Why Is My Child Struggling With Homework?
1. “Homework assignments take a very long time for my child to complete. Why is that?”
It might appear, on the surface, that your child is struggling because the assignment is too difficult, or because your child isn’t organized, or because he or she hasn’t managed time well enough to complete the assignment in a timely manner. These kinds of struggles, however, are usually rooted in an underlying weakness in a cognitive skill such as memory, logic, attention, and more.
2. “I struggled in school myself when I was a kid. Could my child have inherited my learning disabilities?”
It’s possible. But of greater significance is the fact that learning struggles are typically the result of weak cognitive skills. Regardless of why those skills are weak (in other words, regardless of whether or not genetics played a role), those weak skills can be strengthened.
3. “Despite being extremely smart, my child still struggles with homework and school. How is that possible?”
It’s not uncommon for children with higher-than-average IQ to struggle with homework, reading, or learning. This is because IQ is determined by the combined performance of all the foundational cognitive skills (memory, attention, visual processing, auditory processing, logic & reasoning, and processing speed). This means that a child who has a single cognitive weakness—and exceptionally strong skills in other areas—can have an above-average IQ and still struggle in school.
4. “Is there something I can do to help my child handle homework (and class assignments) better this year?”
If weak cognitive skills are, indeed, at the root of your child’s struggle, that’s actually good news because weak skills can be strengthened. One-on-one brain training provides a way to strengthen all of the core skills that your child’s brain uses to think and perform. And because every brain training program is customized, even gifted and talented students benefit from brain training.
5. “How do brain training programs work?”
At LearningRx—a one-on-one brain training company with 80 centers across the U.S. and 40 locations worldwide—personal brain trainers work with clients of all ages about five hours a week, for 12 to 32 weeks (depending on the program). Workout sessions consist of fun, challenging mental exercises that strengthen cognitive skills.
6. “How is brain training different than tutoring?”
Brain training and tutoring are different solutions to different problems. Tutors reteach missed classroom content, which means it’s a great way for a student to catch up in specific subjects (such as history or math) when classroom content wasn’t grasped the first time it was presented.
On the other hand, brain training does not reteach missed content, but instead exercises and strengthens the basic skills the brain uses to think, learn, and perform. In other words, brain training improves the way the brain grasps information the first time it is presented.
Can brain training help your child?
If your child is struggling, you owe it to yourself and to your child to find out why. Identifying the cause behind your child’s struggle is easy, and can be done with a reasonably priced cognitive assessment.
The one-hour assessment will provide a detailed look at your child’s individual cognitive strengths and weaknesses, and will give you invaluable information you need in order to decide on the next best step to help your child.
To schedule a cognitive assessment, contact a LearningRx brain training center near you.
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