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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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So you want to learn the Arabic Language? Take it from an experienced Arabic Teacher & Native speaker of the language!   Be careful to NOT learn the "dialect" version of this language. Here is why you need to focus on learning the proper Arabic that is recognized by the U.N and 99% of the Arab League:   MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) is the standardized... 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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There are a few teaching strategies I've come up with - not invented, but rather discovered - in my time as a tutor that seem to keep the student both interested and focused. Of course, these may not work for other subjects. I teach language, a beautiful art in and of itself! One strategy is to start with the building blocks of language- the atom, or proton, or electron, or quark (I suppose... read more

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When I start a tutoring session,I first check up on my students and inquire about what they are up to or what is on their mind. Then I relate to that and segue into our goals for the next hour or so (session length). Second, I always bring up how I learn and how everyone learns a little bit differently. Thus, I encourage my students to let me know if they are not following my lead or have questions... read more

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When I start a tutoring session,I first check up on my students and inquire about what they are up to or what is on their mind. Then I relate to that and segue into our goals for the next hour or so (session length). Second, I always bring up how I learn and how everyone learns a little bit differently. Thus, I encourage my students to let me know if they are not following my lead or have questions... read more

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In my experience as a teacher and a tutor, one of the most important facts I keep in mind is varying learning styles. There are several different learning styles, and I try to include the styles best suited to the students I'm working with. Some of the ways I think outside the box in tutoring include: 1. making sure the student is comfortable, physically and emotionally. I provide honest encouragement... read more

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1. Colors help the brain absorb information better. It also makes any subject at hand more interesting and appealing to the eye. 2. Note taking should never be a duty, I like to incorporate fun ways to write out notes that'll help with memory. 3. Music to set a relaxing but stimulating mood for the student. 4. Every 15 minutes, students need a quick break from focus to keep their attitude... read more

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      Connecting study material to real-world things that the students find interesting is a strategy teachers often attempt to use. The idea behind this method is simple: transform the material into something more relevant and the students will be hooked. It gives the students something interesting to maul over instead of having to work on yet another arbitrary problem... read more

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5. When necessary, I use my humor, acting skills, and comedic training to make the sessions more engaging. 4. I turn the tables and make the student/client the teacher/coach: they teach ME how to understand the concept.  If they can teach it, then they truly understand it. :) 3.  I don't continue to repeat the same thing if the student/client... read more

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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... 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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         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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It is very popular the adagio “styles make difference …” and that is true when we talk about teaching styles and learning styles. Teachers around the world use different teaching styles to delivering lessons, and it methods are attached to their cultural environment learning experience. As a consequence their students developed a cultural learning style that melts cultural background and individual... read more

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  "I can't do this.  Why do I need to know this anyway?  Can't we just use the computer to do this?"   We have all heard this from someone; ourselves, our spouses, friends and all too often we hear this from our children. We have seen math as a difficult subject for our generation and now we are seeing math become even more "frustrating", "boring",... read more

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When students think of text in a classroom, they tend to think of pages of paper filled with words that intertwine together to make a story. Many teachers stick to the traditional way of providing students with novels to teach a unit on a particular topic and then use a film as a complimentary piece to add visualization to the text that the students already read. Instead of using it as complimentary... read more

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  I have spent nearly two years working entirely with students that struggled with mild to severe ADD. First, both students with ADD and those who teach them need to be knowledgeable of WHAT ADD is.     A few basics: 1). ADD is NOT simply being easily distracted, or lack of focus. For the student suffering with it, it feels as if there is a mental fog around everything... read more

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I wanted to share my teaching philosophy for any individuals who are considering selecting me as their tutor. My teaching philosophy highlights my beliefs about learning as well as my teaching strategy (a strategy that focuses on active student engagement, applied exercises, and the use of analogies and examples to help learners grasp complex topics).   My Teaching Philosophy Beliefs... read more

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