Free Webinar


Don’t miss out on the free webinar this week: Essay Writing Tips!

Writing is such a challenging task for most people.

Okay, writing might not be a huge challenge, but writing “well” is.

I will be discussing beginning strategies, structures (thesis, sentences, paragraphs, etc.), matters of form (continuity, interest, technical considerations), proofreading, and more.

All the tools you need to write almost anything are the same tools needed for essay writing.

Oh, and did I mention there are prizes ?   There are!

Hope to see you there!

Also – let your friends, students, colleagues, enemies (kidding) know about this Webinar.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


I hope you have an amazing St. Patrick’s Day.

Here are a few interesting bits of information about St. Patrick.

He was not an Irishman!

He was born in western Britain.

His father, Calpurnius, was a Roman official and deacon.

Patrick, while still a boy, was captured and sold as a slave in Ireland.  He escaped to Gaul.

He probably studied in the monastery of Lerina before returning to Britain.

He received a supernatural call to preach to the heathen of Ireland, so he returned to Gaul and was ordained deacon.

Finally, he landed in Wicklow, Ireland (432) and traveled north, converting the people of Ulster and later those of other parts of Ireland.

He died around 461 and may have been buried at Down in Ulster.

*These tidbits were primarily drawn from Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable.

Become an A+ Student!

Be A+ Student

The course is finally up and running!  Yeah.

Spread the news!

Students taking the course will gain insight into how to be far better learners – not only to make the grade; but, more importantly, to gain more knowledge for themselves from any course they take.

I do like making the online courses which is still relatively new to me.  They are time consuming, but there is so much one can do online now.   It’s amazing.

Please check out the landing page because you will receive a coupon for savings there!

Become an A+ Student!

But if you are eager to start without registering on my site, here is the link direct to the course:

Udemy – Become an A+ Student.

All best wishes – and let’s keep learning.


Teaching (ADD / ADHD) Students


Whether a student has been labelled with ADD, ADHD, or some other attention or focusing deficit, a lot of the necessary teaching and coaching skills remain the same.

In fact, a lot of the strategies promoted for such students would benefit any student.  It is just more essential for those with some such challenge to have intervention and, sometimes, accommodation.

I know, I know, some will argue that this is not the case.

I still believe it.  I have seen all manner of students improve enough times to know that it is true.  I always tell my students not to use whatever challenges they might have as a crutch.


Because we all have some weakness or learning challenge.  Sometimes, it isn’t an academic delay.  It can be difficulty in social situations, anxiety, anger, etc.  So, use whatever resources are available to cope with the challenge and work toward minimizing it whenever possible.

Not all the following tips need to be used in every case.  Different students respond differently and require their own combination – and these change over time!


  • Structure lessons in small stages.
  • Organization is very important for anyone with an attention issue
  • Have clear expectations & consequences
  • Divide tasks into small “chunks”
  • Provide seating arrangements that assist focus
  • Partnering can sometimes work well
  • Draw attention to positive accomplishments including appropriate behaviour
  • (Note:  Behaviour IS part of learning!)
  • Introduce material before reading assignments (like a preview)
  • Help underlining key terms

Computer programs

  • can be helpful
  • can be a problem!

I love technology, but it is just a tool.  It can be very distracting, particularly to those with limited attention spans.

Learning to use computers, iPads, cellphones – any technology or software has to be done in a thoughtful way.

I have found some students even today who do far better at least starting their written assignment on paper.  Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!

Use video, audio, text, and even kinesthetic methods to reinforce material.

Do not underestimate humour – including ridiculous comparisons and connections to help with memory.


Having a learning challenge is not an excuse – do not use it as a crutch.

You CAN…

Yes, you CAN!


Skype:          tutoringcentral

Ask Questions

Ask Questions!
Remember to ask lots of questions when trying to learn gold_question_marksomething – no matter the course.
This was not a strong area for me when I was younger. In grade school, some of the teachers thought I was mute because I never spoke!
So, you may need to work at it, but asking questions is essential to getting the most out of your lessons.
There is the obvious advantage of receiving a response to your question.
This can help.
There are, however, even more benefits to asking questions.
In order to ask questions, you need to devise questions. In other words, you are thinking about the topic and searching for answers.
You are taking an active role in your learning!
Asking questions is not a weakness but a strength. The responses can lead you to further investigation and a fuller understanding of the material. Of course, all of this will keep feeding your interest and engagement which can spur you on even further.
In addition, a student who asks questions shows the teacher that he/she is interested enough to be bothered to look beyond doing the minimum.
Teachers love to see students gaining knowledge and becoming engaged with the topic.
Teachers and tutors are human, too.
No – Really! They are!
They like to see that their hard work and effort is being valued.
If you are interested, this helps them to become even more ready to aid in your thirst for knowledge – a nice positive cycle.
Any questions?





Happy Halloween!




All Hallows Eve

Halloween falls on October 31, which in the old Celtic calendar was the last day of the year, its night being the time when all the witches and warlocks were abroad.  On the introduction of Christianity it was taken over as the eve (even or e’en) of All Hallows or All Saints.

Brewers Dictionary of Phrase & Fable

 Of course, most young people know that the most important part is “trick or treating” – and the treats are the most important part of all!!

Have fun, enjoy, and be safe.