Tutoring

What To Do When Tutoring Isn’t Helping

What To Do When Tutoring Isn’t Helping

A few years back (all right, more than10 years ago) I decided to take up tap dance. As an adult. It was time to finally live out my dream of being a tap dancer! I took a class for complete beginners. Only, not everyone was […]

When is the Best Time to End Tutoring?

When is the Best Time to End Tutoring?

When we moved from Virginia to Colorado, we had to drive ourselves and our cats halfway across the country. I had been warned about driving through Kansas, but didn’t believe it until I experienced it myself. From Topeka to Denver, there is nothing. Just fields, […]

What the Heck is Executive Functioning?

What the Heck is Executive Functioning?

After I explained the directions, my student Jane always asked what we were doing. She brought the wrong notebook to class. All the time. Her backpack was a mess and her planner was empty. Twenty minutes into an activity and she had just started it. […]

Why You Need to Set Tutoring Goals

Why You Need to Set Tutoring Goals

So, I hate to run. Hate it. But a while back I had friends who loved to run together. So, I decided to start running, too. Peer pressure, yo. via GIPHY But I knew that I couldn’t just start running (literally out my door) without […]

Why Summer is the Best Time for Tutoring

Why Summer is the Best Time for Tutoring

I’ve taught summer school several times and really enjoyed it. And even my students seemed to enjoy it. Why? Because summer school is WAAAY more laid back than regular school. (And I taught seniors whose graduation was on the line.) The classes tend to be […]

How to Work Successfully with a Tutor

How to Work Successfully with a Tutor

The first time I walked into a student’s house to work with him felt weird. First, I was only working with one kid, not thirty. In fact, I would eventually know him better than any student I had ever taught. And it was all so […]

How to Find the Right Tutor for your Child

How to Find the Right Tutor for your Child

I found my very first knitting project a while back and it was a hot mess. Holes where there shouldn’t be holes, dropped stitches, added stitches, and changes in stitch size. Even if you don’t knit, know that all of that is bad.   I […]

How to Know if Your Teen Needs a Tutor

How to Know if Your Teen Needs a Tutor

“I think your child would benefit from working with a tutor.” Conversation killer, my friends. No parent wants to hear that their teen needs a tutor. But, it was a conversation that I needed to have with parents over the years. By the time I […]

Private Tutoring: 6 Myths You Should Ignore

Private Tutoring: 6 Myths You Should Ignore

Moby Dick was almost my downfall. I was in junior Advanced English and doing well. Until we read Moby Dick. Half the time I had no idea what was happening in the book, let alone the deeper meaning and symbols. Yet all my classmates seemed […]

Becoming a Tutor: Why I Kissed my Gradebook Good-Bye

Becoming a Tutor: Why I Kissed my Gradebook Good-Bye

It took me months to realize that my student, Graham*, did not know my name.  Graham was a high schooler with a traumatic brain injury. He knew the names of family members, but no one else. He was very good at faking out his friends, […]