I wanted to take a moment to share a recent "success story". Recently, a Student contacted me because he needed to pass a formal standardized exam, known as the "Praxis I". The Praxis tests are used by State Governments and Colleges of Education to ensure they bring only quality students into their programs to be trained as educators. My Student had unfortunately previously failed all 3 components of the Praxis test, and was now "under the gun", since a second failing score would have resulted in his expulsion from his School. In my home State, students must achieve a combined Praxis I Score of at least 522 to be eligible for School. The passing score for the Reading test is 176, the Writing test 173, and the Math test 173. The minimum score on each test is 150, and the maximum score is 190. It should be noted that this is a fairly difficult exam series; the median scores (175-179) are barely above the minimum passing scores (173-176). My Student, prior to meeting... read more
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OK, so I'm a math geek, but actually very down-to-earth and not much of a blogger. My students like that I'm friendly, approachable, and explain in plain English using tangible objects when possible. For example, when teaching the calculation of volumes generated by revolving curves around a line, I've used a glass vase to illustrate; for cylindrical shells, a roll of toilet paper got the idea across. For Trig, 'sketch, look, and count' go much further than memorizing the gazillion rules your textbook makes you think you need to memorize. Exponents? Easy--think of asking for a certain number of copies when you print. Do the same thing with the algebra expression, only multiply those copies. Yup, plain analogies make the concepts way clearer and less intimidating. No, I don't eat math for breakfast and love dogs, cats, and doing arts & crafts. But I am very experienced at teaching math and my students tend to stick with me as long as they need help. Being too humble to brag,... read more
Here are some ways to help you more easily memorize volume equations: (1) If you can remember the area equations for shapes, for shapes like cylinders and shipping boxes the volume equation will be that area (of the shape's base) times the height. (2) If you are studying for the GED, the only pyramids on the test will be those with four-sided bases. The volume of such a pyramid is 1/3 times the area of the base times the height. An easy way to remember this complicated equation is that the volume of a four-sided pyramid is 1/3 the volume of a packaging box with the same base length and width and the same height. Although the GED provides these equations, you should still try to remember as many equations as you can to save you time during the test. (3) On the GED, if you are asked to calculate the volume of an irregular shape, first break the shape up into easy to manage parts, calculate each part individually, and then combine these parts with addition and or subtraction... read more
Here are 3 tips to help you solve geometry problems involving shapes: (1) Understand the definitions of the shapes your questions ask you about. To help understand the definitions of the many shapes with fancy names, make flash cards with drawings of the shapes and study these cards 5 to 15 minutes at a time a few days in a row until you understand and remember the definitions of the shapes. (2) If you are dealing with two congruent (= same exact shape, angles, & size) or similar (same shape and angles, but different size with sides of shape A proportional to the sides of shape B) shapes and the questions seems very difficult, try re-drawing one of the shapes carefully so that the angles of the two different shapes that are equal to one another are in the same orientation, and then try again to solve the problem. Make sure that the sides of the two shapes that are proportional to one another are also oriented similarly. (3) To find out if two triangles are congruent,... read more
“Take time to think, for this is the source of power. Take time to work that you may know the joy of success. Take time to leave the world a better place, for only then will you truly appreciate the journey of life.” Life in the 21st century does not always lend itself to taking time. Since leaving Abington Friends School, I have been taking time to write. In recent days, I have been working on an opus entitled Dear Thomas. Over a two-year period, I penned my son Thomas 155 letters chronicling family history, my life, thoughts and feelings of the day, and hopes and dreams for the future. I am now in the finishing stages as I edit and re-edit this illustrated volume of about 600 pages. "Know you what it is to be a child? It is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing... read more
Finals have started in the middle and high schools and so the break will soon be here. I'm anxious for my students and my daughter (in 9th grade) who are waiting to see what their final grade will be. While a few weeks off is treasured by teachers and students, the Christmas break is actually an excellent time for students to learn in math what they weren't able to master during the year. Neither the tutor nor the student relishes the idea of giving up vacation time but it's those students who go above and beyond who will ultimately succeed. In just a few sessions over the break, so very much can be accomplished because there isn't other work to compete with the student's time. To my students in middle school, good luck and remember to simplify those radicals and fractions. To my high school students, please practice the formulas and mnemonics I've taught you. Good luck to you as well! I have every confidence in you! Sincerely, Tracey M.
