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Since I need to coordinate the university classes I teach, my family schedules, and my tutoring, I sync it all to teamup.com.  I then restrict the public information. Any open time slot is available for tutoring. Since I hate playing text-tag to schedule an appointment I send my teamup.com link and my students can see what times work for them (in their own time zone, too) and then they let... 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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One of the biggest successes you can endeavor during your tutoring career is expanding your academic reach. Two years ago my student asked me to help her begin preparing for the PSATs. I have never taught that material but she enjoyed my English and reading approach that she was confident I could help her. After reviewing the materials, we began to take apart the test and work through the English... read more

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Tutoring is always fun when the student gets to make activity choices as we go along. I make tutoring fun by planning activities that strengthen the Reader and that makes them interested. Tutoring is fun with social praise and teacher input that motivates them. Tutoring sessions are fun when you know the student wants the end of session token reinforcement. Tutoring can be even... read more

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Tutoring is always fun when the student gets to make activity choices as we go along. I make tutoring fun by planning activities that strengthen the Reader and that makes them interested. Tutoring is fun with social praise and teacher input that motivates them. Tutoring sessions are fun when you know the student wants the end of session token reinforcement. Tutoring can be even... 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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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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Tutoring is teaching on steroids. You have a small amount of time to make a huge impact in a student's life. In addition, the parents are looking for quick results, after all they are paying. However, there is something that every tutor should consider when planning and tutoring-if the student doesn't like what you are doing, how long do you think the parent and the student are going to continue... read more

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1. POSITIVE LEARNING  Smiling/Happiness changes you brain patterns, thus opening you up to learn more.  I like to incorporate a little fun with learning.  Getting a smile here and there and showing appreciation to the student on progress.    2. STRESS LESS LEARNING Stress causes you to retain energy that blocks you brain from functioning.  Stop and... read more

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I absolutely love tutoring. From a few years of experience I have gained some knowledge on how to make tutoring a fun experience and not make students feel like they are attending a second school.  One of my main tips is to let the students set the atmosphere. They need to be comfortable in whatever environment to facilitate learning. If music helps them concentrate, or some kind of background... read more

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The Bible states in Proverbs 29:18 stats that "Where there is no vision, the people perish".  Others have stated that "If you fail to plan, you plan to fail".  We see time and time again that setting goals and making plans are essential to success.  So how do we do this?   George T. Doran published a paper in 1981 entitled "There's a S.M.A.R... read more

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Online tutoring is definitely a great thing not only to take, but to teach. It allows you to be flexible with your schedule, you don't have to leave your home, and you save money on gas! However, there can be some downsides to online tutoring.  If you live with family, there can be distractions and background noise You may not be technologically savvy You may find some students... read more

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1. Sing a Song It is amazing how singing a song can relieve stress as well as improve memory. Consider starting each lesson with a silly, but relevant song. 2. Offer Incentives for Meeting Tutoring Goals Tutoring lessons are fun when students have a goal to work towards and a reward for meeting it. 3. Have a Snack No one likes to learn on an empty stomach. Consult... read more

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As per Wyzant's request, I'll give my five cents on what makes a tutoring session fun.   1. Liveliness: What better way to garner enthusiasm than to be enthused. It truly can be contagious.    2. Movement: Cognitive science evidences that our brains are not entirely at work while we're at rest. Moving around keeps things interesting, and, of course, complements the... read more

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Working with different students can be challenging, but I've noticed that there are five main things you can do to make each experience with a student that much more successful.   Personality! Bring it on! Use your personality to relate to your student; whether young or old, you can connect on different levels outside your subject. Help them become comfortable by you being a regular... read more

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