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MOOCs – 5 Ways They Can Help Tutors Grow Their Businesses

On May 29, 2012, in digital content, ed tech, online learning, Technology in Education, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Whether you’re an independent tutor or work for a training company, private school or other organization, teaching a MOOC gives you multiple opportunities to grow your business.

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Make SAT/ACT Test Prep Fun – 3 Sites That Can Help

On May 15, 2012, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Test preparation, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Many college-bound students will be spending time this summer prepping for SAT or ACT exams, either with private tutors, in group settings or on their own. … With sympathy for their plight, I searched online for some low-cost ideas on how to make preparing for the SAT or ACT over the summer “fun” – or at least a little less boring.

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Summer Tutoring Jobs: Five Suggestions for Where to Look

On May 9, 2012, in Teaching, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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If you’re an experienced educator interested in picking up summer tutoring work, here are five possibilities to consider.

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Test Prep for Top Middle Schools Means More Tutoring

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An article this week in the New York Times highlights how the high-stakes, testing-driven competition for a top-rated education continues to intensify in the US – and how tutoring is deemed crucial to students’ success.

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Online-Only Public Schools: Potential Impacts on Tutors

On April 10, 2012, in Education Industry, online learning, Technology in Education, Tutoring, Uncategorized, by Scott Cronenweth
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The popularity of online public schools is increasing nationwide. Full-time online public education is now available to students in grades K-12 in about 30 states. Currently, over 250,000 students are enrolled in public online charter schools. Are cyber-schools really a better way to approach public education?

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ACT/SAT College Readiness Benchmarks: 4 Thoughts for Tutors

On March 27, 2012, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, standardized testing, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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As you probably know, The College Board (creators of the SAT test) and ACT, Inc. (creators of the ACT test) both now have “benchmarks.” These benchmarks are reported to serve as predictors of college and career performance, based entirely on how students score on the tests.

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How to Interpret SAT Scores: Insights for Tutors

On March 21, 2012, in Assessment, common core, Common Standards, SAT, standardized testing, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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As a tutor or teacher you might well be asked: What’s a good SAT score? That depends on a student’s goals and the college(s) she or he wants to go to.

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Four Ways Tutors and Teachers Can Use Pinterest

On February 28, 2012, in ed tech, Social Media, Teaching, Technology, Technology in Education, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Millions of people are now using Pinterest to plan their weddings or home remodels, market products or just share ideas and inspirations. And Pinterest is also a great technology for education!

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“Six Word Essay Contest” Honors Great Educators

On February 7, 2012, in General, In The News, Teaching, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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What’s especially fun and inspiring about these essays is that they are all only six words long. They’re quick to read and easy to share: a little lift of heartfelt, positive energy that many teachers and tutors would probably enjoy, as the end of another semester draws closer.

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Smarter Summers Initiative Shows Strong First-Year Results

On January 31, 2012, in General, In The News, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Why do middle school students have a special need for high-quality summer learning? According to NSLA’s website, “Middle school is a time of great risk for children, especially those who are low-income. Summer learning loss contributes to dismal middle-school indicators, causing low-income students to lag as much as 2.5 years behind their higher-income peers by the end of fifth grade.