August 31, 2008

Free Tutoring Tool: Interactive “Guide to Grammar and Writing”

Thanks to English Study Materials for the following description:

Guide to Grammar and Writing is sponsored by the Capital Community College Foundation. This excellent site is a comprehensive guide to English grammar and the process of writing in English.


  • Thorough coverage of writing and composition at word/sentence level, paragraph level and essay/research paper level
  • Full discussion of the writing process, structural considerations and patterns of organization
  • Detailed guides to various types of writing such as narration/description, comparison/contrast, classification/analysis, cause/effect, definition, evaluation, argument, literary writing and research papers
  • Interactive quizzes and test for self-study review
  • Sample essays with comments and links to further reading
  • A huge archive of answers to the most common questions about English grammar and usage
  • Supplementary materials including PowerPoint presentations and sample letters, memos, resumes and research papers in PDF format

Site URL:


Filed under: Free Programs/Software,Technology

August 30, 2008

10 Steps to Improving Study Skills

Originally published by the Academic Learning Center at Cuesta College

Editor’s Note: Although directed at students, the tips in this article can be used by tutors counseling clients.

Improving your study skills can be the great educational equalizer. Effective studying is the one element guaranteed to produce good grades in school. But it is ironic that students are almost never taught how to study – effectively – in school.

Example: An important part of studying is note-taking, yet few students receive any instruction in this skill. At best, you are told simply, "You had better take notes," but not given any advice on what to record or how to use the material as a learning tool.

Fortunately, reliable data on how to study does exist. It has been scientifically demonstrated that one method of note-taking is better than another and that there are routes to more effective reviewing, memorizing and textbook reading as well. The following are 10 proven steps you can take to improve your study habits. I guarantee that if you really use them, your grades will improve.

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Filed under: Pedagogy,Study Tools

August 28, 2008

35 Tools For Teachers, Tutors and Students

Originally posted on Mashable on 8/15/08

With the summer nearing its end and the school year almost upon us, teachers, tutors and students have a lot to prepare for. As with just about any profession nowadays, there all kinds of tools that can help you do most of your planning from your computer keyboard. We’ve put together a list of 35 tools to help you get your school year started right.

Here you’ll find resources for learning management systems, social networking communities for students and teachers, tutoring services and more. The areas covered include:

  • Grading Tools
  • Quiz Generators
  • Educational Games
  • E-portfolios
  • Social Networks
  • Teaching and Tutoring Job Sites

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Filed under: Free Programs/Software,Study Tools,Technology

August 23, 2008

Big News on Training, Certification and CEUs for Tutors and Learning Centers

By Bob Lasiewicz, Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning

Implementing tutor training, certification and CEU’s keeps getting easier, thanks to our Affiliates, The National Tutoring Association and Fielding Graduate University.


1. Tutor Training Course Content on YOUR Learning System
Now academic institutions can license the acclaimed “Tutoring Foundations” training course content – Crossroads of Learning is launching a pilot program to academic institutions desiring to train tutors (peer or professional) and staff. It may be installed on your own learning system, or we will create a privately administered area for you on ours. If certification by the National Tutoring Association is desired, a special online tutor trainer development program will also be available. For more information please contact Managing Director, Bob Lasiewicz directly at 818.249.9692 or

2. CEUs for Everyone!
Fielding Graduate University, which provides oversight for the "Tutoring Foundations" curriculum, is now able to grant CEUs to any student (not just graduate students) successfully completing the curriculum. CEUs are particularly attractive to teachers you may have on staff who need to maintain their credentials.

3. Certification Term Doubled!
The National Tutoring Association certifications are now granted for a two-year period, instead of one. When the ease of our online training program and reduced certification costs are factored-in, there’s nothing standing in the way of any tutor’s training and certification.

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Filed under: Academic Learning Centers,Admin/Management,College,Crossroads of Learning

August 19, 2008

7 Terrific 2.0 Tools for Mobile Tutoring Professionals

by Bob Lasiewicz, Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning

There’s nothing like receiving advice from a fellow traveler to find the best places to visit and the shortcuts to get there. For every tutor, teacher or parent who has a packed schedule and is constantly on the move, you can learn about some of Vicki Davis’ favorite strategies. And they’re all free, to boot.

Vicki Davis is an "Edurati" that takes pleasure in sharing her discoveries. But let me allow her to describe herself…"I’m a teacher, entrepreneur, edublogger, conference presenter, and freelance writer. I am an avid reader, technology "geek", and heart-felt Christian. Locally, I’ve been Camilla Chamber president, a Rotarian, and a Leadership Georgia graduate.My class wiki has won many awards and media recognition. I am a Tech Learning blogger, co-founder of Women of Web 2 and co-host the WOW2 show Tuesdays at 9 pm EST at Ed Tech Talk. I co-authored the Flat Classroom Project and Horizon Project."

I have personally used several of the tools she recommends, including Jott, Timebridge and Google Calendar. She goes on to integrate those with Remember the Milk, igoogle Page, gCal, and gVent. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. I invite you to visit her at her blog, Just remember to come up for air!

To follow in Vicki’s footsteps on the path to "Get it Done" click on this link:

Filed under: Free Programs/Software,Productivity,Technology

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