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7 Ways to Overcome Test Anxiety and Conquer Your Exams

Have you had that nightmare?You know – the one where you show up for a final exam and realize you’ve hardly attended class all semester? Many people have. It often features high anxiety or waking up in a cold sweat, and then joyous relief when …

Year-End Exams are Right Around the Corner: How to Prepare

It’s soon time to plan for year-end exams. But before getting too wrapped up in the Periodic Table of Elements or quadratic equations, look at the big picture and strategize to score your best.Know the territoryQuickly learn each exam date and …

Celebrating Influential Women in Education During Women’s History Month

March 1st marked the beginning of Women’s History Month! All of us here at Tutor Doctor would like to thank the many magnificent women that have changed the way we look at education. Here are some influential women in education that we’d like to thank for making the world a better place!

Anne Sullivan

“Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.”undefined

Often recognized as Helen Keller’s lifelong teacher, Anne Sullivan changed the way people with disabilities are approached in education. Due to Sullivan’s diligence, Helen Keller was able to learn to read, write, and communicate despite being blind and deaf. In fact, Anne Sullivan had overcome her own obstacles as well – due to an eye disease, she was left blind as a child. Anne Sullivan’s incredible work with Helen Keller is a testament to the great things that people with disabilities can achieve.

Maria Montessori

undefined“Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.”

Maria Montessori pioneered the concept of child-centered education. Using creative hands-on learning methods and encouraging self-directed activities, Montessori was able to form a unique instructional approach that provided successful results even in students that were considered “unteachable.” Montessori believed that early child education should encompass all parts of growth, including social, cognitive, and emotional development. To this day, the Montessori Method is featured in schools all over the world.

Michelle Obama

undefined“We can’t afford not to educate girls and give women the power and the access that they need.”

In many parts of the world, educational resources are already lacking. For young women and girls, education can be virtually inaccessible, and sometimes even frowned upon for cultural and societal reasons. Michelle Obama has done an incredible job creating programs and resources for girls living in disadvantaged countries that do not have access to education. Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative has made huge advancements in providing schools and education to adolescent girls in Africa. For example, programs in Liberia are fighting to end gender violence in schools, as well as provide “second chance” opportunities for women who have become pregnant at a young age.

Mary McLeod Bethune

undefined“Whatever glory belongs to the race for a development unprecedented in history for the given length of time, a full share belongs to the womanhood of the race.”

Mary McLeod Bethune’s parents were both former slaves. As a result, she had very little access to education as a child. Despite this, Bethune went on to become a teacher herself, eventually founding her own school in 1904. Initially starting with only six students, Bethune went on to become a champion of African-American women’s education, founding the Bethune-Cookman College (now university) to help women of color receive access to quality education. Mary McLeod Bethune believed that education was the key to equality, and we couldn’t agree more.


Malala Yousafzai

undefined“In some parts of the world, students are going to school every day. It’s their normal life. But in other parts of the world, we are starving for education… it’s like a precious gift. It’s like a diamond.”

Malala Yousafzai’s story of resilience and fighting for what is right is nothing short of incredible. Growing up in Pakistan, Yousafzai became an advocate for women’s rights and education at a young age. However, due to the Taliban rule of Pakistan, freedoms for women were severely limited, with access to education virtually nonexistent. Incredibly, Yousafzai survived after being shot in the head by a Taliban soldier at close range. After recovering, she went on to become an advocate of human’s rights and educational access for women. In 2014, at the age of seventeen, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to ever receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her amazing work in bringing attention to these issues.

How to Teach Your Teens to be Financially Savvy

In today’s modern world, being financially savvy is crucial. Between the changing global economy, the rising costs of higher education, and the introduction of digital currencies, it’s more important than ever to start teaching your teens…

3 Steps to Help International Students Get into the American University of Their Dreams

America is home to some of the best colleges and universities in the world. For international students, the process of applying and getting accepted to a school in the United States can be complicated and confusing. Thankfully, some simple steps can …

Thinking with the End in Mind – Keep Goals in Sight

This blog post provides a great summary of a chapter from our recently published book, Academic Success Formula: How ordinary students get extraordinary results. The chapter was written by Ashley Mulcahy, a Tutor Doctor franchisee out of Orange Count…

How to Protect Your Child on Social Media

As we’ve touched on in previous blogs, social media can be a great way to stay connected with others, keep up to date with current events, and even aid the learning process! As technology continues to advance, we find social media playing a lar…

The Benefits of Becoming a Tutor with Tutor Doctor

As a Tutor Doctor tutor, you can realize many benefits that come with answering the global need for private tutoring services, estimated to be $228 billion (USD) by 2022. And, you’ll join the many Tutor Doctor tutors already working with our 300+ local offices in 16 countries to help change the trajectory of student’s lives.

Let’s look at how impactful you can be, not only to others, but to yourself.

Make a difference in a student’s life. Tutor Doctor tutors help students overcome the educational challenges that can stall their progress, whether it’s getting into their “dream” college or just taking their proficiency up a notch… or two or three. You and your student will delight when “the light comes on,” the “aha” moment occurs, and you’re both feeling it.

