IS COGNITIVE TRAINING DIFFERENT FROM TUTORING?
Both cognitive training and tutoring are excellent solutions for learning, but they address different issues.
When comparing cognitive training and tutoring, it’s important to consider your child’s learning needs and goals.
Tutoring delivers information. Cognitive training improves brain performance.
Most learning struggles do not occur because the information was presented poorly and needs to be re-taught. In fact, studies show that 80% of all learning struggles occur because of weak cognitive skills.
Weak cognitive skills make learning difficult regardless of how many times that information is taught or re-taught.
This is why, if a student struggled to grasp and process the information the first time it was taught, simply re-teaching that information again using a tutor is not a permanent solution.
In other words, while tutoring may get a child through a project or class, if weak cognitive skills aren’t strengthened, learning will continue to be a struggle.
Tutoring can be a good fit for students who:
- Have missed classes due to illness or other reasons
- Have recently moved to a new school
- Catch on easily if a class material needs to be explained a second time
COGNITIVE TRAINING ADDRESSES THE CAUSE OF LEARNING STRUGGLES
To create the best opportunity for maximum academic progress, the underlying mental skills that lead to easy learning must be as strong and efficient as possible.
Information becomes knowledge through a path that relies on individual cognitive skills such as auditory and visual processing and memory. That means even one weak skill can keep information from being processed well, no matter how many times it’s explained by teachers, tutors, friends, or family.
Different skill combinations are required by different learning challenges. If required skills are weak, learning that is based on those skills will be hindered.
Cognitive skills training is a great fit for students who:
- Need to work harder or longer on schoolwork and homework than their peers
- Have trouble focusing on lessons and assignments
- Are struggling with core skills, like reading or math
- Have tried tutoring in the past but haven’t seen positive results
The power of cognitive skills training is found in its ability to identify (through testing), target, and then strengthen individual cognitive skills.
Individual training exercises build specific skill-strength and result in faster, easier learning. Research has shown that the brain never stops changing.
THREE THINGS OUR COGNITIVE TRAINING DOES THAT TUTORING DOESN’T
1. Treats the Root Cause:
Cognitive training strengthens the weak skills that researchers say are behind most of the learning and reading struggles.
In fact, 8 out of 10 students who struggle in school do so because of weak cognitive skills.
The primary cause of poor learning is that many skills needed for efficient learning, which should be subconscious (automatic) are not.
Cognitive skills training causes new skills to become subconscious more quickly and effectively.
The result is that the child no longer has to learn to process information and can now process information to learn.
2. Provides Transferable Gains:
Cognitive training is an alternative to paying for tutoring year after year. That’s because engaging in cognitive training now will improve how the brain performs in every topic and class for years to come.
3. Literally Changes How the Brain Performs:
New studies are continually being released proving that cognitive training exercises can create changes in the brain for improved performance.
Our cognitive training programs deliver intense mental exercises for maximum results. If you or your child experience learning or reading problems, cognitive skills training can be your most effective choice to eliminate the cause of the struggle and move on to learning and reading success.
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