Today’s strict schooling system not only puts increasing pressure on kids but may not be as successful as it was once thought. There is new science coming out showing that there is a new method of helping your children get better grades and develop them to be successful in life as well.
With primary school children taking PSLE exams and the Cambridge O’Levels being an indicator of success for students, it can be incredibly difficult for students with or without Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to keep up and actually retain the knowledge they need to succeed and get the grades they should.
A recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) show that countries in Asia are the top performers in most primary and secondary education worldwide, with Singapore taking the top spot for maths and science (followed closely by Korea and Hong Kong). This shows an emphasis on academic excellence, but without the right foundation, your kids may not only struggle in school, but they may be unable to pursue a career that requires the academic foundation or results they will be lacking.
Of course, you want your kids to get good grades, it helps them get into a decent university which in turn, sets them up to have good career prospects. However, focusing solely on academic studies could actually be hindering progression as parents are quick to assume that bad grades in class mean that you need tuition.
Tuition does what it says on the tin. It focuses on academic development to produce better grades, but not only does it not work for every child, it can be costly and doesn’t always promote the right results. Tutoring is still teaching in the same structure, just focused on a one-to-one basis rather than a group setting and this means your child still faces the same issues as they would in class (whether that’s the inability to retain information or difficulty remaining focused). Plus, there is the added concern that you pay for tuition and it doesn’t work at all, leaving you and your children frustrated while being out of pocket.
There’s no way to know if tuition would work for you and your child unless you spend the time and money to see 6-12 months later if it really works for your child, but what’s the alternative? Rather than joining the tuition cycle, you might not be able to escape from (or afford) what if you, as a parent, looked at creating a foundation in cognitive development that is going to facilitate learning more than just maths or science and incorporate life skills like problem-solving or decision making as well. It creates a long-term solution that not only helps with academic grades but success in life, allowing your child the ability to do well in school and in the world.
It all sounds very fancy, but when you break it down to basics, cognitive development is about improving the core functions in the brain, primarily; problem-solving, memory, decision making, and other thought processes to create a strong foundation that boosts your child’s’ ability to learn, even if they have attention deficits like ADHD.
The sad reality is that many children fall through the gaps and are failed by the system because of high expectations of academic excellence. Just because it’s not the traditional method does not mean it isn’t the most effective. In a recent study from Neeuro’s Chief Scientist Dr. Cuntai Guan, found that using cognitive gamification alone as part of their education plan saw a 30% improvement in concentration and attention for children aged between 6-12 with ADHD. This cognitive development can create a better focus for subjects such as maths and science and combined with new technologies can change the way we look at teaching and learning.
Using a combination of technology and gamification, NeeuroFIT is one of the ways to work on developing these cognitive abilities in your child. NeeuroFIT uses Neeuro’s Senzeband and Memorie app to train cognitive abilities through different games. The programme flow consists of a cognitive functions baseline assessment, the main curriculum, analysis of the child’s mental efforts and scores of the training. Children can benefits from the curriculum as they build self-awareness of cognitive abilities, develop good habits to practice and apply cognitive abilities, leading to better learning engagement and outcome.
It’s time to change the perspective on learning for those with (or without ADHD) and ultimately cultivate a strong cognitive foundation leading to stronger abilities to do well in studies and in life. To learn more about how the brain training programme and Neeuro’s Memorie app can help your children improve their grades and set them up for success in life, visit our website.