With the introduction of our first mobile application it's time to make sure those inboxes do not get cluttered! You can now set which email, SMS, and in-app push notifications you would like to receive.
Parents and students already working with an awesome tutor can use Book&Table with their educator without paying our 12% service fee. Since we did not connect you, we do not charge anything. So if you're currently paying your tutor $50 a session, you'll continue to pay them $50 a session with the added advantage of using our platform to help you communicate, confirm upcoming sessions, and study better.
Book&Table is all about using technology to help people connect better and have fun. We're also huge fans of Herschel!!!! To celebrate the launch of the Book&Table iOS app, Founder/CEO Maurice Wright is returning to campus with customized swag for his fellow Lions. With exams coming up we figured this would be a great way to introduce ourself to the future founders and CEOs of the world while also giving students a few fun games to play with each other between study sessions.
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It's September again. You can't fight it. Depending on where you live, school has either already begun or is about to start, which means it's time for students to start thinking about the upcoming semester in mores specific terms than, "I'll try to work hard." The question is not whether you're going to try, but how are you going to succeed this academic year? Here are three tips to help students create real, actionable plans for academic success, and stick to them.
Remember the beginning of each school year? Everyone in the class would have to stand up by the blackboard and read aloud their version of "What I Did Over My Summer Vacation." Well, Book&Table didn't go on vacation because while you've been at the beach, we've been busy. And now we have some exciting news to share.
We hate to say it, but summer is already halfway over. You've probably made excellent progress on your tan, maybe learned a great new skill, like boogie-boarding, but as for that pile of test prep books you were supposed to finish--they don't seem to have moved much. So if you haven't started preparing for your exams in the fall, now is the time to step up your test prep game. If you're not sure where to start, here's some advice from NYC-based test prep tutor Leanne Dodge.
One of the biggest problems for freelance tutors is isolation. You spend your days shuttling between libraries, coffee shops, and strangers’ apartments, either alone, or in the company of a student. Even working for a brick-and-mortar agency can feel this way, as companies focus on rushing their tutors through training programs and getting them connected with available students as quickly as possible. Acquainting tutors with each other and building a true community around teaching is not their aim. But it is ours.
Last week, we discussed the importance of summer reading and literacy games to keep students from losing reading skills during the summer. But many readers of the B&T blog still had questions about how to choose books for their children, and how to tell if those books were grade-appropriate. You've asked, so we'll answer. Here are five steps parents and educators can take to find the right books for young readers, and help them learn to love literature this summer.
Summer vacation can be an incredible opportunity for students to grow or to backslide, so we asked tutors how they help their students take advantage of the time between school years and stay on track for September. Preparing for a big exam can be a lengthy process--what's the best way to help students keep track of their progress as they prepare for tests in the fall? What techniques keep students motivated and how can tutors help students maintain work/life balance? Is the summer the best time for students to buckle down--regardless of the distracting sunshine? Two Book&Table test-prep tutors weigh in.
Summer learning loss, also known as "the summer slide," is a phenomenon long noted by parents and educators--kids come out of school year hitting certain learning benchmarks, yet often begin school in September unable to achieve those same scores. And it's hardly a recent trend.
I had one girl who was almost failing out of school [when we started] because she was so far behind and didn’t know where to begin. We progressed over the school year working on the idea of not looking at the overwhelming weight of this problem, but just saying, "This is do-able. We can do at least this tiny little bit. And from there, we can keep going." Now, she is a successful engineering student at RPI. It was amazing to go through that experience with her.
When was the last time you tore a slip of paper off of a poster and called the telephone number printed below? It's probably been a while. The days of the bulletin board may be ending, but your Facebook timeline and Twitter stream are full of activity. It's how we stay up to date with each other's lives, to let people know we're selling a car, moving, looking for a tutor. But to take advantage of all this digital traffic, tutors have to promote their businesses online. And Book&Table has designed our platform to make this process as simple as possible. If you're looking to build your client roster try these three easy steps.
