I published this article on my blog and I believe that it will help students, tutors and parents alike so I decided to re-blog here. Time management is such an important skill! The article published by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension entitled “Thirteen Timely Tips for More Effective Time Management” proved to be very beneficial as well as the Time Management Quiz. They highlight the importance of prioritizing, goal setting and eliminating distractions.
I found five time managements tools that can help us achieve our goals.
StayFocusd – This is a Google Chrome extension that blocks you from going to time-wasting sites. It works like a timer, and asks you to set the maximum time you want to waste on your customized time-killer sites before they’re blocked. This tool would be perfect for parents to use with students who go to school online. It would help them to keep their kids on track and not chatting on twitter or posting photos on Instagram. This tool...
I have been a tutor for many years.
I have been an advocate for bullied kids for several years as well.
But only recently did I begin to see that even tutors can offer relief to kids who are bullied, and point bystanders in a proper direction as well.
The tutor's secret is really simple: we don't even have to know whether or if the students we work with are having bullying problems. All we have to know is that they sometimes exhibit the same symptoms as a bullied kid, and those symptoms can be brought on by stress.
The student who needs a tutor is often dealing with stress already, because the homework isn't done, he doesn't know how to do it - not the first thing, time is running out and there's nobody to help.
When I was younger, you know how I handled that kind of stress? By hoping the problem would go away. I would go into class the next day, the teacher would relent and say "hey, this is too hard for you guys, so let's go over...
Many of my students dread conjugating verbs. They dread it even more when the verbs are irregular and have the same meaning!! The verbs
ser and estar both mean
"to be", so what is the difference between the two?? Ser is used to describe things that are permanent or often unchangeable. For example, Yo soy de Estados Unidos.(I am from the United States). The form of ser used in the sentence is soy. You can not change where you are from. Ser is also used to describe characteristics, professions, religions and nationalities.
Estar is used to describe things that are temporary. For example,
Yo estoy en Florida para las vacaciones(I am in Florida for vacation).
I am vacationing in Florida, but I am not from there. There is a little rhyme that is printed in the textbook,
Realidades, which helps you remember when to use the verb, estar. The rhyme goes,
For how you...
Everyone knows that in order to do well in school you have to study. No-brainer (all-brainer?). However, what a lot of people don’t know is that what you do while you study can make or break your GPA. I’m not talking about the material you’re studying, because professors usually make PowerPoints or study guides to help you narrow down the material. I’m talking about the little habits that you developed that you didn’t know even played a role. So, without further ado, here are the 5 habits you should try to break immediately when you study.
1. You aren’t taking breaks
Sometimes students think that if they’re going to study, they need to sit down and get it over with. Maybe they think they can power through and that if they take a break they’re wasting valuable time. This couldn’t be more wrong! If you’ve ever heard of HIIT (high intensity interval training) routines, you know that this type of training is used all of the time and is meant to give you “more...
As a college student with a difficult major and two minors, my timetable is my best friend. It's not an exaggeration when I say that I live and breathe by it. I don't schedule anything without looking at it, and if anyone (friend, professor, boss, etc.) asks me, "Do you have free time at [X]?", I just email them a copy of it.
If you don't have a timetable, then that might be why you can't seem to manage your time properly. And I don't just have my classes scheduled. Every single thing I ever have to do is logged in it. This includes, but isn't limited to :
Work (outside of work study, like here!)
Homework times (further divided up by class)
Tutoring appointments (for me and my classes)
Extracurriculars (the number of which has shrunk as my college career has gone on)
Cleaning the apartment
Me time (because who can live without down time?)
I am having a wonderful time with an 8th grader who attends an excellent private school. All he needed was a little boost in study skills. I am reticent to divulge my techniques. But they are unique and they do produce results. In not too many sessions, study techniques become habit. Habits they can take to college !!!
When it comes to tutoring, more is not necessarily always better. Although you need a minimum amount of lessons and practice to really see remarkable improvement, you do not need that many lessons for improvement to happen.
1. With me the quality of instruction always trumps quantity. So I seek a transformation of your understanding.
2. I make use of manipulatives or other tools whenever appropriate. I want you to see it, hear it and write it.
3. I assess your learning style and consequently make use of techniques that work best for you.
4. I want to teach you what you need to know instead of what you already know.
5. I allow time for brainbreaks and attaboys so you can learn at your pace.
6. I make connections with your interests and teach at your level of understanding.
7. I encourage you while still pushing you to achieve more.
8. I may tell you a story that drives in the concept.
This is how I achieve the outside the box tutoring which inspires...
