Students are expected to have, at their disposal, a number of different strategies to assist them during the learning process. For example, a student working on finding the main idea of the passage may use a script, as follows:
Some learners apply such strategies without thought when asked to find the main idea of a passage. Many learners, especially those with learning disabilities and/or AD/HD, do not immediately know when or how to use strategies and often struggle on tasks. Scripts need to be explicitly taught and practiced.
- Read the paragraph
- Highlight key words
- Ask oneself, "how are the keyword related?"
- Determine the main idea
Students who need remediation understand the content presented in the classroom and they do not need to be re-taught classroom information. The difficulty for these students centers around their production on assignments. Their end product on daily work is not consistent with their performance in the classroom during discussion, in-class assignments, classroom examinations, and even standardized tests. Report card grades are likely impacted. Teacher comments such as "work does not represent ability," "incomplete assignments," "rushes to complete tasks" "late assignments decreased class grade" and "inconsistent test scores" are often seen in school reports.
Skills taught during remediation sessions are "transportable" in that the methods used are good strategies that can be applied across different content areas. For example, methods taught during remediation to address note-taking, maintaining a planner, and breaking down large assignments into smaller parts can be applied across academic classes.
As a psychologist, Dr. Dub is able to understand a student's learning style, their strengths and weaknesses, and determine appropriate strategies that will enable students to be more successful in the classroom and during independent work outside of school. Motivational strategies are incorporated throughout sessions to help students feel encouraged and successful through their use of taught strategies. Dr. Dub offers individual remediation sessions to address the following areas:
Dr. Dub will consult with students, parents, and when necessary, school personnel to determine the specific skills that should be addressed during individual sessions.
- -Study skills
- -Time management
- -Homework completion
- -Self-monitoring of performance during task and test completion
- -Strategies for learning and recalling information
- -Breaking down large assignments
- -Test taking (including strategies to decrease test anxiety and use of extended time accommodations on school-based and standardized tests)
- -Organization of material, workspace, and assignments
- -Classroom and textbook note-taking
- -Reading comprehension
- -Essay writing
- -Development of a research paper