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The Argument for Summertime Tutoring

When the school year ends, many students also stop receiving tutoring. While this may be fine for some students, for students that are receiving tutoring in order to catch up with their classmates, this summer vacation from tutoring can have a negative affect on their progress. This article discusses why students should continue to receive tutoring during the summer and how tutoring companies should adjust to offer summertime tutoring.
Hermann Ebbinghaus was a German psychologist best known for his research related to memory and learning. Ebbinghaus discovered what he called the forgetting curve which shows how the rate at which information is forgotten over time. The forgetting curve shows that people quickly forget newly learned information unless they review that information within a short time-frame. After reviewing it once they can go a bit longer without forgetting it, but need to review it again in a few days to retain it. If the information is not reviewed again in several days it will be forgotten. Each time the information is reviewed, it takes longer and longer for the information to be forgotten.
How does this relate to students and summer tutoring? In order for students to remember what they have learned they must repeat the material frequently at first and less frequently over time. Summer vacation is a two month period where the student does not review any material if they aren’t receiving tutoring. Much of the subject matter they were introduced to during the last month or two of school will quickly be forgotten if they don’t review it during the summer months. As a result they will have to relearn this material at the start of the new school year. For many students this won’t be a problem since other students have also forgotten what they learned the previous year; however, students that are already having difficulty keeping up with their classmates should take advantage of the summer to review and consolidate their knowledge so that when they start the new school year they will be at the same level or higher than their classmates.
In order for students to at least maintain the knowledge they gained during the last couple months before summer vacation, the forgetting curve suggests that they continue to review the material frequently for the first couple weeks of summer vacation and then less frequently further into the vacation.
Tutoring companies can encourage students to continue receiving tutoring during the summer by sharing the information mentioned above with parents. Most parents can quickly recognize the value of maintaining the knowledge their children have already gained and giving them a head start for the new school year. Companies can also tailor their summer schedules to match the Ebbinghaus forgetting curve with more frequent tutoring sessions at the start of the summer followed by less frequent tutoring sessions later in the summer.
Many families have irregular schedules during the summer and will be gone for vacation at various times. It’s important to be flexible with your students’ summer tutoring while maintaining the appropriate frequency and spacing of tutoring sessions to maintain your student’s knowledge.…

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Utilizing Your Organic Chemistry Professor’s Office Hours

Your organic chemistry professor probably gave you his office hours sometime at the start of the semester. Whether this is just an hour or two every week, these are very, very valuable to you. In this article I will show you why and how you should utilize this time and make an effort to visit the professor during office hours.
The first reason, applies to any subject, not just organic chemistry. The typical science class has hundreds and hundreds of students. So many, that your professor probably doesn’t even know who you are, or your name.
However, if you are continually utilizing the free resource provided by your professor by visiting during office hours, he will get to know you as a diligent student and will be more likely to give you the ambiguous points, or to grade the exam in your favor. Not due to favoritism, but rather because he will see that you are putting in an effort and are not just a student who comes and takes the test.
The second and most important reason is your organic chemistry professor is the very guy who teaches the information. He is the one who will likely be creating your exam and grading your exam. That means that whether he realizes it or not, when he teaches the material, when he uses examples during lecture to explain a concept, he will likely use examples similar to what he will place on the exam. That’s because even though he tries to keep it independent, he’s still following a single train of thought or following the same train of thought when teaching and creating problems and so will likely create similar problems for the exam compared to what he shares during lecture
But in addition, if you go to office hours and ask your professor to explain a certain concept or to help you out with a problem assigned in the homework, the way he shows you how to solve this problem during a private session is the way he wants you to approach this type of problem; not only your homework but also on the exam.
During these sessions, professors may even make up additional problems to help you study and understand the information. These additional problems, made up for you, may subconsciously be similar to those that will appear on the exam.
Last but not least, your organic chemistry professor is a teacher of organic chemistry and that means during office hours you are getting very professional, high value private tutoring provided by the school. So how can you possibly turn down an opportunity like that?…

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Education For All

Bring Back the Joy of Learning With Online Math Tutoring

Has your child lost the excitement for school he/she had during the first couple years at school, especially regarding math classes? Is it more difficult to get your child up in the morning? Does your youngster seem to act out during math class, rather than trying to learn the material? Unfortunately, if the answer is “yes” to these questions, your child is likely struggling with math concepts. However, you can help bring back the joy of learning with online math tutoring.

Understandably, the joy for learning math equations can be easily squelched if your child has become confused concerning processes. Since one math concept builds on another, it is easy to get behind in no time at all. To compound the problem, peers can be almost cruel in dishing out the peer pressure. It is no wonder that any youngster struggling in math will lose an interest in school or become the class clown to cover up the frustration and hurt. But, here is how online math tutoring can facilitate a positive influence on your child:

Positive clarification and reinforcement of math concepts

1-1 tutoring

Individualized interactive lessons

Different tutoring plans

To bring back the joy of learning math, your child needs some positive clarification and reinforcement of those confusing math concepts. Although his/her classroom teacher may understand the challenges, time constraints and the other students naturally make it difficult for any struggling student to ask questions, more than once if necessary, to clear up any misunderstanding of math concepts.

