I have been teaching Special Education and Regular/General Education for over 18 years - grades K-12th and Adults. I teach multiple subjects. I also enjoy teaching English Language Learners from various countries.
As a teacher, I am able to provide students with a “head start” in mastering basic skills. Students challenge me to be creative, nurturing and most of all, patient.
Special ED & Regular ED - Credentialed Teacher, M.S.
Do you find yourself putting in lots of study but still falling shy of your learning goals? Do you find yourself blanking on tests for which you have studied for hours the night before? Maybe you are a senior in college and need a simple encouragement for good academic performance. Whatever your situation, if you are trying to learn well, these lifestyle suggestions are definitely worth integrating into your daily routine.
Give your body the nourishment it needs. Make healthy eating part of your daily routine, being sure to follow guidelines set by accredited nutritionists. It may seem a bit odd, but from a biological point of view, for learning to occur the body must be nourished so that the proper state of mind can be maintained. The more vivid example of this is the familiar hunger during study sessions that prevent full attention to be given to the subject matter. More subtle forms of this phenomenon include forgetfulness, difficulty relating new information...
1. I was once a student.
2. I'm still learning so that makes me still a student.
3. I hated school and homework so I think that make me normal.
4. I love the subject of Microbiology.
5. Ergo, I have compassion and respect for anyone who wants to excel in this subject matter.
So you're an expert in your subject. You put in the time. You know the material like the back of your hand.
But there's a big difference between knowing it and teaching it. A fun lesson engages your students, helping them learn the material faster and with better retention. Make sure your students get the most out of your lessons by following these 5 tips.
1) Start Off With Something Light
At the beginning of the lesson, your students aren't ready to learn just yet. They're still thinking about their day - soccer practice, what they're going to make for dinner, the presentation due on Thursday.
Get your students warmed up and primed for learning with something light. In my English lessons, we might start with a vocabulary game or some pronunciation practice like a tongue twister. It doesn't have to be related to the target subject, but it should engage their brain enough to snap them out of their head a bit and get focused.
I know this can be confusing for more advanced students, here is a simple tip to differentiate both:
We say :
-"se rappeler quelque chose" and
- "se souvenir DE quelque chose ou DE quelqu'un".
There is no such thing as "se rappeler de" in French...
- je me rappelle mon voyage en France
- je me souviens de ce village
I hope this can be useful to some of you in their practice!
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Recently, I had the opportunity to tutor a student through Skype. I was such a great experience, I wanted to try to promote more online tutoring sessions with students. I have been looking around and researching different online tutoring platforms that would allow more interaction between myself and my students. I don't feel like I am finding exactly what I need.
This is really a two part Blog
A) Does anyone have any experience with tutoring online and could suggest any online platforms that are really conducive to student learning?
B) I find that there is a lot of resistance to online tutoring, do you have any suggestions for getting students more on board with online tutoring?
Tutoring is a two way street. Both sides of the party need to put in 110% of effort in order to see positive results.
A tutor needs to be enthusiastic about the subject. They need to be passionate about what they are teaching. Throughout my college career, I had a better experience and better results in classes where my professor was enthusiastic about the class. Adversely, teachers who don't show enthusiasm, do not connect with the students, and the students refuse to create that connection as well.
Another healthy tutoring tip is patience. Nobody likes a pushy tutor! Yes, be assertive, but being too pushy will annoy the student. Patience allows the student to digest the material and to create cognitive connections.
Positive encouragement is also a good way to make lessons fun. There are teachers who scare their students by giving them discouragement. When a teacher gives the student positive encouragement, the student feels good...
Not all of us can memorize what we study therefore I come up with a few details that can help us to know the unit circle without memorize it.
1-For the (x, y) coordinates in the unit circle, always know or remember the four major coordinates point between the horizontal line (-1, 0) left and (1, 0) right and the vertical line (0, 1) up and (0, -1) down. Also, between the x-axis and the y-axis the middle angle, coordinate point always (√2/2, √2/2) in the entire unit circle; also, watch your sign in quadrant two through quadrant four. In addition, just remember your last angle coordinate point always going to be what you're starting with in the order side of your vertical or horizontal line.
2- There are three angles between x and the y axis, and the difference between them is 15° degree as well as for the radians, the difference between them is π/12. Also, from the...
When I tutor a student I really like to learn as much about their likes. This helps me design fun, creative and exciting lessons.
5 ideas that make a lesson great!
1. Movement - song or poems.
2. Games- focus on the objective
with a fun game.
3. Praise- always find a positive
way to say good job.
4. Make sure the Lesson is on
level with the student. Making
sure the material is appropriate
will also help the student learn
and become confident In their
5. Prepared- make sure to have
Activities that involve all levels
of learning...Hearing, seeing
I've searched for grammar books that are enjoyable to use. And I think I've found a couple. Learning is quick and painless. :-)
They are both available on Amazon.
Basic Grammar In Use and Grammar In Use Intermediate
Both are available in most public libraries.
