Friday, June 29, 2012

Reading With An eReader

Reading is changing in a big way! Now, more than ever, people are using eReaders such as Nooks, Kindles, and iPads to read their favorite books, and children are no exception. If your child struggles with reading, getting an eReader device for him might be something worth considering. Here are just a few of the benefits:

·         Every eReader offers a wide variety of free books, many of them Classics, that your child can read free of charge! They also offer free samples, usually the first 30 pages, so you can be sure the book you buy is something you really want to read.

·         While some books are small and relatively portable, there are certainly plenty that are not. An eReader is compact and lightweight, and will always fit neatly in your bag or backpack.

·         Just finished a great story and can’t wait to share it with your friends? Most eReaders have applications that allow you to lend or share already purchased books instantly with other eReader users.

·         While Kindles and Nooks are the most common eReaders, many smart phones and tablets such as Androids, i Phones and i Pads come with free apps for these programs, too. Download them for free and begin reading wherever you are.  You can also read magazines and newspapers on eReaders.

·         When enjoying a book, does your child ever come across a word she doesn’t know? Instead of taking the time to look it up in the dictionary or online, Kindles and Nooks have a feature that allows you to look up the definition of a word instantly, right there on the tablet. This is an excellent tool for improving your child’s vocabulary.

·         Instead of running out to the bookstore or library to get that next book in the series you love, download it right away to your eReader and continue on with the story. No more waiting!

·         Just like with downloading music, purchasing eBooks is significantly less expensive than purchasing the book itself.

·         If you have a hard time getting your children interested in books, an eReader might help to change their minds. Using the same kind of device to read that they use to play games and surf the Internet could turn reading into a fun, interactive activity instead of something they have to do for school. 
While electronic readers may not be the perfect fit for everybody, there are certainly many benefits that come along with owning one. If you are looking for a way to make reading fun and accessible for your children, consider switching to electronic reading!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Why Summer Tutoring?

Whether you have plans for camp, going to the pool, and taking trips this summer, or you’re just planning to relax, summer tutoring is an option that will fit into your schedule and prevent your child from losing knowledge and skills that he has worked hard to gain all year.  According to the National Summer Learning Association, “Research spanning 100 years shows that students typically score lower on standardized tests at the end of summer vacation than they do on the same tests at the beginning of the summer (White, 1906; Heyns, 1978; Entwisle & Alexander 1992; Cooper, 1996; Downey et al, 2004).”  In addition, “most students lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months.”

School is not in session for 11 weeks during the summer; that’s nearly 3 months, or ¼ of the year.  During this time, learning loss is serious business.  Here are just a few ways that summer tutoring can help prevent your child from falling behind:

  • The tutor will encourage fun and interesting reading for the whole summer and discuss the materials with the student.
  • The tutor will help the student improve writing by helping her brainstorm interesting topics, write persuasive essays, use varied vocabulary, and insert effective transitions. 
  •  The tutor will help review learned math concepts in order to retain this knowledge.  The tutor can also evaluate the student to find any gaps and fill them, which will predict a successful year this coming fall.
  • Summer is a great time to prepare for fall SAT’s and ACT’s, before the bombarment of school and homework. 
  •  Summer tutoring will result in an easier adjustment once school starts.

We at Tutoring For Success know that your summers are busy.  That’s why our tutors will be flexible in planning tutoring sessions around your vacation schedule.  We are also offering a summer discount of $65/hr for a 10 hour package; the 10 hours can be used any time during the 11 weeks of summer.  To prevent summer learning loss, we recommend at least 2 hours a week during the weeks that you’re in town.

Have a wonderful and relaxing summer, and don’t forget to always continue to read and learn.