After several months of carrying some pretty heavy textbooks around with me, I recently decided to switch to a Kindle Fire and start using electronic textbooks. Although there are times when a good old-fashioned book really cannot be replaced, I'm very pleased with the weight of my tutoring bag now, and my students seem to be enjoying the switch as well. I'm able to download textbooks for free in some cases ("Boundless" publishing), and I also have several different dictionaries and other reference books a tap away! Any other books I might find helpful for my students? Just a few clicks away. This also frees up my paper textbooks to loan to my students in-between sessions. Using a Kindle gives me the added benefit of being able to load educational applications to use for practice and reinforcement. Since we are in the 'computer testing' age, this also gives my students some extra practice in preparing for computerized exams. I'm sure you'll notice that the... read more
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Don't forget you can use the Wyzant website as a resource to get your answers for ESL: http://www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons/english There is also a Questions and Answers "Forum" where you can ask questions and get answers for free. It's a good way to find tutors if you're a student - and find students if you're a tutor.
Here are more websites that I have sent to students after lessons for extra practice: Here are some vocabulary activities you can do for homework. Just study the words where they give you the answers. You can't do the whole activity because you don't have classmates. You could do them with a friend though: Study these animal idioms (expressions, sayings). Think about if there are any animal idioms in your language: http://eslsite.com/rd/Vocabulary/animal_idioms.html Study these collocations/ expressions: http://eslsite.com/rd/Vocabulary/%91A%85%85%85.of%92%20language.html http://eslsite.com/rd/Vocabulary/make_or_do.html http://eslsite.com/rd/Vocabulary/collocations%28lose_take%29.html Try to do this activity, if you remember your Shakespeare: http://eslsite.com/rd/Vocabulary/shakespeare.html This might be fun to read, also. It's about the origin of the words: http://www.eslsite.com/rd/Vocabulary/word_origins.html Check... read more
I am a tutor for students requesting help with English as a Second Language. As part of the homework, I have sent out emails with the following websites for the students to practice on: Here is a website you can test your English with. It scores it and gives links to other websites that will teach you lessons on the topics. It looks really great but some of the links don't work - but don't be discouraged. Let me know what you find out, ok? When you've studied the topics, it tells you which "particular" test you should take under "choose lesson test". Those particular tests are much shorter, like 5 questions only. http://www.easyenglish.com/index.asp Here is a test for your reading comprehension - but I think some of the questions are English English. It's still a good way to give yourself some idea of your abilities and needs. http://www.englishclub.com/esl-exams/levels-test-wc.htm There are a ton of other fun quizzes and fun activities... read more
A Tutoring Session Preparation Checklist Classroom instruction and the time you spend with your professor or teaching assistant is the best source of information and learning. However, sometimes you need a little extra one-on-one time with an experienced writing tutor who will focus attention on your particular goals, strengths, and concerns. And if you’re on a college or graduate budget, you want to get the most out of every minute you spend with your private tutor. The great news is that you can help make your tutor more effective and get more out of every minute you have with him or her by preparing before your session and engaging your tutor during the session. I always ask my students to come to a tutoring session as prepared as possible. This helps them gather their thoughts and helps me quickly start helping them as soon as we start. Here’s a handy checklist of things to consider and have ready to help your tutor be a “super” tutor: Bring the Course... read more
Every beginning student of Japanese, myself included, has had trouble in one way or another with particles. JOSHI, as they are called in Japanese, are "helping words" which we use to identify parts of speech, join clauses, indicate direction, mode and exclusivity. Basically, they're the sweet little things that make Japanese cohesive rather than a jumble of words. These JOSHI are written as hiragana, but some may have pronunciation changes. The hiragana HA, pronounced WA, has multiple functions. First and foremost is it's function as a TOPIC MARKER, the "what I'd like to talk about." After the topic has been established, it can be omitted from future information until the topic changes. Rooney-san WA Fruansugo to Eigo wo hanashimasu. Sei ga hikakute, atama ga ii desu.. Senmon WA hikakubungaku desu. -- Ms. Rooney speaks French and English. She is short and smart. (Changing the topic) Her major is comparative literature. HA is also used to... read more
