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As the iPhone 6 is released, many people are being notified on their older models that iOS 8 is available for download. And as usual, many people are blindly clicking through the upgrade without stopping to understand what they're doing and why. Most are also disregarding any warnings to back up their data before performing the upgrade.   Here's a post I saw from just today. It's a response to a friend who had "issues" upgrading: "My friend lost pics of her recently deceased father..."   Please, don't walk around with irreplaceable pictures on your iPhone and nowhere else! You can't keep just one copy of valuable data on a single device that could easily end up in the toilet bowl tomorrow. The iPhone is a smartphone, but that's still a phone. It happens to have a good camera and some slick software, but would you walk around every waking hour with a digital camera that held every one of your pictures, and the only... read more

As a student who is preparing for a first meeting with a new tutor, it is crucial that you have any relevant school work from the previous and current years on hand to discuss with the tutor.  If you are preparing to meet a standardized prep test tutor, you will want to have some writing samples, and all practice tests and scores available for the tutor to study.  The tutor will want to analyze your results in order to pinpoint the kinds of questions missed.  This has nothing to do with your intelligence - but it has everything to do with how well you understand and can deal with  these types of questions on a standardized exam that is meant to test the grammar, vocabulary, writing,  reading comprehension and quantitative skills of hundreds of thousands of students in the United States.  Be ready to talk about any prior practice or real tests you have taken.  Jot down notes the night before so that you can think back to the difficult... read more

Chemistry, in my opinion, is the most widely applied subject in the educational system. You can apply chemistry when you're cooking, cleaning, filling up your car, brewing beer or wine, welding, dating (carbon and speed dating), and thousands of industrial processes. I once heard from one of my chemistry professors, Dr. Chad Morris, "Chemistry is applied physics, and physics is applied math." Therefore physics, chemistry, and math all work in harmony.   You probably apply chemistry every day and don't realize it. When you make coffee in the morning, ever wondered about the chemistry involved in making a cup of joe? You have to first grind the roasted coffee beans to expose the caffeine and flavor compounds housed within the beans. You then have to filter hot water through the grinds to extract the much needed caffeine and flavors. Water works as a solvent to dissolve the polar caffeine and flavor molecules which pass through the coffee filter and into your... read more

The advice I would give to the first session for a student with a new tutor is be prepared with paper, pencils, books if possible, and what is you goal to take away from the tutoring sessions.  Be very patient learning the material because it takes time and good practice with math.  Math requires understanding and technique.   

You might have heard of the following problem.     As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Every wife had seven sacks, every sack had seven cats, every cat had seven kitts. Kitts, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St. Ives?   This is a rather good problem and a rather old problem.  In fact some of the hieroglyphics found on papyrus more than 3000 years old are believed to represent a very similar problem!   I think this problem, while amusing, is a little big ambiguous and slightly alarming.  Is the toothed, clawed, furry and wild-haired army en route to St.Ives like the narrator or is the narrator passing them while they are in their their home?   Can we assume the man meets the army head on as they are returning from St.Ives?   Is the man travelling with his entourage or is just meeting them on his way to St.Ives?  What kind of person carries 7 cats and 49 kittens in a sack?  What... read more

I remember how nervous I was during every major test in my life. The SAT, AP Tests before undergraduate school. Then there was the dreaded GRE required for admission to graduate school. Fast forward: my master's degree test involved a full day of writing (with no notes or books). My doctoral exams involved a full day of writing, three times a week for one week (also with no notes or books). Talk about torture! And then there was the faculty review ... whew! But you know what? I needn't have been nervous and neither should you, because "testing" begins the minute you walk into the classroom door. If you pay attention in class, do your homework, stay focused (you can always "play" later), take good care of your mind and body -- exercise a little to relieve stress and stay healthy -- and create a peaceful environment in which to study a little bit every day during the school week, you should be able to retain information and write to the best... read more

  My students of Russian language sometimes want to read my books.  I have about 16 books on Amazon/Kindle, and about 4 of them are in Russian language.   Here's the link to one of them.  I appreciate your interest.       https://www.createspace.com/3773681       My book that you can see on this link is just published in Kindle (electronic) edition - only $3.40 - twice cheaper than physical book.   The book is in Russian language and it is in the category of Humor/Life/Relationships   https://www.createspace.com/3773681 Russian Entertaining Humorous Book         Kindle:   Link http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=B00NMVDS1C   ??????? ?? ????? ?????????? - 3: ???????? ? ????? by ??? ???????? (Sep 15, 2014) ASIN: B00NMVDS1C    ...

When anticipating meeting a new tutor, one thing to keep in mind is to be yourself.  Everyone is anxious with an initial meeting, therefore it is better to be as relaxed as you possibly can to alleviate anxiety that sometimes comes when meeting new people.  Getting acclimated with each other is also an important step. Finding that "comfort" level is important to all parties involved, and produces a better outcome. It is also essential for the tutor, the student, and the parent/s to be well prepared for the lesson.  This helps alleviate any apprehension during the first time visit.  With all of these things in mind, a new comfort level will develop which will help develop an environment conducive to learning.

