Monday, February 29, 2016

Does Your Child Need School Tutoring?


How do you know when your child needs that extra help to be successful? How do you know when it is time for you to start thinking about school tutoring for your child? You need to familiarize yourself with the warning signs that may indicate your child is having some difficulty in school and understand that if you see any of them you must be willing to step in and take action to help your child. One of the best ways to aid your child in being successful in academic pursuits is school tutoring.

Here are five things to watch for that will indicate your child needs school tutoring:

1. Is your child having difficulty with the foundational skills? The basic skills need to be mastered before other subjects can be effectively tackled. If your child is having problems with skills such as reading and writing then those issues are only going to become exponentially worse as other subjects try to build upon them. Your child needs to get a good head start and build a solid foundation to support future learning.

2. Does your child seem to have an excellent understanding of the classroom material but still brings home poor test scores? You helped him with his homework every night last week and you were very impressed with how well he was doing but when it came time for the test it was like he had forgotten everything. Test taking is a learned skill that is rarely taught in school. School tutoring can help him to learn the proper skills for note taking, studying, and taking tests.

3. Are you just too busy to help your child with his school work? It is nothing to be ashamed of. In this day of single parent households many parents are struggling just to pay the bills and just don't have the time to spend helping their children with their homework like they want to. Your child may just need a little bit of help to get him over that next hill and school tutoring may be just the thing to help him get there and to put your mind at ease.

4. Perhaps you have a child who isn't struggling but is in fact bored with the whole process of school? It is an unfortunate fact in today's educational system that emphasis on standardized test scores means that the students on the lower end get all of the attention and students on the upper end are left unchallenged to sink back toward mediocrity. School tutoring can provide your gifted child with challenges and inspiration to learn on his own and not be held back by the pace of the classroom.

5. Finally, the most important factor to take into consideration is how you feel about the situation. Most parents have very good instincts when it comes to their children. If there are no outward signs that your child may be having difficulties and need help but you still feel something isn't right then listen to your gut. School tutoring can be beneficial for any student so it is much better to error on the side of helping too much rather than too little.

If you want your child to succeed at school, keep these five warning signs in mind. Every child can learn when the material is presented to him in the right way by the right teacher. If your child is struggling you can help him greatly with school tutoring.


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Friday, February 26, 2016

How Miscommunication Happens (and how to avoid it) - Katherine Hampsten



Have you ever talked with a friend about a problem, only to realize that he just doesn’t seem to grasp why the issue is so important to you? Have you ever presented an idea to a group, and it’s met with utter confusion? What’s going on here? Katherine Hampsten describes why miscommunication occurs so frequently, and how we can minimize frustration while expressing ourselves better.

Lesson by Katherine Hampsten, animation by Andrew Foerster.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Math Tutoring to Save Your Sanity


If your child is in elementary school or high school, they have had some type of mathematics in school. The intensity of the courses differs a great deal throughout these years. Some courses are not even required once your child gets into high school, but if your child has the desire to be in a field like medicine or engineering, they would be wise to take upper level mathematics courses in high school. If you are not able to help them, look for a tutor who can do so. It will help both of you.

Some people might assume that they could not go into a field like medicine or engineering if they struggle with these courses. It is true that you will need to take some difficult courses in this study, but it is not true that you need to necessarily be good at it. It is important not to discourage your child from one of these fields if they struggle with mathematics. Rather, you should hire someone to do math tutoring with your child, so that they can learn to like the course or at least do okay at it.

When looking for a company to do math tutoring for your child, it is important to take several things into consideration. It is important to choose an agency that has qualified and experienced staff. They should not just be good at mathematics; they should also be good at working with children. Sometimes it just takes someone applying a subject in a different way for a student to begin to do well at it.

It is also important for the teachers that tutor to be professional yet fun and encouraging. It is important that the tutor does not become a close friend. Anytime a teacher becomes friends with their students they lose the authority to really be the teacher they need to be.

Make sure when looking into agencies that you find one that does background checks on all tutors. You need to know that the individual in your home teaching your child is trustworthy. You will not want to be hanging over their shoulder during every lesson. Trust is essential.

