It is important that students gain critical thinking skills so that they can develop the necessary mindset to look beyond the different boundaries of the disciplines and consider other viewpoints. A multidisciplinary trained tutor also allows them to compare knowledge, ideas and methodologies across different subject areas.
Having a multidisciplinary study enables students to self manage themselves. They have to choose the subjects to study and reason with themselves as to why they choose a particular subject or course to study. These can be challenging and students are required to have a clear thought process on identifying their priorities and to self manage their study options.
Having to cope with different subjects means that they have to be seen through different lenses. This means that students need to have the ability to put on the required lens at the correct time to view the subject they are looking at. So it will require good and careful self-management to perform this role well.
Also, being able to study across different subject boundaries and having exposure to a wider spectrum of subjects allow students to develop more evaluative and analytical skills so that they can learn to adopt different logical and methodical approaches. With that, they are able to select the best one to use for particular circumstances and instances.
By studying across different subject boundaries and by studying a wider range of subjects, students develop deeper skills of evaluation as they learn a number of different logical and methodical approaches and are able to select the best one to use for particular circumstances. For example, students can draw on their range of academic or subject knowledge to identify solutions that may be more technical or useful in realistic situations.
Through multi-subjects learning, students can develop both their written and verbal communication skills. This is because they can always adopt the suitable communication style to cope with a particular subject area. They also have to cope with different assessment methodologies, which will need them to write essays, lab ropers, written and oral exams. Using technology across a wide range of subjects signifies that students can be more honed to display and present information in a wide manner of ways.
Students’ written and verbal communication skills are well developed amongst multi-subject students as they learn to revert to the appropriate communication style for a particular subject area. For example, multi-subject students might encounter a range of different assessment methods, including essays, laboratory reports, written and oral examinations, as appropriate to different subject areas. Technologies can also be adopted so that a range of subjects cam be utilised and students can learn to extract, display and analyse information in a myriad of ways. The ability to look at different contexts and adapt to them is an excellent skill set gained from different subjects and students switch from one field to another. In addition, students begin to gather learning and information by getting ideas from many different perspectives and consider alternative ways to attain conceptual knowledge.
Ingel Soong is a supertutor for JC H2 Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics (IP, O Level and IB available). He also teaches polytechnic students over a range of modules, such as statistics, programming, finance, marketing, engineering and more.