How It Works – An Innovative Approach

Anna’s Tutoring is taking a new and innovative approach to providing tutoring services: instead of the traditional ‘taking-a-cut’ method, which can lead to customers paying too high of an hourly rate, customers pay a one time service fee of $30. The fee covers the following services:

  • Being matched to a tutor in your area who is able to provide the service you need
  • Receiving updates and future guidance about various tutors in your area
  • Receiving curriculum material and additional worksheets
  • 100% guarantee that the tutor will come to your home on the set date and will make a commitment to your child

What You Avoid…

  • The excessively high hourly rates you find at traditional tutoring companies and / or agencies (i.e. upwards of $35 / hr)
  • The paperwork, contracts, prepaid packages and other bureaucratic  elements present in other tutoring companies; there is no contract to sign, only a guarantee of a quality tutor
  • Having to take on a tutor for a certain amount of time; you keep the tutor for as long as you need to, and if you want another one, call us back and we’ll provide you with someone else FOR FREE

What You Get…

  • A quality tutor who is able to set his / her own rates, thus leading to a higher quality of work
  • Because you’re going directly to the tutor with no middleman, there are no additional fees to pay other than the $30

 

Book of the Week

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This week’s book, and one I am currently reading, is Hell is a Very Small Place, a collection of first-hand accounts, political opinions and psychological summaries from America’s prisons.

“More than 40 US states are believed to operate ‘super-maximum security’ units or prisons, collectively housing at least 25,000 prisoners. This number does not include the many thousands of other prisoners serving shorter periods in punishment or administrative segregation cells – estimated to be approximately 80,000 on any given day” (AmnestyUSA.org). If you want to imagine what it’s like being in the ‘hole,’ picture yourself in a 3.5 m by 2.5 m closet made of cement (a cement toilet sprouts ominously from the ground, and all you’ve got to protect yourself from the cement bed is a thin foam mattress) for 23 – 24 hours a day. You can get out for about an hour a day, but when you do, it is only to a small outdoor cage or a steel pen, where–not knowing where you actually are–you’re expected to perform bizarre, sub-par physical recreation. Your meals come through a slot in the door. You may or may not have books, pen and paper (it depends on what the guards feel like giving you) and attempting to communicate with other cell inmates leads to punishment–often a sadistic combination of more ‘segregation’ time and verbal abuse.

Solitary confinement, charmingly known in the U.S as ‘SHU’s’ (special housing units), has been deemed by various Human Rights commissions (including Amnesty International) as a form of torture. Prisoners who leave SHU’s are left with permanent brain damage, PTSD, extreme lack of social skills and sometimes even mental illness severe enough to provoke murderous or violent rampages. But who cares about them, right? They’re horrible people–murderers, thieves, predators and violent criminals who have (in good old-fashioned Republican spirit) created their own destinies. It is perfectly reasonable to bury them in subterranean hell-holes.

Although many nations employ outside staff to monitor the conditions of their prisons (i.e. investigators), the U.S does not, leaving prisoners vulnerable to whatever perverse systems of control are enforced. They are allowed to read about the law but not effect it. They are given the right to sue or file grievances that get lost in the mail, stamped underfoot or thrown out.

Hell is a Very Small Place is not only a great read (if you’re prepared to be at least a little depressed, but ah–such is enlightenment, right?) but also a brilliant mouthpiece for the poor and vulnerable, the powerless and shunned.

Customer & Tutor Appreciation

I would like to personally thank all of my clients (whether you are my client or another tutor’s) for helping to make this business so great! Also, I would like to thank the tutors who have decided to come on board with this project and help it develop.

Without the clients, I would be nowhere. Throughout the past 2 years, I have had probably over 30 clients (with some who have come and gone), and it has been a blessing to work with them. The clients have been of varying age groups–from 5 years old all the way to 50–and each one has brought with them a wealth of knowledge and experience. I have discovered learning styles, methods and the diversity of cultures, abilities and opinions that exist within this city.

Furthermore, I’d like to thank the tutors who have decided to come on board. Although this is still a new project and waiting to be developed, it is nevertheless moving rapidly in the right direction. As the breadth of subjects increases (what was once only English and elementary school subjects is now high school math, physics, chemistry, etc…), more people will have access to quality, dedicated tutors regardless of income or social status.

The message for today is: believe in your dreams, and don’t let illusions trick you into losing them.

Fishing for Words

Here is a great activity–tried and tested–that anyone can try out (whether you’re a teacher, parent or tutor). It is a hands-on activity, and can be accompanied by some kind of reward. I didn’t exactly make this one up (found it online somewhere), but I’ve added a few twists of my own.

  1. Cut out small, medium-sized and large fish out of construction paper. About 15 – 20, depending on how many words you want your child to read. The fish can include various shapes, like whales, swordfish, puffer fish, betta fish, shark, etc…
  2. Write one word on the small fish, a few more on the medium-sized ones and still a few more on the large ones. You can look for important grade 1 sight words on the following website: http://www.kidzone.ws/dolch/grade1.htm. Otherwise they are very easy to Google for any age.
  3. You can make the large fish = 5 points, medium = 3 points and small = 1 point
  4. Tape or attach paper clips to both sides of each fish. Get a long stick (i.e. a BBQ rod… don’t know what those things are called) and attach a relatively long piece of twine onto the end. At the end of that piece of twine, attach a magnet. The magnet should be strong (heads up — dollar store magnet crafts tape won’t do the job). Better to pick something off of the fridge.
  5. Put all of the fish down and let the child ‘catch’ them by picking them up slowly with their ‘fishing rods.’
  6. Reading: the child should read all of the words on each fish, and once the words are read, the points are given.

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An additional feature you could provide would be a little ‘boat’ where the child / student could collect their fish. For example, something like this:

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This activity is great for hands-on learners. One of my students was quite talented (probably even better than me) at getting the fish out!