One could say that snowflakes are simply frozen water — but if you compare a snowflake to an ice cube, you’ll notice a big difference. Why are all snowflakes six-sided? Why are none of them exactly the same? And how do we ski on them? Maruša Bradač sheds light on the secret life of snowflakes.
Lesson by Maruša Bradač, animation by bottomless well films.
Parents tend to get very frustrated when they find out their child is struggling in school. They try to do everything they possibly can to help, but sometimes it’s not enough. Many different factors can affect your child’s performance in school. For example:
Children with vision problems have frequent
headaches, have a hard time reading, often sit right in front of the TV,
and in school can barely see the blackboard. Vision problems can keep a
child from excelling in school. Correcting vision problems can make a
world of difference in your child’s academic performance.
your child has a learning disability, they may have trouble remembering
things, may be socially isolated, have trouble following directions,
may be anxious, and sometimes violent. The most common learning
disabilities are ADHD and dyslexia..
being socially accepted in school can damage a child’s self esteem.
Problems at home such as abusive parents, absent parents, a divorce,
death in the family can negatively influence a child’s performance in
school. Many children will keep what is bothering them to themselves.
Even if they don’t say anything, they are well aware of what is
happening at home. If you’re having a stressful situation at home, talk
to your child about their concerns and most importantly listen.
intelligent children who are always ahead of in class assignments may
have a hard time staying focused due to their boredom. Kids start to
lose interest in learning if they are not being academically challenged.
Seeking the help of a professional tutor will help your child become
interested in learning again by introducing him to new concepts that
will intellectually stimulate his mind.
Octopuses have the ability to solve puzzles, learn through observation, and even use tools – just like humans. But what makes octopus intelligence so amazing is that it comes from a biological structure completely different from ours. Cláudio L. Guerra takes a look inside the amazing octopus brain.
Lesson by Cláudio L. Guerra, animation by Cinematic.
There are many good reasons why parents should read to their children and encourage a love of books, and words, and reading from a young age. Children with literacy problems are more likely to drop out of school, commit crime and endure a life in poverty.
In the 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamian kings recorded and interpreted their dreams on wax tablets. In the years since, we haven't paused in our quest to understand why we dream. And while we still don’t have any definitive answers, we have some theories. Amy Adkins reveals the top seven reasons why we might dream.
Lesson by Amy Adkins, animation by Clamanne Studio.
Before he turned physics upside down, a young Albert Einstein supposedly showed off his genius by devising a complex riddle involving a stolen exotic fish and a long list of suspects. Can you resist tackling a brain teaser written by one of the smartest people in history? Dan Van der Vieren shows how.
Lesson by Dan Van der Vieren, animation by Artrake Studio.
In the United States, it’s estimated that 30 percent of adults and 66 percent of adolescents are regularly sleep-deprived. This isn’t just a minor inconvenience: staying awake can cause serious bodily harm. Claudia Aguirre shows what happens to your body and brain when you skip sleep.
There is nothing harder on a parent than to see their child
suffer in any way. We all want our children to succeed and achieve their
dreams. We don't want our children to be ridiculed by their peers. If
your child is struggling to succeed in school there is a great
opportunity for getting better grades with tutoring. Have you considered
that the reason your child uses homework excuses is because he/she
can't handle the stress of working on something he doesn't understand?
If your child is not goofing off in school and has a genuine need and
agrees, hiring a tutor is one way to help him/her out.
tutor for your child should be a decision based on what is best for your
child, input from you and your child as well as consultation with your
child's teacher to discuss your child's learning strengths, weaknesses
and style. A tutor can not only teach the material, but can also give
your child suggested ways to do homework more efficiently, approaches or
tricks to test taking, motivation and an assessment of the child's
Tutoring Pay Rates
The rates paid to tutors for their services are not regulated, so
there is no way to judge what you will have to pay. If the tutor has a
high degree of education, they may charge more than a college tutor
might charge. Setting yourself a budget and deciding where you can cut
corners may be necessary to ensure that you can pay for the tutoring. A
professional tutor, because of their experience, will likely be more
able to adapt to your child's learning style/difficulties than a tutor
that you hire from a college.
How to Find a Tutor Online
If you search online, you'll find many sites with a list of tutors
in your town or city. These sites will have the tutor's contact
information available for you to use. The site will have somewhat of a
biography of the tutor, listing the tutor's education, grade levels they
want to teach, etc.
Another option would be to check your local
college or university website to see if they have students available
that offer tutoring services. The rates charged by college students may
be lower than those charged by professional tutors and there may be an
agreement in place between your child's school and the university or
college. Some schools may assist with the payment to the tutor.
are also companies that specialize in tutoring. They have a big online
presence and their sites are full of information on the types of
tutoring being offered at their location.
All of the choices above
are great to use as a tutor finder and have a lot of information to
enable you to make the right decision for you and your child. Imagine
your child getting better grades with tutoring because the tutor was
able to get through to your child using a different style of teaching.
How will that positively impact your child's and your life?
Scott is an expert at both student tutoring and finding a tutor online. Scott can help you or your child improve their grades with the use of several online tutor finder websites.
Mathematics explains the workings of the universe, from particle physics to engineering and economics. Math is even closely related to music, and their common ground has something to do with a Rubik's Cube puzzle. Michael Staff explains how group theory can teach us to play a Rubik’s Cube like a piano.
“Would you like an easy problem or a hard one?” asks the teacher as the third grader nervously stares at the unmarked, white-board table. “Oh, easy, please,” answers the child, relieved she will not have to do hard math. “We don’t do easy math here,” replies the teacher. “Easy math is boring. Watch.” The teacher carefully writes 1 + 1 on the white-board table. “Can you answer this problem?” The child giggles, “Yes,” and carefully writes a 2 under the line. Nodding, the teacher questions, “Would you like to just do this kind of problem over and over again, or would you like to do some fun problems?” This is the moment where the teacher discovers if the child has a growth or fixed mindset.
Research by the eminent Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, has shown that in a fixed mindset the belief is that intelligence is fixed and static. You are either smart, or you are not smart. This belief is the either-or principal of intelligence and was the widely accepted theory of cognitive development until the 50’s and 60’s. In contrast, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence is active and that the brain changes (grows) based on experiences. This theory of growth mindset is supported by research into brain plasticity and has proven to be pivotal in helping students improve their academic achievement.
