5 Undeniable Benefits of Face-to-Face Learning

In an increasingly digital age, we are seeing a shift in the addition of more technology within education. This alone is not a bad thing. In fact, technology can be a great asset to both student and teacher. The problem lies in the fact that tutoring and instruction in general is also becoming more digital with an increase in “distance” learning. Online learning and tutoring can have it’s place when used sparingly, but relying solely on distance learning comes with its disadvantages.

  • Physical Proximity

One of the greatest advantages of face-to-face learning is the physical proximity that comes with it. Tutors, teacher, and students all benefit from being close to the learning environment for many reasons. Among those reasons are the perks of having resources at your fingertips. Learning institutions are set up to have any and all resources needed there for those who may not have access or money to obtain them. In addition, being within a classroom setting encourages more engagement overall. Teachers and tutors have the ability to use their skills to see who is struggling and help them in real time rather than waiting to see what the quality of their work looks like.

  • Personal Parent/Educator Relationship

For younger students especially, parents should have some kind of relationship with their child’s tutor or teacher. The relationship formed allows the educator to convey concerns and also express victories and achievements. These are all very important factors that parents should have to help with their child’s success. Distance learning often cuts off the vital personal relationships needed for overall progress.

  • Hands on Approach

In conjunction with a parent/educator relationship, students need to have a great student/teacher relationship. Teacher’s need to have the opportunity to take a hands on approach. For instance, if an educator sees a student struggling, he or she can pull the student aside and provide one-on-one instruction to increase overall understanding of a topic. There is a certain intuition that educators have the is severely hindered by a computer screen.

  • Accountability

An additional advantage of face-to-face learning is the strong sense of accountability that is offered. Educators have more control over the pace of a lesson and can adjust things on the fly. Distance learning is often made in advance and there is no opportunity to slow things down and go in depth on a topic. Also, face-to-face learning demands a set time for meeting. Distance learning on the other hand requires a lot of student discipline to complete the assignments and grasp all the information within a lesson.

  • No Need for IT Knowledge

In every case of distance learning students and educators are at the mercy of technology. If there is an issue, students and educators need to troubleshoot on the fly in order to continue the lesson. If the problem can’t be resolved or students do not have the tools to do it themselves, the instruction for that day may be cut short and in that scenario everyone loses.

How To Teach Math To Preschoolers

While some people groan that they will never use the math skills from school in real life, studies show quite the opposite. Starting children on the right track by teaching them math concepts in preschool is extremely beneficial. If kids learn math skills early on, they will be more likely to succeed in elementary school as well as later in life. Here are some important math skills to teach preschoolers.

Number sense

The first important math skill that a child should develop early on is number sense. Number sense is a term used to describe the basics of learning about numbers. This involves the child learning to count forwards and backwards. This will allow the child to learn the relationship between numbers later on. Number sense is an important skill that more preschool educators should implement so children are equipped with this knowledge before they reach kindergarten.

Learning numbers through pictures or representation

Children are able to build relationships between numbers and represented items because children are naturally visual. Using representation is a great way to make the use of mathematics real to a child’s mind. Early childhood education should involve representing numbers with pictures, items, or even family members. This will allow children to make connection between math skills and the real world. If they do not make this connection, they could be confused about the information provided in a classroom.

Adding and subtracting

Typically, concepts are taught before skills. This prevents many preschool teachers and parents from teaching young children addition and subtraction. But there is a way to teach young children the basics of adding and subtracting before they reach elementary school. These basic skills can be used in many typical childhood interactions. For example, if you are sharing cookies, you are subtracting from the total number in order to make sure that each person has the same number of cookies. If teachers focus on adding and subtracting, the students are likely to have a stronger foundation in mathematical skills that they can use in the future.

Geometry

In order to teach children geometry, you can use a number of supplies found in the classroom. One helpful exercise is to prompt students to name the shapes of blocks and other objects. You can also let students learn about geometry through creative activities. For example, you can allow the students to arrange colored blocks into various patterns and shapes. You can then ask them to name the shapes they have created. Geometry can even be brought into “arts and crafts” time. Have students create objects, such as shapes cut out of paper that then can use later in math lessons and activities.

Measurement

If you want to teach children about measurement, one great way to do this is to weigh and measure various objects on a “science table”. This will get the students enthusiastic not only about math, but about science as well. You can also use some of the students’ favorite manipulatives, such as toy cars or plastic animals, to teach them measurement. You can ask questions like “What are there more of, cats or dogs?” You can also play guessing games that have to do with measurement. For example, saying “I’m thinking of a number greater than 4 but less than 7” is a fantastic way to teach children about measurement.

There are a number of simple ways that you can teach preschoolers about math so that you can apply it to the world around them. Learning math skills from a young age makes a huge difference in students’ lives and leads them to success.

The Benefits Of Tutoring

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There are many benefits of tutoring. It provides an opportunity for students to grow confidence as students and build the necessary skills to succeed. Here are five reasons that a tutor can really help students inside and outside the classroom.

1) Individualized Learning

Tutoring offers a unique atmosphere where you can be taught in a way that works best for you. It can be hard to learn in a classroom with 20+ other students wanting and needing attention. While the teachers are capable of helping everyone, sometimes kids need a little extra one-on-one time outside the classroom for it to really click. Tutors can customize the lessons and activities for each individual student.

