students are exposed to the same five to seven math facts for a week to facilitate instance recall. Twelve exposures each day involve input in which the child is given the answer. Only two exposures a day involve output, in which the child says the answer. With sufficient input, the brain can easily output correct information.
4. Students can typically do these steps independently:
Listen to the Auditory Track using the audio input tracks (2 minutes)
Discovery Game using the audio input tracks and the student workbook ( 2 minutes)
Speed Drill using the student workbook (1-3 minutes)
Review Session using previous week’s flash cards.
Parent/Teacher is involved:
5. Quick Visual Input Session using flash cards (1 minute each). Doing this before and after a regular math curriculum session typically works well.
5. It is strategic to spread each sessions out by at least 10 minutes in order to get the right intensity. If too much time is spent all at once, the brain shuts off the input and then the time is wasted. Feel free to do the Speed Drill after any of the input sessions because the student has already had 60 exposure of the correct information before being asked to do the output on the Speed Drill as it is one week behind the input. Some people find it most convenient to do the Speed Drill immediately after the Discovery game as the student book is out and available.
6. The teacher is typically involved for the two, 1 to 1 ½ minute visual input sessions each day.
7. For best retention: see schedule below for students who have not been introduced to math facts yet.
Since math facts are rote knowledge, it really does not matter which operation you start with as long as the student has previous instruction from your curriculum of that math operation i.e. don’t start multiplication facts memorization before the student has been introduced to multiplication.
If your student has been previously introduced to math facts and you think there may be weaknesses, consider completing a Math Proficiency Assessment to determine where difficulties might exist.
8. For best retention, work with only one operation of Rapid Recall at a time.
9. The Rapid Recall System is a great fit for Students of all ages. We have even had teens and adults use it to brush up on their math facts. There is just one prerequisite to starting a particular Rapid Recall operation: exposure to a math operation’s concept i.e. you wouldn’t start a Kg student on Rapid Recall addition until he knew what addition was or a 2nd grader on multiplication facts until she was introduce to multiplication.
10. You do not need a computer to use the components of the individual Rapid Recall operations. You will need a audio player to listen to the auditory sessions as well as the Discovery Game sessions.