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No one likes to mess up, but going to great lengths to avoid errors - even when the consequences of making an error are benign - is unlikely to help you learn. In fact, in her review of the literature, Janet Metcalfe makes a compelling argument that making errors while learning - so long as you receive corrective feedback - results in better outcomes than making no errors at all. Her findings are somewhat counterintuitive. If the goal is to perform flawlessly in high-stakes situations, shouldn't we pursue perfection in order to prepare for them? Early theorists feared that the commission of errors would make it harder to learn the correct response later on. One of the most famous psychologists of the 20th century, Albert Bandura, believed that only correct responses should be rewarded; errors, if they occurred, should be ignored. However, what Metcalfe's review of the literature suggests is that errors should be encouraged as part of an active exploratory learning process,... read more

Many people think of tutoring as a remedial endeavor, but that really isn't the right way to think about it. The fact of the matter is that classroom instruction can never be tailored to individual students, which means that learning is rarely optimal. By necessity, teachers must teach to the middle of the class. The teacher's pace, style, and goals are geared to the class as a whole, not specific students. With private tutoring, on the other hand, lessons can be specifically tailored to the individual student. For students who plan to take the ISEE or SSAT - tests that inevitably include material students have never encountered before - starting early is important. The goal of enrichment tutoring is to ensure students have a strong foundation in the core knowledge areas that will determine how they do on these tests.  When a student is not excelling in a core subject, it is often because the class is moving too quickly, the teacher's style is out of sync with the... read more

The Importance of Study Skills Study, as defined by Oxford Dictionaries, is the “devotion of time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject, especially by means of books; a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation.” Merriam-Webster defines study as an “application of the mental faculties to the acquisition of knowledge”. My personal definition is a combination of both. To study is to devote time and energy/attention to gain an understanding and knowledge of a subject. Study skills, therefore, are the set of strategies that are used to adequately acquire and gain knowledge about a chosen topic or subject. When we possess these skills or strategies, we are able to increase the efficiency of learning. We are also able to increase the likelihood that what we are to be learning is retained in our long term memory for future use. Which brings us to the definition of learning. Learning is a lifelong skill, that when successful and... read more

Frequently Asked Questions   What do you do to help make learning fun? This depends on the subject and the student's age. I have created Jeopardy games, given play money/candy as rewards for answering correctly, played board games (while studying), gathered books on subjects that interest the student, and much more.   Do you offer any guarantees? Yes, I am not satisfied until you are. If your child receives a grade on a test/quiz that is below a "C" then I will review the material with the student at no charge.   Can you guarantee my child will improve? I can assure you that I will give your child all the tools necessary to improve their grades. It is ultimately up to the child to improve.   What are the typical grade improvements you see? Most children will improve a minimum one letter score within only a few weeks of tutoring.   Do you offer ongoing tutoring rates? Yes, students who meet a minimum... read more

1) MEANINGFUL: Ensure that it is the most meaningful to the client/student. Get to know your client/student, and the skills strengths and currently less strong areas. Build up both areas of skills and strategies in a positive manner.   2) ENJOYABLE: Allow learning to be enjoyable. It can be, even when preparing for a deadline or important examinations. Turn it into a game. Research shows that students, both kids and adults, learn faster and retain more if it is enjoyable. This can only happen if the tutor actually loves to learn and to see the student excel.   3) OWNERSHIP AND LEARNING PREFERENCES FOR FASTER COMPREHENSION: Provided the goals are being reached within the required time frame, allow the client/student to choose (or even create if the individual desires to) which preferred ways the client's goals can be reached. Ownership of the learning process, even if it is part ownership, enables clients to learn faster and to retain more. While not ignoring... read more

This is advice that I always give to my students for the in-person classes that I teach. In order to excel in any subject that one is learning, it is important that you do the following: Go to class every day. Missing classes (whether they are in-person or online) is missing opportunities to learn! Do your homework. Complete the assignments that you are given. Instructors give assignments not to torture you, but to help reinforce what you learned in class. Remember, practice makes perfect. Practice what you've learned everywhere that you can. This is especially important for language learners. Read, write, and speak the language that you are learning at home and work. Take the extra time to make "self-assignments" and use what you know. Practice helps you progress faster. Keep a journal of what you learned. Learning journals are a wonderful tool as you can use them for both note-taking and motivation. Start by making a few short notes about what you... read more

Well first, make it look like it is a game. Playing just make it easier and add way more fun. Just having the idea of learning makes some breaks in the process. Acting is one of the best way to learn, being in a situation makes more sense to students.  Singing is also another way to remember better some the sentences. Working on accentuation, and pronunciation is more than essential. Knowing the language without knowing the pronunciation is useless. There is some easy way to learn things such as flash cards and other little tricks that help a lot in the process of learning.

