and learn . . .
10% of what we read
20% of what we hear
30% of what we see
50% of what we both see and hear
70% of what we talk about with others
80% of what we experience personally
95% of what we TEACH someone else."
As a tutor, you
are probably finding that rules and conventions about words and language
have made more sense and become clearer for you as a result of exploring
them with and explaining them to others. Why not let your student experience
teaching a lesson you have studied together? Your student can explain
it back to you, or if she or he has a child, share it with him or her.
If you know of another literacy student having trouble with something
that your student has learned and understood, suggest that your student
try explaining it to the other student.
The experience of
teaching may seem strange to your student at first, but it is a definite
confidence-booster. It not only helps us to remember what we have learned;
it is also gives us a sense of accomplishment and of ownership of the