EDUCATION HEURISTIC is a methodology or approach that educators at Berleaf Education adopts to help students realise their potential and achieve academic excellence.  The full methodology is set out in a five part series.


Part 1: Knowing Oneself
Part 2: Perspective & Attitude
Part 3: Learning vs Studying
Part 4: Going Beyond
Part 5: Learn to Teach

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – Sun Tze

Knowing oneself is vital to boost one’s learning capability. Learning capability is defined as one’s ability to learn effectively in an efficient manner. Effective learning refers to acquisition of knowledge or know-hows, retaining them and constructively apply them to achieve desired goals. While Efficient learning refers to the learning process that involves minimal wastage of resources (i.e. time, materials etc.) while increasing one’s learning pace.

Why Boost Learning Capability? Learning more within a shorter time span is increasingly important in today’s society. With the rapidly expanding pool of knowledge, evolution of business models and technology, the level of knowledge, information and the know-hows required in education and workplace has rose tremendously over the decades.

In fact, we have already observed this in today’s education system. What was previously only taught in the lower secondary level during the early 20th century, has now now been taught in upper primary. We are experiencing a shift towards knowledge base industry/society, where it is inevitable that we have to chuck more knowledge down the education ladder with time so as to let the younger generation keep up. There is just so much to absorb/learn, but it is impractical to take as much time as we want to do so.

Be it, we are seeking to learn more so as to better assimilate ourselves into the work force or society, or to fulfil our pursuit of knowledge, it is never to our disadvantage when we are able to learn more effectively and efficiently, rather it may turn out to be the best thing we have ever done in our life.

What it Means by Knowing Oneself? In view of enhancing our learning capability, Knowing Oneself refers to delving deeper to: (i) Identify and acknowledge your strength and weaknesses; and (ii) assess the resources you possess and better allocate them to achieve desired learning outcomes.


In hope for the students to do well, it is a common practice for educators to flood students with endless flow of assessment books and exam papers to complete. Does that really worked out well? The answer is: “DEFINITELY, NO.”

Quantity does not translate to quality, rather, in education it tends to be the complete opposite. The shear number of worksheets completed (quantity) does not entirely help students to improve, rather it is the refining of his/her cognitive approach (i.e. the thought process) while working through each of the questions  that makes  him/her more versatile and capable to cope with the rest of the questions (quality).

In education, a less hardline approach would be to first fine tune quality. The quality we are referring to 

First, one should understand his/her own strength and weaknesses; by doing so allow us to channel our effort towards the right things, better cope with failure, open doors to new opportunities and seize potential opportunities speedily.

Putting Effort in the Right Place can make a huge difference in one’s studies. The story of the old repair man makes a great example:

“A giant ship engine failed. The ship’s owners tried one expert after another, but none of them could figure but how to fix the engine.

Then they brought in an old man who had been fixing ships since he was a young. He carried a large bag of tools with him, and when he arrived, he immediately went to work. He inspected the engine very carefully, top to bottom.

Two of the ship’s owners were there, watching this man, hoping he would know what to do. After looking things over, the old man reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. He carefully put his hammer away. The engine was fixed!

A week later, the owners received a bill from the old man for ten thousand dollars.

“What?!” the owners exclaimed. “He hardly did anything!”
So, they wrote the old man a note saying, “Please send us an itemized bill.

The old man sent a bill that read:
Tapping with a hammer………………….. $ 2.00
Knowing where to tap…………………….. $ 9,998.00

Knowing where to place your effort can have great effects! That’s also true in education! 

Avoid Fatal Mistakes that can have detrimental effects on life opportunities

Open Doors to New Opportunities can avoid fatal mistakes with detrimental effects on future opportunities

Making Mistakes is part and parcel of the learning process and is a crucial aspect that students should learn to embrace in the right way. 

It is a common belief that failure is bad and that learning from it is pretty straightforward; where students are usually asked to reflect on what they did wrong and is strongly urged to avoid similar mistakes in the future—or, better yet, educator collating the mistakes made by students (i.e. during examination), create key solutions that are then provided to the parents in hope that they can help the students avoid making such mistakes again.

These widely held beliefs are misguided. First, failure is not always bad. In education, it is sometimes bad, sometimes inevitable, and sometimes even good. Second, learning from failures is anything but straightforward. The attitudes and activities required to effectively detect and analyze failures are in short supply, and the need for context-specific learning strategies is underappreciated.


Indeed, it is the experience that counts; provided that we learn from these mistakes, avoid making them again and improve ourselves/the matter on hand. 

It is a common saying that one should learn to make mistake such that he/she can learn better. Indeed, it is true this experiences that we can learn to be smarter and better.

What’s better than going on a holiday? A surprise holiday! Plan a road trip or backpack to their favourite place! Be sure to have a comprehensive itinerary to make it an unforgettable experience. This is highly recommended for couples as “A couple that travels together, stays together!”


What’s better than going on a holiday? A surprise holiday! Plan a road trip or backpack to their favourite place! Be sure to have a comprehensive itinerary to make it an unforgettable experience. This is highly recommended for couples as “A couple that travels together, stays together!”

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