The answer is “Yes” you can learn Cryptography from these videos, but honestly you are going to need a real degree to do the real stuff. You can find out that number theory and probability theory are used. Their video says, “a lock is only as strong as its weakest point” and suggests that conceptually codes may be reduced to fingerprints. I learned its called Frequency Analysis when you count repetitions, presumably with the purpose of breaking a code. It helps if you have some practice. I have some through my classes and standardized tests. There is believe it or not some code braking on tests like The SAT and the SHSAT. On The SAT it was an advanced problem. I used the following technique to solve the SAT problem: serially shift and algebraically move, decode from a latin alphabet to a numerical one. This is problem 16 page 418 from ISBN-13: 978-0-87447-852-5, The College Board’s The Official SAT Study Guide: A four-digit integer, WXYZ, in which... read more

For the first lesson please make sure that you really know what you are having problems with.  In Miami-Dade County Public Schools, everybody is supposed to cover the same material within a specific window of time.  Your class might be a week, or week and a half ahead or behind, so it is important that you are aware where you are at.  In addition, make sure that you have the textbook, or workbook, available and a calculator, if you are 7th grade and up!!! And most importantly, make sure you get some rest and be ready to RUMBLE !!! :)

I would like some feedback about this description of my tutoring services- both tutors and  students are welcome to reply:   Dear Parent -  Thanks for getting in touch with me. I am always glad to hear from a new student! I know you asked just about availability and rates, and I am providing a general outline of how I work, ok? I live in Newton Centre, and can meet at my house or at your home, or a library or cafe. am available for SAT tutoring afternoons/evenings and on Sunday (however I do not tutor on Saturday). I have developed a practice tutoring high school and college students, and my expertise includes test strategy for all parts of the SAT, ACT, writing tutoring, and ESL. I have also tutored college students in general subjects have been requested as well. I like to do intensive tutoring, with 1.5 hour or 2.0 hour meetings. I do assign homework, and the students who improve the most are diligent about applying themselves... read more

Hi prospective student! It's important to be well-prepared for your first session.   First, let's talk on the phone to address your needs and then:   Make sure you bring your writing with you! I know that may sound silly, but sometimes we walk out of the house and forget the keys. Make sure your writing is printed on a clean copy with 1 - 1.5 inch margins, double-spaced so I can make annotations. (If it's not, don't worry, but that's ideal.) Use a serif font (i.e. Times New Roman, Georgia). If you don't know what this means, no worries; I'll explain it to you during the first lesson. If you don't have any writing yet prepared and want me to help you get started, then bring a notebook. We can brainstorm. If you do have a writing sample, bring a notebook anyway, so we can take notes. Depending on your needs, I may give you a little assignment that you can do on your own. Be prepared to turn off your phone or at the very least put it... read more

Alas! You have to take the GRE in order to get into the program of your choice. Keep in mind that if you do not prepare well, you may have to take the test again, which will cost you probably around $200 or more. If you do not prepare well and it sets your studies back a year, that could cost you a year of earning potential in your lifetime. That's not a fun math problem. Maybe you need that extra year to prepare, but if you are ready, why go at the GRE in a less than 100% manner?   Let's say you already have your fall date set and you have two months or less to prepare for the exam. Here is what I recommend. Research the GRE stats of the university you are considering. Contact your POI (person of interest) and find out how well you need to perform on the GRE. If you need to score in the 90th percentile in the quantitative portion, that's something you need to know. Your POI may say that you need to score in the 60th, but if everyone who was admitted in... read more

My name is Safa and I am Egyptian. My main language is Arabic. I studied Arabic for 16 years and got my Bachelor Degree. I am qualified in speaking, reading and writing in Arabic.I have experience in teaching Arabic. I have CD's and much materials to assist in training of the Arabic language. I am able to help in the pronunciation of Arabic.

When you are preparing to go meet your new tutor for the first time, remember the tutor is just as excited to meet you too! To make the most of everyone’s time, remember a few simple things: Everyone will be a bit nervous! It is everyone’s first time meeting each other. The younger your child is, the higher the chance they will be shy or possibly cry. Schedule- Try to come prepared with a schedule/calendar of when you can meet us on a regular basis. At the end of our first session we will be ready to schedule our next session, we request that you are too! Neutral Territory-Since it your first session, try meeting at a neutral place like a local library or school. Bring Work Samples- Try to bring samples of what your child is doing in school: classwork, homework, tests, etc.  Anything that the teacher has requested that they need to work on/improve on. We will go over with you the goals and needs of your child at this time. We will design our future lessons... read more

My first year in college (a very long time ago...!), I came home for the Thanksgiving Holiday and learned that my younger brother, Chip, was struggling with Trigonometry.  Chip was pretty smart, so I was a bit puzzled as to why he would be having trouble.   I sat down with him, and within about 15 minutes I discovered that he had missed one key concept early in the school year, and had been confused ever since.  Once I explained that to him, the light went on in his head, and everything fell into place for him.   I was horrified that a bright, promising student like my brother would be left to flounder because his teacher did not have the time to sit down with him for just 15 minutes to figure out why he was struggling.  But the truth was (and still is) that many teachers are very overloaded, and really can't devote extra time to individual students.  A typical high school math teacher may have four or more classes with 35+ students... read more

  Four years ago, I came up with this math trick. Take a look at it, and at the end I'll show you why it works! ~ Let's play a game. I’m going to let you make up a math problem, and I will be able to tell you the answer from here. I can’t see what you’re doing, I’m not even in the same room as you, but I will still be able to tell you the correct answer. Trust me. I’m a professional. Ready? Okay. First, pick a number. It can be any number you wish, large or small. Now add 5 to that number. Got it? Okay, now double your new number (multiply by 2). Alright, now subtract 4 from the double. Next, divide your new number by 2. Now, finally, subtract your original number from this new quotient. Got it? Okay. Here comes the cool part. Ready? The answer is 3. Nifty, huh? What’s that? How’d I do it? Oh, magic. Okay, okay, it’s not magic. The answer will always be 3, no matter what number you pick. Let’s illustrate this by... read more

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