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Monday, January 27, 2014

Building Reading Confidence

Can you really do anything well if you have little confidence while doing it?  Confidence plays such a huge role in the success of mastering various tasks in our lives and mastering reading is no exception.  Some students go through their school years without experiencing the feeling of success while reading.  Students learn to read at all different levels and speeds and it is important to instill success in our students, even if the success seems minimal.  Learning to read and becoming engaged as a reader is a daunting task and can rarely be done unless our students have confidence in themselves.  Confidence allows students to overcome any difficulties in reading and it also helps foster a love for reading.  How often do we as adults continue to do something we feel we are not good at or have been told we aren’t as good as someone else?  Not often.  Children are no different.  They need to be confident that they are moving in the right direction and to feel successful as readers.  This article from is a great resource on how we as the adults and educators can help boost reading confidence.   

Study Tips for Your Learning Style

All students are unique in the way that he or she learns.  Our teachers at Smart Zone Tutoring are equipped with various methods to help individual students not only find their preferred learning style, but guide them on how to use that knowledge to study for upcoming tests and quizzes.  Smart Zone tutors use evaluative methods very early in the tutoring process to find the learning style and are able to incorporate the preferred method in each of the tutoring sessions.  By doing this, students will be able to independently practice study strategies and test taking skills.   This article helps outline various ways to help study depending on your learning style: Visual, auditory, or tactile.