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In teaching and coaching alike, nothing drives performance like individual attention. Yes, many topics and skills may be learned in a group setting, which is one reason why classes still work in education. However, one tutor or coach working elbow-to-elbow (in-person or live online) can focus on exactly what an individual learner needs to hear in a given moment without leaving other students behind. Even better, tutoring allows certain material to be skimmed or skipped altogether based on existing mastery; why waste time reviewing content a student already knows when so much more remains to be taught? Pacing in a class tends to serve the middle of the pack, with some students struggling to keep up and others bored out of their minds. Tutoring, on the other hand, moves as quickly or as slowly as a student requires, which makes this mode of instruction ideal for those with learning disabilities,…

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We live in a golden age of self-directed education. Where motivated students once had to entomb themselves in libraries to drink from the font of knowledge, now those thirsty for learning merely need to plug into the web to uncover the secrets of the universe in text, audio, and video formats. Whether you want to know how to change a light switch, fold a cloth napkin into a swan, or solve systems of equations, you’ll have no problem finding free tutorials on that exact topic. Why, then, do we still have schools? While we all tend to get excited about unfettered access to free learning resources, we all still prize–and patronize–teachers, tutors, and coaches. Why pay premiums to attend superior high schools or colleges and dole out additional sums to educational, athletic, and artistic coaches when brand name schools offer free courses online? Obviously, we continue to prioritize live education…

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High stakes testing tends to trigger anxiety in both students and parents alike. High schoolers afraid of exams like the SAT, ACT, APs, or state tests naturally fret about potential performance, but what do parents–mercifully spared from the trauma of test day nightmares–have to worry about? Generally, parents suffer the most stress in finding the right test prep provider. What makes choosing a test prep provider such an important and potentially problematic process? Basically, once you recognize that a systematic combination of practice and coaching is the only real path to substantial score improvement, you may realize how rare programs that provide both elements effectively really are. The right provider can help a motivated student meet or even exceed score goals in a relatively short period of time, while the wrong one will do nothing but waste time, money, and enthusiasm, all of which tend to be in short supply…

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School will be coming to an end in just a few short months for most students. However, it is possible that you or your child’s teacher has recognized the need for a summer tutor. Other than helping your child academically, tutoring can, according to Oxford Learning, improve your child’s attitude toward school, encourage self-paced and self-directed learning, improve study habits, raise self-esteem and confidence, help overcome learning obstacles, and increase your child’s ability to manage their learning. Tutoring can be a very positive experience for your child as long as you understand the process and know how to choose the tutoring option that’s best for you and your child. Know the Signs Incomplete assignments, low grades, and low confidence are just a few of the signs to watch out for. Most parents have to remind their child to complete their homework or assignments, but according to Brain Balance Centers, your…

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Are you ready for robot tutors? No, me neither. But much of the interesting research into tutoring technique and efficacy over the last twenty years has been done with an eye towards replicating teaching magic in an app or program. That brave, new world has not dawned yet, which leaves us plenty of time to celebrate what makes human tutors so effective in helping students learn. One documented fact about what occurs during individual instruction is that tutoring students ask a lot of questions, perhaps as much as 240 times more than their classroom counterparts. Research suggests that the average classroom student asks 1 question every 5 hours or so. Tutoring students, however, ask about 26 questions every hour! And unless they’re asking to go to be excused over and over again, they’re probably learning that much faster. The personalized setting doesn’t just make students more inquisitive. Tutors ask about…

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When we’re out on the edge of our understanding or ability, we need help getting to the next level. For interpersonal or emotional support, we typically turn to family and friends. Athletes get coaching from, well, coaches. But for academic challenges, the best bridge from what you can do to what you need to do is usually a great tutor. Too bad, then, that so many tutors are less than great. Get the most out of your supplemental education experiences by learning how to tell if your tutor is elite or just average:   1. Accessible Your first communication with a tutor will either be via an assignment from an educational company or initiated by your direct communication. Right from the start, pay attention to how quickly your tutor responds. Top tutors will reply promptly and professionally not just to that initial contact but all subsequent communication. A 24-hour response…

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