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Greeting Wyzant Community

Greetings Wyzant community, prospective students, fellow tutors:

I have just returned from my studies abroad and am ready to begin teaching again. Please take a look at my profile. My education ranges from my Masters in Physics, to my undergrad degrees in physics, biology and music. I just completed the coursework for a masters program in peace and conflict resolution as well.

Aside from know knowledge and experience teaching, I think I possess a very good ability to understand the different ways students learn. This helps me to engage with them in a way that is most effective for them. Not...

Intuition and Memorization

When someone is interested in a topic, there is a heavy intuitive knowledge associated with that interest. A good musician intuitively knows what would be enjoyable to their target audience; a good fashion designer intuitively knows what would be fashionable for the next season; a good personal trainer knows intuitively how to work a particular person with a particular body and a particular mentality to make that person more active and more healthy. In all of these fields and any field you can think of, there is a certain amount of memorization required, a certain set of rules to follow, but...

ANYONE who needs the math HELP

Hello, if you are a student frantically searching for help with a math problem, take a second here and I will repost answers to any MATH related questions you may have.

Physics and the Martial Arts

What does physics and martial arts have in common? A lot, actually. For instance, the formula for Force is F=ma^2, where F is Force, m is Mass and a is Acceleration. Now think this through. If an individual bulks up his mass and doubles it, what does that do for his strength? It effectively doubles it. But what if he doubles his acceleration, his speed, per se? His force quadruples! When you get into larger numbers like 3 and 4, the effect is even more pronounced. So that is the reason that Bruce Lee is more deadly than some bulky slow weight lifter (not that you want to mess with either one,...

New to WyzAnt Tutoring

Hello! This whole site is pretty new to me, but I wanted to briefly show my interests and experiences, as they are fairly diversified:

Sciences: As noted above, most of my experience is with chemistry. Organic Chemistry is my specialty, but I am also familiar with Inorganic Chemistry. I've been a Teaching Assistant for college freshman level courses through upper level chemistry courses. I started off as a Biology/Pre-med major, so courses like Physics and Biology are high on my understanding. Tutoring in most of the sciences will be my highest level of knowledge/experience.

Math:...

Favorite student success story

I had a student from Lawrence Tech University in Michigan who had registered for College Physics course at Oakland Community College, Orchard Ridge Campus. She was struggling with the course but had to complete the course with a decent grade for a degree in Graphics Design. She was completely clueless about the basic concepts and could not solve any of the Physics problems assigned as homework and was afraid of failing the class or having to drop the class.

Fortunately, I was assigned as her tutor at the college's academic support center. I knew from the beginning, there was a lot of work cut...

Different types of learners need different approaches to teaching

We've been told that each student tends to have a dominant learning style. In my experience, I would say that the Visual-Dominant Learning Style is most common (#1), then the Auditory Learning Style (#2), and then the Tactile or Kinetic Learning Style (#3).

Some teachers seem to love talking a lot, so their students may get 90% of more of their information in the Auditory form. That is not good for some students. Other teachers and professors like to "put it all on the board," and let students do their own note-taking, and draw their own conclusions. There are some "teachers" who do not...

America's Science Problem

"America's Science Problem" is the title of an article in the November 2012 issue of Scientific American. It is a surprisingly provocative look at the American political parties and their attitude towards making decisions based on facts. It is at once alarming and funny. Funny, because it is true. The abstract and lead paragraph are copied below.

The entire article can be purchased at http://www.sciamdigital.com/index.cfm?fa=Products.ViewIssuePreview&ARTICLEID_CHAR=64F06545-237D-9F22-E8096F93BCE27AA6 but the magazine is full of great articles this month.

Abstract:
A...

How Expectations Matter

On September 17, 2012, Morning Edition (on National Public Radio, or "NPR") shared this article: "Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform." I recommend it. Here's the link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/09/17/161159263/teachers-expectations-can-influence-how-students-perform#more.

So, what are my expectations? That all can succeed, given sufficient support and guidance.
1. Students who believe they can't do something, after being shown and walked through examples, often can, when the tables are turned. Just ask an Algebra II student of mine who had to teach me...

Keeping Students Motivated In Summer

Keeping students motivated during the summer months starts in the proceeding school year. As students are exposed to a broadening of subjects, each student will naturally like one or two. The motivation comes when a teacher or parent recognizes the interest and then turns the student toward further investigation / discovery. The student will experience the joy of learning, which once experienced will motivate the student to learn more. Facilitating that desire will keep the student on track year round.