With online math tutoring, a math teacher with a graduate or Masters Degree will provide positive reinforcement of math lessons and answer any questions without judgment or the need to hurry on to the next point.

In addition, great online math tutoring is based on 1-1 sessions. In other words, you son or daughter will have the same teacher for every lesson. Thanks to ‘voice over Internet’ and web cam technology, the teacher and your child can view each others’ work, and questions can be answered in real time. It is the next best thing to being there in person. With a growing educational relationship built on mutual trust and respect, it will be easier for your child to learn in a positive environment, from the comfort of home.

However, a positive math learning environment and a qualified teacher are only part of the math learning equation. Without individualized lesson plans, understanding what is being taught in the classroom is basically hit or miss. So, a good online math tutoring site will implement the same textbook used in the classroom. Then, lessons can be reinforced and your child can prepare in advance of assessment tests.

With the best educational value that online math tutoring and advanced technology can provide, you will also have a variety of tutoring plans to choose from, giving you the best monetary value to meet your child’s specific math needs. Although your child’s math education is priceless, your pocketbook is not bottomless. So, you need to find online math tutoring that genuinely has the best interests of your son or daughter’s math education in mind.…

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Basic Elements of Effective Tutoring and Its Rewards

We all need tutoring one way or another. Tutoring gives you an opportunity to be an influence in another person’s life. To become such means you will be able to do something with far-reaching effects.
Anybody who has experienced tutoring, whether it’s children on some subject in school, or helping a foreign language student who wants to learn to speak English, would readily admit that the rewards are without bounds. To achieve these rewards, however, the tutor should observe the key elements necessary for an effective and successful tutoring. The absence of any of these elements would mean otherwise.
Time is an essential element in tutoring. You need time in preparing the lesson material and you also need to determine the amount of time you will spend in teaching the subject to your student depending on his or her needs. Just like in school, the students’ ability to learn varies with each one.
Patience is another important element in tutoring. Keep in mind that the reason a student needs tutoring is that his ability to grasp the subject matter is not as good as the others. You should exercise sufficient tolerance in having to repeat instructions or to answer questions to make sure your material is absorbed well.
Creativity is necessary in producing well-prepared lesson materials to enable your student to comprehend the subject. Without this element, your lesson will not be received as desired and student response will not be as good.
When the student involves himself in the discussion, the learning process is improved and becomes more even. The subject is understood quicker and less time is needed to get your point through.
Lastly, when you show genuine concern for your student, tutoring is made even more effective. Students react to the way they are taught and this can be determined by the way they learn. Caring for those you teach makes the task of tutoring a worthwhile experience, especially when you know that your efforts have not been in vain and have produced the results that you expected.
Tutoring can give a sense of fulfillment to the tutor. The efforts that you put into the task to achieve its objectives will provide you with a feeling of being wanted and being a part of someone’s life to some extent.…

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How to Make a Lesson Easier

No matter what subject you’re teaching, or whether you work at school or give private lessons, students (or a student) may become quite bored at your lesson. It’s not always easy to keep the attention of the students, to keep them focused and willing to learn new information.
I’m a teacher, a private tutor and a student myself, so I’ve had enough of opportunities to watch my colleagues at work and try some methods on my students. I’d like to share some tips that will help you to make your lesson easier, reduce the tension and make the learning process flow smoothly, so students won’t feel bored afterwards.
My subject is English language, but I think my advice will be useful for any teacher or tutor.
1. Switch activities
Before starting the lesson, make a quick review of the things that need to be done. For example, you need to do some writing, listening and speaking. Try to break these activities in halves and mix them up: it will be better for the student to write a little, then switch to another kind of activity and then go back to writing. The student(s) will most likely grow weary if they remain involved into the same activity for a long time; they won’t learn the material so well; and their attention will suffer as well. When time comes to begin another task, the students won’t have enough energy and they’ll do it worse.
So try and break all your lesson activities into smaller parts and interlace them with each other. It will help your student(s) to stay focused and they won’t grow tired of monotony.
2. Make pauses
Give your students some time to relax and catch their breath. You may think that the lesson is short, and there’s not enough time to do everything that was planned, but if you keep your students in constant tension and hurry them up, they will – voluntary or not – reject some information coming from you. If they’re tired or overstrained, they will start checking their cellphones, looking at the windows or just idly staring at the walls. They will take their time for rest anyway, so it’s better than you give them a minute or two to clear their thoughts. Such intervals can be introduced after every 15-20 minutes of a lesson.
Tell your students a joke, a small story or an episode from your teaching experience, let them stretch and chat a little, ask them some random questions – anything to make them relax a little. This way they’ll concentrate on the next activity much better.
3. Be friendly and praise them when you can
Teachers and tutors often think that it’s better to be strict and demanding at the lesson. While it helps to keep up discipline, it may also make your students too shy and unwilling to communicate. Tell them a couple of good words if you see they’re doing well; choose a bit easier task for the ones that seem to fall behind the class – it’s always better to help students feel more confident and stimulate their wish to learn more and work harder.
If you use these simple methods, your classes will have a nice, friendly atmosphere, and it will be easier for the students to focus. Your explanation will fall on eager ears, the students will remember and learn much more, and they will be always looking forward to your classes.…

