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...
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...
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.
Colleges and professional schools want candidates with a well-rounded resume. This means that as students, you have to balance demanding coursework with sports, internships, volunteer service, and most importantly, also find down time to enjoy with friends and family!
Efficient study techniques will help you juggle all this quite well.
Don't record lectures to spend extra hours listening to the same lecture later. Save study time outside of class and learn within class time. Take good notes during lecture! Note topics the instructor spends time on, important keywords, terminology.
When given an assignment, complete it in advance and run it by the instructor a few days before it's due. This will ensure full credit because his feedback will tell you exactly what he wants out of the assignment. You're going to do the assignment anyways, just plan ahead and make time for it early on. Do not procrastinate...
1. Get positive
2. Get a tutor
3. Get Started
4. Get rewarded
Use your new skills and repeat.. what could be simpler :)
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...
Hello, and thank you for taking the time to stop in my humble tutoring blog!
My name is Michelle, and it's nice to meet you (in a figurative sense, at least!). I am a substitute teacher with a background in special education and history, with an emphasis on grades 6-12. Aside from tutoring, I also work at a chocolate shop on a part-time basis. I definitely keep myself busy, but at least I'm never bored!
The purpose of this blog is to post supplementary links and assignments for the students I tutor, as well as to compile interesting websites for others to use. I will always cite my sources, and would ask for the courtesy of others giving credit where it is due if my own work or lesson plans are borrowed.
That being said, let me finish with a quirky quote I heard once:
"Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. So study hard- be evil."
-attributed to either Mark Twain and Unknown...
New sessions may bring a feeling of anxiety or uncertainty: will the new tutor be able to help me? Is it someone who I will be able to understand? Will they be able to answer my questions?
Here are some tips for clearing up the possible confusion to hopefully create a successful first encounter!
1) Be prepared to study: have on hand writing utensils, paper, textbooks as needed, and an open mind.
2) Have a list of the exact goals: both for that day, and your long term goals (what do you desire to accomplish through tutoring? How many sessions do you expect to have?)
3) Have a list of specific questions for your tutor: about their experience, methods, teaching philosophy, availability, fees. Also questions revolving around the subject matter at hand.
4) Finally, don't be afraid to ask questions! A good tutor, if they don't have the answer on hand, will be able to research, or guide your research to find...
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The Tutor/ School Connection
Teachers in training learn the importance of cultivating meaningful connections with their students and their parents in teaching methods classes. Teachers know that maintaining regular contact with parents is essential to nurturing a positive home/ school relationship. The benefits of such a relationship are too numerous to mention. Tutors, along with students and their families, can benefit from a similar relationship. This article describes several benefits of a positive tutor/ school relationship and lists steps for initiating contact.
Why a Tutor/ School Relationship?
As a Behavioral Management Counselor at a local juvenile facility for adjudicated youth, my responsibilities included maintaining regular contact with all teachers of the residents on my client list. This included phone contact and attending parent/ teacher conferences. My unit housed young men ages 13 – 17 in a semi-secure...