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Using Data to Guide Learning (Part 2): Data Management and Challenges


In Part 1, we highlighted benefits of using data to guide learning, such as using data to inform targets and set goals, and the importance of asking the right questions.

In this part, I will discuss common data management systems used in education, as well as the challenges of using data to guide learning.

Data management tools:

Using data management tools to guide learning is important for …

Avoid These Common Mistakes While Tutoring

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While tutoring can be an incredibly beneficial and rewarding experience, there are a few simple mistakes you can make which can impact the experience entirely.

In this article, I would like to note a few common mistakes students and tutors may encounter, and provide some suggestions for how to tackle them.

Take breaks

Although tutoring sessions are a great and efficient way to cover the content the student needs the …

Using Data to Guide Learning (Part 1): Introduction.


Obtaining data about a student’s performance is one of the best ways to guide learning and action plans. Various data sources are obtained at both a school level (e.g., attendance, behaviour, and academic achievements), which can help increase drive and motivation, and at a research level (e.g., emotional wellbeing, social status). All data can have benefits, if measured and used in the right way. Improvements in technology and school …

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Tutoring Session

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While tutoring can provide many amazing benefits, you will gain the most from your tutoring sessions if you really know how to take advantage of them to the fullest.

Here, I would like to apply a few psychological theories and studies to show you how to get the most out of a tutoring session, whether it's online or offline.

Focus on the meaning of the information:

In 1966, …

How to Reduce Zoom Fatigue While Tutoring

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After spending months tutoring students online, with several sessions in a day, I can attest to the fact that Zoom fatigue is real – and it sucks.

What makes Zoom fatigue different from typical burn-out? Or are they in fact the same?

While tiredness and burn-out are not uncommon in fast-paced, hectic environments, you might be surprised to think that video calls, where most people are often at home, can …


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