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Study Tips for Students with Learning Disabilities

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – Studying can be a challenging task, especially for students with learning disabilities. Alexis Avila, Founder of Prepped & Polished, Tutoring and Test Preparation joins us with 7 study tips to help students.

1. For ADHD Inattentive Type
Pitfalls: Difficulty Paying Attention, Trouble with Multi-Step Tasks
Strategies: Break your essays into small chunks. For SAT and ACT essays first spend several minutes brainstorming examples and outlining each paragraph BEFORE actually writing the essay.

2. For ADHD Hyperactive Type
Pitfalls: Impulse Control
Strategies: Write out all your math steps on paper before rushing directly to those confusing multiple answer choices.

3. Unmotivated, Low-Energy Type
Pitfalls: Ambivalent
Strategies: Don’t enroll in large classes. Small class sizes are more stimulating and engaging. Bonus Tip: Low on energy and need an energy boost during a test? Eat dark chocolate before or during your test to get the energy burst without the crash!

4. Executive Function Disorder Type
Pitfalls: Difficulties with Time Management and Organization
Strategies: Become an early riser. Develop an early morning routine by waking up early and doing homework exercises each Saturday two to three months BEFORE your SAT or ACT test.

5. Non-Verbal Learning Disorder Type
Pitfalls: Drawing Inferences, Difficulty with Word Problems
Strategies: Avoid Careless mistakes, Underline! Underlining key words in math problems will force you to read questions carefully and know EXACTLY what to look for.

6. Anxious Student Type
Pitfalls: Catostrophizing
Strategies: Practice tests bolster confidence. Take practice tests under timed conditions on Saturday mornings to mimic test day environment.

7. Reading/Language-Based Learning Disorder Type
Pitfalls: Trouble with Working Memory
Strategies: On long reading passages, mark up the passage, answer specific questions as you read, and answer general questions last.

Study Tips for Students with Learning Disabilities

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January 18th, 2016
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Episode 86: Ann Helmus, Evaluating and Treating Students with Emotional Disorders

Alexis Avila talks to Ann Helmus founder of NESCA (Neuropsychology and Education Services for Children and Adolescents). Ann Helmus, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist who has been practicing for almost 20 years and specializes in the evaluation of children with learning disabilities, attention and executive function deficits and primary neurological disorders.

In September of 2007, Dr. Helmus established NESCA (Neuropsychology & Education Services for Children & Adolescents), a client and family-centered group of seasoned neuropsychologists and allied staff. Ann received her undergraduate degree in Neural Science from Brown University and earned her doctorate at Boston University School of Medicine.

On today’s show Ann talks about the various types of emotional disabilities, why student depression has risen over the years, and offers tips on how to best overcome emotional challenges.

Ann’s two pieces of advice for teens:

  1. Have as much self-awareness as possible. Know your strengths and your weaknesses, so you make better choices.
  2. Find a mentor in colleges, especially in a field of interest

 

Episode 86: Ann Helmus, Evaluating and Treating Students with Emotional Disorders

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August 7th, 2015
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Episode 85: Back to School Organization Tips

On this tutoring tips episode, Alexis Avila talks about how to best organize your homework, how to best organize your backpack, how to best store your school papers at home, and how to best organize your desk.

Recommended school supplies:
Assignment notebook with room to write notes in it
Pencils and pens
Highlighter
Paper Clips
Folders
Lined paper and index cards
Tape and scissors
Calculator
Mini dictionary

Episode 85: Back to School Organization Tips

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August 4th, 2015
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Episode 78: Jackie Stachel, Helping Kids Overcome Executive Function Challenges

Alexis talks to Jackie Stachel a senior executive function coach of Beyond Booksmart, a quality academic coaching company that helps students learn valuable executive function skills.  Jackie earned her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University.

On today’s episode Jackie shares some of the struggles students face with Executive Function issues and enlightens us with strategies for those wanting to overcome their executive function challenges.

Episode 78, Jackie Stachel, Helping Kids Overcome Executive Function Challenges

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July 9th, 2015
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Episode 70: Carrie Clark, Activities for Kids with Speech and Language Challenges

On episode 70 of The Prepped & Polished Podcast Alexis talks to Carrie Clark, founder of www.Speechandlanguagekids.com, a leading online resource for information and activities on all types of speech and language delays, disorders, and therapies that you can use to improve communication in your child or the students you work with. Carrie is a speech-language pathologist who runs a private practice in Columbia, Missouri. On today’s show, Carrie will give you ideas on how to best help students with speech and language challenges.

Carrie’s best in-home activity for parents working w children with speech and language issues: Encourage Reading! Share a book with your child and have him or her answer questions based on the story ie) predict what will happen next

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June 12th, 2015
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Podcast Episode 50 With Linda Katz, Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Find the Right College Fit

Learning Disabilities And Applying For College : Linda Katz

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The Prepped and Polished Podcast is an educational and inspirational show that offers tutoring and test prep tips as well as interviews with celebrities and leaders in education. It is hosted by Alexis Avila, founder of Prepped and Polished LLC, a tutoring and test prep firm for K-college.

On today’s show, Alexis is joined by Linda Katz. Linda is the Founder and Principal of Right Fit College Coaching, an Educational Consulting Firm that helps high school students with learning differences, ADHD or a disability, prepare for and find the right fit for college.

More information on Linda’s company, Right Fit College Coaching can be found on the web: www.rightfitcoaching.com.

Enjoy, Thanks for Listening and remember at The Prepped and Polished Podcast, We Empower You to Take Control of Your Education!

Learning Disabilities And Applying For College

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February 21st, 2015
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