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5 Practical Ways to Use Music to Promote Learning

5 Practical Ways to Use Music to Promote Learning

The correlation between music and learning remains a frequent topic of research and inquiry. Whether it’s listening or playing, studies clearly show that music can positively impact the brain’s ability to engage with and learn content.

Of course, there’s more to maximizing this …

Using Innovation Competitions to Motivate Students

Using Innovation Competitions to Motivate Students

Over the past 20 years, advancements in science, technology, and communication have transformed our world. If you trace any one of these advancements back to their roots, you are likely to uncover the story of a person or team who dared to break from traditional thinking and approach a common problem in a new way.

Whether it’s a billionaire visionary like Bill Gates who …

Three Ways to Boost Vocabulary

Three Ways to Boost Vocabulary

Improving literacy skills can often be a complicated proposition. Successful readers and writers use a combination of several skills such as print awareness, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension skills, grammar, and spelling to be able to both understand and create meaningful text. Improving a student’s overall literacy skill-set requires a multifaceted approach that deals with the individual skills as well as practice putting the skills together.

Tutoring Twins: The Disruptive Aspect of Adaptive Learning

Tutoring Twins: The Disruptive Aspect of Adaptive Learning

The debate about whether to separate twins in educational settings isn’t a new one.  For identical twins who garner the most attention and psycho-social accommodations, educational and social settings frequently fail to address individual needs.

Educators, family members and friends tend to view twins as two sides of the same coin, and can expect twins to have the same skills, personal likes …

Cliffs Notes – Not Just for Cheaters!

Cliffs Notes and Book Summaries – Not Just for Cheaters!

As long as there have been literature courses taught in schools, there have been students looking for short-cuts to avoid long reading assignments. One of the most well-known of these shortcuts (right behind “rent the movie”) has been Cliffs Notes. For decades, students have sought out the infamous black and yellow paperbacks as a way to condense large readings into …

Video Games that Make Learning Fun

Video Games that Make Learning Fun

Video games are at the center of the gamification of education. While this movement to make learning more engrossing and engaging for a new generation focuses on changes away from the screen, video games remain a fun way to help build understanding and practice skills. Amazingly, some of the greatest examples can be acquired for under $20 making them affordable additions to the …

Tutoring Accommodations for Children with Anxiety

Tutoring Accommodations for Children with Anxiety

Increasingly parents are relying on after-hours tutors to help bridge the gap between what is learned during day classes, and what each child needs to master to be successful as a student.  However, for children with clinical anxiety, there may be additional benefits that can help provide relief from stress, while building emotional and academic strengths.

Is there more to tutoring than creating familiarity …

Fantastic Flashcard Apps

Fantastic Flashcard Apps

Technology has made a lot of the tried-and-true educational mainstays irrelevant to today’s student: the calculator defeated the abacus and the internet put most encyclopedia salesmen out of business. These two fantastic flashcard apps may be sending the 3”x 5” index card into retirement.

Quizlet

Quizlet is an amazing study application that works on iOS, Android, and PCs. As a teacher, …

The Gamification of Education

The Gamification of Education

Today’s kids are more plugged in than ever before. For many, adolescent life is increasingly centered around electronic devices, the internet, and video games. As parents, educators, and tutors, it is not only important to acknowledge this trend but to also take advantage of it as a way to connect with students and enhance the learning process. The gamification of education is an ever-evolving, modern …

How Tutoring Can Overcome Obstacles to Learning

How Tutoring Can Overcome Obstacles to Learning

In a perfect world, children who experience learning problems would have hours of time to spend with parents, who understood the curriculum, and parents who could answer questions about things like algebra and rocket science. In the real world, working parents are often overrun with packed schedules and obligations, or unable to help children with complex technical homework like science or math.

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