Sharing Our Thoughts on Education and Tutoring

How to be a Wordsmith

Occasionally you might hear the title of “Wordsmith” to describe someone’s gift as an accomplished user of words. They are those whose writing is eloquent due to the variety of vocabulary they are able to draw on when writing and speaking. Being labelled as a...

Play as a Pathway to Formal Learning

As the New Year begins, I am excited and challenged about the direction Nepean Tutoring will take in 2015. While I am writing this post, I am sitting in a plane in Cambodia, Siem Reap, ready for takeoff to the beaches on the Southern Coast of this beautiful country. I...

Technology – A Grammatical Challenge

In the olden days, although still within living memory, there were no laptops, Ipads or other friendly devices; telephones were neither mobile nor smart and computers needed a whole room to house them. In those days a mouse was merely a small rodent, RAM something...

Insights from Children and Play

It is fascinating to watch a child engrossed in an activity, especially when their creativity and innovation defy our prior knowledge. If we watch without interfering we can find out how the child’s mind works. I have watched a two year old diligently and deliberately...

Writing an Essay

There has been so much written on how to write a good essay, and yet essay writing is still something many students lack confidence in doing. They may understand the theory, but when it comes to the practice the whole thing falls apart. It is undoubtedly a stressful...

Are Secondary School Texts Enough?

No one can deny the importance of appropriate reading materials when it comes to reading books. Much effort is expended by educators to ensure that reading materials for students are suitable in both content and level of difficulty. The emphasis is on enjoyment and...

Individual Development

The new school year is upon us and students are settling in to new schools, new classes, new teachers, and a new lot of learning.  It is a time of year when parents are often anxious about how their children will cope with all these changes and innovations. Needless...

The Skills Involved in Reading Aloud

To read aloud effectively requires skills that need to be mastered. One need only listen to Steven Fry reading ‘Harry Potter’ or Claire Higgins reading ‘Orlando’ to hear how much texture is added to the text by skilled reading. Fortunately we, as parents, teachers and...

Nursery Rhymes Enhance Learning

Nursery rhymes have always put a smile on children's faces. But these fun songs aren't just about entertaining children. They help children develop early learning skills. These catchy tunes actually prepare children for the start of formal education. Nursery rhymes...

The Benefits of Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales are essential stories for childhood. These stories are more than just happily ever after, they portray real moral lessons thru characters and virtue shown in the stories. They do not only captivate the imagination of young minds, but also enhances their...

Benefits of Kinesthetic Learning

Children have different learning modes or unique learning styles. They have different ways of learning depending on the way they absorb and assimilate information. Some kids recall information well by things that are seen or read (visual), for some auditory input is...

Multi-Sensory Learning

Studies show that we mainly rely on our senses to process information when learning and that our brain is capable of processing information using more than one "sense" at the same time.  The combination of looking (visual), listening (auditory), moving around...

Developing Children’s Comprehension

The debate on children’s literacy development has recently shifted from problems with writing to problems with reading comprehension.  While it is common for students to make progress with oral reading, they struggle with comprehension. Comprehension is the accurate...

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