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Importance Of Education

Parental Tenacity – You Won’t Find a Better Example Than This

If you have a child with some kind of special learning need, it is important that you do not assume that the schools are automatically going to meet your child’s learning need. In an ideal world, you can expect that needs will automatically be met. But we all know that our world falls a little short of ideal. Sometimes it takes a little–or a lot–of extra tenacity on your part.
Almost 15 years ago I got a phone call from the mother of a 7th grade boy asking me to tutor her son in math. I wasn’t looking to take on any new tutor students, especially a student who wasn’t in high school. But this mother wouldn’t take NO as an answer. She stressed that she had checked on various tutor recommendations and wanted me to be her son’s tutor because he had some learning issues. I agreed to meet them and make my decision after that.
When they arrived at my home and came into my dining room, my tutoring room, my first impression was how little this young man was. I generally only tutor high school students, so this 7th grader seemed really little. And, then, he sat in his mother’s lap! That was a first for me! That image of this young boy sitting on his mother’s lap has stayed in my mind. It was so indicative of the affection this mother and child shared, and it was indicative of this mother’s intention to make sure her son was always comfortable and getting what he needed. As we talked it became obvious that she was a very tenacious lady. She stressed that it was obvious that her son had some kind of learning disability so math had always been difficult for him. His previous school experience had been that the school refused to test him. I couldn’t say no to either one of them.
I took on this little 7th grader at the beginning of that school year and we worked together until the end of his junior year of high school when he finished 2nd year Algebra and met his graduation requirements for math. But this article is really about his mother. During that 7th grade year, she pursued, she pushed, she demanded, and worked her way up the administrative channels until she managed to get her son tested. The results showed a very severe learning disability that qualified for special education help. So for the remainder of his middle school and high school years he had constant help with his reading and writing, and occasionally his SPED person would call me and we would discuss strategies for me to use. And his mother? She was on top of everything that happened. She frequently sat in on tutor sessions and took notes, so she could help her son with his math at home. Having a parent sit in on tutor sessions was also a first for me; but it proved to be very effective for her son. And she admitted that she learned a great deal of math herself.
During her son’s sophomore year she started looking into colleges. I think most people really thought her son would not be able to be successful in college. But his mother kept working and kept looking. She found several colleges that actually had SPED programs and would meet her son’s needs. They visited several different schools and made the decision on which school best met his needs. Her son continued to work with his SPED help at high school and he and I made sure he had his math requirements for college.
After he graduated from high school, I returned to full-time teaching and I lost touch with both of them. I thought about them frequently and wondered what happened to him. This past summer I received in the mail a letter with a picture of a very tall young man I didn’t even recognize. He was wearing a cap and gown. The letter, of course, was from his mother announcing that her son had graduated with his Master’s Degree! Her letter was sent as a thank you letter to all the people who had made her son’s success possible. Not only had her son grown very tall, he had also graduated with both his Bachelor’s Degree and his Master’s Degree, and he had been hired as a speech therapist to work with stroke victims–his way of “giving back” to all the people who helped him along the way.
I was thrilled to hear what all this young man had accomplished, and I felt honored to be included in the group of people who had made his success possible; but, of course, the person most responsible for his success is his mother. From the day they arrived at …

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Development of Numerical Ability

Numbers are not plain symbols. They have values but not meanings that can be easily represented by words. If we describe events, meetings and facts, we are conveying certain meanings and this is verbal communication. It is difficult to convey ordinary events clearly through Mathematics. Even if information is quantitative we still need to infer from the raw data which is represented in mathematics. To do this we need numerical abilities. There are many competitive exams and a student may be studying quickly just to get through them. But the truth is that a study of numbers has to be undertaken for its own sake before we use them for our means. If you take this point well then you can do away with Math phobia once and for all.
The purpose of this section is to create an interest in the way numbers function. Your tutor will enumerate the features of numbers and the validity of their values. Numbers are ‘given’ values that we take for granted. But they are not some figment of our imagination. The tutor’s task undoubtedly is not simple so as to list out values, tables and other operations of Mathematics. Explanations will be provided and an interest will be generated in this subject which is more than just an esoteric Science. When we perform operations in simple Algebra or advanced Quadratic Equations we may be adding, subtracting, applying formulas but more than that we are logically deducing the way numerical values behave.
Once your tutor has developed the ability to perceive the way numbers behave then you can move on to preparing for exams be it GRE or high school assessments. The tutor will give you the tools to leverage your numerical abilities as your study advances from basic to deeper and advanced topics. You will discover that Math phobia is more a phobia of exams as there is considerable anxiety over the fact that there are correct and incorrect answers. The tutor will guide you to realize that there is depth in numbers so that you will start appreciating the subject. Once appreciation has been achieved, performing the necessary operations correctly becomes easier. You begin to practice more and you will yourself observe that with practice your numerical abilities develop and numbers will no longer petrify you; rather, they will stimulate you.
We make online math tutoring programs that are fun and an enjoyable experience.…

