During a session in October 2011, a hyperactive student was able to concentrate intently on a hand hiding some tokens. He was trying to determine how many tokens were hidden, and like magic, he was able to focus. The more the teacher hid the tokens, the more the student could practice creating mental images in their mind.
In other contexts, the tokens can be used as a physical representation; the student assigns a number, a word or an idea to the token. Above all, the token represents a position and creates a distance. It’s in this space that the student can reflect on the token, on his interactions with it and on his teacher’s interactions with it.
The transfer of knowledge is a major challenge for all educational professionals. In using a holistic approach, linking language, mathematics, or new cognitive skills, to the student’s way of being, we facilitate the transfer of knowledge.
Our objective is to train and encourage the student to organise their thoughts and improve their process when faced with challenges. Performance is in the method, not in the outcome. Then, the student will begin to reflect on the nature of the challenge in relation to their learning. These activities invite the student to consider their actions, both small and large: “What skills do I need to understand this activity? How can it help me learn? When can I use it?”
It’s in focusing on how to practice and replicate these actions and reflections that the student learns how to apply new skills.
Three types of intervention
The student practices all of the cognitive skills necessary for their success. The method encourages educational learning in an innovative way. Some skills include modeling ideas and speed of execution, particularly in remembering lessons and basic mathematical processes.
At Kit Focus, the student practices all of the academic skills necessary for their success. The activities formed at Kit Focus uses certain techniques to hold the attention of the students. It has the advantage of providing education without needing to follow a specific mathematics or language curriculum, and instead seeks to establish a solid base of understanding for the student to rely on and add to.
The student works with a tutor specialising in mathematics or English, with extensive knowledge of the elementary school curriculum. Working together, they follow the student’s academic progress, and the tutor assures the mastery of the fundamentals through implementation of the method.
Three types of intervention
Adults, whether they have a learning difficult or not, will find that cognitive training offers them opportunities to develop their cognitive skills. Memory, stress management, decision-making, concentration and even more cognitive skills can be improved with the help of the Kit Focus method.
Supporting adults poses some particular challenges: guiding them as they manage their learning difficulties, and providing adaptations that are suited to various aspects of adult existence. This is why we offer adults a follow-up program that encourages reflection on skill integration, and allows them to change their perception of their limitations and needs while working on projects and in life in general.
An adult that is pursuing their studies may, depending on their program of studies, be offered follow-ups, support in drafting, methodology, preparation/planning and troubleshooting in projects, or in other subjects.