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Drawing while Listening

Allowing a student to draw or doodle while listening to the tutor can sometimes be a good way for the student to allow his brain to relax a little and absorb knowledge somewhat passively. Often students come to me as a tutor after school hours when they have already been actively learning all day in school. They may be tired or mentally exhausted. I sometimes allow them to draw if they tell me they will listen to me as I speak to them. I then proceed to supply them with drawing materials, rulers, markers, paper, colored pencils, or even paints. I frequently ask them questions as I am speaking to them about a subject and ask them to look at what I am demonstrating. With their mind more relaxed, knowledge may be able to creep in and they will remember it the next day in the classroom or on the next exam. At the end of the tutoring session, we mount the artwork of the student, and either place it on the wall of the tutoring area, or allow the student to take it home. Being allowed to draw or do artwork during tutoring is a privilege, and students appreciate it. Many students don't get a real opportunity to do or learn artwork during the school day with a heavy emphasis on academic work, so it seems like a real treat to them. The artwork can relate to geometry by drawing, say, a pentagon house. Or it can relate to history by drawing a historical figure, maybe from a picture in their textbook. Or it can relate to science by drawing a picture from their science textbook. It can even relate to penmanship by practicing ovals or slants.