On standardized tests and in your general academic life, you are going to run into long reading passages that at first may seem like a lot to tackle. Let's face it - a long block of unbroken text on a standardized test is not the most inspiring sight in the world! An effective strategy for digging into these passages with the gusto required for high scoring is to underline and note-take with intensity. Underline the first sentence to get you going, then underline, circle, and mark up the passage to your heart's delight. Let the pencil be your anchor to the text. In my many years of experience as a tutor, I've found that students don't mark up SAT Reading passages nearly enough. Marking up the text not only keeps you on task and prevents your mind from wandering, but also gives you a personal little "road map" to the text when it comes time to answer questions about what you've just read. And hey, while we're here - remember to circle and underline... read more
A tip I often give my students who are studying Spanish is to watch English-language DVDs with the Spanish subtitles on. It's probably best to start with a movie or show you have seen before and with which you are familiar with the basic plot and dialogue. As you watch the movie or show (in English), read the subtitles as you go. Stop the DVD or go back and take notes about the way the English dialogue is rendered into the language you are studying. You will find that you pick up many new idiomatic expressions this way, as well as getting to review the grammar of the language you're learning in action! Take notes about any phrases or forms that strike you s particularly creative and also phrases or forms with which you are unfamiliar. Bring a list of new phrases to your tutor, along with the English dialogue being translated. You'll be surprised at how creative subtitle writers can be!
For all the undecided foreign language learners and those who need motivation please take time to read about the far reaching benefits of learning a foreign language: "Your Mind on Language: How Bilingualism Boosts Your Brain" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dan-roitman/your-mind-on-language-how_b_3902184.html
The College Board has revealed the nature of long-suspected changes to the SAT. Please note that this new-format test will NOT be given until 2016. So if you're on here right now looking for SAT prep, you're probably still taking the old test. Students who are currently freshmen will be taking the new test for the first time in their junior year, assuming normal patterns of taking a first SAT in junior year. (By the way, I do not recommend the practice I've seen in some families of taking a first SAT in sophomore year. The test has content which is beyond most sophomore curricula. The PSAT is a much better diagnostic vehicle at that age than the real SAT.) This article explains the new SAT in the best way that I have seen. In short, guessing will no longer be penalized, the essay will become optional (reverting scores to the familiar 1600 range), some math questions will not have a calculator, and the reading passages will be more predictable, using civics... read more
http://www.chemteam.info/ChemTeamIndex.html This is one of the best sources for chemistry practice problems that I've found online. As I recall, it started out as a ThinkQuest website contest entry from Diamond Bar High School in California. Now it's grown into a very nice generic source of information and study guidance, with its many examples, explanations, and links. It's also a nice place to find test questions for my introductory and general chemistry classes.
∗Learning Styles Survey overview and link∗ Most people don't know what their learning style is hopefully with this link you can know and understand what your learning style is. Once you understand how your learning style is then we can begin cultivating techniques that will allow you to advance when studying a particular subject area . In the long run it's much easier to study and learn once you understand what are the best techniques are that fit your learning style. Please click the link below. Learning styles survey
Hey everyone! I am a teen tutor for students in elementary-level subjects such as math, Spanish, reading, and grammar. If you are in need of a tutor feel free to visit my page: http://www.wyzant.com/Tutors/Alex_E
I want you to know that having a tutor doesn’t mean that you’re not as smart or as good as the other students in your class. Rather, it means that the classwork and the homework haven’t been explained to you in a way that makes sense because everyone learns differently. Having a tutor signifies that there’s another adult in your life who wants you to thrive and succeed in school, just like me [list other family members who support your child’s education] and your teacher. The word tutor originally meant “private teacher.” Therefore, your tutor is your very own private teacher, who you don’t need to share with you classmates. For an hour, your tutor focuses only on you and what you need to learn and do well in school. Not everyone who needs a tutor gets to have a tutor, so think of tutoring as a gift that is going to help you be even better than you already are!