Okay, we have all made a math mistake, but for one reason or another we never took advantage of that opportunity to commit the correct step to memory. I have news for you. You can still remedy the situation. Here is how you achieve it. 1. For every time that you’ve made a wrong step in solving a problem, repeat the correct step three times. 2. If it is a multi-step problem, WRITE all the steps in the correct order at least three times. 3. READ out all the correct steps to yourself at least three times so that you HEAR the correct steps. Here is the rationale for this strategy. We have multiple ways of learning for a reason and we need to make use of multiple intelligences in order to maximize our ability to understand and memorize the correct steps. Once we commit the correct procedure into long-term memory, we are essentially freeing our short-term memory to work on other tasks. This way we won't get stumped months later when we come across the problem. So this strategy is a win!...
Many of you that I work with soon realize that the flaw in your academic subjects is mostly because of bad study habits. I think it is important to stress as your courses get harder and grade levels progress, more active learning should be ocurring than passive learning. What is the difference between the two? Passive learning is reading a textbook, watching a movie/documentary, looking at pictures, or hearing a lecture while active learning is participating in discussion, teaching material, flashcards, testing yourself, simulating a similar experience and so forth. Really try to do active learning after you do some passive reading this way your material will sink into your head!
Good Luck and Study On!
Through our tendencies of human nature, we don't like to ask for help. We want the recognition, the glory and the credit to be given to only ourselves. Unfortunately, the thought that we can single-handedly do everything on our own is a huge misconception. The world has been built on a foundation of people working together to towards a common goal. The world needs individuals to work together to brainstorm and execute plans for the future.
School and college provide opportunities to work together. Through group projects, presentations, senior design projects, etc. students are asked to work with one another. It is, rather unfortunate, that sometimes we are paired with people who we do not work well with, but that is life. School and college provide students with opportunities to work with people and adapt to others ways--whether we like them or not.
Now, when one must adapt to another's ways (for example a teacher's or professor's) it can sometimes be...
With the school year just starting, it's important to build study skills that will last through the year. Here are some tips to help create good habits now—TEN not-so-easy steps to develop self-discipline as well as become a strong student and an independent person. When December rolls around, you and your child will want to have great study skills to call upon to identify problems, plan projects, and meet deadlines.
STEP ONE: Identify your strengths
What is your favorite subject? Where do you excel? What makes that subject fun for you? What skills do you have that make you good at it?
STEP TWO: Write them down
Sing your own praises. Make a list. Why? First, just to make yourself feel good. Second, to build some confidence. Third, and perhaps most importantly, to see how you can apply your strengths in subjects that do not come as easily.
STEP THREE: Identify your challenges
What is your least favorite...
For those who want to know the reason for writing "reflection" papers, consider how the process is simply another way to learn
Learning is not just about acquiring and using new skills, the process also involves “thinking about your thinking.” The actual term for this action is “metacognitive behavior,” which is a means to help you organize and reflect on information and behavior. The process may sound complicated, but this is simply a form of higher order thinking that requires you to consider how or why information is valuable as well as what makes it important or necessary.
Sometimes, we do this automatically. Consider a time when you’ve been in the store and have been presented with two options for purchase. First, you go through a decision-making process, then select the product, and then take it home for use. Most likely, you will then know if you made the appropriate selection. At this point, you may likely reflect on why you made the choice –...
As an economics major with a double-minor in Mandarin Chinese and religious studies, I always have something to do. With all my classes being highly-intensive, time management skills and staying organized are a must. I effectively keep myself on track with my assignments by using this chart:
Important & Due Soon Important & Not Due Soon
Not Important & Due Soon Not Important & Not Due Soon
By keeping a simple chart like this, I can see what assignments for what classes are important, and when...
Hi there Medical Billers and Coders:
Have you been attempting to do medical coding and need some refreshing or just a guide of what to do. When I tutor a student, I also add tips and strategies used to help select the best the best code. For example checking the similarities between two medical terms. for example dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) and dysphasia (impairment of speech). A good coder is familiar with medical terminology and always has a medical dictionary available. Recognizing the difference in similar terms ensures accurate coding. This means a claim can go out clean and would spend less time pending for payment, there would be no denial, thus no claim follow up, and no resubmissions when the information is abstracted properly for coding. Keep this in mind! Til next time!
