Field Guide

to learning the u.school way


WELCOME TO U.SCHOOL

You may have already figured out that we aren’t like most schools. 

We are hardly a school at all. At least in the way that people typically think about school.

We are more like a way to approach learning. The u.school way.

There is a method to our madness. We made this Field Guide to help you understand how to learn like we do at u.school. In a lot of ways, this is all you need. This is the whole school.

So, let’s start at the end. Like all good stories do.

At your graduation. When you are ready to move on with the rest of your life, our goal is for you to be a “self-directed learner who is a competent, confident, and caring human being.” 

We picked those words very intentionally. Self-Directed. Competent. Confident. Caring.

Our job between your first day at u.school and your graduation is to get you ready to be self-directed, competent, confident, and caring.

The funny thing is, you probably had a lot of those qualities back when you were 5 years old. 

Most kindergartners are very curious. They learn through play and passion. They are willing to take chances and make mistakes. They take initiative, they ask a lot of questions, and they aren’t afraid to show off their work. They get to decide what they are doing, how to do it, and why it is important. 

These are some of the very things that we look for in self-directed learners.

If a kindergartner is a good model for a self-directed learner, what happened? Why don’t you still learn like you did as a kindergartner?

Somewhere along the way you lost control over your own learning. Someone started telling you what was important to learn, how you should go about learning it, when it was appropriate to learn something, and who you should be learning it with. 

Someone else started deciding the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW of your learning adventure.

At u.school we want you to recapture that kindergarten mindset. That sense of wonder and excitement. That willingness to dream big, have fun and also be deadly serious.

This is your chance to recapture the control over your learning. It is time for you to get to decide what to learn, why it’s important, and how you are going to learn it. 

Are you ready?

Yes. Let’s do this.

No. I just want a normal school.