How is Cognitive Skills Training Different Than Tutoring?

Brain/Cognitive skills training is different from tutoring at a very basic level. Tutoring is simply re-teaching material that a student missed the first time it was presented. The hope is that the material will stick this time. Here is how to tell if tutoring will work for your child – If you’ve ever sat down with your child and gone over, or repeated, school assignments—and he or she immediately got it and needed no more help—then re-teaching or tutoring will work.

If simple explanation did not solve the problem, or if a few days later the problem persisted or was repeated, there is most likely an underlying skill weakness that tutoring or re-teaching cannot correct. 

Until the underlying skills required to learn are strengthened, tutoring can only produce temporary progress at best. Struggles will re-emerge because the root of the problem—weak cognitive skills—has not been addressed. If your child faces recurring problems with each new academic year or challenge, brain/cognitive skills training (rather than tutoring) is your best answer.

Brain training provides you and your student the chance to get to the root of the problem and literally rebuild his or her basic ability to read and learn with specifically designed and delivered training exercises. To understand the advantage brain training has over tutoring consider how different your expectations would be if you enrolled in a 12-hour lecture on piano basics versus 12 hours of piano practice with a good one-on-one piano coach. In the lecture you would be receiving information about the piano—you would be tutored. In the piano practice, you would end up actually playing the piano—you would be trained. Tutoring increases information. Training builds skill.

Specific training programs are available to strengthen key cognitive skills such as auditory processing, visual processing, memory, reasoning, and processing speed, memory (short term as well as long term). Skill gains at this foundational level of learning capability result in easier, faster, and more successful learning.


It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are facing. Cognitive Skills/Brain training can be successfully applied to everyone. Cognitive skills training can help:

  • Students struggling well behind grade level who need to catch up
  • Children or adults looking for a competitive learning or performance edge
  • Athletes seeking an edge in the “mental” aspect of their game
  • People seeking enhanced reading skill and fluency
  • Students looking for an enhanced foundation in numeric and math skills
  • Preschool and first grade students wanting a successful launch into school
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) victims seeking to recover lost mental function
  • Senior adults desiring to prevent age-related memory loss and mental decline

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