Students Learn Effectively with One-on-One Tutoring

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With one-on-one tutoring, each student can choose a tutor that best suits his or her liking.  As a result, the students will stay more focused on their work rather than how much they dislike the tutor. By choosing the right tutoring company that fits your needs, you will be giving you child best gift they can receive:  Effective learning!

Benefits of one-on-one tutoring

After school tutoring is practically the norm today. Even in these economically challenging times, parents still put their children’s educational needs first.  They realize that the best gift they can give their child is a good education. That’s why so many choose one-on-one tutoring.  Below are the top benefits:

 

1. Class will never go on without the student.

If the student doesn’t show up for a conversation, neither will the instructor. So the student will never miss out on learning or fear falling behind.

2. High-quality interaction where students feel heard.

With one-on-one tutoring, instructors are committed to listening to the student and actively responding. Though instructors often initiate or organize sessions, conversations are almost always student driven. The student has control over the questions they ask, and the feedback they receive from their instructors.

3. Low stress environment frees students from the fear of failure.

Through one-on-one interactions, students learn to trust their instructors and are given a completely safe space to openly share. In classroom settings pressured by peers, some students fear answering questions, making mistakes or taking risks. With caring, considerate online school teachers there is no wrong answer or silly question and students do not have to fear being themselves.

4. Instructors can measure the student’s progress.

In a one-on-one relationship, teachers can get to know their student’s fully and keep track of their progress, gauging their successes and struggles. Instructors can then adjust or completely alter lesson plans, deadlines, course projects etc so as to fully serve the student.

5. Gives students the opportunity to step up and not rely on others.

In self-driven course work, students cannot rely on their peers, copy someone else’s work or fall back on the ideas of others. This highly increases a student’s personal responsibility over their learning, forcing them to take course work seriously and fully master the materials.

6. Eliminates many distractions.

Without the distraction of a room full of other people, students can focus all of their attention on their instructor and the material learned. One-on-one tutoring enables the student to use all of their brain power on school and not on the environment around them.

7. Ability to personalize conversations and assignments.

Not only are students able to address only the things that they need help, they are also able to mold their conversations with instructors to match their interests. Students can develop their course schedules, projects, test styles etc to match their unique learning styles.  Instructors will always align conversations and assignments with what interests and inspires the student.

8. Instructors adapt to the student’s communication style

One-on-one interactions give students excellent opportunities to practice conversing with one person at a time. Instructors are also careful to communicate in similar ways that the student does. Students will not have to interpret the decode the lessons, and then figure out after the tutoring session. Instead, communication, sharing of ideas, and questions and answers are molded to the student’s preferences.

 

With Infinity Math Tutoring, you will have a Math Professional on your doorstep. We tailor our math instruction to your individual needs, and provide those services around your unique schedule! Tutoring is on a one-on-one basis, with the same tutor. Tutor rapport and consistency are our primary focuses in helping students master math concepts, quickly!

Leonardo Da Vinci Math: Show Your Work!

leo drawingsWhen we type the word “Leonardo” in Google, the undisputed results are “Leonardo DiCaprio” and “Leonardo Da Vinci”. Leonardo DiCaprio is an A-lister in today’s generation, but Leonardo Da Vinci was a universal Renaissance Man, and believed nature is governed by math.

Even when Leonardo learned the language of mathematics, he preferred to express his thoughts through his art. His search for mathematical solutions is seen through his artwork and rough drawings.  Leonardo Da Vinci wasn’t the only person that used drawings to calculate math.  Drawing was how some ancient civilizations calculated mathematical precisions in their constructions, which is exhibited in the Egyptian pyramids.
 
Many things can be observed about Leonardo’s method of learning.  He showed his work.  He entertained his curiosity through writing and drawing. Students that lack confidence in math think that they are only good at mathematics if they can “do it their head”.  Not true!  Some of history’s greatest thinkers–Albert Einstein, Leonard Da Vinci, and Sir Issac Newton–made great discoveries by writing down their thoughts and theories–not by just computing numbers in their heads.

Why Should You Show Your Work?

Students should learn like Leo.  There is power in writing things down:

1)  Writing helps your memory
2)  Writing help you work through problems faster and easier
3)  Writing helps you create goals and find ways to reach them
4)  Writing encourages creative thinking

When math is part of the equation, writing things down is even more important: 

  • Showing your work in an organized way helps you organize your thoughts, which in turn makes you less likely to make a mistake.
  • On homework, usually you have answers available. If your answer doesn’t match the book’s answer, showing your work helps you figure out what you did wrong. It can also help a tutor figure out what you did wrong, if you go for help.
  • On tests, if you get a wrong answer your instructor can use your work to figure out what you didn’t understand, and point it out so that you avoid that mistake in the future.
  • If you get a wrong answer on a test, but your work shows you understood the core of the problem, most instructors will allow partial credit.  A bare answer that is wrong has to count as a zero.

 
Today’s students can reach success in mathematics through writing.  There is power in the pencil!!

