Training vs Tutoring in Charlottesville
The Differences Between Tutoring & Cognitive Skills Training
If you’re wondering about how our services differ from those of a tutoring service, you’re not alone. It’s one of the more common questions we get from prospective clients. Though both are effective, they are solutions to two very different problems. Learning can be broken down into two components: the content, and the ability to learn, understand, and apply that content. LearningRx® focuses on the latter.
At our brain training center in Charlottesville, we give our clients the tools they need to learn faster and perform better. We focus on the underlying skills that are integral to memory, comprehension, learning, and more. Tutoring simply redelivers or reteaches material to students to help them understand it further. We’ll strengthen your skills to help you “get” it the first time.
Our cognitive skills training is a good choice for those who:
- Struggle with more than one class in school
- Take longer than usual to finish homework
- Have been tutored and still face difficulties
- Have difficulty with reading comprehension
How They Differ
Let’s take a look at the differences between tutoring and brain training:
Problem: Information was never delivered (or delivered well)
Here’s Why Tutoring Works: If your child is behind in school because of the flu, a substitute teacher, a move across the country, or even because construction workers have been running jackhammers outside the classroom window for a month, hire a tutor. In other words, if you can identify outside circumstances that have interfered with the delivery of information to your child, hiring someone to redeliver that information makes a lot of sense.
child is struggling in one or more classes year after year, and it doesn’t matter how
well (or how often) that information is redelivered
Solution: Brain Training
Here’s Why Brain Training Works: If a child isn’t grasping information the first time it’s presented, presenting that content over and over might eventually get a kid through an assignment or class, but it’s not addressing the root cause of the problem: weak cognitive skills. In other words, if a child isn’t grasping information because a cognitive skill—such as attention, auditory processing (the skill that allows the brain to analyze, blend, and segment sounds), logic, memory, or processing speed—is weak, why reteach the material over and over when you can get to the root of the problem and strengthen that weak skill?
To be a successful learner, your child needs these two things:
- Great educational content
- Strong cognitive skills to process that content
Teaching and tutoring deliver the first. LearningRx delivers the second.
Is Brain Training Right for You?
If you’re not sure if brain training or tutoring is the right option for you, feel free to take our free online brain quiz. In just three minutes, you’ll be able to get a better understanding of whether our services can benefit you. This quiz will give you a unique glimpse into how your brain skills compare to your peers. If you’d like a more comprehensive evaluation of your cognitive strengths and weaknesses, our Brain Skills Assessment will pinpoint cognitive weaknesses and reveal the “why” behind some of the problems you might be experiencing.