# My child has been tutored to death, why can't he learn math?

## Learning Math, Mathmatical Skills and Math Tutors

Understanding math depends of the student's ability to recognize numerical patterns and understand manipulation of magnitudes. Students who intuitively see these relationships in mathematical problems can often approximate the answer before going through the solution. Students who can easily do math problems know more than how to go through the steps to get the correct answer. They understand why it is the correct answer and it is easy for them to duplicate the mathematical process in similar mathmatical problems. Learning math is a mystery for students who are unable to recognize patterns in math. They must rely strictly upon the memorization of math facts, which is an overwhelming task. When math problems or concepts become more complicated and abstract, it becomes impossible for the student to understand and follow the steps involved. Math tutors and math tutoring for children with learning disabilities is not an effective long-term learning solution

## Why Math Tutors and Math Tutoring Sometimes Doesn't Work!

Most learning assistance facilities, including tutoring programs, try to improve performance by dealing primarily with the symptoms or expressions of the problem. If the student's problem is poor math, the teacher or tutor services focuses on drilling and practicing math skills. Using a tutor for children with learning disabilities usually produces short-term gain. The next year, more tutoring services are needed. It's very difficult for both the parents and the child to see these momentary glimpses of hope-they think they have found a solution! Unfortunately, in the end, the learning difficulties, poor grades and frustrations return.*Tutoring for children with learning disabilities is not an effective long-term learning solution!* If countless hours have been spent with tutors, but the student still struggles to understand even elementary mathematical concepts, use a different approach! Your child can develop the ability to learn math concepts through a series of activities tailored to stimulate specific types of neurological development. Students who enroll in our math program gain about two years in 6 months' time. Come to Learning Technics and put an end to math tutoring!

**Charles Eberhard School Superintendent**

**Charles praises Learning Technics' Intercept Program**

" *When I left the district in 1993, almost all the students who had been through Learning Technics' Project Intercept were finding success in the regular classroom and the number of special education students had been reduced significantly*."

During the late 1980's I was superintendent of Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District in northern Arizona. For some time I had been concerned about the relative lack of success of Special Education programs in the public schools. It seemed that children who were classified as having special needs were put into a system from which they seldom left, remaining special education students through elementary, middle school and high school. Kindergarten and First Grade teachers knew early on that certain students were having difficulty with learning processes. I felt that if these children could be identified at an early age and their specific learning problems addressed early on, that perhaps the prolonged special education label could be eliminated.

One of my elementary teachers, Mary Johnson, introduced me to Learning Technics, a program John Heath had been developing that seemed to address the concerns I had. With the approval of the district board of education, we began a training process with teachers and parents that we called Project Intercept. We identified students who were not yet classified as Special Ed and began the program. When I left the district in 1993, almost all the students who had been through Project Intercept were finding success in the regular classroom and the number of special education students had been reduced significantly. I felt that the key to the success of the program was a close working relationship between parents and teachers in providing an intense one-on-one training of students to confront the developmental processes needed to overcome specific learning disabilities.In the 1990's I was superintendent of Laramie County School District #2 in southeastern Wyoming. I was able to introduce Project Intercept into that district. One significant aspect of the program there was the incident of one teacher using the skills she had been taught by Learning Technics on an 8th grade student who was in Special Education. She found that the techniques worked with older students as well. However, this student was highly motivated, as he didn't want to be classified as Special Ed when he went to high school. He made amazing progress, and entered the 9th grade as a regular education student.

I sincerely believe that by identifying children with learning disabilities at an early age, and intensely working with them on an individual basis, that developmental processes can be channeled so that the disabilities can be overcome and self-esteem enhanced.

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