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1. Humor always finds me with students, especially those of elementary age. 2. Have a fun extension of the math exercise set or read from a favorite book, on grade level of course. 3. Make an appropriate comment about something observed on the way from the car to the door, e.g., decorations or an animal on the sidewalk. 4. Never completely open the bag, there are always surprises in there. 5. Pay attention to what is on the wall - any one of those could be a cool conversation piece.

1) You can have fun and be silly, but still increase focus on the subject   When I taught piano lessons to a 5-year-old girl, I would start off by asking her to find the weirdest, funniest sound that she could find on the keyboard, and then ask her to play the song she had practiced for that week in that sound! She always would laugh and make faces, but it made the repetition of practicing the same song over and over less monotonous and more fun! This would start our lessons off on a great note, and they would be more of a game or exploration of music than just a class.   2) Take a snack break     After about 30-45 minutes of studying the same subject, it can get tiring and hard to focus. Our brains need a break! Stopping 30 minutes into a tutoring session to have a quick snack or drink can really help to give your mind the rest it needs to be able to refocus and start refreshed after the break!   3) Talk about your worries... read more

Do some of your students lack focus? Does pent up energy keep them from being attentive during their tutoring lessons? Do they thrive on activity, fun, and games?   If your students are anything like mine, the answer to these questions is a resounding "yes." Today I'd like to share 3 easy, "outside the box" tips for keeping your tutoring sessions fun and exciting.   1. Get Outside If weather permits it, go outside during a session for some outdoor activities and games. Play HORSE to review spelling words. Throw a frisbee; each time your student catches the frisbee they must answer a question to then pass it back to you. Jump rope while counting your ABC's. Often times, we as tutors can use kids' pent up energy to our advantage through games like this.   2. Play Music For memorization activities like the periodical table or the dates of WWII battles, play instrumental music and create a song to remember the facts.   3... read more

It is “common sense” to believe that we share the same sense of commonality amongst all others within society. However, we should never assume what is common to one’s self is necessarily applicable to the entirety of humanity. Each and every individual is independently designed to learn, grow and facilitate thought at his or her own pace to which cannot be labeled as common, but rather should be seen as unique. As unique individuals we must help one another to learn our own common knowledge in order for him or her to flourish. What is not necessarily “common sense” is the understanding that we, as members of society, are responsible for the facilitation of all other’s level of common sense. A powerful way to prevent others from engaging in those behaviors that may irritate ourselves we must educate rather than discriminate and judge. So maybe next time, rather than judging an individual’s faults as a defect of “common sense,” pursue the opportunity as an educator, friend, or simply... read more

Online tutoring has one special BONUS which few people think about when seeking out tutoring. The time element is changed and made astoundingly different. Imagine being able to have three 20 minutes sessions over the course of one afternoon instead of a one hour slotting. What if your tutor could go over the subject for 30 minutes, have you start working and come back to you in an hour to check in and review questions. Working with your tutor online allows you to schedule increments of time. The time allocation difference is valuable for all types of students. -Some students need a longer period of time to concentrate/practice. -Some students would like an explanation and then try some independent work with a check in. -Some students can squeeze in 1/2 hour before a piano lesson and then 1/2 hour after dinner. -When students are young, 1 hour can be far too long. I discuss these options with parents when explaining the value of on-line tutoring. Manipulating... read more

1. Introduce students to the general subject in action in every day life. For example, if you are tutoring about "conduction and convection", ask students, "Have you noticed what happens to the surrounding temperature when you open a refrigerator ?" And let the student go into details about this experience. That way students are in control of the learning process.   2. Leave the big terms for the last minute! As in the example above, you can close that day's tutoring by introducing "conduction and convection" as a process the students described and formed in their minds.   3. Allow room for questions Even if questions are not related to the topic, let students have some fun. It is OK to go off tangent as long as the teacher and the student understand the limits and know not to be carried away.   4. Let students teach or tutor you or each other After presenting the idea to the student, let the student share... read more

My 5 outside the box tips on making tutoring (or teaching, for that matter) fun:   1. Humor -- Always be tasteful, never insulting since the students lack confidence and thus are nervous. Breaking the ice with humor diverts students from their fears and redirects their focus to the subject.   2. Technology -- Instead of preventing students from accessing technology during tutoring sessions or class, allow them to access their technology, whether they have iPads, smartphones, or laptop computers. Many educational apps are available for all subjects, all grade levels. Students tend to be very engaged with their technology, even more than the teacher or tutor!   3. Facilitation -- Teachers and tutors actually have similar roles, but they differ in the sequence. Teachers are usually the first to give the information, which the student may or may not understand at first. A tutor is usually the next in line to help the student process the teacher's... read more