Both books have answer keys in the back of the book, as well as a CD. The reason why I like Murphy’s books is because they offer exercises that satisfy intuitive learners as well as explanations that satisfy learners who want to understand when to use the rules.
The way I would use Murphy’s books is to go directly to the answer key in the back while you are doing the exercises. Just fill in the blanks with the answer. Yes, no struggle. You are just filling in the blanks with the correct answer. This way, you are learning the pattern intuitively. You see example after example of a sentence using the correct pattern.
Today I had my second lesson with a 14 year old who wants to learn how to do an eComerce website. It is SO much fun when they are interested. This kid was asking all the right questions.
At the same time, you have to remember that you still have to cover the basics no matter. I tried to skip ahead to a concept and we didn't have language enough for him to understand. No worries, just dropped down a level.
I've gone through a long period lately where I wasn't getting students like this and I was just about to quit tutoring. Nice to see there are still good students out there.
I think of learning as someone who just win a champion, a million dollar schorlaship, or who just have the most important thing he or she was waiting for in he/she lives, for a long periodof time. When that moment occurs he or she cannot stop smile for years. Therefore, my five tips to help make a fun learning for students and I are writting below.
First, I open a five munite discussion with the student to know where he or she weaknesses are in the Subject we're working on. Also, find what is the best way he or she learn's.
Second, I figure out ways I can relate he/she difficulty in way back math such pre-k, first grade math, or money best on how he/she learn's.
Third, I'll make an appropriate joke to get the student engagement, or I share my way of approaching a subject like that...
I couldn't find any references to this tool in the blogs or forums, so I wanted to put this out there.
I use A Web Whiteboard (AWW) found at https://awwapp.com for all my online tutoring needs. No download, registration, or install necessary... and it's completely free! It also has zero ads or any other clutter you might associate with any free tool. It appears the developers behind AWW make their money by selling a premium product to those interested in that sort of thing, but I've found the free tool more than enough for my needs.
It has pretty much everything I'm looking for in a whiteboard tool: multiple colors, incredibly simple to invite students to join the board, cross-platform (any student with an internet connection can use it, and it works in every browser, as far as I can tell), and there is an option to save the images you create so you and your students can have material for reference later.
The only conceivable drawback...
I always talk to the student on the first meeting to find out more about his/her individual learning style and general fun facts about what the person's interests are. I then try to tie that into my lessons. For example, if someone is more visual (many learners are nowadays), I'll have more charts and organization tables for the lessons or have the person make flashcards with pictures on them. I had one student who was learning Spanish and loved sports so I first went over some sports vocabulary and played a little vocab baseball game with them, for example. If the person likes singing, I can incorporate songs or rhymes into the lesson to help the person memorize things more quickly.
asking about their day, for starters (a light beginning)
have they had a snack?
ask about a recent personal triumph (sports game/match, quiz, test, tough book
what did they have for lunch? i tell them what i had
what do you dread at school right now?
Using unusual resources make my tutoring lessons more fun. Especially when teaching ESL, using Netflix or FireStick to call up particular shows in English that
interest my students (I use their suggestions) are very useful while providing the motivation needed for language learning in the moment. The students want to know it all--idioms, American or British common sayings, and more vocabulary that can be learned in a single lesson at times.
I always bring my tablet and a hotspot if there is no WiFi to use this fun tool.
Here are my five top tips for making lessons fun
1. Let the student suggest or choose a topic.
2. Set learning goals with input from the student.
3. Use a variety of media - YouTube videos, music, songs, podcasts, stories.
4. Make it challenging.
5. Make the lesson a game!
Depending on the age of the student, there are a number of ways to bring out the best in him/her while having an enjoyable time studying. Each child has a unique learning approach and this can't always be accommodated to in the classroom by the teaching staff. Tutoring provides the one-on-one time with tutor and student where the tutor learns about the child's personality, their frustrations, and their concerns. All of which helps the tutor design learning activities where the student recognizes the positive changes they are making. When this happens, the student's self-esteem, self-efficacy, and empowerment gradually advance over time as they should. Students learn of their capabilities and how to put them into practice.
As a tutor, I realize that I have the unique opportunity to positively impact a student's sense of self that will help them study and approach school with more confidence and success.
Too many times students leave their papers until the last minute. Haven't we all done this at some point in high school and college? Here is the best tip to ease the stress of that last minute essay writing. Breathe! Take a long breath and realize that you CAN do it! Next, write a quick outline of the main topics you wish to cover in your essay. The outline does not have to be long and involved. A list of bullet points is the easiest way to organize your thoughts. Do not forget that the first paragraph is your introduction and the last is your conclusion. Make the last sentence of your first paragraph your thesis statement ( the main topic of your paper). Have at least three supporting ideas or paragraphs. Conclude with a circle ending where you go back to your first paragraph idea or end with a clincher! That is something that "clinches" or closes the essay with a bang! Check off each bullet point as you write...