By the time I graduated high school, and after hours of poring over all things Spanish, I was fluent.
That was in complete contrast to another, not-so-successful, endeavor during high school: Piano. I started lessons in the third grade and continued for nine years. But somewhere along the way, my skills and enthusiasm flatlined. In college, I met dozens of people who could not only play but also compose songs of their own. I felt I'd … more
Near-native fluency is a lofty goal and, depending on circumstances, might not be as realistic as many new language learners think.
That's because it's easy to downplay the barriers, such as your lack of study time or lack of exposure to a language, that have a direct affect on learning and proficiency.
SEE ALSO: Why Online Private Tutoring Is The Perfect Fit For Busy Professionals
A great alternative is for learners to shoot for … more
The biggest issue I run into in training others in PowerPoint is that people don't realize that technology is there ONLY to assist in making a presentation.
A presenter’s job is to know their subject better than anyone else in the room. And a big part of that is making sure tools and tech don’t overshadow the story.
Making Presentations is About...
...Connecting to the audience. Knowing PowerPoint better doesn’t make that … more
Simple applications of math are all around us, ready to be explained. I, for one, am passionate about sharing it and converting new math fans.
Knowing that passion might not come naturally to everyone, I’ve compiled a list of easy examples that stem from a challenge presented by my 9-year-old son. These are just the beginning. Every day brings us both simple and complex applications of math, and the chance to help students … more
I know the struggles and intricacies of helping a child with learning issues — I have two. Here’s what I’ve learned on my journey that can apply to anyone working with a learning disabled student.
SEE ALSO: Recognizing The Challenges Of Learning Disabled Students
This list is in no way exhaustive, but offers advice on working around the struggles these brave students face.
Denial is Your Enemy
Recognizing and admitting … more
For most of us, school was simply one of the responsibilities of being a child.
But for students with learning disabilities, there’s nothing simple about school. From the morning ride to evening homework time, every day is filled with anxiety. So much so that the only thing left at night is exhaustion from trying to understand the lessons.
SEE ALSO: The Comprehensive Guide to Diagnosing Your Tutoring Needs
Here are some things to bear in … more
The mobile revolution.
There’s no doubt smartphones have changed the way we interact with the world, interact with one another, and yes, learn. From the new opportunities we have for students to the immediate connections smart phones allow, it’s an ingenious platform for technology, learning, and lessons. And now we (and our kids) are only seconds away from the next chance to grow our brains.
That being said, there's more to consume than there is time for. So we& … more
Categories: New on WyzAnt
With just under three months to go, the WyzAnt Scholarship contest is far from over (don't forget to vote here)...
But we took a breather to reflect on some of our favorite quotes. What follows are six amazing examples of inspiration, and a look at what we’re all capable of. Read up and share on!
1. Stick to Your Standards of Success
The best way to reach your full potential throughout your experiences as a student is to think for yourself. Sticking to the plan helps you along … more
Making the most of uncertainty opens up doors we never knew existed.
For Jesse Barnes, not knowing the right answer is a way of life.
As an undergraduate researcher at the University of Iowa, she’s surrounded by puzzles. And while she’s gotten used to asking and answering questions in the laboratory, it hasn’t always been that way.
Staying Positive During Uncertainty
Growing up without some of the luxuries her classmates had, Jesse learned to appreciate the … more
What’s in a mind? Everything.
It doesn’t matter if your resolutions revolve around health, productivity, or parenting, the gateway to improvement is in the little organ where all good (and bad) ideas sprout.
What’s in your pre-teen or teenager’s mind? Well... we’ll probably never know. And as such, you can’t make resolutions for them. Does that mean they’ll be doomed to repeat the mistakes of 2015?
On the verge of the new year, … more
Teachers, by their very nature (not to mention vocation), care deeply about learning.
Still, time and resources are stretched thin, classrooms get over-crowded, and as a result teachers find themselves overworked and unable to the impact they want.
Sometimes, help is already available within the school. But when it’s not (or when it’s not enough), encouraging students and parents to connect with a private tutor can be beneficial—not just for the student, but for … more
Categories: Help for Tutors
"You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs."