“Harder, please,” the child answers. The teacher nods, understanding that the child has a growth mindset and math will soon become one of the child’s favorite subjects. If the child would have answered, “More like this one,” the teacher would then begin to try to break through some of the child’s defenses, realizing the child is demonstrating a fixed mindset and is becoming a non-learner.
“I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures, those who make it or those who don't. I divide the world into learners and non-learners.”
― Benjamin R. Barber
Our babies are not born non-learners. They have a tenacious desire to learn. They try and learn seemingly insurmountable skills like standing up, walking, climbing stairs, even running. They don’t give up after multiple failed attempts; they keep trying until they succeed. Then they learn to speak (multiple languages simultaneously if there are several languages spoken in the home). They discover humor and they memorize stories read to them by their parents. For our babies, failure is the first step in the formula of success.
What happens? Why does the formula change? The answer is, when children become able to evaluate themselves some become afraid to take chances, afraid that they are not smart enough. Such children develop a fixed mindset. Every mistake means, “Oh, I’m not good at this. Maybe I’m not smart enough.” Every time they begin to struggle with new material, their internal chatter shouts, “Maybe I won’t be good at this and will never get it. Maybe I will make a mistake. I mustn’t make a mistake. I must only succeed.” Their fixed mindset makes them insecure about their ability. Over time, this insecurity forces them to stay within their comfort zone(s), rather than risk failure by trying something new and difficult.
There is not a parent alive who wakes up in the morning and wants to turn their children into non-learners. No way! We love our children and only want them to be happy and have a successful life. For years I thought I had the answer to this goal. I believed that my children’s self-esteem was the answer to self-confidence and these qualities would certainly lead to success. It was my job as their mother to ensure that my children were praised for all of their abilities in school, on the sports field, and in life. On the soccer field, my son was a good player and the coaches all wanted him on their team, “You have a natural talent and just seem to know where that ball is going to go! Why don’t you come join my team?” I was so proud of him. “You are the best player out there! You may become the greatest soccer player ever!” Even when his team lost the coach would tell him, “That other team was just lucky, today.” The truth was that he had missed two passes - because he was not paying attention - and that was the reason the other team had won, but I knew how badly he was going to feel about himself and I couldn’t allow my young champion to doubt himself, could I? “You did great, today, son! The coaches are right. You are a natural soccer player, just like Pele.” My son only played a couple of years and I couldn’t figure out why he quit. Now I understand that he was out there to have fun with his friends and not to have to live up to the greatness potential the coaches and I had thrust upon him.
What are the messages we are sending to our children?
“I am so proud of you. You didn’t even need to open a book and study! You are so smart! I love you!” What happens when the child does not comprehend a concept the teacher is trying to explain and must open a book to understand it? To the child it may mean, “I did have to open a book to understand this. Does this mean that mom may not be proud of me because I was not smart enough? Does this mean she doesn’t love me?”
“Oh my gosh, look how quickly you solved those problems and you didn’t make any mistakes! Wow. You are terrific!” What we are actually telling our child is that we want speed and perfection. Is it possible that your child will translate your statement into, “These problems are really tough and I don’t know if I can do them? My parents think I’m smart because I’m fast and get things right. I better not try hard things.”
We need to emphasize to our children that speed and perfection are not a part of the formula for success in learning material that is difficult. As hard as we may try as parents to be supportive, we may not realize the mindsets we are actually developing in our children.
One of the most common reasons people seek out tutoring services for their older children is the mindset caused by test anxiety. “Jessica does all of her homework and always gets 100%. She studies very hard and we know she is a smart girl, but when she takes her math or history or English or Spanish or Chemistry or … test … she always fails it! We think she has test anxiety.” In reality, Jessica is bright and does study. She knows the material, but come test time her mind goes blank. Her internal dialog goes something like this: “I am not going to pass this test, again. I’m going to disappoint my parents who have so much faith in me and I will probably not get into my dream college. If I don’t get into that college, my whole life will be ruined!”
What happened the night before the test? “Jessica, we know how smart you are and you know how smart you are. You have this material down! Put the book away and get some rest. You can do this! Stop worrying!”
These words are said in love, but won’t help Jessica. What she needs to hear is that you understand how it feels to be evaluated when you can’t fully demonstrate what you know. She also needs to hear that you won’t be evaluating her and that you are now, as always, proud of how hard she works; she has tenacity and it is tenacity – the never giving up – that, after all the tests are completed, marks the winners in this game of life.
Okay parents, what’s next? After finishing reading Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset, I knew her research was right. I had experienced a fixed mindset in my own life and knew I had helped create one in the lives of my children. I had to change the way I looked at learning, growth, and success. Change is not easy. Mark Twain wrote, “The only person who likes change is a wet baby.” And I agree with him. No one likes change, but I have never heard anyone say the effort was not worth the result. I needed to change and so I did. That change has brought additional richness in my daily dealings with my families and their children, my students. I have seen firsthand how quickly children adapt to the new language and change their ideas of what makes them successful. They begin to take a chance on themselves and there is nothing more powerful to the intellectual growth of children than having them change their minds about themselves. So what’s next? Read Mindset and then drop by and we’ll do some really hard math problems, together.
We have over 600 muscles in our bodies that help bind us together, hold us up, and help us move. Your muscles also need your constant attention, because the way you treat them on a daily basis determines whether they will wither or grow. Jeffrey Siegel illustrates how a good mix of sleep, nutrition and exercise keep your muscles as big and strong as possible.
Lesson by Jeffrey Siegel, animation by Brett Underhill.
Sometimes your teachers at school cannot provide you with the
attention you need to succeed in your classes. Whether you need one on
one attention, or you simply need to see the material presented in a
different format, pairing yourself with the right tutor can mean the
difference between failure and success.
With that in mind, you may
be tempted to try and find someone at your school or on Craigslist to
try and help you out for a little extra money. However, you would be
better off finding an established tutoring company to match you with
someone well-suited to your needs. Here are a few reasons you will
benefit from a tutoring organization over an independent tutor:
A tutoring company is more dependable - When you
find an independent tutor, you simply do not have a backup plan. For
example, if they get sick, or if some other unexpected event pops up,
your session will get cancelled. Since they are not part of a larger
business, there is no substitute tutor, nor are there any procedures put
into place to ensure that you make up the session. But when you go with
a larger tutoring organization, the company can work with you to place
you with another tutor who is skilled in the subject matter you are
working on, such as chemistry.
