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4 Tips for Connecting with New Learners

On November 8, 2011, in General, Teaching, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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You can find basic “make a great first impression” tips in dozens of places online. Here are some tutoring-specific tips on first impressions.

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StoryCorp’s National Teachers Initiative Celebrates Teaching

On September 27, 2011, in Education, General, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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On September 19, StoryCorps launched its National Teachers Initiative at the White House. The Initiative celebrates the contributions of America’s public school teachers.

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Awareness of Learning Disabilities in Students

On August 30, 2011, in Assessment, General, Intelligence, tips, Tutoring, Uncategorized, by Scott Cronenweth
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As a new school year begins, now is a good time for tutors to raise their awareness of learning disabilities and how to spot them. The support and encouragement of a caring tutor can make a big difference in a child’s success.

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Athletics and Academics – What Tutors Should Consider

On August 23, 2011, in General, Teaching, tips, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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Does participation in athletics ultimately support higher academic achievement? Or is the phrase “student-athlete” an oxymoron? Here are some thoughts on the matter from the blogosphere.

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Academic Prep Camps are Hot This Summer

On August 16, 2011, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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With college admissions growing ever more competitive, academic prep camps are becoming increasingly popular as an adjunct to, or even a replacement for, more traditional summer camp. Preparation for the SAT and ACT tests are popular on tutoring camp agendas. Some programs offer remedial support, while others are geared for helping high achievers meet their goals, such as admission to a top-tier university.

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In-Home Tutoring Remains Important

On August 2, 2011, in Tutoring, Uncategorized, by Scott Cronenweth
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There’s no doubt that online tutoring is having a huge impact on the tutoring industry worldwide. Other trends in tutoring, such as community tutoring, volunteer tutoring and tutoring centers and “camps,” have likewise grown in importance and prominence in the US and elsewhere. But despite these recent trends and changes, there are still important opportunities – and an important role in the educational process – for in-home tutors.

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Free Online Tutoring Programs Are on the Rise

On July 26, 2011, in Education Industry, online learning, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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In the US, the Supplemental Education Services (SES) component of the No Child Left Behind Act provides free tutoring for low-income students in low-performing schools. But that program may not be funded much longer. And what about all the children, as well as adults, who don’t qualify? Here in the US, there is a growing response to the need for publically available free tutoring for both kids and adults – and many of these new services are delivered online.

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The Debate Around Federally Funded Free Tutoring Heats Up

On July 19, 2011, in Education Industry, In The News, Tutoring, Uncategorized, by Scott Cronenweth
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Congress is debating whether to keep various components of No Child Left Behind — including Supplemental Education Services (SES), which provides federally funded free tutoring. How well is this program performing? And is it likely to survive the budget cuts?

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Early High School Graduation – Issues and Impacts for Tutors

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As US school districts struggle with shrinking budgets, the option to snip a year or even two from students’ high school education has become increasingly appealing. These programs, modeled on systems that have been successful in Singapore, France, Finland and other high-performing countries, hopes to shift the emphasis from seat time and credits to verifiable subject mastery. What might the impact of these programs be on tutoring?

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Why the New Space Race Starts in the Classroom

On October 14, 2010, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, Education, by Shannon Sweetser
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“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we […]