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Educational School Holiday Camp Tackles Student Learning Difficulties by Sharing What the Schools Don’t Teach


VICTORIA, Australia November, 2012 – There is plenty of research on the subject of learning and the methods that can be used to accelerate learning or make learning easier, but the Australian government, along with most countries, are still sticking to traditional methods and leaving many kids behind.

“Most schools teach in a linear and predominantly auditory manner and yet, only about 18 per cent of children learn this way, so many kids are not well-served by the current system,” says psychologist and family therapist Heather Yelland. “Many children become frustrated with the classroom, with the teachers and with not being able to learn, so they begin to behave inappropriately.”

Heather Yelland doesn’t predict a large-scale educational reform happening any time soon, so she established the world renowned SuperCamp®  in Australia for the first time to ‘fill the gap’ and demonstrate what is possible if education is delivered in the right environment and context.

Heather and her team achieved in 6 months what many have tried and failed to do for the last 32 years - they held the first ever Australian SuperCamp®, the number one academic school holiday  program in the world, in April 2012 and will be hosting a Junior SuperCamp® for children between the ages of 11 and 14 in September 2012.  

The educational school holiday camp helps students to understand whether they are visual, auditory on kinaesthetic learners and then teaches them the best strategies and study tips to use to improve their learning ability based on their natural learning style.

All of the graduates at the Senior SuperCamp® in increased their skills in all areas measured, including communication skills, confidence and academic skills. The students were taught academic strategies based on the Quantum Learning® framework, which led to an average 55% increase in academic skills. The mean increase in reading speed was 130% with no loss of comprehension.

The Quantum Reading skills alone made a significant difference to how Sarah, aged 15, saw herself. Mainstream education had given up on Sarah. She was assumed to have a ‘learning difficulty’, wasn’t receiving the tailored support she needed and was being left behind.

When Sarah, who is in Year 9, began SuperCamp® she was reading at a speed of 159 words per minute, but by graduation Sarah could read 665 words per minute without any loss of comprehension. Sarah may have cut her study time by more than half but the biggest success in this story is that she has now started to believe in herself in a whole new way.

“I use a lot of the reading and writing skills we learnt,” Sarah says. “SuperCamp® was amazing and it has changed my life…I’m more open to everyone, so much more confident and I have found the real me.”

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