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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 February 19, 2019

How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

How to Break Bad Habits: I Broke 3 Bad Habits in Less Than 2 Months

The cycle of bad habits is what keeps us living small and stops us from reaching our true potential. Breaking a bad habit isn’t as hard as it seems; despite being a CEO of a company and raising two children, I still managed to break 3 bad habits I had within 2 months. Yes, that’s quitting one habit in less than 21 days.

I took steps to eliminate them one at a time. Habits such as drinking Coke every day, slouching when sitting and not having a consistent exercise routine.

So how did I break these habits? I used the Control Alternate Delete Method (Ctrl Alt Del).

What is this method and why is it so effective? Read on to find out how to break bad habits with this unique method.

How to break bad habits with the Control Alternate Delete Method

    We all notice on some level what our bad habits are. A lot of the time we choose to ignore the negative ways these impact us.

    For me, I was sitting most of the day in front of my computer at work in a slouching position. I drank Coke every single day in an attempt to stay awake. I put off any kind of exercise regime because I felt that it was better to just relax and have fun after a whole day of work. As a result, I was leading a really unhealthy lifestyle suffering from weight gain and back pain.

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    I needed to make a change.

    I started to read books about building habits such as The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan, and The Now Habit by Neil Fiore. After reading all these books, I’ve come up with my own method to quit bad habits — The Ctrl Alt Del Method.

    I started by focusing on just one bad habit, the first one being the sheer amount of Coke I was consuming each day.

    Every day I applied the Ctrl Alt Del Method and after two weeks, not only did I stop drinking Coke every day (I only drank one can in 2 weeks), but I started the better habit of drinking 8 glasses of water every day instead.

    After eliminating one bad habit, I moved on to the other two with this same method and a month later I was:

    • Hitting the gym twice a week.
    • Improving my sitting posture, not only at the office but also at home and everywhere else, improving my back pain.
    • Gaining core muscle which improved my back pain as well.
    • Losing fat around my waist which went from 36″ (considered obese level) to 32″ (normal level).

    If I can improve my life using this method, then so can you. Using this structure to eliminate your bad habits will increase your success and replace your bad habits with more positive ones.

    Control: Master your desire

      Identify your triggers

      Bad habits such as drinking alcohol, smoking and snacking too much trigger the release of dopamine, a feel-good chemical in the brain.[1] Although you might not like the end result, they give you a positive outcome in the moment. This is pure psychology.

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      It’s important to identify what is triggering you to continually act out your bad habit. This isn’t always an easy step because our habits have been built up over a long period of time.

      If you need help in identifying your triggers, here’s a list of common bad habits and their triggers: 13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

      Self-reflect

      To help you work out your triggers, do a bit of self-reflection. Ask yourself questions such as:

      • What comfort are you getting from this habit?
      • Why do you need comfort?

      For example, I chose to drink coke because it tasted good and it made me feel good when I was stressed. I slouched only when I sat for too long working on my desk and started to feel tired. I skipped exercises because every day after work I felt I already did enough works and didn’t want to work out.

      If you choose to eat fast food every night, you’re probably telling yourself you’re too busy to cook. But ask yourself why? What are your priorities?

      Maybe you have a lack of self-worth that means you don’t have the self-love to want to look after your health. Perhaps it’s a sign you’re not making enough time for important routines like shopping and creating a healthy meal yourself. Maybe you’ve always had a belief that you’re a bad cook.

      Write a diary

      Write down your thoughts and feelings around this bad habit. Writing things down forces the brain to think harder.[2] This helps you to find the source to your stress or limiting negative beliefs.

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      Alternate: Find a replacement

        Find a positive alternative habit

        Once you think you’ve discovered your trigger, try to find a similar but healthy option. This is where I replaced Coke with lemon water; slouching with simply taking a walk and stretching my back every hour; and chilling at home after work with workout exercises that I actually found fun.

        You could decide to walk to the office instead of driving or getting off the bus earlier to walk. You could switch to a healthier breakfast cereal instead of grabbing a sugary snack when you head out of the door.

        By doing this, you aren’t getting rid of the act altogether like you would if you completely gave something up with nothing to fill that void. This helps your brain accept the improved habit more.

        Create a defence plan

        Everyone has moments of weakness and that want to revert back to the bad habit will rear its ugly head. This is where a plan can help counteract these moments.

        Think of things you can do when the temptations come. For example, if you want to check your phone less, ask your friend or partner to keep it for you or switch it off and read a book. If you’re a starter for an exercise routine, like me, get someone to do it with you to keep you accountable.

        Decide on something you will do once you feel triggered to go back to your old habit. Repeating these positive alternative habits consistently will help wire your brain to see them as your normal new habit over time.

        Delete: Remove temptations

          Remove stuff that reminds you of the bad habit

          Getting rid of anything that reminds you of your bad habit is essential. For example, I got rid of coke in my office and at home and replaced my usual office chair with an exercise ball. It makes it much easier to stop slipping back in a weak moment.

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          Avoid all kinds of temptations

          In the same vein, avoid places or people that you know will tempt you back into that bad habit. Don’t go to the supermarket on an empty stomach to avoid the temptation to buy trashy snacks, don’t drive past that fast food joint but find an alternative route instead, say no more often to the friend you know will get you drunk again this weekend.

          It’s all about not putting yourself in the situation where you’re in danger of relapsing.

          Conclusion

          The Control Alternate Delete Method uses the right steps you need to overcome your need to indulge in your bad habits. Working with your core psychology, emotions and feelings behind your actions is what makes this method effective and easy to apply to all bad habits you have.

          Bad habits are easy to form and making changes can seem difficult but remember that it’s all about consistency and repetition.

          Start using the Control Alternate Delete Method today and you can stop a bad habit permanently.

          What bad habit do you want to put a stop to once and for all? You must set aside time and pick one bad habit to focus on. Start using the steps to increase and maintain more positivity in your life moving forward.

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