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Hi all!   Another semester down and a fairly successful one at that. I had a strong performance on the SAT bio by a student (This student plans to take it again to go for the 800. I'm excited to help her get it this time!), I met some great new students for Biochemistry, Genetics, Inorganic chemistry, and bioinformatics, substantially improved my library of AP physics materials as well as organic chemistry materials, had the opportunity to help with a college essay as well as science project submissions for the Sieman's competition and Intel competition, and made real headway on my SAT chemistry prep book! Only 160 more problems to go.... There were a number of other successes throughout the semester as well, but my goal here was to just share some of the different flavors of tutoring I'm currently having fun with.    I'm only going to be taking on 6 students this Spring so that I have more time to finish the book and make progress on educational... read more

1.  Connect with your student in some personal way.  You have to get their attention.     2.  Once you have a connection, see if you can apply that to the subject.     3.  Fun!  For math and science, examples are best and in todays world, students need to interact. Make tutoring projects.  Build something.   4.  See if you can tour places (parents permitting), that allow students to see subjects in action.  Geometric art at the musuem, the reserves, auditoriums, cars, robots...take a look around and a walk.   5.  Be practical.  All the buzz words and technology doesn't mean anything if you don't listen and apply.

It is important that students can relate to the lesson in order to fully understand what they are learning. My 5 outside of the box tips are:   1. Use real world examples 2. Incorporate music or other personal interests 3. Have the student teach the lesson (after learning the lesson) 4. Teach or tutor outside of the textbook 5. Create exit slips (3-2-1 strategy: students must write 3 things they learned, 2 things they found interesting, and 1 question they still have before ending a session)

I absolutely love tutoring. From a few years of experience I have gained some knowledge on how to make tutoring a fun experience and not make students feel like they are attending a second school.  One of my main tips is to let the students set the atmosphere. They need to be comfortable in whatever environment to facilitate learning. If music helps them concentrate, or some kind of background noise, then encourage it. If they want to sit on the couch instead of the chairs, so be it. The student should be able to chose the medium in which they study so as not to feel constrained like a classroom setting.  Another tip that I like to give is to level. If you know that your student isn't going to understand something the way an Ivy League student would, don't use ridiculous words and techniques. The whole point of tutoring is to help someone understand a concept, not to show off how smart you are. Subjects should never just be limited to the material either. Ask... read more

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

Hi everyone,   I hope all is well. Recently, I realized I am able to tutor full time. It is my hope to do so, but I need to start marketing. Sadly, just having a MA in Teaching and near completion of a MA in English will not suffice. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.   Thank you!

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

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