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Ask Susan: When Do the Exercises Level Up?

Hello Susan

I bought a 3 month membership for my son. I have difficulty understanding why the reading, sequencing and grid pattern graphs are not moving at all, although he is doing the exercises.

Mona Lisa

Hi Mona Lisa

Each exercise has between 10 and 16 levels, and each exercise has its own metrics to determine the levels. Some exercises level up easily and quickly, such as the auditory exercises and Shapes Pattern. Some may take longer, and some quite long. Grid Pattern, for example, will only level up if the student was able to complete a pattern without an error. This exercise is quite challenging and taxing as it addresses many cognitive skills simultaneously, including working memory. 

One may improve on many of the exercises without actually leveling up. One might, for example, improve from 10 to 20 blocks on Sequence, but still make too many mistakes along the way to actually level up. If one would be leveled up while still making too many mistakes, the next level might become impossible to handle. The same is true of physical training — it might be impossible for an athlete to run any farther at the present time. However, he can still work on his speed — on getting to the finish line in a shorter space of time. So, for extra motivation, one can divide the levels into smaller steps: one can keep track of the number of blocks completed when doing Sequence and Blocks Pattern (which should increase), as well as the number of attempts when doing Grid Pattern (which should decrease).  

There are 144 reading and spelling lessons; you will only see your son leveling up after every 9 or so lessons have been completed. 

What matters is for the student to do their best during each session, as that is the most important determinant of success.



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Susan is an educational specialist in the field of learning problems and dyslexia and has a B.A. Honors in Psychology and B.D. degree from the University of Pretoria. Early in her professional career Susan was instrumental in training over 3,000 teachers and tutors, providing them with the foundational and practical understanding to facilitate cognitive development amongst children who struggle to read and write. With over 25 years of research to her name Susan conceptualized the Edublox teaching and learning methods that have helped thousands of children who were struggling academically to read, learn and achieve. In 2007, Susan opened the first Edublox reading and learning clinic and now there are 40 Edublox clinics internationally. Her proudest moments are when she sees a child who had severe learning difficulties come top of their class after one or two years at Edublox. Susan always takes time to collect the ‘hero’ stories of learners whose self-esteem is lifted as their marks improve.