The Coding Instructor
Study Skills Part 1: Fighting Procrastination
It is always the same: You just think about the German vocabulary you have to learn, or about the historical dates you should know---and hey, presto, you find yourself checking E-mails, updating your Facebook site, or cleaning the windows to perfection like you have never done before. There is a word for this phenomenon: procrastination. Although this isn't per se a bad habit, it can be very annoying in quite different areas of your life.
You know what? I just did it. I planned to publish this blog post last week. At first, it felt very rewarding to clean the windows instead of working to finish and present the post. However, it was not sustainable. „When we procrastinate, we know we are acting against our own best interests.“ (Steel , p. 3) There is no doubt the long term effect of procrastination is just nasty.
You are waiting for the good news? Here it is. It's easy to fix. You will become the master of...
When it comes to tutoring sessions I think that it is so important for students to be engaged with the lesson. Through my experience in teaching middle school I know that the more excited your kids are about learning the better it is!
Here's what I do:
1. Develop a report with the students- creating that bond is important for students to trust you to succeed.
2. Make games out of homework help and studying- who said you had to sit and just memorize words! Lets make a game out of it!
3. Relate the school work to real like- honestly, its hard to see the point of geometry for kids in middle school, but if you make the lessons and the work something related to their own life then they may be more interested.
4. Keep it light! Lessons dont have to be serious buckle down work- lets make it fun and talk about the text.
5. Respect- I respect all my...
Many students have a fear of learning a foreign language. Instead of approaching acquiring a new tongue as an exciting challenge, many approach it with the question "Why do we have to learn this?" Learning a foreign language can be a wonderful experience. Here a few of my "Dos and Don'ts" when approaching foreign language learning.
DO keep an open mind and be positive about learning something new.
DO recognize the similarities of your native language and the new language that you are learning.
DO review your notes from class everyday and practice at home.
DO find a language/study buddy in your language class.
DO think about your future and how a new language is going to benefit you with your future goals.
DON'T be negative.
DON'T be prejudice about a foreign language and its culture based on stereotypes.
DON'T stop trying even when there are words that you do not understand or there is a chapter that is not...
Every student can benefit from understanding how to get the best out of their brain. This basic information can improve academic performance by a significant percent with out any other intervention.
• Two basic things happen when you sleep—1) body repair
• 2) memory reorganization and long term storage.
• Babies need 14 hours, school age kids need 10-11, teens need 9+.
• Not enough sleep? You get sick and you can’t remember what you learn.
• The brain needs 80 oz of water every day to replace what you lose through sweating, exhaling and peeing.
• As little as 2% dehydration causes poor short-term memory, trouble focusing, and difficulties with math computation.
• Some water is absorbed from food. But you do really need 8 glasses of liquid every day.
• Movement gets your blood flowing,...
This is an issue that comes up a lot as a tutor. What exactly is the difference between a tutor and a homework helper? In short, plenty.
1. A homework helper is there to ensure that a student gets a good grade on their homework. When a tutor is helping with homework, the tutor is there to make sure the student understands the homework.
2. Using a homework helper, you will see an improvement in the student's homework grades but not quiz/exam grades (which may actually drop), whereas a tutor will see an overall improvement, including tests.
3. A homework helper has nothing to do if the student has no homework, whereas a tutor still has plenty to do since learning is not reliant on homework.
4. A homework helper will often do the work for the student, whereas a tutor will rarely, if ever, do the work for the student.
5. A homework helper uses statements to tell about the subject, whereas a tutor will ask questions so that the student learns about the...
As a student, many lessons were deeply instilled in me that have carried far beyond the classroom. I have come up with five tips to help you succeed inside the classroom and in the outside world.
1. Get Organized
This is crucial. Number one has to be the first step for a reason. Without organization and planning, it is very difficult to stay on track and accomplish your goals. Begin at home. Keep a clean room, clean desk, and start a planner of any sort. Even if your planner is just a cheap dollar store calendar hanging on the wall, it will allow you to keep track of important dates and let you know where you stand along the way. Extend this to "your area" at school, work or wherever you may go. By keeping things in order you are making sure nothing menial is standing in your way.
2. Create Checkpoints
Think of this as picking off a huge iceberg piece by piece. It can be intimidating seeing the big picture, but by taking it one...