A learning disability becomes apparent when a person, mainly children, has difficulty acquiring the same knowledge as others in their age group. This can be while reading (dyslexia), writing (dysgraphia), and doing math’s (dyscalculia). Such children, or even adults, can benefit from having tutors for learning disabilities who have been trained to deal with these disabilities.
These tutors can teach students with learning disabilities to literally “learn how to learn.” so that they can hold their position among their peers. This requires direct instruction, a strategy for learning and instructing, and a simultaneous and sequential multi-disciplinary approach that is structured.
They can do this by breaking all learning into small steps and supplying regular feedback after constantly probing the student. Whatever is said in words must be augmented by pictures or diagrams. The student needs to have a lot of intensive practice, which itself must be well designed. Students must be asked to follow model instructions and must be engaged to use strategies that must constantly review.
Instruction must be heavily mediated to start with and allow the students to acquire the necessary skills to acquire instructions slowly. Tutors for learning disabilities must focus on individual achievement and progress in learning. Oral instruction works best with children who have difficulty reading. All feedback must always be immediate.
Children with learning disabilities will have poor memory of what they have heard, both in the short and the long term. This can give them a high frustration level and a low tolerance level. This, in turn, affects their esteem and makes them easily distracted. They are easily confused, cannot control emotions, or concentrate on tasks for long periods. All these can cause further problems, which the tutor must be aware of and use patience and understanding during the learning process.