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Through our tendencies of human nature, we don't like to ask for help. We want the recognition, the glory and the credit to be given to only ourselves. Unfortunately, the thought that we can single-handedly do everything on our own is a huge misconception. The world has been built on a foundation of people working together to towards a common goal. The world needs individuals to work together to brainstorm and execute plans for the future.   School and college provide opportunities to work together. Through group projects, presentations, senior design projects, etc. students are asked to work with one another. It is, rather unfortunate, that sometimes we are paired with people who we do not work well with, but that is life. School and college provide students with opportunities to work with people and adapt to others ways--whether we like them or not.   Now, when one must adapt to another's ways (for example a teacher's or professor's) it can sometimes be... read more

Konnichiwa! (Hello!) My name is Shige, and I am a Japanese tutor from Japan.  I was born in Nagasaki, grew up in some cities southwestern Japan, and eventually came to the United States from Kansai region in 2006. Since then, I have been teaching Japanese in Los Angeles for over nine years and have had many students with wide ranges of ages and Japanese proficiency. I can teach not only conversation but also useful phrases, reading, and writing. I can also introduce you to Japanese geography, customs and good old culture. Some of my former students have passed the JLPT tests and one even obtained a master's degree of Japanese linguistics and culture with my tutoring. I would like to help your dream comes true. My lessons are welcomed to all who want to learn Japanese eagerly. You don't have to worry if you can't speak Japanese at all. If you are interested in my lessons, please send me a message. Arigatou-gozaimasu! (Thank you very much!) -Shige... read more

Hi all,     So my experiment with the waiting list was a mixed success.  I had some students remain interested when I contacted them as availability popped up later in the semester, but it was about 20% of the people. It was still a useful way to remain visible to students so I'm going to continue it.   I have room this Fall for another student or two, so please contact me ASAP to avoid the waiting list! I'll have the most available time slots for the least amount of traveling.  This means that students who want to meet in Manhattan will have the easiest time / find my schedule the most flexible.  I've started doing a little tutoring in Python programming, so if anybody is interested in working on that at a discounted rate please contact me!  Cheers! Chris

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

Give as much information and be as detailed as possible about what you need help with. By supplying this specific information tutors are better equipped to immediately evaluate how their particular area of expertise matches with your particular area of need. Once you do pick a tutor they can immediately begin addressing the issues from the very first lesson. The subject and grade level often do not do enough to shed light on the specific problem areas.   For example if you need help with reading say a bit more about where the problem lies. Is it a phonics problem, is it a comprehension problem, is it a vocabulary problem, it may even be a motivation problem. Simply ask yourself this question: 'What is preventing (student) from doing well in (subject)?' Then include your answer in your post for tutor help. It’s a bit more work up front for you but is worth the time to get the right fit.

Today I had my second lesson with a 14 year old who wants to learn how to do an eComerce website.  It is SO much fun when they are interested.  This kid was asking all the right questions.   At the same time, you have to remember that you still have to cover the basics no matter.  I tried to skip ahead to a concept and we didn't have language enough for him to understand. No worries, just dropped down a level.   I've gone through a long period lately where I wasn't getting students like this and I was just about to quit tutoring.  Nice to see there are still good students out there.

I just tutored my very first Online tutoring session.   No, please don't get me wrong.  I've done plenty of tutoring!   I've tutored 14 and 16 hour-days straight helping students prepare for their final exams, and I've gained, in my best reasonable approximation, well over 10,000 hours of experience tutoring.  Because I used to do it full time!  And now I am again. Part-time full-time.  :)   However, I had never wanted to leap that big hurdle of creating my own platform or set-up to do online tutoring!  it just felt like so much to trouble-shoot and research, and... frankly, as a working mother with 3 children and volunteer positions, it just had never felt like the direction to be putting my time!   Maybe it would have been worth it in the end.  I don't know.   But I am so happy!!  Because WyzAnt now offers a great online tutoring platform.  (Plus, they do the majority of my marketing... read more

Hello everyone!    I figured I could start off my first post with a little bit more information about what I have to offer to any of my students.   Currently, I am 18 and finishing my Senior year of High School at an all girls' school in Rochester, NY. I will be attending a college nearby in the fall and planning on majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing and minoring in Psychology.    I have completed seven AP courses in my high school career including World History, U.S. History, European History, Language and Composition, Literature and Composition, Biology, and Psychology. I have taken AP tests on all of these subjects and can help students who are preparing to take these tests to prepare effectively considering I myself have taken them.    I am mostly interesting in tutoring English students K-12 as that is the subject I am best at, but I am also able to tutor in any of the subjects listed... read more

It can be well beyond 15 minutes!  I love teaching Latin to middle schoolers and have lots of fun coming up with games for them to learn/practice certain grammar or syntax points.  That's when the markers and colored paper come out.     Also, I have assigned homework in the past, so I have to create that sometimes.  Or correct something they might sumbit between lessons.  I don't want to waste time during the lesson.

