children

Why do children come to see Dr. Markus?

Their parents and teachers notice a discrepancy between their test taking ability and daily performance.

The children's program focuses on the process of learning, moving children from passive recipients of information to active generators of ideas. Dr. Markus's exercises teach new ways of processing information, which can be applied in school as well as every aspect of their lives.

Students gain better problem solving abilities and learn alternative strategies for decision making, as well as logical thinking and organizational skills. These skills all lead to better study habits, test-taking skills, and grades. The program helps provide insight and competence in difficult school subjects and helps students identify their analytical strengths and weaknesses. In addition, the successes they achieve in this program increase their self-esteem and confidence.

When parents recognize the following learning behaviors they contact Dr. Markus to enroll their child in her Learning How to Learn Program.

My child doesn't like school.

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  • My child cannot think or perform on their own.

  • My child isn't organized.

  • My child has trouble learning math.

  • My child has difficulty organizing their thoughts either verbally or in writing.

  • My child has low self-esteem.

  • My child hasn't learned how to learn.

  • My child have no intellectual curiosity.

  • My child can't do mental math.

  • My child doesn't speak up in class.

  • My child doesn't ask or answer questions in class.

  • My child is not motivated to learn.

  • My child doesn't like to read.

  • My child won't stop playing video games.

  • My child has horrible handwriting.

  • My child won't study.

  • My child doesn't perform well on tests.

 
 

adolescents

The adolescent's program focuses on the process of learning, moving adolescents from passive recipients of information to active generators of ideas. The exercises teach new ways of processing information, which can be applied in school as well as every aspect of their lives.

Students gain better problem solving abilities and alternative strategies for decision making, and they learn logical thinking and organizational skills. These skills all lead to better study habits, test-taking abilities, and grades. The program helps provide insight and competence in difficult school subjects and helps students identify their analytical strengths and weaknesses. In addition, the successes they achieve in this program increase their self-esteem and confidence.

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Individuals in this program work on basic exercises involving:

  • Comparisons/Contrasts

  • Analogies

  • Analytical perception (part/whole relationships)

  • Progressions

  • Functions

 
 

Aging Brain - Preserving Brain Power

Why do aging adults come to see Dr. Markus?

  • They feel "out of the loop" and want to maintain an interest in life and new things.

  • They want to learn the underlying skills they need to learn and use new technologies.

  • They have difficulty remembering new things.

  • They have trouble attending to details.

  • They want to regenerate their ability to take risks.

  • They have difficulty multitasking.

  • They have problems going from one task to the next.

  • They want to stimulate their visual perception.

Research has shown that like other muscles brain function is a use it or lose it proposition. The more aging adults challenge and use their minds, the more agile their brains remain. The aging adult program is designed to help older individuals improve their mental flexibility, problem solving and memory. Aging adults who have worked with Dr. Markus say that they concentrate better, have become better communicators, and feel more confident in their ability to handle their day-to-day lives.

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These are screenshots of a two Progressions Exercises:

 
 

Professionals

Professionals indicate they benefit from Designs for Strong Minds™. The recurring questions that professional ask themselves are:

  • How can I be better organized?

  • How can I work smarter not harder?

  • How can I maintain my competitive edge?

  • How do I delegate responsibilities?

  • How can I reduce stress?

  • How can I move from one activity to another without forget important details?

  • How can I communicate my ideas?

  • How do I change careers?

  • How do I learn a new skill?

  • How can I communicate my ideas?

  • How do I work better in a team?

  • How can I learn to embrace changes?

  • How can I manage with uncertainty?

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Many of the most successful professionals often feel like they're missing something. They feel as though they're stalled in their careers or that some missing piece of the puzzle would help them succeed even further. Most professionals play to their strengths, but Designs for Strong Minds™ helps them strengthen their weaknesses.