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One of the biggest successes you can endeavor during your tutoring career is expanding your academic reach. Two years ago my student asked me to help her begin preparing for the PSATs. I have never taught that material but she enjoyed my English and reading approach that she was confident I could help her. After reviewing the materials, we began to take apart the test and work through the English sections. Over time I became comfortable and I started to spend time at home studying to increase my knowledge. Fast forward to two years later I am now teaching tips, tricks and strategies for conquering the SATs. This has opened the door for more opportunities that I would have never had if I didn't take the initial plunge into unfamilar water. You can also take that plunge I believe in you.  One of the best ways to approach tutoring the SATs is not just arriving at the answer but teaching strategies to ace the test and avoid tricks. Boosting a student's confidence is also key.... read more

So, I just surpassed the first five hour mark.  Rather easily, I might add.  I was working with a student, getting ready for finals in College Algebra.  He took his final on Friday, so fingers crossed he does well.   Looking forward to more tutoring opportunities through Wyzant.   Don't be afraid to personally message me through Wyzant for tutoring.  It is my job, after all. Hoping to hear from you!  =)

*Tutors of students with Special Needs can best tutor their students by being aware of legal issues that can impact the education of children with Special Needs. Many of these children have documented disabilities, and/or are students entitled to services under Section 504 and various portions of the ADA (American with Disabilities Act). The students' rights under these statutes often result in a decrease in the amount of homework, and the type of homework that they must complete.   These students may be granted special accommodations to help them complete their homework and take tests. For example, a student with Special Needs may be allowed to use calculators, even when others students aren't, they may get to take tests designed just for them, be entitled to consider different school placements, have the type and number of homework problems adjusted down, and/or receive... read more

Test prep is stressful no doubt, and some people need help in getting their minds around all the information they're expected to learn fro the test.   The relationship between a student and a tutor can take multiple tones. Personally I don't like the "traditional relationship" where a student stays politely quiet, and waits for the tutor to "divulge his wisdom". I prefer to treat students, even those much younger than myself as peers when working with them. The respect this shows for the time the student is investing in me helps them become much more engaged in what I'm saying, retain more of our lesson, and want to come back and work with me again.    My most memorable experience was when one particular student felt completely insecure about taking the SAT. By focusing on one section at a time, we made slight gains each week. This student was starting out in quite a low range, but slowly her diagnostic tests were improving. The actual... read more

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