― Han Solo
Han Solo’s boast will forever live in astronomical infamy. Partially because of the off-the-wall time travel theories we’ve extrapolated from it, but mostly for George Lucas’ mistaking of time and distance.
If you’ve ever stopped to ask what a parsec is, you know it’s a unit of distance. To be exact:
1 parsec = 3.26 light- … more
You don’t need Thanksgiving dinner recipes, you need ways to keep your kids engaged while you cook them. Why not use science?
Why science? Because cooking involves a ton of chemistry, for one. This Thanksgiving, help your kids draw that connection while giving them ways to be inquisitive about learning and explore the wonders of food (before and after eating it).
This timeline of experiments will snuggle right up to your Thanksgiving schedule like the words corn- and -ucopia.
The … more
Categories: Help for Parents
Mentors come in all shapes and sizes.
They can turn young, inexperienced learners into the masters of their own destiny. Or change our outlook on life. Whether they teach in metaphor (Mr. Miyagi) or lead by example (Morpheus in “The Matrix”), a mentor exhibits the power of one-on-one learning. Hard lessons taught (and learned) with the help of a thoughtful and caring guide.
With Star Wars Episode VII on the horizon, we started thinking about one of our favorite mentors. Which … more
Here it is! The best and most interesting content of the last month, all in one quick place.
From interesting surveys to ground-breaking studies, there are volumes to digest, ponder, and second-guess. The world of education is constantly evolving, but when days are a blur and schedules are packed, who has the time to keep up?
We do. Let us keep you up to date because we know that time, like education, is invaluable…
American Kids Have Disappointing Reading and Math Scores, But … more
Categories: In the News
Where are elementary, middle and high school students looking for extra help this school year?
To answer this question, we’ve combed through every single lesson taken by students in these age groups. We captured data from August 15th to October 10th, because we wanted to know what students were taking at the beginning of the 2015 school year.
Reading topped the list for elementary students, while Algebra ranked highest for middle and high school students. … more
Categories: Help for Parents
Finally, that time of year when our vision turns orange and we don’t have to feel guilty about our chocolate intake.
Halloween has a long history, and in the 2000 years since it’s Celtic introduction, it’s crossed the bounds of numerous cultures and traditions on the way to becoming the sidewalk-pounding celebration our youngsters hold dear.
Here are 7 sometimes mind-boggling, sometimes silly facts that’ll be sure to put a smile on your pumpkin.
It Was Just … more
Giving children an appreciation for asking questions is one of a parent’s greatest (and most challenging) goals. Those questions play an important role in taking the basic understanding of their surroundings and turning it into a desire to learn about the world they live in.
Guess what...holidays offer a tangible opportunity to open the windows of a child’s imagination. As a tradition that’s taken hold in a lot of countries over recent years, Halloween might be the … more
Deep down, you know your child’s education is more than the grades they receive. Or the time spent on homework each night. It’s in a child who is hungry to learn, ready to take on challenges, and is emotionally resilient.
But those things aren’t always easy to see, and are impossible to quantify. Which means, as a parent, you’re left wondering if everyone else makes them a priority when you send them off to school each day. And while it most likely is, is it working? … more
Students report that on average, 8 hours with a tutor on WyzAnt helps them improve by a full letter grade.
While letter grades are important (especially when we think about the increasingly competitive college application process), they rarely tell the whole story. It’s the tip of the iceberg when it comes to one-on-one learning outcomes.
And the science is behind it. From a personalized experience to the removal of peer pressure, private tutoring provides positive reinforcement. … more
Education helps us to find our voices, and through that, empowers us to help others.
“What does peace mean to you?”
That’s the question that Alexandrea Newell has been asking for years. So far she’s asked it in 25 different countries to people from different ethnicities, religions, and upbringings.
She’s compiling the answers into a book, one she began working on in 2010. Long before conceiving her own discipline of Art Therapy (known as Eco … more
This year, help your daughter get excited about more than a plastic pumpkin head full of candy. Halloween is a great opportunity to teach her about positive women role models.
With our Halloween costumes for girls, we help you avoid browsing through stores where pink and a-little-too-provocative costumes tend to reign supreme, so you can spend more time with your daughter talking about important women. Plus, most of our Halloween costume ideas can be made with clothing your daughter … more
You’ve bought all the necessary supplies, and put your money where your mouth is to make your student look and feel good going into the new year. You’re ready to lay the foundation for the year ahead.
