I am banning the word "confuse"

Ahhh.......the dreaded "c" word.  It should be expunged from the tutoring vocabulary.

"I'm confuuuuused.."
This is confusing.
They are trying to confuse you.

And, not to forget the cousins of "confuse," such as "they are trying to trick you" or "I always get these kind of questions wrong."

We all know the power of words, and how they reinforce mental concepts.

How simple it is to turn these around.

“I need help on these kinds of problems.”
”What are they testing in this question?”
”I have a question.”
”How can I get started on this question?”

Try changing your words next time! Let me know how it helps!