Tutor Doctor helps Students of all Ages

You may not think of getting a tutor when you are taking an adult education or college class, but you probably need them more with the huge workloads that adult students have to handle.

Tutor Doctor has experts in all subjects and in-home tutors for all ages. Watch how a university students was able to cope with her curriculum and assignments thanks to her one-on-one tutor from Tutor Doctor.

How to Limit Your Child’s Screen Time

Screens are ubiquitous and when you add up the time your child spends on computers, phones, tablets and TVs, you may be surprised at just how many hours a day they spend on screens. Limiting screen time opens up space and energy for interactions with family and friends, time for sports and time for play.

How much is too much?

Studies vary on their recommendations, but each family has to collaborate on setting limits that suit their lifestyles. Not all screen time is equal either and studies show that screen time that involves learning, tutors and face time with friends and family members can actually be very productive and positive. Current recommendations include no screen time for children under 2 and 1-2 hours for children under 6.

Give space for Choices

Your family members are far more likely to stick to limits when they have some choice in the matter, so let them decide which shows they want to watch and what apps and games to play. These should be age-appropriate, so ensure that you know what your child is watching.

Allow your child to ‘earn’ additional time for chores and homework done, or activities completed. Explain why you are limiting their screen time and be consistent with implementing restrictions so that they will be able to make the right choices for themselves in the future.

Be a Good Example

This is a tough one, but limiting your own screen time will be good for you and it will encourage your children to follow your example. Ensure that you offer other activities to fill in gaps that are fun, active and outdoors whenever possible.

Set Time Limits

Set your electronics to turn off after a screen time limit has ended so you don’t always have to be the bad guy. This means that you start a timer when screen time begins, and when it’s done, the device turns off. That way you don’t have to police screen times or get into an argument when they are done.

Turning off the WiFi or changing the password so you can control access is another way to ensure that screen time isn’t violated when you aren’t home to monitor use.

Outline Screen Times

Turn off electronics at least a half hour before bed as too much screen time can impact your child’s ability to fall asleep. Allowing electronics in the bedroom can also impact the amount of sleep our child gets, so find a solution here that works for your family.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence advises that children also have screen-free days. Or two-hour limits on screen time for some days in the week. Technology can be a boon when used correctly and can really enhance educational experiences. However, too much of a good thing can be harmful, so limit the amount of time your children spend on screens and keep your family time free including family meals and weekly family activities.

One-on-one Tutors Create Independent Students

"Kylie's grades have gone up at least a full letter grade within in the first two months... she's not struggling with her language arts and she can do the work on her own now," says Kylie's mother. At Tutor Doctor, our in-home tutors work to not only fill in the missing building blocks in your child's education, they also teach them the skills they need to be independent learners through our X-Skills program.

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Why you should Teach your Kids to Code

Kids have busy schedules and are already over-burdened with work at school, so it may seem a little unnecessary to find the time to teach them to code. Coding is no longer the vestige of computer geeks and programmers. Knowing how to code will give your child a very sizable advantage in the working world and furnish them with a set of very helpful skills.

Technology is pervasive and moves at such a rapid rate, that knowing the very language of computers will help your child no matter what career they choose. Here are some good reasons why your children should learn to code.

Better Job Prospects in a Technologically-Savvy Market

There are very few jobs where technology doesn’t play a major role. Learning to code doesn’t necessarily mean you child will become a programmer, but it will mean that they have a skill that is useful in just about every industry.

Knowing how to create bespoke apps, programmes and solutions to everyday problems or the ability to streamline processes will be invaluable to any company.

The Skills to be Innovators

Learning to code will allow your child to be an innovator, to create new ideas and programs. It allows your child to be a leader and opens the door to ingenuity as they are able to find new solutions to existing problems. While your child retains their wild imagination and curiosity, coding gives them the skills to explore and create.

They will learn to create games, apps and tell stories to improve their communication skills.

Problem Solvers

Coding teaches students how to think logically and solve problems. When coding, kids learn to think algorithmically, so coding does help to bolster an interest in math. While building games and apps, students learn to use and develop their technical skills, creativity and communication skills. This kind of ‘whole-brain’ thinking is fundamental to their development.

Students love Coding

Building new apps or games to share with friends is fun for students. Igniting this kind of passion and showing a real-world application will fuel an interest in things that they may not get excited about now like math.

Coding is a fun way to teach your kids the kind of critical and logical thinking that will serve them well in all facets of their lives.

Getting Started

From a very young age, students can utilize the free MIT app, Scratch. From the website: “With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community.

Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century.” You can download Scratch here.

Kodable is a code-writing system for elementary school learners. This complete curriculum helps teachers and tutors to guide students through the fundamentals of coding.

Twins Improve in Academics and Confidence with One-on-one Tutoring

When students struggle, their confidence tends to suffer. This means they are less likely to participate in class, to ask questions and to say when they don't understand. This means they fall further behind with each passing semester. One-on-one tutoring is the key to building confidence. Without the pressures of the classroom, students receive the individual attention they need, they get to fill in their missing building blocks and a personal tutor can check for understanding at each step. As they catch up and feel less overwhelmed, their confidence grows and their performance improves. Watch this video from twin girls whose academic performance and confidence has been vastly improved thanks to their in-home tutor from Tutor Doctor.

Teen Girls Challenge the Boundaries of Science

In celebration of women’s history month and international Women’s day, we are looking at all the things that girls are doing right. When girls are supported, encouraged and educated, there is no limit to the wonders they can achieve. Let’s take a look at some up-and-coming scientists and their innovative achievements.

Ciara Judge

This plucky eighteen-year-old is tackling the world food crisis with her innovative research. Her prize-winning discovery that a natural bacteria called Diazotroph increases cereal crop growth by 74% is an outstanding achievement. With this extensive increase in crop growth, Ciara believes that her discovery could do much to relieve the global food crises.

Ann Makosinski

This Canadian teen recently took home a $50,000 prize for her discoveries with body-heat generated power. When she was 15, Ann invented the batter-free flashlight which generated its own electricity. It did this by using the heat from the palm of your hand. She adapted the flashlight to create a headlamp that would work for emergency crews and camping.

She has also invented the E-Drink; a coffee mug that powers your electronic devices. The mug utilizes the heat from your daily cup of java to create energy that will charge your devices through a USB port.

Olivia Hallisey

This 17-year-old won the 2015 Google Science Fair award for her ground-breaking Ebola test. This incredible diagnostics test is able to detect the virus in about 30 minutes even when the patient exhibits no symptoms.

Alexis Lewis

This 15-year-old inventor from Chapel Hill, North Carolina already has a string of inventions to her name. She invented a wheeled travois which is a used to carry heavy loads. This triangular bamboo frame has a bed of netting that is cheap and easy to construct. She invented the travois to help Somali refugees who have to carry their belongings and children for many miles to refugee camps and medical care centers.

She has also invented an emergency mask pod which is a football-shaped canister that contains a mask and other protective gear. When people are trapped inside a burning building, first responders can throw the canister through a window to victims so that they can reduce smoke inhalation until an emergency crew can reach them.

Alissa Chavez

The hot seat is an incredible invention created to keep babies safe. This device alerts parents and passers-by when a baby has been left in a car seat. The device includes a pad in the baby’s car seat which senses when the child is in the seat. This pad communicates with a fob on the parent’s keychain. When the fob is too far away from the car seat, it triggers an alarm on the fob, on the parent’s cell phones and on the car itself so that the baby can be rescued by passers by if something happens to the parents.