The Stakes Have Never Been Higher…

  • Are gaps in learning limiting college or career opportunities for a student or employee you know?
  • While learners often know something is wrong, often they cannot identify the root issue causing them to struggle.
  • PEARL analyzes how students receive, retain and express information to achieve learning goals

Secondary, College & Adult Learners

Adult learners in school and at work are expected to…

  • Learn independently and quickly by reading, writing, researching, studying, listening
  • Remember, analyze and use information to receive and express knowledge quickly
  • Identify and compare information to create relationships
    • Part/Whole, Location, Cause/Effect, Function, Member of a Group, Attributes, Synonym and Antonym
  • Categorize, organize, plan, reason and problem solve
  • Demonstrate their learning by reading complicated articles and texts; writing essays; listening to lectures; taking notes; completing long written tests; and writing endless research papers
  • Demonstrate their ability to perform in the workplace by communicating with staff and clients, developing presentations, reading and understanding a variety of information, writing short summaries to long proposals, learning new skills, etc.

Adult learners need assistance with…

  • Organizing, connecting and storing new information with prior knowledge
  • Using vocabulary in the learning process to develop long-term semantic memory
  • Developing a process for recalling and learning rather than memorizing
  • Extracting keywords and concepts from lectures, meetings, or videos
  • Understanding questions and projects to create, monitor, and achieve goals
  • Planning oral and written responses that answer the entire question
  • Reading with a plan to use the information to solve problems.
  • Listens intently; cannot remember what was said after class or meeting ends.
  • Responds verbally to questions; cannot write the same information.
  • Uses many words to express a quick thought.
  • Reads the textbook, a proposal or an interesting article; cannot summarize information verbally or in writing.
  • Remembers a detail from the reading; cannot identify the main idea or summarize.
  • Understands information read aloud or watched on a video; cannot understand information read silently.
  • Passes multiple choice tests; fails short-answer and essay assignments.
  • Writes an outline of ideas; cannot write an essay.
  • Dictates a list of notes; cannot write a presentation or proposal.
  • Studies all the time; scores Cs or lower on tests.
  • Resists reading at all times, relies on watching videos and frustrates when they cannot express their understanding.
  • Resists writing at all times, relies on writing center or assistant “to flesh out the details” of their thoughts.
  • Students and employees frustrate when they “learn” information but cannot “remember”.
  • Learning:  the process to gain new knowledge and skills
  • Memory:  the process to retain and access knowledge and skills.

Working, Long-Term and Semantic Memory are part of each phase of learning

  1. Working Memory:  Accepts, holds, and rehearses visual or language information
  2. Long Term Memory:  Network to connect and store information
  3. Semantic Memory:  Meaning of words and concepts 

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