February 29, 2008

Beating Procrastination in College

(Article length 2115 words)

By Dennis H. Congos
Academic Advisor & College Level Learning Skills Specialist
First Year Advising and Exploration
Student Success Center

Editors Intro:  Procrastination is a very real problem for the over 70% of college students who are likely to struggle with the behavior at some point in their college careers.  Now, research-based methods from the University of Central Florida, provide college students with the tools they need  to "get it done, now!"

Some people who put things off have what seems like an internal, almost knee-jerk resistance to doing jobs they believe they have to do or should do.  If you procrastinate more than you like, you may be unconsciously struggling with this internal resistance.  Fortunately, there are ways to use that resistance to your advantage in your battle to reduce procrastination.
One way involves putting off something that you feel you should do or have to do and do something less pressing instead.  You may set this up so that what you actually do is what you need to do in the first place.
For example, to help you do this innovative exercise in BEATING PROCRASTINATION, tell yourself your job is to procrastinate.  Your job is to put this enjoyable exercise off.  You do not have a choice; you have to put off doing this enlightening exercise.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Coaching,Small Private Practices

February 25, 2008

Create Engaging Learning Games for Free!

Editor Intro:  Tutors:  Create colorful, interesting, interactive learning games for your students with this fun, free tool!  Classtools has everything you need to get your students excited about learning!

ClassTools.net is a FREE website allowing teachers and students to create interactive Flash diagrams and learning games. All diagrams created can be saved as data files or web pages to host on your own website or intranet, as can the games you cxreate. Build timeline diagrams to help students visualize the context of historical events, design quizes with old-school video games, or collaborate on a hamburger diagram to help students write an essay. All of their templates have interactive step-by-step instructions so you can tailor the game to your needs. 

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Coaching,Home Schooling,Small Private Practices,Study Tools,Technology,TechNotes,Test Prep,Training/Education

February 21, 2008

Effective Writing Center Tutoring Strategies…

(Article length 2084 words)

Based on the principles and assumptions of teacher-student conferencing, writing center training guides suggest certain elements are critical to a successful session. Although the activities and suggestions for training may vary, writing center researchers have established four main areas of concern for consultants to be aware of as they conference with clients. In order to achieve the desired goals with student writers, consultants are encouraged to develop rapport with the client, set an agenda for the session, provide feedback, and assess student understanding.

Establishing Rapport …

Rapport is essential for the success of a writing center conference. In order for any goal to be achieved the client and consultant need to be able to engage in meaningful conversation. Students invest time and emotion into their writing and many feel uneasy and vulnerable about giving a paper to a consultant for a response. Others are embarrassed or discouraged that a teacher sent them to the center for extra help. It is imperative that students feel welcome and comfortable in the writing center. As Donald Murray does with his students, the writing center consultant needs to convey the attitude that the writing and ideas of the client are valued.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Coaching,Peer-Tutoring,Small Private Practices,Tutoring Practices

February 18, 2008

Tips For Helping Kids and Teens With Homework and Study Habits

(Article length 1545 words)

Editor Intro:  It can be disheartening for tutors when a student does not follow through on a carefully constructed homework or study skills plan.  When this happens, it is important for tutors to first rule out possible causes such as an impossible workload or a learning disability.  Barring any underlying cause, tutors can provide support and information that will help parents to deal with this nightly ritual.  The following article provides tips and strategies to help parents properly supervise study sessions for their student.


Certain key practices will make life easier for everyone in the family when it comes to study time and study organization. However, some of them may require an adjustment for other members of the family.  For lots of helpful internet tools for research and mastering subjects visit our Homework Help Center.

Turn off the TV set. Make a house rule, depending on the location of the set, that when it is study time, it is "no TV" time. A television set that is on will draw youngsters like bees to honey.

What about the radio? Should it be on or off? Contrary to what many specialists say, some youngsters do seem to function all right with the radio turned on to a favorite music station. (Depending on the layout of your house or apartment, maybe an investment in earphones would be worthy of consideration.)

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

February 15, 2008

E-Tutoring On The Rise

(Article length 882 words)

Origially published by HispanicPundit

Yahoo News reports:

    BOSTON (Reuters) – Private tutors are a luxury many American families cannot afford, costing anywhere between $25 to $100 an hour. But California mother Denise Robison found one online for $2.50 an hour — in India.

    “It’s made the biggest difference. My daughter is literally at the top of every single one of her classes and she has never done that before,” said Robison, a single mother from Modesto. Click here to read more "E-Tutoring On The Rise"

Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Admin/Management,Small Private Practices,Technology,Test Prep

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