What programs are offered by the Active Learning Center?

Academic Success Program with GPA management

Ineffective study habits, low academic aspiration, lack of academic skills, cognitive distraction, and disruptive behaviors are major factors that deter students from successfully following school curriculum and accurately understanding and performing given tasks. The Active Learning Center’s Academic Success program aims at utilizing the participating student’s study materials from his/her own school in order to assess and correct problematic behavioral and cognitive factors that keep the student from establishing good study habits.  This program also builds motivation in addition to improving their study aptitude.



Optimal Language Acquisition Program with Standardized Tests (SAT, SSAT, PSAT, TOEFL, GRE, GED)

The SAT, a well known standardized test, was originally developed by an American psychologist at Princeton University named Carl Campbell   Brigham (1890-1943). He was a chairman of the College Board which still oversees the test.  Dr. Brigham and other early pioneers of the   SAT developed the test to attempt to predict the academic success and college adjustment of a given student.  Given the SAT has a basic assumption that the test taker is a native English speaker, it has been scientifically criticized as an inappropriate and even unfair test for students with other language and/or cultural backgrounds. However, the SAT or other standardized tests developed in English language environments has some positive functions because the scores give students an understanding of their current status of English language acquisition.  The utilization of the scores could help students to analyze their weakness. That is, to students from bi-lingual educational environment, these tests show the academic standards of American post-secondary educational system, allowing the students to realize their specific academic weaknesses. The Optimal Language Acquisition program guides students to acquire the English language, and to use it as a tool to develop thoughts, beliefs, and insights, and to ultimately broaden their scope, not just simply study English as a subject.


Reading, Make Sense! Program

The study of Math and Science requires complex, advanced levels of cognitive ability and skills, such as the verbal skills to understand basic concepts, terms, and formulas; the perceptual skills to recognize mathematical/scientific signs and symbols; and cognitive skills in concentration, abstract arithmetic reasoning etc. If students perform low because of their difficulty in skillfully using their cognitive abilities required in Math and Science, they need a new method of learning—besides the traditional text-based learning—suited to their ability and circumstance. However, since it is difficult to meet individual needs in the existing educational environment, there is a general tendency to rely on language, signs, memorization, and mastering exam questions. The ‘Cognitive’ Science and Math program aids student’s understanding and performance in math and science through recognizing each student’s strong cognitive ability and specific circumstances and thus restructuring their approach towards developing alternative complex cognitive skills required in the study of Math and Science.


‘Cognitive’ Science and Math Program

The study of Math and Science requires complex, advanced levels of cognitive ability and skills, such as the verbal skills to understand basic concepts, terms, and formulas; the perceptual skills to recognize mathematical/scientific signs and symbols; and cognitive skills in concentration, abstract arithmetic reasoning etc. If students perform low because of their difficulty in skillfully using their cognitive abilities required in Math and Science, they need a new method of learning—besides the traditional text-based learning—suited to their ability and circumstance. However, since it is difficult to meet individual needs in the existing educational environment, there is a general tendency to rely on language, signs, memorization, and mastering exam questions. The <em>’Cognitive'</em> Science and Math program aids student’s understanding and performance in math and science through recognizing each student’s strong cognitive ability and specific circumstances and thus restructuring their approach towards developing alternative complex cognitive skills required in the study of Math and Science.


Working Memory UP! Training Program

Working Memory refers to short-term memory which holds auditory linguistic information in one’s brain and allows the processing and reconstruction of the information in hand with previous knowledge. Being equipped with good working memory ability is crucial to be successful in most academic settings since most teaching is didactic and students rely on teachers’ spoken words.  Students with low working memory function experience difficulty in learning in general and efficiently acquiring and accumulating knowledge. The Working Memory UP program is designed for students with limited or low functioning Working Memory, to provide and train them with alternative strategies for enhanced memory so that they improve their learning ability as well as their academic confidence.



‘SOUL’ Writing Program for the Gifted

Recently, there have been concerns regarding the regression of the writing abilities of both English and Korean speaking students. Students, while focusing on grammatically perfect technical writing, are losing their ability to write with their own deep insights and philosophy. The SOUL writing program, apart from the current trend of technical and almost mechanical writing, aims at encouraging and helping students to become true writers who can deliver their thoughts, philosophy, and sentiments through writing and who can, through their written work, move others’ minds.