May 29, 2008

Students reap benefits of peer tutoring

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By Dakarai I. Aarons, Commercialappeal.com, originally published 11/18/07

TCAP scores soar thanks to East High Foundation program

The way Jerica Falls and Alexandria Jones talk, you’d think they’d grown up together as sisters. The two East High School students have formed a tight bond in the months they’ve spent together in the Greater East High Foundation’s tutoring program, often finishing each other’s sentences.

Jones, a senior with a 4.883 GPA, spends her afternoons helping Falls, a freshman, with her geometry homework. She is taking calculus through dual enrollment at Southwest Tennessee Community College. Jones said she’s also seen a benefit from participating as a tutor. 

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,High School,Peer-Tutoring

May 27, 2008

5 Tips to Maximize Concentration Ability for Tutors and Their Clients

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Original published as "5 Tips to Maximize Your Ability to Concentrate" in Zen Habits as a guest post from John Wesley of the Pick the Brain blog.

The quality and quantity of work you can produce is dependent, not only on the effort you put in, but on your ability to concentrate. No matter how hard to you try, if your brain isn’t performing well, you won’t be as productive as you should be.

Although many of the factors affecting concentration are beyond your control, a large amount is determined by behavior. These 5 tips will help you get your mind functioning at peak performance so you can excel at highly creative activities like writing, brainstorming, and strategic thinking.


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Filed under: Coaching,Productivity

May 23, 2008

Older Adults To Provide New Tutoring Workforce

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Original Title: Older Adults May Provide the Workforce That Afterschool Programs Need, New Report Finds

From: The Experience Corps Press Room

Researchers Explore Potential Match Between Growing Resource and Growing Field

WASHINGTON, DC  1/31/2007 Afterschool programs have shown tremendous growth in recent years and will continue to grow, providing students around the country with valuable academic and enrichment opportunities, while creating significant staffing challenges. A new report suggests that adults over 55 – expected to double in number and top 30 percent of the U.S. population by 2030 – present "a rich human resource pool" to meet the afterschool workforce need.

The report, commissioned by Experience Corps and conducted by Policy Studies Associates with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, examines national data on staffing and program trends in the afterschool field. Researchers also interviewed leaders of high-quality afterschool programs and held focus groups with older adults.

While researchers found tremendous potential for a great match, they also found that the idea was a new one to most older adults and afterschool leaders, and presented both benefits and challenges to both groups.


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Filed under: Community,K-8,Tutoring Practices

May 21, 2008

Information – The Key to the Supplemental Education Business

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From the Centertrac Blog

Over the past twenty years there has been a tremendous amount of growth in the supplemental education business including tutoring, test preparation, and other educational services. With the exception of large education chains such as Sylvan, Huntington, and Princeton Review, supplemental education companies have been primarily owned and operated by educators, usually ex-classroom teachers. These companies have been operated from an educators perspective, which often times has translated to large amounts of time dedicated to program development and delivering quality educational services. But these companies often times have not been operated from a business perspective. The primary result has been that these owners have created companies that require tremendous amounts of personal time and resources to maintain. Rather than creating a business, these owners have created jobs for themselves, and success has translated into more work, which has ultimately limited growth. Limited growth does not bode well for these companies as the supplemental education industry is evolving and becoming more competitive.


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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Admin/Management,Business Practices,Commercial

May 18, 2008

Fourth Annual National Tutoring Survey Sheds Light on Training and Assessment

by Bob Lasiewicz, Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning

The first round of the Fourth Annual National Tutoring survey was conducted in March, 2008 by Crossroads of Learning. The focus of this year’s survey was to gather data on tutor assessment and training practices in the professional tutoring community. Following are some of the highlights.

The source of the email invitations were:
20% NTA membership
55% Trio-Gear Up Programs
10% Commercial tutoring centers across the U.S.
15% Crossroads of Learning proprietary list


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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Assessment,Commercial,Research,Training/Education

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