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“What advice would you give students to prepare for their first session with a new tutor?” This is a great question! Overall, I think the most important piece of advice I can give is to put some thought into exactly what you want to get out of your tutoring sessions. Many people come to tutoring simply because their grades (or test scores) are low, and they're hoping that private... read more

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We recently passed the 30th anniversary of "the 2 Sigma Problem," which is the problem of achieving the effectiveness of personalized, one-on-one instruction at a large scale. As a tutor, how do you help multiple students at the same time while retaining the benefits of personalized tutoring? To me, one of the major benefits of personalized tutoring is that the tutor has the... read more

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WWTK: What advice would you give students going back to school so they start the year strong? This is a great question, and one that I've answered before on this blog. In general, I'd say the most important thing for starting the new year strong is starting the new year ORGANIZED. Go back and look through your notebooks from the previous year, but not for content – look at them like... read more

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“Students often want to know how they'll use a subject "in the real world." Pick one of your subjects and tell us why it's important outside of the classroom.” As it happens I wrote an article on this very topic as it relates to Algebra a few months back. You can check out that article here. So since I've already answered this in relation to math, I'll discuss another of... read more

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Nobody likes doing homework in the summer. It's just a fact of life. My advice to students who want to stay sharp during the summer is to inject fun into your work and work into your fun. Find a way to connect your personal fun time back to the subjects you're learning in school. The best way to accomplish this, in my opinion, is to look for school skills in unusual contexts. If you're interested... read more

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I am thankful for mainly my father who first introduced me to the guitar. One day, he was playing his electric on the couch and something changed inside me and I had the urge to learn it. He had books on chord shapes and scales. After getting me started on the basic chord shapes of C and A major, he sent me on my own and I took off from there. I am also thankful for everyone I played music with... read more

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I will never forget my favorite math teacher. Mr. Lazur taught ninth grade CAS Geometry (my school's version of AP) and also twelfth grade IB Calculus, so I was fortunate enough to have him as a high school freshman and then again as a senior. I'm incredibly thankful for Mr. Lazur because his fun and informal teaching style got even the most anxious students to actually enjoy math. In his classes... read more

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When I think back to my education and the teachers who impacted my life, I am reminded of three teachers.   First was my 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Gerheart.  She was amazing.  She was patient and loving.  No matter how silly or difficult I could be she still loved me.    Second, was Mrs. Wren my humanities teacher.  She was strict, had high expectations... read more

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This is a simple question for me, but it might not be for everyone. I am a poet, a journalist, and a creative nonfiction writer. The teacher who springs to mind, is my 6th grade teacher in Pleasant Hill, California. Every afternoon, when we had just finished lunch and recess time, Mr. Simon would have us file into the classroom quietly and lay our heads down on our desks and close our eyes. He... read more

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As a psychology undergraduate student I took a multivariate statistics course.  The course was very tough given that it was pre-SPSS and we had to calculate all of the equations manually.  The way I handled the course was by taking advantage of my professor's office hours and working in teams with fellow classmates.  By the end of the course, I felt very comfortable with this topic... read more

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Everyone has different learning styles.   Some are visual learners; these people learn by "seeing", or visualizing a concept.   Others are auditory learners; they learn by hearing a concept explained to them.   Some learn best by simply reading, while others prefer to write things down.   Last but not least are the kinesthetic learners;... read more

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When I was studying abroad in Italy, I was primarily studying art history. I went so that I could see the art that I had been enamored with and inspired by in person. I had no experience speaking Italian, though. Part of my requirement was to take Italian. No biggie, right? I figured I'd learn the basics and enjoy my semester going to to museums. And, everyone told me that a lot of English would... read more