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5 Ways to Get Smarter This Summer

There are two things that happen to the brain during the summer: either it gets smarter, or it gets dumber.  If you work on making it smarter this summer, then you'll have a stress free school year when it comes.   To help you on your path of smart awesomeness, I have put together this list of 5 ways to get summer this summer.   Video Games:  Your mom is wrong.  You should play video games.  Show her this YouTube video the next time she gets on your case: Jane McGonigal: The Game that Can Give You 10 Extra Years Exercise Play: Your mom is right.  To become smarter, your brain needs oxygen.  The only way to get oxygen to your brain is to move your body.  But don't do something as lame as exercising.  Get out there and find something fun.  To tell you the truth, I'm such a geek that I like to walk trails while reading my Kindle or listening to music.  Nature is lame.  But, if you are... read more

Food For Thought: Four Nutrition Tips To Optimize Mental Acuity

When parents think about the key factors for academic success, they often look at standard pillars of solid education: (1) a collection of good educators, (2) a wealth of solid academic resources, and (3) a diligent routine of practice and study. These components are certainly essential pieces of the puzzle, but they overlook the keystone underpinning that affects every aspect of learning: nutrition. ?Food provides our bodies with necessary nutrients to run smoothly and efficiently. It keeps our immune systems operational, our musculature robust, and our mental faculties sharp. Just like automobiles, our bodies function better when our fuel is of higher quality. If we want optimal performance, we need to be ingesting a steady stream of nutrient rich food. How can we expect our brains to be fully functional when we are feeding them subpar sustenance? ? ?The difficulty for us is that the marketplace is flooded with garbage. At every turn in the grocery store, we are... read more

3 Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity

Unless you are traveling in a spaceship and moving close to the speed of light, time passes at the same rate for everyone. The Earth takes approximately 24 hours to complete one full rotation on its axis, which has resulted in a day being 24 hours long. So why do some people seem to be able to accomplish so much more when we all have the same amount of time in our day? Simply, they have mastered good time management skills. I have summarized 3 Time Management tips that I have condensed from a number of different resources. Hopefully, these will help you finish more tasks and get you closer to accomplishing your goals. 1) Create a Prioritized To-Do List At the beginning of every day, take 15 minutes to consciously decide how you want to spend your time. This is also called making a plan for your day. Write down everything you need to do that day. This list should include steps needed to complete a S.M.A.R.T. goal, tasks or project items for work or school,... read more

Diet and Attention- What's the Connection?

Fad diets- you can't spend more than 10 minutes browsing the web without seeing something about a fad diet these days. We've all heard of them - Paleo, GAPS, Gluten-Free, grapefruit and eggs, gluten-free-casein-free, etc. We've all heard of the benefits of these diets for adults- weight loss being the primary goal here.   But what happens when you put your child on one of these diets?   For children and adults who suffer from celiac disease, eliminating gluten from your diet is of paramount importance to prevent immune damage to the body. However, research suggests that eliminating gluten from your diet if you do NOT have celiac disease might not be a great idea, primarily because it can actually cause gluten sensitivity and a reduced ability for your body to process the gluten molecule, which is a protein, appropriately. This can last many years, and can even cause hospitalization if you were to suddenly flood your body with gluten. This is the hallmark... read more

Tips for memorization

I have found particularly with science but with other subjects as well that the cheesier you make a memory tactic the more likely it is to stick! For example: in anatomy I always say that the brain is the controller - therefore every one else heads to talk to him (via nerves) to do their job. We know that the body is composed of a whole bunch of cells - we can think of them as a communication network holding hands to relay messages to the brain too. The easiest way to make things make sense is to have it make sense to you. If no one else understands what you are talking about but you get it and you ace that test then the easy cheesie trick works! Try it out!

Favorite Quotes on Education

Here are some of my favorite quotes on education: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." --Mahatma Ghandi "Intelligence plus character--that is the true goal of education." --Martin Luther King, Jr. "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." --Plutarch "The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead." --Aristotle "Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference." --Claire Fagin "You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love." --Julia Child "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." --Derek Bok "Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life." --Brigham Young "Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for... read more

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.

