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As a former camp director (references available), and as a published writer and college English instructor, I can customize a reading and writing group to engage your teen this summer. This will keep them in a safe environment, and they will be learning and practicing their writing and analytical skills for future high school and college success. I will design a custom plan and schedule for your needs. Why not contact another parent and see if their teens would be interested. We can select some appropriate books together, and I will design discussion questions and writing exercises for the workshop meetings. We can decide on public meeting places: libraries, coffee shops, etc. Contact me here through WyzAnt and I will create a special package rate for my services, especially if you introduce additional students that might be interested. There is no obligation to discuss this idea. Please e-mail me if you have questions or to discuss further! -... read more

A few good questions and thoughtful answers can make tutoring an actual learning process. This is substantially different from cramming sessions, emergency sessions to pass a class and homework 'completion'. I ask parents and students (where it is age/capacity appropriate) to explain their goals and expected outcomes. This question serves three significant purposes for the student and myself. (1) Is the student interested in learning or in getting by? (2) Does the student have commitment/perseverance or are they looking for an easy out? (3) Setting realistic expectations for outcomes. If the student is not interested in learning and will not be committed, I am not the correct tutor for the job. There are tutors who specialize in cram sessions. Setting expectations appropriately prevents surprises from happening to ardent wishes. An example of expectation setting is explaining to parents the following examples and being clear on this information: (http://talk... read more

I am having a wonderful time with an 8th grader who attends an excellent private school. All he needed was a little boost in study skills. I am reticent to divulge my techniques. But they are unique and they do produce results. In not too many sessions, study techniques become habit. Habits they can take to college !!!

Hey all!    When it comes to tutoring sessions I think that it is so important for students to be engaged with the lesson.  Through my experience in teaching middle school I know that the more excited your kids are about learning the better it is!   Here's what I do: 1. Develop a report with the students- creating that bond is important for students to trust you to succeed.   2.  Make games out of homework help and studying- who said you had to sit and just memorize words! Lets make a game out of it!   3.  Relate the school work to real like- honestly, its hard to see the point of geometry for kids in middle school, but if you make the lessons and the work something related to their own life then they may be more interested.   4.  Keep it light!  Lessons dont have to be serious buckle down work- lets make it fun and talk about the text.   5.  Respect- I respect all my... read more

Hello students....I am so excited to be a part of enhancing your learning experience and helping each of you grow through these learning years. I love to learn and even more so love to help others learn. One of the most useful tools that I can pass on to you is the art of forming good study habits; these habits will follow you through life. Developing good study habits such as being an active listener, taking good notes by honing in on key words or being able to pick out what the most important aspects of your lesson are essential to learning. Not only taking the notes, but in your side notes restating what you believe was just told to you; using words and phrases that you will be able to remember and/or relate to will be helpful. Another tip is not being afraid to ask questions (remember no question is a "stupid" question) and remember to listen to what other students are asking and learn from their responses. Study habits can be taught, it really comes down to... read more

Hello students....I am so excited to be a part of enhancing your learning experience and helping each of you grow through these learning years. I love to learn and even more so love to help others learn. One of the most useful tools that I can pass on to you is the art of forming good study habits; these habits will follow you through life. Developing good study habits such as being an active listener, taking good notes by honing in on key words or being able to pick out what the most important aspects of your lesson are essential to learning. Not only taking the notes, but in your side notes restating what you believe was just told to you; using words and phrases that you will be able to remember and/or relate to will be helpful. Another tip is not being afraid to ask questions (remember no question is a "stupid" question) and remember to listen to what other students are asking and learn from their responses. Study habits can be taught, it really comes down to... read more

Hello students....I am so excited to be a part of enhancing your learning experience and helping each of you grow through these learning years. I love to learn and even more so love to help others learn. One of the most useful tools that I can pass on to you is the art of forming good study habits; these habits will follow you through life. Developing good study habits such as being an active listener, taking good notes by honing in on key words or being able to pick out what the most important aspects of your lesson are essential to learning. Not only taking the notes, but in your side notes restating what you believe was just told to you; using words and phrases that you will be able to remember and/or relate to will be helpful. Another tip is not being afraid to ask questions (remember no question is a "stupid" question) and remember to listen to what other students are asking and learn from their responses. Study habits can be taught, it really comes down to... read more

