This summer (after several years at a University tutoring center), I decided to take on two high school students with ADHD. I had previously worked with a small handful of ADHD students and thought I knew what to expect. I did not think it would be so
challenging! But with a few sessions of adaptation, a lot of home research, and a barrel full of patience, I am ready to...
In 2013, I did this talk with teachers & parents, to explain very simply the many myths and misconceptions we have about learning difficulties. Come, watch me take you into the world of the child who struggles:
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.
I love teaching Algebra and Pre-Algebra. This Spring I had a student who was having a difficult time with the concept, and I finally came up with a plan.
OK, here you go. In this box (on the plate, whatever) are 28 M&M's. Some are loose, some are in baggies. There are 5 baggies, and the same amount of M&M's is in each bag...
After 30 years of tutoring special education children, I have decided that all academic problems are mine, not the students. Thus, I analyzed what has already been provided in detail to determine what does and does not work. For example, children
have different learning styles that are not rigid, but
flexible. Each of us may be good at a tactile sport but...
I have a wonderful student and the parents are fantastic.
They are very patient with me and understanding, which I appreciate. However the progress of the student is evolving. Certain disabilities have been uncovered that the parents didn't really know she had. This causing me to re-evaluate my teaching on a
This poses an interesting question...
*Tutors of students with Special Needs can best tutor their students by being aware of legal issues that can impact the education of children with Special Needs. Many of these children have documented disabilities, and/or are students entitled to services
under Section 504 and various portions of the ADA (American with Disabilities Act). The students'...
I am new to Wyzant and want to introduce myself to the community here. I lived in Mexico for the past 18 months and am returning to San Diego at the end of September. I have a TESOL certification and have been Teaching English a Second Language while
living here. I am also a Speech and Language Pathologist and so I have many skills to help with tutoring especially for English/Language...
I have been in the education field for 40 years. I have taught Special Needs students in many different programs. I also work with general ed during the summer months. I have worked with all types of programs and have helped many students achieve the
success they are working towards. This has been very rewarding!
A great number of parents have asked me how to best help their child. My answer is to be your child's biggest advocate and cheerleader. If your child is struggling your child needs you to speak for them and help them get the tools they need. You can do
this by researching the problem whether it be dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, OCD, test taking anxiety or other problem. Make sure to get a second...
As the school year ramps up again, I wanted to put out a modified version of a Memo of Understanding
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memo_of_understanding for parents and students. It seems each year in the rush to get through the first weeks of school parents and students forget the basic first
good steps and then the spiral downwards occurs and then the need for obtaining a tutor and then...
Although learning is an awesome thing, it can be a difficult and frustrating journey for many students. This difficulty, however, is often times quite normal although most feel it means that a child may not be able to learn or that he/she is so frustrated
that learning is no longer taking place. This is where the experienced tutor steps in; for frustration in learning is a part of the learning...
When working with children (especially 7 and below) it can be vital to their memory retention to take a break every thirty minutes.
I have had great success with my younger students who become stir crazy after half an hour of reading by leaving the study are and going outside or in a space where we wont bother others and doing some physical activities.
Since time is a concern it is important...
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"
Over the past two years, I have discovered some very effective methods for helping ADD/ADHD students improve their concentration levels and ultimately their, academic performance. When my ADD/ADHD students struggle to concentrate, my job as a tutor is to
find a solution. Tutoring one-on-one gives me the opportunity to make what a student believes is difficult extremely easy. Many times, students...
I learned in my human development class that babies learn through repetition = Rote memory
You may have also witnessed the ease with which the ABC's were learned. Mary Had a Little Lamb? Twinkle Twinkle?
It is easier to commit something to memory through a song. Why is it so easy to remember that annoying tune on the radio?
To better memorize
- Rules (Grammatical,...
Please review my profile credentials to see if I am a candidate for your tutoring needs. With both a master's degree in special education and several years of hands on experience in a variety of work environments, my education and experience make me a flexible
individual who is readily available to discuss your tutoring needs. I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, and have consistently...
Parents consider home schooling their child(ren) for a number of reasons. Some may be dissatisfied with the curriculum offered by local public and private schools. Others may travel a lot and want their children to experience other countries and cultures.
Whatever your reason for considering home schooling, this series of articles will teach you basic steps to take to begin home schooling your...
Recently I had the opportunity to meet with a parent/business owner who hires/places tutors for high end families in my area. It was a wonderful opportunity as once again I heard the mantra, "Parents just want the grades to go up." I asked what this meant,
how I could measure it (quantitatively and anecdotally) and if this was indeed proof of my skills as a tutor or a momentary 'save'...
IF I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice on how to be a better student, be more successful in school, life, etc, I would definitely tell myself that being involved in everything comes at a cost. It is better to find a few things that
you like to do, do them well and often, than feeling stressed because there is so much on your plate at one time. Being a 'Jack of all Trades'...