The Structure of Intellect assesses many different learning abilities. What often shows up as the lowest overall ability is memory – both visual and auditory.
If you think of memory as “the developed art of paying attention,” then you begin to understand why this is a growing concern in education, especially in elementary school.Comprehension is diminished by lower memory ability and problem-solving becomes frustrating when memory ability fails to recall correct information. Fortunately, SOI is in the business of training memory!
- memory is the ability to retrieve information that has been previously understood
- a lack of memory abilities can be inhibiting or disabling in the acquisition of basic learning skills
- memory is one of the easiest learning abilities to train
- you will see improvement with fifteen minutes of daily memory training
Memory Matrix is our most Continue reading “SOI Memory Training”
SOI tests are tests of learning abilities. If someone is having difficulty learning, the cause may be a lack of learning abilities.
Our tests are a great way to get a snapshot of students’ learning abilities and to see their learning potential. Now that you know more about your students’ learning abilities, what’s next? How do you help all of these unique students?
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The SOI test results have profiled your students’ strong and weak abilities. Now what?
SOI is the easiest and most efficient way to improve their learning abilities. We provide you with Continue reading “Making the Most of SOI Test Results”
At SOI Systems, we provide you with practical ways to help your students succeed. SOI is a system of assessments and training materials that develop intellectual abilities and learning functions.
We equip students with the necessary intellectual skills to learn subject matter, do analytical thinking, become more creative, and, most importantly, learn how to learn.
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The robustness of the SOI tests helps incorporate students with gifts in areas not usually included in other assessments. figural, symbolic, evaluation, and creativity abilities are all Continue reading “Taking the Next Step in Learning”
SOI HELPED AND AIDED THIS STUDENT IN HIS READING AND LANGUAGE ABILITIES.
Good readers are phonemically aware, understand the alphabetic principle, apply these skills in a rapid and fluent manner, possess strong vocabularies and syntactical and grammatical skills, and relate reading to their own experiences.
Difficulties in any of these areas can impede reading and language development. Learning to read begins far before children enter formal schooling. This child in second grade was referred to us with the specific problem areas of reading and understanding. He also didn’t like the school subject Language.
- Spells poorly and has difficulty recalling facts and numbers
- Has trouble learning new skills (compensates by relying on memorization)
- Has trouble following directions or instructions
- Struggles to recognize letters, match letters to sounds and make a sentence
- Inability to read simple 3 letter words or associate them
- Can’t comprehend what he reads or listens in the classroom
We started with his personalized workbooks and CDs, which are available based on students’ test results. These workbooks have an added advantage in that tasks are articulated within the book. In other words, the easier part of a given module is presented early in the sequence and the more difficult part is presented later. Continue reading “SOI Personalized Program”
Comprehension of Figural Classes (CFC) at a lower level is the ability to group and sort. It is how we begin to comprehend. These are yellow; these are red. Beginning with same and different, we ask ourselves, “In what way are these things the same or different? Is this the only way they are the same or different? How else could they be grouped?”
The skill of logical thought is classification. In a very basic way, it helps us to make sense of our world. In a young child’s world it explains, “This is mama’s. This is daddy’s. This belongs to sister. It is not mine…unless I am two.”
At a young age, classification is what helps us make sense of our world. It gives order to our thinking. An older child may think, “These are crayons. These are markers. These are pencils.” We separate them for ease of use. As they enter school, they learn to organize their time. Now is the time to work. Now is the time to play. Classification is the skill that makes order out of chaos. Classified is the opposite of random. Continue reading “Classification: A Skill for Life”
What’s the big deal about CFU? Ask Brian.
“Brian can’t tell the difference in a 5 and a 3 and he sure can’t begin to read! He’s severe! Good luck on that one!” That was my first introduction to a very “special” student as I began my career in education.
Brian had a problem with CFU. CFU is just one of six intellectual abilities that you have to have to be ready to read. What does that mean? And what does identifying a picture tell me about being able to read?
In the world of the Structure of Intellect, CFU stands for Cognition of Figural Units. It is the ability to look at a picture or representation of an object that has been partially erased and to be able to tell what that object is. In other words, it is the ability of your brain to fill in the blanks and make sense of what seems at first to be only random marks on the page. This skill, when applied to letters or symbols, makes up the gateway to reading.
Remember picture finding in your “Highlights for Children” magazines? It wasn’t just a fun activity, or a not so fun activity if you were unsuccessful. There was a reason for it! I now know that each of Brian’s eyes were seeing something different. That “dreamy” look he had when I looked at him now makes sense. How do you tell the difference in a 5 and a 3 when one eye places the right angle at one spot on the page and the other eye places it elsewhere? And, maybe it doesn’t place it in the same place the next Continue reading “SOI CFU: Filling in the Blanks”
Basic Reader is a complete reading program designed for elementary age students who are struggling with reading.
There are three major causes of reading difficulties: students do not have the necessary perceptual skills; students are not ready cognitively; or the teaching method does not match the students learning style.
Basic Reader addresses all of these causes and helps students read better in five easy steps:
- screen student for vision problems
- determine student’s learning style (figural, symbolic, or semantic)
- choose the best learning path for the student
- administer workbook and computer exercises tailored for the student
- reintroduce reading instruction
Basic Reader can be used with many different kinds of students: Continue reading “Helping Students Learn to Read”