April 30, 2008

Guidelines for a Successful Home Tutoring Business

By Bobby Ramsey,

Towards a Successful Home Tutoring Experience

With so many children and adults in all different kinds of schools today, it would seem like tutoring could be a successful business venture for a lot of adults – college post-graduates, retired teachers, you name it. It would not simply be successful, but it would be one of those rewarding and satisfying jobs that also happen to be successful in addition. Yet the tutors I have met and talked with about this talk about walking a bit of a tightrope, and say that business is not very constant, and that there are obstacles to success.

Second, as regards internet tutoring, the general trend unfortunately seems to be bank account scams and "pay to play" commercial websites. By advertising myself or seeking work as a tutor online, I am opening myself to a lot of spam with requests for receiving money from the United Kingdom and things like this. I have received literally a dozen of these spam e-mails allegedly from the United Kingdom, all with yahoo e-mail addresses, by the way. In the commercial tutoring market, there are literally hundreds of "tutor.com"-type websites asking you to pay a fee for sub-par services – you never hear from students, or if you do it is very few, not enough for a business. Even though the demand should be high, with so many people in school, the actual demand is low. The idea of tutoring just has not caught on. People probably end up going to a big brother or parent, or dropping the class.

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Filed under: Free Programs/Software,Leadership,Productivity,Small Private Practices

April 27, 2008

Ten Tips for Tutoring Teens

By Nicole Mohr,

Tutoring a teenager can be a difficult task. There can be many obstacles in the way. From the cynical student who doesn’t care about school anymore to the prideful student who is embarrassed to be getting tutored, teens are not easy to tutor. Here are ten tips that can make tutoring a teen an easier and more enjoyable experience for both teen and tutor.

Find out what they are interested in and use it!

Tutoring teens can be difficult, particularly because many teens become jaded about school and learning. They feel like they have been doing the school thing for so long that it is just boring. The best way to keep teens focused is to incorporate things that interest them. Find out what they like to do in their spare time. If a teen girl likes to shop, create math assignments that involve receipts, balancing a checkbook, sales prices, etc. Someone who loves to shop will be excited to know that they can figure out exactly what 40% off of that $50 sweater is. If you are tutoring a teen who loves sports, gather the stats of their favorite team and teach ways of analyzing the data. Teens are much more receptive to learning when they feel that the information is relevant to their lives.

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

April 24, 2008

A Tutor’s Guide to Individualized Education Programs

By Shari Nielsen,

It is not uncommon for parents to use education lingo during the initial consultation with a new tutor. One term that seems to come up quite often is the "IEP" or "Individualized Education Program." This article will highlight what a tutor needs to know about the IEP process so that they may better communicate with the parent.

Any child in a public school who receives special education services must have an IEP. Regular education teachers, special education teachers, parents, school administrators, related services personnel such as a speech therapist, and often the students themselves work together to create a document that reflects a student’s individual needs and goals. Members of this IEP team discuss their experience with the student, the student’s disabilities, strengths, and weaknesses, and decide how the student can be most successful with the general curriculum offered by the school. They also set annual goals for the child and determine how progress toward these goals will be measured and reported.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Admin/Management,Assessment,Coaching,Government,Pedagogy,Small Private Practices

April 21, 2008

Students want more use of gaming technology

By Meris Stansbury, Assistant Editor, eSchool News 

More than half of students in grades three and up would like to see more use of gaming technology in their schools, according to a new survey.

Educators are largely missing out on what could be a huge opportunity to capitalize on their students’ appetite for electronic games and simulations to teach them about core curriculum topics, results from a new national survey suggest.
 
Project Tomorrow’s fifth annual Speak Up Survey, the largest annual survey addressing the attitudes and opinions of K-12 students, teachers, parents, and school administrators toward the use of technology in education, reveals that online or electronic gaming is one of the technologies that students use most frequently—and that educational gaming is one of the emerging technologies that students would most like to see implemented in their schools. Yet, only one in 10 teachers has adopted gaming as an instructional tool.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Assessment,Pedagogy,Productivity,Study Tools,Technology,Test Prep

April 18, 2008

Note Organization Formats That Inhibit or Promote Learning

(Article length 5870 words)

By Dennis H. Congos
Academic Advisor and Learning Skills Specialist
University of Central Florida

The intent of this article in to prompt examination and discussion into ways to determine the effectiveness and efficiency of notetaking formats.  I have been unsatisfied with responses of fellow learning skills professionals that one format is the same as another and that choice should depend on a personal preference.  I think that efficiency and effectiveness can be observed and codified and communicated to faculty, staff, and students.  This does not preclude flexibility for learning styles or personal preference.  However, I believe we, as learning skills professionals, are derelict in our duties if we do not point out more effective ways to learn even among those earning high grades.  I have seen many “A” students cut study time as much as in half to assimilate the material and still earn A’s and when they adopt faster and more productive techniques for learning.

Guidelines for Rating the Effectiveness of Note Organization Formats

Lecture and textbook notes may be organized into many different formats.  Some of these formats promote learning and some inhibit learning.  Those that promote learning include many elements that have been proven to increase learning.  Below is a set of guidelines to rate the effectiveness of note organization formats from the least effective to the most effective in promoting learning.
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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Coaching,Peer-Tutoring,Small Private Practices,Tutoring Practices

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