Tutoring Success Stories

Tutoring success stories: We've all got them. Sometimes change is incremental, and sometimes we get those "ah-HA" moments that keep us going.

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After 21 years of tutoring children with learning disabilities, I can tell you many success stories, ALL of them! I teach children how to read using …

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Three weeks ago my friend Layton came over to me after I got my hundred in social studies. He said he needed help with his test grades. So I asked what …

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I was working with a new student the other day who was trying to write an essay paper. He just couldn't get words on the page--but boy could he talk! That …

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Erin's Story

Here's one of my favorite examples of using an individually tailored approach to make tutoring successful. It also appears in my forthcoming book, Be a Great Tutor.

"Erin's student Fred was a bright fifth-grader whose parents felt his handwriting, spelling, and other mechanical skills needed improvement. She knew the only way he would get better was to practice writing, but he didn't want to. Drawing on her background in creative writing, Erin decided to make the sessions as fun as possible for Fred. They spent a couple of hours inventing characters, drawing pictures of them, and listing their personality traits. Erin incorporated Fred's science homework by using his textbook to find pictures of Fred's favorite animals. Fred's favorite was a young pufferfish named Caesar, and soon Fred was eagerly writing page after page of a detective story about Caesar. Erin let him enjoy his writing most of the time, but stopped him once in a while to discuss ways he could strengthen his mechanical skills. By the end of the year, he'd made a lot of progress and had discovered that he loved writing.

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