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The education system, such a complex and convoluted series of practices and hierarchies, where does the student of the 21st century fit? Education now-a-days seems to have a greater goal of higher efficiency compared to student individuality in the class room. With a ballooning population, low teacher salaries, and out dated resources, we are in for a crisis situation in the coming decades with our current system. So many individuals I know that have entered the teaching field with the mind set that they are going to shake things up, and really start to perpetuate a difference, have more often than not been met with stark opposition and resistance. Something that people may find counter-intuitive at best. The education system isn't going to change overnight, that the beauty of incorporating a tutor into a student's life. This gives the student the individual one on one attention that a growing, curious mind deserves. I'm a scientist in my day to day life, holding a BS in Microbiology... read more

Everyone knows education is vital to learning. You learn facts. You become familiar with a process. You discover tricks and tips and mnemonics. You notice details. You explore possibilities. The flow of information from source to student can be like a river or like a trickle. Either way, this is all contained in the education part of learning. But this is only one-third of learning.   Where are the other two-thirds? Hidden inside the other two 'e's.   First was education. The second is edification. If your spirits are not uplifted, if you are sad or frustrated, if you are tired or bored, learning can't happen. No matter how many times you rinse and repeat, your brain does not absorb the information. The simplest form of edification is entertainment. When at a loss, I have been goofy for students, (yes, on purpose!) to get a laugh and to break the tension. Two of the highest forms of edification are positive reinforcement and affirmation. Hearing and... read more

Playing online word games - word jumbles, crossword puzzles and the like; Reading newspapers, magazines, journals and novels; Entering essay-writing contests is a great way to hone your writing skills; My all-time favorite passtime -- solving jigsaw puzzles; Downloading apps or playing video games on math or English skills; Scrabble is a great boardgame that draws on vocabulary reposits. In fact, just doing an internet search for "educational games" will produce a mind-boggling variety of results!

Education does not end with Summer break nor graduation.  Education is a long-term, life-long pursuit. The mind loves the stimulated with new and exciting subjects, or input!  Students and non-students alike must maintain their minds alert, through books, dialogue, and exchange of ideas.  We live in a hyper-culture, with too much emphasis on success=equals material possessions.  Although this may be a reality, success=mental growth, thought, reflection and great perspective on life and the Human Condition.   Never stop learning, Time spent on the beach, at the desert, the mountains on great vacations must be subsidized with time spent in books, new thought, picking apart what is, challenge your thought process to grow and create. Learning is a creative mind-set.   Development of the mind needs to be your highest priority.  

When parents think about the key factors for academic success, they often look at standard pillars of solid education: (1) a collection of good educators, (2) a wealth of solid academic resources, and (3) a diligent routine of practice and study. These components are certainly essential pieces of the puzzle, but they overlook the keystone underpinning that affects every aspect of learning: nutrition. ?Food provides our bodies with necessary nutrients to run smoothly and efficiently. It keeps our immune systems operational, our musculature robust, and our mental faculties sharp. Just like automobiles, our bodies function better when our fuel is of higher quality. If we want optimal performance, we need to be ingesting a steady stream of nutrient rich food. How can we expect our brains to be fully functional when we are feeding them subpar sustenance? ? ?The difficulty for us is that the marketplace is flooded with garbage. At every turn in the grocery store, we are... read more

I believe that students need to take a couple of weeks right after school is out and have fun! They have been cooped up, studying hard and walking that line of following rules and being told what and what not to do for quite a while.  They have been stressed with finals and trying to get every last good grade possible to ensure either passing to the next grade or upping their GPA's .  Summer continues to get shorter and shorter with schools starting now at the end of July, so let them be kids, have fun and relax.  Now this is not to say that maybe reading a book here and there or prepping for SAT's or other important tests should be totally forgotten but on a bit of a slower pace than in the regular school year. Getting on the internet and using educational resources and tools that make learning fun and not feel like school is a good way to keep their minds sharp also.  Traveling is one of the most educational experiences there is if possible over the summer... read more

