Throughout our work at Franklin Educational Services, Dr. Franklin gets asked many questions about the work we do, how we find the right instructors, and some of the theory behind why Academic Management works. We decided to sit down with him and have him break it down for us, interview style. The next few blogs will feature a Question and Answer session with Daniel Franklin, PhD. We hope you’ll enjoy reading!
Read blog 1 here
In this week’s blog, we go into a little more detail about why the Franklin method works.
Daniel Franklin, PhD (DF): Our tutors carefully balance the need to learn content being taught in class, acquire important study skills, and get good grades. We call these critical objectives “The Golden Three.”
FT: A lot of times we get calls from parents who say their son or daughter is uninterested in school. How does Franklin make learning fun?
DF: Our tutors make learning fun by helping their students ask questions and participate in the learning process. This approach, which is called active learning, is known to be one of the most effective ways to learn, and it makes learning fun. When learning is fun, students are more motivated to participate in classroom instruction, and they do better in their classes.
FT: Sometimes students do not want to tell parents or teachers that work is incomplete or that they don’t understand a concept. How do instructors promote communication and self-advocacy?
DF: Students who learn to advocate for themselves tend to be more successful in school. A key component of our tutors work is helping students develop the ability to communicate effectively with their teachers when they have questions or need clarification about concepts taught in class. By promoting effective communication and self-advocacy, our tutors help students be more successful in school.
FT: What about students who struggle with executive functioning?
DF: Our tutors use effective strategies to promote the development of many areas of executive functioning, including:
- Time Management
- Short-Term Memory
- Long-Term Memory
- and Emotional Regulation
Well-developed executive functioning skills are essential for success at school.
Our tutors carefully balance the need to learn content being taught in class, acquire important study skills, and get good grades. We call these critical objectives “The Golden Three.”
FT: We sometimes have parents call about children who find reading to be difficult. What is your approach with these students?
DF: Until a student is a skilled reader, learning from reading can be challenging. When the demands of reading exceed what a student is capable of, our tutors use bypass strategies so that important concepts can still be learned. All of our tutors work hard to help students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. For students who come to us with well-developed reading skills, we offer advanced reading comprehension strategies.
FT: And what about writing?
DF: Writing is one of the most difficult things students do at school. It can be especially difficult for students with ADHD and dyslexia. All students have great ideas they want to share with others. But putting ideas on paper can be challenging, even for skilled writers. Our tutors help students improve their writing skills by engaging them in a four-step process that includes talking ideas out, deciding on an organizational strategy for expressing their ideas, creating a rough draft, and perfecting the mechanics to produce an A+ final draft. Our goal is to help every student become a skilled writer.
Franklin offers specialized academic tutoring, home school, test preparation, and educational therapy in Los Angeles and Orange County. Contact us for more info!