"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." This quote, attributed to Albert Einstein (Dodd, n.d.), expresses the idea that is embodied by the Theory of Multiple Intelligences. This theory, developed by psychologist and neuroscientist Howard Gardner, states that intelligence is not a single, fixed attribute--but, rather, multi-faceted in both capacity and degree (Koch, 2012). Far more than what can be measured by an IQ test, the multiple intelligences in Gardner's theory allows for many areas where people can be gifted in varying degrees. There are eight areas of intelligence that are widely accepted, plus three more that Gardner has proposed, but remain tentative. These areas include (Koch, 2012): Linguistic Intelligence, verbal or "word smart"-- the ability to manipulate words and languages; strength in reading, writing and other related applications. Logical-Mathematical... read more
Introduction Teachers carry a tremendous responsibility. Their job is not just to educate the next generation of human beings that may one day shape the destiny of mankind, but they also have the opportunity to inspire the students that enter their classroom--to encourage creativity, to instill confidence and self-esteem, and to help students attain their fullest potential. It is not a profession for the weak or timid--there are many extraordinary qualities that a good teacher must possess. There are many complex issues that must be carefully considered by an individual aspiring to work in this noble field. Attributes of a Good Teacher What is it that makes a "good" teacher? There are several attributes that can be found in those individuals who fit this description. A good teacher is knowledgeable. He understands the field of teaching as well as learning in the content areas (Koch, 2012). When a teacher makes an effort to know as much as... read more
One topic on college choice that hasn't been discussed on this blog is out-of-state public colleges. This can be tricky territory. On the one hand, there are a small number of extraordinary public colleges at which you can get a top-tier education. Some of the University of California campuses (especially Berkeley and UCLA), the University of Michigan, or some colleges of Cornell University (which is a unique hybrid of private and public--check the website for the complicated details) are good examples. These are well worth considering if you can get a scholarship, though, because of bad state finances, this may be more difficult than at a comparable out-of-state private college. Also, if a student can somehow LEGITIMATELY make a case for residency in another state with better public colleges (divorced parents are the most likely scenario), then this can be a huge savings. Or if your plans involve a PhD, these can be very good aspirational schools for that degree... read more
General - All sessions are billed in 5-minute increments. - All sessions will be charged beginning at the scheduled start time, unless I am late, in which case, the session time will begin when I arrive and charges will be assessed accordingly. - If a session goes past the scheduled end time, you will be charged until the session is complete, in 5 minute increments. If you need a session to end “on time,” simply let me know. - If I choose to end a session early, for example, because we covered all the necessary material—or any similar event—then I will charge you for only the actual duration of the session, in 5-minute increments. - If you choose to end a session early, for any reason, you will be charged for the full scheduled session. - Unless otherwise agreed, all sessions will be schedule for 2 hours. For more explanation, see my TutorFAQs. Cancellations - In order to avoid cancellation fees, all cancellations must be made outside... read more
Hello my name is Mary R. and I am trained in the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and have 17 years experience. I am a Licensed Practical Nurse with many year's experience. I have worked with both Special Needs children and adults. I offer a low hourly rate in order to attract new clients. I enjoy working with the Special Needs Population. I have tutored both Children and Adults and am currently working with a young adult that is Autistic and has Epileptic Seizures. I work with him until 3:15 pm Monday-Friday. I currently have available early evening hours and weekend hours and look forward to your hiring me to provide help with your or your child's academics. If you are interested in my services please feel free to contact me through this site. Respectfully yours, Mary R.
The past few years have allowed me the privilege of working with many talented students who are on a great trajectory for college through AP courses in high school. Simultaneously, I have tutored students who ended up in AP courses and were not adequately prepped and prepared for what would be expected of them during the school year. AP courses are to be enjoyed and valued as any college course. In the first instance above, my tutoring was helping students develop quality arguments surrounding history issues, exploring literary styles and analyzing the authors work and developing concise answers to biology explorations. In the second case, I actually had to help students learn to study (the 'extra' work which is not assigned homework) and develop writing which demonstrated collegiate level thinking. In order for more students to excel in AP coursework as well as enjoying the class during the academic year. they need to be prepared for the work load. This preparation... read more