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-Meet at different locations, not just the library.  Use the food store to teach food vocabulary, use the bookstore to discuss literature or teach about books, etc.     -Play games..  Even for adults, games are a great drill.  The web has some fun games, but you can create your own based on other games that exist.     -Get to know your clients... read more

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The art of tutoring involves just 2 things:  how fast you can identify a problem  and how well you can figure out how to teach a problem.     The largest problem a student will face, is lack of motivation.  Students run out of motivation for many reasons:  lack of rewards, tasks are too challenging, the pace of the classroom is too fast, or plain failure to... read more

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The word "yet" is very powerful. Because it conveys a sense of hope. It's a simple word. Try adding it to the end of the sentence about how bad things are and it turns the whole thing around. I haven't done this...yet I haven't made it...yet I haven't won...yet But guess what - it's not over...yet. The word yet gives us the strength to hold on for another... read more

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1. I believe that a hard work ethic is indefinitely more valuable than pure genius. i admire those parents and students who are actively seeking out resources to better themselves. 2. I'm a huge lover of knowledge. If I'm tutoring you in math and you say you love history I will try to send you resources not only for the math I'm teaching you, but also the things that interest you. Learning... read more

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Rather than droning on about each subject in math at this point, I'm going to make a shift. I'm currently engaged in a conversation with a friend, and my most recent reply to him expresses my opinion on how math is being taught today:   ...The beauty of math is something that I have seen most of my life, and it stands in my mind as one of my fundamental motivations for studying math... read more

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A question that I have heard many times from my own students and others is this: "When am I ever going to use this?" In this post and future posts, I'm going to address possible answers to this question, and I'm going to also take a look at what mathematics educators could learn from the question itself.   Let's look at the answer first. When I was in school myself, the... read more

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WYZANT WANTS TO KNOW: What are your tips to stay motivated through finals and the end of the school year?   I'd have to say that one of my motivational tips is maintaining two calendars, Make a countdown calendar that only includes the days between today and the absolute last deadline you have, whether it's a final exam or the last day a final paper is due; whatever's latest... read more

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The majority of the students that I have often have the same problem -- they aren't grasping the information fast enough or they aren't really able to follow the lessons a teacher gives.   Sometimes, teachers aren't adaptive to every learning style for each student in their classroom.  However, know that each student has the capability to learn math on their own.  It is... read more

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     Under Harmer’s theory, affect, agency, achievement, attitude, and activities are all crucial aspects of motivation. To focus on improving affect positivity, teachers can try to minimize their time spent as controllers, introduce more colorful (and carefully chosen colors of) classroom decorations, and aim for more activities and class discussions on topics that the students... read more

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This afternoon I found myself contemplating a concept discussed in one of my students' papers this week: servant leadership.   According to my student's work, a servant leader is one who always puts the needs of the student first. S/he does not make decisions based upon his/her agenda of personal interests, but rather s/he bases her pedagogical decisions on the students' passions,... read more

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Many of the students I tutor have the skills it takes to succeed, but their confidence or motivation is low. I find that the best way to see results, for the benefit of myself, the students, and the parents, is to provide that student with the tools to understand what it feels like to succeed, and therefore to be confident. Although parents usually have the best intentions, the children may just... read more

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    It is quite challenging for the teacher to help the student/s to understand and learn a subject that he or she finds hard.  I do believe that constant review of the subject, dedication, patience and  perseverance to learn plus creativity and resourcefulness (with the guidance of the teacher) make learning  easier. Student/s plays an important role; he/she... read more

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The explosive reactions I get from students of all ages really help me appreciate why I got into this field to begin with. With other fields making so much more money, and in shorter times, it's easy to think about what you "could" be doing. But when that child or adult really "gets it", and totally blows you away with their next answer, it's like striking gold - yeah, it's...

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With the new school year starting, I thought I'd write a blog post to talk about what I think are the most important things students should be doing to start the year off on the right foot. If anything, September is the time when students are either excited to come back or are dreading it, but being prepared will help any student have a successful year.    The most important... read more