The word "tutoring" brings to mind a cartoon picture: an old lady with white hair sitting at a table drowning in big books and papers, tapping her ruler and demanding her student to pay attention!  This "tutor" is every kid's nightmare.  She is making school look like a trip to Disney World!   I can assure you that I am not that old lady.  I am fun!  I am funny!  And I am, in a way, just like a kid; I can relate to what they are going through, and when they meet me, they make a new friend.  Age goes out the window in the respect that, I make learning fun and the student then starts having fun while they are studying.  I have done everything you can think of to help students learn.  I will make up a dance and song if needed.  What is important to me is the passion behind what we learn.  If I can find something the student is passionate about, then I can relate this passion to any academic subject... read more

This month alone to make lessons interesting at least and fun I did the following: 1) I listened to what two of my students like in addition to their academic pursuits such as playing piano and surprised each with a new music songs book 2) I create mnemonic aids such as Yea = Mix and Bake that when repeated becomes yea, mix cookie mix and bake it. The Y=Mx + B is the slope formula. 3) I meet students at libraries and offer book hunts, a computer session, or the thoughts of future with announcements on the lobby's board of forthcoming movies and other events as relief to the grind. 4) I bring play money to young childrens' lessons. 5) I present my students with holiday greeting cards and in December of 2014 it occurred to me that it might be fun for parents and young children to fill a Letters to Santa mailbox that I will bring to lessons and make contact to parents and/or students around October.  All of these are pleasantries and fun for me too.d 

Tutoring can be a lot of fun for both the tutor and the student. The most crucial aspect of tutoring is developing a positive relationship between the tutor and the student. Getting to genuinely know the student is the first key to making tutoring fun. Once a tutor develops that relationship with the student and vice versa, a tutor can then personalize the learning to meet the needs of the student. Incorporating educational games, videos, and hands on manipulatives can also make tutoring fun. As a tutor, I try to incorporate what a student likes into which ever subject we are covering. It is also important to let the student know that it is okay to make mistakes and know he/she will not be looked down upon. Giving the students that confidence and knowledge to take risks will ease the stress of learning and allow students to grow in their area of need. 

Here's the thing, your first session is all about setting up a repor with your tutor, so there are a few things you need to keep in mind when attending your first session.   1) Check your email or phone. This will depend on how your tutor has agreed to contact you. You may have already received an email/call/text from your tutor giving you important information about your first meeting. My first meetings come with a survey and information on what to expect from our sessions.   2) Be on time. This is the most important thing. As a tutor we have a very limited amount of time to cover the material you want to cover, so you need to be on time to every meeting that you agree on with your tutor. This shows us that your are serious about you education and our personal relationship.   3) Come with any materials we will need to be familiar with. If your class uses a text book bring that, if there is a work book bring it, if you have class notes bring those... read more

Thank you very much for your interest in me as a writing tutor and/or proofreader!  I hope that after reviewing my information, you are as confident in my writing abilities as I am.  Any good relationship must begin with reasonable expectations, both for what my role is and what your role is as well.  Here are a few guidelines:   1.  I cannot do your work for you.   For most of you, you are likely enrolled in some type of class for which you have been given writing assignments.  The purpose of any writing assignment is for you to demonstrate your understanding of the subject matter, as well as develop your analytic and written skills.  As such, I cannot explain the essential subject matter of your course to you, nor can I explain what your professor expects; I cannot teach you your class (unless you have hired me to tutor you for a law-related class).  My job is limited to helping you to better demonstrate what you are learning... read more

Greetings, reader!   I am new to Wyzant but have been a part time tutor in a variety of subjects for 6 years. One of the most common subjects I help students in is English/Writing, and it is by far the most difficult. The challenge is not knowing how to write a great essay given the prompt, but how to get the student to write the essay using his/her own voice, style and structure. I have gotten used to walking the razor's edge over the years, but the temptation to write parts of the essay for new writing tutors can be tremendous. Particularly when spending minutes on word choice and sentence order, the prospect of doing some ghost-writing is undoubtedly alluring.   So how does one persevere through those silent, deep-thinking sessions? What I find motivating is the knowledge that my role as a tutor is not to tell the student what to do, but to give him/her an alternative set of tools that he/she does not get in a classroom that will help them express themselves... read more

