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In working with young children, it's imperative to bring a bag of tricks. I help to reach different learning modalities and engage my current learners with these five tips:   1. Bring the music. A song can provide mnemonic remembering tools, activate the brain, soothe anxiety, or provide background for dance to help a child expend energy and come back to focus.   2. Puzzle it out. Crossword puzzles, word scrambles, jigsaws, and other puzzles can bring a fun reinforcement to a lesson which might otherwise seem dull.   3. Be silly. Get the child to think outside the box with open-ended questions and statements that don't make sense. Ask your student to try to reason why it would make sense.   4. Get moving. The average attention span for students is one minute for every year (to age 20). Making a physical connection through hand motions and reviewing information with physical movement (i.e. "Be a plant. Now be an animal")... read more

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.   Nutrition 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... read more

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.

Believe it or not children enjoy fun challenges and mind probing questions, especially learners from 3rd grades and up.  Even my younger learners, especially boys find it fun when they have to guess how many jelly beans in a jar.   1. Socratic method (helps me in getting to know my learners and they understanding my instructional approach) 2. Unscramble the word for the day game 3. Guess who or Guess what games 4. Trivial games 5. Guess how many?

Edema. Hypercalcemia. Bronchitis. Have you ever wondered what all those medical professionals are talking about? Well, now you can! Go to to check out a FREE short, simplified course on medical terminology offered by Des Moines University. This is a great course for any student who is thinking about going into the medical field, whether it's medical school, nursing school, or medical assistant, you name it. I also suggest everyone else to take a look at this site because everyone goes to the doctor and you should know what your doctor's telling you! :] Happy studying!

Tip 1:  Always get to know your student, but be sure to keep it at a professional level and nothing too personal   Tip 2:  Play certain educational games that can include learning definitions, or formulas    Tip 3:  Don't be too serious,  try to have a relaxing environment so the student won't feel so uptight   Tip 4:  Try to include comedy in the routine, from what I've learned most students either "hate" the subject and want to get it over with, but adding a comedic level to the subject can make them have a better attitude towards learning it.   Tip 5:  If a student does well on a test, I may bring in a snack or something to reward them with for their hard work

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... read more

While I was tutoring fellow students I noticed they did not want to do the actual work or look in the back of the book for definitions.  They sat there and waited until I gave more to an answer or told them additional info.  I told them that I would not just give them the answers because they would never learn that way.  But how I did change them to start actually doing their own work was to relate the subject to their everyday lives.  One student, who was a bagpipe player told me the cost of the bus, the amount of pay to play in a parade and other various expenses and I told him what you did there was basic accounting.  He seemed kind of amazed that he had been doing this the whole time, just not out of a text book.  Once I started relating his hobby to the subject he started being more interested and started doing more of his own work.  So I find that relating a subject to the students or make it conform to their everyday lives will make them want... read more

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     abilities! 5. Prepared- make sure to have      Activities that involve all levels     of learning...Hearing, seeing       and touching.  

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. After... read more

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... read more

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. 

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!

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.

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.  

Getting children to be interested in learning can be really difficult so there are a few ways that I like to make it more interesting so that tutoring can be more than just work. One of the first things I like to do (mostly for younger children) is the high five. Young children love to be encouraged and a high five is positive reinforcement that really makes young children smile. Another way is to encourage children to "help me" find the answer to the problem rather than to make them just listen. This is especially effective with math problems because it emphasizes the process of going through the steps to get the answer. Playing games is also a great way to encourage students to learn, especially since kids will look forward to getting to the games. The best part of the games is that they are also learning games that reinforce learning while having fun. A really effective way to make learning more fun is to use everyday items to encourage understanding for kids. This can... read more

One reason why mathematics seems to be a monster to be feared by many people seems to be the perception that there is only one way to solve a given problem developed by a nameless, faceless genius mathematician and in order to get the correct answer, you must memorize and use the appropriate magical equation.  I blame the teachers and professors of the early-on math courses.   The truth is that there are always more than one way to solve a math problem.  It's only a matter of finding the method which you feel most comfortable with, the one you understand the most.  As long as you realize that there are many ways to solve a mathematics problem, and you can find that method for each problem you find the easiest, you will do well in anything mathematical.

No matter what subject a student is tutoring in it can always be fun. 1. I have found with younger kids if you do hands on examples, not only is it fun but they learn much more and gain a better understanding. 2.Another way I try and make lessons fun is by incorporating real life. I might ask the student what their favorite sport is. Ex: Football Question: If Martin scored 21 points in the football game then how many touchdowns did he make? This gives the student a topic that they are interested in and will be more than willing to cooperate. 3.Another trick is rewards. Everyone loves incentives but to kids a sticker is like earning a gold medal. Offering stickers for the correct answer always works. 4. Sometimes students get distracted or don't like the example. Change it up! You can start with an example about cookies and the student might see your drawing and think it resembles something an alien. Go with it! Listening to them makes them feel... read more

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