WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BUILD ON STUDENTS’ STRENGTHS AND STRENGTHEN THEIR WEAKNESSES?

Mind Over Learning uses students’ learning skills and strengths while simultaneously developing the weaker learning skills. Now what does that really mean? Let me give you an example. A typical student with NVLD (non-verbal learning disability) has strong verbal or language skills, but weak non-verbal reasoning and thinking skills. This person has a hard time visualizing images or ideas in the mind. So for every math procedure, we attach words for the student to say while calculating or following the procedural steps.

Not all students use their brain in the same way. Some students are able to gather main ideas, make accurate inferences or retain detail better. Some students have memories that recall facts quickly, or are capable of coming up with more options when solving problems. Students with learning disabilities, however, often face challenges with what might be considered thinking in natural patterns. These are processes and skills that teachers often assume come naturally, and are not usually taught explicitly.

Mind Over Learning not only focuses on tutoring reading, math, writing and comprehension, we also progressively teach the student how to think in those natural patterns. For example, a student with ADHD, who experiences impulsivity, may rush through all processes of learning and expressive output. A student with impulsivity challenges can learn to slow the pace by being taught specific steps of the thinking process that allow the student to control the pace and impulsivity. These steps support the overall learning, and are another way we strengthen the impulsivity.

Because Mind Over Learning is a private learning center and work one on one with the students, we have the time, experience and resources to enhance strong learning abilities while working on the weak learning skills. It is critical to develop these weaknesses because they are essential neurodevelopmental abilities for learning effectively at school and throughout life. Remediating individual learning difficulties means the student will be able to function better in all situations faced in life.