Paul Osborne

Paul began tutoring in 1990, when he was hired as a counselor and calculus tutor for the STEP program at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Drawn to students whose needs did not seem to be met by traditional educators, Paul began to focus his efforts on supporting students with learning disabilities and focusing trouble, accelerated and advanced placement students, and students who, quite simply, were difficult to teach. After a decade of firsthand research and experience, Paul became fascinated with the connection between academic learning and cognitive abilities. His findings, compiled while attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education, became the basis for the Logical Learning System™.

The Logical Learning System™
Developed over several years and compiled by Paul while attending the Harvard Graduate School of Education, The Logical Learning System™ has its foundations in the recognition that academics are most valuable as a tool for helping students to develop practically useful cognitive abilities, including problem solving, understanding, memory, and communication. When students learn to harness these cognitive abilities, they can improve their comprehension of class material and apply this knowledge to their professional and social lives.

Math as a Second Language
Paul is also the creator of MSL math, a system that helps students to better process and relate to mathematical expressions. Too often, students think of math as telling them to do something, whether it is add, subtract, or find the square root of a number. When students learn to see math as descriptive, pointing out relationships between quantities and expressions, then they finally understand the problem, as well as the rationale behind the solution.

Selected Publications & Creations

  • The Guide to Assistive Technologies for Those with Reading Difficulties, Harvard Graduate School of Education's Office of Disability Services
  • Easy SAT Prep, Future Stars Academic Counseling
  • Math as a Second Language
  • Mind, Brain and Education Compendium