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MathCounts

I would like to encourage all of the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students with Interest in Mathematics to participate in Mathcounts competition. Mathcounts is the best Math competition available in the Nation to Middle school students. It is very helpful to build a Very strong foundation in Mathematics for the kids. Most students who have done well in this competition have done very well in their life. Many of them go to study in Top Engineering and Medical schools and many represent our nation USA in International Mathematics Olympiad. I love to help students prepare for this competition. More details about this can be found on www.mathcounts.org. The kids who get selected from their state get to go to compete in National competition which is fully paid by Mathcounts organization for all flight, stay and food expenses and lots of freebies offered at the competition.

The IMPORTANCE of ALGEBRA!

To My Future and Current Students, I can't stress enough the IMPORTANCE of ALGEBRA! Of all the mathematics I have taken in my lifetime...BELIEVE ME IT'S BEEN A LOT, ALGEBRA is the only course that is WOVEN into every single course. I was lucky enough that my first mathematics teacher in High School (Mr. Large), turned me from a B student into an A student such that I graduated High School with a 4.0 in mathematics. The one piece of advice he gave me that I will share with you is that...I NEED TO CHECK, DOUBLE CHECK AND TRIPLE CHECK ALL OF MY ANSWERS! Algebra is a required course (prerequisite) for many of your other math courses, but most importantly in your High School career it is MANDATORY in order to be successful in Algebra 2. It may seem silly to learn and master Algebra, however, it is an integral part of every math course you will take after that except some geometry courses. Algebra teaches you how to think, be organized and how to prove your answers by checking... read more

A Matter of Perspective

Recently I had the opportunity to meet with a parent/business owner who hires/places tutors for high end families in my area. It was a wonderful opportunity as once again I heard the mantra, "Parents just want the grades to go up." I asked what this meant, how I could measure it (quantitatively and anecdotally) and if this was indeed proof of my skills as a tutor or a momentary 'save' on a reversal of fortune. This parent does not use Wyzant. I was hard pressed to accept from this parent the reason I wasn't being contacted by high end parents for tutoring was my lack of guaranteeing grades would go up, a promise I can not make in good faith as there are too many factors involved. Honesty and integrity should be important, not my sales ability. In my years as a teacher and tutor, I have found once I have parents on board, the rest is EASY. Parents are the elephant in the room and I can run myself ragged (knowing full well very little if anything changes without parental... read more

Advice to my younger self- the student

IF I could go back in time and give my younger self some advice on how to be a better student, be more successful in school, life, etc, I would definitely tell myself that being involved in everything comes at a cost. It is better to find a few things that you like to do, do them well and often, than feeling stressed because there is so much on your plate at one time. Being a 'Jack of all Trades' it is natural for me to dip my toes in different waters- all at the same time, but that does not mean that I can give 100% to any of them at that time. While I was able to get good grades (A- average) while in school, I was impressed by how much better I did- and felt about my work- the few times that I scaled back on my activities. Another piece of advice that I wish that I could bestow upon my younger self would be to learn how to speak up in a group setting when someone is not fulfilling their part of an agreement. Now, this said, the best way to do this would be in a tactful... read more

Your Child's Success is My Success

A parent told me recently that her son scored a near 100% on his last test. I was so proud. I feel proud when all my students succeed. The question is what does it mean for a student to be successful. I think it's a mix between the student having more confidence than when I begin working with the student, as well as an increase in the student's grades. Depending on the student and his or her own situation grades may increase immediately and with others it may take a bit of time. I want my students to feel confident about their abilities and also be able to show the world and themselves that they understand what's going on in class. I make a commitment when I take on a student, which is, I will work my hardest to be available and flexible. Your child's success is my success.

Suggestions for finding the BEST tutor for your child or student.

When interviewing a prospective tutor, parents should ask about the tutor's skills and experience, and find out if the tutor truly enjoys teaching. When the tutor feels enthusiastic about the subject, and communicates well, the student has an opportunity to learn to enjoy the subject too. I recommend for parents to observe the first lesson to see the tutor's skills in action, and watch/listen carefully to future lessons when possible, to make sure the tutor has an encouraging, supportive attitude at all times. (Tutors should welcome and respond positively to the child's questions, and NEVER make the child feel "stupid," no matter what.) It is most important to have a safe and quiet place for studying, without distractions. I like to find a quiet table at a library, and work with students there. I welcome suggestions from parents, and I am always looking for ways to improve my teaching skills.

Math is the Key

Note to the Future of our World: Learn as much Math as possible - everything consists-of or is composed-of Math. And, when you say "When will we ever use Math?" the actual answer turns out to be, "You use Math in everything, everywhere, all of the time!" Most students have had a rough time with Math - not because they are stupid but because their teacher didn't figure out how they learn best individually - everyone learns differently - even the students who seem smart figered out how to work-around the teachers and of course they never admit that they are also struggling and they don't share their work-around techniques with their classmates. You Can Do this Math Thing! Just Hang In there! ToeKneeNose (o;'

Math Tutoring in the Tomball Area

Contact me today for Math Tutoring in the Tomball, Texas Area. My strength is Algebra and Prealgebra. If you are struggling with either of these two topics, please contact me as soon as possible. Send me an email and I will try to respond as quickly as possible and set up at time for us to meet and have an introductory session. While results are not always instantaneous, students do achieve higher grades over time. Email me today. I look forward to working with you! Liz F.

Tutoring in College Level Math Subjects

Tutoring for College Level Courses, 0306, 0308, 0310 and 1314 for Lone Star College. I have tutored these subjects since 1998 and taught 0306, 0310 and 0308 from 2001 through 2012. If you are struggling with these classes, please contact me so I can show you the EASY way to do the problems. In addition, I can make sure you are showing enough work, so that when you do a similar problem on a test, you get full credit. Lastly, I consider my self an expert on using the graphing calculator, which, if you know how to use it, can check up to 80% of your answers. It is nice to know you have passed a test before you walk out the door. Contact me today.

