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     It is extremely important that all students (and preferably their teachers) understand how they learn.  Once I realized that I learned best through reading and doing, education became easy for me, but I was in college by then.  Oh, how different things could have been if I had learned this early.  Teachers may realize it, my 6th grade math and English teacher... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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:... read more

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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... read more

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     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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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:... read more

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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... read more

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