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Marketing the Professional $40-$55 an Hour Tutor

One of the most critical considerations if you’re going to charge a rate of $40-$55 an hour as a tutor is the marketing plan. How will you let everyone know about your great tutoring service? Well, let me show you.
Why do we market?
Simple answer to a simple question: We market so that people know about our business and use our services.
Who do we tutor?
The conventional target market for a tutoring service is the following: K-12 private and public school students. However, this is not the only market that needs tutoring. Do you have a large college population in your region? You may want to market your services to them as well.
What do we tutor?
You can tutor Math, Science, English, History, Foreign Language, Standardized Test Preparation, etc-anything and everything that a student could potentially need help in. There are a host of Standardized Tests aside from the ACT/SAT including: GMAT, GRE, LSAT, GED, TOEFL, AP, etc.
How do we Market to our Chosen Demographic?
Once you have pinpointed your target market, it’s time to consider how to reach that demographic. There are an assortment of marketing methods that you need to be aware of in considering how to reach your demographic. Here are four good mediums for marketing your service:
#1: Newspaper AD–Have a well-developed, professional banner ad in your local newspaper advertising your tutoring service. Run this ad on a consistent basis for 6 months to a year tracking how many customers have called you from looking at your newspaper ad.
#2: Direct Mailing–A direct mail-out is a fast and inexpensive way to reach your target audience. Call a direct mailing house to do a search for all homes with high school age students in your zip code. Then do a mail out. If it’s ACT/SAT time of the year, make ACT/SAT preparation your top priority in your mail out.
#3: Brochures–Leave professional brochures at your pediatrician’s office, dentist’s office, toy store, etc., anywhere and everywhere where moms and dads of school age children congregate. Of course, you must ask the owners of these facilities permission to leave the brochures before doing so.
#4: Give Speeches-PTA groups, Churches, and business groups always welcome guest speakers. Faculty in-service meetings are also a good place to give a guest lecture.
I hope this has been a helpful article on how to market yourself as a professional $40-$55 an hour tutor. Good luck!…

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Tutoring Really Is The Quintessential Algebra 2 Helper

For many high school students, Math doesn’t come easy. For a vast number of them, the success they experienced in middle school math soon fades as they enter high school. Many students can get by with the traditional classroom instruction of the teacher, but many more need much more private and individualized help as they tackle more complex Math courses. This is why many school districts, particularly the larger ones, will offer Basic Algebra and Pre-Algebra before they offer the Algebra I course. It really is a progressive process. It really seems like building math skills is like building a home.
Building Math success is like building a home. The basic foundation of a home must be laid solidly in order for the upper stories to be stable and secure. If the foundation of a home is not solid, the walls of the main floors and upper floors will be weak and may crumble. This is true for Math development as well. The basic foundations of math really begin in grade school. Every hear someone say, “I was terrible in Math because I had a bad teacher”. Well, although not totally true, the enthusiasm and patience of a great teacher can never be underestimated when it comes to student success. That elementary Math student who builds the basic skills to perform Math strategies well builds the foundation of confidence and great self-esteem needed for those “upper floors” of Math, like Algebra and Algebra 2. I never had an early solid Math foundation. While I cannot fairly blame the Math teachers I had in grammar school, I certainly did not build the confidence I needed for the more difficult Math courses in high school. Sometimes that foundation needs some extra contractors to make the Math home strong. This is where a tutor comes in.
Tutoring programs can assist the classroom teacher in providing needed one to one help for the struggling Math student. Maybe that student is building his Math home with the wrong tools. The Math tutor can help the student use the right tools, particularly when it come to Algebra, a place where someone the student’s resources start to crumble. Teachers can’t do it all. While there are some teachers out there not supportive of private tutoring because they may feel “threatened” by having someone else teach them, many teachers welcome the one to one support a tutor can give a student. The good teachers know they have limitations to the individual instruction they wish they could give the struggling student. By the time the student who understands Algebra I well grasps the basic concepts, when he takes Algebra 2, it starts kicking his butt.
Thus, tutoring can be the quintessential Algebra 2 helper. If the lower levels of the “Math house” required more individualized help as the concepts became more difficult, certainly by the time the student gets to Algebra 2 he needs the aid of a private tutor. Getting that aid can really mean the difference between a Math house built on unstable ground and one that turns into a real mansion.…