To Tutor Or Not To Tutor – Is That The Question?

On March 19, 2013, in Tutoring, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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As tutoring has become more and more popular, and tutoring options and modalities more diverse, motivations for hiring tutors have changed. Increasingly tutoring may be seen as a way to “enrich” a student’s educational experience or help them excel at the highest levels – but that isn’t necessarily the same thing as improving the quality of his or her education, or an appropriate support for success in a class, on a high-stakes test or with learning in general.

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Here’s How to Guess Effectively on the SAT

On February 12, 2013, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, Tutoring, standardized testing, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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Contrary to popular belief, there is no “guessing penalty” on the SAT. There is, however, a penalty for wrong answers – and the whole point of that penalty is to help ensure that students who guess randomly won’t improve their scores as a result.

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

On May 15, 2012, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, Tutoring, standardized testing, tips, 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, Tutoring, tips, 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.

How to Interpret SAT Scores: Insights for Tutors

On March 21, 2012, in Assessment, Common Standards, SAT, Tutoring, common core, standardized testing, tips, 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.

Four Ways Tutors and Teachers Can Use Pinterest

On February 28, 2012, in Social Media, Teaching, Technology, Technology in Education, Tutoring, ed tech, tips, 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!

Test Prep on a Budget: Six Tips for Students

On February 21, 2012, in ACT, SAT, Test preparation, standardized testing, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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What’s the best way to prepare for the SAT or ACT? The approach you take depends somewhat on how much time and money you have to spend. … Students with tight budgets shouldn’t feel outgunned, however.

 

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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4 Tips for Connecting with New Learners

On November 8, 2011, in General, Teaching, Tutoring, tips, 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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5 Tips for Tutors on Teaching Study Skills

On November 1, 2011, in Resources, Test preparation, Tutoring, online learning, tips, by Scott Cronenweth
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As a tutor, supporting your students to learn better study skills might be one of the best ways to improve their academic performance.