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Importance Of Education

From The Tutor: Important Advice On Getting The Most From Your Tutoring Session

Tutoring is very much a shared responsibility. As the tutor, I have preparations I have to make before we get together. Here are the things YOU need to take care of ahead of time.
1 – Equipment
Have all of these things ready to go:
— paper
— pencils
— calculator, if needed
It takes at least 2 or 3 minutes to run back and forth in your house to gather simple equipment. My clock is running! Let’s sit down and get started.
2 – Class Materials
Be sure to collect these items also:
— textbook and/or other reference material
— list of current homework problems
— relevant class handouts and notes
— current study guide or practice test (if any)
I care passionately about you and your success, but remember that I work with a number of different students on various subjects during the week. Set out ALL of the books and papers from your class – even OLD stuff can help me be quicker and better and help assure that YOU move forward in learning right NOW.
3 – Recently Graded Papers
The first things we should look at, even before today’s assignment, are a graded:
— test
— quiz
— homework assignment
If I take a detailed look with you NOW at questions that stumped you on a quiz, it’s a good bet this will help solidify your understanding of the subject. This will also help us figure out what your teacher is looking for on tests, and I will be able to use that understanding in the way I guide your preparation work.
4 – Questions
If we are going to be working through a current homework assignment, make sure that YOU try some of the problems yourself first and WRITE DOWN questions that occur to you as you do.
If we are reviewing for a quiz or test, be sure that you are clear about what subject matter will be covered. If you have a practice test available, you should try as much of it as you can on your own before we meet.
5 – Challenges
A very important step in your preparation is to ask yourself the question, “What in this class has given me the most trouble since my last tutoring session?” (If this is the first session, ask, “What in this class has given me the most trouble in the past week?”), and expect me to ask you this question when we begin our session.…

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Higher Education

Online Tutoring An Effective Method of Tuition

In the online environment of tutoring, the students and tutor use computer and internet connection in this interactive method of tutoring. The evolution of internet has simplified almost every thing and new innovations are taking place every where in the world. Online tutoring is one of those innovations where one tutor can provide tuition to many students sitting in the different corners of the world with a huge difference in time, weather, climate and culture.
This type of distance learning methodology which uses the concept of virtual learning is convenient for the tutors who determine the pace of online learning and the number of the students. Since the inception of this revolutionary concept of online tutoring the researchers discovered the roles of the tutors in this distance learning. The roles they play are educational role, mentorship role, managerial role, social support and development role which also include technical support.
There is a difference between online tutoring and normal tuition. This is a different way of tutoring and resembles the conventional method of tutoring and keeps the learners always involved & interested in it. The interactive approach of learning is a fun and students learn easily and effectively at a very little time. The interactive tools are available online and can be easily used while providing online tutoring. One of the most popular tools available is online quiz which is easily affordable and makes the students interested if designed as a competition amongst them and it helps the students in mastering the subject they are learning. Some educational games which enhance their learning are also available online for every subject and they can also be downloaded and used.
The prime objective of any type of education online or conventional is to enable the students in lateral thinking, be creative and independent in learning. Online tutoring encourages the learners in finding solutions to their text book problems independently which maximizes their learning potential.…

