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Why Train as a Tutor When You Can Be a Learning Specialist?

What is the Difference Between a Tutor and a Learning Specialist? A tutor is a teacher who assists students outside of school.  They provide support and review concepts with difficult subject matter or classes. Oftentimes, they help with homework completion and may address some study strategies. Tutors usually hold a degree in the subject(s) instructed, and many have an undergraduate degree or higher.
A learning specialist is an instructor who is skilled and experienced in providing learning strategies to struggling students. These professionals work one-on-one or in small groups to give students intensive support. Often an expert in a number of subject areas, learning specialists present multisensory instruction, study strategies, memory techniques, metacognitive and focusing methods, and compensatory learning strategies. Many are versed in assistive technology, creating intervention plans, defining reasonable accommodations, and assisting students to with self-advocacy skills. Many l…

Learn Thru Music: Enter to Win a FREE Membership

Using melodies and beats can enhance learning and make memorization a veritable breeze.  I often use this strategy in my practice, but having to create all the content is time consuming.  This problem was solved by Nathan John!  
Nathan John and Learn Thru Music In August 2016, I had the pleasure of interviewing Nathan John, a creative, ingenious, British entrepreneur with dyslexia that is helping struggling students learn to read and memorize academic content around the globe.  Nathan founded Rewise Learning in 2008 and specializes in providing fun and innovative educational solutions. Rewise Learning offers four distinct brands: LearnThruMusic Courses, LearnThruMusic, PhonicsThruMusic, and Sing-In Success.  Today we will be focusing on LearnThruMusic, a website that teaches core academic subjects using modern music genres, video, and interactive activities. These fun and effective learning resources were developed in consultation with teachers and students, and I know you will be impr…

Unleashing Learning Potential: Simple Strategies for Success

About a year ago I was interviewed by Elisheva Schwartz, a fabulous entrepreneur that hosts the Dyslexia Quest Podcast.  Soon after the recording, Elisheva had her second child.  As a result, our interview just went up onto Itunes last week.  It was a really fun and lively discussion that centered on the amazing benefits of mastering the metacognitive skill, visualization.  There is a wealth of information in this podcast, so I hope you will take the time to listen.

What Does the Podcast Address: My own background and expertise. The benefits of visualization for reading, writing and other areas of academics. The ways visualization builds attention skills. My journey on expanding my own personal visualization abilities. My work with students to develop their mind’s eye. The process of visualization training. Elisheva shares her own struggle utilizing visualization when she was a young student. We discuss how visualization brings the “fun factor” into learning. The history of visualization. How vi…

Preparing for Finals: Powerful and Easy Strategies for Success

Many students wait until the last minute to prepare for finals, and they experience anxiety when bombarded with an overwhelming workload. When panic sets in, the amygdala triggers a fight, flight or freeze response, and the stress hormone cortisol is released. Unfortunately, cortisol has a negative impact on learning, and it leads to memory loss and problems with recall. As you can see, preparing for finals in a timely and organized manner can help students manage their tasks, enhance memory, and avoid the negative consequences of triggering the reptilian part of the brain.

When Should Students Begin to Prepare for Finals? I encourage my students to create a study schedule about four weeks before finals. This gives them plenty of time to organize materials, schedule needed appointments with teachers, and fully prepare for exams. I also find that this process offers them a manageable approach that avoids unneeded stress and anxiety.

What is the Process? Write out a list of the courses that…

7 Free Activities that Sharpen and Strengthen Language Skills

Integrating fun activities that help students to improve their language processing skills can be a great way to ignite a love for learning and strengthen cognition. In fact, strong language processing skills are vital for interpreting and interacting with the environment.

What is Language Processing?
Language processing is how people use sensory stimuli to process and understand incoming information as well as how they use words to verbally express ideas and feelings. Therefore, it is how the brain understands (receptive language) and creates language (expressive language).

What are Some Signs of Language Processing Difficulties?
Problems following oral directions. Difficulty expressing thoughts and ideas in discourse.Challenges with reading comprehension.Problems expressing thoughts and ideas in writing.Difficulties understanding jokes and sarcasm.Challenges accessing the right words when expressing thoughts.

7 Fun, Free Activities that Sharpen and Strengthen Language Skills
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