Tutoring companies can provide highly qualified specialists
- In truth, anyone can bill themselves as an independent tutor. For
example, if you are studying for a chemistry exam and you need help, you
may find yourself being tutored by another chemistry student. Sure they
might be great at the subject, but are they really qualified to try and
teach you? You need to understand that a good student is not
necessarily a good teacher. That is another reason why going to a
professional tutoring company is a good idea. When you find the right
company, they will match you up with someone who is an experienced
tutor... someone who has experience teaching students the subject you
are struggling in and obtaining positive results.
Tutoring companies are held to a higher standard -
When you go with an independent tutor, you have to realize they really
have nothing to lose. They are likely tutoring you as a side job for a
little extra money. Whether or not your tutoring relationship works out
probably is not going to make or break them. That said, there is no one
to hold them accountable, and some tutors will take advantage of this.
With no one looking over their shoulder, how can you be sure they are
adequately preparing you? However, when you go with an established tutoring company,
you have to realize that they have a lot at stake. Tutoring is their
entire business, and they have a lot invested in it. For example, they
have a large investment in an office, materials, and full and part time
employees. So they have procedures put into place to ensure that
customers are full satisfied with their tutors. Therefore, the tutors
themselves have bosses they must answer to, which means they must do a
Remember, do your research and match yourself with a well-established tutoring company!
You’re swimming in the ocean when something brushes your leg. When the tingling sets in, you realize you’ve been stung by a jellyfish. How do these beautiful gelatinous creatures pack such a painful punch? Neosha S Kashef details the science behind the sting.
Lesson by Neosha S Kashef, animation by Cinematic.
If you set out to do something worthwhile, be sure to go about it
correctly. That is definitely true for succeeding at choosing the right
tutoring services for your children. Planning carefully up-front,
getting good advice and following it, could possibly make a major
difference in whether you will do something right and succeed, or apply
it wrong and fail. Improperly choosing a tutoring service may bring
unwanted results. You could possibly end up with a service that just
does not meet your children's needs, and perhaps a service that will
make the problems worse instead of better. Here are three basic steps
you might take to avoid failure and insure success.
Initially, you will want to find a service that understands your needs.
will definitely need to start with a tutoring service that is going to
listen to your concerns regarding the needs of your child since that
will help avoid frustration for you and apprehension on the part of your
children. Not getting this done properly could make it much more
difficult to find a solution for the situation if you have to go back to
the beginning and start your search over. So please do not make the
mistake of disregarding this important point.
The second thing is finding a service that will match the tutor to your children.
as essential as finding a tutoring service that understands your needs
when struggling with choosing the right service is finding a service
that will take the time to match the tutor to your children. Take it
from me, this is simply not something you want to leave to chance. It's
very helpful to find a service that can provide a tutor who is not only
qualified in the subject but whose personality matches with that of your
Finally, keep in mind that tutoring is about more than just the subject matter.
finally, while you are dealing with choosing the right tutoring
services, just be sure to keep in mind that tutoring needs to do more
than just help your children with the subject matter in question. This
will likely help with providing opportunities for your children to grow
their self-confidence and improve their social skills as well as their
learning skills, which can be an essential part of not only helping them
to catch up to their classmates in terms of schoolwork but provide them
with incentive to move ahead in their studies. Failing to keep this in
mind can result in boring tutoring sessions that may cause your children
to tune out.
When you're in the process of choosing the right
tutoring services, you really want to make sure you won't make some
mistakes that can cause you to ultimately end up with a tutoring service
that just does not meet your children's needs, or maybe even a tutoring
service that will make the problems worse instead of better. The thing
you really want is a tutoring service that will aid your children in
succeeding in not only their schoolwork but in their lives outside of
school as well, which you can achieve by closely sticking with these
Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private K-12 in-home tutoring service in the United States.
What do Charles Darwin, Michael Jordan, and Yoda have in common? They, like many other historical and fictive individuals, are bald. Scientists have long pondered, why do some people lose their hair, and how can we bring it back? Sarthak Sinha explores the basics of baldness.
Lesson by Sarthak Sinha, animation by Brett Underhill.
Most children, whether younger or older, struggle with at least
one subject in school. Poor grades, diminished self-esteem, and a
negative outlook on the whole school experience can leave your child
feeling frustrated and defenseless. When you enlist the help of a tutor,
your child not only has someone on his side helping him to grasp the
material, but he now has a weapon to use against these negative
Many students can easily name their favorite subjects
as well as those that give them the most difficulty. It's easy to focus
on the things that give us a hard time, while not remembering the areas
in which our strengths lie. This is one of the ways tutoring can help.
Your child's tutor should work with his or her strengths to help them
study more efficiently, understand the subject, and improve his or her
grades. Many times it's simply a matter of teaching them simple
memorization rules or just giving them the time and one-on-one attention
Many children, if given the chance to inquire about
something they don't understand, will be able to comprehend the concepts
instructed. However, they might be afraid to raise their hand in class
for fear of looking stupid or it appearing as though they weren't paying
attention. A common thought is, "Well, everyone else seems to
understand it. There must be something wrong with me." Embarrassment and
shame can be a heavy weight to carry. With a tutor, your child has no
need to be afraid to ask questions. With private instruction, he or she
is free to say, "I don't understand this," without the fear of judgment
How do you know if you or your child needs a tutor? Read and answer the following:
* Is your child losing interest in school?
* Have their grades gone down recently?
* Have you noticed a decline in their self-esteem?
* Does he or she have a hard time reading?
* Are they struggling to finish homework?
* Is there talk of wanting to drop a class?
If you answered
yes to any or most of these questions, tutoring may be beneficial for
your child. And don't forget, these are sometimes the less obvious
signs. Quite often, simply opening up a dialogue with your child can
reveal problem areas. Sometimes a child will admit to a parent that
they've tried their best but they're just not getting it. This can be a
clear indicator that your child needs assistance beyond what the school
So how does one go about finding an appropriate
tutor? Start with talking with your child's teacher or instructor to see
if they have any recommendations. Also, with the No Child Left Behind
Act, your child may be eligible to receive free tutoring services. It's
been estimated that less than 15% of those who are eligible actually
taking advantage of these services. Other providers include private
organizations as well as non-profit companies.
Think back to a really vivid memory. Got it? Now try to remember what you had for lunch three weeks ago. That second memory probably isn’t as strong—but why not? Why do we remember some things, and not others? And why do memories eventually fade? Catharine Young gives the basics on memory and memory loss.