Now is the time to think about the things you won’t find on shelves. The habits and routines that help your student handle the work of school, and the larger work of growing up and learning to manage themselves.
By sticking to these important ideals, you can make this … more
Categories: Help for Parents
It’s wonderful feeling. The moment when your busy student comes to you and asks for help. As a parent, few things are as fulfilling as lending a strong, guiding hand.
You thought they’d never ask.
But there’s a downside. The homework they have is a heck of a lot different than what you had as a kid. Borrowing and carrying? It’s gone the way of the Dodo. Now they’re memorizing state capitals in Math class.
It’s not bad, it’s just... different. … more
As the saying goes, the only thing constant is change.
But change is good. It keeps us learning, evolving, and engaged. It makes us resilient, and allows us to handle anything that cross our path. Ultimately, change teaches us how to be successful.
But even so, it isn’t always easy to get on board with. Not when it means spending precious time on a weeknight googling buzzwords, learning the latest classroom trends, and trying to understand what your student is going through at … more
Categories: Help for Parents
There is always a mix of excitement and apprehension during the back to school season.
Whether your child will be driving themselves to school for the first time or getting settled into their college dorms, the question, "is my child ready for what’s next?" is likely hovering in the background.
As a parent, you can help them prepare to make this year a successful one. Here’s a list of back-to-school essentials that every high school or college student needs this fall: … more
Categories: High School
School is right around the corner (or has already started for most of you). It’s that time of the year where we get into our “Back-to-School” routines: Shop for new clothes, go to every doctor appointment imaginable, and head to Target to buy what’s left of the school supply section.
In 2015, school supply shopping is more than buying pens and notebooks—it means mobile apps and new ways of doing “old-school” things. With tons of new school … more
Categories: High School
Your teachers lied to you, but it wasn’t on purpose. See what new discoveries we’ve made and what your child will now learn as facts at school.
Fact 1: Pluto is a dwarf planet, not a real planet.
Once considered the ninth and most distant planet, Pluto disrupted many children’s styrofoam solar systems in 1979 when it crossed into Neptune’s orbit. Pluto’s elliptical orbit, which changed it to the eighth planet in our system until 1999, was just the beginning … more
Categories: Help for Parents
You know there is a bright and promising future out there for your teen, and you want to do everything you can to help them get there.
And yet, with each passing grade, it can start to feel as though you have less and less insight into what your teen is working on, and more importantly, where they might need extra help.
SEE ALSO: 6 Things Every Parent Should Know About Private Tutoring
Know the feeling? You're not alone. We've got some tips on what to look out for when determining if … more
This is the second in our two-part series on facts your student will learn that are different than what you were taught. If you missed part one, you can find it here.
Fact 6: Earth is not the only planet in the solar system with water.
We were told in school that only Earth had water, the main component we know of for sustaining life. But new research is showing water on Jupiter’s moon, Europa, so even if the proverbial cup isn’t running over, we can be sure water is not … more
Categories: Help for Parents
When you look around today’s elementary or middle school classrooms, or glance through one of your child’s textbooks, it quickly becomes clear that students today are not only learning about core subjects in new ways, but that they are also learning about a broader spectrum of subjects than previous generations. In many ways, it’s an exciting time to be in the classroom!
However, as many parents and teachers can attest, there are also increased expectations placed on … more
For some, taking control of their education means more than just paying the bills.
Jennifer Patterson was in a place that millions had been, but few had studied with such passion and excitement.
It was her sophomore year of college, and she was on a class trip to the Mediterranean. Over the course of two weeks, she joined six other students and her Logic professor as they climbed Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii, visited the temple of Poseidon in Greece, and crossed into Turkey.
She made her … more
Online tutoring is becoming increasingly popular, and for good reason.
More students and parents are finding online lessons to be just as effective as in-person lessons, and as we’ve talked about before, online lessons have the added bonus of getting you to lessons faster while also offering a wider range of available tutors than you might find in your local market.
