Poetry is the absolute beauty of the human heart expressing emotion in a form that delights, and leaves the reader with a feeling of contentment in one spectrum, and a feeling of remorse in another. No other form of writing has the ability and power to inspire
the emotion created through poetry.
There are more than sixty different popular forms of poetry commonly used today. Many...
I was excited on Tuesday, July 16th, 2013. This was my third meeting with this student and I finally had a breakthrough with him. On the first meeting it was clear that he saw Algebra I almost as a foreign language. I began with one of the test packet, and
had him do 10 questions and reviewed the questions he had done wrong. So this continued for a while, and of course sometimes he would say...
The Summer session has just begun. The stress has already begun to set in, but this week I had a break through with a few of the students. So this is my second week with a student who I am tutoring for both Algebra I and Earth Science. So far he seems stronger
in Earth Science but still needs much practice, before I can be very confident about his ability to pass the Regents exam in August...
Hello Miss Gil, I received a 96% in Global History. I was so excited to hear these words from my student! At first she did not want to be tutored. Her father dropped her off at the Library. So I told her that if she did the practice test, and did well, she
would never have to see me again. Well, she scored a 58%, and there were so many events and topics that she did not know.
Virtual education’s popularity is on the rise. Parents have a wide variety of schools to choose from if they decide to enroll their children in a virtual school. This can make choosing a virtual school that's right for your children difficult. This article
summarizes five important things to consider when choosing a virtual school for your children.
1. Independent Study vs. Live Instruction
Unless you or your child attends a year – round school, summer vacation begins sometime in the next week or so. College students have read more pages than they thought humanly possible, taken many exams, written research papers, and stayed up way too late
over the past 10 months. Parents of school – aged children have helped with homework, gone to parent/ teacher conferences, E-mailed teachers,...
May is a busy month for schools. Standardized tests, field trips, and graduation planning takes center stage. Teachers meet with parents of struggling students as well as those who would benefit from summer enrichment classes to discuss summer school enrollment.
This article will help parents/ guardians decide whether or not to enroll their child(ren) in summer school.
A "Bad Rap"
Professional athletes hire personal trainers and learn as much as possible about getting the most out of their bodies. They study things such as exercise’s effect on muscles, the vitamins and minerals they’ll need to rebuild muscle, and how much water they’ll
need to drink to stay hydrated while working out. Students can use the same approach by learning about biopsychology and learning - related...
Students sometimes feel like they’ve run a marathon when the first semester of school ends. Depending on individual circumstances, students may truly have put in more effort than usual this semester. Students who didn’t meet your (or their own) academic
expectations may feel anxious about the end of winter/ Christmas break. This article lists four (4) things you can do as a parent (or that...
There is plenty of research about the “summer brain drain” – a reference to the amount of learning that children lose during their summer breaks. Some researchers believe students can lose as much as three months worth of last year’s learning over the summer.
Several reasons are cited for this; one of them is the absence of regular reviews of material to reinforce what’s been learned. This...
Nearly all high school and college students have a research paper requirement. Many college students are likely facing imminent research paper deadlines as the semester ends. Writing research papers can cause a lot of anxiety. This article will teach you
how to narrow your research topic, clarify your thesis statement, and sort and organize your research to help you simplify your final editing...
Your brain has “cheats” and shortcuts to make it work more efficiently, just like some video games! There are things students can do to “glitch” their brains so they soak up information like a sponge. All of these “cheats” are things we should do to keep
our brains healthy to ensure they keep working at maximum capacity throughout our lives. This article lists four brain “cheats”, how they...
I taught my middle school students about memory at the beginning of each school year. I quizzed them about their memories over the next three to four weeks, then reduced the reviews to once every other week. My students commented, “Why do you keep quizzing
us about memory? We already know this stuff.” My response was, “Exactly! That’s why I keep quizzing you.”
Students of all ages use different...
This article lists 10 websites I highly recommend for students and their parents. In parenthesis next to the URL is a label listing the site’s intended audience: parents, students, or home school parents.
1. Studystack: www.studystack.com (students, home school parents). My student’s test scores improved by 24% when I started using this website instead of study guides for tests. Studystack...
In a recent article titled “Tutors and Virtual Schools: How Can They Help?” (November 2, 2012) I summarized several ways tutors can help students improve their chances for virtual school success. As a former virtual – hybrid schoolteacher where students
attended online classes three days a week and received face – to – face instruction from teachers the other two days, I noted several important...
I remember a public service announcement about reading from my childhood. I don’t remember the images, but the message said, “Reading is fundamental.” Growing up in a book – filled home with a family of readers and frequent library trips, I naively thought
everyone knew this. I was saddened to learn that not everyone loved to escape into fictional worlds of words as much as we did. This article...
Once you decide that you or your child needs tutoring, how much tutoring time do you really need? There are so many things occupying your time that you want to pinpoint exactly how many hours a week you need. You may not know how to judge you/ your child’s
needs. This article gives you four tips to help you decide how much tutoring you need.
1. Grades and test scores. K – 12 students take...
Teachers, like most professionals, know the value of working as a team to meet the educational needs of a diverse student population. Many middle schools organize their faculty into smaller teaching teams and set aside common planning time for teams to meet
and discuss teaching strategies for their assigned students. This article shows parents how to change the way they think about their child’s...
Ever wonder what happens during tutoring sessions? If you’ve never hired a tutor, you may not know what tutors can do to help. This article will take some of the fear out of the tutor hiring process by helping you understand what you should and should not
expect from tutoring sessions.
What Tutors Can Do.
In a previous article, I listed several basic things tutors should do (see my...
Families hire tutors for a variety of reasons. In general, though, tutors help students and professionals learn some skill or information. So, how do you know whether you are getting your money’s worth from tutoring? Here are five areas you can use to grade
1. Communication. Tutors should communicate a lot! Tutors should conduct a background interview before starting lessons...