Lesson by Catharine Young, animation by Patrick Smith.
Having a child who struggles to learn in school can be
heartbreaking. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help
them succeed, beginning with hiring personalized, one-on-one assistance
in their worst subjects. These professionals will help to boost your
student's self-esteem and make them feel more prepared for their
Grasping the Concept
Your child may have a
difficult time understanding a particular subject, while others come
more naturally to him or her. This is common-everyone has his or her
strengths and weaknesses. Hiring a tutoring service in just the areas
where your student needs extra assistance is a great way to keep them on
track without overwhelming them or making them more confused. Talk to
your school's counseling department and see if there are teachers
on-hand who can give them extra lessons in areas where they seem to
Rewards for Effort
Your student may never get
straight As, but that doesn't mean you can't reward them for doing
their best. Offer small prizes for turning all of their homework
assignments in, for completing a tutoring lesson without complaint, or
even for not getting any low grades on an assignment. As your child
gains confidence in their work and realizes that you notice all of their
improvements, they will continue to do well and create their own
motivation to succeed.
Talking to Teachers
If tutoring and
rewarding your student fail to get you the results you are hoping for,
and you still see them frustrated over certain subjects, perhaps it's
time to talk to their teachers. They may have an instructor who has a
different teaching tool than your child understands, or maybe they sit
next to someone in class who keeps distracting them. Talk to these
educators to see what the both of you can do to help your kid be more
attentive and successful in class. It may help to have tutoring done
while they are in class, or it could be beneficial to move them to the
front of the class where they can learn without interruption.
Other Ways You Can Help
of the best things you can do as a parent is to avoid telling your kid
that they should do better. Don't just tell them-show them! Offer them
opportunities by getting them tutoring and providing a quiet place to
study at home. Give them a schedule that they can adhere to so they are
more likely to finish homework at a decent hour and allow them plenty of
relaxation time so they don't always have their nose stuck in a
textbook. These are ways you can make learning a better experience for
Not everyone is going to excel at everything, and this
may be true for your student. You can help them improve their grades
and ability to accept new methods of learning by incorporating a tutor,
scheduled homework times, rewards, and getting their teachers involved.
This may sound like a lot of work on your end, but the result is that
your child will feel more confident in their work and will perhaps even
enjoy their academic experience.
Did you know that gold is extraterrestrial? Instead of arising from our planet’s rocky crust, it was actually cooked up in space and is present on Earth because of cataclysmic stellar explosions called supernovae. CERN Scientist David Lunney outlines the incredible journey of gold from space to Earth.
Lesson by David Lunney, animation by Andrew Foerster.
The key to success in anything is a good solid foundation upon
which to build. The foundation is going to set the stage for everything
that comes after it. When it comes to education the needed foundation
for learning is reading. The ability to read something, understand it,
and retain that information is at the core of the entire learning
process. For those students that are having problems and are struggling
to lay down this foundation solidly assistance can be found in the form
of reading programs. If you or your child are having problems with
reading it is vital to get help as soon as possible to avoid compounding
the problem and having it affect the ability to study and learn in
other disciplines. Reading programs can be a good way to shore up this
Having trouble reading can create a number of problems when it comes to school work:
Students who are having trouble with their reading skills fall behind
easily and as they continue to slip further behind their classmates it
becomes more and more difficult to catch up. A good reading program will
teach your child not only how to read but how to read in such a way
that the information can be understood and retained for later use.
Students who have reading difficulties also tend to suffer from more
self-esteem issues. They are afraid to ask questions in class for fear
of looking stupid in front of their friends and other classmates. Asking
questions is second in importance to the learning process right behind
reading. They tend to have more disciplinary problems in school, using
bad behavior to cover up their academic deficiencies. They act like they
are getting bad grades because it is the cool thing to do.
Students who find reading a struggling experience also tend to get
overwhelmed easily and quickly reach the point where they are ready to
give up. This can lead to a lifelong fear of failure and criticism
leaving them completely unmotivated to attempt anything that might leave
them in a vulnerable position in front of other people. Success later
in life can be sabotaged quite early by deficiencies in reading
Another important aspect to keep in mind is that
reading difficulties may also be a sign of a more serious underlying
issue. Dyslexia and other learning difficulties are often hard to
diagnose until a child gets older. Reading programs have specially
trained tutors that may be able to spot any difficulties of this nature
much sooner in a one on one setting that a teacher in a classroom just
does not have the time to notice when dealing with a large group of
students at the same time.
Everything begins with the core
fundamentals as the essential starting point. Getting a good head start
is important in assuring later success. Reading programs can provide
this boost to get students back on track and up to speed with the rest
of their classmates.
Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private K-12 in-home tutoring service that offers reading programs in many areas.
You and nine other individuals have been captured by super-intelligent alien overlords. The aliens think humans look quite tasty, but their civilization forbids eating highly logical and cooperative beings. Unfortunately, they’re not sure whether you qualify, so they decide to give you all a test. Can you solve this hat riddle? Alex Gendler shows how.
Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.
Watching a child fall behind in school is tough. Parents
constantly wonder what they can do to help their child succeed in
school, but they don't know if hiring someone to help is a good idea.
There are many benefits to hiring a private tutor to help kids overcome
When it comes to helping a
child with their schoolwork, it is all about perspective. While parents
and teachers may feel like they are doing everything they can to help
the child, in reality, they may not be trying all avenues. A private
tutor may have a fresh perspective or methods that work better for the
child. Extended knowledge of a subject can also benefit the student and
give him or her the upper hand when it comes time to take a test.
Subject Area Specialization
often than not, the student needs help in one or two subjects, and he
simply isn't getting the help he needs in the classroom. It isn't
because the teacher is inadequately teaching the subject. The disconnect
is often due to the limited time available. One-on-one instruction
allows the student to ask questions and gain a better understanding of
the challenging subject matter. With tutoring, the instructor will be
available to one student for the entire duration of the lesson, and only
that subject will be covered during their time together. It also gives a
shy child the opportunity to ask the questions that they are afraid to
ask in class.
Tailored to the Child
Instruction is tailored
to the child. That means that if a child has missed some key points, the
instructor can help him get caught up with the rest of the class. If a
child is bored in class, and not paying attention as a result, the
instructor can take the opportunity to give the child a bit of a break
in order to get him back on task quickly. In some instances, more
information can be covered in a short time frame as the instructor can
tailor the sessions to the exact learning pace of the child.
