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A Hands-on" instructional plan (spotlighted for Math and Science tutoring) proves a centerpiece-learning-strategy for three quarters of the students that we tutor. But, about a quarter of the general population (and perhaps the same percentage of students seen in tutoring sessions) prove to be visual learners rather than Hands-on learners. This means that tutoring language that focuses... read more

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Writing? Can writing be easy? The fear of writing, called "Writer's Block," most likely results from the fear of failing to write that "Perfect" something. The cure for Writer's Block? Just write words, any words, until meaningful words creep onto the page. In short order, the writing begins to make sense, and ideas flow. Ban worry, oust your inner censor...write. Edit... read more

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One word describes how most students view the study of grammar. Boring! Want other descriptive words? Scary! Awful! So, why do you want to study a subject that many students classify as being about as enjoyable as undergoing a root canal? What is grammar, and why do you need it? What exactly do you need to know about grammar to master grammar skills it in your life? Besides,... read more

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Tutoring is expensive. But, there are several factors that relate to cost besides here-and-now price. It is the ultimate (sometimes long-term) bottom line that you need to calculate to determine if hiring a tutor is cost effective. But, what does "cost effective" mean? One way of looking at the term "cost effective" is to determine if the value you receive in return... read more

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Tutors assigning homework? Isn't this overkill? Don't tutors go too far if they assign homework? Aren't we paying tutors high fees so that we learn shortcuts and don't have to work? Homework! For the money I'm paying, the tutor should do my homework! Answer: No! No! And, no! Of course it depends on what your tutoring is helping you with, but... * A tutor's work for you provides... read more

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No doubt that many master teachers work in our school systems, colleges and universities. And, many of these teachers employ state-of-the-art, student-centered, multi-sensory, multi-modal (i.e., taking advantage of each student's learning style) strategies for classroom instruction. However, system-wide observation will show that use of a student-centered, multi-sensory, multi-modal instructional... read more

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Test-taking wracks the brains of many students, while others skate through tests with little stress, little care...and even less concern for the test's results. The reason for this is because some students have mastered the "Test-Taking Game," and others have not. This is natural. Some people master the game of golf, others don't. The same is true for any sport that requires skill... read more

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Successful reading requires that students engage in a complex thinking process, while excelling on a test of reading requires another set of thinking strategies. Fortunately, these complex skills come together in patterns that can be developed, practiced and mastered. There are two basic approaches to tutoring for reading success: 1.) Focusing on students' strengths and practicing... read more

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Students (including Lifelong Learners) tend to learn (and teach) the way that they were taught. And, repeating content information... * Lists * Formulas * Dates * Vocabulary Definitions * Quiz Items * Etc., Etc. in an endless, boring array Teachers are fond of calling repeat focus and instructional activities "reinforcement." But constant repeating... read more

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Most people fall into step with a learning pattern without realizing exactly what happened to them. This random and arbitrary process serves maybe 80% of us well enough since our educational system doesn't expect much out of our learning abilities. Our educational system ignores most of our talents and abilities, and focuses upon a narrow subset of what we are capable of achieving. So,... read more

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Dreams are a creative resource that you should use whenever you need new ideas, whenever you require novel viewpoints, and whenever you must update antiquated written expression with fresh approaches, or whenever you need to communicate in a creative and riveting manner. The basic creative dreaming process is easy and effective. Here are the steps: * Just before falling asleep at... read more