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Being tutored or tutoring a student isn’t always exciting but the subjects need to be learned and understood. With my students, I like to take the time to get to know them – what interests they might have or things that they value – in order to tailor my sessions with them. Each student is different and they can’t all be lumped together like a group of clones. To put it more simply, I have listed a few things that help me make tutoring sessions more enjoyable for both the student and myself.   1. Find a common interest – if there is a personable connection, the student will feel more comfortable learning from you as a tutor. A comfortable environment, I feel, increases the success of the student because they are keeping their focus on the subject at hand.   2. Tailor sessions to the student – paying attention to a student’s interests can provide a tutor with invaluable information about them. For several of my younger students, knowing their interests to tailor... read more

Rosetta Stone Totale is a pretty cool program. I've been using it to learn some basics - Hebrew and Italian - and its actually been a lot of fun. How much you like Rosetta Stone Totale will depend on what type of learner you are. I was never an exemplary language learner, my talents are more mathematical and analytic, but Rosetta Stone Totale is very much changing that for me currently. It helps that I can have the computer repeat itself as much as I please.   Interestingly, I've skipped over spelling and voicing because these parts are not great to do with a computer. You basically find out if what you did is right or wrong, not what part of what you did is right or wrong and how you can improve. This means that my focus is almost entirely on vocabulary, which has its own sections in the Rosetta Stone Menu.   The program is unique in that you spend a lot of time looking at pictures and coming up with stories for them as if they were cards. Your short term... read more

I base my instruction on seven principles that I hold for learners. Independent: Students are in charge of their own learning Give choices for learning activities Emphasize meta-cognition: students reflect on their learning and process High expectations: helps student gain confidence and belief that they can learn and achieve Gradually release support (always scaffold): guided practice to independent practice Self-motivated: Students want to learn Activities build on prior knowledge and meaningful to students' lives Partners of learning: their individual efforts are essential Model enthusiasm: share interests and passions and relate them to learning Life-long Learners: Learning is a process that never ends Articulate and model process of learning and help students become aware of their own learning Allow students to take on independent study and learn through their own interests Document and reflect: Student's chart progress... read more

I believe each child is a star. Every student has the ability to learn and should be given the support and opportunity they need to succeed and reach their full potential. Each child should be seen as a unique contribution to the class and the student should always come first. As a teacher, I am here to keep high expectations of every student and set standards that align to goals that the student wants to achieve. I believe in each child who steps into my classroom and as their teacher I will help them discover who they are as individuals and guide them on their journey of who they want to become. By letting students showcase their unique talents and interests through alternative assessments and assignments, I can make sure every student is having the opportunity to showcase what they have learned while still being the shining individuals that make up my class. I believe teaching and learning needs to be outside the box. As an educator I need to provide creative... read more

1. Bring on the interests: I incorporate student interests into the activities and lessons I do. For instance, to help students with a writing skill, I have the student write about a favorite character.   2. Get up and move: There is no reason for students to learn by just sitting down at a table. I incorporate kinesthetic and sensory activities that get students moving to fire up their brain and make more learning connections.   3. Add in a favorite subject: If your tutoring a student in reading but they enjoy science then teach them and incorporate the reading skills into the lesson. The student is then learning the skills they need while engaging in a subject they love. Double the learning!   4. Make a project: Take tutoring beyond homework help and have students work on a longer project. The project will allow the student to see their progress as well as have a finished item that shows the skills they have learned. For instance, in my... read more

I was lost with my career goals in life and not sure where to go with my education but thanks to WyzAnt's superb networking platform, I have been able to successfully be self employed for years without stress of lack of clients. Although I use other sources, WyzAnt is the only source that provides consistency and simplicity.

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” William Arthur Ward Besides minor differences between various cultures and educational systems, a common characteristic among them is that each person has the right to learn. Most people have the tendency and desire to do so and they are best served by teachers who play significant roles in the education systems. John Dewey stated, “I will try my best to understand my students' abilities and show them their unique powers.” As a Perennialist, I believe that cultivation of the intellect is the highest priority of an education. The main objective of education is for people to increase their intellect and wisdom. This results in development of humanity, honesty and morality which is favorable to all people, regardless of differences in colors, languages and cultures. This utopia cannot be achieved easily and requires a sustained, compassionate effort... read more

As tutors, we want our students to grasp the material, but having the student say "I get it" is not enough of an indicator. Some students are too reserved to say that they don't get it, some are too proud, and some just want to get the session over with as quickly as possible. We, as tutors, have the responsibility to test their supposed understanding by giving them practice problems to see if they're capable of solving them on their own. 

Everyone wants to get the most “bang for his or her buck,” and tutoring is no different. If working with a tutor doesn't yield the results a student needs or wants, it can be completely frustrating.   Here are a few tips to help students get the most out of a tutoring session:   1. Discuss your specific needs with your tutor   The more closely tailored your lesson can be to your needs, the more beneficial it will be. Expressing your goals and expectations to your tutor (or working together to create some) can lead to more relevant tutoring experiences.   2. Come prepared   If you have a specific assignment or project that you would like assistance on, make sure to bring all notes, ideas, and guidelines that you have when you meet with your tutor. It is hard to know what your professor or teacher is looking for, especially when it comes to essays, when there are no instructions or assignment details included. Bringing... read more

Wow, what a year it has been! I always thought I wanted to teach middle school math, but somehow ended up teaching high school math my first year. Teaching high school math was awesome, but I was working too far from home and decided to find a job closer to home. I scored the perfect job (or so I thought) at the exact middle school that I attended! It was wonderful to be back and on the other side of things. This year was crazy, but in a good way! I definitely love teaching middle school better than high school, and I have a gracious understanding for the age group. Being able to embrace the goofy personalities is a must! My students and I had a fun year together, and I'm sad it came to a close. But I will still be teaching middle school math (6th and 7th grade now) at a different school. While I love teaching math in general, I can honestly say that I have a preference after teaching at both levels. I've always been told that I'm "crazy" and must have a lot of patience for... read more

S. and I covered a lot of technical material today: 1. oil pastel with India Ink wash 2. Charcoal and/or graphite on Mylar 3. Charcoal, graphite, oil pastel on heavy textured paper 4. The use of a razor blade on heavy paper with charcoal, graphite and oil pastel 5. The effect of water (spray bottle) on charcoal and graphite (with a hair dryer, to speed up drying) 5. High-tech eraser pencil and different erasure techniques; blocking out light areas with tape Using sample papers (and Mylar), S. experimented with all of these techniques. It is useful that we do not try at this point to "make a good drawing" as I want her to interpret her own direction. Therefore, I have shown her a number of advanced techniques and have assigned two home homework projects, that might take two or more weeks, using all of the techniques above. In order to give S. some interesting subject matter, I have lent her a basket full of interesting shells. She liked the... read more

An understanding of history provides insight into interconnectedness of the world at large. Aside from memorizing facts, the student of history explores the context of the subject matter giving practical application to contemporary events. The ability to comprehend how facts correlate is like putting the pieces of a puzzle together. In essence, all knowledge comes full-circle in life. Learning should be a life-long experience. Mastering a subject and related skills builds confidence which in turn sparks greater motivation to learn. In terms of reading and writing assistance in correlation to history, I coach the pupil in acquiring effective study skills, offering essay critiquing and proofreading services.  Having graduated George Mason University in 2001 with a BA in History, I returned to graduate school in 2011 after working ten years with special education in the public school system. Towards the close of that period, I tutored and served as a market manager for a... read more

         I've never really thought of myself as a "TEACHER" but as a student and information sponge I have learned that an engaged student is one that learns the most. Here are 5 tips for other tutors to keep your clients engaged and maximize the learning.          Enthusiasm:     A teacher or tutor who isn't passionate about their subject is not being the best they can be IMHO. When I was in grade school I had a teacher that taught Math and he was loud and excited about math and everything he taught stuck because his enthusiasm was infectious.  Get your clients excited about the subject they will retain considerably more.          Student Feedback:     This is important to ensure communication is being made. Much like in the Military when we spoke instructions over the radio the receiver had to let the sender know they received the... read more

* When answering reading comprehension questions, read the questions before you read the article. This may sound odd, however, it keeps the student from being overwhelmed. This strategy allows them to focus on finding the answers.   * When moving from question to question, start reading from the beginning of the article for EVERY question. This increases comprehension and fluency.   * Answer questions that ask: what's the main topic, last, no matter what order that question is asked. Using the strategies above will increase the ability to comprehend the article and correct answers.

Never tutored before?  Never been tutored before?  You have nervousness in common.  You can get your nervousness under control to make your initial tutoring session a good experience for everyone.  The key is in being prepared...   1. DON"T wait until the last day (or last minute!) to prepare.  Simple things such as gathering your materials the night before or taking a few days to brush up on some less used parts of the subject you are teaching will help you feel prepared and calmer as a result.    2. Make sure you are clear on when and where your tutoring session will be held.  If you have the info on paper but have never been there before, have a clear plan on what routes to take and leave early.  Do not rely on your GPS.  You already have enough to think about.   3. Make sure you have your tutor's/student's contact info with you in case of emergency.  Showing up late to a tutoring session... read more

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Hello Students: 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. Cordially, Teresa, Special ED & Regular ED - Credentialed Teacher, M.S.

Do you want to improve your listening skills? Here are two links to great online resources:    Real English Listen to real English spoken by native speakers. First, watch the video without subtitles. Next, do the exercises. Then, watch the video again with subtitles. You will learn a lot of new words too!      Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab You can choose easy, medium, or difficult. There are a lot of different topics. You can do exercises after you listen to the audio recording.     

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