But in order to get the most out of your online lessons, it's important to be prepared. With the right preparation and … more
As a parent, there are few things more rewarding than witnessing your child learn something new. And when it comes to elementary reading and math, there’s even more reason to celebrate: New research from the University of Edinburgh has found that children who master these foundational skills are far more likely to prosper in adulthood.
Although early reading and math skills are something that adults can take for granted, they don’t always come easily to every child. Not to fear. … more
A look at any family calendar will reveal one common truth: we’re all capital B Busy. Between jobs, school, after school activities and homework, creating your family calendar can feel like you’re manning the control tower at JFK.
Adding tutoring lessons to the mix may sound daunting at first—after all, it’s just another thing to work into the schedule. But, by incorporating online lessons, it’s likely you’ll find that it fits in easily with the schedule … more
"I’m just not good at math.”
If you have a middle school-aged daughter, and you’ve heard these words come out of her mouth, you might be a little shocked. And you’re definitely not alone. In the United States (as well as Britain and Canada), middle school is widely recognized as a time when girls start losing faith in their math abilities. Even more discouraging, some feel like they can never improve.
What gives? You know your daughter is smart, and have seen her … more
You can bet there is a lot of information that you as an adult know and want to share with your children. But why just tell them when you can provide them with the chance to learn through experience while using you as a resource?
We’ve compiled a list of attractions, most of which can be found anywhere across America. Our goal is to help you make use of the ample chances for critical thinking and learning, while keeping learning opportunities fun and unstructured. More importantly, … more
Wishing there was some way you could find educational activities for your children this summer, but feeling like you don’t have the time?
When is the last time you visited your school or library’s website? How about the nearby university's? There are a number of places that commonly host summer learning experiences. Even better, many of them are free or inexpensive. Summer learning opportunities don’t have to be formal or pre-planned, but if you are looking for the right … more
Parades! Picnicks! Fireworks!
With the 4th of July right around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to pop into your local library or bookstore (or hop on your Kindle) and pick up an early reader book about the upcoming holiday. Whether your child is an avid or hesitant reader, providing them with stories that they can easily relate back to their experiences is a great way to capture their interest and engage their minds.
Here are four of our favorites:
The Night Before the Fourth … more
Categories: Elementary School
Screen time is a hot topic among parents these days. While the stats are conflicting about how kids should be using screens (tablets, tv’s, mobile devices) and when they should start using them, a few things have become clear.
The first is that the number of children using screens is trending upward (see below). The second is that not all screen time is necessarily negative. Perhaps most important is the fact that when faced with the above two facts, every parent reacts differently. … more
With all the advances in technology for students and tutors, many subjects can be taught just as effectively online as in person. Some can be taught even more effectively.
New tech make it incredibly easy for students and tutors to connect. Not only can they video chat in real-time—much like Skype or FaceTime—they can sketch out homework, use graphing functions and even conduct Google searches all within a single platform.
We’ve previously covered how online tutoring … more
Summer learning loss. Brain drain. Summer slide. Whichever way you choose to phrase it, high school students will forget around ten percent of what they learned in the previous year. Read on to find out how you can help.
Summer vacation is often the time for high school students to get their first jobs. Some choose retail employment, some become camp counselors, some even get internships at companies. While beneficial to their overall life skills, spending little or no time on academics can … more
Categories: High School
For busy professionals, one of the greatest values that private online tutoring provides is that you can learn at your own pace—and unlike using sites like Khan Academy or Lynda, it’s far less challenging to stay motivated.
It’s the difference between joining a gym versus booking an appointment with a personal trainer at your new gym. You’re far more likely to show up and stay engaged when you have someone at the ready to help you meet your goals. Plus, compared … more
Categories: Online Tutoring
Did you know that most middle school children actually forget a whole month’s worth of learning over the summer? Find out how you can prevent summer brain drain.
Unfortunately, when children spend little or no time on academics, a lot of the information and skills they learned during the school year are forgotten. To keep your child’s brain engaged and those academic juices flowing, there are multiple preventive measures you can take to avoid learning loss. To keep your child& … more
Summer is meant for fun and play, but it’s also a time when lots of children forget much of what they learned during the school year. Here’s how to help your child retain those important lessons.
School’s out for the summer!
