A Course using Study Technology "by the book" needs to meet a number of practical standards in terms of educational materials, course facilities and personnel. First of all, a course needs to have a checksheet to follow. This gives the exact sequence in which the materials are studied. Each student needs a complete course pack. The materials in the pack follow the sequence laid out on the checksheet. These are the Checksheet Materials. The student just needs to turn the page to find the next theory assignment material. The student is often required to purchase his own pack, but these should be available, one way or the other, through the course.
The Checksheet Materials are the complete materials on the checksheet. If you use the Clearbird Manuals they should exist in printed form. In addition, books of R. Hubbard, including the Red Volumes (containing technical Bulletins) and the Green Volumes (containing policies) and Technical Dictionary and Admin Dictionary should be at hand. Reference books, such as a variety of English language dictionaries, grammar books, technical reference books and an encyclopedia should all be part of the course room library.
Materials also include clay, tables and chairs, tape players (video, audio), computers with electronic files and books, bulletin boards, routing forms, supplies of pink sheets, roll call book, student files, file cabinets and any other items that will be needed.
All these have to be in place, easy to get to, and in good condition for a course to be called a standard Study Technology course.
If there are only some broken chairs, not enough clay, no grammar books, etc., through the above list, it does not meet the definition of a course.
The Supervisor is not expected to teach in the traditional sense of the word. He is expected to keep the course established and keep it going.
His duties are to ensure the students are present once started. He does roll-calls when the course is started in the morning and after meal breaks. He makes sure check-outs are properly done. He keeps a watchful eye on his students to make sure the Study Technology is correctly applied by students and coaches. If he sees any indicators of the Study Technology not being fully applied he steps in. He spots any indicators of misunderstood words in the students and makes sure the misunderstoods are found and the materials understood. Likewise he looks for signs of Out Gradient and Lack of Mass and their manifestations.
The Supervisor does not teach the students in the traditional sense. A Supervisor, who tells the students answers, is not doing his job correctly. His job is to refer the students to the printed materials if they have any questions. A Supervisor who knows the materials well and understands the students' questions and can direct them to the correct reference is doing it correctly. Those are the signs of the pro. The student should feel free to ask questions. He should always get his technical questions answered by being shown a written reference. This way the student can always later look it up on his own and does not have to commit it to memory. Also, he knows what the correct and precise data are. When he later has to apply it on his own no 'second opinion' or interpretation is going to help him.
The Supervisor is not an instructor. He is a Supervisor. The Supervisor's special skills are being able to spot dope-off, glee, and other manifestations of misunderstood words or concepts and getting them cleaned up. He is not there to know all the data so he can tell the student or explain it all.
It is the Supervisor's job to run a tight course with good discipline and clear rules. This gets the students through the checksheet fully and swiftly with minimum loss of time. The successful Supervisor is tough. He is not there to conduct social chit-chat or to be a pleasant old professor.
He goes over each student's checksheet daily and sets a target for the student to reach that day. He is realistic in setting these targets but always seeks to stretch the student to his limit as to keep him winning and growing in competence. The Supervisor is spending Supervisor Minutes. He has just so many to spend. He is spending Student Hours. He has just so many of these to spend so he gets them spent wisely and saves any waste of time on the part of the students.
The final valuable product of any course is successful graduates. The students are there to learn to apply the material they study and become successful in the subject. This is accomplished by following these rules and principles and this is the answer to the question "What is a Course?" If any of these points are out it is not a standard Study Technology Course and it will not be successful.