• The 4 C's Of Coping With The Type Of Homework You Never Had

    As the ways kids are being taught changes, it can be hard for parents to keep up. Use this process to remove some frustration when it’s time to offer homework help.

    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

    Categories: Common Core, Help for Parents

    Tags: for parents

  • 4 Words Teachers Use That Didn’t Exist In Your Day

    Even the classroom isn’t immune to new, hip (and sometimes confusing) trends. Read up on this quartet of education’s buzziest terms to understand how school might be changing for your child.

    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

  • The 4 School Supplies To Make Your Life Easier In 2015

    Don’t miss a beat this fall by adding these four essentials to your back to school supplies list.

    The 4 School Supplies To Make Your Life Easier in 2015

    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

    Tags: college prep

  • 10 Facts That Changed Since You Were In School: #1-5

    Find out ten new facts your children will be taught in school, and how they differ from what you learned.

    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

    Tags: for parents

  • 10 Facts That Changed Since You Were In School: #6-10

    Find out five more facts that your children will be taught in school, and how they differ from what you learned.

    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

    Tags: for parents

  • Dispelling Your Daughter's Middle School Math Demons

    Math often becomes a disparaging subject for middle school girls. Here's how parents can play a pivotal role in helping them understand emotions and simplify concepts.

    "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

    Categories: Help for Parents, Middle school

    Tags: help for parents

  • Kids And Screen Time: Why Online Tutoring Is A Healthy Addition

    Parents can encourage healthy screen use in their child’s media diet through online tutoring and other educational media.

    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

    Categories: Elementary school, Help for Parents, Middle school, Online Tutoring

    Tags: healthy kids

  • 6 Subjects That Are Perfect For Online Tutoring

    The differences between online and in-person tutoring might seem larger than they are. Here are 6 subjects that work just as well (or better) with online tutoring.

    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

    Categories: High school, Online Tutoring

    Tags: online tutoring, online private tutoring

  • Help Your High School Student Avoid Summer Learning Loss

    How to help your high schooler have a great summer without losing everything they learned last year.

    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

    Tags: high school, summer brain drain, summer learning loss, summer slide

  • Why Online Private Tutoring Is The Perfect Fit For Busy Professionals

    From waking up to going to bed, the life of a professional in 2015 can seem like a blur. Whether you want to learn a new programming language or brush up on skills for an interview, online private tutoring is an effective, affordable option.

    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 to … more

    Categories: Online Tutoring

    Tags: adult learners

  • The Comprehensive Guide For Diagnosing Your Tutoring Needs

    Private tutoring is about so much more than raising grades. Find out the five types of private tutoring and which one is right for your child.

    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

    Categories: Help for Parents, Why Choose Private Tutoring

    Tags: help for parents

  • 6 Things Every Parent Should Know About Private Tutoring

    Thinking of hiring a private tutor? Find out the things you should know, so both you and your child enjoy a successful and affordable private tutoring experience.

    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

    Categories: Help for Parents, Why Choose Private Tutoring

    Tags: for parents

  • 4 Mistakes To Avoid During AP, ACT, and SAT Prep

    Find out how to eliminate flaws in your child’s study plan and learn tips for good study habits in the weeks leading up to the big exam.

    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 a full year of studying has primed students with a firm grasp on the 180 days of subject matter. But whether it has or it hasn’t is out of our hands.

    SEE ALSO: Help Your High School Student Avoid Summer Learning Loss

    The remaining time to test … more

    Categories: High school, Test Prep

    Tags: high school, tests and exams

  • Why Private Tutoring Might Be The Answer To (Most Of) Your Problems

    Are you getting homework headaches when you help your child after school? Find out 4 ways a private tutor can solve common problems faced by parents.

    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

    Categories: Help for Parents, Why Choose Private Tutoring

    Tags: for parents

  • 6 Ways Private Tutors Help Families (Hint: It's Not Just Tutoring)

    Private tutoring doesn’t just help with grades. Find out six lesser known benefits of hiring a private tutor and how the right one can help your entire family.

    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

    Categories: Help for Parents, Why Choose Private Tutoring

  • 6 Crucial Fundamentals Of K-8 Standardized Testing

    Turns out that behavior has a bigger impact on success than subject knowledge when it comes to standardized testing. Learn how to help your child be a better test-taker.

    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

    Categories: Elementary school, Middle school, Test Prep

  • 5 Ways To Beat Common Core Without Opting Out

    In an overwhelming sea of political opinions, what does your child stand to gain? Find out how to help your child succeed with the new testing and standards.

    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.

    Stop.

    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

    Categories: Common Core, Elementary school, Help for Parents, High school, Middle school, Test Prep

    Tags: high school, tests and exams, common core

  • How To Write Great Job Applications

    As a tutor on WyzAnt, your job application is crucial to making a great first impression. Make sure you're including 3 key ingredients for a great job application and that parents and students know exactly how you can help them reach their goals.

    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 that speaks … more

    Categories: Help for Tutors, Build your tutoring business, Tips for new tutors

    Tags: talking to parents

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