July 30, 2014

Motivating Students to Read and Write

By Jessi Himmelsbach (Reading Specialist, Test Preparation, Spanish) Motivation, interest, and attitude are three factors that influence a student’s success and engagement in reading and writing. Understanding student’s interests allows a teacher to provide text and instruction that is more authentic, which may create intrinsic motivation for the student’s reading and writing. Students who are  read more…

Auditions and Aspirations

By Alexandra Cohen-Spiegler (Math, French, Test-Preparation) Imagine yourself in this situation: You’ve spent the past year or more shopping around for the school that fits you best. You’ve read promotional documents. You’ve visited campuses. You’ve seen theatres and recital halls. Perhaps you’ve met with a professor or taken a lesson with a member of a voice faculty.  read more…

Five Ways To Start Writing!

 by Barry Gold, (Essay Coaching and Copy Editing) I teach a required copywriting course at the Fashion Institute of Technology, so my classroom is filled with nineteen-year-olds who are there because they have to be. The first day of the semester, I go around the room and have them talk about themselves, including their feelings about  read more…

One Quick Tip to Improve Reading Comprehension

By Grant Bergland (English, Literature, Test Preparation) One of the reasons I’m qualified to be a test prep tutor is that I did very well on standardized tests. Some of my skills came from being the best student I could be, others I developed through studying how to take tests. There’s a few “tricks” I learned  read more…

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Making Reading at Home Fun and Successful

by Brittany Cogan (Elementary and Special Education) Very often your child is required to read and log as part of nightly homework. Most of the time, as the parent, you just say to your child to read for the allotted amount of time and you will sign it when he or she is finished. When  read more…

Use Your Body to Learn

By Anne Murphy Paul in the Brilliant Report.  Today’s educational technology often presents itself as a radical departure from the tired practices of traditional instruction. But in one way, at least, it faithfully follows the conventions of the chalk-and-blackboard era: it addresses itself only to the student’s head, leaving the rest of the body out. Treating mind  read more…

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