Understanding your child's / student(s)' learning styles is one of the most important factors in helping them reach success.  At the end of the day, why else did we become parents or teachers but to watch the next generation learn?  The problem is that we often assume that everyone learns and processes information the same as we do.  If they don't, does that mean there is something wrong with THEM?!  Absolutely not!! Respecting and building on the natural learning style of the learner, in my opinion, is the most important role of the tutor.   In my day, everything was pretty much done by taking turns reading aloud.   The problem for me was that I was not good at processing information while reading aloud nor was I savvy at auditory processing.  For several years I was treated as though something was wrong with me and given that I had an older sister who processed information "normally," I internalized that message for a very... read more

Learning can be exciting and tutoring gives the advantage to find out what works for one student, and tailor lessons to his or her learning style. Here are 5 tips that I think about to make my tutoring lessons fun!  Use real life examples in the news. There is a lot happening in the world, and articles about current events are a great way to teach grammar, vocabulary or reading comprehension. Reading comprehension can also be tested by removing key words from sentences in fun articles that forces the student to use deductive reasoning to guess the right one. Use examples in a subject area that the student likes. If a student likes watching basketball, think about probability examples or any math problems. Connecting new concepts to a known (and liked) hobby is a great way to ensure that students maximize comprehension.  Listen to music. I found that listening to songs is a great way to teach a new language to a non-native speaker. Songs are fun to listen... read more

We all have one: that one subject that our brains just refuse to understand, and no matter how much we study or how hard we work, we never feel like we really truly GET what is going on.   For me, that subject was always Physics. No junior high or high school teacher could ever answer the unending string of "...but WHY?" questions that I needed answered before I could understand even the most basic concepts of our Introductory course. It wasn't that I couldn't understand, but rather that I wasn't being taught these ideas in a way that made sense to me.    As an adult, Physics is now actually one of my favorite subjects to read about because I have found some books written for people just like me, people who need explanations fulls of examples and explanations and lots of pictures! I may never discover black holes or split an atom, but I now know enough that I can understand the people who do those things. :-)     So,... 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

Would you like to earn a grade that is one letter higher?    Here's the tip!   Before you turn in your paper, make sure to follow these basic steps:   Make sure you answered all the questions.  After all that work you don't want to miss points because you forgot to go back to that question you skipped. Make sure you followed the directions all the way.  Be careful and re-read the directions for each section.  Sometimes students miss a lot of points because the questions were two part questions, and the students only answered one part on each question.  In which case, half of the points would be lost. Make sure to double check all calculations if doing math work, and double check punctuation, spelling, and grammar if writing an English document.  Sometimes students miss points because they were going a little too fast, or for whatever reason made "silly" mistakes.  Just double check.  That... read more

Many students now days give up after trying two to three times so I would like to say That #life is like a #cricket where you are the #batsman and #ball are the opportunities. If one ball goes other ball will come which means if one opportunity is gone let it go away but what more important is stay on the field and let the other opportunity come. there are no limit on opportunities  it comes and go if u strike one you go ahead if you lose doesn't matter wait for the other #opportunity to come but don't live the field and run. What's more important is to stay on field and to wait for opportunity.

Learning is a gift. Learning is an opportunity. Learning helps us reach our potential.   To nurture a growing desire to learn I: Play lots of games to teach. Connect learning to your child's personal interests. Devise fun and effective learning strategies to make the material memorable. Use technology to aid in the learning process. Apply various creative methodologies to the learning process.

Making learning fun will help students not only want to understand the material but also will help build their confidence. This can be done in multiple ways such as; creating learning games or utilizing educational toys and reward systems. These are just a few examples of how I make learning fun for kids.    I am always purchasing new tutoring tools to help students learn. A few examples of learning tools I can provide for tutoring sessions are books, puzzles, flash cards, dry erase writing cards, and writing tablets. I have multiple reading level books (from Kindergarten through Adult). Also, if we meet at a library for reading tutoring I will find books at that student's reading level prior to the tutoring session. Providing me in advance with a brief overview of the material you wish for me to review with your child will help me prepare for our tutoring session. Any learning games will be prepared in advance at no charge to save time during our tutoring session... read more

In 2013, I did this talk with teachers & parents, to explain very simply the many myths and misconceptions we have about learning difficulties. Come, watch me take you into the world of the child who struggles:

Many students may have this question in their mind. Most young students are either asked by their parents to do so or required to study because that's on of the curriculum. But that may not be the case for adults. More and more adults are active in learning Mandarin and motived to learn themselves. But why's that? The study of the Chinese language not only helps bridge the cultural gap, but opens the way to different important fields except for culture. Besides, Mandarin is important your career as well. These days Mandarin is spoken by over 1 billion people around the world, about one fifth of the global population. International businesses tend to hire people who speak more than one language. Since China is a huge market, business leaders are looking for people who can speak Mandarin. Last, both China and Taiwan are great places for traveling. Getting around is also much easier if you can speak Mandarin. Why not master one more language since it does you... read more

Tutoring an academic subject is almost pointless if the student has trouble concentrating or thinking clearly in general. Many students have difficulty learning because they (often unintentionally) do things that sabotage the learning process. The following document contains a summary of what I learned about improving my mental clarity, focus, and mental stamina while I worked on my B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in physics. I hope this is helpful for other people.   This is a very short summary. If you have questions, let me know!

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