Tutoring vs. Brain Training

When it comes to your body, taking a class on nutrition can be really helpful. So can hiring a personal trainer at the gym. These are both good strategies, but they are not interchangeable solutions to all health issues.

In the same way, tutoring and one-on-one brain training are not interchangeable answers to all learning struggles. From kindergarten through grad school, students struggle because of one of two problems. Tutoring solves one of these problems and our brain training solves the other.

Studies show that roughly 80% of all learning or reading struggles are caused by a weakness in one or more of the brain's core cognitive skills. If your child is experiencing recurring struggles with grades, reading, homework, or attention, you need a brain trainer. Book an appointment Today!

What is Brain Training?

Brain training is a simple but powerful way to enhance a student's core ability to learn faster, easier, and better. The brain processes information through a complex network of nerve cells called neurons. As we learn, groupings of neurons physically work together to accomplish learning or thinking tasks. Research shows that additional, nearby neurons are drawn into this process when the task is new or unfamiliar, or when the intensity of the learning demand is increased. Once the task is mastered, the borrowed neurons are released to go back to other duties; however, the gains in efficiency and processing speed required for that task are retained and make learning-related tasks easier.

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What are Cognitive Skills?

Cognitive skills are any mental skills that are used in the process of acquiring knowledge. Cognitive skill development in children involves the progressive building of learning skills, such as attention, memory and thinking. These crucial skills enable children to process sensory information and eventually learn to evaluate, analyze, remember, make comparisons and understand cause and effect. Although some cognitive skill development is related to a child's genetic makeup, most cognitive skills are learned. That means thinking and learning skills can be improved with practice and the right training.

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Glossary of Cognitive Skills

The following describes key cognitive skills (which are trained by LearningRx) that are critical for learning.

Attention Skills The ability to attend to incoming information.

We train and strengthen the three primary types of attention:

  • Sustained Attention: The ability to remain focused and on task, and the amount of time we can focus.
  • Selective Attention: The ability to remain focused and on task while being subjected to related and unrelated sensory input (distractions).
  • Divided Attention: The ability to remember information while performing a mental operation and attending to two things at once (multi-tasking).
Memory The ability to store and recall information.

We train and strengthen the two primary types of memory:
  • Long-Term Memory: The ability to recall information that was stored in the past.
  • Short-Term / Working Memory: The ability to apprehend and hold information in immediate awareness while simultaneously performing a mental operation.
Logic and Reasoning. The ability to reason, form concepts, and solve problems using unfamiliar information or novel procedures.

We train and strengthen logic and reasoning skills in students in who this skill is underdeveloped and who generally struggle with word math problems and other abstract learning challenges. Symptoms of skill weaknesses in this area show up as questions like, "I don't get this", "I need help...this is so hard", or "What should I do first?"

Auditory Processing The ability to analyze, blend, and segment sounds.

Auditory processing is a crucial underlying skill for reading and spelling success, and is the number one skill needed for learning to read. Weakness in any of the auditory processing skills will greatly hinder learning to read, reading fluency, and comprehension. Students with auditory processing weakness also typically lose motivation to read.

Visual Processing The ability to perceive, analyze, and think in visual images.

We train and strengthen this skill in students who have problems with visual processing. Students with low visual processing speed may have difficulty following instructions, reading maps, doing word math problems, and comprehending.

Processing Speed The ability to perform simple or complex cognitive tasks quickly.

This skill also measures the ability of the brain to work quickly and accurately while ignoring distracting stimuli. Slow processing speed makes every task more difficult. Very often, slow processing is one root of ADHD-type behaviors. Symptoms of weaknesses here include homework taking a long time, always being the last one to get his or her shoes on, or being slow at completing even simple tasks.

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