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Can a student learn if he or she does not understand the content or a word?

Limited English students have a difficult time understanding content because they do not know what the teacher/tutor is trying to explain. Most limited English knowledge comes from explaining and understanding the content. Why would a teacher expect a student to understand content if they do not know what the words/lessons mean? What is the difference between involve and evolve? What is the difference between hear and here, or pear and pair, or know and no, or main and mane? How do students graduate from high school without being able to read, learn vocabulary at 12 grade level, or write a research paper? It amazes me of how many students, including my son, who graduates with limited knowledge from public schools. When a student asked me as a tutor what is the difference between involve and evolve and he/she just had a vocabulary spelling test in college, how can that student or any student answer the question correctly if he/she does not know what either word means. All schools... read more

Kinesthetic vs. Visual vs. Auditory Learners?

Why are there three types of learners? It is because we all are individuals who learn differently than others. Some students may use all three types of learning, while others can only focus on one type. If a student tells me that they must do their studying a certain way, I go with it and improve upon it. Kinesthetic is hands-on learning (building blocks, math tiles, interactive software programs, science experiments, word search or word puzzles, etc.) When entering Pre-K or Kindergarten, a teacher, along with specialists, finds what type of learner his/her students are in order to have them achieve as a student. Visual learners must have information in front of them in order to understand what the teacher is teaching. Hand-outs, SmartBoard, and pictures are good examples of what visual learners need. If a student is a visual learner and has nothing to look at, the information will not stick and the student will be completely confused and frustrated. So Kinesthetics and Visual... read more

Top 3 Study Habits

A student, young or older, must have organization skills in order to stay on track. Color coding notebooks or dividers can help with organization. Every week or so a student needs or reorganize his/her information. Secondly, use review sheets from teachers to study what he/she wants you to know. Look in your text, if you have one, or go to the teacher's web site and get the information off of the web. Write, rewrite, and have a member of your family or a friend to verbally ask you questions and see if you know the materials. The questions you did not remember lets him/her to review the material some more. Thirdly, always use other reference material, extra credit worksheets, ask for help if you do not understand. It is very hard to pass a quiz or test if a student does not understand the material. If a student is not close with a teacher, he/her might want to ask another teacher for help. A student must dedicate the time to study in hopefully in a quiet place.

Caring Tutor

Are your children struggling in school? Do you wish your child to do better in school? Are there college students who need extra help? There are many reasons why a student is not at grade level or struggling to stay at grade level, and high school students who graduate with limited English, Reading, and Writing abilities. Sometimes a child has a learning disability (ADHD, Autism, Asperger's) or limited English skills. A student's achievements and self-esteem are the most important things students can receive if they are struggling or has limited English skills. So many students fall through the cracks at school, including my own son, because of several special needs. When we let our students fall through the cracks, the student(s) usually finds himself/herself in trouble. With low self-esteem and believing they cannot do something will allow students to hang around with not so great students. As parents and adult students, we need to strive for the best that is within us all... read more

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