Common Core Standards: 3 Big Impacts on Tutors

On August 7, 2013, in Assessment, Assessment & Testing, Common Standards, Tutoring, common core, by Scott Cronenweth
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With implementation and testing upon them, school districts and teachers are rushing to get up to speed on the Common Core. Integration of the new approach is likely to be an ongoing effort, but it’s urgent for educators to understand and embrace the gist of the new standards.

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The Socioeconomic “Achievement Gap” is Widening

On June 25, 2013, in Teaching, Tutoring, online learning, by Scott Cronenweth
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It is by and large accepted that all students experience learning loss if they don’t participate in learning activities for a period of time. But students from lower-income families seem to lose more academic skills over the summer than peers with higher socioeconomic status.

SAT Exams Cancelled for the Entire Nation of South Korea

On May 14, 2013, in In The News, SAT, Tutoring, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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This week South Korea faced an academic scandal that put it in the global spotlight, as the SAT exams for the entire country were cancelled after allegations of widespread cheating came to light.

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Proposed 2014 US Education Budget Makes Big Investment in Early Learning

On April 16, 2013, in Education Industry, In The News, Teaching, Tutoring, by Scott Cronenweth
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US President Barak Obama’s 2014 budget proposal asks for an “historic investment” in early learning opportunities. President Obama is being applauded for taking a bold step towards removing stumbling blocks that low-income children and other vulnerable preschoolers often face on the path towards success in school.

The New SAT — How Will Changes Affect Students?

On April 3, 2013, in ACT, Common Standards, SAT, Test preparation, common core, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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Though no release date has been officially announced, the earliest that a revamped SAT would be in the hands of students would be Spring 2015. So the changes could impact today’s freshman class. The classes of 2013, 2014 or 2015 will take the same test that is currently in use.

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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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Post-College Professional Training: The Next Big Trend in Tutoring?

On February 26, 2013, in Tutoring, online learning, by Scott Cronenweth
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Enter the online tutoring startup Thinkful. Its tagline is "Online school for a better career." Its aim is to bridge the gap between the skill set you have when you get out of college and the skill set you really need to get a good job: "level-up to find the job you”ll love" as they put it.

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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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8 Tips to Help Students Pace Themselves During Standardized Tests

On February 6, 2013, in ACT, Assessment & Testing, SAT, Test preparation, Tutoring, standardized testing, by Scott Cronenweth
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The ability to successfully pace yourself — knowing how much time you have left and how much time to spend on a given question – is a key success factor for standardized test-takers. Here are 8 tips to pass along and work on with your students:

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Blended Learning: 3 Reasons Tutors Should Be Interested

On January 29, 2013, in export, online learning, by Scott Cronenweth
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Blended learning – a combination of face-to-face and online learning that reduces "classroom contact hours" while incorporating "computer-mediated activities" to form an integrated instructional approach – is getting attention as a solution to a range of academic and financial challenges in education today, particularly in higher ed settings.

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