Can I make her more intelligent?
August 28, 2017 5:04am CST
It's hard to be a tutor to a slow learner child. You will always feel disappointed if she gets low grades and lots of errors in her seatwork. But I keep thinking I'm trying my best to help her to be more intelligent. I experience tutoring bright kids and I feel satisfied a lot because they learn quickly and get things right quickly. Wish I can help my only one tutee to be more intelligent. She's not good in memorization and is poor in spelling.
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I`m a slow learner and for me I need a lot of time to get some points on a discussions during my school years and this good teacher believed that I`m not..She was my history highschool teacher and adviser, I like her way of teaching. I remember, I got an average score in her subject and talked with me privately, asked me " Do you have some things in mind that you might want to ask me now? Maybe, I can help you" and smile..That time I was speechless and can`t say anything but I got challenged and tried to see what I really can`t understand with her subject until one time she said "Did you know that when you want to remember something, it will be more helpful if you understand it?" And I think she was right..So I guess it might work if you know some activities that can make them understand and from there they can improve themselves..Wish you a nice day
@m_audrey6788 I see the picture above quite often. I was lucky just like you were, we had good teachers. Therefore, my aim was never to memorize, but to comprehend and cherish what I was told. And analyze what I was told. The best way to do so is by asking questions. The curious child tends to learn fast. Guessing the right answer is also a very rewarding feeling for a kid. Unfortunately we're always told the answers right after the questions, most of the times we aren't allowed to think and reason.
@sabtraversa ..Hmmm..You got a good point..That`s why sometimes, we need to look at the questions first more and figure it out why the answer came up like that..Curiosity will always strike to those who have efforts to know more even if it`s not easy for them
I tutor a student who is developmentally delayed. I used to get really discouraged because he had trouble spelling. He still has great trouble with reading and math. I have come to accept that he was created differently. I still tutor those subjects but I know his limitations. He shines with music. His mom owns a dance studio and he can tell you the theme for every years performance. He remembers the name of every dancer and what number they performed. He knows dance terminology perfectly. Because of his disabilities (also has cerebral palsy), he will always be limited. So I just focus on what he loves. His spelling improved when I set his spelling words to music. I did the same with multiplication tables. I allow him breaks to talk about his mama's dance classes. This makes whatever he can learn a fun experience. Just capitalize on your student's strengths and find a way to incorporate what she loves.
It's a job that requires a lot of patience and understanding. We all have different brains, but intelligence is sometimes overrated. I think you need 50% intelligence and 50% attitude to get good grades. You need to find out what can make the child memorize better, I'm hopeful. As other people said here, learning/understanding makes memorizing much easier. Then, we're all different: some have an excellent visual memory; I memorize better when it comes to sounds/spoken words or logic/concepts. Another thing that usually helps is to make songs. I remember too many lyrics, and songs are usually remembered by everyone.
I like what you said learning is 50% intelligence and 50% attitude. This girl is not that serious enough in her studies. She's quite easy and relax and she always buy small toys when we are tutoring and wants to play more than pay full attention to her studies