(Part one of a two-part series.)
Mindprint is now available from A+ Test Prep and Tutoring!
Do you ever wonder why Evan’s tests don’t reflect what he knows? Why is Autumn so motivated in math but so reluctant to do her nightly reading? You can find out why. Mindprint will provide insight into how your child navigates his or her academic environment, which will ultimately help develop her abilities to their full potential.
Mindprint Learning, LLC is the brainchild of Harvard grad Nancy Weinstein, co-founder and CEO. The Mindprint Assessment itself was developed by neuroscientists at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, in collaboration with the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH). Its main goal is to serve as a blueprint for more individualized instruction by offering insight into how a student learns. Mindprint empowers students and educators with the knowledge of which strategies will help students learn and work most efficiently.
Mindprint gives you a personalized portrait of your child’s cognitive strengths and challenges. Cognitive skills are the underlying skills that drive all academic learning. They tell us how a student reasons, remembers, processes, and focuses. This information can guide your family’s educational and organizational decisions to support your child’s academic success.
The keystone of Mindprint is the Learner Profile: an in-depth, individualized analysis that provides insight across four domains of learning and ten cognitive skills.
Domains of learning ideally complement each other. The domain of memory, for example, is integral to the domain of complex reasoning. A student may understand perfectly how to apply the mathematical formula to find the area of a circle. However, if she cannot remember the formula, her comprehension of it is moot.
Cognitive skill categories function as subsets of learning domains. For example, the domain of complex reasoning includes verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, and spatial perception. Josh has good verbal reasoning; he understands what he reads and develops well thought-out essays. Carrie has good abstract reasoning skills; she grasps new mathematical concepts and can connect those to what she already has learned.
In addition to the Learner Profile, Mindprint assembles a customized Personalized Learning Plan and online “Toolbox” for each student. The plans and toolbox work together. In the words of its developers, the system functions as a “road map” for your student’s future progress. In fact, parents and students are offered a wealth of resources tailored to the student’s individual academic needs.
What is the benefit of using Mindprint? Stated clearly by the organization, it is to ensure that your child is “more efficient and productive in school and learning in general.”
If you are interested in finding out how Mindprint can boost your student’s academic career, please call us. We are happy to meet with you to answer questions and discuss your individual plans and goals.
(Part two of this series will detail how A+ will be incorporating Mindprint’s expertise into our test preparation curriculum.)
At A+ Test Prep and Tutoring, our focus is always on you. Our practices are based on the latest developments in educational theory and research. We have an excellent team of tutors who can help you with standardized testing, executive functioning, or achievement in any other school subject. If you would like more information, our Client Service Directors Anne Stanley and Susan Ware are available to answer questions and provide solutions. You may reach either of them by calling A+ Test Prep and Tutoring at 215-886-9188.