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Our founder and CEO, Dr. Roger Passman, taught both high school and middle-school English and Language Arts in Chicago, Illinois. After earning his doctorate, Roger went on to teach in the Reading and Secondary Education faculty at Texas Tech University for several years. He finished his teaching career at as an Associate Professor at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. During his career, he consulted for the Texas Education Agency and worked on several grants sponsored by the Chicago Community Trust, especially the Advanced Reading Development Demonstration Project. His doctorate is in the field of Language and Literacy with a specialty in the teaching of writing.
Truth be told, the answer is yes and no. Much of what we suggest is based on current research from both controlled studies and ethnographic research. Some of our suggestions are based on practical experience. Some is based on plain old common sense.
We have not yet done this, however, it is something we are contemplating for the near future. We would like your feedback telling us if you would like us to do something like this.
Of course, we have our report on test-taking skills. We also have a book with a publication date of around the end of January 2018. The working title is Learning Styles and Study Tips for Struggling Students. We will keep our subscribers apprised of the exact date of publication. The book will be available on our website as well as other sources.
Yes, we will work both locally (Phoenix Metro Area) with students 1 on 1 or we will work long-distance using Skype or Facetime. We are happy to work with you on a study plan for the student you have in mind.
Yes, we guarantee that our advice is developed from state of the art research, that all work is supervised by Dr. Roger himself, and that if followed, students should see success. Unlike some who make bombastic claims, however, we are clearly aware that we have control over only what we do and not what students seeking our advice will do. Because we cannot control results we do not guarantee them. We can say, with the utmost of confidence, if any student follows our advice closely, it is likely that they will see significant improvement over a reasonable period of time.
Not yet, however, we are working on a series of videos to accompany our new book. Those videos are geared especially to students that are visual and auditory learners. Our subscribers will be kept up to date on the progress of those videos. Once published, the only place they will be available will be directly from us.
The research in both cognitive psychology and in other areas of education make clear that no two students learn in exactly the same way. While there are main categories of learning styles, nearly everyone has at least one if not two sub-categories that drive how they learn. This being the case, not every study tool works for every student. We are clearly of the opinion that students must forge their own study plan from the many possible ways to approach study. I like to think of study tips as wrapped gifts that line the street in front of you. I urge everyone to pick them up, open them and try them on. If they work for you, great. If they don’t, well great as well because you know of a tool that doesn’t work. By being focused on learning styles, we can help students build a program that fits their needs based on how they learn.
Yes, we sometimes do but only when it is clearly the case. Take note-taking, however. Because note-taking is a universal problem we do not label it per se. We make suggestions about a format for taking notes but the format will work for any style of note-taking one engages in. In other cases, when the skill we are suggesting is clearly visual, we label it as being mainly, though not exclusively, for visual learners.
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