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As one of our outstanding tutors was diligently tutoring one of her student’s last week, we will call him Drew; she asked him, “Which letter comes first, the C or the K?” Drew’s response was not what she expected to here….he said, “I can’t tell, they keep moving”. This is a phenomenon is common among people with dyslexia, but Jess had not personally experienced this; no one in her family and none of my students have ever spoken of this being an issue for them. When Jess’ second oldest son, we will call him Angel, was in school they found overlays to be helpful. Jess assumed that would be beneficial for moving letters as well. When she returned to the office, Jess began doing some research and sure enough, overlays are the suggested remedy for words and letter movement. Drew, who is 9, quickly wanted to tell the teacher the exciting news! His tutor had to explain to Drew that first, he needs to find out what color works best for him. Interestingly enough, different... read more

When it comes to tutoring, more is not necessarily always better. Although you need a minimum amount of lessons and practice to really see remarkable improvement, you do not need that many lessons for improvement to happen. 1. With me the quality of instruction always trumps quantity. So I seek a transformation of your understanding. 2. I make use of manipulatives or other tools whenever appropriate. I want you to see it, hear it and write it. 3. I assess your learning style and consequently make use of techniques that work best for you. 4. I want to teach you what you need to know instead of what you already know. 5. I allow time for brainbreaks and attaboys so you can learn at your pace. 6. I make connections with your interests and teach at your level of understanding. 7. I encourage you while still pushing you to achieve more. 8. I may tell you a story that drives in the concept. This is how I achieve the outside the box tutoring which inspires... read more

Learning should be fun!  I believe that learners of any age should enjoy the process of learning; after all we are learning every day whether working or playing. So I seek a variety of ways to present any given material based on the learner's individual preferences. Students who need to visualize will be given visual presentations created by me or guided through other sources, e.g. Khan Academy. Learning is individual interpretation. Students should be given the opportunity to discuss and interpret the lesson, not simply follow rote learning. Thinking is required. Students should be respected for their ability to think. I believe often that students are not given the respect and time to process information. I prefer to discuss and analyze subject content not simply follow a blueprint. My students are encouraged to form their own opinions and discuss it, knowing that their opinion COUNTS. Movement is critical in learning. Experience has taught me that sitting... read more

The five tips for tutoring "Outside the Box" would be:   1. Before you begin tutoring the specified subject, asses the students learning style as well as how they feel about the subject. I find that most students create mental blocks towards subjects they have a bad relationship with. This makes it nearly impossible for them to learn new information on that subject.   2. Award students for what they do know. When students feel they understand a concept, they are more willing to learn new concepts.   3. Have them "reteach" you. After a student understands a concept, switch roles. Allow the student to "tutor" you. It is only when they are able to teach, that you know they have truly mastered that concept.   4. Real life application. Make concepts more concrete by relating the concept to real life applications. When students can connect what they learn to something they do daily, that information is able... read more

 I have now been a tutor on Wyzant for almost two years. I found out about this website almost by complete accident through a longtime friend. In this time, I have accrued over two hundred hours of tutoring service, traveled to several parts of New York City, and have spent numerous hours creating game plans as to how to best service every student I have encountered. All of this has lead to me to one conclusion: I have quite a unique circle of learners that I have dealt with.   As a teacher, I am fully aware of the different ways a student can learn. However, individual tutoring has opened my eyes even further to this. Some of my students can only learn through a personal connection. For example, a model of a boat traveling west in an ocean 30 miles and then north 40 miles to show the use of the Pythagorean Theorem to find linear distance may not translate in any way to one of my students. However, if I use the model of a car traveling 3 miles west and then 4 miles... read more

Math can be a puzzling and often frustrating subject for students. Some pupils seem to effortlessly pluck A+’s from the heavens, while others grind away to earn average grades at best. Why the discrepancy? Are some brains simply predisposed to math success, while others are hopelessly misaligned? Of course not. If I believed that, I wouldn’t be teaching math. So what’s the deal? Why the blaring gap in math performance? One key factor is learning styles. Despite what your folks might say, people learn in different ways. Some students naturally thrive in standard Prussian style classroom settings; others, however, only truly soar in different environments that are better tailored to their particular strengths. If a student is struggling in math at school, it could be because the standard curriculum is not in sync with his/her learning style. This article will (1) run through the seven learning styles, (2) explain how to identify where students fit on the learning style spectrum,... read more

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