In addition to tailoring the lesson plan, the student will be in an area with fewer distractions from classmates and friends.
Picking the Private Tutor
best benefit of hiring a tutor is that the parent chooses the
individual who will be teaching their child. In school, the
administration puts kids in classes where they think they will work
best. However, this doesn't always work, and they can't change once the
year has begun. With a personal instructor, if a style or personality is
not working for the student, the parents can get someone that does.
a child fails to grasp a concept, it can be devastating for the
student. It damages a child's self-confidence and makes them feel as
though they are just not smart enough to do the work required of them in
school. In most cases, that simply is not true. A private tutor can
provide the individualized attention needed for the child to learn and
recover the confidence to succeed both in the classroom and in the world
The Great Wall of China is a 13,000-mile dragon of earth and stone that winds its way through the countryside of China. As it turns out, the wall’s history is almost as long and serpentine as its structure. Megan Campisi and Pen-Pen Chen detail the building and subsequent decay of this massive, impressive wall.
Lesson by Megan Campisi and Pen-Pen Chen, animation by Steff Lee.
When it comes to learning, every student will be different in
terms of what they excel in, what they struggle with and the ways in
which they best learn new things. In the event that any child struggles
with a specific subject or area of their curriculum, it is beneficial
for them to utilize a tutoring service which can not only help benefit
them academically, but can also help with their confidence which can
benefit all aspects of their education.
One of the main reasons
why a student may struggle in class can stem from the often fast-paced
nature of classroom teaching. As teachers have only a set period of time
in which to teach a curriculum and a vast number of students to focus
on, some students may not receive the level of attention and help they
require, or may be too embarrassed to speak up at times when they are
struggling. This in turn can lead them to shy away and struggle in
silence which can dramatically damage their confidence.
to a tutoring service, your child will be provide with the one-on-one
interaction they require so that they can be given the time and patience
they need in order to understand their specified subject. Being able to
learn at their own pace will not only help to ease their anxiety, but
will also make it possible for them to understand and feel free to ask
questions. One of the main issues that arise in classroom teaching is
that a teacher will be unable to devote the same amount of time on every
student. This means that even in the case that the child is excelling,
they may not receive the praise and acknowledgment they need in order to
remain focused and motivated. When visiting a tutorial centre, the
child will be able to receive the praise and encouragement they desire,
and will also be provided with thorough individual feedback. This is
also beneficial for the parent as they will be given more insight as to
which areas their child is struggling within which can therefore help
them understand how to help in their child's education.
As we are
all aware, we each learn in different ways meaning that while some may
struggle to grasp some aspects of a subject, others will excel and speed
ahead of us. By turning to the help of a tutoring service, students can
develop a complete understanding of the basics of a subject. This can
not only help them in learning their subject as a whole, but as
mandatory testing processes can cause teachers to advance their teaching
in order to prepare students for tests and examinations; it will mean
that the student in question is not feeling too stretched, therefore
their test results will not be affected. Should a student feel
unprepared before a test, the help of a tutoring service can help them
catch up with any lost areas, rehash areas they are unsure of and
generally help them prepare for a test scenario.
The benefits of
utilizing a tutorial service are multiple, but it is important that you
as the parent complete thorough research to ensure that not only will
your child get the best from their tutoring, but so that you are also
offered a fair and competitive price. If your budget does not allow for a
large fee, it is advantageous to use the web and community services to
search for a voluntary tutorial service which will allow your child to
benefit from additional help, without the worry of large fees.
education being a crucial part of our child's development and future,
it is essential that we do all we can in order to help in their
education. By utilizing a tutoring service,
students will not only receive the additional help and support they
need, but also the confidence needed to excel both in school and their
Dolphins are one of the smartest animal species on Earth. In fact, their encephalization quotient (their brain size compared to the average for their body size) is second only to humans. But exactly how smart are they? Lori Marino details some incredible facts about dolphins.
A math tutor can be very beneficial to your child, especially if
they are struggling to keep up with their class and having trouble
understanding the material being taught in class. Math class provides
more unique challenges than his other classes and just because he is
doing very well in all of his other subjects doesn't mean that the
problems he is having with math aren't real. A math tutor will be able
to provide help and support that can give your child a good head start
in a tough area of study. A math tutor will be able to work at your
child's pace, focus his attention on particular problem areas, provide
your child with opportunities for success, and speed up the learning
process for your child.
When being taught in a classroom
environment, the material is going to be presented at the same speed for
every student in the class. Teachers have a certain amount of
information that must be presented in a certain amount of time and
cannot always give special attention to an individual student. This can
present a problem for a student that needs a little bit of extra time to
understand the concepts that are being taught. A math tutor can adjust
the speed at which the material is covered, slowing down when your child
is having some difficulty and speeding up at other times when your
child is quickly grasping the subject matter.
Math is a subject
that presents difficulties that other classes do not. There are no facts
in math, just concepts. And each of those concepts are an important
building block in the one that comes after it. If your child fails to
understand even a small part then his struggles are just going to be
magnified as time goes on. A math tutor will be able to focus on the
individual aspects that your child is having trouble with. Your child
may not even be aware just exactly where the problem lies and what it is
he doesn't understand. His tutor will be able to discover these areas
and help him focus on them correctly.
Success isn't something that
just happens, it is something that is learned. Small successes build
confidence and lead to bigger successes. Without the pressure of his
friends and classmates watching him in school, your child's math tutor
can guide him along and provide him with opportunities to succeed
without the fear of failure. In the long run, this will not only benefit
your child in his math class but in other aspects of his life as well.
on one attention just is not possible in today's educational system. A
math tutor can provide that personal aid and instruction in a way that
will allow your child to learn in the manner that suits him best. The
learning process will be sped up as the skills the tutor teaches him
make the concepts he is trying to learn seem easier and easier.
your child seems to be stumbling a little in his math studies, then a
tutor may be the solution. Math is a very important field of study but
unfortunately many schools simply cannot afford to give a struggling
student all of the help that he needs. A math tutor can provide your
child with that help and give him a good head start in math.
Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a tutoring service that has math tutors available in many locations.
Pascal’s triangle, which at first may just look like a neatly arranged stack of numbers, is actually a mathematical treasure trove. But what about it has so intrigued mathematicians the world over? Wajdi Mohamed Ratemi shows how Pascal's triangle is full of patterns and secrets.