Getting Started!

Hello to all you Happy Learners! I am just setting up my profile and getting all my qualifying exams completed for subjects I am qualified and experienced in for teaching. There will be new posts as we get things set up here. For astronomy and science tutoring help, I can make my self and my home astronomical observatory available as part of the learning experience. I have multiple telescopes and some basic CCD astrophotography equipment which could be used for an astronomical observing project students may want to do and hand in as a project grade in science or specific astronomy class...this is always a great deal of fun and there is much to learn and do with telescopes, computer control of the telescope, CCD camera and autoguider as well as the reading of star charts and catalogues too! Let me know via my email link if you are interested in this service and we can discuss the possible projects we could do. Yours, Mark

Tutoring for Learner Excellence

In my experience working with learners from various education levels and backgrounds, I understand the feelings of frustrations and concerns that many have when struggling with a subject or studying for a test but not receiving the results you would like or expect. It creates a feeling of helplessness or the sense that you can't overcome or you'll never get it. That's not true. With the right study skills, you can improve your confidence, preparedness, and ability in any area. The keys to learner's success include having clear goals about what you want to achieve, learning effective study tips and strategies, pacing yourself, organizational skills, time management, academic planning and preparation, step-by-step instruction, committment (good work ethic), practice, and building confidence in your ability to improve and achieve your goals. It's said, if you want to succeed, try and try again. That's the only way to do it. If you have questions about assignments or... read more

Consolidate - POINT SLOPE FORMULA is the SLOPE EQUATION

Did you ever realize that the SLOPE EQUATION is the SAME as the POINT SLOPE FORMULA???? WHAT?!?! Check it out: POINT SLOPE FORMULA is (y-y1)=m(x-x1) SLOPE EQUATION IS m = (y-y1)/(x-x1) Can you see where I'm going with this? -Take the first equation -Divide both sides by (x-x1) -The result is the second equation!!! So now you've shortened your "list of equations to learn" without really doing anything ;)

Favorite educational quote

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. (Aristotle) This quote provokes me never to accept the status quo and always challenge assumptions. It is the thought that through education we never stop learning or seeking after truth and knowledge.

Students versus Clients...

As members of WyzAnt, we are fully aware of the fact that we are dealing with two different entities when it comes to tutoring. We usually communicate with the clients (parents/guardians) but we tutor the students. Generally speaking, there is almost complete coincidence between these two entities in terms of what direction the tutoring should take. If a particular student is struggling in a class (say, Geometry), and the "client" can tell this from progress reports, report cards, or simple communication with the teacher, then it's pretty obvious that Geometry is the course in question (though what specific sub-topic of Geometry is creating the trouble is not necessarily known). This concept can take something of a twist when preparing a student for a test like the SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GRE, and so on. In the eyes of the "client", from what I have noticed, the student usually needs help on the entire test. The student, on the other hand, having a more in-depth... read more

First Tutoring Session

I had my first tutoring session yesterday. I was able to tutor a couple students, one in Java programming and the other in Algebra 1. I enjoyed it very much. I find pleasure in explaining things to others, and I was able to work with a couple of very attentive and bright students. It is exciting to have actually started tutoring. I have been with WyzAnt for several months now and was finally chosen as someone's tutor. Thanks to a friendly family for helping me get started on my tutoring career!

The Ugly Head of Lower Level Math troubles

I have noticed a number of students in this area struggling with Algebra I and Algebra II. The students are at different levels of their educational process from High School to adult students re-entering the collegiate experience. In my experience having taught upper division sciences is that students who find that they have deficiencies in their lower level math skills, generally, 6-8th grade math, don't 'see' these deficiencies show up until they move into upper division college programs where more critical, cross-disciplinary thinking is required of them. Here is the problem. There is an aspiration to be a science teacher, for instance, or a doctor of some sort. Because a math deficiency was not addressed earlier, they struggle in Chemistry or Cell Biology. The assumption on the part of the faculty is that the poor grade reflect ineptitude with a given subject. Hence, it is presumed that the student is not 'able to compete' for careers in these kinds of careers. The... read more

How to know which tutor is right?

As you peruse the list of amazing tutors here at WyzAnt, a challenge arises. How do you KNOW which one is right for you or your student? Well, you may not know this, but you can continue to exchange emails with a tutor for as long as you like. Get your questions answered. If the tutor isn't interested in emailing with you to allay your fears and answer your questions, that speaks volumes. Frankly, I would assume that the tutors here at WyzAnt are eager to answer your questions. Hey, I too may have questions. I know I always have questions for my potential students. I am curious to know how particular students learn, and what difficulties they face. I want to know how the parents feel about the situation, and how they would define progress and success. You see, we each become a piece of the puzzle and the solution. When you begin a journey, you buy travel books, maps, and contact the businesses and tourist attractions in the destination city.. So too with tutoring. Don't... read more

My guidelines

Give positive feedback, use encouraging vocabulary Find success, and reinforce effort, in even minor accomplishment ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ A tutor provides expertise, experience, and encouragement. They do not provide "answers," but rather assist in problem solving, in getting answers. The challenge is to focus on assignments within the context they are assigned. Tutors should not be expected to diagnose learning disabilities. Diagnosis should take place outside of the tutoring process by a professional academic counselor. If a larger problem becomes apparent, referral is the best strategy. Tutoring strategies: Seek out training to be a more effective tutor: This includes subject matter as well as the tutoring procedures Clearly establish expectations for your learner What are the expectations of the learner? of the teacher? and of those close to the learner (classmates,... read more

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