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Jan. 15, 2008 Colleen Lerro
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ASHLEY TUTORS TEAM FOCUSES ON KINESTHETIC TEACHING
Innovative tutors use physical activity to make learning entertaining
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. – Ashley Tutors (www.ashleytutors.com),
a locally owned and operated tutoring team that offers in-home, one-on-one academic help in any subject to students in kindergarten through 12th grade, has hired an energetic and diverse team from six countries to put into practice the Ashley Tutors motto: LIVE! Learning Is Very Entertaining. The fresh tutoring team was assembled to make learning entertaining through the use of kinesthetic learning, a style that takes place when a student carries out a physical activity.
“The goal of Ashley Tutors is to develop a unique, individualized and very interactive strategy to meet the needs of each student,” said Josh Chernikoff, the Ashley Tutors team member who personally interviews, investigates and selects each individual tutor. “Because the teaching method is so interactive, it is important to have highly educated and highly energetic instructors. So, it is no accident that our team is as diverse as the subjects we tutor all over the Washington, D.C. area.”
Any member of Ashley Tutors can make everything from homework help to an abstract subject entertaining in their one-on-one sessions with the use of kinesthetic methods. According to Muneera Spence, Oregon State University professor, kinesthetic learners account for 45 percent of the population. “It is important to remember that we all learn differently,” said Chernikoff. “Many students are kinesthetic learners who benefit from this philosophy which encourages students to move physically in order to focus their energy on the academic task.”
The Ashley Tutors team focuses on a kinesthetic method that allows a student a two-minute motor break to move around for every eight minutes of learning. “An elementary school student I tutor had a very tough time focusing on her lessons,” said Joe Pacelli, a senior at Georgetown University excelling in the McDonough School of Business. “After taking two-minute breaks to stretch or play Simon Says she comes back completely focused and excited to learn.”
Many students find learning while sitting quietly at a desk so restricting that all their energy is focused on keeping still. “My student is an athlete so we take push-up and jumping jack breaks, which gets his energy up and increases his ability to focus,” said Vanessa Anderson, an American University graduate with a dual degree in international studies and economics. “We integrate sports stories and metaphors into his school work to make him more interested in learning.”
“The kinesthetic methods inspire confidence in our students,” said Chernikoff. An important aspect of the Ashley Tutors philosophy is making sure our students know that we believe in them. Demonstrating this belief lets students increase their self-esteem and develop confidence as a learner.
The breaks taken when using kinesthetic learning styles provide our tutors a chance to get to know each student better. This creates a strong foundation for a successful working and learning relationship.
The results speak for themselves. “Ashley Tutors worked wonders with my child who is learning disabled,” said a parent of a Bethesda Chevy Chase High School student. “Our tutors used new individualized strategies to build on my son’s strengths and give him a boost of confidence.”
Other parents have been impressed by all the work Ashley Tutors does to create a strategy specifically for their student. “Not only is the Ashley Tutors team familiar with the Montgomery County Public Schools curriculum, they also met with my daughter’s teacher at school,” said a parent of a Rachel Carson Elementary School student. “After meeting her teacher, our tutor knew exactly how to help my daughter succeed in her class.
ABOUT ASHLEY TUTORS: Ashley Tutors is an in-home one-on-one tutoring service covering all subjects offered to students in grades Kindergarten through 12 in Montgomery County, Maryland. Guided by Montgomery County resident, Josh Chernikoff, Ashley Tutors is staffed with exceptionally passionate and driven tutors who all have undergraduate degrees and tutoring experience. Ashley Tutors sets itself apart from other tutoring centers as an in-home service that makes learning fun for its students, and helps students find their way to success in academics and life. L.I.V.E. Learning Is Very Entertaining!
Ashley Tutors provides one-on-one tutors for students in Montgomery County, Md., including Rockville, Potomac, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Silver Spring and Chevy Chase; Washington, D.C.; and Northern Virginia including Arlington, Alexandria, and Falls Church. Ashley Tutors provides instruction in Algebra, Geometry, Statistics, Pre-calculus, Anatomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Economics, Government, History, Law, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, English, Literature, Journalism, Reading, IT Training, Math, Writing, History and Science.