A Tutoring Session Preparation Checklist Classroom instruction and the time you spend with your professor or teaching assistant is the best source of information and learning. However, sometimes you need a little extra one-on-one time with an experienced writing tutor who will focus attention on your particular goals, strengths, and concerns. And if you’re on a college or graduate budget, you want to get the most out of every minute you spend with your private tutor. The great news is that you can help make your tutor more effective and get more out of every minute you have with him or her by preparing before your session and engaging your tutor during the session. I always ask my students to come to a tutoring session as prepared as possible. This helps them gather their thoughts and helps me quickly start helping them as soon as we start.   Here’s a handy checklist of things to consider and have ready to help your tutor be a “super” tutor: Bring the Course... read more

Mentoring is not for money, we mentors do it nobly. Remind our students why we do it. That their job is to do their school work. A diploma shows dedication and perseverance. When you receive your paycheck that is the reward. To make a school to real life connection...the mentor is the families educational assistant and  the report card is the paycheck #mentoring#foodforthought

     Being a mentor means practicing patience and having an immense amount of responsibility. A mentor is someone that others can look up to and set an example from. Growing up, I often found mentors in my teachers. My favorite was a high school English teacher who taught me about creativity and was supportive of diversity and the unique qualities in each of his students. I will never forget how he empowered his students to write from their hearts and to challenge themselves. My other mentor was my high school algebra 2 teacher. Before I took her class, I struggled with math. Her patience and kindness helped me to love math for the first time in my life. I managed to get an A in her class and by the time I entered college, I qualified for calculus. Her faith in me in spite of my fear of (what I thought was) a difficult subject helped me to grow as an individual and gain self-confidence. She showed me that I was in fact capable of overcoming challenges no matter how much... read more

I have been able to rehabilitate every student(across income lines) willing to go through the Lewis Learning System (™). It takes accuracy, time, and more but I wouldn't trade my profession for anything.     I ran into this article today. I smiled all winter at all the wonderful things my former students have accomplished.  I even met two working at the nearby daycare where I teach through ed technology.     I love to see my families meet an obstacle and overcome education challenges.  This article mimics a similar sentiment:     Intensive Small-Group Tutoring and Counseling Helps Struggling Students By MOTOKO RICHJAN. 26, 2014     CHICAGO — By the time they reach eighth grade, according to federal tests, half of all African-American schoolboys have not mastered the most basic math skills that educators consider essential for their grade level. A new paper being released Monday... read more

A steady and long-term academic tutor is like having a regular doctor. Preventative medicine protects one from possible disease. In the same manner, academic tutors prevent academic dis-ease by lowering stress levels, academic anxiety, and ensuring that people feel confident about their learning experiences. We have seen parents in panicked concern, students “freaking out,” and other situations that are uncomfortable, but essentially, preventable. Let’s take a more specific look into the matter. Having a long-term academic tutor has many invaluable benefits: 1. Succeeding Feels Good – This is simple, obvious, and yet easily over-looked. Setting goals, impressing teachers and parents, and achieving respectable grades naturally boost self-esteem. It’s a better “Selling-point” to a wary student than the statement, “Getting good grades is essential for success.” The student may be eager to rebel and prove you wrong (as some parents know all too well). Bottom line: A consistent... read more

Hi everyone!! My name is Faraz and I started tutoring 7 months ago.  I have another business selling used laboratory equipment but business had gotten really slow.  Prior to this, I was working full time.  I was laid off and that was fine because I was doing well in my business selling used lab equipment.  Anyway with the down economy, I just didn't have the sales I used to have and money was running thin.  I have always worked full time and kept the part time business so was doing OK for myself.     I got the idea to start tutoring.  Initially I started applying at different tutoring companies.  They all paid about 20-22/hour.  I would do all the work they were getting all the money.  I knew this wasn't going to work.  I have always been somewhat independent.  I have always enjoyed making something out of nothing.  I did that with my lab equipment business.  I thought I would try it here as well.  Anyway... read more

Becoming a tutor is a very rewarding experience. If you are interested in beginning a new journey as a person aspiring to touch the lives of students you should practice the following effective techniques.    1-Although you may be extremely knowledgeable and/or passionate about one or two subjects try to become well versed with a few additional subjects; chances are when you are offered a tutoring job for one subject your student will ask for help with other subjects they may struggle with in the near future.    2-When working with a student be careful not to use negative comments. For example, if a student gets a word problem wrong do not directly correct them by saying "you are wrong." Try putting a spin on words of encouragement such as "You are on the right track. Let me show you how to figure out the answer." Negative comments will only further discourage a student who is probably already internally suffering from failure... read more

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