     Under Harmer’s theory, affect, agency, achievement, attitude, and activities are all crucial aspects of motivation. To focus on improving affect positivity, teachers can try to minimize their time spent as controllers, introduce more colorful (and carefully chosen colors of) classroom decorations, and aim for more activities and class discussions on topics that the students find interesting independent of their language learning.        To improve motivation with activities, teachers should attempt to strike a balance between challenge and exhaustion. Very simple activities will not motivate the students, and will cause affect to decrease if used after students have proclaimed them to be “too easy” or if used frequently/repetitively.        To improve motivation via achievement, teachers must first determine what kind of achievement is important to their students. In some classrooms,... read more

What does Tutor Smart mean? It means that if students know that they are going to be struggling with their work in their classes, they always know to get a tutor ahead of time. Being tutor smart is the key to getting all of the help that is needed in order to achieve goals and accomplishments. Stu dents should want to be tutor smart because getting set up with a tutor ahead of time will result in better grades on assignments, a better understanding of what their assignments consist of, and what their teachers, and/or professors expect of their students. Tutor Smart also means that tutors always know how ot help when students ask for it, and it means that students should plan ahead if they know that they are starting to struggle with their work. This also goes for college students and adults who are taking classes for the first time, or if they are starting a new school semester. As a tutor, I know that students can do better in school if they just learn to get the help that... read more

My Favorite web sites and apps are web sites that I can view on the go, such as whiotv.com, facebook.com, and gmail.com. Other web sites that I like are mylifetime.com, wetv.com and more. Enough about that. What are my favorite web site resources? One of m y favorite site resources is biblegateway.com. This one is for people who study religion but it is also for people who already know about religion. Another resource site would be ask.com. The thing about ask.com is that I can type in a question in order to  do some research and the site would come up with great search results in order for me to find the best answer. Google.com is my all time favorite resource site because I can google anything I need to know and I can easily research the information I need, whether it is for students, or for myself. Sites I would recommend would be google.com, ask.com, and also bing.com, but the main site I would recommend is englishgrammar101.com. This is because kids who are in school,... read more

Willpower is unique to humanity. It is the keystone characteristic that is directly responsible for our technological advancement over the last several hundred thousand years. Willpower can be defined as the capacity to restrain our impulses and resist temptation in order to maximize our long-term success. It is the expulsion of energy to fight off innate survival based urges to exponentially increase future advantages and benefits. It is the driving force behind all civilizations, and it is what prods humankind forward to learn and grow. When we turn down a bite of cheesecake, step away from a mind numbing reality sitcom, or push off a nap to get some work done, the credit goes to willpower. It is this ghost like aura of control and discipline that we rely on to extend our existence and maximize our accomplishments. When we watch highly successful individuals exercise routinely, read voraciously, and work tirelessly, we are impressed with their ability to resist... read more

With the technological push drowning us with zillions of interactive make-life-easy options, people are loading up on technology like sugar during WWII! Kids have Wii's, iPads, smartphones, 4G connections, Kindles, and more. And that's at home! Many schools have joined Mission Technology in an effort to help children remain engaged in the classroom amidst our changing world. People think if they have the latest technology, they're the 'best on the block'! People believe that technology helps make reading and math easier for kids and communication easier for adults (which means gossip). People believe that if their HDTV streams Netflix movies while they check their online dating account using their ipad, and upload pictures using their smartphone, they've hit the mother load! While others allow their little ones to paint, sans the paint and the teens get to facebook and tweet and instagram on their smartphones until they fall asleep! Here's the truth. Unbalanced technology... read more

It is natural that as tutors we get called in to the help kids that are struggling.  It is no surprise that almost 100% of my students have attention problems.  I love to see the beauty in these kids' minds.  They can be so talented.  But the drawback is when you have to tutor them in a subject they don't enjoy or shine at.  I find myself constantly trying to keep things exciting and they usually respond.  But what do you do when the kid who has been doing his best just gives you the cold shoulder, falls asleep in your one-on-one lesson, or is just staring into space?  I know from experience that not everything is going into a black hole when I am explaining something to a "zoned-out" student.  But what do you do on days when you know everything you are saying IS going in a black hole?  Please share your tips!