Results are also essential. If after a few weeks of having a tutor your child has made no progress towards improvement in their subjects then you might consider another agency or talking to the agency about a new tutor.

The cost of the math tutoring is likely also a concern. If you go with a tutor through your child's school, it might be less expensive than other agencies, or it might be more. You will want to compare and contrast various aspects between the tutors that you might find online and those at the school.


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Saturday, February 20, 2016

How to Make Your Writing Funnier - Cheri Steinkellner



Did you ever notice how many jokes start with “Did you ever notice?” And what’s the deal with “What’s the deal?” There’s a lot of funny to be found simply by noticing the ordinary, everyday things you don’t ordinarily notice every day. Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Cheri Steinkellner offers a few tips and tricks for finding the funny in your writing.

Lesson by Cheri Steinkellner, animation by Anton Bogaty.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Advantages of Getting a Math Tutor for Your Child


A math tutor is a teacher or expert who specifically teaches an individual about mathematical solutions and subjects. There are many different levels in tutoring. Some children in elementary and high school need tutorials in this subject because the lessons taught are becoming more and more complex. On the other hand, there are quite a number of students who do not fully understand what their teacher is teaching them in the classroom.

Due to the pace that some teachers teach, not all students are able to easily grasp the concepts that are taught in each mathematical lesson. While the teacher can entertain questions from the students about the aspects of the subject that may confuse them, there is a limited amount of time allotted for this particular topic every day.

Benefits

There are several benefits to getting a math tutor for a child, no matter the age or grade level. Elementary students and high school students benefit from tutorials because they can keep up with the pace that their teacher has set for the entire class. It is a good way to keep your child up-to-date with what is being taught in school. Another advantage in hiring a tutor is the confidence that the child develops when he or she understands what is being taught.

It can not only undermine a kid's confidence when he or she has trouble grasping the concept being taught, but it can also make him or her shy with the other kids who actually understood the lesson. Once the child loses the confusion that they have experienced initially, the awareness that they have finally understood it can be so heartwarming and enlightening to the child.

Another advantage that comes with hiring a math tutor is the one-on-one attention that the teacher can dedicate to the individual. Educators in schools make an effort to help their students understand the lessons they teach, but there is a lack of time and attention that they can dedicate to each student due to time constraints and the number of individuals in the class. Tutorial sessions are very advantageous because they are individualized and the specific needs of the student are addressed.

Another benefit that is gained from the presence of a math tutor is the specialization that the teacher has for the subject. In order to be successful, tutors need to see the curriculum that the child will be taught and they also need to see the homework and lessons that the school teacher has given the child for the day or for the week. Mathematics is a highly specialized subject that needs understanding and expertise. Professors or tutors on this subject are usually those who have particular knowledge of this subject while they were in school.

Hiring a math tutor has many different advantages, other than those listed above. Parents will be able to see the additional benefits after their child manifests positive results from the lessons received from these study aids.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

How to Make Your Writing Funnier - Cheri Steinkellner



Did you ever notice how many jokes start with “Did you ever notice?” And what’s the deal with “What’s the deal?” There’s a lot of funny to be found simply by noticing the ordinary, everyday things you don’t ordinarily notice every day. Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Cheri Steinkellner offers a few tips and tricks for finding the funny in your writing.

Lesson by Cheri Steinkellner, animation by Anton Bogaty.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Founder's Message - The Academy of 21st Century Learning



http://www.Academy21Learning.com

The Academy of 21st Century Learning transforms lives by uniting the academic standards of reading, writing, math, science, foreign language, and study skills with creativity, leadership, art, and music.

By focusing these abilities through curriculum targeted to the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, our students will become much more competitive when seeking higher educational opportunities and competing in the global marketplace.

Conveniently located in the Nut Tree Center in Vacaville, and serving the needs of students and families from locations throughout Solano and Yolo Counties (Fairfield, Winters, Woodland, Dixon, Suisun, and Davis). The Academy is a new place for learning! Our energetic instructors, many with degrees from UC Davis, provide expert and state-of-the-art, STEM-based tutoring. We are also proud to offer summer programs, counseling, SAT/ACT prep, and many other academic services to our students from Kindergarten through High School.

