Lake Jones was not just an ordinary 8th grader. Highly gifted, Lake was able to comprehend advanced concepts and think creatively. Though many would think academics would come natural to him, he struggled to write legibly, spell accurately, and read fluently. He had difficulty focusing and transcribing his complex ideas onto paper.
In elementary, these issues were given a name, as Lake was diagnosed with ADHD, Dyslexia, and Dysgraphia, hindering his brilliance and making him feel like a failure.
But Lake was not alone. We see this in many of our students: inherent potential overshadowed by learning challenges.
Lake’s mom brought him in to La Jolla LearningWorks in 8th grade. He worked one-on-one with our educators twice a week for 1.5-hour sessions year-round, including summers, through his senior year in high school. He learned strategies to overcome his weaknesses, and his school restructured his curriculum to classes he could excel in. He also had weekly check-ins on his online grades and assignments. Eventually, he came to monitor his grades and record his assignments in his planner on his own, a great step when focus organization was not one of his strong suits.
Over the years, Lake became empowered with knowledge about his learning style and came to appreciate his strengths along with his weaknesses. Lake is now a freshman at the University of California, Davis, where he majors in chemistry. Most importantly, he feels accomplished and proud of his strengths, and sees learning as a positive and fulfilling part of his life.
At La Jolla LearningWorks, we know that empowering students to appreciate their strengths works. With one-on-one programs tailored to fit students’ individual needs, contact us today to see how we can help your child we help all of our students to see their unique potential.