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TEACHING MODEL@Altus

This section explains how we developed the entire teaching model based on MIT and Harvard Business School models, and why students need to understand the “Why” behind these models. 

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Our Teaching Methodology is very similar to how the Top Schools / Ivy Leagues teach. 

We sometimes use the  Harvard “Case Study” model for leadership. We sometimes use the “Congruent Model” created by our teacher, Prof. Michael Tushman at Harvard Business School, and sometimes we use the Systems Dynamics model pioneered by Prof.  Jay Forrester at MIT – it all depends on the project or the topic or the mentorship model depending on the situation.

Teaching Methodology

LEADERSHIP:

We follow the Harvard Business School Executive Education model for Leadership. It is experiential, hands on, collaborative and based on continuous mentorship and coaching.

We Follow the MIT Culture for Technology, Industry and Impact.

MIT's hands-on, project based model, system thinking, design thinking and problem solving culture is what we adopt and drive.

WE DEVELOPED THE 4 PILLARS AT ALTUS EDUCATION (THIS IS THE NEW FUTURE)

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GOAL SETTING and ALIGNMENT

Everyone can set goals, but what sets us apart is understanding the student, the strengths, personality, aspirations, skills and "aligning" that with current and future goals.

The Key is in the Alignment

FINANCIAL EDUCATION

Student Debt is the burden you need to get out of fast. You need to learn the secrets of the wealthy,  invest time and build skills for a lifetime.

Understanding Money is a BIG Skill

INdustry & technology

Technology is changing the Industries. Understanding Ecosystems, application of Technology and convergence of People, Process and Technology is being "Ready"!

Don't be Redundant. Prepare!

 

system THINKING

Understanding "Cause and Effect" is the future of spirituality, cooperation, technology, self-awareness and solving problems. Design Thinking & Problem Solving is a habit!

Top Schools select Problem Solvers

What do Ivy Leagues and Top Schools look for in their students?

A great GPA is a promissory note. It just prevents you from being deselected from the admissions process. But now you are competing with the topmost students to get into a top school.

Things that matter. 

– What is your “Life Experience”? 

– What are you “Unique” at, and can you “Solve” the world’s biggest problems? 

– What can you contribute to the school and your class?

– How can you substantiate that with proof?

At Altus Education – We help you develop exactly that. The Top Schools don’t operate the way the average “school system” does – i.e., make everything a standard for everyone. On the contrary, they want the people who dare to change the world by thinking and doing differently! 

 

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The first thing we do is explain how the admission process works at Top Schools / Ivy Leagues.

What Altus Education remarkably does well is to build on the three assessments completed by the student and align them with the Top School model.

The details are below. 

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At Altus Education – we have a systematic yet fluid process of connecting all these dots the Top Schools want and build a workable model. 

Yes – albeit it takes work, perhaps a lot of it. Sometimes a lot of work, but it is worth it. The below snap shows the different components that need to work together like a system to prove that you deserve admission. We can only try!

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At Altus Education, students who are admitted after a thorough interview – we consider them to be adults.

Instead of thinking of them as students, we imagine them as what they can be. They learn from us and we learn from them. As a result, we use Management and Executive Education learning models, which are much more effective than conventional models.

Interesting as it may sound, the best educational models of learning are the ones used in Management Executive Education.

Now, why is that?

Because they are relevant. They are way more hands-on. They are more futuristic. They are based on real leadership and failures.

Exactly why we use the Stanford MSX model of learning. It is based on continuous “Self Awareness” and “Skills” that we learn through “Experimentation”.

Altus LogoCulture is the most unspoken element in success. It is not seen but perceived. The future of education is about fostering the right winning culture and typically the culture of the future is a shared & cooperative culture. We call it the “Ecosystems Co-Creation” culture of interdependent individualism. Now, why is that the future? Because the future is about sharing information and sharing resources. The past generations have been “individualistic” whereas the same culture in the future will not work at all.

Culture is key! We strongly urge you to go through the video.

We foster a culture of learning. But our culture at Altus Education is very different. Most parents, teachers and schools are used to the model of ” Students consume Education”. 

We look at students as “Creators”. Here students create real products, real intellectual property, for real people and industries. 

We have seen this to be very relevant the way Ivy Leagues admit students. They look at those who don’t fit in! 

Normal is Boring. At Altus Education, we want students to be excited about their future. They just need to know that we are there – not only to get them to good schools, but all throughout their life. Our goal remains the same – to produce leaders in the community to make the world better. 

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Problem Solving is the way forward. Learning problem-solving requires a lot of mentorship and coaching. That is the reason most private admission counselors cannot spend adequate time with the student on this. That’s where we come in to bridge the gap. Problem Solving is also about sharing learning and findings. Our model revolves around the piece below.

What is the meaning of the word “Discourse”?

In ancient times students gathered with their elders to discuss what they did, the lessons learned, and have what we technically call a “fireside chat.” 

That was real learning. That was the “discourse” model where everyone discussed, debated, agreed-disagreed, and put their own perspective into a discussion.

The Harvard Business School Executive Education is based on that model. They provide you a topic, a case study, or a real-life problem to a diverse audience and ask them to provide exciting perspectives. There was no right – no wrong, just plain perspectives.

Altus Education uses that “discourse” model to teach and have students come with their own perspectives. An example of the case study – discourse model is in the video. We only do that…virtually!

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Do you like what you see here?  Is this something you resonate with? Is this the culture you want to be a part of? Are you a dreamer, a change maker, a visionary, and just don’t like to fit in to the usual norms and dream of going to a Top School?

Then Altus Education is the right place for you if you can prove your worth!

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Prepare Splash Assessment

ASSESSMENT 1: PREPARE

This assessment is your first application of the Altus Education Student Leadership Program. 

It assesses your mindset, personality, what you stand for, and what you want to do in the future. The assessment takes you through the Altus Education program and also sets the expectations. This assessment usually takes 3 hours to complete.

Click on the button below to be redirected to the assessment.

Your Journey Splash assessment

ASSESSMENT 2: YOUR JOURNEY

Post Assessment 1, Altus staff will assess your position and then provide you the link to this assessment i.e. Your Journey. This assessment helps you understand the biggest enigma – YOU. We find what you are made up of, what your life experience is, where you want to go and why you want to go there. In addition, this assessment helps understand what kind of impact do you want to create in your lifetime? This assessment will inspire you to dream big and look at your goals with clarity.

The link to this assessment is only provided post Assessment 1 and it takes between 3 to 5 hours to complete.

Career Splash Assessment

ASSESSMENT 3: CAREER

Assessment 3 i.e. Your Career is the final assessment that brings your professional aspirations and goals together. We look at the student from a holistic perspective – understanding who they are, the life experiences that shaped them, and finally their professional aspirations. 

Which path does the student want to embark on? How relevant is that in the years to come? Which Industry does that cater to, for example, are some of the elements in the assessment?

We only provide the link to this assessment once we find the student is a good fit post Assessment 2. This assessment takes 3 to 4 hours to complete.

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