Child Nutrition

I'm officially through my first week of graduate school! Child Nutrition might just become my favorite class. Did you know that one in every eight babies born in the U.S. is born premature? Did you know that in 5% of births in the U.S. the mother develops gestational diabetes? 5000 births a year in the U.S. involve Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and 3000 births a year involve neural tube defects. These numbers are disturbing considering we are one of the few nations who has top-notch medical technology and knowledge of proper diets that avoid such complications. I can only imagine the numbers in third world countries. If you or someone you know is pregnant, make sure you pay know exactly what you should be eating from day one. The first ten days following conception are crucial for folate consumption, but sadly most women still do not know they are pregnant.

A Tutor with an attitude of patience and good listening skills.

Hi Friends: Although retired from the medical field, I am qualified in several different subjects and I have gone through many certification processes to do so. At this stage in my life being a Tutor is so rewarding. Tutoring not only benefits the student but the Tutor as well. Learning is a daily process, and if we learn to focus on what our goals are day by day, then and then only, will we begin to accomplish them. I am prepared to Tutor your children, grandchildren and actually, children of all ages! My experience is in various fields and here is a list of subjects that I am qualified and certified to Tutor you, or your child in... * Reading: Comprehension * Nutrition: Naturopathy-Medical Science, Licensed, ND., Ph.D. * Test Prep: Cosmetology- Licensed with the Florida State Board), also SAT, FCAT, ACT's. * Grammer: Proper rules and formations in speaking and writing. If you have a child of Elementary School age that needs help over the summer months,... read more

Calling all students

I'm new to this site and can't wait to help you. Got questions? I got answers! Whether you need some simple study skills and techniques or if you have very specific problems in a subject, I can help. Let me show you how all these subjects work together and are not isolated disciplines that you're never going to use. I'll show you the relevance of each subject and how they're all integrated. Learning is so much fun when you understand why you need to know.

Your help

I have several areas of knowledge beyond the listed subjects. To be brief, I am available on weekends and after school hours, but usually tutor in a library or Starbucks. At home tutoring is okay as well, but sometimes I may be able to arrange to do this at a child's school, if I work there on that day as a substitute teacher.

How to do your BEST THINKING during the BIG TEST

Getting plenty of sleep EVERY NIGHT during the week of the big test. Drinking plenty of water (some extra) for SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE the test, and enough during the test too, in small sips. (Having to go to the bathroom a lot is also stressful, so moderation is important here). They say most people don't drink nearly enough water. If we are even slightly dehydrated, it can cause the brain to slow down 10 to 20% or more, which makes a big difference on timed tests that require you to think QUICKLY. Getting exercise, and the right mix of oxygen to the brain is so important. Exercise can also help reduce feelings of stress. Does anyone want to go jogging for a while before you get ready to go to the big test? Good nutrition -- protein is "brain food," along with the right vitamins, minerals, Omega III essential oils, B-Complex vitamins, Lecithin, etc. It is worth consulting a nutritionist if you want to have peak performance from your brain. I know several excellent... read more

Your Brain Is Crying Out: "Say YES To NO"!

As this new academic year approaches, begin your studies successfully by providing your brain with the proper dietary nutrition needed to enhance concentration, thinking ability, and recall. A very small molecule, nitric oxide (NO), is produced in the body from the amino acids arginine and citrulline and also from the bioflavonoid antioxidants known as anthocyanins and catechins. Both categories are provided in ample amounts in many of the types of foods emphasized in my factsheets "The Maximum Mental Health Diet". WyzAnt clients receive a complimentary copy of this information at the first tutoring session. I follow these recommendations, myself, and have observed positive results daily for years. Nitric oxide dilates blood vessels and arteries, thereby enhancing blood flow to both the heart and the brain. When the proper nutrients (including the right fatty acids and antioxidants) are delivered more easily to the brain, it IS going to function more efficiently... read more

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