Tutoring Advice for Aspiring (or Struggling) Students

Being a student isn’t an easy job.  For many teens and young adults going through the education process, it can be challenging, even painful experience to deal with tight deadlines, difficult material, lack of interest, or general frustration with the learning process.

Luckily there are many ways to help students throughout this process, many that will minimize or even eliminate the stress and anxiety that can often accompany school and testing.  We spoke with one expert in tutoring Staten Island kids and teenagers who has years of experience dealing with all sort of issues, and he gave us some tips on how to approach the tutoring process.

Step 1 – Determining if Tutoring is Necessary

This is usually a given, considering the pain points that lead people to searching for assistance, but it can still prove a useful exercise.  Does the student in question exhibit any of the following traits?

  • Poor grades.
  • Frustration/lashing out.
  • Unable to concentrate on certain subjects.
  • Acting depressed/dejected.

These are all red flags that a student is or will be falling behind in a subject, and requires extra attention and care.

Step 2 – Selecting the Appropriate Medium

Not all tutors are created equal.  There are many resources online that students can undertake to better understand a given subject, but that usually doesn’t work with children or teens.  If a young student is really struggling with a subject, chances are they need one-on-one assistance.

Step 3 – Set Schedules

It’s important to stick to the plan when undertaking a tutoring regiment.  For instance, if you are interested in test prep for a certain specific exam (like SATs, or high school entrance exams), it follows that you will need to devote your time appropriately leading up to the scheduled test.

The trick here is to not start too late, because that compounds those feelings of anxiety and stress that were harming the student initially.

We hope this has been helpful if you are facing a struggle with your studies or your children’s studies.

Other Resources:

Tutoring Resources and Materials – Schools on Wheels

 

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Keys Features in a Graphic Design Laptop for Students

Alumni from various design schools know more about laptops for students because they’ve used them before. One of the main limiting factors when buying a student laptop is budget. You cannot go for the best laptop, which might cost more than $2000, because the budget does not allow.

However, there are various other good laptops, some even costing less than $500 and offering good performance. As a design student, you need to take your time and pick a durable, convenient and upgradable laptop for graphics. If you will be in school for four years, a laptop should last that long and more.

Buying in a hurry?

If you’re buying a computer for graphic design, you need to consider the most important factors that it should meet. For starters, pick a computer with a display of between 12.5 and 14 inches as it offers a balance between portability and usability. The minimum features you need to go for in a design computer should be at least 4GB RAM, Intel Core i3 or its equivalent processor, good resolution and SSD storage instead of HDD.

If you spend more than $600 on a computer, you can get better features than the above. Ensure the laptop lasts more than 8 hours on a battery and then choose a good operating software – windows or mac based should be convenient. Lastly, you could also pick between hybrids and normal laptops.

Picking a Platform

Do you prefer Windows, Mac OS X or Chrome? Whichever browser you choose is a question of personal preference. Windows and Mac OS are the most popular with chrome being installed on most kids laptops.

Windows is highly convenient for most users thanks to its usability, and the affordability of Windows installed laptops. Mac laptops are viewed as computers for high social class, and most of them are more expensive than Windows laptops with the same features. Besides the fact that they are lacking in RAM and Storage, Mac and Windows platforms have some good features that users will love.

When picking a laptop, consider the software that you will be using and whether there are versions designed for specific design work. Again, consider ease of use.

Finding a Good Price

For a student, finding a good price for a laptop is important. There are different laptops on the market and different sellers all offering different prices for their laptops. You need to compare prices online before settling on one seller to ensure you get the best.
Different brands, versions, and models will have different prices even when offering the same features. You need to consider the basic and essential features first before considering other features. Choose performance over extra features, especially if on budget.

Buy Today

You need to take your time before picking the best laptop for graphic design students to ensure you get value for your money. This will mean researching on software to use and their system requirements and availability for different platforms, prices and much more. Even better, you should pick a computer you are able to upgrade in future.

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Best Pancake Mix for Diabetics

Breakfast is one of the most important meals you can have on any given day. Breakfast is essential for diabetics just as it is for non-diabetics. Most people relate breakfast to sugary foods which is never good for diabetics. One common breakfast meal that is usually seen this way is the pancakes.

Every pancake mouthful is believed to be sugar-filled. Pancakes are considered unhealthy with some seeing it as a treat that one ought to give themselves instead of eggs or after a meal at breakfast. They are considered fattening which makes them unsuitable for diabetics.

Depending on the type of pancake being made, some traditional styles such as European or American style pancakes have lots of sugar as well as refined grains. This makes them unsuitable for most people who are dieting, those who want to live healthy as well as for those who are interested in weight loss. Above all, they are not healthy for diabetics.

However, that doesn’t mean that diabetics must abandon eating pancakes. It all comes down to choosing healthier options that still get you a pancake but with a less amount of sugar. There are various recipes available online that you can use to make the best pancake mix for diabetics for a healthier you.

You’ll be amazed at the different types of pancakes that you can actually make and how fruits and vegetables can be used to replace things like flour and sugar when making breakfast pancakes for diabetic people.

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A Brief Introduction to Synagogue School

A synagogue school is a religious school where students learn together to embrace their heritage and cultivate a spirited Jewish identity. The relationship the students will build between themselves, teachers and the community as a whole will be at the heart of their Jewish journey. The school honors families diversity and thus as a parent when you enroll your child in one of these schools he’ll be guided together with other students to connect to Judaism religion that is meaningful to him.

The purpose of Jewish education in the school

In this school, the purpose of Jewish education that would be taught to your child will be to prepare him for a lifelong, meaningful and motivated journey that is rooted in Judaism. The school goes beyond knowledge acquisition because teachers would also address your child’s heart by exploring his belief and values and guide him to stand in relationship with his classmate’s, school and the world community as a whole.

When to begin

As a parent, you’re encouraged first to enroll your child in kindergarten. For it is the school’s norm for a child to begin her religious education not later than third grade. This is to enable her when she reaches thirteen years of age be able to celebrate bat mitzvah ceremony. Additionally, when enrolling your child, you’ll be required to meet with the senior rabbi for the child’s assessment and grade placement recommendation.

Core curriculum offered

Judaic

The school offers a Judaic curriculum that would expose your child to the expanding base of Jewish knowledge. This curriculum will also enlighten and encourage your child to embrace the Jewish and Torah community identity.

Hebrew

The child would be instilled value appreciation of Hebrew as ancient, holy and living language of Jewish people. For younger learners, they would learn Hebrew organically through the use of Modern Hebrew selection and songs in their classroom.

Conclusion

A synagogue school is designed to be a safe, trusting and sharing community school as each student is encouraged to participate in community building and enrichment thus building friendship bond that would last.

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Ramah Alumni Joins Seder In Argentina

Through our partnership with Masorti Olami, Project Reconnect’s Kol Dichfin helped a young Ramah Alumni and her family find a Seder in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can read her reflections below:

“Pardes was a really great experience. The congregation was very enthusiastic and welcoming. Immediately the Rabbi introduced himself and sat us down for Kabbalat Shabbat. There was a lot of singing and the congregants were all fervently participating. We then sat down for the Seder, which had a Powerpoint presentation so everyone could follow along with the words. The Rabbi posed discussion questions for the table at times and there was even a puppet show that acted out the story of Pesach.

The congregants at our table were friendly and patient, helping us with translating and following along. There were a few other North Americans, which was really great too. …It was my first time going to a non-family seder, and I really did enjoy it. It was amazing to see how universal the songs, customs and practices were and I think that aspect was very comforting for me and my family.”

Did you host or attend a Seder through Kol Dichfin? Please tell us about it and help publicize the generous kehillah that helped out! Please email support@projectreconnect.org.

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