December 29, 2007

How to prep for the SAT while taking a shower

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By Stacy Teicher Khadaroo
Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor  from the July 12, 2007 edition

Editor Intro: Making learning fun is not only motivating for High Schoolers, but can also help them encode information better and faster.  The combination of color, image and context allows the brain to "hook on" to information that would otherwise provide little learning impact, while the enjoyment factor helps to coax the brain into a more receptive learning state.  Below are some of the latest offerings from leading educational organizations to help students learn more with less stress.

Teens who plan to prep for college-admissions tests this summer can find a plethora of ways to make it fun and flexible.

Want to study in the shower? Lose yourself in a comic book? Take a quiz on your iPod? Or how about rocking out to some songs that stretch the lyrics just a tad in order to be educational?

Test-prep giant Kaplan has paired up with publisher TOKYOPOP to offer a series of manga novels (Japanese-style comics). Released earlier this month, each of three popular stories was rewritten to include more than 300 words commonly tested on the SAT and ACT.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Pedagogy,Productivity,Small Private Practices,Study Tools,Test Prep

December 26, 2007

Tutors for Toddlers

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   Editor Intro: Are we tutoring kids at too young an age?  Though many tutoring organizations are happy to accomodate those parents who perceive an academic edge for their child given early intervention, experts warn that too much too soon can, not only interfere with proper social development, but may place undue stress on a youngsters developing brain.

Call it kindercramming. These days one of the fastest-growing markets for after-school tutors is preschoolers and kindergartners, whose parents are hoping that if their kids learn to read before first grade, it will ultimately help them get into college and get good jobs. Anxious moms and dads are no longer satisfied with traditional nursery school, which many see as a glorified romper room that focuses too much on learning through play. And of course, after years of Baby Einstein marketing, some parents have become convinced that the more math and reading skills their tots master, the better. Srinivas Rao, a veterinarian in Columbia, Md., began sending his daughter Sanjana to after-school tutoring last summer, shortly before her third birthday. To his delight, he soon found she could not only count the 14 dots on her homework work sheet but also write 14 beside them. "I didn’t think kids could just learn that overnight," he marvels.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Assessment,Tutoring Practices

December 22, 2007

Stress: Interference to Learning

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By E. Simon Hanson – Originally posted August 2000


Taking a final exam can be a stressful experience for any student. As the moment arrives when the tests are handed out and procrastination is no longer an option, nervous attentiveness and the flushed pallor that accompanies an increased heart rate can clearly be observed in some students. What is it about the exam that is stressful, and why don’t all students respond to the exam in the same way? What effect will this stress have on a student’s performance? In order to understand the answers to these questions, we must understand a little more about what stress is and how it affects both the brain and body.

…studying biological stress is like studying the wind from within an enclosed building. If you are not able to measure it directly, you have to infer its presence by studying how objects like trees move in response to it.


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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Coaching,Home Schooling,Research,Small Private Practices,Test Prep

December 18, 2007

Handling the Student with Difficult Behaviors

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By Colleen Palat | originally posted October 20, 2007

We’d all like to think the student’s we tutor love to learn just as much as we do. As a tutor, I’ve just assumed that education is as important to my students as it is to me. Unfortunately, though, that isn’t always the case. Have you been there? I’m sure we all have stories of a student or two who gave us a run for our money and made our day “spirited”.

Dealing with students with difficult behaviors can be draining, can’t they? Thankfully, though, there are some things we can do as tutors to help our students while maintaining our sanity in the process. Below, I’ve compiled some tips that will be helpful when tutoring the difficult student:

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Coaching,Home Schooling,Small Private Practices,Tutoring Practices

December 14, 2007

Tutoring: Accelerated Learning for Tutoring

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By Tony Aitken, President
The Wealthy Tutor

Editors notes:
Accelerated Learning is a dynamic and growing field, which emerged from the explosion of brain research conducted during the nineties – otherwise known as the "decade of the brain".  Here, author Tony Aitken, provides tools, tips and resources to help tutors better understand and apply Accelerated Learning techniques to their own tutoring sessions.

How can you offer effective tutoring to help underachieving student develop confidence, improve their learning skills, build good work habits and thus begin to achieve their true potential?
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Filed under: Pedagogy,Research,Small Private Practices,Tutoring Practices

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