Brain Training Vs. Tutoring
How Our Cognitive Skills Training Program is Different
One of the first things people ask us at LearningRx® is how we differ from tutoring. Though brain training and tutoring are both great solutions, they are very different and not interchangeable. Learning can be broken down into two components: strong educational content, and the cognitive ability to learn and apply that content. Tutoring is a resource for delivering—or in some cases, redelivering—material for additional understanding. Brain training and cognitive enhancement can help improve weak cognitive skills to help enhance learning abilities.
Brain training is a good choice for those who:
- Have received tutoring in subjects and continue to struggle month after month or year after year
- Struggle with multiple classes in school
- Struggle with reading comprehension
- Need to work harder or longer than others to achieve good grades
Tutoring and brain training are actually very different solutions to very different problems. Let’s take a quick look at each:
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.
Problem: Your child is struggling in class after class, 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 instead, you can uncover the root cause of the problem and successfully 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.
Begin with Our One-Hour Brain Skills Assessment
If you believe you or your child struggles with weak cognitive skills, a Brain Skills Assessment can help determine the root of the problems. If the test shows strong skills, this will indicate that the problems lie elsewhere. However, if it shows one or more weak skills, we can help formulate a plan that will target and strengthen those skills. As the largest one-on-one brain training company in the world and with over 35 years of research and development, we look forward to helping you or your child improve your performance and enhance your life.