Come join us and be a part of the fun and excitement at The Academy!

Monday, February 8, 2016

Why Wildfires Are Necessary - Jim Schulz



Our early ancestors relied on lightning to cause forest fires, from which they could collect coals and burning sticks to help them cook food and clear land. Yet, it wasn’t just humans who benefited from these natural phenomena. Even as they destroyed trees, fires also helped the forests themselves. Jim Schulz outlines the benefits of wildfire.

Lesson by Jim Schulz, animation by Provincia Studio.

Friday, February 5, 2016

How to Find the Ideal Tutor for Your Child


Finding the right tutor for your child can be a difficult and time-consuming task. There are a number of factors you must consider during the selection process and it can be difficult to evaluate some of these factors without your child actually receiving some tutoring from the tutor. This article will outline the steps you should follow when searching for a tutor for your child. I hope these steps will speed up your search process and help you find the ideal tutor for your child.

1. Determining the needs of your child

The first step in finding the ideal tutor for your child is to determine what type of help your child needs. If your child is weak in certain subject areas then you will likely benefit from finding tutors that specialize in those subjects. If your child has a learning disability then finding tutors specializing in learning methods for students with your child's learning disability will likely produce better results. It's also possible that you just want to help your child perform better in subjects across a wide range of subjects. Specifying the specific needs or combinations of needs for your child will help you narrow your focus when searching for qualified tutors.

2. Finding Qualified Tutors

You'll want to find several tutors that meet your requirements as established in the first step. At this stage you're just looking to build a list of companies to research further. There are several places you can look to find potential tutors. School guidance counselors are good resources - they are likely to know several tutoring companies in your area and can help you find tutors that meet your child's needs. Asking other parents with children is another good source for finding tutoring services. They may have experience with tutoring companies and can vouch for the quality of different tutoring services. Online tutoring directories are also an excellent resource. Tutoring directories tend to have a large selection of tutors, reviews and they allow you to search by city or subject.

3. Evaluating Tutors

You should now have a list of tutoring companies that meet your basic requirements (subjects, teaching methods, etc.). The next step is to go through the list and evaluate each tutoring service in more detail. Search online to see if the company has a website with more information. Search for reviews. In addition to your basic requirements there are other variables that you should consider such as the experience of the tutor, education, and their performance track record for past students. You can create a list of questions you want answered and call the tutoring company or tutor to find out the answers. Before you commit to anything you and your child should have a preliminary meeting with the tutor who would be teaching your child. This will help you evaluate how the tutor and your child interact, which can have a big impact on how well your child responds to the tutoring. After you have met with a few tutors weigh their strengths and weaknesses and make your final decision.

4. Agreeing on goals and measures

It's important to have established methods for evaluating performance. Many tutoring companies have their own systems in place for establishing a baseline and evaluating performance over time. If the company you select does not have a system like this in place you should bring this up and create a list of goals and how you will measure improvement. This might include increasing test scores by at least one grade, advancing to a higher reading grade, etc. Once the goals and measures have been established make sure you regularly check the performance of your student against the goals. Keep in mind that improvement isn't instant, but if your child still hasn't improved over a month or two you should probably meet with the tutor to discuss a different approach that will get results or you should begin searching for a different tutor.

Finding the ideal tutor for your child can be a time-consuming process, and it can be frustrating if you don't find a good tutor; however, by following the steps listed above you can greatly improve your odds of finding a good tutor on the first try.


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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Can You Solve the Temple Riddle? - Dennis E. Shasha



Your expedition finally stands at the heart of the ancient temple. But as you study the inscriptions in the darkness, two wisps of green smoke burst forth. The walls begin to shake. The giant sandglass begins flowing with less than an hour before it empties, and a rumbling tells you that you don’t want to be around when that happens. Can you use math to escape the temple? Dennis E. Shasha shows how.

Lesson by Dennis E. Shasha, animation by Artrake Studio.