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Higher Education

Tutoring for Students With Learning Disabilities

Helping Students with a Disability
Speaking from personal experience and having had 3 of my 4 children born with learning disabilities, I can share with you some tips and tricks as well as frustrations. I was always an A student and when I married and began having children, it never occurred to me that the daughters and sons of very intelligent, educated parents could be learning disabled. I have one daughter who excelled in school and another who struggled with math concepts from junior high and up. I have two sons, one of whom has severe ADHD coupled with learning disabilities and the other who has problems decoding words. All of my children are very bright and intelligent. That fact is very evident if you have a conversation with any of them. Helping students with a disability is the responsibility of the school, parents and other professionals in the community. Tutoring for students with learning disabilities is essential.
Tutoring for Students with Learning Disabilities
Children with learning disabilities deserve as much of an opportunity at success as those who don’t have them. Working diligently with teachers, counselors and other professionals in the community is a start, but getting your child in touch with a tutor can be a God send. You need to find a tutor who is very patient and creative to enable your child to succeed. Learning disabled children are as intelligent as other children and tutoring them is not much different than tutoring another child. LD kids have trouble demonstrating their “smarts” in the classroom because of some problem with their “hard wiring” that prevents the message from getting through the way it would get through to others. Their listening skills can be weak and they need more time to understand and complete their work. LD kids tend to be disorganized and “forget” either what they’ve been assigned or the books or papers they need to take home to complete assignments. Spelling can be a challenge for these kids as well. Students with learning disabilities tend to be able to express themselves better orally rather than in writing.
With a learning disabled child, their learning can be affected because of problems with attention span, memory, language skills, execution of what is learned, reasoning and perceptual/motor skills. These children learn best when they are taught with a multi-pronged approach, including visual, auditory, verbal and tactile opportunities. Tutors cannot “fix” the child, but can offer the opportunity to explore various styles of learning to allow the child to develop strategies to help themselves.
Results
As stated earlier, the tutor must be patient, but also positive and very supportive. It can be a learning curve for both the child and the tutor while exploring learning styles. It is crucial to keep the student involved and not spend too much time talking to him/her. By concentrating on processes rather than the end result, the child will eventually become accustomed to using the process and it will hopefully become automatic.
While you many find that results are slow, your child will make progress with a tutor who keeps your child very interactively involved with learning. You may notice after a while that you child no longer makes homework excuses and actually enjoys learning. A tutor can have a very positive impact on a child’s life, with great results like better grades and higher self-esteem. Results like these will influence your child’s life in all areas.…

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Public Education

The School Bell Just Rang – Start Your Tutoring Business Now

When you start your tutoring business, remember that you may just be starting one of the all time great home businesses. This is a business for carpenters and chemists, for French language specialists and for French cooking specialists.
Take a look at why tutoring is such an amazing business to start.
IT IS THE PERFECT HOME BUSINESS. The internet has absolutely revolutionized the way people learn. Your clients need not be next door; they could be thousands of miles away. With the magic of online tools, you can connect to very nearly any country in the world. And do it in your own good time. If mornings work best for you, do your tutoring in the morning. If you are a night person, well, shift your schedule to night time tutoring. No matter what time of day or night you choose, there will be people up and around, and anxious for your information.
START UP COSTS ARE MINIMAL. Like many home businesses, the overhead is minuscule. A computer, an internet connection, perhaps some tutoring of your own to get you up and running in a jiffy. A few other rather minimal investments and you are up and operating.
POTENTIAL REWARDS ARE PROMISING. Some tutors charge $20 an hour; some charge $200. What you can charge depends a great deal on the demand for your expertise.
TREMENDOUS VERSATILITY. No matter what your expertise, there is someone who wants to know it. Honest. If you can teach it in person, you can teach it on the internet. Language tutors, science tutors, life coaches, professional coaches, tutors for special learners, tutors for adults as well as for children, for college students and grammar school students. All of those clients are as close as your computer.
There is one big caveat. Many “gurus” will tell you that you can put up a website and people will flock to your site to read what you have to say. Well, I am here to tell you that it just ain’t so. I’ve worked with hundreds of start up companies, many with websites, and I know very well that it does take time to build your website and generate traffic so that you can attract clients.
A tutoring business is like any other business: It just takes a bit of time to build up clientele. If you can give yourself some time to accomplish that, you can enjoy one of the most creative, and one of the most rewarding, businesses to come along in a very long time.…

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Higher Education

Master The Language With Excellent English Tutoring

English tutoring is focused on providing competitive and in depth assimilation of this language that has become the most widely used around the world. This instruction covers different areas including grammar, reading and the written word. This in depth treatment lays the cornerstone that can help the student understand other subjects better and develop communication skills that will be vital in the future.
For any language class to work, a concise and systematic approach is important. That is why the committed teachers from Toronto carry on from the elementary to the intermediate levels with their single student developing an academic rapport that will pave way for a bright college education and beyond. Some of the most successful results in the languages derive from early instruction done when the child is still young to ensure that they learn the basic skills that will aid them to better comprehend the language as it becomes more complex in its later stages. Thus at the beginning of the lessons, the child is taken through an in depth introduction pertaining the key facets.
English tutoring is progressive in nature and does not just dwell on one area but offers a rounded experience that helps the students be articulate in different areas including grammar, reading and composition. This private education, at the inter-personal level, gives an incisive coverage of all the topics. These are exhausted before moving on to a higher level of the same topic to ensure clear understanding is achieved. Learning is supplemented by topical homework done orally and through writing. To facilitate this, research work is included where the student reads grammar books to gain more knowledge.…