Many people have endured learning issues, rather than thrived on learning differently. Some are diagnosed with dyslexia, ADHD/ADD, executive function disorder, while others are diagnosed with autism, or aspergers. Learning specialist who center on tutoring teach alternative ways of understanding school curriculum and mentor students. Formal classrooms are too 'cookie cutter' for individuals who need atypical styles of teaching and seamless feedback to be on the right academic path. |
Too often the costs of not having a tutor far outweigh the fees to have one. Once a learned helplessness is in place, many will, in turn, exponentially lower expectations about their futures. There needs to be a sense of hope about what their careers may be; they need incentives of success to try in school. Positive outlooks about school can often be found with the right mentor. People who receive the right tutoring are often able to apply their strengths in approaches that make them indispensable to society; they see weaknesses to plans and solutions to make it right. When you think differently, there is the benefit of a different perspective. If all people think alike, how are they to see subjects from a multitude of points of view? In general, I have found in my learning specialist practice that those who received appropriate tutoring to address learning needs, as adults, are excelling in college and outlook on careers. Albeit, most who needed help and did not get it, have hit walls in their paths to better types of work. There needs to be a connection between how people learn and ways in which they can be heard in order to have success.
If seeing the world from a unique perspective is seen as a disability, then what can be expected of them? How do you escape low expectations when a plan for success in school and life is absent? Once you study about many modern day high achievers who had learning issues and were helped for them, it becomes apparent that assistance on an individual basis is the proven synergy with formal schooling. Over the years, I have had a multitude of students who tested in formal settings as being below the average I.Q. by two standard deviations; they were classified as mentally retarded. Most of these students with the right one on one lessons were able to exponentially improve their thinking skills. Over the course of a year or more, they usually test in the normal intelligence range. Progress for such students has reflected some of the most amazing experiences that I have had as a learning specialist. Naturally, there have been a wide range of learning needs and success over the years.
Look into the value of a tutor for your son, daughter, or yourself and decide with those you trust most whether to have one; consider the cost to benefit ratio in working with a specialist. If it were not for the many who succeed in school and careers with the right help and the countess examples of disappointments by those without the help, I never would have become a learning specialist. Although no one can guarantee success, the odds of the right results in learning fall strongly in the favor of those who get the appropriate help.
About the author:
John Toker, M.Ed. LD K-12 is a learning specialist who tutors people. John wrote the acclaimed book, LD Just Means Learn Differently
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