This post is inspired by an article I read, “Be Less Helpful” by Joshua Zucker (can be found at this link: http://www.mathteacherscircle.org/assets/legacy/newsletter/MTCircularAutumn2012.pdf) and I am here to relate it to my teaching and tutoring experiences.
When working with students, it can be easy to watch struggling students and thoughtlessly just give them the answers. Why do we do this? Well, for a variety of reasons. Maybe we empathize with the struggling student and want to alleviate their pain. Perhaps we are impatient and have already solved the problem mentally several times over. Maybe we think the question is asking too much of the students. Perhaps we’re worried that they are taking too much time and should move on to the next problem. Maybe they have made three incorrect guesses and we feel it’s time to just give it to them. Perhaps we are really enthusiastic about teaching and are overly anxious to show them how to do it. (Remember, depending on the subject...
Tutoring may be boring at times, but with children, it is essential to make the process fun. Most importantly, the child needs to be engaged in learning and understand what is going on. Without this, tutoring is pointless.
The first tip in tutoring is to not be so serious. The tutor needs to present themselves as friendly, making the child feel comfortable. You may want to make jokes, laugh a little, or just have a smile on your face. This helps the person relate to you and not feel pressured to be perfect. After all, tutoring is seeing the mistakes people make and correcting them.
The second tip is to stray from the crowd. Do not do the same things over and over again. People need variety. Variety of problems, examples, explanations, etc. To give a person a well rounded education and knowledge of a subject, you need to cover all of the points. This relates back to keeping the attention of the person.
Third, tailoring your lessons to the student is key. Not...
1. Colors help the brain absorb information better. It also makes any subject at hand more interesting and appealing to the eye.
2. Note taking should never be a duty, I like to incorporate fun ways to write out notes that'll help with memory.
3. Music to set a relaxing but stimulating mood for the student.
4. Every 15 minutes, students need a quick break from focus to keep their attitude positive and upbeat.
5. The finish line should always be promising and have a silver lining. I like to let my students have something to look forward to when they complete their task at hand.
Connecting study material to real-world things that the students find interesting is a strategy teachers often attempt to use. The idea behind this method is simple: transform the material into something more relevant and the students will be hooked. It gives the students something interesting to maul over instead of having to work on yet another arbitrary problem they were given to complete.
However, if this strategy in not executed thoughtfully then it ends up alienating the tutor from the student and thus is rendered counterproductive. While trying to make the material relatable tutors can unknowingly offer examples that make them seem out of touch. This is because they often assume what kids find interesting these days instead of ask them what he, she or ze likes. People don't appreciate being stereotyped and interests are a personal aspect of someones identity.
Therefor, a better way to utilize this strategy is to...
It is “common sense” to believe that we share the same sense of commonality amongst all others within society. However, we should never assume what is common to one’s self is necessarily applicable to the entirety of humanity. Each and every individual is independently designed to learn, grow and facilitate thought at his or her own pace to which cannot be labeled as common, but rather should be seen as unique. As unique individuals we must help one another to learn our own common knowledge in order for him or her to flourish. What is not necessarily “common sense” is the understanding that we, as members of society, are responsible for the facilitation of all other’s level of common sense. A powerful way to prevent others from engaging in those behaviors that may irritate ourselves we must educate rather than discriminate and judge. So maybe next time, rather than judging an individual’s faults as a defect of “common sense,” pursue the opportunity as an educator, friend, or simply...
The summer is winding down to an end and school will be here before you know it. For those of you in high school it may seem like a drag and im sure most of you are ready to graduate and be free! I promise you that you will miss it somewhat and you should cherish every moment with your friends and school. Although im sure you have heard that before, I do have some tips to make going back to school a much easier transition!
1) Double check you have the supplies you need
It happens almost every year that we forget a book or some notepads you will need for the start of the semester. This causes more problems than you may care to admit, the first one being that you will be set behind in the class. Especially in college you will miss a book or material you will need and not get it untill about a week and half in. You may tell yourself that you can recover because it is only the beginning of school, and although it is possible, most of...
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The majority of the students that I have often have the same problem -- they aren't grasping the information fast enough or they aren't really able to follow the lessons a teacher gives.
Sometimes, teachers aren't adaptive to every learning style for each student in their classroom. However, know that each student has the capability to learn math on their own. It is just necessary to have key characteristics to make it successful.
Every math student should have:
open communication between themselves and their teacher (inside and outside the classroom)
Always try to study outside of your home or dorm room. In our minds, those are places that we relax at and it can be difficult to turn your mind off from the distractions to study. Public libraries, universities, coffee shops, and bookstores are the way to go. Some...
Becoming a tutor is a very rewarding experience. If you are interested in beginning a new journey as a person aspiring to touch the lives of students you should practice the following effective techniques.
1-Although you may be extremely knowledgeable and/or passionate about one or two subjects try to become well versed with a few additional subjects; chances are when you are offered a tutoring job for one subject your student will ask for help with other subjects they may struggle with in the near future.
2-When working with a student be careful not to use negative comments. For example, if a student gets a word problem wrong do not directly correct them by saying "you are wrong." Try putting a spin on words of encouragement such as "You are on the right track. Let me show you how to figure out the answer." Negative comments will only further discourage a student who is probably already internally suffering from failure...
Ten things every student and parent should incorporate:
Follow and Enforce Healthy Habits
Create and Stick to a Routine
Create a Launch Pad
Designate a Study Space
Read, Read, and Read
Always be willing to learn
Take the Lead
Expect Success and Strive for Success
Either going back to school or being your first day ever can warrant some anxiety for both students and parents alike. Here are some helpful tips that will make it easier for everyone:
Prepare clothes the night before to avoid rushing and potential tardiness
Study test or quiz material in detail the previous night and wake up early (around 30 minutes) and conduct a review so that the material is fresh in your mind
If the opportunity for a power review presents itself prior to the test/quiz take advantage of it - it will greatly improve your recall and score
Go to bed early the night before test/quiz to allow for optimal sleep and rest offsetting focus issues
Eat a sensible breakfast to give your brain the essential nutrition to allow for maximum attentiveness and stave of tiredness
Try to have a positive attitude about the test/quiz realizing if you have taken the measures above you will have done everything possible to set yourself up for success
So as a college student, I write a lot of papers (and I mean a lot!) I've technically been writing college papers for five years now so I've learned a few tricks and tools when I work with vocabulary that I'd like to pass along. I've had professors give me handouts on their" do's and don'ts". I've included the best of them. Some of these may work for you, some of these may not. Take or leave what you want.
When I am writing a paper I always have open on my web browser dictionary.reference.com
Why? Because sometimes I want to check that I am using a word correctly. The slightest misspelling can change the meaning of a word to something totally different and you don't want to have point deducted from a paper for something that is easily corrected. If you are even slightly unsure, check it! You can even check on the speaker button so it says the word out loud and you can compare it to the word you are trying...