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Apr 162012

On Saturday, July 16th, 2011 and again on Monday, February 6th, 2012, we had the honor of sharing our knowledge on tutoring and motivation with the School on Wheels tutors.  We felt extremely privileged to be asked to conduct these two workshops and we cannot begin to express our gratitude.

We are great supporters of the School on Wheels organization, and we sincerely respect all that they do for homeless children.  It is because of organizations like School on Wheels, that homeless children are better able to reach their full potential and to feel that their contribution to society matters.  These volunteer tutors make these kids feel like important and valuable members of society, as they should be made to feel.

Natasha Bayus, the education and training coordinator for School on Wheels, was kind enough to share with us some of the participants’ feedback.  The overwhelming majority said that they learned how to interact and communicate with their students more effectively, and in turn, this helped them understand what tools to use in order to connect with their students and to motivate them to become more involved in their education and to value its great importance.

Many participants also felt more comfortable about contacting the student’s teachers and parents after participating in the workshop.  They realized the importance of working with the teachers and parents in order to improve the student’s grades and understanding of the material being learned.  There is nothing more important than having the students know that their success and learning matter and that there are many individuals that care about them and that are invested in their educational growth.

Nonetheless, out of all the lessons the tutors learned, the most important seemed to be to let their students’ learn from their mistakes.  Instead of being made to feel ashamed, children should learn that we all make mistakes and that that is how we learn and grow.  Most of all, students should feel positive about their learning experience.

Education is what keeps us all going.  Give us an opportunity to show you how one-on-one tutoring can benefit your child’s future.

Feb 042012

Dear Zeb,

Natasha Bayus (nbayus@schoolonwheels.org) has invited you to
present at the following Webinar:

“Motivating the Unmotivated”
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Feb 042012

Last Summer I gave a presentation to a group of volunteer tutors from School on Wheels titled How to Motivate the Unmotivated.  School on Wheels has provided volunteer tutoring for homeless students in the Los Angeles area since 1993 and I received a lot of positive feedback from those who attended and received the following email several weeks ago to ask if I was interested in running an online webinar to which I agreed.

Hi Zeb,

It sounds like things are going really well for your company.  Your workshop for our tutors was very popular last year.  I’m wondering if there’s any chance you would be interested in doing another for us, but this time in an online format.  We are offering online webinars, and I would love to offer your strategies and professional expertise to more of our tutors.  If this interests you, please let me know and we can discuss times.  I could come to your office to run the workshop in order to make it convenient for you.


Natasha Bayus

Education and Training Coordinator | School on Wheels, Inc.

cell:  (626) 644-2206 | fax:  (213) 896-9222

www.schoolonwheels.org – Tutoring Homeless Children Since 1993

The presentation is set to take place on Monday at 7 PM and they already have a large list of volunteer tutors interested in attending.  I am excited for the opportunity and am always happy to share my time and expertise with those interested in helping others.  School on Wheels is a great organization and I encourage all of you to visit their website to find out more about them.


Dec 312011

2011 has come to an end and what an exciting year it was for The Tutoring Solution.  We feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to help so many young students improve their academic abilities.  To end the year we’d like to have you vote on our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2011.   The following blog series are in no particular order.

  1. Get to Know Us – Many of our customers chose to work with us because the passion we have for education.  These articles were written to share some insight into our lives and why we have decided to become tutors.
  2. Innovative Educators – Numerous educators have shared their expertise on The Tutoring Solution blog over the past year.  We have labeled them innovative educators because they work hard to educate and inspire those whom they come into contact with.
  3. Passionate Tutors – We encourage our tutors to take part in the discussion on education by contributing information on the subject of education.
  4. Community Outreach – This year we were asked to give presentations at the Chino Valley GATE Together and for School on Wheels.  At the GATE Together, we taught Elementary and Junior High School students about blogging and how they could develop their own blog.  For School on Wheels we provided tips on how to motivate students who appeared to be unmotivated to volunteer tutors who work with homeless students.
  5. Students of the Month – We had a variety of students who excelled over the year.  Here are some of our favorite students of the month in 2011.
  6. Videos – Our videos may not have the best production quality, but I always get a kick out of watching these videos . . . and some of them have some great information as well.
  7. #Edchat – Educators from all across the world are using Twitter to improve their craft.  These articles have been in response to some of the #Edchat topics that have come up over the past year.
  8. Monthly Newsletter – One thing people associated with The Tutoring Solution comment on the most is our newsletters.  Here are our monthly email newsletters for 2011.
  9. Top Blog Posts of the Month – These are our top 9 blog posts for each month in 2011.
  10. Tutoring Recommendations – We have been recommended by numerous parents, students, teachers, counselors, family and friends.  Read some of those recommendations here.

