LD & ADD/ADHD Support 

A learning disability or attention deficit (ADD/ADHD) impacts how a student processes information, affecting organization, retention, and expression. The skilled tutors at Score At The Top can help that student with a learning disability or attention deficit to master academic subjects, learn coping strategies and compensatory skills, become better organized, and build confidence. We have worked with hundreds of students with a wide variety of learning and attention issues, successfully helping them to score at the top of their potential.

Students with learning disabilities or attention deficit disorder may experience some of these challenges:

  • See letters reversed or half-there
  • Hear only part of a story or word
  • Struggle with short-term memory, or experience difficulty recalling a word from memory
  • Have limited patience for the learning process
  • Appear confused
  • Read slowly and with less-than-full comprehension
  • Misspell words
  • Struggle with the writing process
  • Have limited facility with numbers, calculation, and quantitative reasoning
  • Be focused one day but not the next
  • Forget to do homework or study
  • Become distracted by background noise or visual stimulation
  • Take more time to start and finish tasks
  • Not complete tasks
  • Lack the ability to plan ahead, and fail to complete tasks 
  • Process information slowly, needing "think time" to respond
  • Struggle to simultaneously listen to a teacher’s lecture and take notes
  • Ask the same questions over and over
  • Be disorganized and not manage time effectively
  • Feel lonely, rejected, isolated, shame, fear, bitterness, low self-esteem, anger
  • Lack self-confidence

To help students overcome these challenges, Score At The Top’s sensitive tutors implement a variety of techniques during tutoring sessions. They...

  • Review previous lessons
  • Capitalize on a student’s strengths
  • Use multi-sensory materials (visual, oral, tactile)
  • Give both verbal and written directions
  • Keep instructions simple
  • Use more than one example
  • Incorporate diagrams, maps, and other visual aids when teaching
  • Create flashcards and flowcharts
  • Create mental pictures
  • Use mnemonic devices
  • Use role-play techniques
  • Create outlines with the student
  • Regularly review material to reinforce learning
  • Highlight key points and concepts
  • Break lengthy presentations and assignments into shorter segments
  • Work slowly to allow time for processing
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Repeat directions, ideas, and explanations
  • Frequently ask questions to check for understanding
  • Have the student “teach” the tutor
  • Relate new concepts to a topic already learned
  • Connect content to the student's real-life experiences
  • Make sure every session is hands-on and highly interactive
  • Combine direct teaching with guided practice
  • Take short breaks when necessary
  • Select the quietest room for tutoring sessions
  • Continually give positive reinforcement and encouragement
  • Write 1 question on a page to avoid distraction

Our professional staff provide structured, consistent tutoring sessions that include:

  • Review of previous lessons
  • Overview of topics to be presented
  • Summary at end of session
  • Emphasis of key concepts
  • Timeline for completing assignments
  • Clearly defined expectations and student's responsibilities

Our founder, Judi Robinovitz, recognized firsthand the value of these strategies when her son Jason was growing up. Diagnosed in elementary school with dyslexia and ADHD, Jason became a successful student because of the almost-daily tutoring support he received from Judi’s dedicated tutors. Jason graduated from a top-tier law school and passed the Florida Bar Exam the first time; after practicing law for five years he joined the family business as the Chief Operating Officer of all Score At The Top Learning Centers! The strategies that worked best for Jason, and other students like him, remain with Score At The Top today to ensure every student’s success.

We recommend scheduling more than one lesson every week for a student with a learning disability or attention deficit disorder. Such students typically need much practice and repetition to master skills, improve grades and achieve higher scores. It takes time to see improvement, so please don't expect a quick fix.