I am a lifelong learner nearly completed with my PhD.  Originally from Northern NY, but recently relocated to Mid-TN. I love learning as well as sharing that love with students, helping them to become the best they can be in any given area.  I tend to be a bit strict, but the time spent in tutoring should be spent to provide the best instruction possible to the student within the timeframe allotted.  My goal is to see every student succeed, while providing a sense of confidence and pride.  My areas of specialty are in the field of psychology, but have experience and taught an array of classes as a homeschool educator and state representative for L.E.A.H.  In addition, I am a published author.  My knowledge is vast in many areas of study from preschool to university levels.  Strengths include English, grammar, spelling, writing, literature, religious studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and many more.  Homework assignments are... read more

A lot of students come to me because they are struggling in math or science.  I try to figure out the reason why they are struggling.  Many students will quote the reason they're struggling because of their dislike of the subject.  Majority of these students do not have a strong foundation in their respective subject of need.  I have found that the fastest way for students to learn and catch up is to return to the basics and solidify that, then subjects and topics that come later on will be much easier and more enjoyable.     This is how I was with math.  Up until calculus, I have always hated math.  Then when I came to calculus, I found the subject very enjoyable, however, my mathematical basic foundation was a bit lacking.  In order to further enjoy my future of math, I had to return and build a strong foundation.  This was where Khan Academy and YouTube came into play.  

This blog is primarily for parents and guardians:   Why do I encourage students to attend after school tutoring for two hours every week day?  After all, the student could do a variety of other things during such time-span, right?  Though we live in an era of diversity, busy schedules, and opportunities; wisdom demands a solid focus on the most and more important.   You would not propose to build or buy a family home that has a predetermined weak, unstable, or failing foundation.  Most would take measures such as proactively focusing on, developing, repairing, and verifying the strength of the very layer the rest of the home's structure and future depends.  So much more should we do the same with our children, our future leaders!   My after school tutoring group strives to give these young people the time to filter out all the noise (hobbies, talent building, sports, video games, etc), and establish life skills while improving... read more

Tutoring lessons don't have to be a chore! Both the tutor and their student should enjoy the learning experience, so here's some advice... Learn from what you know I was fascinated with baseball statistics at a very young age. What made learning math so much fun was that not only could I visualize a batting average, which was simply the sum of hits divided by the sum of at-bats, but I wanted to learn. It's important for tutors to recognize that connecting with students in terms that they understand or even prefer can make a lesson much more enjoyable. Popular science Why count miles to Train Station B when we can calculate miles to Disneyland? Using examples with popular themes can become an entertaining way to learn new concepts. Just make sure you don't get carried away and end up in Disney World! The big reveal Tutoring can become tedious and repetitive if a student becomes stressed, which can have a negative impact... read more

I am always so happy to hear comments from my students and parents about wanting to come visit me!  I love it when my students think that working with me is fun because I try really hard to make whatever we are doing fun.  Recently, it seems that everyone is working on homophones and spelling challenges.  I make games out of it by writing the words on cards and playing "memory" or making up little sayings, like "you hear with your ear."     One of my students who came to me from another tutor shared in a conspiratorial tone, "She wasn't very fun.  You're fun."  If kids don't want to come see you, they won't learn.  If they don't feel safe and cared about, then they can't be open to learning experiences.  Kids don't want to try new things and make mistakes unless they know that you are there to support them in their efforts.   To make attractive studies I use elements of immediate environment. Then the student has to be in practical situations and can retain information learned very soon.I use games, videos, images and objects to help students know vocabulary.Verbs are taught through games. 

I am writing a letter of recommendation for Sharona C. She was my Cantonese teacher that I met in Chinatown in San Francisco, California. She was an excellent teacher! She possessed all the necessary skills and characteristics that I needed in my teacher so that I could study at my best. She never got impatient and she was also willing to repeat herself, a hundred times if necessary for me, so that I would develop a better understanding. She was very encouraging as I was stumbling my way through the Cantonese language. She had energy and was engaging every session, even though most of our sessions were late at night! She was very flexible with my schedule also. I worked various hours throughout the week and she was able to meet with me three times a week despite having to schedule different days every week. Along with being so flexible, she was also very accommodating when it came to finding a location to do our lessons. With my hectic schedule, strange sleeping hours, and everything... read more

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... read more

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