For parents who only want the best for their child, online tutoring may have an ominous sound to it because it denotes a certain lack of ‘personal contact’ between teacher and student. Although one-on-one tutoring is very effective, studies have repeatedly shown that online tutoring can be equally as effective and even provides some benefits.
Online tutoring still requires one-on-one interaction between tutor and student, but offers greater flexibility with scheduling since it doesn’t require commuting. it is in the comfort of your own home, parents can better monitor their child’s safety, there is greater economic value, and it personalizes technology to her students, which also better prepares them for this electronic world.
Barbara Dunbar, who offers both Face-to-Face and Online Tutoring, has devoted her professional life to helping others through better education. She is ‘goal oriented’ and has continued her own growth in education by being a student for over 40 years and transferring some of that knowledge to others as a teacher for over 30 years. She has pursued educational achievements that go well beyond the typical tutor, as she realized that there needed to be depth to her educational base for her to translate that knowledge into being a more efficient and effective tutor for her students. Some of the educational topics she has professionally mastered include:
- Language Arts
- Written Expression
- Vocabulary Building
- Reading Comprehension
- Literary Analysis
Barbara earned her Masters Degree in French and a Certification in Learning Disabilities for special education students, which brings an additional level of understanding for her to accurately determine the hidden needs of her pupils. Her curriculum, which focuses on Reading, Language Arts, Writing, is enhanced with the additional benefit of teaching Study Skills to augment learning any subject, whether in school or in a professional environment as an employee.
Your Atlanta Online Tutor, through her decades of teaching experience, has developed a progressive learning system called The Achievers Circle which simplifies the learning process for all types of students, regardless of their needs, and promotes confidence in the process. Barbara’s instruction on Study Skills utilizes some of the more sophisticated, yet successfully proven techniques that only the ‘best of the best’ incorporate for their students. Some of these Study Skills incorporated throughout the curriculum as an integral part of a student’s success include:
“Habits of Mind” – how to behave intelligently even when not knowing the answer. (This aspect alone could have exponential benefits for a student’s growth, confidence and future success).
- Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision
- Managing impulsivity
- Gathering data through all senses
- Listening with understanding and empathy
- Creating, imagining, innovating
- Thinking flexibly
- Responding with wonderment and awe
- Thinking about thinking (metacognition)
- Taking responsible risks
- Striving for accuracy
- Finding humor
- Questioning and posing problems
- Thinking interdependently
- Applying past knowledge to new situations
- Remaining open to continuous learning
Mnemonics (Memorization Strategies)
Tools to enable students to ‘study smarter, not just harder’
Reading Comprehension Strategies
Learning Style Awareness
As is quite evident, Barbara is truly a ‘professional’s professional’ by offering her students the most efficient, sophisticated and proven techniques to better their future chances of success in this globally competitive world. Her passion to helping others through teaching / tutoring and promoting Study Skills, enables students to gain confidence leading to success in the future.