Be An Advocate Against ADHD Misdiagnosis


hyper-kidVery often, parents are willing to accept the professional opinions of administrators at their children’s school.  Many parents are very quick to agree to learning ability testing without conducting their own investigations.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Diagnosis, the most common misdiagnosis, can lead to the placement of children in special education classes.  As a result, children are under challenged and deeply scarred about their abilities.  The criteria for ADHD is very general, and the diagnosis is not objective—it is merely the professional opinion of a child psychologist.  A student can be misdiagnosed with ADHD, simply because they are the youngest and most immature kid in the classroom!!

PARENTS…when a child’s learning abilities are questioned, it is important that you be involved.   Before a child is tested, please conduct your own investigation. 

Kinesthetic Learning Diagnosed as ADHD

Exploring your child’s learning style can help prevent misdiagnosis.  There are 3 types of learning styles:  auditory, visual and kinesthetic.

• Auditory learners prefer to learn by listening. They benefit from lectures, recording lectures and reading out        loud.

• Visual learners learn best from visuals, such as graphs, charts and outlines.

• Kinesthetic learners are “Body smart” people.  They benefit from physical experiences, such as touching,             feeling, holding and role playing.


adhd-diagnosis2Kinesthetic intelligence is typically diagnosed as ADHD because they are constantly moving or fidgety.
These types of learners are the most misunderstood. 

Many of history’s celebrities were kinesthetic learners…Jim Carrey, Charlie Chaplin and Michael Jordan just to name a few! If you are faced with the unfortunate experience of a teacher identifying your student as one with learning difficulties, BE PREPARED TO ADVOCATE.  DO NOT LET SOMEONE ELSE’S DIAGNOSIS BECOME YOUR CHILD’S DESTINY!

Students Struggling to Meet Wayne State’s Math Standards

“We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t have a math standard and have people live up to it”

struggling-to-meet-math-standardsTwo years after Mishelle Kennedy finished her classes at Wayne State University, she still can’t get her degree. The Royal Oak Township resident is being held up because she can’t pass a math test – a requirement that administrators say is at the level of high school math.  This is an example of many students struggling to meet Wayne State’s math standards.

An estimated 1,500 others couldn’t because they are in the same bind as Kennedy.

The situation is the result of math placement policies that changed five years ago.  These policies are still impacting students today as WSU works to help these students graduate.

For Kennedy, 43, the lack of a degree means she can’t further her career as a state social worker and possibly earn up to $10,000 more annually to support her four children.

“I can count my money, I can take 33 percent off of a dress on sale at Macy’s. Why do I need algebra?” said Kennedy, who is taking the test again in January.  “Give me math that I would use as a social worker. It is so unfair.”

Howard Shapiro, associate vice president for student services and undergraduate affairs, said his heart goes out to students like Kennedy who are unable to graduate because they can’t pass the math test. He is proud of the university’s high math standards, saying they teach students to think critically.  “We wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t have a math standard and have people live up to it,” Shapiro said.  “We should be more subject to criticism if we don’t get people to do math at a reasonable college level.”

The subject of scores of national reports, math is widely regarded as necessary in technology, business, finance and health and critical to global competition.  Lining up Wayne State’s math requirements with competition is an intelligent decision.

Before a recent test, many students expressed anxiety because they had taken the test before.  It has become a big frustration to many traditional students.  

Intimidated by the Math portion of an exam that can help further your career goals?
                            Call Infinity Math Tutoring to overcome your
                     Math fears and Excel in Life!

Effective Study Skills for a Successful School Year

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Developing effective study skills will naturally promote and enhance your learning experience, and can lead to a impressive grades.  Taking study breaks allows the brain time to order and organize the information you are learning in small manageable chunks that can then be located and recalled at a future date.
 
 
 The Study Break Process
 
Breaks should be taken before we begin feeling overwhelmed or fatigued.  Study breaks keep your body and brain fresh in ways that will improve long-term memory and help better categorize the information you are learning for more effective memory recall.
 
 
Study for 25 minutes
 
Studies have shown time and again that the human brain cannot fully concentrate on a specific topic for extended periods of time over 20 to 25 minutes. Even though throughout your study regime you may feel as though you are still within your learning zone – you may in fact be slowly moving out of your zone, becoming gradually less focused and productive as the minutes tick by.
 
 We naturally tend to remember and recall most of the information we learn at the beginning and at the very end of our study chunks. If you extend your study chunks to over 60 minutes, the information studied within the middle of that time period is likely to be misplaced or forgotten.
 
 
Take a Break for 5 minutes
 
Your breaks should be no longer than around 5 minutes. You don’t want to distract yourself from your studies. Your breaks should be utilized in ways that will settle your mind and effectively allow you to integrate the information you have learned.  Try to avoid television or other mind-consuming activities during your breaks.
 
 
Conduct a Review for 5 minutes
 
When you get back to your studies it is critical that you do a quick review of the material you studied during your most recent study chunk. This will further help to assimilate this subject into your long-term memory storage banks and assist you in creating strong associations to existing information within your brain.