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Tips for Teachers & Tutor: How to Gain and Maintain the Attention of Your Students

September 13th, 2012 by Isa

The most common reasons students fail to pay attention (both in class and during their tutoring) is because they believe the lesson is dull or that it does not apply to them. Students have to be convinced that what is being taught directly relates to them.

Here are some tactics that will help gain and maintain the attention of your students.

Teach Lessons through Storytelling

Storytelling, regardless of genre or presentation, is one of the most efficient methods a teacher or tutor can use to effectively capture the attention and imagination of students. The strongest aspect of good storytelling is that it engages an audience. Just like at a movie theater or in a novel, in a classroom the mystery - wondering what will happen next - should have listeners paying rapt attention until the outcome is established.

Teaching through sto... Read More »

Returning to school - what you might not expect to bring home!

August 23rd, 2012 by Isa

It would seem that it's not just the return to the school routine that many students and parents have to face, but a potential influx of contagious infection! highlights the case of Angela Di Paolo, an elementary school teacher working in Toronto who, between returning to work during the fall of 2011 and leaving for the winter break picked up hand, foot and mouth disease, bronchitis and finally, just before Christmas, chickenpox! And this was not an isolated incident. Similar outbreaks have been noted in Halifax, Nova Scotia and across Saskatchewan. The recommended age for booster shots to be administered is now Grade 7 in the former province and Grade 8 in the latter, opposed to Grade 9 across the rest of Canada.

It seems that it is th... Read More »

Story in a picture: the costs of raising kids

August 20th, 2012 by Isa

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Top college application tips

July 19th, 2012 by Isa

So - high school is ending and the time has come for you to start looking at colleges. In this day and age applications for college are becoming more and more detailed and request many more documents and pieces of information. The college application process can be intimidating, but with the right tips and tools you can be sure to submit an application that speaks true to you and will help you get into the college of your choice.

1. Punctuality: Deadlines are set for a reason. Admissions committees are typically on very tight time-constraints! If anything makes a good and lasting impression, it's submitting your application on time. Make sure you begin filling out your application with plenty of time to spare. Leave a few weeks to allow some extra time for review.

2. Additional Information: Your college application will often require several different pieces of information. This ranges from letters of recommendation and transcrip... Read More »

Summertime Tutoring

June 26th, 2012 by Isa

For many tutors summertime brings with it a the joys of longer days and better weather. These days can be enjoyed at even greater length due to what tutors will notice to be a rapidly dwindling number of tuition requests. Summertime is not, generally, a time associated with tutoring, and many tutors will glumly count the months until term begins and both requests and cash-flow begin to increase once more.

However, there is one summer-time market that is often over-looked by private tutors. Whilst children and, indeed, students of many ages will see the summer as a time of freedom, play and blissfully allowing all information gathered over the previous year to slowly drain away, the parents of many of these students will see the summer as an ideal time to pick up additional skills and abilities. Music lessons are amongst the most popular summertime tuition choices, but are closely followed by arts, crafts and sports!

So, whether you normally teach ... Read More »

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