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Typically, I don't follow a set of rules when I go to tutoring; I work based on what the students needs are.  But here are a few things that I have noticed have improved my comfort level with new students and their and heir families comfort level with me.   1.  Find out what activities your student is interested in outside of the subject you're tutoring in.  The... read more

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Five Ways to Make Tutoring Lessons Fun!   Give students a writing assignment that will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and allow them to listen to their i-pods while composing. Music makes life fun! Movies are fun too, so one tutoring lesson idea is to ask students to write a review of their all-time favorite movies. This allows students to use prior knowledge... read more

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1. Have a sense of humor about learning. I like to use humor in my tutoring, to keep students engaged and interested in the material. I've found that it's easy to zone out during a lesson, and the classes I've retained the most information from myself have been ones where the teacher employed humor. In a writing class, a teacher explained the importance of context to spelling with... read more

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1. Humor always finds me with students, especially those of elementary age. 2. Have a fun extension of the math exercise set or read from a favorite book, on grade level of course. 3. Make an appropriate comment about something observed on the way from the car to the door, e.g., decorations or an animal on the sidewalk. 4. Never completely open the bag, there are always surprises in... read more

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I can't count how many times I've sat and watched a student erase half a page of her hardest math work just because the end result didn't come out right - or because it didn't fit neatly on the page.  I'm not sure if this is a new thing, this preoccupation with making one's homework look nice and flow perfectly from Point A to B.  But it makes me sad to see my students erasing some... read more

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5. When necessary, I use my humor, acting skills, and comedic training to make the sessions more engaging. 4. I turn the tables and make the student/client the teacher/coach: they teach ME how to understand the concept.  If they can teach it, then they truly understand it. :) 3.  I don't continue to repeat the same thing if the student/client... read more

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- make yourself at ease and get to know and understand your student   - take it slowly and steady   - ask questions and give realize examples.   - let them do a task on their own or write as you speak. That way they understand and learn the format in which a problem is resolved.   - Above all have Fun and learning should be fun.

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1) You can have fun and be silly, but still increase focus on the subject   When I taught piano lessons to a 5-year-old girl, I would start off by asking her to find the weirdest, funniest sound that she could find on the keyboard, and then ask her to play the song she had practiced for that week in that sound! She always would laugh and make faces, but it made the repetition of... read more

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Do some of your students lack focus? Does pent up energy keep them from being attentive during their tutoring lessons? Do they thrive on activity, fun, and games?   If your students are anything like mine, the answer to these questions is a resounding "yes." Today I'd like to share 3 easy, "outside the box" tips for keeping your tutoring sessions fun and exciting... read more

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It is “common sense” to believe that we share the same sense of commonality amongst all others within society. However, we should never assume what is common to one’s self is necessarily applicable to the entirety of humanity. Each and every individual is independently designed to learn, grow and facilitate thought at his or her own pace to which cannot be labeled as common, but rather should... read more

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What are your 5 outside the box tips that help make your tutoring lessons fun? 1. Have a sense of humor about learning. I like to use humor in my tutoring, to keep students engaged and interested in the material. I've found that it's easy to zone out during a lesson, and the classes I've retained the most information from myself have been ones where the teacher employed humor... read more

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I have found that one of the most important elements to successful tutoring (of minors) is including the parents. Most of us would agree that parents have a primary and weighty role in the development of their children. Academia is no exception. I have developed a few methods to include parents in a manner that positively channels their influence towards my goals... read more

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Before I realized I had a gift in tutoring as a professional activity in and of itself, I used to do a little bit of it as part of my job as a 1-on-1 and Family Community Support and Intensive In-Home behaviorist.  While I performed many functions which straddled the fence between mental health and social work, a large part of my job involved coordinating between my clients (usually teens... read more

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1. Introduce students to the general subject in action in every day life. For example, if you are tutoring about "conduction and convection", ask students, "Have you noticed what happens to the surrounding temperature when you open a refrigerator ?" And let the student go into details about this experience. That way students are in control of the learning process.   2... read more

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