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Tutoring appears to be one of the best ways to increase the academic performance for a child that has been identified to be "on the spectrum". With an increasing number of spectrum-identified school-age children that are entering public and private institutions in lieu of homeschooling, working with students that learn differently is probably one of the best ways to help traditional teachers to boost their I.Q. I have found that multiple strategies work but they also have to be simplistic in nature. Parents and children can benefit from a tutor that does not sound or look like the classroom teacher, especially, if they are experienced and creative. The "spectrum" ranges from mild to severe so please don't seek a "one user plan" but rather create a "playbook" of learning manipulatives, charts, color coded folders, and a "bottle of enthusiasm". I prefer to use simple analogies, magazines, online research databases, diagrams and pictures... read more

Time is a very important tool to learning academic information efficiently. If you have been working with a tutor then you should be aware of the time that you spend in tutoring assistance. Most students and parents believe that the longer they are tutored; the more successful they will be in executing the output of information. Set your tutoring goals in advance and submit them to your tutor via the Wyzant email address. List the goals that you would like to accomplish in each session for up to two weeks at a time. Even if you and your tutor do not accomplish all the goals you set, you will still be proactive in your learning experience!

Students that have to overcome the obstacle of using proper grammar in their writing are constantly complaining about the confusion of verb tense. One of the best ways to remember tense is to read and write on a consistent basis. I recently had a session with a college level student that became very frustrated with the simple present, present perfect, and present continuous. I reminded the student to use reading aloud as an audio technique to hear the sentence flow as a way to gain momentum on tense. The second way that a student may be able to jump this hurdle is to follow the examples and conjugation boxes in their grammar guide or workbook. Lastly, the student may be able to construct their own tense model on a piece of colored 12x9 construction poster board and paste it on their wall in their personal living space. Tip: Present continuous is present progressive; the verb + ing.

September is right around the corner and most high school students are still daydreaming of sandy beaches, barbecues, and endless days outside of school. The best thing about summer is that it relaxes your mind and the unfortunate fact about summer sedation is that sometimes student goals remain hazy. Scholarships are offered throughout the school hiatus and students that take advantage of applying for scholarships have a better chance at receiving awards. High school seniors, as well as, juniors need to take a proactive approach to increasing the possibilities of gaining much needed financial assistance for their college educations. Many students are learning what it takes to produce a winning scholarship application or essay and many more have found that in four years their lives were supposed to be focused. Focused on what? Community service, social networking campaigns, inventions and new ideas, finding a cure for Parkinsons, job development to name a few.   I am... read more

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