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Over the years, I have started to identify the kind of student with whom I work most effectively, whether in tutoring or in a traditional college setting. My kind of student is one who is serious about learning, is willing to think beyond an immediate problem, and has an open mind. Being serious about learning means that one is actively pursuing knowledge without waiting to be told what should... read more

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There is no such thing as someone who doesn't get math. Instead, it is the teacher who "does not get how to teach math".   I have come across many very good teachers, and the thing that differentiates them from the less amazing ones is this: they do not have a single "tried and true" method. The teachers who do have this type of "tried and true" method... read more

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There are three important aspects of tutoring: initial design, day-to-day, and student to tutor rapport.   Design   The first meeting is an assessment where we develop a study schedule and talk about the students needs in order to achieve the goals they set. It's important to allow the student to design the goals with as little aid from the tutor as possible. Allowing... read more

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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... read more

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It's sometimes too easy to get bogged down with textbook definitions and explanations, but how many times do students (and even educators) actually understand what it is we're reading? At the end of the day, what we remember is what we discover for ourselves. During education classes in college, my professor time and time again emphasized the important of leading the student to the door, but letting... read more

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Prompt: What do you hope to be doing in 5 years? In 10? How to do you plan to reach these goals and what will motivate you along the way? Growing up, I’ve always wanted to make some “major change in the world”. I dreamed of inventing the newest innovation in technology, or discovering the next important cure. But recently, I realized that sometimes, dreaming too far fails to recognize... read more

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I believe each child is a star. Every student has the ability to learn and should be given the support and opportunity they need to succeed and reach their full potential. Each child should be seen as a unique contribution to the class and the student should always come first. As a teacher, I am here to keep high expectations of every student and set standards that align to goals that... read more

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Criticism is something that will be done every single day of your life in some aspect. However when it comes to learning, the way we criticize can be harmful to someone's behavior and learning environment.   How many have test anxiety? How many start to feel anxious, or nervous when you get called into your bosses office, or parents office? I know I did. Until I begin to observe... read more

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Although new to WyzAnt, I have tutored mathematics for the past four years at college. One thing I notice among many students is a great deal of annoyance towards mathematics. They feel mathematics to be too abstract, rigorous, relentless, and just plain boring. Most students either prefer a subject they will end up using in "real life", or a subject that gives them a sense of wonder... 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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I've been through a long journey with music, and have changed my style and genre focus according to what is fun for me. Music is my profession and my passion, so if I'm not absolutely loving it, why bother?   Here are my tips that make my tutoring fun!   1. ASK QUESTIONS! What does my student want to learn? What musicians do they admire? Who do they want to sound like... read more

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To many students math is a difficult time consuming process. In many developing countries they learn by rote and memorization. This inefficient teaching method leads to 12+ hour school days. The end result is a student who has less understanding and has learned that math is boring.   I see math as like solving a puzzle and playing detective. Math is how we used to entertain ourselves... read more

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Over the many years I have been tutoring, I have time and again found myself hating the teachers that assign the homework and tests my students have to work on. Of course, this doesn't happen every time, or even most times, but it happens often enough that it prompted me to write this.   The reason I dislike these teachers so much is not related to how much work they create for me... read more

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         After 30 years of tutoring special education children, I have decided that all academic problems are mine, not the students. Thus, I analyzed what has already been provided in detail to determine what does and does not work. For example, children have different learning styles that are not rigid, but flexible. Each of us may be good at a tactile sport but not... read more

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"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." This quote, attributed to Albert Einstein (Dodd, n.d.), expresses the idea that is embodied by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. This theory, developed by psychologist and neuroscientist Howard Gardner, states that intelligence is not... read more

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Introduction   Teachers carry a tremendous responsibility. Their job is not just to educate the next generation of human beings that may one day shape the destiny of mankind, but they also have the opportunity to inspire the students that enter their classroom--to encourage creativity, to instill confidence and self-esteem, and to help students attain their fullest potential. It is... read more

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Title 1 provides academic assistance to selected students who are failing or are at risk of failing to meet the State’s challenging content and student performance standards in reading and mathematics.   The challenge lies in pinpointing where each student is struggling and providing support to each student individually.  You cannot simply help in general terms, you must... read more

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