What “Symptoms” Does Critical Thinking for Success Treat?

Critical Thinking for Success provides cognitive training, but what does that mean and how does it help people? In other words, what “symptoms” does it treat?

The cognitive skills that we help you develop are the building blocks for everything you do. They influence how well you do at work and school, how easily you form and manage relationships with others, how you manage your time, and more.

As a result, when these skills aren’t actively developed to their full potential, you may not fulfill your potential either. This can take many forms, so here is a brief list of different kinds of “symptoms” we target. The individual page for each one contains further details on the specific skills we work on to improve how you do in these target areas.

Are You Struggling With One of the Skills Below?

Can’t Focus

Do you often find your attention wandering? Do tasks take longer than they should because you keep getting distracted by other things? These common problems may seem like just a regular part of life, but in reality they’re weaknesses that hold you back and waste your time.

By working on the skills you use to break tasks up into manageable parts and maintain focus, we’ll teach you to stay on task and get your work done with time to spare.

Relevant Skills:

  • Field Discrimination
  • Analysis and Synthesis
  • Motor Integration
  • Tracking

Poor Comprehension and Awareness

Ideally, you’re sharp and aware—you understand what people mean immediately, you can keep track of everything that’s going on, and you easily sense changes and adapt to the situation at hand. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes you hone in too much on one thing and get tunnel vision, and sometimes you misunderstand the directions you’ve been given. That doesn’t have to be the way of things though.

We help you develop the cognitive skills necessary for improving your awareness and comprehension, so people will notice how competent and capable you are.

Relevant Skills:

  • Shape Recognition
  • Direction and Orientation
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Field Discrimination
  • Abstract Sequencing
  • Concrete Sequencing
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Short-Term Memory
  • Tracking

Emotional, Low Self-Esteem

Maybe you think that there are two types of people in the world—those who run on logic and those who run on emotions—and that you’re the latter. This idea is seen everywhere in our society, and you may have lead yourself to believe that you’re just an emotional or unstable person. One form this might take is if you have low self-esteem, and feel negatively about yourself in ways that don’t accurately reflect reality. You aren’t powerless to overcome this, though.

By working on the cognitive skills that affect how you process information and emotions, you can take control of your feelings rather than letting them control you.

Relevant Skills:

  • Shape Recognition
  • Direction and Orientation
  • Classification and Categorization
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Motor Integration

Bad Memory

Are you a forgetful person? All sorts of things might slip your mind: deadlines, errands, anniversaries and birthdays, the material you learned for that exam, etc. Altogether, a poor memory can have a huge impact on many areas of your life. However, a memory is something that can be trained through mental workouts, just the way your body develops muscle memory if you train it.

Critical Thinking for Success will coach you in the cognitive skills that help you process information more efficiently by breaking it up into manageable pieces and familiar patterns. With time, both your short-term memory and long-term memory will improve, and you won’t forget those important tasks and dates anymore.

Relevant Skills:

  • Classification and Categorization
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Short-Term Memory
  • Tracking

Disorganized

Disorganization can take two forms: you can have a messy and disorganized room, car, house, or office, or you can be sloppy and disorganized in the way you approach projects. More often than not though, these overlap and both are the result of a disorganized mind.

With training, you can hone your ability to manage your work, your possessions, and your time more efficiently. The more you train the relevant cognitive skills, the more capable you’ll be at planning and organization.

Relevant Skills:

  • Classification and Categorization
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Field Discrimination
  • Analysis and Synthesis
  • Motor Integration
  • Abstract Sequencing
  • Concrete Sequencing

Reading and Math Trouble

Many students love reading but struggle with math, or are good at math but hate reading, and fool themselves into thinking they’re just that type of person and that’s the way it is. Other students think both subjects are too difficult and they just aren’t cut out to be good students, let alone exceptional ones. None of them have it right, though—the truth is that the path to making academic subjects come more naturally is to work on the cognitive skills that form their foundations.

Core cognitive skills like classification, pattern recognition, and abstract and concrete logic are the building blocks for more complex mental operations. Reading and doing math without them is like trying to play soccer before you’ve learned to walk. We’ll help you build them up and take charge of your education.

Relevant Skills:

  • Shape Recognition
  • Classification and Categorization
  • Analysis and Synthesis
  • Motor Integration
  • Abstract Sequencing
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Short-Term Memory
  • Tracking

Overwhelmed and Confused

People who are often overwhelmed or easily confused tend to get written off as ditsy or incompetent, but we know that’s not the case. You simply haven’t learned good strategies for efficiently processing streams of complex information.

By training up the skills that help you break tasks up into manageable parts, see patterns that make things easier to understand, and form a step-by-step plan of attack, we’ll help you combat those feelings of confusion that hold you back from getting things done.

Relevant Skills:

  • Direction and Orientation
  • Classification and Categorization
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Analysis and Synthesis
  • Motor Integration
  • Concrete Sequencing
  • Pattern Recognition

Social Awkwardness

People are complicated. They have complex thoughts and feelings which they express in many complex ways. As a result, for many of us, navigating social situations and understanding others isn’t always easy. You may find it hard to gauge social relations, and you might worry about not saying the right thing.

Navigating relationships is like navigating any other problem, though, and you can build up skills and strategies that help you be comfortable in social settings and be successful in engaging with others. Building up particular cognitive skills will help you identify social cues, judge social proximity, and communicate more effectively, making it easier to interact with others in both your personal life and your professional life.

Relevant Skills:

  • Shape Recognition
  • Direction and Orientation
  • Pattern Recognition