Blogs Blogs

Engaging Students Blogs

Newest Most Active

Never have I ever done a tutoring job like this before.  I am looking forward to partaking in this website and venture as a side job because it seems like a reasonable way to generate income on the side without stressing yourself out. I'm looking forward to teaching kids and passing on my knowledge of subjects through tips and tricks to make their learning easier, like it did for myself.  Most of all, I can't wait to see the results from my students when they receive their grades or start to perform better at the sports I coach them in.

To keep your students engaged, you must make the lessons fun! There is enough pressure on them during school, at home, and most other places they'll go. Your job is to help them grow, which is much easier to do if they're enjoying themselves! Here are 5 tips to keeping your students engaged during your sessions:   Incorporate technology: Whether you use something as basic as a timer to as fancy as a tablet connected to a handheld projector, the opportunities are endless! Especially younger students will enjoy your savvy instructional techniques!  Track their progress: Set goals at your first session and collect baseline data. Decide on checkpoints (weekly, biweekly, monthly, etc) and at those checkpoints, revisit those goals. Using Common Core State Standards or other learning objectives will help you make a checklist to correspond to your student's goals. He/she will then be able to add check marks or stickers to each goal accomplished. When progress is... read more

I've been through a long journey with music, and have changed my style and genre focus according to what is fun for me. Music is my profession and my passion, so if I'm not absolutely loving it, why bother?   Here are my tips that make my tutoring fun!   1. ASK QUESTIONS! What does my student want to learn? What musicians do they admire? Who do they want to sound like? What songs do they want to cover? Why do they love music so much? This lesson isn't about me, it's about the student. I'm here to help them along on their journey, and give them the skills and reinforcement they need to get there!   2. BE SILLY! Music is personal, and I have experienced musician's shyness myself from time to time. By letting my students know that lesson time is the time to learn, be silly, be yourself, and make mistakes, they can let go of needing to feel "perfect" and just focus on improving! Music isn't about perfection, it's about expression.   3... read more

I am a classroom and special education teacher at an elementary school, and I truly love my job. What I love the most is when I get to work one-on-one with a student and see that student shine! That's why I think that tutoring will be a fantastic opportunity for both me and any students I get to tutor!

The weather is getting warmer. Trees are turning green. Birds are singing. Airborne pollen is abundant. Spring is here! As the weather becomes more reminiscent of summer with each passing day, it becomes increasingly difficult for students of all ages to pay attention to their studies. Elementary school students want to play outside and engage in sports activities. Middle school and high school students know that they are only weeks away from friends and late nights. High school seniors are closing in on their last months as high school students and Senioritis is beginning to take root. College students long to be outside after months of locking themselves indoors to study or work. In other words, this is a difficult time of year to be student. Add to that the complication of having this be the most important part of the year, academically speaking, and it's a recipe for disaster. This is the time of year that I call "down to the wire;"... read more

A lot lately about how to make learning interesting. What is the "je ne sais quoi" that grabs a student's attention and gives them passion about a favorite subject? Recently, I started a new position with a local plantation as a tour guide. It has caused me to reflect not only the information presented as, say, a teacher, tutor, or tour guide, but on how the material is presented. Excitement in delivery is half the battle. I have also come to another valuable conclusion during the course of my training: to engage one's audience, one should put themselves in the audience's shoes. In other words, I have begun considering such questions as: "what interested me the first time I took a tour?" "what sorts of things would I want to know if this were my first introduction to the subject?" "are these people familiar with the local culture, or should I give them background information first?" It occurred to me just recently that these exact... read more

October is here, and Halloween is coming! Never mind wondering where the year's gone... Halloween is nearly upon us. Are you ready? At my house, Halloween is a big deal. Decorations, food, costumes, the whole 9 yards. We are gearing up to host our annual Halloween Mystery Party for the 6th year running. Sometimes holidays like this conflict with a student's study schedule. Okay, usually. Let's be honest. I've seen and tried many different reactions to this, including... study harder - ignore the holiday! Study less - it's a holiday! Skip studying - it's a holiday and one day won't matter. What's the best way to approach this sort of interruption to a study schedule? My answer is all of the above! Holidays are indeed meant to be fun. Go have fun! Shake out those muscles that are stiff from bending over textbooks. Unwind a little and do something that won't require you to regurgitate knowledge on a test. But, having fun also means your study time has to be applied... read more

WyzAnt has asked... "how do you keep a student motivated during summer months?"   My answer? Keep them learning without letting them know what's going on!   Museums Interesting facts Good books Even - to my chagrin - educational TV shows can be useful Nature walks Gardening   What child would guess these things are actually part of their greater education?

As I child, I had what seemed like an endless battle with math. I hated it. Whether straight-up arithmetic or cleverly buried in the depths of a word problem, all math homework questions were, to me, created equally evil. The worst part of it is this: I was, in fact, rather capable of quite complicated math. At one point I found myself belonging to a 5th-grade math class while still as 2nd-grader. So the problem was not that I wasn't smart enough. The problem was that I didn't LIKE it. It didn't come easily. It was frustrating and time-consuming. As an adult, I realize these problems could have been relatively easily rectified. I wound up studying as far as college-level Calculus II before I ceased taking math classes. I fought an uphill battle all the way. I look back on my experiences and realize - those moments of clarity in math classes, and therefore the concepts I remember most to this day - were the immediate result of someone bothering to slow down and explain the material... read more

Engaging Students Blogs RSS feed