Cognitive skills are not the same as the subjects taught in a classroom; those are academic skills, which consist of knowledge about different subjects. Cognitive skills are the mental capabilities you need to successfully learn academic subjects. Underlying cognitive skills must function well for you to efficiently and easily read, think, prioritise, understand, plan, remember, and solve problems.
Each of your cognitive skills plays an important part in processing new information. That means if even one of these skills is weak, no matter what kind of information is coming your way, grasping, retaining, or using that information is impacted. In fact, most learning struggles are caused by one or more weak cognitive skills.
Below is a brief description of each cognitive skill targeted by our training programs, as well as struggles you may be experiencing if that skill is weak: