I come across many students who have a hard time concentrating. Often times they have been diagnosed with ADD, ADHD, or some other attention deficit. My experience working with a wide variety of students is that by taking the time to focus on conscious breathing techniques, a dramatic improvement can be made with their scholastic endeavors. I focus constantly on breakthrough...
*Tutors of students with Special Needs can best tutor their students by being aware of legal issues that can impact the education of children with Special Needs. Many of these children have documented disabilities, and/or are students entitled to services under Section 504 and various portions of the ADA (American with Disabilities Act). The students' rights...
Fad diets- you can't spend more than 10 minutes browsing the web without seeing something about a fad diet these days. We've all heard of them - Paleo, GAPS, Gluten-Free, grapefruit and eggs, gluten-free-casein-free, etc. We've all heard of the benefits of these diets for adults- weight loss being the primary goal here.
But what happens when you put your child on one of these diets...
I have spent nearly two years working entirely with students that struggled with mild to severe ADD. First, both students with ADD and those who teach them need to be knowledgeable of WHAT ADD is.
A few basics:
1). ADD is NOT simply being easily distracted, or lack of focus. For the student suffering with it, it feels as if there is a mental fog around everything...
I am going to pass on a simple tip to you parents on how to get your child to focus when studying or doing homework.
I kid you not. Chewing gum helps your brain focus and causes you to pay more attention to what you are reading or working on.
Special Education teachers have known this for years, but a recent study in the UK by Kate...
My number one advice to everyone is to never focus on obstacles; but instead, always keep your goals in sight.
As someone who spent most of her life in grad school or as a professor, the top excuse for not going back to school is time limitations. But that's just an excuse. You no doubt know people who have managed to accomplish what seems to be a million things at once. How in...
A great number of parents have asked me how to best help their child. My answer is to be your child's biggest advocate and cheerleader. If your child is struggling your child needs you to speak for them and help them get the tools they need. You can do this by researching the problem whether it be dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, OCD, test taking anxiety or other problem. Make sure to get a second opinion...
Well, school is out and the beach is calling! If you are a high school senior or the parent of one, you know that studying is probably not high on anyone’s list of preferred activities this time of year. But, if you are taking summer classes, need to do some catch-up on basics, complete summer reading and writing assignments for AP courses, or want to get serious about SAT test prep, now is a...
I'm an educator, photographer, family therapist, I enjoy helping others succeed. I look forward to tutoring and getting to know WyzAnt students.
Please let me know your experience, or any helpful information you may have regarding Parental Alienation in divorce (or post-divorce) cases. I am deeply concerned for the well-being of some children who may be victims of Parental Alienation. I have been told that this is a form of child abuse, since it can seriously impact a child's self-esteem. Research shows that children in divorce cases are...
Over the past two years, I have discovered some very effective methods for helping ADD/ADHD students improve their concentration levels and ultimately their, academic performance. When my ADD/ADHD students struggle to concentrate, my job as a tutor is to find a solution. Tutoring one-on-one gives me the opportunity to make what a student believes is difficult extremely easy. Many times, students...
The school couldn't help and I don't know where to start.
IF I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice on how to be a better student, be more successful in school, life, etc, I would definitely tell myself that being involved in everything comes at a cost. It is better to find a few things that you like to do, do them well and often, than feeling stressed because there is so much on your plate at one time. Being a 'Jack of all Trades'...
When interviewing a prospective tutor, parents should ask about the tutor's skills and experience, and find out if the tutor truly enjoys teaching. When the tutor feels enthusiastic about the subject, and communicates well, the student has an opportunity to learn to enjoy the subject too.
I recommend for parents to observe the first lesson to see the tutor's skills in action, and watch/listen...
I think it's safe to say that all teachers are concerned about the academic success of their students. However, something most of us don't consider on an everyday basis concerning our students is their social success. We oftentimes don't realize how difficult it is for some of our students to understand social cues, figure out the hidden rules in the school or social environment, or even how to...
Hey my name is Laura, I have a BA in elementary education. I live in the central Jersey area. I am new to this site as a tutor, although I have been tutoring for about ten years. If someone has any pointers on how to be successful using this site and how to get clients quickly, please let me know!! I would appreciate it!!
The objective of education
is to prepare the young
to educate themselves throughout their lives.
-Robert Maynard Hutchins
I love this quotation because it makes visible that the role of any teacher or tutor should be to create independent people who love learning! It is not the role of a teacher or tutor to make students believe that they cannot achieve without them.
We've been told that each student tends to have a dominant learning style. In my experience, I would say that the Visual-Dominant Learning Style is most common (#1), then the Auditory Learning Style (#2), and then the Tactile or Kinetic Learning Style (#3).
Some teachers seem to love talking a lot, so their students may get 90% of more of their information in the Auditory form. That is not...
Parents of students living with learning difficulties qualify for various academic accommodations. These include things that classroom teachers can incorporate into daily lesson plans, like extra time to complete homework and ability to take tests in a quiet location, to things that state education laws delegate to specially trained teachers, aides, and nurses, such as care for students with feeding...
Massachusetts Specific Resources:
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: