Reading Out Loud to Young Children

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Young children learn better when they are read to out aloud!

Children need to be brought up with love and care in all aspects, and education is no exception to that rule. Teaching them daily lessons requires a well-thought-out strategy including not just content, but also a specific method of delivery. One of the best ways of reading anything is doing so out loud. Looking for a reading or writing tutor? HeyKiki is the place for you.

Here’s why reading aloud is so beneficial:

a. It results in higher level of literacy acquisition and word-sound awareness.

b. Reading skills are developed in an accelerated manner.

c. It results in the stimulation of cognitive skills and language.

d. Vocabulary level is increased dramatically.

e. A positive attitude is built amongst children if parents read out aloud to them. Contact with books and other reading tools becomes more powerful.

f. Children are taught to adjust to stressful moments.

g. They are able to memorize difficult words easier if they hear them out loud. The same holds true with important events or ideas.

h. Reading aloud to kids boosts their self confidence and enables them to grasp lessons in an effective manner.

i. Overall motivation and memory increases.

Many parents will read to their children up until they can read themselves, but not after that. A study (as told by the New York Times) shows, however, that children who are read aloud to up until the age of 11 show more love for reading and are more frequent readers. Even if a child is capable of reading on his/her own, it’s still highly beneficial to read to him/her out loud.

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Tips for Mastering Freshman Year Math

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Be fully ready to grasp mathematical concepts at the graduate level!

Math is an important subject, whether at the middle school level, high school level or college level. Like all other subjects, the complexity of math keeps on increasing with each academic year and level. Students who choose to study math at a graduate level need to be especially careful during their freshman year, as far as studying and mastering math is concerned. If you’re looking for a math tutor in subjects like calculus and geometry, check out what we offer through HeyKiki.

Here are some tips for doing well in math during freshman year:

Be a regular attender of your math classes during freshman year. Everyday, new material will be introduced by the teacher. If you miss even a single class, you may lag behind your peers. You must especially attend the classes at the beginning of freshman year as these are paramount to each semester. During these classes, students are given a brief introduction of all the topics to be covered.

Note each and every point carefully. Revise and practice all the concepts and problems taught in class each day. This helps in clarifying any doubts or problems relevant to the material right away.

Ultimately, you must practice as much as possible to acheive perfection – or close to it – in math. Explore different resources available to you, such as text books, online resources, and practice problem sets.

Don’t ignore the mistakes you’ve made on exams or tests, even if you’ll never be tested on those topics again. Math builds upon itself, and your understanding of that topic may be essential for what’s coming up next.

Lastly, take help from tutors and older students whenever needed.

Thinking about studying math in grad school but not there yet? If you’re looking for schools, check out the U.S. News and World Report rankings. On their page for the best graduate math programs, the top 3 programs are located at MIT, Princeton, and Harvard.

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Alternatives to Taking the SAT

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Alternatives for the SAT do exist!

The SAT examination has long been considered the trusted parameter for assessing students’ capabilities unto higher studies. If you’re in need of an SAT or perhaps ACT tutor or class, look no further. HeyKiki will find you the perfect fit.

In recent years, the SAT has been criticized for many reasons, some saying it enables only affluent students to enter high-level educational institutions. That’s why it has been suggested by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) that alternative methods to the SAT be established.

Creativity and the skills related to problem solving should be the basic criteria for granting admissions to higher educational institutions. This view has been supported by many scholars, who believe these particular qualities demonstrate a student’s ability or lack thereof to achieve at a higher level. Alternatives to the SAT that still emphasize these skills would reduce the amount of well-to-do students who clear SAT by getting expensive and extensive coaching before taking the exam.

One existing alternative to the SAT is the ACT, which has been around since 1959. The ACT prevails in the Midwest, whereas the SAT is popular in the East and West coastal areas. The ACT assesses students’ capabilities with regard to their school-level studies. This test can be passed even by average students who are able to retain information and study well. It is just like a test taken by the students in their classrooms. It is not intended to confuse students with tricky wording, like in the SAT. While the SAT emphasizes the student’s ability to understand the question, the ACT emphasizes the content of the question.

Even still, the ACT presents similar challenges as the SAT does, in that privileged students who can afford the best training are favored. However, the current trend is for colleges to put less and less of an emphasis on test scores for admission. In a Forbes article from 2014, Natalie Sportelli tells of schools making SAT/ACT scores optional. One school – Bard College – has even created an alternative the entire common app. Though most students choose against it, they are given the option to take Bard’s entrance exam consisting of solely essays for admission.

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Writing Stories in Groups

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Give them the opportunity to excel with their story line!

Creative writing is essentially what happens when you let your imagination run wild and write it all down. Check out what HeyKiki has to offer for reading and writing tutor and classes.

When it comes to writing stories in groups, one of the best ways to get the imaginative and original ideas out is to think together! As a teacher, you could very well organize for your students to write stories in groups. This group could be either a pair or a group of five or six. Allot them a specific amount of time and ensure that they follow it. Give them a story line to start with, to avoid wasted time in deciding on one. Say, about a fairy! If any group has a prepared alternative, listen to what they have to say and allow them to move forward with it, if feasible. In the Huffington Post, Brett Hunt gives “2 Great Exercises to Help Kids Love Creative Writing“. She recommends that in partnered creative writing, teachers should write the opening line, rather than giving a topic. This too is a fun way to steer the students in a specific direction, while still allowing them creative freedom.

Next, clearly communicate to them that their story should have a traditional theme, a twist from this traditional theme, some suspenseful or thrilling turning points, and some surprising and sweet twists that bring the story to an end. Having given the key ingredients to the students to cook a beautiful story, then give them space and let them discuss and pen down their story. Once the story writing is over, go through each and make minor edits for things like grammar and punctuation.  Now, let a representative from each group read out the story aloud to the entire class and once the reading is over, let the other groups pose sensible questions regarding the story. This questioning session is so very vital, as it gives the opportunity for the group to improve upon their story, making it even more amazing.

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Relearning Math as an Adult

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Learning math should never be bound by age limits!

Acquisition of knowledge is not the sole right of students and youngsters. It’s equally important for teachers and educational institutions to be engaging the adult community with educational lessons and value. Many state authorities have come up with Adult Education Programs that enable adults to study during their available time in areas of their own choosing.

Adults interested in learning math in the later stages of their lives benefit both themselves and the facilities they utilize in their educational pursuit. Because they are equipped with a broader understanding and more developed talents than children, they can learn this particular subject with more interest and engagement. Their language and other developed abilities enable them to understand the basic points of math in a more-than-feasible manner. Because the foundation is most likely already laid in their minds, moving on to subjects like calculus and statistics is not as difficult as it can be with younger children. If you’re looking for a tutor in either of these subjects or any math course for that matter, HeyKiki has got you covered.

Teachers may also find themselves more comfortable in teaching math to the adults than to the children, who require patience and dedication in learning even the simplest concepts. Adults, on the other hand, quickly pick up on the basics and can easily move on to more complex math issues.

Apart from going back to a school setting to learn math, adults can take advantage of helpful math books. Those available range from elementary to college levels. They can also search the internet, which is filled with helpful, math-related material for learners of all ages. For instance, the Huffington Post composes an article entitled “6 Free to Low-Cost Resources to Teach You Calculus in a Fun and Interactive Way“, in which Oscar Fernandez lists several online and hard-copy book tools available to anyone. These include Paul’s Online Math Notes, Khan Academy videos, and MIT video lectures.

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