I have had the privilege of helping people attain their educational/learning goals. The opportunities have ranged from ESL students who were able to get their GED to a student who had received her Master's degree but couldn't pass the comprehensive exam. After we spent some time determining the areas of weakness in her educational/learning foundation and pursued a disciplined course of study, she gained the ability to comprehend what she read and assimilate it into content. We followed a prescriptive curriculum to remediate the learning structure deficiencies and she passed the comprehensive exam and was able to pursue her chosen career field.
Many times the students with whom I am working have a behavior issue which interfere with their learning, and/or they haven't learned to create a suitable learning environment. Once these issues are addressed and a disciplined course of action is pursued, they are often able to excel in reaching their education goals. I explain to students and their caregivers; you build a foundation of learning precept by precept, skill upon skill. If there are weak areas in the foundation, it will eventually begin to fall. This means that you have to look back to see where the problem actually began and then begin to move forward by rebuilding the learning structure from the point where difficulties began and/or a skill wasn't properly learned and applied.
I often use the Project Light prescriptive software and/or the Basic Learning Systems to rebuild the foundation of a learner who is experiencing failure to succeed. My experience as a Sylvan Learning Center instructor and later as a center director has proven invaluable in understanding the learner and helping them to build a support structure (i.e., parents, grandparents and siblings who can help the learner to achieve his or her goals). I have had the privilege of experiencing a tutor/mentor relationship with students from elementary school to college level and with students from multiple economic and cultural backgrounds.
There are multiple factors which may lead to academic difficulties. Therefore, it is often necessary to pre-test a learner so that time and money are not wasted. I appreciate the opportunity to use the education and experience I have gained to help learners to move over the "bump in the road" and assist them in gaining the ability to travel on to their educational goals.
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