Greetings! I am a new tutor and would like some advice on how to get students. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be very many students out there who want or need tutoring in my area but there are an abundance of students in other areas. I am proficient with online tutoring as I have done that several times before for free with other students at my school while in college. I am unsure how to approach this problem as I have no transportation to other places. Does anyone have any ideas? Kat
Treat Nature by the sphere, the cylinder and the cone. - Cézanne When a student is having a difficult time understanding geometry, it is eye opening to walk outside and see the world. Go outside with a notebook and pencil. Draw what you see - it could be the street, a building, your living room window, the roof of your house.... The list is endless. Now ask your student, "what do you see?" Guide her or him toward seeing that the everyday things we encounter are geometric shapes. The street could be a rectangle or a line. A building may be a cube, or its facade a rectangle. Your living room window is perhaps a square. The roof of your house may be a triangle from the side. Gaze at the full moon and see a spherical object that looks like a circle. Look inside your home, too. A soup can is a cylinder. Ice cream cones are aptly named! The lesson from Cézanne is that our world, nature, the things we build, are all shapes to be discovered.
I would like to help students in the greater Chicago Area who are struggling with Trigonometry, Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Physics, Grammar, Vocabulary and English. I feel very confident that I can do the job provided the student does his/her part. We all make mistakes that is why pencils have erasers at the back. The important thing is we all need to work hard to get what we want in life.
I am picking up most of my tutoring jobs for the subject geometry. Getting different students perspective in the same subject is allowing me to see how students learn differently.
My philosophy is to treat each student as an individual, with their own style of learning, level of knowledge and motivation. Associated with that, I focus on creating relevance in subjects to the aspirations of that person. My bottom line objective is to build their self-confidence. Learning is an ongoing process. It provides ways to look at any problem. I have discovered that while earning my MBA from Chicago Booth School of Business (Dean's List) and a BA in Economics and Studio Art from Lafayette College (summa cum laude, Economics and Business Prize). I currently serve as an Alumni Admissions Representative for Lafayette. I have studied education as a graduate student at Pace Graduate School of Education as well in adolescent mathematics. Mathematically Yours, Barry
These days, students and parents are busier than ever, and I understand that tutoring may be just one item of many on the family calendar. Since my goal has been to make life easier for parents and students by offering you high quality private tutoring in the convenience of your own home unless you preferred the quietness of your tutor home instead. I am a dedicated Tutor who loves seeing students succeed in school, and who recognizes the importance of patience and creativity when helping students. I am able to give enthusiastic and enjoyable lessons and I have the ability to make any subject interesting. I have been tutoring since before I started college in 2005. I am a graduate from Jacksonville University, where I received a Master in Business Administration degree. I am looking forward to serving your needs as a tutor. I also understand that Math and Advanced Sciences are very challenging, and they present students with concepts that are totally foreign and at times... read more
Here are some helpful tips to help master your math class. Some of these tips are very simple, but I guarantee you they will help! 1. Always use a pencil. We make a lot of mistakes when we're learning something new. Most of the mistakes are very minor so it's always good to do everything in pencil. 2. Do as much as your calculations by hand on the same paper as your homework. Calculators make thing easy on us by saving us time. However, it's easier to forget everything you've learned when the calculator was doing all of the work for you. 3. Show your work! It's easier to identify what went wrong when we can actually see every step that we've made! 4. Double check your work. Check you work by applying your answers to the equation. This is the best way to check yourself. 5. Never erase the wrong answers! It's important to learn from our mistakes and understand why we're making those mistakes. Erasing them makes it easier to forget and make the... read more
Hello Students and Parents! I just wanted to send out a post telling everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween this year. The holidays are going to be cold, so bundle up! I'd also like to update everyone on my location. I have moved to Terre Haute, IN and live in an apartment just off of 7th. However, tutoring will not take place at my apartment due to the location and neighborhood, so I'd like everyone to know that I will be doing tutoring on campus at Indiana State. Exact locations can be discussed through e-mails and/or phone calls. High school students, it's getting closer to finals! I encourage you to e-mail me if you need any help at all. If you're a high school student and you really need help terribly, message me about the rates. I would hate to see a student fail because they could not afford tutoring. Middle school parents, being involved in your student's education is very important. If you feel your child is struggling in school, please don't hesitate... read more
