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  1. Hi all, [Moderators - I'm not sure if this type of post is allowed, please let me know.] Wondering if there might be any high schoolers out there with an interest in tutoring? My son has ADHD and is a high-achieving math student and he's currently enrolled in AoPS Online Academy's "Intro to Counting and Probability". Last spring, he took his first AoPS Online class (Intro to Algebra A) and absolutely *loved* the text-only format; however, I was able to help him through his homework sets more than I am able to currently, as we are in the middle of an interstate move and I am going back to school myself this fall. While I honestly would love to help him (I used to do Alcumus for fun myself 😳), I don't have the time. Ideally, I am looking for a student experienced with the AoPS curriculum (and experience with the Online Academy would be a bonus). I imagine my son could use one to two hours of tutoring per week, which we could do over FaceTime or Zoom. I would of course be willing to pay. If you have a child who might be interested, can you please let me know? We live on the East Coast of the U.S. and are in EDT. Thank you! Caprice
  2. Now that my child has graduated, I have been tutoring. And now, of course, my tutoring has moved online. People used to hand me checks to pay me, but now I need to get paid electronically. What is the best way to do that? My clients all bank at different places, so I need something flexible and not bank-specific. And I'd rather not pay fees.
  3. Hi, everyone! Can you help me with an answer to this simple question: if you were looking for a non-native tutor to teach your child(ren) a foreign language, what qualities would you most look for ? Thank you. :)
  4. I am thinking of tutoring and wondered what subjects/ages people usually need tutoring for? Where do you meet? What do you pay? Do you pay for several sessions up front, or one at a time?? What goals do you typically have from the tutoring?? How did you find your tutor? Wondering how to advertise. What did you look for in a tutor?? Thanks!!
  5. I just got off the phone with them over something else and the lady asked me if I was aware they offered free tutoring for those using their program. I had no idea! Brian is available for tutoring from 9am to 4:30pm CST and you just need to call their free 866 number and tell him what lesson your on. If he's working with another child they will take your name and number and call you back when he's available. There are some days I am just stumped on dd's math, its a major relief to be able to pick up the phone and have someone else that can help. Calls are unlimited so if your child needs to call everyday for help thats fine they said.
  6. I work with a lot of homeschoolers as a writing tutor and I wanted to post information about a successful way to do this http://www.knittedthoughts.com/2011/12/writing-tutoring-on-line-and-by-phone.html -- not as a way to advertise my services, but hopefully as a way to help others use this technology too. You may have a strong writer in the family that would be willing to work with your kids this way or know of a teacher you like, but that is too far away for face to face tutoring -- this may solve your problem! :)
  7. Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum but I'm so glad to have found it! I am a home school graduate and currently in grad school. Our family discovered classical education a little bit too late, but I absolutely love the educational philosophy and teaching methods, not to mention subject material (I'm a Classics major). I receive a lot of requests from parents who ask me to tutor their children in writing. Does anyone have any experience with teaching classical writing to public school children (mostly Junior High age)? Is it possible to teach through the progymnasmata if I only tutor the students once a week for an hour? Thanks for the input!
  8. I realize most are afterschooling their own children, but to some extent, I consider my tutees an extension of my homeschool. I also currently tutor students after school (SES/Title IV). I'm trying to figure out what would be the best thing to use in the shortest amount of time. I only have, on average, 14 sessions with the students. I'm currently using Blend Phonics with a 2nd and 3rd grader (twin brothers) and hoping to get to long vowels with them. That's where I see most of the trouble with my mostly ESL/bilingual students. I'm also tutoring a 6th grade special ed ESL student, and introduced her to open and closed syllables last week. She asked me, "so you're saying if I can learn about these syllables, I can learn to read?" I hit on something there. She started taking notes! This girl struggles in reading in both languages. I feel so bad I didn't start with this earlier with her (as it is, I only have 3 more sessions left with her). I worked on her specific "goals," but mostly orally. But no one in that school (or anywhere else) is going to sit and read to her. She knows her stuff, she just can't read it herself. So, should I start printing out the different syllable tables from Webster's Speller to get her learning to read those types of words? I'll also be working on consonant digraphs and vowel teams as those are weaknesses as well. I do not have internet access when tutoring, so listening to phonics lessons is not an option. Oh, and all these children are being taught via sight words, so as I'm going through BP, I introduce all sight words that follow that rule using the "sight words by sound" page on ElizabethB's website (hoping some connection is being made).
