College demands are high and failure is expensive
- One in every four students will drop out of college before completing their second year.
- Those who participate in student loan programs must repay loans in full regardless of whether or not they complete college.
- Students who fail out of college or their vocational technical studies face a future with fewer choices and career opportunities.
The change in scholastic demands from high school to college is a dramatic one. Your student may have earned great grades in high school with only moderate effort. In college or tech school, he/she will need to plan on greater amounts of reading and spending longer hours studying than ever before.
Many students have mild visual performance problems that cause them significant effort meeting this increased demand. It can make the student appear to be academically underprepared when in reality it is a physical problem causing the difficulty.
College level reading demands are exponentially greater than the demands in high school.
Note that not one of the visual problems listed below as a factor in slow reading is blurry vision!
- Word-by-word reading - not seeing groups of words together.
- Poor eye movement control - inaccuracy in tracking across a page, losing place, etc.
- Repetition - unnecessary or unconscious re-reading of material.
- Comprehension or test anxiety - causing a student to intentionally read more slowly.
- Slow reading habits - in which a student can’t read faster because they always read slowly.
- Poor determination of what is important and what is not.
- Excessive memorization rather than remembering selectively.
Highline Center for Vision Performance Can Help!
Preparing for college by studying for and taking the four-hour college entrance examinations (ACT or SAT) is a visually demanding task. We can help your student be more successful in this endeavor and offer free Vision & Learning Screenings for college bound students.
Often, slow reading is related to performance based visual problems. These difficulties are not typically diagnosed in routine eye examinations where eye health problems and refractive errors (need for glasses) are checked. Note that not one of the things listed above as a factor in slow reading is blurry vision!
“I have been able to take tests faster and get better scores than I had before vision therapy. Before, I was reading at a first grade level with 60% comprehension, after VT I was reading at a college level with 80% comprehension. I trust that VT is one of the best things I have done because it moves me forward in school and gets me closer to my academic goals to go to college.” — Jay, High School Sophomore
Save expense and heartache
Even high achieving students can have visual skills deficiencies. These students have devoted extra time and effort on homework while in high school in order to succeed. Struggling students may be working even harder to maintain average grades however, college and vo-tech training will demand more work in less time. Our visual training programs can make learning more efficient and give more stamina to the task of learning to ensure academic success with less effort!
Highline Center for Vision Performance offers a complimentary performance based screening which includes a specific test for faulty eye movements.
When problems are discovered, we offer a customized training program that addresses specific visual skills deficiencies. We have time to make this happen before your student begins testing or heads off for college.