Workshops and Resources

Contact me if interested in workshops.

These workshops integrate academic skills, organizational systems and technology tools for academic achievement.

“I already Studied!”
Strategies that help students learn and retain information as they read & hear it.

For many students, learning new information and trying to review for tests or assignments is not as productive as it can be. Students often do not know how to study while they read or listen to lectures.

In this two-day class you will learn how to be an active learner. Don’t spend so many hours rereading your assignments and notes. Stop feeling so frustrated and let Lee and Erika show you:

  • How to create templates to take notes as you read textbooks, literature books, websites, and other print materials
  • How to take notes using a modified Cornell System with graphics
  • How to graphic mind-map the information – a system that enables you to organize and remember information effectively
  • How to use a free online tool to create flashcards and study questions, as well as keep track of your performance
651-470-1317
Email  lee@leebakerconsulting.com 
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Take Note!
How to use LiveScribe SmartPen to never miss a word from lectures

LiveScribe SmartPen – a fabulous tool for students who have trouble keeping up with note-taking during lectures or who struggle with penmanship or spelling. In this two half-day workshop Erika and Lee will teach students the basic features of the LiveScribe SmartPen and different ways to use the pen to take lecture notes and review content. Many college students are reporting that this is one of the best study tools they have. It lets them record a full semester’s worth of lectures and makes them easy to review. 

Questions? Contact Lee
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Great Quotes

Read what famous people have said about their own educational experiences. I’ve collected some Great Quotes by famous people with dyslexia and other reading related learning disabilities, and ADHD. It’s a terrific reminder that our kids aren’t alone. In fact, they are in some really wonderful company!Read through the quotes with your child. Let them pick out a few quotes they like the best. Turn them into bookmarks, posters, mobiles. And send me your ideas for other fun ways to use these quotes.
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Book Recommendation:
How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

Paul  Tough states that kids might be better off if parents back off a bit. In his new book, Tough explains that parents invest money, time, and energy to position children for academic achievement in the ‘Rug Rat Race.’ From a very early age, parents are trying to help their kids succeed in life by expanding and strengthening their cognitive skills – the intelligence measured by IQ.

Tough believes that our kids would be better prepared for the challenges of life if, rather than focusing on facts, numbers, and vocabulary, parents nurtured young people’s non-cognitive skills. These are traits such as persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit, and self-confidence —“the crucial abilities to overcome setbacks and develop strength of character,” says Tough.

Protecting kids and sheltering them from emotional and psychological challenges is only denying them the opportunity to develop these vital qualities and give them the tools to achieve later in life. As Tough says, “Overcoming adversity is what produces character, and character, more than IQ, is what leads to real and lasting success.”My observation is that students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD who face challenges early in their academic experiences may benefit in the long run because of being forced to develop the inner fortitude to persevere in spite of frustrations, disappointments, or set-backs.

Movie Recommendation:
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia 

An award winning film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, The Big Picture is an educational presentation about the neurological issues of dyslexia and how many dyslexic people who struggle tremendously in a classroom go on to become some of the most outstanding leaders in their fields.“The film features Dylan, an intelligent, thoughtful, intellectually curious, and a ‘big picture’ thinker. But at the age of ten, he was barely able to read and write,” explains James Redford, Dylan’s dad and the film’s director.

“To say that school was difficult for him is beyond understatement. Now that he is grown and thriving, there are many things that I wish I had known about dyslexia at that time – things that would have helped me understand that his struggle in lower and middle school was not the final verdict on his academic or intellectual ability or ambition.”School is the cause of unending stress for a dyslexic student. But the great news is that there are so many technology tools to help students with dyslexia and other reading related learning disabilities.
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Here are two technologies recommended by The Yale Center for Dyslexia and Creativity:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition software that allows students to dictate papers so they can demonstrate their true knowledge.
  • LiveScribe SmartPen is a note-taking tool that records classroom discussions. By taking fewer notes, students can spend more time listening and learning.

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