  9. Looking for advice from those of you who have tutored other people's children. Here's my situation: I have a casual friend who has an only son, age 8. He's well-behaved, thoughtful, and intelligent. Honestly, he's just a nice kid. His mom works on Fridays, all day long. She has been hiring a local homeschooled teen to babysit him and supervise some schoolwork she leaves, but for a couple of reasons it's not working out - mainly, that the teen has some learning disabilities, and isn't following through on the school part of the day. Here's her suggestion to me: could I take her son for 4 or 5 hours on Fridays, and fold him in to what we're already doing? She would send him with some math, language arts, indepent-type things. I would oversee that, and include him in science (which we already do on Fridays), art, and maybe a history project. She's also offered to pay me $20 per hour. So far, it sounds like a good arrangement to me. We're going to sit down early next week and work out details. What would be some good questions to ask? Any btdt advice? Thanks!
  10. Remedial reading tutoring is a much needed service that is easy to do as a family. If you successfully teach your own children with the little ones running around, you can teach another person to read with little distractions in tow. It will just take a few lessons for a child used to school to get used to learning in the presence of small children. A reasonable fee is $15 to $25 an hour, depending on the cost of living in your area and the number of distractions you are bringing to each lesson. (Thirty dollars an hour may even be appropriate in an extremely high cost city.) Children 5 and older, if generally well behaved, are generally a help, not a distraction. They can help show how to play the games you will be using and children older than the student you’re teaching can also help teach; with several older children, you could easily teach 2 or 3 students at a time (and charge a few dollars more.) It is also very rewarding, I love watching students’ whole demeanor change as they learn to read. It’s easy to do, I’ll show you how to quickly and easily find students and tricks to teaching a remedial student (there are a few differences for a remedial vs. a beginning student.) More than a third of all Americans, 43%, read at the lowest 2 literacy levels according to the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL). In 2005 nationwide, 62% of 4th graders were not reading at a proficient level. For 8th graders, 71% were not proficient readers according to the National Center for Education Statistics, or NCES. 70% of those in prison and 70% of those on welfare read at the lowest 2 literacy levels according to the 1992 National Adult Literacy Survey. Literacy is more highly correlated with earnings than IQ. You can see a graph showing the relationship between literacy level and earnings here: http://www.thephonicspage.org/On%20Phonics/profitable.html Adults are hard to find and teach unless you work with prisoners. However, there are children everywhere struggling because of poor reading teaching methods and too many sight words. These children are easy to find, just give out the NRRF reading grade level test to every parent you know with school aged children. Offer to give it to the child if the parents wish. (This lets the parent off the hook if they are a struggling reader themselves, you can just say you’ve given a ton of them, and they’re a bit complicated. However, many parents can give the test and prefer to give it themselves, I always offer that first.) In all the states I’ve lived in, I’ve never had a problem finding students. One school we lived near taught an excellent phonics program with few sight words, supplemented by phonetic spelling in higher grades. However, the rest of the schools in the district, like most schools, taught sight words and random lists of spelling words, so there were plenty of children there to teach, too. Also, there were always a few transfers in from schools that taught sight words. I would charge less for the first few students. It took about twice as long to teach my first two students as I was learning as I went. You could also teach the first 1 or 2 for free if they were willing to be contacted by future students’ parents (and/or you could do the same for later students’ parents who are on a limited budget and cannot figure out how to teach on their own.) If you’ve taught your own children to read, your learning curve will be much less steep, one student should do it. I like to teach my students at least once a week, twice a week is better. The faster you can get them through the basics, the faster they’ll learn. They are overcoming bad habit patterns from the way they currently read, so the total time to teach is longer the less often you meet with them. I would recommend having your students watch my online phonics lessons on the days you do not teach them. If they do not have a computer, they can watch them at their local library. The local libraries in all the cities and states we’ve lived in have had computers with headphones available for patron use. Here are the basics of teaching remedial reading: http://www.thephonicspage.org/On%20Reading/remedialstudents.html Your number one task is to get them to stop guessing and start sounding out each and every word from left to right. Nonsense words are key, they help prevent guessing. Here is a free website that generates nonsense words: http://call.canil.ca/english/index.html . Syllables are also helpful, I would use the Blend Phonics Reader (it helps