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Changing Oceans

The article below is on changing oceans.   Scientists are struggling to find the trigger for a disease that appears to be ravaging starfish in record numbers, causing the sea creatures to lose their limbs and turn to slime in a matter of days. SAN FRANCISCO - Scientists are struggling to find the trigger for a disease that appears to be ravaging starfish in record numbers along the U.S. West Coast, causing the sea creatures to lose their limbs and turn to slime in a matter of days. Marine biologists and ecologists will launch an extensive survey this week along the coasts of California, Washington state and Oregon to determine the reach and source of the deadly syndrome, known as "star wasting disease." "It's pretty spooky because we don't have any obvious culprit for the root cause even though we know it's likely caused by a pathogen," said Pete Raimondi, chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California... read more

ENGLISH WRITING CONSULTANT - COLLABORATIVE UNIVERSITY PEER TUTOR WITH PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Proofreading and editing one's own paper for a high school or college English course can be challenging. Sometimes one just needs a second pair of eyes. A tutor will often see the weaknesses in a writing assignment and point them out to a student. Like any teacher, making red marks on a student's paper doesn't necessarily help a student improve his or her writing skills. Working side by side, one-on-one with an English tutor will encourage you to take what you already know and apply it to your assignments. Writing is a skill that is necessary in all disciplines, not just the humanities. Science majors must write well to explain laboratory experiments and correctly compose reports. Biology, Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology, and Chemistry courses in college will require one to write either lab reports or essays, and possibly both. Pre-med students need writing skills just as much as pre-law students. Whatever the discipline, being able to properly convey your ideas, thoughts,... read more

Preparing for Nursing School?

If you are in the preliminary stage working toward applying for a nursing program, I would love to meet you! I know it is hard work taking the courses you are studying and completing all requirements needed to make your application. Since 2010 I've studied biology, chemistry, microbiology, anatomy and physiology, in depth. These are not the easiest subjects to learn, especially if you are returning to college after taking time off to raise a family or pursue a career path in a different field. As a non-traditional student, I spent many late nights in Denny's drinking my vanilla lattes while reviewing difficult concepts in chemistry, anatomy and physiology. I returned to college after decades of being out of school. With my laptop and Pearson's Anatomy & Physiology, Mastering Chemistry and Cengage OWL's online chemistry resources those long nights at Denny's paid off. I began to grasp concepts that were foreign to me through the use of many computer programs, even when... read more

Studying Tips!

So I'm sure we all want to EXCEL in school! Who doesn't??? Well how can you do that? Here are a few tips! 1.) TAKE GOOD NOTES IN CLASS. When in class, be very engaged in the topic being discussed. That may require taking extra notes, side points your teacher/professor make. It most definitely includes asking questions! No question is dumb question. Don't move on unless you are clear. If needed, get help outside of class. 2.) GO OVER NOTES THE SAME DAY. After you finish class, go home and review your notes. Make sure you understand them all and write down any questions you have for your teacher/professor. 3.) GO OVER YOUR NOTES WEEKLY AS WELL. The more you review your notes the better you will be at remembering the concepts. 4.) MAKE A STUDY SCHEDULE. This is very helpful, especially if you have a test coming up! You can delegate the amount of time needed and you will also hold yourself accountable for studying. 5.) STUDY WITH GROUP. This is more reinforcement... read more

Tutor Subjects - Certifications in Progress

I thoroughly enjoy tutoring subjects that appear in bold print on my profile. As time permits, I will be adding the subjects which are not bolded. As a student or parent seeking a qualified or certified tutor, look for the bold subjects listed on tutor profiles. The non-bolded subjects are those which the tutor is interested in completing the certification exams. During my winter break from college, I hope to add biology, chemistry and microbiology to my bolded list of certified subjects.

Homework? Really? REALLY?

The moans and groans are audible! "Why do I have to do homework??" Let me tell you why I assign additional work outside of a tutoring session ... It is my job to be sure that you are able to apply and integrate the materials we cover in addition to being able to absorb facts and information. Sometimes what I call 'homework' is nothing more than finding an article about the topic we are covering at the time and being ready to discuss it with me using the terms and concepts we have been going over. Sometimes it may be a question I want you to be thinking about over the next few days or week, and be able to give me an answer or argument (either for or against) a particular issue when we next meet. These assignments are not unreasonable in length or duration, and will provide both of us an indicator of how well you have absorbed the subject material.

Better Understanding of Main Concepts in Science.

When I tutor people especially in the more challenging science courses like Microbiology and Anatomy and Physiology I see students just memorizing and not understanding to overall picture. Especially in Microbiology where you have to learn the make up of different viruses and bacterial cells then use that information to see how that antibiotic works. What I found to work best is to ask why to every question. For example gram negatives microbes have a LPS layer on the outside. Now why is that important? When this breaks down it can cause septic shock in the patient. This is important information that if you can create connection it is easy to remember, and you can actually think about problem, not just regurgitating information I see way to often. Hope this can help some people the way it helped me, and some of my classmates I taught this process to.

The Teaching Philosophy of Dr. Charles C.

