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Special needs and the pandemic: an interview with Tiffany Evans

It is difficult to determine when or how a tutor can help if you're a student or parent of a K12 student. The decision is made increasingly complicated when your child has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Now that students have been virtual for most of a year and districts are emerging into uncertain territory, there are more questions and uncertainty than ever.

We interviewed Tiffany Evans, an educator in a prominent San Diego County school district in special education and asked her about the effects of virtual learning on students with IEPs during the pandemic and the positive impact tutoring can play in their education.

TutorBloom Staff · May 24, 2021 · 5 min read

Tutoring hack: Make irrelevant problems relevant

This morning my young son was working on a math problem about counting combinations. The details of the problem matter a bit for this post, so bear with me here. I promise I won't make you do any math:

[Math problem]

My son wasn't interested in this problem at all. He just buried his head in his arms.

Then I had an idea. "Hey son. This is kind of like Roblox...

Slowly, he raised his head and looked over, as if to say, "I'm listening, old man. Keep talking."

TutorBloom Staff · Mar 21, 2021 · 2 min read
Two women meeting

Building trusting tutoring relationships

When you first meet a learner it is important to create a two way, amicable relationship, so that a few sessions down the line it might sound like this:

"Hey Mark, how's it been? I remember last week you telling me you were going to be slammed with calc. Did you get through it?"

TutorBloom Staff · Mar 14, 2021 · 5 min read
Pre-COVID handshake

How to respond to a tutoring request

You've painstakingly created your TutorBloom profile and shared it with every last person on the planet. Then it happens—one of them asks you to be their tutor. Congratulations!

Thoughtfully, your reply begins: "Dear Wonderful Person, Yes." Then—crickets. You're not sure what else to say.

If I've just described your future self, don't worry. In this post we'll cover everything you need to kick things off like an absolute pro.

TutorBloom Staff · Mar 7, 2021 · 5 min read