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  1. Help students see the relevance of what they are learning to their own lives. Whenever possible relate materials student's goals or interests. 2. Make learning fun. Use film, digital media, and interactive exercises to engage students. 3. Break assignments down into manageable steps and give students detailed feedback. 4. Listen to your students! Don't... read more

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Firstly, tutoring is an art. I try my best to make each lesson unique. My number one tip is try to find a way to explain material through everyday phenomena. For example, in chemistry we use stoichiometry to find the right amounts of substance need for producing a certain amount of products. Before of jumping into the mathematical madness, I explain the concept through cooking. Chemical equations... read more

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In working with young children, it's imperative to bring a bag of tricks. I help to reach different learning modalities and engage my current learners with these five tips:   1. Bring the music. A song can provide mnemonic remembering tools, activate the brain, soothe anxiety, or provide background for dance to help a child expend energy and come back to focus.   2. Puzzle... read more

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Tip 1:  Always get to know your student, but be sure to keep it at a professional level and nothing too personal   Tip 2:  Play certain educational games that can include learning definitions, or formulas    Tip 3:  Don't be too serious,  try to have a relaxing environment so the student won't feel so uptight   Tip 4:  Try to... read more

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No matter what subject a student is tutoring in it can always be fun. 1. I have found with younger kids if you do hands on examples, not only is it fun but they learn much more and gain a better understanding. 2.Another way I try and make lessons fun is by incorporating real life. I might ask the student what their favorite sport is. Ex: Football Question: If Martin scored 21 points... read more

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Here are some  ideas to make tutoring fun in the K-2 area   1- IPAD Applications- I like to have students earn IPAD breaks.  They love this time and they are learning at the same time!  There are some great sites that practice simple math, high frequency words CVC word building.   2-Rewards- I like to break tutoring down especially for the K-2 age group... read more

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We played a lot of games in kindergarten; so it came as no surprise when the first grade was almost identical. This was Ms. Huff’s first year teaching and my education paid the price: I scored below my grade level on multiple subjects. School administrators decided that Ms. Huff would make a better kindergarten teacher two years later. However, the questioned still remained about what my parents... read more

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Tutoring is available from many places: friends, neighbors, school resource persons and here on Wyzant. Creating lessons which engage and teach students is important in this competitive arena. Fun lessons are memorable lessons.   Here are things I like to incorporate in order to engage students in a fun way.   1) Be sure to know what the student wants. If it is "fun",... read more

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Whether it be one of my academic students or one of my youth fitness students, I always stress being prepared and organized.  Being consistent with these simple steps will lead to a more effective and fulfilling learning experience.   But I also stress approaching each tutoring/coaching session with an open mind and a sense of humor.  Whether it be a sharing funny joke or... read more

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I am new to this blog but I wanted to send out a quick note. Tutoring can be an excellent opportunity for students to catch up, expand on what is already known, or even get ahead in their classes. Making the subject enjoyable to the student is the most important factor in getting that student interested in the topic. It doesn't matter what the subject is, if the student does not find it enjoyable,... read more

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S., aged 14, invested a bit less time for homework last week, as she was very busy. However, she did experiment with pen-and-ink and has purchased markers and graphite pencils, as well as two sketchbooks of better paper. She is going on vaction soon and I hope she will take her sketchbooks along. I suggested she start to think about drawing portrait and figure. I brought along "Anatomy... read more

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1. Relate materials to the students preferred interests. For example, if the student likes animals, you can teach categorization and counting by having a student count all the horses in a farm full of animals, teach paragraph writing by letting the student choose an animal to write about, teach volume by having a student discover how many square feet an animal needs for a pen and then have... read more

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Tutoring can be fun! Exciting! Educational! It doesn't mean that a student is lacking intelligence; it means they are smart and motivated enough to take the time to become stronger in a subject! There are many ways that tutoring can become an adventure! First, all learning activities should take place in a fun, stress-free environment. Studying in the same room can become suffocating, so... read more

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The best 5 Outside the Box tips for tutors I highly recommend involve the human senses. Creating a stress-free environment or lowering stress in students is key to successful learning.   Here are my simple top tutoring tips:   1. Setting! Meet in a calm, stress free WyzAnt approved setting where both tutor and student (and their parents) are comfortable.   2... read more

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