Sunday, November 18, 2018

What is behaviourism?

In the previous article, I talked about a learning theory developed by Lev Vygotsky called social constructivism. This week, I am talking about a theory called behaviourism.

In the behaviourism school of thought, it is believed that learning is the acquisition of new behaviours based on environmental conditions.

For example, if you wanted to learn a new skill, like hook shots in basketball, for instance, you would have to learn the proper technique, and then just keep practicing it until you can consistently make that shot with good form.

This also applies to when you are learning new, non-physical skills or concepts as well.

Monday, November 12, 2018

What is social constructivism?

This article was originally published on Sociology Club:

Social constructivism is a social learning theory that was developed by psychologist Lev Vygotsky. With this concept, Vygotsky wanted to prove that learning didn’t just happen solely via being taught new information. Rather, he believed that cognitive functions are developed from social interactions, and thus learning also occurs when people (specifically young children) interact with others.

According to Vygotsky’s 1978 study, Interaction between learning and development:

“Every function in the child's cultural development appears twice: first, on the social level and, later on, on the individual level; first, between people (interpsychological) and then inside the child (intrapsychological). This applies equally to voluntary attention, to logical memory, and to the formation of concepts. All the higher functions originate as actual relationships between individuals.”

Monday, November 5, 2018

What Are the Different Types of Learners (VARK)?

In this post, I will be going over the 4 types of learners (VARK) and giving suggestions for how each learner can do self-directed studies.

I am a firm believer that everyone should be able to do self-directed learning. The reason is that not everything you want to learn requires going to college or taking a paid course. There are many subjects that can be learned by just reading books or watching online tutorials, or through a combination of both.

For instance, online business. You don’t need a business degree from an accredited university to start an online business, so why would you go to college for it? You can just read business books, watch educational videos online, maybe buy a course, and learn how to run it through trial and error.

Not only will this save you a bunch of money, but you will be learning how to do it first hand; you will get practical knowledge rather than theoretical knowledge.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Learn life and entrepreneurship lessons with “Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight

“Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight is an honest account of the ups and downs of following your dreams.

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“Shoe Dog” by Phil Knight is, by far, my favourite book this year.

It is a captivating story that tells the tale of the juggernaut company Nike. Knight goes through the entire beginnings of the company, not leaving out any details that would make him look bad.

The story starts off with Knight having a “crazy idea” of wanting to start a sneaker company and going to a foreign land with the sole purpose of making this idea come to fruition. After finding a company that allowed him to distribute their shoes, Knight’s optimism rose. But after returning to America and not hearing back from Onitsuka (the distributor), and not receiving his order of sneakers, Knight began to doubt himself and his ability to start a business –a feeling I’m sure many of you entrepreneurs have felt some time during your journey.

Monday, October 22, 2018

How to start a tutoring business: 6 quotes to boost your optimism

In the previous article, I talked about 7 things that can elevate your skills as a tutor. For this article, I will be sharing with you 6 motivational quotes that helped me out when times were bad.

So here we are, at the final post. If you’ve gotten this far, then it probably means that you want to embark on this journey of finding your true self via entrepreneurship. Now, this could possibly be the most difficult journey that you will go on. There will ups and downs, and sometimes, it will be so blurry that you won’t know if you are going up or down. But if you stick with it, stay positive, and learn and fix your mistakes, then you will be able to get out of the smoke and see clearly.

And to help you with that, here are 6 quotes that really helped me when I was discouraged and about to give up and quit (if you forgot or haven’t read about my experiences with entrepreneurship yet, you can read it here):

Monday, October 15, 2018

How to start a tutoring business: 7 tips on how to teach

Last week, I talked about how to set up a tutoring service. In this article, I will be giving you some tips on how to tutor a student.

Okay, so you may be thinking what the point of this post is. “How hard can it be to tutor?” you may be asking yourself. But the truth is, if you don’t tutor properly, where you’re not helping your student improve or learn, you will lose that student. So, knowing how to effectively tutor is very important.

That’s why I’m sharing with you this list of tips. It’s based on my experiences and my mistakes, and I hope it helps you. So, let’s get to it:

1) Encourage the student to ask questions

Some of your students will be shy and won’t ask any questions. Additionally, some of them may be embarrassed that they don’t understand something and won’t ask when they are confused. So you have to get them to ask questions. To do this, you have to encourage them and keep reminding them to ask questions when they need help, and that it is okay to not know how to do/understand something. You should also ask them if you can look over their completed work and check it to see if they are doing it right.

Monday, October 8, 2018

How to start a tutoring business: Setting up shop

For this article, I will be going over how to set up a tutoring business, how to find students, and what materials you need to start your tutoring service.

In the previous article, I talked about the different types of tutoring businesses that you can do. Now that you have thought about it (I hope) and maybe did some planning, this article will talk about the things you have to do and items have to buy to get your business up and running.

Monday, October 1, 2018

How to Start a Tutoring Business: Various Types of Tutoring

In this article, I will be breaking down the different types of tutoring businesses you can do and let you know the differences of each.

When you think of tutoring businesses, you may think that there is only one type. But there are actually many ways that you can tutor for a profit. There’s 1-on-1 (this is the most common method), small groups, large groups, and online. For this article, I will talk about the first three types mentioned.

Monday, September 24, 2018

On entrepreneurship and self-knowledge

Does entrepreneurship teach all the necessary skills for a successful and fulfilling life? And should it be taught in schools?

A few days ago, I was watching a Pat Flynn video on YouTube and he said something that caught my attention. He said that he thinks entrepreneurship is something that can teach students all the necessary skills of not just starting and running a business, but also for a successful life. He also said that he believes entrepreneurship should be taught in schools.

After hearing him say this, I began to think. I thought about what I’m learning as a business owner and how my business is teaching me and came to the conclusion that I absolutely agree with him.

Monday, September 3, 2018

The History behind Labour Day

Have you ever wondered how Labour Day came about? Well, here’s the history behind it.

For many of us, Labour Day is the holiday before we have to head back to school (or work for some); it is the long weekend that ends summer vacation. But do you know the history of Labour Day? Do you know why it is a holiday and how it came about?

Well, in the late 1800s, workers were treated horribly. They had to work long days in bad work conditions and were paid very little. And to add salt to injury, they had no benefits. Additionally, they weren’t allowed to form unions, so their employers were able to treat them however they pleased. And with the rise of machines that did labour work, workers were afraid to speak out because they feared they would lose their jobs (the majority of them didn’t have any other skills to do anything else).