2) Battle The Summer Slide

The summer slide refers to a learning loss over the long summer months. Usually kids are not practicing their skills in the summer, leading to sliding back a few months of learning. That is where a tutor can really help! Tutoring will ensure that students do not fall behind over the summer, and are ready to hit the ground running next school year.

3) Free Of Distractions

When you are with a tutor, there are no other students around to be a distraction. It is a special space where the student and tutor can focus entirely on learning. Whether it is at the home or library, these individual lessons help students focus on what is most important.

4) Extra Practice

Simply put, some students just need more practice than others. A tutor provides guided practice that will help students master the material with confidence. If a student is having trouble grasping the material, they may become even more frustrated with school. Practicing with a tutor will help them build confidence in themselves and master the subject in the process.

5) Study At Your Own Pace

There are no time restrictions, there are no tests, and there is no sense of competition. Students can review skills and learn new skills at a comfortable pace. Students could benefit with just a few sessions or more long-term sessions throughout the year.

Algebra Basics: What Are Polynomials?

Are you struggling with Polynomials? Check out this video below to learn what Polynomials really is and how you can solve these math problems with ease!

Can you solve the prisoner hat riddle?

You and nine other individuals have been captured by super-intelligent alien overlords. The aliens think humans look quite tasty, but their civilization forbids eating highly logical and cooperative beings. Unfortunately, they’re not sure whether you qualify, so they decide to give you all a test. Can you solve this hat riddle? Alex Gendler shows how.

The Three Prisoner Puzzle

Here is one of my all-time favourite puzzles. This can be solved with just logic – no math needed. Sometimes those who are not so good at math, get it quicker! Try it out for yourself.

Three Logic Problems

Here are three challenging logic problems to try out. Good luck!

The Riddle Bridge

Taking that internship in a remote mountain lab might not have been the best idea. Pulling that lever with the skull symbol just to see what it did probably wasn’t so smart either. But now is not the time for regrets because you need to get away from these mutant zombies…fast. Can you use math to get you and your friends over the bridge before the zombies arrive? Alex Gendler shows how.

Redesigned SAT: What You Need To Know

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In March of 2014, College Board President, David Coleman, announced plans for an overhaul of the SAT. The new SAT, which will be officially introduced this coming March, aims to realign the test with the work done in high schools and more accurately assess what student should be learning before college.

Much of the discussion surrounding the new SAT has centered on how the changes will impact colleges, high schools, and test prep providers. But what the students? What type of impact will the new exam have on test takers? Here is where future SAT test-takers should focus:

1) Pick Up A Book

The College Board has decided to eliminate the abstruse and outdated language from the SAT. They test will no feature words that students are more likely to encounter in college and the workplace. Many words still look familiar, but their meaning will depend on context, and answering questions correctly will require strong skills in reading comprehension and interpretation.

2) Advanced U.S. History

The new SAT will contain a large number of passages from the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and other Founding Documents. Therefore, taking advanced coursework in U.S. history could really help improve your standardized test score. Consider enrolling in an honors or AP U.S. History course. The skills you learn in these classes may help you negotiate the exam’s new writing section, which requires that students analyze a passage and explain how its author uses evidence and reason to build an argument.

3) Statistics

The redesigned math section has a primary focus on quantitative reasoning and real world applications. Test takers will be asked to analyze rates, interpret graphs, synthesize mathematical information, and make sense of patterns within a particular dataset. All of these skills are considered to be essential in today’s big data environment and should be developed during a statistics course.

4) Sample Free Test-Prep

The College Board has partnered with Khan Academy, a leading online learning platform, to provide free test preparation services. This is a great way to get a better idea of how the test will actually read. However, you still may benefit from fee-based options for some more in-depth training as to what will be on the test.

 

What It Takes To Be A Successful Tutor

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Effective tutoring is all about producing results. From a tutor’s perspective, it’s about witnessing your student achieve proposed academic goals and make way for more, in-depth learning. From a student’s point of view it’s about feeling confident with newly learned information and putting it to good use. As simple as this may all sound, effective learning is not something that happens overnight. Effective tutoring should be a direct reflection of a solid tutor-student relationship that’s been built over time, where both parties have a reached a point where they each feel fulfilled by their progress and excited for the academic challenges that are bound to come their way. Here are three key points for tutors to become more effective:

Prepare

You can never be prepared enough, but there more you are the better. Because tutoring can take place outside of a formal educational environment, it is very important that you shape your own. Make sure to set a schedule with your students, preferably a consistent schedule ahead of time. Establishing a learning rhythm will be key for your students’ academic improvement. Also, try to carve out what each session will be about. Of course there will always be questions that may arise not pertaining to the day’s lesson, so it’s good to leave some extra room for that. But for the most part, focusing each session on either a specific chapter, theme, etc. will also help establish a beneficial learning rhythm for your students.

Know Your Student

The best way to build a good rapport with your students is taking the time to know them. Every student is different. Figuring out your student’s personality will help you understand their learning process and how you should angle your sessions with them. For example, does your student have a sense of humor? Do they need your undivided attention? Are they shy? Does the student feel confident about the subject matter you’re going over? The more empathetic you can be, the more the student will feel comfortable around you and will allow himself or herself to continue to learn from you.

Set Expectations

It is very important that both you and your student know your roles and responsibilities in a tutoring session. Tutoring is not the same as teaching. The tutor is not there to teach or re-teach something that the student has already learned. Instead, tutoring should be more of a well-balanced exchange of questions and information. In other words, tutors are there to guide the students to improve their studying skills, while the students are there to discover things through independent questioning and develop self-confidence.