According to K. Anders Ericsson, a psychologist and scientific researcher from Florida State University, people become experts in a subject by deliberate practice not natural “born” talent.
When practicing a skill, it’s easy to go into autopilot and glide through information without retaining it. This is why deliberate practice is so important– but how do you know if your child is practicing deliberately?
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, a book that Ericsson co-authored, gives us a checklist for deciding if a student’s intervention program is providing science-backed practice:
When this kind of deliberate practice is provided, students improve rapidly! Students who work with Lexercise make at least a year of reading gains in the first 8 weeks, guaranteed. Part of why Lexercise is so successful is the incorporation of daily deliberate practice. Use the checklist above to make sure your child is reinforcing their learning efficiently and effectively. All forms of practice don’t always make perfect!
Taylor is a senior studying communication at NC State University. As the Blog and PR intern for lexercise she utilizes her passion for writing to help inform parents of struggling readers, writers and spellers. She feels a connection to Lexercise through her love for children and their well-being.