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Can you increase your IQ?


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Joined: Nov 03, 2005
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Posted Jan 14, 2005 at 2:17:37 PM
Subject: Can you increase your IQ?

Oh right here we go, I am underachieving in all basic academic skills and I want to take some basic adult education courses to improve the following underachieving deficits - Reading decoding, reading comprehension, written expression, math computation, and math reasoning. If I can make improvments in those areas and develope basic educational skills my belief is that I will be more confident and more likely be able too colp with the adult world.

But my hang up is that many experts say that your iq can't increase with your age, is there any truth to this?

Teachers, College Instructors, and anyone with an answer please offer me your advice ASAP!

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victoria
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Posted:Jan 14, 2005 4:06:44 PM

IQ scores can increase, especially on written tests. If you have a reading decoding problem, that will lower your score on a reading/writing test. In this case, the IQ score may not represent your actual ability.

In your case I would work hard on the reading-decoding issue and the parallel writing-encoding. Many of the other skills often follow from this.

You need an in-person tutor to do this right. Where are you, and do you know any resources there?

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Anonymous
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Posted:Jan 14, 2005 5:14:54 PM

Right now I'm not enrolled at any institution, I hope to be enrolled full time at a Community College in the fall. This will be my final adventure in acadamia (this board should have a spell checker) I have been going off and on to college for the better part of 6 years now. I took an evaluation about a year ago and all of the problems that I have already stated are there and they are real!

Right out of highschool I was attending a CC in Ny state, I was able to pass the first two english courses with C averages. Looking back I kind of feel that I shouldn't of passed at all, because as you can see my grammar and puncuation is less than perfect. A few years later I enrolled at a private fundamentalist university (won't disclose the name) and was required to take a basic english course at the university level. This covered everything from grammar school on up, it was hell for me. So I dropped out of there and took my time in researching a CC from the Perterson's guide. I think I've found a good one that has an established reputation for helping LD students, atleast I hope so.


What is an inperson tutor? andif you don't mind please explain exactly what my reading decoding and paralell writing encoding issues are.

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victoria
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Posted:Jan 14, 2005 7:38:46 PM

An in-person tutor is someone who will meet and work over time with you face-to-face, not just give you books and homework or send stuff by mail or over the internet.

Reading - decoding is learning to sound out unfamiliar words from the patterns of the letters, and to do this quickly and accurately. Spelling - encoding is the opposite, learning to use the patterns of letters to write words even if you haven't spent hours memorizing them.
If you are weak in these skills, you will always be having trouble with new reading, no matter where, college or university or work.

You need to find a tutor who will actively teach you these skills. Avoid using only coping skills (like avoiding reading by using tapes or voice recognition) because your goal is to get better and you need practice.

When you get to college, you can see what kind of tutoring they have. Before that, you can look in your area for tutoring centers and/or private tutors. it costs money but it's worth it.

I'm in Quebec, just north of the NY state border. Are you still in NY?

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Anonymous
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Posted:Jan 17, 2005 11:37:37 AM
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I live in upstate Ny, Quebec would be about 8 hours away from where I live. Maybe if you have about 1600 frequent flyer miles you can waste, you can fly down and tutor me :?

Thanks for the advice.

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Sue
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Posted:Jan 17, 2005 12:20:16 PM

IQ can certainly be raised, even in adults. Using the brain does it good, period :-)

Sue J, webmastress www.resourceroom.net

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