Learning Styles Exercise
— Basic Assessment Tool
Learning Styles Exercise — A Look at Cognitive Strengths and Weaknesses
A “Learning Styles Exercise” offers a simple approach for identifying the root causes of learning struggles. Simply, if a student is compensating for weak cognitive skills by relying on his or her strong cognitive skills, a “Learning Styles Exercise” will reveal this underlying pattern and allow for corrective action. Since the mainstream studies now reveal that over 80% of learning problems are caused by weak underlying mental skills, a “Learning Styles Exercise” is an obvious place to start in assessing your child’s relative strengths and weaknesses at the cognitive level.
Learning Styles Exercise — Assessing Cognitive Processing at the Foundational Level
At LearningRx, our “Learning Styles Exercise” focuses on major processing areas in the brain. We help you develop a score for your child in the following cognitive skills, with high scores indicating probable root causes for a learning struggle: Attention (the ability to stay on task); Processing Speed (the ability to handle information with speed and ease); Auditory Processing (the ability to segment, blend, and analyze sounds); Memory (the ability to retain and retrieve information); Visual Processing (the ability to create and manipulate pictures in the mind); and Logic and Reasoning (the ability to properly plan, think, and reason).
Learning Styles Exercise — Get Things Started With a Simple Assessment
The following “Learning Styles Exercise” is a snapshot of our online assessment tool. Here are your instructions: “Compared to kids the same age and gender, this behavior occurs _________ in my son or daughter. Rank each statement on a scale of “0″ to “4″ as follows: (0) less often OR doesn’t apply at this age; (1) at about the same frequency; (2) slightly more; (3) considerably more; or (4) significantly more.
____ Distracted by other activities
____ Difficulty maintaining attention
____ Difficulty organizing activities
____ Difficulty doing two things at once
____ Reading is slow
____ Speech is slow and deliberate
____ Writing assignments take extra time
____ Completing tasks takes extra time
____ Avoids or has difficulty with video games
____ Poor reading comprehension
____ Makes spelling errors in written assignments
____ Difficulty sounding out unknown words
____ Oral reading is slow or choppy
____ Needs words repeated when taking spelling tests
____ Often asks to have things repeated
____ Difficulty remembering telephone numbers
____ Needs to look multiple times when copying
____ Difficulty following verbal directions
____ Difficulty recalling stories and jokes
____ Poor sense of direction or reading maps
____ Jigsaw puzzles are difficult or avoided
____ Misreads similar words
____ Poor at or dislikes drawing
____ Difficulty with word math problems
Logic and Reasoning:
____ Difficulty understanding stories or jokes
____ Poor at or avoids games like chess or checkers
____ Takes a while to catch on to new things
____ Doesn’t like card games
____ Has problems seeing the big picture
Once you’ve completed this “Learning Styles Exercise,” add up the five scores for each skill category. A total score of 6 or below suggests a normal range within that skill set; 7-9 indicates a possible weakness; 10-11 suggest a likely weakness; and 12 or above suggests a significant weakness.
Learning Styles Exercise — What Next?
After using this simple “Learning Styles Exercise” to get some preliminary understanding of your child’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses, we urge you to schedule a more comprehensive learning skills assessment at aLearningRx Center in your local area. Our assessments are inexpensive and contain no obligation to move forward with our cognitive skills training. We just want you to take the next logical step in your search for understanding the causes and possible solutions for your child’s learning or reading problem.