When I pondered what my URL should be for my WyzAnt business card, the image of Stepping Stones appeared in my mind’s eye. Most challenges in life can be compared with crossing a stream or a river. When the water is shallow and the other side is not too far away, you wade into the water and walk across. You need to mind each step, pay attention to the current, but, if your footing is sure, you’ll make it to your destination with little trepidation. Some challenges, however, seem more daunting than a meandering stream. You may find yourself on the bank of a raging river. The other side seems unreachable. If you focus too much on the obstacles, you may never leave the safety of your side of the shore. You may just give up. Or you may choose to dive in and hope for the best, only to find that you are being swept downstream, farther and farther from your destination. Now, imagine that you have the power to create Stepping Stones in this river. The first one appears nearby,... read more
All too often, I hear students complain "I hate math!", or "Math is too hard (or boring, or pointless, or !)" Too many kids these days from the entitlement generation (uh, that's my generation's kids - sorry friends, we've spoiled our kids like we were told to!) think that math is just for engineers, computer geeks, math nerds, or smart folks who are decidedly NOT COOL. While it is all too often true that those with natural mathematical ability are introverted, and that they may lack social skills that make it difficult to have a lot of popular friends, why does our culture (the schools, the media, television programs, video games, even some parents and teachers, too) keep this myth, this lie, alive? Because of ego. Basically, we can reduce the kind of petty, bullying behavior towards our brilliant colleagues by first acknowledging the problem, then taking logical (what else) steps to curb it. Once we remove the taunting by their peers, we should execute a branding campaign... read more
May 4, 2011 This year has been full tears, the stress of not knowing what to do. But then YOU stepped In, it got better, fifty x’s ten! So THANK you Mrs. H., for all that you do. You’ve BLESSED Me in so many ways, you see.. Its true. You make Math EASY and praising GOD fun, You’ve shown me, geometry can be WON. You’re so SWEET and REFRESHING, I want To carry you in my pocket, or in the frame, of my favorite locket. You showed me I can Achieve greatness, if only I try, that I can be myself, for soon, I will shine. I’m only fifteen But I know real life, my days have been tough, not a slow, smooth ride. My ninth grade Year has been like no other, and I know I can count on you, just like my mother… I’ll never forget the extra help, the extra words, the care I’ve felt. I appreciate you, more Then these simple words can say. The just happen to be, the only way.. To show and to Tell you, just how much I’ve grown. So thank you Mrs. Andrea H., because all in all, I know, you’ll never... read more
Hi, I'd love to share some math learning tips with everyone here. I have tutored a lot of different students, most of whom struggled with math. They hate math because they find learning math meaningless. To them, at the beginning, math is to follow the steps and to finish the problems. However, if you learn and treat math in a different way, you'll find math fun, which is what i am always trying to help students to develop. Math is far more than following the steps; it involves thoughts and skills. I hate wasting time watching students copying their notes and finishing their homework. Instead, I will encourage them to skip the problems that they already quite confident with and go to something that is more challenging. I will always assign some problems I made up with by myself that are tricky enough to test them whether they really understand the concepts. Of course, I will make sure they understand what they learned in school first because grades say something. Besides,... read more
“Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally” In Math subjects the Math Order of Operations is very important to solve the problem correctly. The phrase listed above is an easy way to remember the correct Math Order of Operations: Please = P = Parenthesis Excuse = E = Exponent My = M = Multiplication Dear = D = Division Aunt = A = Addition Sally = S = Subtraction I tutor all Math subjects. As a Chemical Engineer, I have completed college graduate level math subjects, and I was always at the top 3 in my class in Math subjects. As a tutor, the Math subjects are the most frequent subjects that I tutor. Please contact me to not only learn your Math subjects, but to relate to their practical application. Also as an added bonus, I can show you how this Math knowledge can be applied to savings and personal finance to save and make you money. I hope to hear from you soon. Best regards, John
The secret to success in math, more than other subjects, lies in the "language" of math. Similar to having to learn the alphabet and phonetics before learning to read, learning the terminology and basic operations in math builds a "language." For this reason, any gaps in the basics can cause blockages and halt progress at every stage. The more advanced operations are mostly built upon the basics. I have developed tutoring techniques to quickly determine where the blockages are. Filling in the gaps in basic terminology and operations quickly allows students to "catch up," to gain confidence and skills. After only a few lessons of revision, most of my students have filled in the gaps and progress on to mastery. This has worked successfully at all levels, including advanced subjects. There are also techniques I can teach, for taking tests that can remove some of the fear and result in higher scores. I look forward to any questions or comments you may have. Best... read more