Monthly Archives: August 2010

Left hand vs Right hand

Lecture Chair

Errm..how about left-handers?

Do you know that only 10% of the people in the world are left-handed? It is well-known that there are many left-handed people who are highly talented and accomplished including great leaders, artists, musicians and thinkers like Leonardo da Vinci and Bill Clinton just to name a few.

Of course, not all left-handers are naturally gifted and creative. If your child is left-handed, perhaps it is more important to find out how to help her navigate through this right-handed world and fulfil her full potential. A left-hander need not be at a disadvantage!

Firstly, it is good to know that a left-hander is predominantly controlled by the right side of the brain. Alot of creativity is centred at the right side of the brain thus it is common for left-handers to be creative individuals that excel in many subjects including music, sport and art. That is of course, not to say that right-handers are not creative but rather left-handers are equally creative if not more.

Research has also shown that left handers are able to handle better when large amounts of information are being thrown at them and in within a short period of time as the connection between their left and right brain is larger and better connected compared right-handers. This allows left-handers to make use of both sides of the brain to good effect and increase overall processing time.

Despite the various research results that seemingly reveals that left-handers are not at all disadvantaged anatomically, it is a fact that many things made around us are designed for the predominant right-handers. Hence, it is important for you to observe and help your child to adjust their left-handed habits comfortably into the right-handed world. It is probably a bad idea to force them to switch to their lesser skilled right hand too.

Incorrect handwriting posture of a left-hander leading to aching wrists, smudging and slow writing is a problem that has to be addressed from young. If you observed your child is still struggling with any of the effects of incorrect posture, you should start to find out how you can teach/help your child. 

We would recommend using a report by M.K. Holder, Ph.D from the Handedness Research Institute here as a guide. For our ConsultAtutor personal home tutors, it would be wonderful to read up on it so that you can help too if you are currently tutoring a left-handed student.

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Tutoring Guide Series: Professionalism and why it is so important

 professionalism

Professionalism is important and is directly correlated to the attitude of an individual in any given role in the workplace. As educators and someone who has been entrusted with the task to mould our children’s future and make a difference in their lives, ConsultAtutor Personal Home Tutors are of no exception where professionalism is required. This is especially so when a large part of the student’s enrichment time has been allocated specially to the Personal Home Tutor for 1-to-1 coaching.

Moving on, setting high standards in the tutorials curriculum and catering to a multitude of teaching styles to suit students of different learning type & capabilities is one of the most important aspects of being a ConsultAtutor Personal Home Tutor. Not to undermine the passion of being an educator in our family of personal home tutors, professionalism also plays a big part in potentially unleashing the full potential of a child albeit when given enough time.

Here are some must-knows for our “new” ConsultAtutor Personal Home Tutors!

  1. Be sure about your scheduling and abide to the arranged schedule once agreed.
  2. Always be early.
  3. Bring along your paper qualifications/ testimonials (if you had your certs verified by ConsultAtutor) for the 1st tutorial.
  4. Get to know alot more about the student starting from the 1st tutorial. Speak and communicate professionally with the student and preferably the parent to immediately get hold of the situation and student’s progress.
  5. Be reasonably well-dressed for tutorials.
  6. Prepare materials in advance and get students’ exam schedule early for scheduling of tutorial lessons and tutorial curriculum.
  7. Use the ConsultAtutor Monitoring System for max. effectiveness for easy tracking and communication with the parent regarding student/tutorial progress.
  8. Understand more about the student’s learning patterns/type/style and opt for the most suitable delivery method.
  9. Be punctual on start and end times but like most other ConsultAtutor Personal Home Tutors, do stay a little longer during exam preparation period whenever possible to answer any queries. 

Now you’ve got it. Do practice it and remember always that you can make a positive impact to students’ lives!

(picture courtesy from Beeker)

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Toys, Lego and children’s creativity

Lego

Have you noticed something special about the cake?? =)

Have you wondered how you can enhance your children’s creativity when they are young?

The very toys that your children play with and get entertained could be the key to making an impact on how creative and inspiring they could be when they grow up. It might seem to be all the more confusing on how to make a choice and ascertain what learning value each has when there are so many toys available out there in different types and forms.

A wonderful quote as aptly put by Albert Einstein: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Different toys if chosen appropriately helps aid in a child’s development ranging from physical, cognitive, social and emotional aspects. Toys allow children’s imagination to be tapped on and fosters experiential learning.

One such toy that has been made famous by Lego are blocks. These brightly coloured blocks that come with different pieces helps children to build and create something that they envision in their mind. They can make changes and additions to it as they wish and even challenge other kids by trying to build something better. Hence, they are able to develop dexterity, creativity and even social skills while doing what is kids’ work- playing.

Try to understand more about how toys can actually play a part in your child’s development today. You might discover so much more about how important they are to aid in your child’s creativity than you already know. Let your children have fun with edutainment!

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Thinking out of the box

Learning how to think in different perspectives and “out of the box” needs to be nurtured from young. Not only do schools come up with curriculum that encourage creativity, various organisations have been actively trying to promote a culture of innovation and “design thinking”.

The skill, or you can put it as a habit to be a creative thinker who challenges the existing norms to come up with solutions that solves different problems that could not be solved as effectively using conventional methods has to be honed and cultivated from young. Having this skill/habit to be able to think out of the box will allow you or your child to be a great asset to the company, employee or entrepreneur alike.

Start from home! Parents have a part to play in moulding their children’s thoughts and behaviour by providing them with a conducive environment to learn and creating a family culture of open conversations and engaging activities that helps to unleash every child’s creative potential in them. Check out a simple video we have for you of how household chores like teaching your child to fold his/her own clothes can be an example for your child of how things can be done in a different way simply by “thinking out of the box”!

Maybe you would like to challenge your children first by letting them do it the conventional way before you show them how simple it can be by doing it another way. Have fun!

Click here for step by step instructions in English.

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