TEST TAKING STRUGGLES
Test taking can be one of the most anxiety inducing activities your young student undertakes in his/her school career. Parents often tell stories of kids who dread tests so much they sweat, think negative thoughts, try to skip exam day, and break pencils in frustration. I think we can all relate to this. Test day was nerve racking for most of us!
Although, exams can be especially stressful for children who suffer from weak cognitive skills. What we've learned through numerous studies is that weak cognitive skills are often the number one cause of learning struggles for students.
What this means is that behavior and educational content usually are not the problem. Learning more facts or understanding the equation better won't make a difference because it's not the root cause. Likewise, getting your son or daughter to "pay more attention" or "stop being lazy" also won't do any good if the issue is cognitive. Rather, the way to address a cognitive weakness is to improve your child's cognitive skills.
HOW BRAIN TRAINING IS DIFFERENT
If you've tried or experienced the following without success, it might be time to consider a solid brain training program that focuses on improving cognitive skills:
- Tried tutoring for difficult subjects, but scores haven't improved
- Knows the subject matter the day before, but doesn't perform well at test time
- Is struggling with tests in more than one subject area
- Dislikes or struggles with reading
- Takes a long time to do homework or is consistently last to complete test
- Has to work longer or harder than other students to prepare for exams
If one or more of these examples describes your child, there is a good chance that brain training will prove more effective than tutoring, extra studying, or trying to "fix" behavior. These are each common experiences when one or more cognitive skills are weak.
Did You Know?
Some of the experiences described above relate to very specific Cognitive weaknesses. For instance:
- If a student has trouble comprehending a question, has to read the instructions multiple times, or forgets things that were just explained to him/her, the student might be struggling with his/her Working Memory.
- If a student consistently under performs on tests, even after studying as much or more than other students, he/she might be experiencing challenges with Long-Term Memory. This struggle makes it difficult for students to recall things they've already learned in the past, so that they can apply it on the exam before them.
- If a student finds tasks more difficult than other kids, or he/she often takes much longer to turn in exams or answer questions, he/she might be struggling with processing speed. Often, improving processing speed can help students gain positive momentum and confidence during tests.
At LearningRx, our brain training programs target those very skills. We do it through a series of intense (but fun!) mental exercises that improve the way the brain thinks, learns, reads, and remembers.
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HOW BRAIN TRAINING CAN HELP
Gina Cruz, Owner of LearningRx San Antonio Northeast, discusses the impact test taking struggles can have on students. Frustration, hopelessness, and "stinking thinking" can be the result of the inability to focus on important tasks.
Most families feel frustrated from not understanding the root cause of the issue. Once we have assessed the cognitive skill issue, our families are more informed about what causes the student to lose focus in the first place. Learning your individual cognitive strengths and weaknesses can be one of the most empowering experiences you can have as a student. Once we know what needs improving, we can create a brain training plan that serves your growth.
READ THE VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
If your child struggles with focus and attention and they’re labeled the bad child - maybe they’re not listening or following directions - not turning in their work - causing distractions or disturbances in class. You know, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are reasons behind why your child may not have focus and attention - why they may be appearing not to be a good listener - not to be following directions. So many times it looks like weak processing speed. Maybe they’re not processing those directions fast enough. Maybe they are playing with something in their desk, or they’re doodling, or they’re looking out the window or talking to a friend. Again, that goes back to processing speed or working memory. Maybe they forgot what the teacher said. Maybe they honestly forgot the directions that you gave them. You know, there are many emotional consequences to being labeled a “bad child” and it’s really not about being “bad.” There are underlying causes and weaknesses many times that are causing things to look like someone is “bad” or misbehaving. But we have to really look at the root cause. When you think that you’re bad - when you think that you can do nothing right - and you’re being told that over and over again, you will become what you’re told that you are. And we don’t want that to happen. As you can see, bad is not bad. There are underlying issues that may be causing that, but we have a solution for you. The brain can be changed. You can increase the brain’s cognitive skills or cognitive functions, like processing speed, like short term or working memory - so that focus and attention can increase. And that child can go from someone that is thought to be a bad listener and not following directions to being a great listener, and following directions, and staying focused and attentive in class and at home. Do you want to stop having to say, “Take out the trash. Make your bed. Clean your room.” You can stop saying those things by improving the foundational skills that are causing your child not to remember or not to listen. It can be so frustrating having to repeat yourself over and over again to your child. It doesn’t have to be that way. With one on one brain training we can directly address the root cause of weak attention skills and lack of focus by improving the foundational skills that are responsible for being able to pay attention. Imagine what that’s like if you are that child hearing those negative comments over and over again and you really, simply cannot help it. I’ve had so many students here where that is the case. And they come in to our center defeated, deflated - feeling bad. When really, they’re not bad at all. And what we end up seeing are students with their self esteem improved and that “bad” stigma off of them. And they feel great. They feel like they can conquer the world. They love to hear the praise their teachers and parents are giving them and not feeling like they’re bad any longer. And you wouldn’t believe the kinds of changes that we have seen and how much they just brighten up and smile and enjoy learning at that point because they’re able to. They’re able to pay attention and listen. If that sounds like something that is a part of your life as a parent or if you’re a teacher and that sounds like a student in your classroom, we’ve seen students just like that here at LearningRx. We can help. We are the place to go to improve attention skills. Whether your child has been identified with ADD or ADHD or not, they just have an attention weakness, we’re the place to come to. So all you have to do is fill out the information below with your name, phone number, and email address and we’ll send you the attention and focus packet so that you have a way to improve these skills at home. So if you’re ready to see your happy child again and have that happy, easy family life that you once had before, we can help you make that dream a reality.
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