“What advice would you give students to prepare for their first session with a new tutor?”
This is a great question! Overall, I think the most important piece of advice I can give is to put some thought into exactly what you want to get out of your tutoring sessions. Many people come to tutoring simply because their grades (or test scores) are low,
and they're hoping that private...
We recently passed the 30th anniversary of "the 2 Sigma Problem," which is the problem of achieving the effectiveness of personalized, one-on-one instruction at a large scale. As a tutor, how do you help multiple students at the
same time while retaining the benefits of personalized tutoring?
To me, one of the major benefits of personalized tutoring is that the tutor has...
WWTK: What advice would you give students going back to school so they start the year strong?
This is a great question, and one that I've answered before on this blog. In general, I'd say the most important thing for starting the new year strong is starting the new year ORGANIZED. Go back and look through your notebooks from the previous year, but not
for content – look at them...
“Students often want to know how they'll use a subject "in the real world." Pick one of your subjects and tell us why it's important outside of the classroom.”
As it happens I wrote an article on this very topic as it relates to Algebra a few months back. You can check out that article
here. So since I've already answered this in relation to math, I'll discuss another of...
Nobody likes doing homework in the summer. It's just a fact of life. My advice to students who want to stay sharp during the summer is to inject fun into your work and work into your fun. Find a way to connect your personal fun time back to the subjects
you're learning in school. The best way to accomplish this, in my opinion, is to look for school skills in unusual contexts. If you're interested...
I've recently discovered several online resources that I find very helpful for the various subjects I tutor. Since my tutoring subjects break down into three broad categories (Math, English, and SAT Prep), I'll choose one from each category to discuss
For SAT preparation, you can't beat the College Board website (sat.collegeboard.org). There's...
Lately I've realized just how stressful economics can be, particularly for students with English as a second or third language. Trying to explain utility and utils to someone a few days ago, all I could think about was my own AP Econ professor, with his
southern drawl, and a look he reserved for confused students.
Someone would ask a question. There'd be a pause. Wearing his varsity...
WyzAnt wants to know:
Which teacher from your past (or present) are you most "thankful" for and what lesson did they teach you?
I am most "thankful" for my 5th, 6th and 7th grade Math teacher. She opened my mind and truly showed me what it means do think through and write up a rigorous mathematical
proof. The key concepts I learned then, I still used up to the...
In my last semester in high school, I found out that I would not graduate on time with my classmates. In order for me to complete my diploma in the same year, I would have to attend summer school. Two weeks after classes ended in public school, I started
my summer school class; Algebra 2. My teacher was a lady by the name of Mrs. Pringle. She was a short in stature and was originally...
Mr. Utz was my Algebra instructor at UAFS. He taught me valuable lessons in Algebra that I am able to share with my TANF Literacy Initiative students who are striving for their GEDs and Career Readiness Certicates.
The other teacher from my past that I am thankful for is Mrs. Rhonda Grey. She taught me lifelong lessons in English IV honors which are part of my everyday...
I am thankful to my Drexel Biomedical Engineering Professor of BMES122 and 123. He taught me about having honor and being honest with your scientific work. He instilled in us that what we do ca change the world and be a blessing or a hardship on another
human life. He had such a respect for Biomedical Engineers but also made us realize that there is a lot of responsibility...
Usually I reserve my blog for sharing tech tips and practical advice, but the upcoming holiday has me reflecting on how thankful I am for the wonderful teachers I have had over the years. There's Dr. Galvin, who taught me how to think about discrete mathematics,
helped me appreciate "vintage" math literature, and showed me the online encyclopedia of...
My physics teacher really got me interested in engineering and dynamics. He made the course very fun with many experiments and demonstrations. The class itself was very open and free. It was more of a discussion-type setting between students, and the teacher
assisted when no one else knew what to do. It prepared me for my career by introducing me to physics and free-thinking. It was also very...
There are several teachers that were the "most influential". From Fr. Joe Murphy, OSB who taught History at St. Gregory's College ("Holy Cats!"), Mr. Homer Jones ("The Constitution says what the Supreme Court says it says") and many more who taught me
to love learning. They were the key, and foundation, to what education should be. It is a love affair with learning...
Linda Sherwood was my 9th and 11th grade Spanish teacher. We were her first class to ever teach. She was so kind and amazing. Following in her footsteps I went on to be an exchange student, major in Spanish, become a high school teacher, and later an
When my son Bryon was in elementary school, he had lots of trouble learning how to read. This baffled and upset me because his older brother had been reading since Kindergarten. I knew that I should never compare my children and I knew that just because
Bryon was not a good reader did not mean he was in any way less intelligent than his brother. Still, it began to break my heart when I would...
I am most thankful for my third grade teacher, Ms. Ruth Hempen. She took time to find out who I was and showed that she valued me. She involved her students as active participants in the learning process.
I remember the moment clearly even now: Mrs S., brandishing the loose-leaf pages in front of my fourth-grade classroom, her wild-eyed look at odds with her precise hair and immaculate apple-printed skirt. I remember how I had quietly slipped the papers
into tray of finished homework, how I had felt somehow embarrassed by the inked words. I remember her words: "Julie is going to be a famous...
Often for music students the practice room can be a place of transcendent accomplishment as well as massive frustration. I have practice until my fingers bled, until I got exactly what I wanted, only to come back the next day and feel as if none of that
work had showed up. I have also had breakthrough moments where everything seemed to fall into place, music and the world suddenly made sense...
I strongly believe that difficulty with a certain subject does NOT mean that you or your child are not cut out for a particular field. If you're interested in something, understanding will eventually come to you. The trick
is to help it out.
The visit to Q's lab was always my favorite part of a James Bond movie. In elementary school, I wanted to be an inventor (which I believed...