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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 …

Practical Math Practice: The Grocery Store Game

Practical Math Practice: The Grocery Store Game

Number-sense and the ability to estimate are skills that students will need in their every-day life. Unfortunately, these skills can be some of the most challenging to teach without practical experiences.  One of the best places to cultivate the ability to do quick, mental-math estimation is on a trip to the grocery store.  Here is a simple Grocery Store Game you can have …

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 …

Practical Math Practice: The Tollbooth Game

Practical Math Practice: The Tollbooth Game

Learning is most effective when it is both practical and relevant. Teachers and tutors can maximize their students’ real-world math abilities by creating experiences that mimic how math is used in real life. One of my favorite examples of a hands-on, concrete math practice activity is the Tollbooth Game. I still remember playing this Tollbooth Game decades ago when I was in middle school …

Benefits of Offering a Trial Tutoring Session

Benefits of Offering a Trial Tutoring Session

As a tutor, the process of finding clients that are a good fit for your teaching style and professional expectations is often an underappreciated step in growing a tutoring business.  Just as a client deserves the right to evaluate your potential effectiveness, so too a tutor deserves the opportunity to evaluate the working relationship with the client. One of the most beneficial …

Practical Advice for New Tutors (Part 3) – Avoid Financial Surprises

Practical Advice for New Tutors (Part 3) – Avoid Financial Surprises

(Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of this series)

Tutoring is a great way to create an income stream that is both rewarding and flexible. However, there are some things you should do to ensure you can avoid financial surprises that come with creating your own tutoring business.

1. Taxes

Any time you …

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 …

Practical Advice for New Tutors (Part 2) – Time Management

Practical Advice for New Tutors (Part 2) – Time Management

(Click Here for Part 1 of this article series)

One of the hardest parts to get used to when starting out as a tutor is time management both during and outside of your tutoring sessions. Here is some practical advice for new tutors regarding time management.

1. Be on Time

This should go without saying, but being on time …

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