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Hi all,    I just joined Wyzant as a tutor a few days ago, and was a bit perturbed by an answer I saw to a student question about how to transition to the study of law online. The one tutor who answered this student spent the majority of the post selling himself to the student, noting his high ranking on the website. He did not really answer the student's question. Should I report... read more

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One of the leading questions parents ask when inquring about tutoring services is "how long should my student study for the SATs?"  This answer varies depending upon the student's current academic progress, whether they've taken the test previously and what areas they need to invest more time in.  The short answer is at least 40 hours.  Also, it is not a bad... read more

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Spring is in the air. With Spring comes time to freshen up again. As tutors and educators, we need to freshen up on our skills, our transportation, and our teaching methods. With a fresh new attitude, we endeavor to raise our student's altitude. We freshen up to allow for more fun in line with the new season. Here is my essential chores check-list to tackle when Spring arrives:   Month... read more

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1. Teach the tutor: I like to have students tell me what they know.  This helps to build their confidence up.  If there is a fallacy in their knowledge, we work to correct that in a positive manner.    2. Checking-in:  How is the student feeling?  Did they have a bad day at school? Did they rock their exam?  Showing that a tutor cares helps to put the... read more

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School can be tough sometimes- really tough. When after-school tutoring, intersession (extra time in the classroom during breaks), and individualized attention isn’t enough, what do you do next? What can you do to ensure your child’s success? How do you know when it's time to get some extra help? 1. Homework is an exceptionally difficult chore- for everyone. When your child... read more

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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... read more

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As a tutor who works mostly with children I can say that the chief issue I encounter with my students is that they are just not interested in the work that they struggle with. They wont care about a subject unless they are invested in it. So, here are some things I do to help make it more engaging. 1. I like to use props. Especially with English students. Instead of writing a sentence... read more

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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... read more

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Greetings, reader!   I am new to Wyzant but have been a part time tutor in a variety of subjects for 6 years. One of the most common subjects I help students in is English/Writing, and it is by far the most difficult. The challenge is not knowing how to write a great essay given the prompt, but how to get the student to write the essay using his/her own voice, style and structure... read more

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(This is actually a modified version of an article I posted a while back - Parents wait! Why a study skills tutor is what your child REALLY needs. But I think tutors should consider this idea of study skills even more than parents should.) After a dozen years as a classroom teacher and private tutor, I know the routine well. Like clockwork, October and March bring new report cards... read more