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Ann Dolin

Educational Connections

www.ectutoring.com  

703-934-8282

Ann Dolin, M.Ed. is the President and Director of Educational Connections.  She holds a B.A. in Child Psychology/Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Special Education, with a concentration in Learning Disabilities, from Boston College.

After leaving FCPS in 1998, Ann founded Educational Connections, Inc. as its only employee with the goal of providing individualized one-to-one instruction based on each student's learning style.  Today, her company employs over 100 tutors, serves the entire metropolitan D.C. area, and has worked with over 2,000 students.

Ann is a recognized expert in education and learning disability issues.  She has provided testimony in trials related to education and learning disabilities.  She is a member of WISER (Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources) and is the coordinator of CHADD of Northern Virginia (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder).  She is also a member of the Education Industry Association, Council for Learning Disabilities, and a board member for the International Dyslexia Association.  She travels throughout the D.C. Metro area presenting at parent and teacher groups on a variety of educational topics. 

How To Get Your Child To Ask For Homework Help

Education expert Ann Dolin discusses how to encourage your student to ask for help with school work.

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Ann Dolin: Some teens want nothing more than independence. The problem is this can get in the way when a student needs help with schoolwork, but keeps resisting it. How do you help teens who say they don't want it?

The first step is to be as supportive as possible. Praise and positive reinforcement go along way even if your teen doesn't always show it outwardly. Be there with guidance and support but without hovering. By keeping the right distance you can help your teen without sparking a rebellious reaction.

Step two is to put the ball in their court. Instead of insisting that you are teen accept homework help, give him a choice. For example, if his math grade isn't what it should be, ask if he'd like to work with a study group, stay after school with the teacher or work with a tutor. You're guaranteeing that he'll get some form of help. But, he still feels like he has the power in the decision.

The last step is to plan ahead, carve out a few minutes one evening every week to talk to your child about the work he or she has coming up. This way, the student is clear on what's expected that week without feeling like everything he or she does is micromanaged.

Above all stay involved and don't give up. If you stick to it and allow some space for freedom when it comes to school work, both you and your teen will be much happier.

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