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It is hard to believe Stephen Covey's 7 Habits of Highly Effective People was first published nearly 30 years ago. Although all 7 habits are excellent tools for both tutors and students, I believe the Second Habit -- "Begin With the End in Mind" -- can play an important role in creating the foundation for a productive and satisfying learning partnership.   For example,... read more

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For most fluent readers, it can be hard to imagine how the sight word "have" can be tricky for emerging readers. Yet many parents drilling the Dolch sight words find "have" is misread over and over again, made to rhyme with "gave" and "behave". The child is likely making this mistake because he or she is diligently applying the guidance that a silent... read more

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Have you ever wondered what spelling bee champs know about spelling? I have, and my research led me straight to the 31 spelling rules as taught in the Logic of English method. These simple yet powerful rules explain 98% of English words when coupled with 74 phonograms. While that may not be enough to win an elite spelling bee, its a huge step forward for everyday literacy. The 31... read more

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English is widely regarded as being full of exceptions, and often logical/literal learners struggle with the ways in which it is commonly taught. Fortunately, though, there is logic to our language, and methods have been developed that carefully distill it into a limited number of spelling rules and phonograms. These concepts are quite simple to learn but very powerful in application, transforming... read more

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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... read more

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Tutoring students for several years, I have realized that the relationship my students have with their parents plays a major role in their success with me and in school. I find that parents who are supportive, yet assertive and set clear boundaries and expectations of success for their children, breed motivation in their children's educational work. Parents certainly need to be assertive and care... read more

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I have found that one of the most important elements to successful tutoring (of minors) is including the parents. Most of us would agree that parents have a primary and weighty role in the development of their children. Academia is no exception. I have developed a few methods to include parents in a manner that positively channels their influence towards my goals... read more

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When you are preparing to go meet your new tutor for the first time, remember the tutor is just as excited to meet you too! To make the most of everyone’s time, remember a few simple things: Everyone will be a bit nervous! It is everyone’s first time meeting each other. The younger your child is, the higher the chance they will be shy or possibly cry. Schedule- Try to come prepared... read more

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After over 20 years of working as a professional tutor, I have made some observations on the types of parents we work with in addition to working with their student.  I view the parents of my students as if they were "my bosses", because they need to be pleased with my services just as much as their student needs to be pleased with his/her progress. Thus, for every student, I have... read more

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A: Yes!  In fact I highly recommend this!  In most cases the parent will have to sign an information release in order to discuss student information with someone other than a parent or guardian.   The best chances for student success happen when the student, parent, teacher, and tutor, work in concert to help the student meet academic goals.  All play an important part... read more

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With the technological push drowning us with zillions of interactive make-life-easy options, people are loading up on technology like sugar during WWII! Kids have Wii's, iPads, smartphones, 4G connections, Kindles, and more. And that's at home! Many schools have joined Mission Technology in an effort to help children remain engaged in the classroom amidst our changing world. People think if they... read more

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So the school year started and so did the changes in our educational system. It used to be simple back in the days - kids went to school, teachers gave homework and parents helped to the best of their knowledge. And now, all of a sudden all these fancy words like Common Core, Data Driven instruction, placement tests, standardized assessments come into play. How does one make sense out of them... read more

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Hello Fellow Tutors,   I have lost two tutoring clients due to my honesty. I'm not asking for a medal or anything, but I'm wondering how best to handle this situation AND keep the business.   The first time was subtle. We met through Wyzant of course and it had never even occurred to me to discount my rate and NOT use Wyzant. Partly because of tax season and partly, because,... read more

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As a college student, I’ve heard numerous complaints about the GERs (General Education Requirements) we must complete before graduating. “Why do I need to take a science with a lab when I’m a history major?” or “I’m studying Philosophy; what do I need a math class for?” These sentiments are often echoed by grade school students I’ve tutored (and even their parents!) – so I thought it might be... read more