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How Can Parents and Students Find a Good Tutor?

August 3, 2015

Good tutor

When looking for a tutor, start by asking individual teachers and other parents at your own school if they can recommend someone.  Ask other parents, first, because sometimes they know of current tutors that the school doesn’t.  Sometimes students don’t want anyone at school to know that they are being tutored, which is why parents sometimes know of more tutors than schools do.  Numerous individuals in schools know of good people, so don’t just limit yourself to asking only one teacher, or one administrator.  If you don’t find someone through other parents, ask the librarian, the administrator, and all the teachers near the grade level of your child–a couple grades up, and a couple grades down.  If that doesn’t work, try asking neighbors and work colleagues who have children.  Don’t forget to ask people with older children, as previous tutors may still be available, but current school personnel may no longer know them.  If you are an expat, ask other expats in your community.

The most important things in finding a tutor for your child are that:

1.)  The student likes the tutor, and that they are able to develop a personal connection; otherwise, no matter how knowledgeable the tutor, it just doesn’t work with your child.

2.)  The tutor understands that what you want is better grades, but also for your child’s skills to improve.  It has to be a combination of both to work out.

3.)  The tutor also functions as a cheerleader/coach for your child, as many students in need of tutoring have lost confidence in themselves.  A good tutor, who the student connects with, can help replace that confidence, while helping your child master the skills he or she is having trouble with.  This is why it’s so important that they like each other and have a good relationship.

4.)  The tutor needs to be just a little more on your child’s side, than on the school’s side.  Sometimes, the problem with tutors who are also teachers at the same time is that there is a fine line between helping a student overcome difficulties and helping them improve their grades, vs. helping too much, and crossing over into doing it for them.  Tutors who are also teachers sometimes don’t go far enough, while sometimes tutors go too far.  A personal recommendation from other pleased parents or pleased teachers can go far in finding a tutor that strikes the right balance to really help your child.

–Lynne Diligent

Writers’ Resources / Student Writing Resources

July 22, 2015

I compiled the following succinct list both for fiction and nonfiction writers, as well as to help students who need access to high-quality journal articles and books for FREE.  I hope the following list will be help everyone!  Please feel free to reblog or share this post or these links with anyone.



Writers’ Digest.  “Write Better, Get Published!”


Swain, Dwight V.  Techniques of the Selling Writer.  1981: University of Oklahoma Press.     “Provides solid instruction for people who want to write and sell fiction, not just to talk and study about it. This is the book for writers who want to turn rejection slips into cashable checks.”


Rabiner, Susan.  Thinking Like Your Editor:  How to Write Great Serious Nonfiction and Get It Published.  2002:  W.W. Norton & Company.


 Son of Citation Machine  (MLA, Chicaco, or APA)


List of FREE SCHOLARLY Resources:  Are you a student, researcher or practitioner with limited or no access to fee-based information resources? The ISS library staff has selected some resources with free access to scholarly publications.

African Journals Online:  World’s largest collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals.

Directory of Open Access Journals: An online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Google Scholar:  A simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

HighWire: Free, Online, Full-Text Articles

IDEAS:  Largest FREE Bibliographic Economics Data Base

IDRC:  International Development Research Centre supports researchers from developing countries who are finding innovative, lasting solutions to local problems.

National Academies Press:  Offers hundreds of books on research topics which can be downloaded as pdf for free, by the chapter, or the entire book.

Oaister:  A catalog of millions of FREE SCHOLARLY collections, from universities all over the world.

OAPEN Open Access:  Freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Open Research Online:  The UK Open University’s repository of research publications providing FREE open access to the public.  Where copyright permissions allow, a full copy of each research publication is directly available from ORO.

PubMed Central:   A FREE full-text digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.


World Digital Library:  Makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures from around the world on one site, in a variety of ways. These cultural treasures include manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, and architectural drawings.


CIA World Fact Book:  Facts on the history, people, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

UN Data:   FREE data access to UN statistical databases through a single entry point. Users can search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system. Useful features include Country Profiles, Advanced Search and Glossaries. The numerous databases, tables and glossaries containing over 60 million data points cover a wide range of themes including Agriculture, Crime, Education, Employment, Energy, Environment, Health, HIV/AIDS, Human Development, Industry, Information and Communication Technology, National Accounts, Population, Refugees, Tourism, Trade, as well as the Millennium Development Goals indicators.

World Bank Data Catalog:  World Bank’s official open access repository. OKR includes WB books, WDRs, PRWPs, ESW studies, journal articles from the World Bank Economic Review and World Bank Research Observer, WB annual reports. Check here for the list of content.