Tutor profile: Monica J.
How can you encourage students who don't like to write to build their skills?
Elementary school students need to write often to build their writing muscles and prepare for high school and college. To encourage those students who do not enjoy writing, I like to give them fun writing prompts about creative topics, or opinion based writing about a topic they get invested in. This helps them stay motivated, and work past the difficulties of spelling/handwriting when it gets tough.
Subject: Basic Math
How do you help a second grade student understand regrouping in subtraction (borrowing)?
To help a second grade student understand regrouping (borrowing), it can be incredibly helpful to use manipulatives such as base 10 blocks to show them what happens when they move quantities from a place value in order to subtract. They can also draw this out so that they conceptually understand why they are borrowing or regrouping - which in turn will help the student be more accurate and have a stronger fluency with math facts.
What are some strategies to help a young reader comprehend a text they just read?
It helps young readers to summarize their reading vocally as they proceed through the text, to visualize what they are reading by recording the setting/characters/problem/solution, and use context clue strategies to discover the meaning of new words.