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Technology Tooltime

Do you have a number of students who enjoy learning games, or online quizzes, or instant feedback?  I enjoy using a few sites that prove both entertaining and reinforcing for several of my students.  Though some require an annual fee, I find these sites advantageous, time-saving and totally worth the small expense. My first choice is Quia.com .  I have a number of "pages"... read more

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An Adventure

Do you look forward to each session of tutoring?  Have you ever considered tutoring to be an adventure?  I was telling my husband last night that one aspect of teaching that really excites me is that each and every lesson has at least one positive surprise.  It may be a comment that the student makes relative to a lesson from two months ago.  Ah, yes!  She did listen... read more

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Preparing for the Return to School - What Can the Parent Do?

When study time is limited, students need to be extra prepared.  Here are some ways in which a parent can help. Provide index cards for various subjects.  If these are color-coded, the student can just grab the color of the subject that needs the most review as she, or he walks out the door each morning. Make sure the student writes her/his own notes, but check them when they are... read more

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Spice up Your Teaching

Is your teaching getting boring, even to you?     Here are a couple of tips that work for me:   Instead of teaching only the subjects in which you are "degreed" or certified, try adding two or three other subjects to your repertoire.  Begin by adding a subject in which you did well at school but may not have studied for a few years.  Practice... read more

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When Tutoring is Most Worthwhile

What makes tutoring worthwhile? I have been tutoring two young ladies this summer. One thoroughly enjoys learning - just for the fun of it. The other is obedient and faithfully completes her work. Naturally, not all students find schoolwork exciting. Fortunately, obedience and respect go far to make efforts at learning more productive. What pleases me about these girls and their mom is that... read more

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Does the Subject Really Matter?

I'll admit it.  My favorite subject to teach is French.  Nevertheless, the subject under scrutiny does not matter to me nearly as much as the attitude of the learner.  I can teach any subject (for which I am qualified) with an absolute joie de vivre if only the student is listening to my words, actively striving for improvement, and respectful. This summer I worked with... read more

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The Adult Learner

What a joy to work with a self-starter! Don't get me wrong.  I've thoroughly enjoyed working with children and teens for the last thirty years.  But... when I'm tired and have put in a long day with young people who exclaim aloud, "But, this is boring," or who, halfway through the intense lecture yell out, "Can I get a drink of water," it is an honor and... read more