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The Benefits of Tutoring from Optiminds

July 16, 2015

tutoring1Often it is enough for most students to do well in school with a helpful teacher and an active parent at home. But sometimes, children can benefit from the one-on-one attention that comes from tutoring.

Here are some instances when individualized teaching can be a productive addition to a child’s studies:

  • your child’s grades and/or test scores seem to be gradually declining
  • your child has increased studies and busy family schedules
  • your child is having difficulty with a specific subject
  • your child consistently puts off projects and postpones homework

Your child could be experiencing anything from anxiety, to time management issues to a learning disability.

It may be time to look into an Optiminds tutoring program to help your student sharpen their brain this summer. Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping students of all ages improve study, reading, math and cognitive skills. Our customized brain fitness programs take brain performance to new levels by strengthening nerve cells and improving cognitive power and concentration.

Our professionals are trained to identify learning disabilities—such as ADHD, dyslexia, or a visual processing problem—and to deal with issues such as anxiety, impulsivity, distraction and stress. Our programs are designed to improve organization and problem-solving skills, memory, judgment, language and auditory and visual concentration.

Here are just a few of the many benefits of enlisting an Optiminds tutor:

  • Tutoring can help your child to improve study habits, cultivate self-motivation, and keep pace with upcoming assignments and tests
  • A tutor can help your child comprehend each subject at the current level to ensure grade advancement
  • When tutoring is successful, a child will become self-assured and have newfound confidence, which may lead to participation in the classroom
  • A specialized tutor can present information in a way that’s easier for a child with a learning disability to understand, which can then make school less difficult and more enjoyable

To learn more about our Optiminds’ tutoring programs, give us a call today at (248) 496-0150 and be sure to visit our website at:

Exercise May Be Prescription for ADHD

May 23, 2015

exercise1Physical activity is clearly a high, high-yield investment for all kids, but research shows that it may be especially so in children who have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Researchers at Michigan State University have found that a 12-week exercise program improved math and reading test scores in all kids, but especially in those with signs of ADHD. In another study in the Journal of Attention Disorders, researchers found that just 26 minutes of daily physical activity for eight weeks significantly allayed ADHD symptoms in grade-school kids.

The improvements came in executive control, which consists of inhibition (resisting distraction, maintaining focus), working memory, and cognitive flexibility (switching between tasks). Executive functioning is impaired in ADHD, and tied to performance in math and reading.

These findings help support the belief that physical activity may be an effective intervention for ADHD in combination with common existing treatment strategies for ADHD such as amphetamines and other stimulants.
John Ratey, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard, suggests that people think of exercise as medication for ADHD. Even very light physical activity improves mood and cognitive performance by triggering the brain to release dopamine and serotonin, similar to the way that stimulant medications like Adderall do.

Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping students of all ages improve study, reading, math and cognitive skills, including memory. We also have customized programs for students with ADHD and learning disabilities. Learn more about us by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or by visiting us at:

Optiminds Offers Customized Tutoring Programs

February 23, 2015

BoyManTutor3Optiminds specializes in customized tutoring programs for students of all ages. Based on a student’s unique requirements, these programs include brain fitness exercises designed to help improve cognitive skills and concentration.

If your child has a learning disability or needs to improve math or reading abilities—and even if he or she is getting good grades—tutoring can provide a powerful supplement to a child’s education.

If your child is struggling in school or has a learning disability, tutoring can help your student with their homework and with test preparation. A little extra one-on-one attention from the right tutor might be just the thing your child needs to learn or relearn important foundational material, or to reignite a spark for learning if your child is less than motivated.

While the obvious reason for seeking a tutor for your child is to help improve grades, tutoring can also help your child develop more effective study habits, including organization, creating a productive study space at home and using time effectively. Even if your child is doing well in school, tutoring can help him or her move ahead to more challenging material outside of the school’s curricula.

Sometimes children resist a parent’s well intentioned efforts to tutor them. With a tutor, the student gets an outsider’s perspective on material, which may be easier for the student to accept. Also, because most tutoring takes place outside of the classroom, it provides a less threatening environment that is more conducive to learning. For example, students who are quiet in the classroom are more likely to ask questions when working one-on-one with a tutor.

A good tutoring program grows with the student. Some children will need occasional tutoring after their grades improve and others may need extra help throughout their school career.

In addition to tutoring, Optiminds offers parent coaching and parenting programs designed to instruct parents on how to handle their child’s behavioral or educational issues. Giving parents the tools they need to make positive strides in their relationships as well as tools to steer their child in positive directions.

To learn more about Optiminds and our tutoring and parenting programs, call us today at (248) 496-0150 or visit us at:

Link Between ADHD and Dyslexia

June 9, 2014

learningdisability3As many as one in four children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) also have dyslexia. And
between 15 and 40 percent of children with dyslexia have ADHD. With this in mind, it is important for parents to look at the whole picture when assessing your child’s performance.

Experts have found that similar areas of the brain are involved in both disorders—areas that lead to problems with executive function, memory, and processing symbols quickly. What’s different is how these disorders play out—dyslexic children have difficulty with reading and writing, while ADHD involves issues with behavior.

identify a learner’s strengths and developing strategies that compensate for weaknesses, we can design a learning program that focuses on:

Children with ADHD and dyslexia usually have normal to high intelligence and high creativity, but are frustrated academically. They tend to process information differently—relying more on auditory and tactile approaches—than other children.

