One of the questions I ask potential tutors during our interview process is “What are some reasons that well-intentioned, hard-working students don’t see the kinds of success they think they should?” It’s an important question because although many students who look for tutoring come in knowing exactly what they need help with, some students come in and don’t really know WHY they are struggling. They feel frustrated because they are putting time and effort into their work. It’s not uncommon … [Read more...]
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Students put a lot of time into studying, but not all study time is created equal. On one hand, you can study by spending focused, uninterrupted blocks of time on reading, thinking, taking notes, and working through practice problems. On the other hand, you can spend that same amount of time, but be constantly interrupted by chat notifications, checking Instagram and Facebook, and playing Fortnight “for just a few minutes.” It can take a surprisingly long time to get back on task after an … [Read more...]
Parents and students alike frequently have a tough time dragging their exhausted bodies out of bed on a Monday morning. Feeling fresh, awake and rejuvenated for the upcoming school week is vital to a student’s success. We hope to help them achieve this by offering these 5 tips on beating the Monday Blues. 1. Rest. A lack of sleep can lead to poor academic performance by negatively affecting memory and concentration. Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important to getting off to a … [Read more...]
The idea of getting ahead in their classes might sound impossible to students. As much as they might realize that part of the reason they are struggling is because they are constantly reacting (rather than pro-acting), they often don’t feel like they have time to get ahead. Instead of listening to lectures with sense of familiarity and engagement, students end up frantically taking notes. To help your kids learn how to be in a primed “ready state” in class, try this preview technique to get a … [Read more...]
If your child is learning another language, it usually takes time for them to go from participating in simple conversations to utilizing academic language in a meaningful way. However, providing extra support for language is not only helpful for English language learners and other second language learners. All learners can benefit from purposeful language activities. Here are 3 significant language teaching strategies to use in the classroom or at home: 1. Use graphic organizers Graphic … [Read more...]
In the past, we’ve written about the different types of learning styles. That is one theory which posits we should be teaching based on how our students like to learn, or how they learn best. But there is another theory that, while sounding similar, is not. It brings about another opinion on how we should view our human ‘smart-ness.’ It says we should be viewing many forms of aptitude as ‘intelligent’ and thus, teach by recognizing a person’s core strengths. We’ll unpack that in a bit. So, … [Read more...]