All students are unique learners who have an individual combination of strengths and challenges. It is very common for some students to find it difficult to focus their attention in distracting environments.
Lydian Academy’s individualized, one-to-one learning environment helps students with attention challenges to focus on and fully engage with a single instructor who can tailor their approach to the way their students learn best. Our private middle and high school programs were developed specifically to help students who are not thriving in other educational settings.
Many Students Face Attention Challenges
Many middle and high school students are identified as facing greater than average attention challenges. They might be classified as ADD or ADHD, which are terms that describe a group of traits that often occur together.
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affect at least 9.4% of children in the United States. As many as 3.3 million children between the ages of 12 and 17 may have been diagnosed with ADHD. If your child is facing attention challenges, they are certainly not alone in this, and may benefit from a one-on-one learning environment.
In general, a student with attention challenges may:
Seem inattentive in class and have difficulty staying on task
Find it difficult to sit still for long periods of time without feeling restless and fidgety
Seem to make impulsive decisions based on short-term rewards
Of course, all of us face these challenges to some degree, and in some situations. Educators and mental health professionals will typically categorize a child as having an attention disorder when these behaviors occur more often than average, seem more severe, or interfere in a child’s ability to perform well in school and social environments.
More important than statistics and labels is the way these challenges can change how a student feels about learning. Young people who struggle in a large classroom environment may wind up feeling frustrated and disconnected, and begin to doubt their own abilities. Providing a personalized learning environment will help empower these students to achieve academic and personal success.
One-to-One Classes Provide Focused Attention
One of the best ways to deal with challenges of attention is to engage with the student in a focused manner. One-to-one instruction provides the ideal environment for these unique learners to fully engage with the subject in a more active and creative manner.
Some of the possibilities when the coursework is tailored to the unique needs and interests of the student include:
Segmenting lessons and assignments into shorter, more focused work sessions
Scheduling flexibility to take advantage of each students optimal learning times
Audio, visual, and tactile learning tools that fully engage the student’s senses
Tracking clear expectations, progress, and successful completion of projects
Testing in shorter intervals, on more specific material, in more engaging formats
The Benefits of One-on-One Education at Lydian Academy
Full-time and part-time students at Lydian Academy all take advantage of individualized coursework and one-student, one-teacher classrooms. Sparking a student’s interest and encouraging full engagement in the educational experience is a goal for each and every learner at Lydian. Compassionate and experienced instructors who can focus on each student as a unique individual may be the best way to reconnect with learning.
Lydian Academy has a rolling enrollment system that allows students to start the school year whenever they wish. Our private school for grades 6-12 features virtual learning anywhere, and in-person learning at our local campuses in Burlingame, CA and Menlo Park, CA.
At Lydian, we value all neurodiverse learners, including students who experience challenges related to inattentiveness. We value all neurodiverse learners, including students who experience challenges related to inattentiveness. Lydian’s one-on-one setting enables all students to become engaged in their lessons and therefore encouraged to flourish.
Lydian teachers help students who have trouble staying focused by taking an approach that places the individual student’s strengths at the front and center of the class. Lydian educators then use those strengths to tailor their lessons accordingly. This enables students to be active in their learning and invested in their education.