Growing is what happens when a student of any age stretches and pushes beyond their original level. On this Mother’s Day morning my two children are still sleeping and I am still juggling the challenges that come with being a single parent, of two now nearly grown up, beautiful young adults, and developing a small business. I love what I do, that tutoring gives me the chance to work directly with so many different people of various backgrounds and at a broad range of learning levels. And I love being a mom and knowing that the two now deeply sleeping will soon fill this home with their energy and enthusiasm and caring. What I try to nurture as I grow with them is their curiousity, for it is curiousity that allows for learning to take place. Happy Mother’s Day to all celebrating today and stay curious.
Please everyone note I can be contacted directly through email to firstname.lastname@example.org . I am repeating the blog below because a reader mentioned that my recent blogs have been absorbed by Google ads! While this is a compliment of sorts I guess, that the big Tutoring firms have chosen to piggy back on my blog, I remain Ali (Alison) the English Tutor- one woman with twenty years of active teaching and learning here in Toronto and in Manhattan. I am able to cull from that experience to personalize lesson plans and work together with a student and a student’s family for the strongest outcome. Ali stands for Achieve Learning Ideals, my company is called Together Academics because nothing grows in a vacuum.
For me the most important part of the lesson is when a student gives input – if I am helping a student edit work during a writing conference, I am very careful to make sure that the final result remains the student’s words.
Content: How do students of any age prove their knowledge? Usually through some form of test taking. And my role is to help improve the student’s ability to get credit for learning. I have worked with many a student who didn’t realize how important it is to respond directly to the question. As a tutor I value all the extra free thinking I get to hear, but I know that certain forms of testing still want very focused responses and a deliberate review of in class material.
Words on a page form an argument, present a point of view and establish proof of accepting or rejecting the assigned materials a teacher is testing on. For example, if a student is being asked to discuss a current event, the teacher marking the paper will be looking not only for clear grammar and punctuation, but most importantly for the discussion itself; how was the argument formulated? I’m going to try to be extra clear now- and mention that Academic argument is not the same as a “fight”. It is closest to an examination of a point of view, a sharing of an opinion with an attempt to support that opinion through strong examples
Think. Create. Perform. Commit to Practice. Improve.