Lesson by Wajdi Mohamed Ratemi, animation by Henrik Malmgren.
Help your child shine at school with three easy tips you can do as a parent to raise a successful student! Although it might feel like ages ago to you (and hundreds of years to your little one), sharing your own encouraging school experiences can help put your kids at ease about any issues they may be encountering on a day-to-day basis. Find out two more tricks to put in your positive parent tool belt to help improve different learning tools for kids with this Parents video!
Me, myself, and I. You may be tempted to use these words interchangeably, because they all refer to the same thing. But in fact, each one has a specific role in a sentence: ‘I’ is a subject pronoun, ‘me’ is an object pronoun, and ‘myself’ is a reflexive or intensive pronoun. Emma Bryce explains what each role reveals about where each word belongs.
Lesson by Emma Bryce, animation by Karrot Animation.
Every child needs individual guidance in order to thrive in the
classroom. Tutoring gives many children the extra support they need to
learn the relevant material and keep up with their classmates. Many
parents think that tutoring is all about helping their kids raise their
grades or pass a class. However, there are actually many other benefits
to hiring a tutor.
1) It raises your child's self-confidence.
who struggle in school frequently suffer from low self-esteem. They see
low grades or failed tests as a clear indicator of their potential,
which means they cut themselves short. In the worst of situations,
children apply this negative mindset to other areas of their lives as
well. After being labeled a "bad student," by teachers, peers, or
themselves, they may doubt their overall skills or abilities. This is a
negative trap for children that can lead to depression, behavioral
problems, or a number of other issues.
Individual tutoring gives
students the tools they need to succeed. The teacher will customize his
or her approach to suit the needs of each child so that success is
possible, no matter the details of the situation. Children are
encouraged to find answers, and individual successes are always
celebrated. Tutored students feel better about themselves, knowing that
they do have the power and the intelligence to learn and even excel at
2) It opens the door for your child to have healthy social interactions and more friends.
school environments often draw attention to students who are falling
behind their peers or who struggle in the classroom. Unfortunately, this
means children who fall into this category may be negatively judged by
their peers. Sometimes, these students are separated from the class and
put into special education groups or partnered up with other kids who
have a hard time keeping up with the class.
When your child sees a
tutor, he or she will be able to address learning difficulties outside
the classroom and will have a better chance at keeping up with
classmates. This will limit the chance of being singled out and allow
your child to participate on the same level as classmates.
3) It positions your child for success later in life.
not only solves the immediate issue of learning the relevant subject
matter, it also gives children a new way of thinking about learning. In
the future when something seems difficult, kids can problem-solve and
look for a new way of addressing the situation and developing a
solution. They learn the critical skill of not giving up when a problem
presents itself. This is a powerful tool for the future as they mature
and face college and work life.
All animals communicate. But do they have language? Michele Bishop details the four specific qualities we associate with language and investigates whether or not certain animals utilize some or all of those qualities to communicate.
Reading for kids is one of the most powerful tools your child can learn, and as his parent there are certain things you can do to facilitate him becoming a little bookworm! One of the three reading strategies Parents suggests is collaboration with your child when it comes to reading practice, no matter his age. Start out reading aloud to him as a baby and as he grows, encourage him to begin sounding out words and reading back to you. Your child's reading skills will begin to soar as you continue encouraging him to practice reading every chance he gets!
Taking that internship in a remote mountain lab might not have been the best idea. Pulling that lever with the skull symbol just to see what it did probably wasn’t so smart either. But now is not the time for regrets because you need to get away from these mutant zombies...fast. Can you use math to get you and your friends over the bridge before the zombies arrive? Alex Gendler shows how.
Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Artrake Studio.
Set your kids up for success in the classroom by allowing them to become more independent at home! Your child is just learning to depend on herself to complete a variety of tasks while at school, so don't set her back at home by waiting on her hand and foot, says first grade teacher Heather Meisner. See what other parenting tips she recommends for making your kid a star pupil in this Parents video!
Guitar masters like Jimi Hendrix are capable of bending the physics of waves to their wills, plucking melody from inspiration and vibration. But how do wood, metal, and plastic translate into rhythm, melody, and music? Oscar Fernando Perez details the physics of playing the guitar, from first pluck to that final shredding chord.
Lesson by Oscar Fernando Perez , animation by Chris Boyle.
Homework can be scary for kids, especially when they're just starting out in their early school years. Help your child combat homework anxiety by making homework a team effort! Even something as simple as sitting with your child while she does her homework can make a huge difference. See what other tips teachers recommended to Parents for homework help, and watch as your child strengthens her study skills!
There's a lot of talk these days about when and how we might all move to Mars. But what would it actually be like to live there? Mari Foroutan details the features of Mars that are remarkably similar to those of Earth — and those that can only be found on the red planet.
Lesson by Mari Foroutan, animation by Nick Hilditch.
There are many aspects to being a tutor that many people probably
do not think about. Most people believe a tutor is just a teacher
working a little extra to make some money. That may be true of some
tutors, but others take extra steps, such as keeping in touch with
parents several times a month, contacting teachers of the students to
get their input as to the areas that need to be worked on, and just an
overall caring for the student and his/her academic work and family.
However, there are some things that seem to be missed or not considered
about the tutor and tutoring.
The first is that anyone and
everyone who is a current student can benefit from having a tutor. The
student does not have to be falling behind or failing a class to need a
tutor. In fact, it is well before that point that a tutor should be
enlisted to help. From the beginning of the class is even better. Why?
Because tutors can help the student overcome hurdles and stepping stones
and make sure that the student understands the concept completely. In
fact, a tutor can be the difference between a "B" and an "A" as the
final class grade.
Individualized tutoring focuses only on you the
student. Unlike classrooms, the tutor is devoting their time just to
the student. There is no one else. She/he gives the student the
individualization that is unavailable in the classroom and will continue
working with the student on a problem or concept until that student
understands the concept completely.
Tutors are educationally well
rounded. While many tutors focus on certain areas of expertise, this
does not mean that they do not understand other area. What it means is
they are the most comfortable in the areas they tutor. Many tutors hold
college degrees, and to get those degrees a wide range of classes must
be completed and passed. So a math tutor probably has a degree that is
heavy into math and logic, while a reading or writing tutor will
probably have a degree in English.