The philosophy of teaching I have embraced in thirty years of teaching medical students and college students is based on the belief that learning is student centered and that students need to be equal partners in the learning process. There must be present, a student mentor relationship of trust. There should, however, always be an authoritative presence in the mentor. This leadership should be omnipresent, whether in the classroom, tutorship, or online. The mentoring teacher’s role involves using his expertise to place necessary resources in the hands of the student and to train him to be not just knowledgeable in his chosen fields of study, but to become an expert at resourcefulness and seek the role of “teacher" himself. It is here where leadership is taught through example. Now that the majority of teaching is performed on an online forum, students now know that the teacher’s role in the online classroom is to be a facilitator, in addition to being a provider... read more

Your exam is tomorrow and you are expecting a miracle

Whatever subject you are studying, a good approach is to come home at the end of the day and review your notes. Anything you don't understand, formulate into a written question so you can check on it yourself or ask your teacher or tutor for help understanding. Waiting till the night before an exam will likely make you nervous. It will be hard to have enough time to prepare. Study a little each day, then, cramming can be helpful. Be sure, however, that you eat and rest well. Especially the night before a test, go to bed early. Eat a good breakfast before an exam, too. Review a bit every day, then, the night before, quickly review what you've worked on, then, get a good rest. Maybe, you will have a miracle because you have prepared yourself a little bit every day. (c) 2012 Dr JSS

It is important to practice!

The ELAs are coming. Is your child ready? Well, if your child was not practicing reading, vocabulary and math for a few hours per week, there is a great chance that you need a tutor to explain the subject curriculum one more time. As the time goes by, the memory fades away. My students play games that help to train their memory, speed and attention. Education is a year long (including summer time) process that is built up by understanding simple things that will help your child to gain a better knowledge and understanding of next grade math, language, and other subjects. Please do not procrastinate! Alexei M.

What's up with all the prices?

I think www.wyzant.com is doing a great job bringing together students and tutors. Even though some tutors charge up to $70/hour and higher, it is hard to see my qualifications until you try. Therefore, I charge $25/hour so that the potential students would try me out and see how good I am on the background of professors and teachers. I am trying to bring affordable tutorials to my students for them to know that good tutors are not the most expensive ones.

Microbiology Tips

(1) To help understand and remember taxonomy (how organisms are organized), create Excel spreadsheets with the different taxonomic groups and characteristics that distinguish them from one another. (2) For dichotomous keys, first ask a question that separates bacteria out into two large groups, then ask questions that separate bacteria into smaller and smaller groups. (3) Know the differences between rRNA (ribosomal RNA) and mRNA (messenger RNA).

Need help from an experienced researcher for the Google Science Project?

To ALL Science Students: The Google Science Project is due on April 4th and is open to students around the globe between the ages of 13 through 18. If you are interested in getting help from someone with scientific research experience, email me today. I'll help you refine your project and guide you through every step. Google the "Google Global Science Fair 2011" to learn more about prizes and guidelines. Email this amazing opportunity to your school teachers and friends! Your Math and Science Tutor, Yvonne H.

Get Ready for Success!

Happy New Year! Are you ready for the new semester? No matter where you are in your education, first semester in college, or headed into that last one before graduation, being properly prepared will make all the difference! 1. Meet with an advisor and enroll as early as possible. 2. Get your books as soon as you can. Read through the table of contents and flip through he book to get an idea of what the course material will look like. 3. Know your schedule. Will you need to get up earlier then you are now? Now is a good time to start getting in a morning routine. 4. Get a planner (or use the calendar in your phone) to organize your schedule. This will help reduce cramming and over scheduling your time. Be sure to block out needed time for homework. I fill in all of my quizzes, exams, and reports due as soon as I know of them. 5. Get plenty of sleep, water, and good food. Healthy snacks will help stabilize your energy levels and give you needed brain... read more

Laura's Tutoring Blog

I am pleased to announce that I have joined the WyzAnt tutoring team! What a wonderful way to connect students with tutors. Today is my first day and I do not yet have any students. So, come and get your time slots before my schedule is full ... From Preschool to College (and beyond), I can supply your tutoring needs. Whether you need a refresher course for review, a crash course for a test, weekly help with homework, or just need to learn a new subject ... I can help! So, contact me, and "Let's get some work done!" -Laura

study techniques

There are so many terms and concepts to remember in biology. Concept maps help to show the relationships between concepts and organize information. Labeled boxes or circles with arrows arranged in a branching design make up concept maps. Drawing one of your own or with help can be an effective study tool. Alicia

A New Experience

Hello Everyone, My name is Casey. I am a Registered Nurse in Spokane, Washington, and while I am new to this environment, I have been tutoring for the last four years. I am proficient at tutoring math and science, though I am not necessarily limited to those areas. I am also skilled at teaching study skills and organization, which can help students in any subject. I am willing to tutor students of all ages, and I relate well with child, adolescent, and adult students alike. I believe that tutoring is a team effort in which the tutor and student work together to reach predetermined goals. The tutor facilitates learning by helping students to understand what learning style works best for them, and through teaching students how to organize their learning process. The student applies class content to the learning techniques, and the tutor helps the student to better understand concepts. My goal is to help students to become independent learners so that they can succeed... read more

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