Many families (and all children!) enjoy this time off from the daily routine of schoolwork, and spend the warmest months relaxing, camping, and playing with friends. But along with popsicles and mosquitos, summertime also brings an interruption of … more
Private online tutoring and in-person tutoring might not be as different from each other as some people assume. Working with a tutor online is a great way for students, especially those in Gen Y and Millennials, to connect with expert tutors in an environment that’s comfortable for them.
Online tutoring is a simple way for students and tutors to connect and work closely together. Students who need tutoring help right away, parents seeking an affordable, quality option, and teachers … more
Categories: Online Tutoring
While the reasons to think online tutoring isn’t the right option might be popping into your head (“It’s complicated,” “The experience would be a pain,” or “I already have a tutor”), the flexibility alone is reason enough to try.
Working with a tutor online doesn’t just open the doors to teachers across the country. It opens the door to working with your existing tutor more frequently, at the last second, or as happens during summer, … more
When you were growing up, you were probably under the misconception that tutoring was 1) expensive and therefore only for wealthy students and 2) only for students who were falling behind.
The truth is, millions of students are being tutored across all corners of the globe, plenty of whom fall far outside those two categories. Tutoring is for everyone, regardless of their constraints or misconceptions.
But that doesn’t make it any easier to know how or when to get started. A good … more
If you’ve never done it before, private tutoring will be a learning experience for you as much as your child. Done right, it’s an enlightening, hopefully college tuition-saving, learning experience. Especially when you consider the potential benefits for your child and your home.
In fact, by going in with the right set of expectations, you can get more out of private tutoring in less time and for less money. Here are six tried-and-true ideals we’ve uncovered that … more
Our poor teenagers. With sweaty palms and sharpened pencils, they’re only weeks away from the toughest 4 hours of their school year. Or maybe even their high school careers.
As parents, we hope the T’s have been crossed, and that 11 years of studying has primed students for their big-time test-taking. But whether it has or it hasn’t—it's out of your hands now.
SEE ALSO: Does My High Schooler Need Private Tutoring?
With the remaining time to test … more
If you’ve ever had your evening derailed by a badly phrased fourth-grade math question, you know that educating a student is as much of a challenge as keeping them safe.
If you’re having headaches piled upon exhaustion night after night as a result of your child’s homework or upcoming exams, you may need to reconsider a few things.
The main thing to think about is that not everything HAS to be on your plate. Here are four ways a private tutor can solve some real-life … more
Private tutoring has some obvious rewards: It can help your child learn new skills or work through problem subjects. In fact, most parents on WyzAnt report that their child improves by a full letter-grade after only 8 hours of private tutoring. But many of the best reasons to get a private tutor can’t be quantified so easily.
Whether or not you’ve made the choice to get a private tutor, you might not be aware of all the benefits of private tutoring. Here are some of the … more
In the days leading up to the most important tests of the year, you may find yourself searching in backpacks and under beds for ways to give your kids that extra edge over their upcoming standardized testing. For those of us whose state has its first Common Core based test in 2015, any anxiety is likely double.
What definitely isn’t helping most parents is the fact that younger students are often missing core principles related to standardized testing. While this final stretch is … more
You’ve undoubtedly read a slew of articles on both sides of the Common Core fence. If you’re like most parents, daily headlines like “7-Year-Old Outsmarts Ridiculously Stupid Common Core Question” have you reaching for the aspirin and waiting for the world to return to normal.
There’s only one way to look at Common Core, and it has nothing to do with “Right or Wrong.” It has to do with answering one question: How do I help my child?
SEE … more
Find out three important ways to make your job applications stand out from the crowd. Plus, see examples of great job applications.
Job applications are your first introduction to potential parents and students. Make sure your application is saying all the right things and you’re showing potential students exactly how you can help them.
Show Your Experience & Keep It Relevant
In every job application you send to students and parents, make sure you include experience … more
In part one of this two-part article, I wrote about creating the mentality that drives successful language learning. In part two, I offer habits to build your language skills outside of books.
Your progress depends on your outside work. Try actively employing these longer-term strategies to become more comfortable with all facets of a new language.
SEE ALSO: Five Steps To A Personal Language Learning Strategy
Immerse Yourself … more