Finding Focus: How to Find a Distraction-Free Learning Area for Your Children

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by Susan Good retirededucator.org

Learning how to focus on the task at hand can take years to perfect, and for many kids across the US, it can be difficult to find a good balance between school work and homework. Moving from the classroom to all the distractions that home offers can be jarring, leading to a decline in grades and poor self-esteem. That’s why it’s so important to help your child find a distraction-free zone to do schoolwork in, whether it’s in a room that is isolated from the rest of the house or just a desk where they have room for all the tools they need to learn.

You can also make other areas of your home more conducive to learning, such as adding a reading nook that has good lighting and comfy chairs to sit in. This is especially helpful for kids who aren’t automatically drawn to books, and it can help them find a love of literature that will help boost their experience in school.

Keep reading for the best tips on how to create a distraction-free zone for your kids at home.

Find a Quiet Space

Whether the learning area you create is in a room by itself or is simply an organized desk for homework, it should be a quiet space that won’t allow for interruptions. This is especially important if you have more than one child. Look for an area that is away from the main part of the house, or one that can be closed off easily for privacy and quiet.

Create a Reading Nook

Even kids who don’t necessarily love to read will enjoy having a space of their own to sit and look through the books that interest them, so creating a reading nook could benefit your child greatly. Add a comfy chair or pillows, strong lighting, and storage for books, and make sure it’s in a spot that will give your child a little privacy, as it’s difficult to become engaged in a book when there’s a lot going on around us. Make sure you look for books that are both educational and fun, on topics that interest your child. If you’re unsure of how to get started, you might consider hiring a professional to come in and remodel the area; click here for more information.

Set a Schedule

Now that you have the space, it’s a good idea to set a schedule for your child to do his homework or to study. It can be hard to get into a rhythm when there are so many other things going on, such as soccer practice and afterschool activities, so help your child find a routine that will benefit him on a daily basis. Once he gets into the habit of starting homework at a certain time, he’ll be more likely to stick with it throughout the school year.

Turn Off the Devices

Whether your child loves the TV, computer, tablet, game system, or smartphone, it’s important to set rules about when he can use them when school is in session, as they can be a pretty big distraction. The area where he studies and does homework should be device-free, although some studies have shown that classical music played at a low volume can be beneficial for kids who are trying to focus on tasks.

Creating a distraction-free zone for your child can have multiple benefits, especially if he has a learning disability or finds it difficult to concentrate at home, where there are so many opportunities to do anything other than learn. It’s also important to make sure your child isn’t hungry, thirsty, or tired when he sits down to do homework, as being uncomfortable can be a distraction in itself.

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How Do I Learn Best?

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by Dr. Charice Hayes, Founder

Have you or your child(ren) said, “I study, but I just can’t get it” or “I just can’t get what the teacher/professor is saying in the class?”

Perhaps your study habits or class attentiveness is not align with how you absorb certain information. Yes, learning styles can be good. However, a number of techniques maybe better, such as the use of mnemonics. This is can be very complex to teachers. Yes you want to be inclusive of every student. However, every student absorbs information differently. This is the main reason All 4 One Tutoring customizes each clients’ one-on-one tutoring plan, and our tutors are trained on research-based techniques. Feel free to leave a comment.

5 Simple Tips to Generate Traffic to Your Blog for Free

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You write to let the world know your story or to let them benefit from your insights. So, it is quite important that the world gets to read what you write. Hence, generating traffic to your blog is quite important.

No matter how beautifully you have written, your article is insignificant unless it is read by the audience it is meant for.

Now the question is, how do you generate traffic for your blog. Sure, there are many paid ways of traffic generation like social media advertising, Google Adwords, etc. But it is not affordable for everyone.

So, let me share with you some amazingly simple tips to generate traffic to your website without spending a penny.

  1. Know your audience: Never try to please everyone or you might end up pleasing none. Everything is not meant for everyone. So, always keep in mind who are you writing for? Who is your primary target audience? What are they interested in? Remember, the blog isn’t just about you, it’s about them as well.
  2. Writefrequently: If you really want people to read your blog, you have to write frequently. You can’t just write one article and then return to your blog after ages. You need to keep writing as frequently as you can.
  3. Unique, valuable and useful content: I know I told you to write frequently. But that doesn’t mean you will just dole out anything on your blog. Always ask yourself, why do you read a particular article or post? What do you look for? Try to embibe the same into your blog posts. People are looking for something that is of value and use to them. They want something that is original and unique. If your post fits the bill, it will organically generate traffic.
  4. Catchy titles: Let’s be honest. We know we live in a world where a book is judged by its cover. The title of your post is what will attract a reader to click on it. So, work hard on your title. Make sure the title of your post is attractive and catchy. Having said that, always refrain from giving misleading titles. If the title of your post is, “how to become rich in a month”, you can’t talk about loans and credit cards. Always deliver what your title promises.
  5. Share on social media: Make sure you share your blog post on every social media network possible. This will help you to enhance the reach of your blog. Also engage with your target audience on the social media. When someone comments on your post, reply to them. Make your post shareable so that if people like your post, they can share it with their friends and family on social media.

These tips are very simple. But in this world full of complexities, we often forget to do the most basic and simple tips. So, let’s begin with the basics.


We’re Semi-finalist! 

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by staff contributor 

All 4 One Tutoring is so grateful to be semi-finalist in Idea Cafe’s small business grant. We have made it through a very competitive initial round of selection by a panel of expert judges to advance to the semi-finalist. This is a very exciting time for us!
Please make sure to support and vote for us. The grant money will allow us to expand and reach others in order to build strong lives. Go to http://www.businessownersideacafe.com/18th-small-busines-grant/voting?profile=17809 to cast your vote. 

After School Engagement

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by Intern 

All 4 One Tutoring operates an after-school program at The Empowerment Academy in Baltimore City. All 4 One Tutoring provides an engaging, fun, and learning experience in its after-school program. 
  
Students use iPads and tablets in the after-school program. They use grade level math and reading applications to help complement instruction and homework provided through the regular classroom teacher.

  
Students engaged in project driven instruction learning about the human senses such as taste, smelling, feeling etc. 

In the after-school program, All 4 One Tutoring focuses on 3 E’s: Engagement, Enrichment, Empowerment.