“I like that fact that tutoring makes a difference! Not only in the student’s life but in the life of the family as well! It gives the student/family a break from the overall stress that homework can cause in the home when the parents are unable to help their own children. I like the fact that a student can ask questions they may not be able to ask while in school. It gives them a great feeling of worth! Making a difference counts!
J. Somlai, Tutor Doctor tutor

Advance your career development.For the tutor, tutoring is both a teaching and a learning experience. Not only will you educate others, you’ll reinforce what you already know through repetition, and build upon your foundation. University student tutors, especially, can expand their expertise as they teach. As legendary motivational speaker Zig Ziglar said, “Repetition is the mother of learning, the father of action, which makes it the architect of accomplishment.”

Do what you do best.Different than many tutors practicing independently, Tutor Doctor tutors are relieved of the prospecting, screening and administrative duties that can turn a one-hour session into a multi-hour endeavor. That’s handled by the local Tutor Doctor office, so that you can focus on what’s important… helping your student.

Cultivate your inner teacher. Whether you’re a career educator or someone who knows you’ve got something special to offer, your experiences can help others. Perhaps you wanted to be an elementary school teacher, but the world led you elsewhere. If you’re skilled and a great communicator, tutoring can scratch that long-ago itch, and share a passion that’s never quite left you. Our Tutor Doctor tutors – especially college graduates and retirees – enjoy engaging with students and families, and giving back to their communities.

“Tutor Doctor helps me use my skills and experiences as a new young teacher to further promote learning in young students. By connecting me to students in need I am able to build relationships, encourage confidence and support students as they develop the skills needed to be successful.”
L. Edie, Tutor Doctor tutor

Increase your income. Tutoring efficiently boosts your income by using legacy skills, with little re-training required. Even 5-10 hours a month – with little or no incremental expense like a wardrobe or equipment – can deliver spending money for a special night out or a well-earned vacation.

Call your own shots.By collaborating with your local office, you’ll set the hours you’re available to tutor. This is especially helpful if you’re working around family, job or travel commitments. The flexibility inherent with being a Tutor Doctor tutor impacts not only when you tutor, but how you tutor, since in-home and online options are available.

“The convenience of choosing your own hours to work really makes Tutor Doctor the ideal job for students and others with more inflexible schedules.”
I. Nicolas, Tutor Doctor tutor

As a Tutor Doctor tutor, you’ll help others, yourself and your community – and heck, maybe even mankind – as you benefit beyond the paycheck.

5 Tips to Help Teens Cope with Stress

Stress. It’s that unwanted anxiety resulting from worry about issues we often can’t control.

Stress is common in teenagers, who can be consumed by school, grades and managing relationships.  It’s a collision of sorts – like mental pinball – so much so that stress is regularly palpable in homes, classrooms, or wherever youths gather.

Since stress can be a lifelong challenge, teenage years are an ideal time to develop coping skills and learn to focus on what matters most. Several accessible activities can help teens mitigate their stress.

Reduce Screen Time

Smartphones are ubiquitous, with teens among the biggest consumers. Though well documented by Pew Research and the National Institutes of Health, usage numbers are quickly outdated and are only increasing. Stress may be proportionate to screen time, and a January 2018 article at speaks to smart-device addiction. Influential investors are urging device manufacturers to “develop new, easier-to-use tools to help parents limit phone use and to study the effect of overuse on mental health.”  Simultaneous use of many apps and programs heighten FOMO – the fear of missing out – compounding stress levels. Accordingly, reducing screen time can be a single stroke against multiple stress drivers.


Volunteering pays multiple dividends including separation from stress-inducing activities, validating an interest  and promoting community involvement. Through volunteerism, teens enhance their collaboration skills while helping a cause. Different from a part-time job that may require mandatory hours and integration with school and activity schedules, volunteer gigs have fewer scheduling demands and even “walk-away” hours. Volunteer opportunities are generally found through schools, places of worship or online.

Learn a New Skill

Teen years are an excellent time to discover how things work, break and can be repaired. Vocational and technical skills are not only valuable, but timeless. Knowing how to repair plumbing, lay tile, wire electricity or cook a meal are lifelong skills that can cultivate a new career or entrepreneurial interest. Serving as a craftsman’s apprentice is highly educational, teaches responsibility and provides a sense of accomplishment.


In contrast to stressing about many issues at once, physical activity fosters a focused level of concentration while delivering cardiovascular and conditioning benefits. Weightlifting, circuit training and cycling classes set to music are excellent alternatives to stress-inducing, competition-based activities. Yoga combines movement with relaxation, and meditation can be a single-source solution. Regardless of age, the ability to clear the mind in order to approach or solve problems with a fresh perspective is invaluable.


Reading for pleasure, adventure or instruction helps keep minds sharp and focused. Although digital devices are convenient, their easy access to social media and news sites can be distracting and stressful. Reading books has tactile benefits, can be less harmful to the eyes, and can be either an escape or the means to develop self-education skills.

These are but a few of the readily available tools to help your teen cope with stress.

Sugar Awareness Week: The Effects of Too Much Sugar on Children’s Learning

Believe it or not, sugar doesn’t actually cause children to become hyperactive. That’s right! Although this myth has been closely held by many for a long time, it was proven without a doubt in a 1994 study that sugar has no effect on chil…

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