Tutors care about their
students. Many tutors enjoy their work and truly care about the academic
career, even if it is only starting out, of their students. They love
the excitement the student feels while being tutored. They love the
moment the light comes on and the student grasps a hard concept and
sometimes even squeals with excitement. For many tutors this is the best
part of the job.
The last thing one should remember is that the
tutor is human. While tutors know many answers, sometimes they get
stumped too. This does not mean they can't help. This means that they
will go the extra mile to understand or find the information and pass it
along to their students. So keep in mind, that if you give the tutor
what you want to focus on for the next session, she/he will have made
sure they understand it, and will be able to help the student
Tutors work well more than most people. For the tutor
must prep before each session which usually take between 1-3 hours
depending on the level of the student, the subject, and the length of
the tutoring session. They do not just show up to the session
unprepared. They work hard for the student and expect the student to
work hard for them. It is a partnership that has no bad endings. With
hard work and patience, on both parts, the relationship can be
academically rewarding to the student, and rewarding to the tutor as
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Originally discovered by accident, X-rays are now used about 100 million times a year in clinics around the world. How do these magic eyes work? Ge Wang details the history and mechanics of the X-ray machine and CT scanners.
Lesson by Ge Wang, animation by Pink Kong Studios.
Has anyone ever told you, “Stand up straight!” or scolded you for slouching at a family dinner? Comments like that might be annoying—but they’re not wrong. Your posture is the foundation for every movement your body makes and can determine how well your body adapts to the stresses on it. Murat Dalkilinç gives the pros of good posture.
Lesson by Murat Dalkilinç, animation by Nadav Arbel.
Join The Academy of 21st Century Learning in Vacaville this Fall for our Pre-K program, The Academy Kids!
We are offering 2 classes, focused on what your child needs to learn -
from letters and sounds to sight words and blends. It would not be
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If you lined up all the blood vessels in your body, they’d be 60 thousand miles long. And every day, they carry the equivalent of over two thousand gallons of blood to the body’s tissues. What effect does this pressure have on the walls of the blood vessels? Wilfred Manzano gives the facts on blood pressure.
Lesson by Wilfred Manzano, animation by Fox Animation Domination High-Def.
When trying to find a tutor for your student, you are bombarded
by an astonishing number of choices. Evaluating some of the value a
tutoring company provides over an individual.will illustrate that a
tutoring company offers many advantages.
1.) Fit with the Student:
A tutoring company has a variety of tutors. This allows them to match
your student to a tutor who has the necessary subject knowledge,
tutoring experience, and a complementary personality to the student. A
personal connection is a very important, often overlooked key to a
successful tutor/student relationship. Having many different tutors
allows a company to provide your student with tutors in different
subjects and to be flexible with your scheduled sessions.
Quality: A tutor has to go through a number of steps to gain employment
with a good tutoring company. At The Way to A, tutors submit resumes. We
interview the most promising of these candidates; then we call personal
and professional references of the best tutors we interviewed. If they
are highly recommended, we perform criminal background checks on each
prospective tutor. If the background check is clear, we bring in the
tutor for an orientation and example tutoring session. Each tutor must
demonstrate the ability to tutor effectively at the interview level and
the orientation level before they will actually be placed with a
student. When you hire an individual tutor, you have 2 options: you can
do all of that yourself, or you can risk it.
3.) Professionalism: A
tutoring company has established methods of doing business. Companies
have systems of invoicing their customers and paying their tutors. This
allows the tutor to focus on what they do best: teaching. Additionally,
tutoring companies have a code of conduct and a level of professional
behavior they expect from their tutors.
Unexpected things happen to people. People move, retire, get sick, etc.
If you are working with a tutoring company, they have another tutor that
they can pair with your student to make sure that the test is still
studied for, even though the regular tutor is sick. If a tutor moves
away, the company can provide a new tutor and already be familiar with
the situation, as opposed to you trying to find a new individual on your
5.) Accountability: Tutoring companies have invested in
their reputation. Their tutors work with multiple students, not just
yours. They are known entities in the community. A tutoring company has
more to lose and consequently more motivation to make you happy by going
above and beyond to give you and your student a great experience.
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Hiring a tutor for your child or for yourself can be both a
confusing and complicated matter. There are at least 2 million tutors in
the United States. These individuals may be independent private
practice tutors, or they may work for a larger practice, a franchised
practice, a community program, a faith based program, or a school based
initiative. Whether volunteer or paid, all tutors should abide by the
standards of practice and code of ethics as set forth by the National
Tutoring Association. All tutors should be trained and certified in the
professional practice of tutoring.
So how do you know who will be
the best fit for your student? Who will deliver the services best suited
for your student's needs and goals? Tutors not only deliver content
information, they motivate, coach, challenge, and provide feedback to
students. Well trained and experienced tutors work with the student's
overall study skills, not just the academic assignment at hand.
a tutor should be approached in the same manner as hiring any other
professional. Ask questions, look carefully at references, and use your
instinct as to whether this tutor is a good fit for your student. Your
student should be present at the initial interview so that you can
receive feedback from your student before making a final hiring
Ask about the following . . . .
* Credentials -
Don't be afraid to ask for proof of credentials, i.e. transcript copies,
copies of state teaching certificates, tutor certification, proof of
other specialized training. Ask the tutor to provide a complete resume.
* A Tutorial Plan -- Give the tutor a list of your concerns and
goals for your student. Ask the tutor to offer a basic plan for how he
or she will assist your child. How will the tutor conduct an initial
assessment of your student's academic needs and challenges? How will
success be measured? When will feedback be provided to you and/or the
* Letters of Recommendation -- Make sure that the letters speak to
the person's ability as a tutor and not just matters of general
character. Letters should be current and include full contact
information for the person making the recommendation. Above all, make
the calls necessary to verify these recommendations.
* Demonstration -- Watch the tutor guide your student through a
small portion of one lesson. How does the tutor approach the student?
Where does the tutor sit; does the tutor respect your child's personal
space? How is the tutor's intent conveyed to your student? Does the
tutor write on your student's paper or does the tutor allow the student
to make corrections as needed? Is your student allowed to ask numerous
questions? Is the tutor patient, professional in mannerism, tone of
voice and information delivery? Does the tutor give your student time to
process and answer the question before offering the solution? Does the
tutor offer sincere praise?
* Fees - Ask the tutor for a detailed pricing plan, i.e. how many
sessions at what cost per session. Be sure you are clear about payment
requirements, rules about missed appointments, and miscellaneous fees
for testing and materials.