With every new years comes new opportunities.  New Year’s Resolutions are a great way to get you to think about changing your life and the lives of people you care about in a positive direction.  Lets make 2012 the year we promote and encourage education and growth.

Jul 132011

School on Wheels is very excited to have Zeb from the Tutoring Solution host a workshop for our volunteer tutors this Saturday in Long Beach. I’m also happy to have the opportunity through his Blog to talk a little bit more about School on Wheels and spread the message of what we are trying to achieve.

I thought it might be helpful to start with some statistics from our website to demonstrate the need surrounding our mission. Over 1.6 million children are homeless annually in the United States. Families with young children account for 40% of the homeless population. Lastly, over 35,000 homeless youth are enrolled in LA County Schools, 12,461 in LAUSD alone. It is hard for most of us to imagine the obstacles these students face. Constant moves create gaps and setbacks in their education. Students usually move several times during the year, and fall behind 3-4 months with each move. At some shelters, families have to be out by 7am each morning, are let back in at around 5pm for a meal, and sleep on cots in one big room after lights out at 9pm. One of the students in our program had to literally hide in closets after lights out to finish work for her AP classes.

School on Wheels is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 by Agnes Stevens, a retired school teacher. The mission of our organization is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our goal is to shrink the gaps in their education and provide them with the highest level of education possible. We do this by offering:

· One‐on‐one weekly tutoring with a volunteer

· Backpacks, school supplies and school uniforms

· A toll‐free number for students to keep in touch with us

· Assistance in school enrollment and locating lost records

· Guidance for parents in educational matters for their children

· Two learning centers, one located in the heart of Skid Row and the other in South Los Angeles

· Tutoring in seven major regions in Southern California, including Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Ventura counties

· Three annual scholarships and additional learning opportunities for all students

Our program serves as a consistent support system to homeless students and brings the message that they are cared about and important. We work with over 1500 homeless students during the course of the year, primarily through volunteer tutors. Tutors are matched one-on-one with a student and commit to working with that student for at least one hour each week.

I currently serve as the Education and Training Coordinator for School on Wheels, and am responsible for expanding resources for both tutors and students in the program. There is a great need to further educate our tutors to be more effective in their sessions, especially in the areas of motivating their students to take ownership of their education. It might be helpful to think about who motivated you as a child – your parents, or maybe your teachers or counselor. What if your parents were busy searching for housing, food, and a job. Maybe your teachers or counselor try to help, but they never really get to know your needs since you are only at the school for a few months. The further you fall behind, the more frustrated you get with school. Add these issues to the usual lack of motivation non-homeless students face, and you can see there are some big obstacles to overcome.

Our tutors are really looking forward to Zeb’s presentation which will address “Motivating the Unmotivated”. I know it will be a great help to them in working with their students. If you would like to know more about School on Wheels and how you can get involved, please email me at nbayus@schoolonwheels.org.

Jul 012011

I have been asked to give a presentation by School on Wheels, titled How to Motivate the Unmotivated.  The presentation will be given to volunteer tutors that provide tutoring for homeless children in the Greater Los Angeles area.

The presentation will take place on July 16 at 9 AM in Long Beach, CA at The Neighborhood Resource Center.

The following is a brief summary of what I will be covering at the workshop:

All students are born with the internal desire to learn . . . through conditioning, many have learned to become unmotivated.  It is our job as educators to get them interested in learning again.  I have developed and utilized 42 practical tips that I have used to increase motivation in students.  In using these tools, I have successfully increased motivation in a countless number of students.  During this presentation, we will discuss the causes of unmotivated behavior, we will identify the steps needed to confront these students and we will discuss the 42 practical tools that I have developed to increase motivation in students.

Jun 302011

I’m glad to hear you might be interested in facilitating a workshop!  The main focus of our program is helping homeless students by setting them up with a one-on-one volunteer tutor.  We currently have over 650 active tutors in Southern California, from Ventura to Long Beach.  The tutors go out to the shelters and meet with their students for an hour a week.  They work on homework, but also address the academic gaps that these students face due to constant moves and subsequent absences in school.

The tutors come from all backgrounds – business professionals, students, retired or current teachers, etc.  Since many of them have little previous experience in teaching, we are providing more workshops to help our tutors be more effective in their role.  Most of them can get the hang of addressing the academic problems, but motivation is often the biggest obstacle and tutors don’t know how to deal with this.  It is especially hard since tutors don’t always know how long they will be with a student.  It could be a month or two if the student is in an emergency shelter, or a few years if they are in a more organized shelter program.

Ideally, I would like to address strategies they can use to motivate these students to do better . . . We can also take advantage of the resources that would come out of the workshop and share these with all our tutors.