All these years, teachers have always been trying to find ways to make learning more engaging and effective for students. In fact, there are many different kinds of learning with different purposes.

One of them is problem-based learning (PBL). PBL is a student-focused approach in which students are learning by solving problems in groups. According to the study, PBL helps to increase students' performance in class, rather than the traditional way of learning.

If you are trying to find the right learning way for your students, here are four reasons why PBL improves students' performance:

1. Active students

Student being active in class.
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Classroom activities would be difficult if the students are having a hard time being active.

Sometimes, students are not being active and don't participate much in the class because they only absorb the material given by the teachers. The learning process only goes one way—from the teacher to the students.

However, PBL offers a solution to that problem. Instead of focusing the whole learning process on the teacher, it puts more attention on student-centered learning. By focusing on the students, the learning process becomes more interactive.

To see how PBL works, the students are assigned in groups to solve the given problems. That way, the students will be required to be active in the group discussion.

2. Long-term knowledge retention

Student studying from a textboook.
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Apart from acquiring the knowledge, it is also important for students to really understand the concept of the materials. Most of the time, students are only memorizing the theory. As soon as the term ends, all the materials disappear to thin air.

That, certainly, will not happen with PBL. In the process of learning with PBL, students will try to think critically and not only memorizing the theory—they will try to find a way to solve problems. In order to find the right solution, students are required to practice their critical thinking skills.

By thinking critically and actively participating in learning, students will not only remember the materials for a short period; they are also expected to have long-term knowledge retention as they are involved directly in gaining the knowledge.

3. Interpersonal skills

Two students having conversation.
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The important part of learning is not only gaining academic knowledge but also learning important soft skills. Soft skills are skills that are related to how students work and how they communicate with other people, such as interpersonal skills.

After finishing school, students will be involved in the real world. That's why interpersonal skills are a crucial skill for their future.

Being able to memorize the theory for an exam or understanding mathematics formulas is one thing, but knowing how to communicate properly in society is another thing.

PBL puts students in a situation where they should learn how to communicate things well. By giving a problem to be solved in groups, students are encouraged to find ways by discussing and communicating the solutions.

4. Engagement in class

Students engaging in group work.
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Students will engage in class if they are learning something interesting. As PBL offers a different method from the traditional way of learning, it motivates students to be more engaged in class.

Another way to spark up your classroom activity is by delivering lessons in an interesting way. To do so, you can blend AR experiences into your learning materials.

If you're looking for such related apps, Assemblr EDU offers you a fun and interactive learning experience in 3D and AR. You can create your own learning materials in the Editor mode—as simple as drag and drop.

In addition, you can also share the lesson project's link with your students, and let them open it on their browser. It's all made possible using our latest feature, Assemblr Web Player.

Here is an example of the interactive learning material made with Assemblr:

All in all, different learning types will be suitable for different purposes. If you want your students to be more active and engage in the learning process, PBL will absolutely be suitable for you! Go try it now!


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