Earlier this week we released a brand new version of Book&Table which included a new dashboard for learners. Things are pretty different now so we wanted to make sure we provided a more thorough explanation of how one would go about requesting a tutor.
Kalen Lister is a Brooklyn-based tutor specializing in early childhood education and executive function.We met up at a cafe in Fort Greene to talk about how she started tutoring, how tutoring and performing aren't so different, and why ten years in, she still loves her job.
When you are studying for a test, remember that it is not enough to simply know a fact. The ultimate goal is to study in such a way that you retrieve that fact while taking the test. Retrieving a fact (and not going blank) is made more likely when you don’t allow the fact to stand alone but instead understand the fact as connected to a whole body of knowledge.
Jillian Roberts is a math, reading, and writing tutor, who specializes in the SAT, ACT, and other standardized tests. She’s a native of Los Angeles and a recent Brooklyn transplant who’s been tutoring for colleges and agencies for ten years. With test-prep season in full-swing, I met up with Jillian to discuss how she helps students prepare for big exams, what she loves about tutoring, and why she joined Book&Table.
In case you missed it, Book&Table tutors got together this past Friday, April 10th for a team-building happy hour event. Tutors connected with one another and parents, built up their referral networks, talked shop, and hopefully made a few friends. Stay tuned for more tutor meetups and happy hours by checking out our Events page.
The ACT and SAT are both standardized tests that are used for college admissions. Students should be aware that they have a choice in which standardized test they choose to take. As of 2015, the SAT seems to be the more popular choice on the east and west coasts, and the ACT is more popular throughout the rest of the country (with a few exceptions). However, students taking the SAT in 2016 will be encountering a radically redesigned exam, which will bring the test closer to the ACT in a few crucial ways (more on that later). Ultimately, every student should realize that the final decision is entirely up to them. This article provides important information about the differences between the two tests so that you can make a more well-informed choice.
New tutors have several ways to accrue those points, such as requesting additional references and sharing your tutoring profile on your social networks. The most effective way to increase your rank, however, is to use the app with clientele you’ve already spent time recruiting.
Preparing for the SAT? Sweating over your upcoming Economics exam? Imagine if you could flip the script and think about these tests with a new mindset. Positive psychology and educational psychology have developed some extraordinary tools for getting us to exert effort and make breakthroughs. One of these tools, “Mindset”, creates a basis of emotional safety for facing challenges by changing our beliefs about learning and performance.
Book&Table has released another new tool to make booking and reviewing lessons easier: text notifications. Both clients and tutors will receive text messages letting them know what steps they’ve taken in their booking cycle, with prompts to complete any additional steps in order to close out a lesson.
Our Request a Tutor feature connects client inquiries with only the most talented, dedicated tutors—the ones who put in the hours and who take the initiative to grow their business. Ultimately, our matching methodology is about fairness. If you use the platform—by completing a profile, getting references, and logging lessons—we think it’s only right to send you the new client inquiries that we receive.
Building a group of like-minded tutors with different kinds of knowledge will help you grow and maintain your business in a stable and sustainable way. Think of yourself as a member of the Justice League, in which each tutor in your group has unique subject expertise, and can refer clients based on their changing learning needs.
Students come and go: they may graduate, they may move, or you may have tutored them so well that they don't need you anymore. Because students must grow up eventually, finding new clients is an essential component of running a professional tutoring business. Yet many tutors find the process of looking for new students and collecting reference daunting. It doesn't have to be that way.
We've designed our platform to be flexible and adaptable. We know that tutors and students have different needs, and may want to expand their experience beyond one-on-one tutoring. Whether you want to augment your students’ speaking ability in a foreign language with group conversation, or run a writing workshop for college essays, Book&Table allows tutors and students to determine the size of their class.
Our aim is to bring together educators interested in developing their pedagogy, growing their network, and taking their tutoring business to the next level. We're building communities of tutors across the country, starting in New York, Connecticut, and Boston, and we're announcing the next step in that process with a series of events and get-togethers we're calling The Book&Table Community Tour.