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How to tutor students with Dyslexia 5/5 (1)

Dyslexia is one of the most common learning disabilities, affecting around 1 out of every 10-20 people in the UK. As a “specific” learning disabilities, it affects only some of the abilities, necessary for learning, such as reading or writing.
When it comes to education, it’s a common misbelief that children with dyslexia might never reach their full potential or catch up with their peers. Of course, there’s no quick fix for dyslexia and it might take up to 3 years to get your child to read and spell at grade level, but specific learning techniques and efficient tutoring can greatly improve and enhance the learning process.
The key to effective learning, when it comes to dyslexic children, is creating and discovering an individual learning style. Multi-sensory structured language (MSL) approach has been identified as an especially successful method of improving the learning process of dyslexic children. By incorporating a variety of techniques, it encourages students to utilize all of their senses and help them develop a personal learning style that works best for them. Dyslexic students might think in a qualitatively different way than we do: they would tend to spell whole words and think in whole chapters and stories, so their education should reflect this focus on the “wholes”. As a parent or a tutor of a dyslexic child, it’s extremely important to understand how the child thinks and help him devise a strategy that incorporates his strengths.
When working with a dyslexic child, it’s important to stick to your routine. Try to complete the lesson, but set yourself a sensible time limit. Scheduling can greatly enhance the learning process, as it helps dyslexic children know what to expect and what’s coming next. Organize your lessons around a particular conclusion or a fact, as dyslexic children tend to utilize what’s known as a top-down processing: focusing on the whole and working their way backwards to the details.
When it comes to learning, it’s vital to understand that dyslexic people tend to think differently, so they require a fundamentally different approach to education. In Vancouver, there are a number of institutions that can provide you with information and guidance, when it comes to learning about dyslexia and supporting children, diagnosed with it. Understanding the basic mechanisms behind this learning disability is the first step towards devising an effective technique that will enhance and improve the learning process.

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Helping Students Overcome Forgetting 5/5 (1)

“I forgot.”
“I think my teacher talked about it, but I don’t remember.”

As tutors we hear this many times. Students forget a lot of what they have learned.  Most of the material teachers cover does not even stay in the student’s memory until the midterm or even the end of chapter test. Students forget up to 60 percent of what they learn just an hour after learning it. How can we transfer their knowledge into their long term memory?

For many courses, especially those that a re cumulative in nature, like math and sciences, forgetting old content makes it difficult for tutors and the student to move forward onto new skills. For example, students need to be comfortable with the multiplication table before they can tackle more complex number operations.

The best method to ensure understanding of material is to practice it repeatedly until it becomes second nature. This means doing as many practice questions as possible from the textbook, not just the ones assigned by the teacher. It means to write down a word over and over again until the student learns it’s correct spelling. Most kids do not practice what they learn long enough to really learn the material. They try to get their homework done as soon as possible so they can move onto other things, not taking the time necessary to understand every concept they learned.

Many kids want to get the information fast and move on, not realizing that learning does not take place by rushing to get homework done or by reading their math notes for their quiz. True learning occurs when they take the time to direct what was taught in class, looking at it from different angles and tackling different types of questions. Although it will take more study time, but once information is transferred to their long term memory it is there to stay!

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