4 Learning Styles for Tutors to Tune Into as You Meet New Students

On August 21, 2012, in Assessment, Intelligence, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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As you begin meeting new students, especially younger kids, it’s worthwhile to investigate their learning styles. The most effective tutors are attuned to how different kids process new information.

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Can Tutoring Improve Teens’ IQs?

On March 6, 2012, in In The News, Intelligence, by Scott Cronenweth
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This research indicates that a teenager’s IQ can rise or fall by as much as 20 points in the course of a few years!

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The Socratic Method in Tutoring

On November 15, 2011, in General, Intelligence, Test preparation, Tutoring, standardized testing, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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One of the oldest and most powerful teaching techniques is simply to guide the learner by asking directed questions. This basic tutoring approach is sometimes referred to as the Socratic Method or the “inquiry method.”

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Awareness of Learning Disabilities in Students

On August 30, 2011, in Assessment, General, Intelligence, Tutoring, Uncategorized, tips, 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.

How School of One is Changing the Way Math is Taught

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Every day in a normal classroom, a math teacher stands up at the front of the room and lectures to students. The students who struggle sit in silent vigil while teachers continue foward, past the point where they got hung up. If the teacher is sick, tired or exhausted, they bring that up to the board [...]

 

12 Most Influential Colleges and Universities on Twitter

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For many generations, colleges and universities have led the charge in bringing about change within our society. Young and passionate minds would lean on the advice of old sages and professors, who didn’t need to “Tweet” to get heard. However, in the past decade, much has changed. Many students don’t even need to have direct [...]

 

Why Tutors Should Heed Google Expert's Social Media Advice

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Can a tweet or Facebook status affect a website’s overall ranking? What about the quality of your followers? According to Matt Cutts, head of Google’s WebSpam team, they sure can! In a recent Google Webmaster Help Video, Matt Cutts answers a question (derived from this Danny Sullivan post “What Social Signals Do Google & Bing [...]

 

Warning: Learning Expectations Can Vary Dramatically by State

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Imagine 2 people have learned to make a birdhouse in two different states from a different instructor. After they take the birdhouse-builder’s standardized test, we line up the birdhouses and take a look. According to the birdhouse building manual for Massachusetts, which is where the builder is from, one birdhouses is missing a few key [...]

 

Interesting articles on Educational data analysis, usage and access

On June 19, 2009, in Assessment, Education, Intelligence, Teaching, by Raju Gupta
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How Data analysis is helping raise performance – story covers both good and the bad Educational data is in abundance – but not in very useful state. Education Week: Data, Data Everywhere, But Not a Drop to Use  Impact of providing detailed and real time access to student educational and learning data to parent. Parents [...]

 

Analysis of previous year MCAS Tests – how many Questions per standard area?

On March 26, 2009, in Assessment, Homepage, Intelligence, Resources, by Socrato!
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With the MCAS season underway and teachers trying to help students, we received a few requests to get insight into how the questions are distributed across the learning standards. Or, how many questions are allocated to each standard area in a given year or grade level? Or, Do you have the frequency analysis of questions [...]