Tell the Signs of Bad Tutors

Students often find themselves having to fight thirty of their peers for their teacher’s attention. It is in such a scenario that private tutoring becomes an important determinant in a child’s performance at school. Often enough, however, tutors can do more harm than good despite their best intentions. (more…)

Cost of education in USA

It is important to get an insight into the education expenses before applying to US universities. The cost of studying abroad is met either by self funding or bank financial aids. Loans can also be applied for in U.S.which is obtained in the form of university funding or scholarship, bank loans, and other source aids.

Course fee varies according to degree of education, subjects studied and also type of university-public or private. Fee structure of the private institutions is generally higher than that of the public ones. The public universities depend on the state funds. However these universities charge higher fees from out of state students. This cost is almost equal to the cost of study in any private university. (more…)

A Brief History of Education in USA

It was back in the 17th century when America saw its first school. Boston Latin School established in 1635 was the first public and is the oldest existing school in United States. Education in America initially started at homes with parents teaching the basics of literacy and arithmetic. By the mid 19th century, this responsibility of imparting education was taken up by schools. By the 1640s, the colonies in America started setting up schools which were predominantly made for males with very few meant for girls. By the 1780s the public schools in the colonies were replaced by private ones. (more…)

PracTutor’s Answer to Helping Students Learn Math and English Effectively

To further instill the impact of what’s going to be discussed, consider these stats: Of the 39 million students in the US in the year 2008, who’d enrolled in public and private schools, 69% of them are all who achieve entry into high school and 70% into college. Many fail the admissions test placed on them at these levels. College demands a majority of these students take remedial courses in Math and English. Some training program or other in these two subjects are taken up by 40% of students in order to prepare for high school. 75% take them up to prep themselves for college admission tests. The training programs mentioned here is at best narrow and boring and students themselves admit to the same. There are no available options to push such rigid learning aside and introduce better means. Enter PracTutor with its individualized approach and a perceptive grasp of the strengths and weaknesses in students. It challenges the former in students and gets rid of the latter for good. (more…)

Collaborating On A Fresh Coaching Service

When the organization that birthed Standards for Professional Learning, namely Learning Forward, and a top-notch leading on-demand one-on-one leader in learning solutions online, namely Tutor.com, shake hands on a new project there’s bound to be results. Their ambitious new project is a service that enhances the efficacy of several hundreds of instructional coaches. Finding its base in the Learning Forward Center for Results, the new system called Coaches’ Connect aims to encourage instructional coaches who have the experience and skill to support teachers seeking help. Tutor.com has a real-time learning platform that caters to achieving this and aims to launch this visionary model in September 2012. (more…)

Are We Losing Innovative Workforce?

The immigrants’ issue has been much debated about. Many people view immigrants as a direct threat to the national economy and well-being of Americans.  However, the statistics say that three out of four inventions has been made by foreign-born people.

The research conducted by the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) says these patents were related to science, engineering or mathematics – the three most quickly developing fields.  The work shows that foreign-born innovators come to study in top U.S. universities but later forced to leave the country and return home where they continue to work creating innovative technologies that will later be implemented worldwide. Or even worse, they are lured by the countries with less restrictive and more open-minded immigration policies. (more…)

What Makes a STEM Teacher Highly-Qualified?

What makes a good mathematics teacher? This question is old-aged but today it sounds differently in the context of keen interest in STEM education.

Parents have always been anxious about where to send their children to give them the best educational opportunities, however the question of “where” is not nearly as important as the question of “who”: who will be teaching their children mathematics and computer science? Who will be explaining chemistry and geometry formulas to them? Who will be the one to inspire and encourage them in this?

A talented teacher can turn tiresome and repetitious classwork into a challenging and exciting process. A passionate teacher can generate ideas to keep his class intellectually awake. The high-school curriculum should focus on something that is bigger than fact memorizing and test preparation to make students really involved. The priority should be given to developing deep understanding of concepts and improving creative-thinking and problem-solving skills. It is a great challenge for schools and communities to keep children at school, make them engaged and motivated. This is the job of today’s highly-qualified STEM teachers. (more…)

Why Do We Cultivate the “Stranger Danger” Fear?

With the academic year successfully over and dreadful exams and tests being not so dreadful after all, it is now when you would normally expect to see kids crowding in the streets and playgrounds. But if we take a closer look at neighborhood streets we will probably be surprised to see none of this.

Instead children are being actively engaged in different sports and educational activities or playing safely in their backyards closely supervised by concerned adults. Some of them are encouraged to take online classes to catch up with whatever they missed during the academic year. (more…)