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5 Reasons to Find a Tutor!

5 Reasons to Find a Tutor!

Students often encounter challenges, and sometimes these challenges are hard to overcome without external help. Teachers at schools have to deal with dozens of students at a time, and paying special attention to individual needs of every one of them is simply impossible. And while some children don’t find it difficult to perceive new information in such an environment, others may need additional help, either due to a lack of natural affinity with the subject or problems with the format in which information is presented. In such situations, individual tutors can be of great help—let’s take a look at why.

1. You will benefit from one-on-one learning.

No matter how small a class is, when a teacher has to deal with more than one student, each with his or her own individual peculiarities, strong and weak points and preferences, the educator’s ability to transfer knowledge in a meaningful way inevitably suffers. Only when he/she can dedicate his/her entire attention to teaching a particular child the teacher can find ways of assisting in the learning process in the most effective and efficient manner. Moreover, in the classroom, children often feel embarrassed to attract attention to themselves by asking questions when they don’t understand something—whereas, when they study one-on-one with a tutor, this problem simply doesn’t arise.

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2. You will receive personalized study help.

At school, every child is subjected to the same flow of information, theory and practice. The teacher does not (and cannot) take into account the abilities and personal peculiarities of each particular student. As a result, a student may find himself struggling with a subject because it isn’t considered to be worthy of much attention and, on the contrary, waste time listening to explanations of what he or she already understands. Personal tutoring allows you to concentrate on areas that need improving while skimming over what is already understood. For example, math tutoring can help those lagging behind in mathematics, with special attention paid to the areas of your choosing.

3. You will learn Common Core techniques.

Most students, teachers and parents whole-heartedly hate Common Core Standards, but it doesn’t cancel the fact that they are an extremely important part of modern education and grading system—even though schools very often fall short of adequately preparing students for them. A professional tutor with a good knowledge of the requirements presented by Common Core tests can make preparing for them much easier for a student.

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4. You won’t lose all your skills or forget everything you’ve learned over seasonal vacations and breaks.

Practice makes perfect, and it is all too true when it comes to education. Summer vacation is the worst offender in this respect—students aren’t exactly willing to spend their summer months honing the skills they’ve acquired during the school year, and all too often have to learn them all over again when the time comes to go to school again. Hiring a tutor to work with them in summer can help maintain these skills, thus making their return to school a bit less of a shock.

5. You won’t be as distracted.

When studying at home on their own, students face all kinds of distractions, from household noises to food and television. In classroom there is another set of disruptive influences, primarily coming from other students. When studying under the guidance of a tutor, a student has much fewer chances to get distracted and let it go unnoticed.

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While tutoring isn’t an answer to all academic problems a student may encounter, it certainly helps. It doesn’t matter if you want your child to improve his or her skills in an area difficult for him/her or hone skills in which he/she is already good at—a professional tutor can be a great help in both these endeavors.

Featured photo credit: Tutoring Center/Tulane Public Relations via flickr.com

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Last Updated on October 14, 2018

Don’t Think You’re a Creative Person? You Can Definitely Change That

Don’t Think You’re a Creative Person? You Can Definitely Change That

Do you think of yourself as a creative person? Do you play the drums or do watercolor paintings? Perhaps compose songs or direct plays? Can you even relate to any of these so called ‘creative’ experiences?

Many people have this common assumption that creativity is an inborn talent, whereby only a special group of people are inherently creative–everyone else just unfortunately does not have that special ability. But, this is far from the truth!

So what is creativity?

Everyone Can Be Creative!

The fact is, that everyone has an innate creative ability. Despite what most people may think, creativity is a skill that everyone can learn. It’s a skill with huge leverage that allows you to generate enormous amounts of value from relatively little input. How is that so?

You’ll have to start by expanding your definition of creativity. Creativity isn’t just about making art or ‘thinking out of the box’. Creativity at its heart, is being able to see things in a way that others cannot. It’s a skill that helps you find new perspectives to create new possibilities and solutions to different problems.

So, if you encounter different challenges and problems that need solving on a regular basis, then creativity is an invaluable skill to have.

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Let’s say, for example, that you work in sales. Having creativity will help you to look for new ways to approach and reach out to potential customers. Or perhaps you’re a teacher. You have to constantly look for new ways to deliver your message and educate your students.

How Creativity Really Works

Let me break another misconception about creativity — which is that it’s only used to create completely “new” or “original” things. Again, this is far from the truth. Because nothing is ever completely new or original.

Everything, including works of art, doesn’t come from nothing. Everything derives from some sort of inspiration. That means that creativity works by connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

From this perspective, you can see lots of creativity in action. In technology, Apple combines traditional computers with design and aesthetics to create new ways to use digital products. In music, a musician may be inspired by certain styles of music, instruments and rhythms to write a new song.

All of these examples are about connecting different ideas, finding common ground amongst the differences, and creating a completely new idea out of them.

Creativity Needs an Intention

Another misconception about the creative process is that you can just be in a general “creative” state.

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Real creativity isn’t about coming up with “eureka!” moments for random ideas. Instead, to be truly creative, you need to have a direction. You have to ask yourself this question:

“What problem are you trying to solve?”

Only by knowing the answer to this question can you start flexing your creativity muscles.

Often times, the idea of creativity is associated with the ‘Right’ brain, with intuition and imagination. Hence a lot of focus is placed on the ‘Right’ brain when it comes to creativity.

But to get the most out of creativity, you need to utilize both sides of your brain, Right and Left, which means using the analytical and logical part of your brain, too.

This may sound surprising to you, but creativity has a lot to do with problem solving. And, problem solving inherently involves logic and analysis. So instead of throwing out the ‘Left’ brain, full creativity needs them to work in unison.

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For example, when you’re looking for new ideas, your ‘Left’ brain will guide you to a place of focus, which is based on your objective behind the ideas you’re searching for. The ‘Right’ brain then guides you to gather and explore based on your current focus.

And, when you decide to try out these new ideas, your ‘Right’ brain will give you novel solutions outside of the ones you already know. Your ‘Left’ brain then helps you evaluate and tune the solutions to work better in practice. So logic and creativity actually work hand in hand, and not one at the expense of the other.

Creativity is a Skill

At the end of the day, creativity is a skill. It’s not some innate or natural born talent that some have over others. What this means is that creativity and innovation can be practiced and improved upon systematically.

A skill can be learned and practiced by applying your strongest learning styles. Want to know what your learning style is? Try this test.

A skill can also be measured and improved through a Feedback Loop, and can be continuously upgraded over time by regular practice. Through regular practice, your creativity goes through different stages of proficiency. This means that you can become more and more creative!

If you never thought that creativity was relevant to you, or that you don’t have a knack for being creative… think again! You can use creativity in any aspect of your life. In fact you should use it, as it will allow you to to break through your usual loop, get you out of your comfort zone, and inspire you to grow and try new things.

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Creativity will definitely give you an edge when you’re trying to solve a problem or come up with new solutions.

Start Connecting the Dots!

Excited to start honing your creativity? Here at Lifehack, we’ve got a wealth of knowledge to help. We understand that creativity is a matter of connecting things together in order to derive new meaning or value.

So if you want to learn how to start connecting the dots, simply subscribe to our newsletter today. In it, you’ll find out how to make use of crucial skills that will push you towards a life transformation– one that you never thought possible. Your personal growth is our commitment.

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