Tutoring topics

Having trouble finding the tutoring information you need? Or you’d like to tutor your own child,  but need help, tips, and pointers?  Here is a table of contents of the blog posts you’ll find here on the topic of tutors and tutoring. Below that, you’ll find a list of posts with tips to help you tutor your child at home.  By the way, if you live in the Penticton area, you can find out about my tutoring services here.

Tutoring Table of Contents

Accepting New Tutoring Students!

Why Do You Need a Tutor? series:

  1. School related reasons why children and teens need tutors
  2. Home reasons why children may need tutors
  3. Why college and university students need tutors
  4. Why adults need tutors
  5. Why homeschool families need tutors
  6. Are all tutors alike?

How to Choose the Right tutor series:

  1. The purposes (and not) of tutoring
  2. Know what you want to get out of tutoring
  3. Some special considerations related to gifted students
  4. How to hire a tutor
  5. What about pricing and fees?
  6. What about location?
  7. What if you have concerns about the tutoring?
  8. Some alternatives or additions to traditional tutoring

Initial Conversation with a Potential Tutor

Tutoring Consultation Meeting series:

  1. What to expect at the interview
  2. Specific questions and discussion

What to Expect at a Tutoring Session

Tutor-Client Agreements

How Tutors Plan Individualized Programs For Their Students series:

  1. Tutor training and experience
  2. Planning the individualized program
  3. Individualize tutoring sessions
  4. Learning styles and behaviors, and tutoring methods
  5. Student progress and learning support

Tutoring Adult Learners:

  1. Characteristics of adult learners
  2. How tutors prepare to help adult learners
  3. Tutoring sessions with adult learners

Questions about tutoring costs:

  1. Introduction
  2. Why do qualified tutors charge as much as they do?
  3. Why is it worthwhile to hire a qualified tutor?
  4. Alternatives to hiring a tutor at the usual rate

A to Z Checklist of Tutor Characteristics

1. Adaptability, Assessment, Confidentiality, Commitment, Creativity                                       2. Empathy, Enthusiasm, Emergency Preparedness, Fairness, Flexibility                                 3. Friendliness, Honesty, Humour, Knowledge, Learning Centered                                           4. Legalities, Organization, Patience, Professionalism, Respectfulness                                       5. Sensitivity, Social Awareness, Written Contracts

Tutoring and Home Learning Supplies (not what you might expect!)

Setting Goals for Your Child’s Learning – for tutoring, home schooling, homework help, or simply life-long learning

Tutor-Learner Relationships – good information for tutors, teachers, parents, and anyone helping a learner/student

Why Do I Need to Have Tutoring, Part 1 – a real conversation with a grade four student.  See part 2 here.

Tips to help you tutor your child at home (also check out the “Friday Freebies” menu):

Using Word Chunks to Sound out Words
Read and Do–and Scooby Doo too!
Using Rhyme to Learn Sounds
Short Vowel Sound Tips
Beginning to Learn Letters and Sounds
Children’s Book Creating and Journaling
Home Learning Tips: Book Reading for Young Readers
How to Discuss Picture Book Stories With Your Child
Nursery Rhyme Learning Theme
Spelling tips
Sight Word Tips
Learn With Songs and Poetry
Use Word Families for Reading and Spelling
What About Workbooks and Worksheets?
Learning Games
Learning Themes Based on Favourite Children’s Book and Series
Teaching Sounds Spelled in a Variety of Ways
Ways to Help Your Child Read a Difficult Word
Long Vowel Sound Tips
Blended Sounds and Multi-Syllabic Words
Creative Memory Tricks for Sounds and Letters
Teaching Word Endings
Blends and Digraphs
Handwriting Tips
Letter Confusion
Follow Your Child’s Passions and Interests
Learning Together with Other Children
Solutions for Tracking Troubles When Reading
Speech Issues
Copy work
Punctuation tips
Exam Study Tips and Memory Tips

How to Be a Great Parent-Tutor series:

  1. Why children need parent-tutors
  2. Important activities parent-tutors can do well
  3. Building a Good Parent-Tutor and Child Relationship
  4. Learning Styles, Intelligences, and Behaviours
  5. Developing Individualised Tutoring–Tips for Parents
  6. Monitoring Your Child’s Progress
  7. Some Basic Learning Goals
  8. Home Tutoring Resources
  9. Suggestions for a Tutoring Session at Home
  10. Specific Suggestions for Primary Grades
  11. Specific Considerations for Intermediate Grades
  12. When to Consider Hiring a Tutor
  13. Costs of Tutors and Alternatives
  14. All Kinds of Learning Activities

Tips for When Children–and Adults Too–Hate Reading

1. Model Reading and Read Aloud
2. Distractions and Health Issues
3. Negative Influences and Reading as a Chore
4. Poor Methods of Teaching Reading
5. Lack of Reading Materials and Negative Attitudes
6. Dyslexia and Other Learning Differences
7. Practical Tips to Encourage Reading



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