First, I inject humor whenever possible, to lighten the mood. I do this by talking conversationally to the student and soliciting his or her response, then laughing about it, if that is appropriate.
Second, I incorporate drawing or painting into the tutoring sessions. Children love especially to paint and they do not get much opportunity to do so. Even though it...
While tutoring may be a help to studying and learning, a student should never depend entirely on tutoring to teach all the concepts learned in a semester course. The world we live in is a quick world -- get in -- get out -- get 'er done. But most educational
courses such as math, English, reading, science, and social studies require more in-depth thinking. They are not subjects...
To start the new school year strong, it is very necessary to understand the first few days and weeks of instruction. That is because in the first days, basic material is presented, upon which will be built the remainder of the course.
In a challenging course such as chemistry, earth science, algebra, or trigonometry it is doubly important to get a...
Parents and students who opt to obtain tutoring early in the school year are very wise. It enables the tutor and the student to get on the same track early on, and to work together throughout the year through the midterm and through the final exam in
However, many parents and students wait until way late into the course to think about acquiring a tutor...
High-stakes only means that if one passes the exam, one is "through the gate" and if one fails the exam, one must re-take the exam, at expense of time and money, as well as brain power.
That means that a student preparing for any high-stakes test must study diligently ahead of time to get prepared to take the test. That might include going to a tutor for help, but...
An ideal time to obtain tutoring is the month prior to the beginning of the new school year. Tutoring at this time begins to orient the student's mind to the discipline of schoolwork. Important concepts can be reviewed and strengthened, and new concepts
can be anticipated and prepared for. The student can be reminded of certain principles of learning and of proper school...
I so admire parents and students who decide to attend tutoring during summer vacation. These are the folks who realize that they must put in effort and time to get the desired educational results. They are not lazy. They do what it takes. This is an
admirable trait in them, that they choose to attend tutoring during what could just be a lazy, relaxing time. They...
While in our everyday speech we may speak casually, for a student who wants to develop his intellect as much as possible, vocabulary should continually be built upon. Any time a student encounters a word that is unfamiliar, that student should write that
word down, look up its definition, and use it in a sentence. Keeping a vocabulary notebook is a super idea for any student, even...
Summer vacation from school, summer vacation with the family traveling someplace to enjoy summertime offers a great opportunity for children to learn about maps: How to read maps, how to measure distances on maps, learning the shapes of state boundaries,
learning the capital cities of each state, and learning how to follow along with the travel along a road, or in an airplane.
For the summer, it is nice to be out of the confines of a classroom, and a bit more free than you are under the direction of a teacher. Teach yourself this summer. That is what Maya Angelou did. She taught herself and she wrote over 30 books, and many
poems. One of her sayings was that if you spend your time trying to be normal, you will never realize your full potential...
Many students do not realize that they need to invest time and focused personal study in order to pass challenging subjects such as Geometry, Algebra II, Advanced Math, Chemistry, or AP English.
These classes need to be taught carefully, step by step, and the student needs to make sure they master each class before entering the next class.
During the School Holidays such as Spring Break, an ideal time presents itself for some special tutoring sessions for students who need some extra help with their school work. There is no pressure from school assignments or tests, only the opportunity
to advance in reading, math, vocabulary work, or geography. Too few parents recognize this opportunity for their children to make...
It's mid-January now. Time to stop vacationing and get down to business, isn't it?
For students, that would mean things like learning the vocabulary and terminology of every subject they are studying, whether required by their instructor or not. Learning the terminology -- how to spell the words, and what their meaning is in the context
of that subject -- that...
Every day, take a bit of time to read or study. Maybe 30 to 60 minutes. Read something that interests you, or better yet, read something you are totally unfamiliar with -- to expand your mind and expand your interests. An interesting person is interested
in things and interested in other people. Stretch yourself to become interested in others outside of yourself. Start...
Getting too wrapped up in the holidays is a way not to keep your brain sharp. Today we tend to make the period from Hallowe'en through New Years one long holiday. Of course, we have a holiday spirit in this time period, but we, as students, should also
recognize that there will be some free time during this holiday time and that we ought to utilize some of that free time to study...
I mastered a challenging subject by making myself fall in love with that subject. By falling in love with the subject, you will seek to find ways during your day to get with that subject, to read and study into that subject, to work problems or write
This is because by nature we avoid what we dislike. So first off, a student must adjust his mental thinking...
In preparing to take and excel on the ACT Test, it is very important and very advisable for the student to obtain and prepare from an ACT Study Guide, as opposed to going in and taking the ACT test "cold" with little or no preparation.
Study Guides offer many hints and strategies which, if the student will take a little time to learn those techniques, he or she...
The most important thing in mastering a subject is to know all the vocabulary and terminology involved in that subject and to be able to express oneself using that terminology. I have been encouraging every student I deal with to make their own vocabulary
list, with the word, a brief definition, and a sentence of their own creation. Some students do this, others neglect this advice...
The most important part of preparation to go back to school is to keep a list of vocabulary words related to each subject, define those words, and use them in a sentence. Doing this one thing will almost ensure a student of making good grades in the school
year. This is because many tests at elementary and high school level are vocabulary questions, such as matching, fill in the...
I am writing to advocate for the study of vocabulary in each and every subject. This should begin at grade 1 and continue through grade 12. There ought to be a separate "Vocabulary Class" where words, their origins, their derivations,
their meanings ought to be taught. Students should be required to do exercises with words on hand-in and graded papers, daily.
If we neglect...