Why choose to ask Empowering Learning practitioners to support your programme

Empowering Learning™ has trained hundreds of people in the simple skills of visual learning, that are not included in teacher training.

We have people trained throughout the UK, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, and individuals in Singapore, Zimbabwe, Switzerland, USA, New Zealand, Canada, Belgium.  The network of trained Practitioners is growing fast, as they integrate the skills into schools (through staff or through external interventions), after school tuition centres and coaching practices.

Olive Hickmott, the founder of Empowering Learning™, has published several YouTube videos to explain the approach and the reasons behind it.  We recommend you take a look at the series of 9 videos, each approx. 5 minutes long. Each one holds a magic key to assist your understanding of the challenges and how to overcome them.  Here is the link to the series.

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How it works:

The visual sense is the fastest system we have for learning.  We can absorb a lot of information simultaneously and quickly visually.  Most students who are presently struggling are highly visual, but are being taught using the slower senses – mainly phonics.  Most academic subjects are best learned visually.


This will speed up the whole learning process; it is easy to learn and then to teach.

Empowering Learning is focused on what people can do rather than what they can’t do.  Much focus regarding literacy issues is on phonological deficiencies.  Most systems use phonics encouraging sounding out and breaking down of words. This involves a lot of repetition and drilling which can becomes tedious, boring and a chore to practice.  Studies have shown that fluent readers read visually (rather than using phonics) by recognising the whole word – provided they have seen the word before and know how to pronounce it. They only use phonics when a new word, not previously seen, is being read. If phonics alone is used you will never become a fluent reader.  
Similarly, people who are good at maths naturally visualise numbers. 
We teach struggling visual learners how to use their naturally superior sense for learning and how to put it into practice in the best way.

Empowering Learning teaches people how to get into the best emotional state for learning.  How we feel affects what we do and how we learn.  Many students sit in a classroom or test in a state of anxiety with the feeling that they are ‘stupid’ or incapable of learning due to past negative experiences.  This negative emotional state is a barrier to learning.  By teaching students how to become calm and relaxed prior to learning they are more likely to succeed.

Families and colleagues are engaged whenever possible.  Having the right motivation to change is essential for any improvements to be made.  For many students this is not possible to achieve without the support of their families.  If a learning issue is prevalent amongst other family members, then showing whole families how they can all help each other provides the essential motivation.  Learning becomes fun as everyone can succeed quickly, homework time is less painful and there is more emphasis on the talent and creativity of the student.

Teachers who know how to teach visually can also understand how students learn visually and so incorporate a full multi-sensory learning experience.  Whilst it is well understood how to teach visually, most teacher training does not include how people learn visually.  This is vital in order to understand the difference between those who develop their natural learning skills automatically,  and those who need to be taught in order to achieve this.

People who learn visually have some very specific challenges with numeracy.  When your whole internal world is related to pictures, maths terms such as triangles, squares etc. are easy, but terms like ‘x’ and ‘y’ have no meaning.  Being told to add 2 apples to 3 apples can for some generate the answer of 5 apples, whilst 2a + 3a may be very confusing.  Once you learn the basic skills, you can go on to realising how visual learning can be a great asset to mathematics; indeed many people who struggle with literacy are very proficient in mathematics once they get over the initial hurdle. 

Take a look at the research

and accelerate your own catch-up programme