What makes OIC Learning different?
I get this question a lot, mostly from parents who have tried multiple different strategies with their students and have spent countless hours and dollars trying to find the right tutor, school environment, or education system for their student. The answer that I give each time is that at OIC Learning we are not here to present a new style of learning techniques or force our agenda on a student. We are different because we have no specific system or educationation theory that we follow.
When a new student comes to me, the first thing I do is sit down and find out as much as I can about their learning style, opinion about their schooling, what they like and don't like, what they've tried before, and what they want to get from me. By learning as much as I can then I'm able to create a system that works for the student, and which meets their needs. By providing customized approaches to learning we are able to create a positive growth environment for our students.
At OIC Learning we build on successes. Making mistakes and not understanding a lesson are normal for any learner of any educational level and should be expected. Removing the stress from being wrong and empowering a student to ask questions and look for alternative options to complete a task provide a better scenario for engaged learning. Students learn to help themselves, find the tools they need, and become more confident. A good Learning Coach is there to support their efforts while providing guidance with the end goal being to recognize and celebrate the successful completion of the task.
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COMING SOON: Reading Skills and Support Course
We are excited to announce that OIC Learning will be launching our newest 6 week online course. This is a stress-free way for adults and teen-agers to improve their reading skills and comprehension. This course is based on the idea that there is only one way to improve one's reading skills, and that is to read! Our Learning Coaches will be actively working with students to help them build successful reading skills and improve their techniques.
The basic idea behind this course is that each student is different. They have different styles of learning and their own personal reasons for wanting to read better. We work with the individual to develop the method that will work best for them. As they become more successful in their reading abilities, then their confidence will grow and retention will improve. It is really a simple philosophy and one that has been proven to work well with all types of students.
Humans are hard-wired to learn from their environment from the day they are born. Learning is innate and is what makes us so different from each other, but often times learning differences are seen as challenges or problems which can cause the student to become anxious and detached.
Many learning systems have been created and there are countless amounts of theories, practices, curricula, and ideologies to choose from. Every system works great for the students that fit the mold for the concept, but realistically speaking, no one system will work for every student.
When an educator takes the time to get to know their student and how that student learns best, and where they struggle, then they can provide a personalized learning plan. A personalized plan includes using theories and techniques that support the students natural abilities and talents, and then provide additional support where they need more time and assistance. By presenting difficult information in multiple formats it is easier for the student to figure out what they need to know.
All students face challenges in learning, but with guidance and work they can overcome them and improve their overall academic success. At OIC Learning we work with the student in order to make them successful so that they'll continue to learn and grow.
The ability to read is one of the single most important tools that learners need in order to be successful. Reading comfortably and being able to successfully comprehend what one is reading is the skill needed to succeed in school, college, and the professional world.
Traditional education starts with phonics and sounding words out, and then progresses into memorizing vocabulary words, and some reading for comprehension is done. For most students they do well and are able to catch on quickly and advance on schedule. There are student's however, that don't do well learning the traditional way. They struggle with focusing on the letters, or don't get the solid foundation established before moving on. Those students develop an idea that they are not good readers and tend to lose focus or interest in reading for pleasure.
After working with students that have decided that they aren't smart enough to read well, or have lost interest, I have discovered that using the same approach that they have already checked-out of is not the most successful approach.
Students of all ages will read - If Reading Is Fun And Interesting. My approach starts the student over and gives them a fresh perspective in reading. As we have fun, they become more connected and may even have fun.
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DYSLEXIA: Literally means "Bad Words"
It is a very general word that describes a variety of reading disorders. Many students who struggle to learn to read end up developing low self-esteem and an overall disconnect from their education.
In additional to Dyslexia, there are countless other reading difficulties that students of all ages face, and if not resolved with the students, then they can lead to lifelong reading struggles.
It is known that a student's ability to read is a strong predictor of their overall academic success. Reading ability affects writing skills, and communication skills which are all necessary in advanced learning and also higher level employment.
By the time a student gives up and becomes disenchanted with school and education as a whole, they have usually been exposed to multiple reading techniques, programs, theories, etc. My approach is to not add a new system or technique that would work to just confuse the student more. Instead, I work with the student to find out which approach has worked for them which I can then build off of.
Most importantly: I make reading fun and interesting. If a student, of any age, is interested in what they are reading then they are more likely to want to continue working on it. Once a student is reading better their vocabulary increases, as does their willingness to learn. Writing then becomes easier based on the increased exposure to words, sentence structure, grammar, etc.
The technique that I use has been developed over years of working with my children, learning the theories of learning for myself, training adults in a professional setting, and volunteering with grade-school students. I have seen the success with my system of personalized learning.
Please feel free to contact me with questions, concerns, and requests for more information.