* Location -- Where will the tutor meet your student? At your home
with supervision? In a public place such as a library? In a dedicated
learning center? Tutors should never meet with your student in a
location where there is no other adult present.
* Insurance -- Does the tutor carry professional liability insurance? Has the tutor been recently background checked?
* Professional Affiliations - To what professional association does
the tutor belong? How does the tutor participate in the overall
improvement of the tutorial practice? Does the tutor stay current
regarding innovative methods and strategies?
* Additional Questions -- How long have you been tutoring? Why do
you enjoy tutoring? How many students are you currently working with?
When do you become frustrated with students? How do you communicate with
a student who clearly isn't "getting it"? How do you define your role
as the tutor? What is my role as the parent? How will you communicate
with my student's teacher(s) and how often?
Finally, if any red
flag sends off an internal warning signal, do not hire that tutor. You
are the person who knows your student better than anyone else. You and
your student must feel comfortable in this tutorial relationship. The
bottom line is that no matter who recommends the tutor, interview more
than one tutor if you have any nagging thoughts in the back of your mind
when making the hiring decision.
When we talk about ‘English’, we often think of it as a single language. But what do the dialects spoken in dozens of countries around the world have in common with each other, or with the writings of Chaucer? Claire Bowern traces the language from the present day back to its ancient roots, showing how English has evolved through generations of speakers.
Lesson by Claire Bowern, animation by Patrick Smith.
How can you tell the difference between when your child is just
having a little trouble understanding the material being presented in
his new math class and when he really needs math help? There are several
signs that you should be looking for that may indicate that his problem
is serious and isn't going to go away on its own. If your child is lost
and confused, is suffering from a lack of motivation, is pretending to
be sick in order to avoid school, gets anxious at the thought of a test,
or gets upset when you try to help then it may be time for you to
consider getting him some math help.
If your child is lost and
confused when faced with a new subject then he may need some help taking
those first few steps and getting a solid foundation built in order to
continue making progress. This type of situation arises especially at
the time when a student is beginning high school. It will likely be the
first time that he is faced with any type of advanced math study. It is
very easy to be confused by a new subject and math is exceptional in
this respect because it is different than any other subject, being both
cumulative and conceptual in nature. If he is lost in his new studies he
can benefit from a little math help.
If your child is truly
struggling in math class it can lead to a lack of motivation on his part
toward school work in general and toward math in particular. If you
notice that all of his other homework seems to be getting done quickly
but that his math book seems to just sit there unopened then that is a
very good sign that he needs math help. It is human nature to avoid
anything that makes you feel uncomfortable.
Does he wake up in the
morning and tell you that he is sick in order to get out of going to
school. Faking an illness is usually a symptom of more than just a
dislike for school. There are almost always underlying issues and if you
have already noticed that he is having trouble in math class then it
will be a very good idea for you to get him some math help.
he wake up on the morning of a test and really is sick to his stomach?
This is a sign of anxiety and should be taken very seriously. Getting
him some math help will put him at ease and allow him to relax and score
better on the test.
The only group of people that your child is
more afraid of thinking he isn't smart than his friends is his family.
If he refuses the help that you offer him with his math homework it is a
very good indicator that he is having struggles. Just be sure that he
doesn't believe you are going behind his back when you get him some math
If you have any question that your child may be having
difficulties in math class then you should be seriously considering
getting him some math help. Everyone can use a little help occasionally
and when he is no longer struggling to understand his course work he
will thank you for getting him math help.
Anton Lebedev is the director of Plus Plus Tutoring, a private tutoring service that provides math help.
It’s often said that despite humanity’s many conflicts, we all bleed the same blood. It’s a nice thought, but not quite accurate. In fact, our blood comes in a few different varieties. Natalie S. Hodge defines the four major blood types and sheds light on why some bloods can mix while others cannot.
Lesson by Natalie S. Hodge, animation by Brad Purnell.
Tutoring is a fast growing tutoring industry because learners
need extra support due to many factors that may impact classroom
instruction. Tutors are a great way to help bridge the gap between the
classroom and student achievement. Individuals who are struggling in any
subject should consider to get a tutor for the following five reasons:
1. Innovative Learning Activities:
Tutoring is considered a supplemental educational service, which means
that tutors must seek innovative teaching and tutoring techniques to
ensure that learners are able to master concepts from teaching resources
that have not been used. Most tutors develop their own curriculum or
find learning resources that learners have not seen in the classroom
resulting in increased student achievement and effective tutoring
2. Get Personalized Instruction:
Individuals who seek tutors are able to work with them one-on-one or in
small groups. While small groups work and have many benefits to
learners, the best type of tutoring scenario is one-on-one instruction
because tutors are catering to the learner's needs. If individuals are
struggling in a subject, then they should opt for a tutor who conducts
individual tutoring session to get the best bang for their buck and
data-driven tutoring sessions.
3. Ask all the Questions You Like:
Tutors are very friendly and allow learners to ask all the questions in
which they like so that they are able to better understand the material
and truly help the brain make a connection. Individuals should ask all
the questions that they need to get the most out of a tutoring session
and these questions provide rich data to help tutors make data-driven
decisions to ensure that learners are learning in tutoring sessions.
4. Affordable and Quality Instruction:
Depending on the subject, tutoring can be expensive. However, there are
ways to find affordable and quality tutoring sessions. Individuals
looking for a tutor should look at their experience, call references,
and check out success rates to determine if it is feasible to pay the
tutoring rate for tutoring services. It's very important to focus on
affordability, then quality to determine if specific tutors should be
hired to help either you or your child. The bottom line is that most
tutors are affordable and do provide quality services and individuals do
not have to use them long-term. However, it is recommended that all
individuals finish out the recommended tutoring program to see real
5. Increase Confidence in Learning Again: Tutors
are a great way to help learners build their confidence again. Tutoring
is a platform in which learners are able to take their time and make
mistakes without penalty. Tutors are able to focus on each individual
client rather than several groups of learners. Individuals who are
struggling in any subject should consider hiring a tutor to help them
become a better learner and gain more confidence in their learning
Alicia Holland-Johnson, EdD, is a proud mother of two beautiful
daughters and an educator with ten years of teaching experience at all
levels, including university teaching. She also works as a professional
tutor at iGlobal Educational Services, Inc. ( http://www.iglobaleducation.com
) and a consultant in the education industry. Her passion is helping
individuals believe in themselves and go far. To receive a free special
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