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When tutoring kids in Hindi, I try to focus on the strengths of the language. Hindi is a language where if you can read the alphabet, you can read just about anything. So I introduce my students to the alphabet, quickly forming words out of the letters and telling them their meaning.   Second, I encourage them by praising their efforts. Everyone loves kudos.   Third, I focus on the accent because that is something which is very difficult to "unlearn" if done improperly.   Fourth, I have them apply their knowledge in their practical life. When they start using the sentences with native speakers, there is motivation generated.   Fifth, there is a plethora of beautiful Hindi songs available online. Learning each song helps a person understand its meaning and remember entire sentences and the words within them.   Lastly, my sage advice is for anyone who wants to learn anything well, to make it a practice of sharing... read more

Give as much information and be as detailed as possible about what you need help with. By supplying this specific information tutors are better equipped to immediately evaluate how their particular area of expertise matches with your particular area of need. Once you do pick a tutor they can immediately begin addressing the issues from the very first lesson. The subject and grade level often do not do enough to shed light on the specific problem areas.   For example if you need help with reading say a bit more about where the problem lies. Is it a phonics problem, is it a comprehension problem, is it a vocabulary problem, it may even be a motivation problem. Simply ask yourself this question: 'What is preventing (student) from doing well in (subject)?' Then include your answer in your post for tutor help. It’s a bit more work up front for you but is worth the time to get the right fit.

Most students show up for a study session not really knowing what to expect. A tutor should ask you what you are having trouble with specifically, but if you don't know then neither will they.  The more you and your tutor know about what the problem is the better prepared the tutor will be to help you. Here are some tips for your first study session:   1. Bring everything you have for the class you are getting tutoring for including teacher's class notes, instructions and comments about you and your work if you can get them from him/her. 2. Expect to work. A tutor will guide you, not do the work for you. 3. Take notes. Taking notes both in class and during a tutoring session are important.  Notes don't have to be neat rows of writing. Draw pictures, use short-hand, write in Klingon, it doesn't matter as long as you can read them. 4. Make a list of questions before you meet your tutor, that way you won't miss an opportunity to get clarification... read more

Summer is winding down. School is getting ready to start again.   Here’s my advice for finishing summer break and starting the school year:   1) Take time to reflect. 2) Set goals for the future. 3) Build new relationships with influencers. 4) Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.   1) There’s gold in your past experiences. Grab some time to take deep breath and to reflect on where you’ve come from. If you haven’t done this already, even in these few moments before going back to school, it may be helpful to think back on what you’ve learned from the past school year. This may be a certain topic in school or a piece of knowledge out of school or a life lesson. You can always call on these things as you go forward in your journey.   2) Have some idea of where you want to go next, even if it’s simply a vague notion.   Keep that future idea, or goal ahead of you. For example it could be to make the team... read more

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