Math can be a puzzling and often frustrating subject for students. Some pupils seem to effortlessly pluck A+’s from the heavens, while others grind away to earn average grades at best. Why the discrepancy? Are some brains simply predisposed to math success, while others are hopelessly misaligned? Of course not. If I believed that, I wouldn’t be teaching math. So what’s the deal? Why the blaring gap in math performance? One key factor is learning styles. Despite what your folks might say, people learn in different ways. Some students naturally thrive in standard Prussian style classroom settings; others, however, only truly soar in different environments that are better tailored to their particular strengths. If a student is struggling in math at school, it could be because the standard curriculum is not in sync with his/her learning style. This article will (1) run through the seven learning styles, (2) explain how to identify where students fit on the learning style spectrum,... read more

Finding an excellent tutor can make a tremendous impact on a child’s ability to succeed academically. While some kids are able to independently digest in class lectures and textbook explanations, others benefit greatly from an additional system of support. Parsing through the material after school with a guiding hand can fully illuminate subjects that are otherwise difficult to grasp. Translation: with the right set of mentors, all students can develop into confident adults with healthy GPAs. Most parents are well versed in the art of finding a nicely fitting academic institution, but very few are aware of the highly nuanced process for vetting a tutor. Here are six key components that parents should evaluate when searching for a tutor: 1. Experience Tutoring Or Teaching – it goes without saying that experience is critical in any field. It is particularly important in teaching, however, because there are a wide variety of students and respective learning styles. Some... read more

I have done something with my students which I feel has made a ton of difference.    That is brain breaks. They can be anything from giving a 5 minute breather to doing a non school activity with the student. I have been doing duct tape crafts with one of my students. I don't ever charge for this but I think they are essential.   Students are in school all day. They have homework when they get home. They get mentally exhausted. I do this especially when I am tutoring more than one subject at a time. This allows the student to switch gears.    An effective tutor forms a relationship with his/her students. Brain breaks show that the teacher is a person as well and likes to have fun.   For tutors: Do you use brain breaks? For students: What brain break would you like to do?

I always felt that when you are tutoring, you have to inspire the person you are helping. If you can, they will then put out so much more effort to learn. Some students are hard to inspire because they have had bad learning experiences that made them dislike school or a particular subject. I understand how easy it is to lose interest in a subject as I have through sciences but when I met the right teacher, I was suddenly hooked and more focused than ever before.   I try to do this whenever I tutor someone. So ask yourself. Can I inspire someone today? I am sure you can. We can be inspirations for education.

Throughout my education and career, these quotes from teachers and employers have influenced me and has stayed with me to this day:     "Know your Full Potential", Dr. Julian Julian. This suprisingly came from my High School English teacher who would always take the time to just "talk" to the entire class.  He would always repeat these words and I took it to heart and made it my mission to find out what I enjoyed doing and learning.  It's my belief now that electives in High School are not only there to teach you a trade skill.  Electives are opportunities to see if that's what you enjoy doing and learning!    "Learn the System!", Cal Poly Chemistry Professor. This quote definitely had a positive impact in my Chemistry coursework, but it generally applies to most subjects.  Most in particular are Math, Physics, and Chemistry, and Genetics.  Art has a system when it comes to... read more

So far, this semester has marked a "fresh start" for me. I have decided to take a step back and take some basic education classes before I graduate, as I just decided at the end of summer that I was going to put my plans in motion to become certified to teach. Being able to take health and education classes has been awesome so far, I am learning far more than I have in quite a while! As much as I have learned studying government and politics, becoming versed in health education makes me feel as though I am working towards a much  more tangible and exciting goal for myself. 

Psychologists have a doctoral degree in psychology (Psy.D. or Ph.D.) and are professionally trained to assess, diagnose and treat mental health issues. They have advanced training in counseling, psychotherapy, psychological testing, and the science of behavior change. Psychologists are the only professionals qualified to use certain kinds of psychological tests to assess intelligence, emotional and behavioral problems, and neuropsychological dysfunction. In addition to this degree, he or she must pass professional state examinations, complete one-year of supervised postdoctoral clinical work, and agree to follow ethical codes and standards of practice.   Psychiatrists obtain a degree in medicine (M.D.) and then take at least 4 years of specialized residency training in psychiatry, which generally refers to the study, assessment, and treatment of emotional and behavioral problems. Their treatment of choice is most often pharmacotherapy (medication), often augmented... read more

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