show how guessing is a bad strategy by showing words with similar configuration together) followed by Webster’s Speller. You can read the Webster thread here: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?t=70153&highlight=modern+phonics+syllabary While Webster is especially helpful for ESL students and anyone with any speech or language processing issues, it is very beneficial for all remedial students, and helps them gain practice in sounding out multi-syllable words. You can start off for free, using only the Blend Phonics Reader and Webster’s Speller and my phonics concentration game, but eventually you’ll want to get the following books: The ABCs and All Their Tricks Prescription for Reading Teach Them Phonics by Ernest Christmas And, if your student needs more nonsense words, We All Can Read by James Williams (3rd grade to adult, http://weallcanread.com/) Usually, nonsense words are enough to break the guessing habit. However, I recently taught a 3rd grade student who would even try to guess a nonsense word, even when he knew it was not a real word up front! I made him sound out every sound for every word before he said the word for a while, that worked. (I made him say /c/ /a/ /t/ cat, etc.) Nonsense words are faster, and work for 99.9% of remedial students. It still boggles my mind that he would try to guess a nonsense word, he is a bright child, I guess he just had an almost unstoppable guessing habit from too many sight words. When finished with the basic phonics in the Blend Phonics Reader, use Webster’s Speller, starting with the syllabary, and them move on to the words of 2 or more syllables. After they have a few lessons of 3+ syllable words, have them read from books at different grade levels, having them read a paragraph from each until they get to the point where they are missing a few words. Write down the words they missed and the portion they are having trouble with. The next lesson, or later that lesson (give them a 5 or 10 minute break or let one of your children play the phonics concentration game with them), look up more words with that pattern in Blend Phonics and another phonics book that you own and work on the sounds they were having trouble with. I would then alternate my teaching between Webster’s Speller multi-syllable words and this type of assessment reading and follow on teaching to identify and teach the sound-spelling patterns the student needs more work learning. For assessment purposes, I give both of the grade level tests (the Wide Range Test and the NRRF test combined with my test for grads 8, 10, and 12) and the MWIA at the beginning and after 10 to 20 hours of tutoring when they have learned all the sound spelling correspondences. (Give the MWIA I to students reading 2nd grade level or below on the NRRF test. Give the MWIA II to students reading 3rd grade level or higher on the NRRF test.) I give the tests again when they work through a fair amount of multi-syllable words in Webster, and when the student’s parents or you have decided that they may be finished with tutoring. Do not teach to these tests, they are for diagnostic purposes. The MWIA shows how damaged they are from sight words, when they read the phonics words within 15 to 20% of the speed of the holistic words, they have mastered what they need to know well enough that their phonetic reading skills are automated. An older student may never get to that point, stop when they are reading several grade levels above grade level and have mastered all phonics sounds and rules. There may be an initial slowdown in reading speed as they start to learn phonics, it will speed up with practice as the process of phonetic reading becomes automated. The Wide Range test will give a bit of a higher grade level, and includes many sight words, so is a few grade levels above their actual ability to read a normal book. (It is a true measure, however, of their ability to read a Dick and Jane type book with 70+ percent sight words.) The NRRF reading grade level test will give a better assessment of ability to read normal books, they have mostly phonetic words. The tests are here: http://www.thephonicspage.org/On%20Reading/readinggradeleve.html For a bit of my history and the grade level improvements for a group of 9 children that I taught with the help of volunteers from my church, read this thread: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/forums/showthread.php?t=76395
  11. I live about 4 blocks from an elementary school. They have an afterschool program which charges $50/week for 3 hours care daily, with the staff (a social service agency) saying that they help kids one on one, but I have my doubts. I can't compete with that for childcare alone. Would you pay for someone to tutor your child after school if you were a working parent and had a child with a need? If so, how much would you pay for an "all around" tutor? (I've "done" elementary grades three times now as a homeschooler, taught two dyslexic kids to read, etc., etc.) I could specifically tutor reading/grammar/English and "specialize", and maybe find a niche market there. Would I do better brushing up my high school science and Spanish skills and tutoring that?? (Better $$, parents more serious because they are feeling the pressure of their kids' grades? ) WWYD if you were me? Thanks for your input!!
  12. Has anyone ever used Sylvan for their children in reading and/or math? We are considering this for our just-turned 9yo dd/3rd grade and looking for opinion/comments/likes/dislikes/options. TIA! Renai
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