Learning a new skill takes much time and effort. If a child is to master that skill, then even more time and effort is required. When learning something new, the rule of thumb is that practice makes perfect. This method can certainly lead to mastering a certain skill or concept, but on other occasions the student would benefit from brain training programs or remedial support that improve, among many things: attention, memory, language processing, reading fluency and cognitive ability. In one way or another, every child would benefit from brain training programs to improve their skill set and academic proficiency. [...]
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Does my child have ADHD? An Auditory Processing Disorder? Oppositional Defiant Disorder? Anxiety? Distinguishing symptoms in your child can seem like an impossible feat because many learning or sensory difficulties can, on the surface, appear quite similar. According to research, the coexistence of ADHD with other disorders can be higher than 50%. Students with ADHD often have other behavioural, emotional, and learning difficulties which makes diagnosing students with ADHD difficult. Children who lack attention and focus as a result of ADHD and who also present with a learning disorder will more likely fall behind in school and become easily discouraged. [...]
Students look forward all year to the last day of school. With school out for the summer, they can finally play in the sun, relax with their friends, attend summer camp, and most of all, enjoy their evenings homework-free! Summer, however, can also be a good time for children to catch up on some reading or math skills, especially for those who have struggled during the year. Many parents and teachers are concerned that if students do not read during the summer, they will experience reading and learning losses, known as the “summer slide.” During the summer months, students do [...]
*Registration Closed* In order to address the individual learning needs of your child before he/she begins the high school preparation process in the fall, we are offering the Canadian Achievement Test on two consecutive Saturday afternoons, April 29 and May 6 from 1:30-4:30. All students will write a timed multiple-choice test, which evaluates academic skills, such as reading comprehension and written language concepts, as well as basic mathematical operations and word problem solving. The students will also provide a constructed written response. This assessment, conducted over 2 three-hour periods, will allow us to give you written feedback on the readiness [...]
When it comes to development, the early years offer a crucial window of opportunity. During the first five years, children learn appropriate behavior, empathy, and social and cognitive skills. They also start to develop fine and gross motor skills, as well as speech and language. Sadly, many students do not properly acquire these skills due to technology and the lack of interpersonal communication. There is a positive correlation between social interaction and a child’s development. One of the most impactful things parents can do for their child’s language development is simply speaking to them. Not only will your child build [...]
What is the purpose of homework? Besides giving parents more grey hairs and wrinkles, the belief is that homework instills values such as responsibility, perseverance, time-management, and self-reliance. Some say it gets students to practice what has been learned, strengthens academic skills, and even helps earn better grades. Others complain that too much homework causes burnout and depletes beneficial leisure time. The long-running debate on the benefits of homework remains; however, one thing is certain: issues with homework can be a red flag. If your child is not learning and retaining information, there may be a learning problem that needs [...]
We would be pleased to work with your child to prepare them for writing the Grade 10 History and Citizenship Education exam on January 15, 2018. The preparation program will consist of weekly workshops offered prior to the exam. For many students, the Canadian History exam is the most challenging in all of high school. While the course itself is content-based, the testing is skills-based. Some of the skills required on the final exam include reading comprehension, essay writing, language proficiency, and the processing and synthesis of verbal and non-verbal information. Through no fault of their own, many Grade 10 [...]
When your child begins to struggle in school, is your first thought to seek out tutoring support? If so, you are not alone. Tutoring is often the first service that pops into parents’ minds when their child is having difficulty. However, tutoring alone cannot solve learning problems. Take reading, for example. Contrary to what is believed, reading is not “taught” in school. In fact, the whole language approach to teaching reading has been in practice for the past 25-30 years. The basic premise is that if you are exposed to the written word, you will be able to make the [...]
Parents rely on report cards as a barometer of how their child is doing in school. The Centre frequently reviews the most recent report card of a student we are poised to work with. If the child goes to an elementary school, we often hear comments from parents such as, "These report card marks are not a true reflection of my child’s ability. He cannot read yet got 75% in English, Math, and French." Nevertheless, the student may struggle to auditorily and visually process information learned in the classroom, may be a slow reader if they can decode at all, [...]
We are excited to unveil our new blog today. For the past 27 years, Strategic Learning Centre has helped thousands of students of all ages in the Greater Montreal area and beyond become the best that they can be through our unique three-pronged approach: brain training programs, remedial programs, and tutoring. Our process also sets us apart, as we always begin by getting to know the families that we work with and each individual student's strengths and weaknesses. The Centre then administers academic and cognitive efficiency tests in order to ensure that a student always does the program(s) that specifically [...]