Benchmark Institute is a training and performance development
organization dedicated to increasing the quality and quantity of
legal services to low-income communities.
Learn by Doing
People retain knowledge and skills if they have
immediate and repeated opportunities to practice what is learned.
Learning increases in an atmosphere that is the
reminiscent of any formal schooling
Variety of Methods
Research has demonstrated that learning proceeds
most quickly when information reaches the learner through more than one
sensory channel. We use methods directed at the visual, auditory and kinesthetic channels.
Guidance Not Grades
We use no devices for comparative evaluation of your
progress. We offer honest individualized feedback with explicit
performance standards. We help you set achievable learning goals and
suggest ways to meet them.
No Tricks, Traps or Red Herrings
Such artifice hinders and sometimes prevents
Learning by Layering
We believe in layering information
basic information first, followed by exercises and
experiences to use and practice applying the information. We aim to set cognitive hooks in the mind so that
you can identify
issues, recognize critical information in life-like situations. We do not believe in memorize and
Learning How to Learn
Information and knowledge are increasing
exponentially. A key skill is learning how to improve your ability to
learn. First steps are becoming aware of the value in setting learning
goals and identifying your preferred sensory channels for taking in
Guidelines for Participation
All persons here are of equal worth and value; all opinions are
valued and needed.
Minimize distractions; avoid multitasking. Participate.
If you tend to be quiet in group situations, work on increasing your
contributions we're here to learn from one another. Avoid monopolizing
the discussion by talking too much or too long.
We all will be speaking from our experiences; we
talk about what is true for us. We agree to listen to one another with
respect. Areas will arise where we agree to disagree.
Ask Questions Asking questions is a great way to learn; it is
not a sign of weakness. Help create an atmosphere where it is easy to
for everyone to ask questions.
||Express your needs and expectations
Let us know what you need and expect. Please do
it in a way that maximizes the possibility that people will hear you
options, perceptions and assumptions;
experiences before passing judgment.
Extend yourself, take risks, make
mistakes in pursuit of learning. Learning doesnt happen if you dont.
|| Cheat! Work and
share information with other people.
in an honest way that helps others.
Please speak in I terms: I think; I feel; I believe; Its been my
is a gift. Be open to receiving it from others, try to understand not defend.
|| Be on time for
|| Do your best. Enjoy!