If your child has either or both of these disorders, they may benefit from after-school tutoring. Optiminds can help you determine if your child has ADHD or dyslexia and design a customized program based on their strengths and weaknesses.

Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. We also have specialists in college counseling and athletic college prep counseling on our staff. Learn more about us by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or by visiting us at:

Give the Gift of an Optiminds Program

December 9, 2013

Optimindsnotag3With the holidays just around the corner, most of us are wracking our brains to come up with gift ideas for our loved ones. Speaking of brains, you might want to consider gifting your child, spouse or parent with some brain training sessions at Optiminds.

Optiminds is a professional brain training and tutoring service headed by Jane Stewart, PhD. A brain development expert, Dr. Stewart has spent over 40 years helping people of all ages improve their cognitive and learning skills as a means to achieving their goals and success in life.

Optiminds offers something for everyone on your list—adolescents and teens, college students, adults and senior citizens. We will customize a course for sharpening specific cognitive skills, from memory and math and reading improvement to ACT and SAT test preparation. You’ll find brain fitness classes for baby boomers, programs geared to helping students qualify for college scholarships, and even a Cognitive Summer Camp. We also offer  life strategy programs, programs to facilitate home schooling and parent coaching, not to mention ADHD assessment and tutoring and working with Alzheimer’s patients.

Optiminds classes are held at our facility at 29688 Telegraph Rd. in Southfield. For more information on how we can customize a program for that special someone on your gift list, call us at (248) 496-0150 or email Dr. Stewart at: And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at:

Advice on Beating Back-to-School Anxiety

September 15, 2013

The transition into a new school year can be a time of excitement . . . and stress. Children and adults can become anxious, irritable or depressed by this major change.

We’d like to share some tips for all ages from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services:

Kindergarten through fifth grade students:

Talk about it—Talk with your elementary age children about their excitement, stressing benefits of getting back to school such as seeing their friends again and playing sports.

Give them some control—Be firm in telling your children that they do have to go to school, but give them control over some simple choices, such as buying or bringing their lunch, or riding the bus or riding their bike to school.

Teenage Students:

Keep the lines of communication open—Teens want you to listen to their back-to-school concerns without judging them. Do everything possible to keep the lines of communication open at this critical age.

Look for patterns—A wild new hairdo? No problem. Purple hair and scary new friends and a drop in grades? This may be cause for worry.

Adult Students:

Focus on your goals—Remind yourself why you are going back to school (better job, more money, etc.).

Remember that you’re not alone—Remind yourself that other “non-traditional students” have made it through this, and that it’s normal to be a little anxious or fearful.

If your child continues to be anxious, distracted, struggling at school or exhibiting poor behavior, Dr. Jane Stewart and the Optiminds staff may be able to help. We will consult with you and your child to evaluate and identify problem areas or learning disorders that may be the source of the problem. We’ll design a customized program for improving your student’s cognitive skills, concentration, reading and other areas we have identified.

Dr. Stewart realizes that often parents need help too.  Optiminds offers parent coaching and parenting programs designed to instruct parents on how to handle their child’s behavioral or educational issues.  Giving parents the tools they need to make positive strides in their relationships as well as tools to steer their child in positive directions.

Call us today at (248) 496-0150 for an Initial Consultation or email Dr. Stewart at: Learn more about Optiminds’ customized tutoring programs by visiting the Optiminds website at:

Tutoring for Children with Learning Disabilities

July 15, 2013

learndisability1If your child has learning disabilities or Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), they could benefit greatly from the one-on-one attention provided by a qualified tutor. Working in concert with parents and teachers, a tutor can help your child by reinforcing specific subject matter, helping with homework, suggesting improvements in organization and other study skills, and serving to bolster your child’s self-confidence.

A recommendation that your child might profit from working with a tutor often comes from a teacher or a school’s learning specialist or guidance counselor. But as a parent, you are the one who has the deepest insight into your child’s needs and may see the need for tutoring before the school does.

You may want to investigate tutoring for your child if you answer “yes” to one or more of the following questions:

  • Is there a particular subject or type of assignment that almost always gives my child trouble?
  • Does my child have difficulty studying effectively for tests?
  • Does my child have trouble with “executive skills” such as organizing, planning, or seeing a project through to completion?
  • Is my child unhappy or anxious about schoolwork?
  • Is completing homework a recurring battle in my family?
  • Has my child’s teacher (or guidance counselor or learning specialist) suggested tutoring?

Tutoring should not be solely about getting better grades. A tutor can also help your child improve skills and develop more effective ways to study and get their homework done. Your child’s progress depends on many things: the number of sessions, a tutor’s strategies, your child’s cooperation and mood, the assistance of teachers, and the help and support you provide as a parent.

Dr. Jane Stewart at Optiminds has earned a reputation for helping to improve the study, reading, math and cognitive skills of students of all ages. Learn more about Optiminds’ customized tutoring programs by calling Dr. Stewart today at (248) 496-0150 or email her at: And be sure to visit the Optiminds website at:

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