Favorite Mistakes: The Dirty Dozen Common Obstacles : Tutoring Strategy 1. Skim over new conceptual vocabulary words: “numerator”, “direct object”, “fiefdom”, “covalent bonding”. Pre-read, highlight and pronounce new conceptual words. Make flash cards. Quick mini-quiz on new words. 2. Skip reading directions. Read directions aloud together and discuss before starting assignment. 3. Skip working through the examples. Work one of the textbook’s examples together and discuss. 4. Skip reading the chapter, go right to assigned questions at the chapter’s end and skip around to find answers. Read the chapter overview together and discuss how it connects to what the teacher said in class. 5. Copycat from textbook. Nudge student to rephrase in own words or write sample problem. 6. Skip reviewing class notes and previous homework assignments relevant to today’s assignment. Talk about class notes and previous assignments before starting today’s work. 7. “I don’t care about understanding it, just show me how to do it!” Doing depends on understanding: show how first, then talk it through. 8. Skip final quality control process. Proofread writing assignments, check math computations. 9. Messiness. Organize binders and backpacks. 10. Illegible writing. May be evidence of learning difference, proceed with caution. Turn binder paper sideways to use lines as guides for math. 11. Skip sections of assignment or quit halfway through and go on to something else, then forget to finish and hand in incomplete work. May be evidence of an attention difference, proceed with caution. Complete one assignment before starting another. 12. Forget to turn in completed homework! Email parent to buy special clear folder for binder, place all completed work in that folder and check it daily. Proceed with caution, may be evidence of attention difference and/or emotional distress due to discouragement.