Hello students....I am so excited to be a part of enhancing your learning experience and helping each of you grow through these learning years. I love to learn and even more so love to help others learn. One of the most useful tools that I can pass on to you is the art of forming good study habits; these habits will follow you through life. Developing good study habits such as being an active listener, taking good notes by honing in on key words or being able to pick out what the most important aspects of your lesson are essential to learning. Not only taking the notes, but in your side notes restating what you believe was just told to you; using words and phrases that you will be able to remember and/or relate to will be helpful. Another tip is not being afraid to ask questions (remember no question is a "stupid" question) and remember to listen to what other students are asking and learn from their responses. Study habits can be taught, it really comes down to... read more

For those who want to know the reason for writing "reflection" papers, consider how the process is simply another way to learn   Learning is not just about acquiring and using new skills, the process also involves “thinking about your thinking.” The actual term for this action is “metacognitive behavior,” which is a means to help you organize and reflect on information and behavior. The process may sound complicated, but this is simply a form of higher order thinking that requires you to consider how or why information is valuable as well as what makes it important or necessary. Sometimes, we do this automatically. Consider a time when you’ve been in the store and have been presented with two options for purchase. First, you go through a decision-making process, then select the product, and then take it home for use. Most likely, you will then know if you made the appropriate selection. At this point, you may likely reflect on why you made the choice... read more

The best question you can ask yourself with regard to tutoring is: Does tutoring encourage independence in the student, or does it undermine self-reliance by making the student feel as though he/she is incapable of learning?   Parents should consider what is actually going on with their child; is the child really stuck or are they simply in a temporary bind that they will most likely fight their way out of given some time?  If it's possible for a student to find their own way through issues, then tutoring is probably counter productive because it may create a sense of dependency where there previously was none.  If a student is genuinely stuck and needs a boost to help them find their way, then tutoring should be about reaching a point of self-reliance.  Much like parenting, if done correctly, tutors work themselves out of a job.  As parents, our goal is to raise our children in such a manner that eventually we're not needed...such is the... read more

Organization & Study Skill Tips for Middle School and HS Students 1. Calm Attitude- Be calm & patient. Don’t beat yourself up! 2. A place to study/appropriate environment- Large desk or table surface. Room for all of your books, computer/tablet, pens, notes. Good lighting and a sturdy chair. Bring snacks to you, don’t leave to get them. 3. System for keeping track of important notes- tabbed binder, folders, clean locker and book bag. 4. Planner or Calendar to track assignments, tests and long term projects 5. Estimate how long each project/assignment will take- Develop a realistic schedule with built in study breaks, around the sports, etc. 6. Break up big projects into smaller ones- Break up research projects and papers into more manageable chunks. 7. Communicate with your teachers- Know what assignments are due, upcoming and missing. 8. Take good notes and pay attention in class- Write down the main ideas; abbreviate; draw pictures, diagrams... read more

New sessions may bring a feeling of anxiety or uncertainty: will the new tutor be able to help me? Is it someone who I will be able to understand? Will they be able to answer my questions?   Here are some tips for clearing up the possible confusion to hopefully create a successful first encounter!   1) Be prepared to study: have on hand writing utensils, paper, textbooks as needed, and an open mind.   2) Have a list of the exact goals: both for that day, and your long term goals (what do you desire to accomplish through tutoring? How many sessions do you expect to have?)   3) Have a list of specific questions for your tutor: about their experience, methods, teaching philosophy, availability, fees. Also questions revolving around the subject matter at hand.    4) Finally, don't be afraid to ask questions! A good tutor, if they don't have the answer on hand, will be able to research, or guide your research to find... read more

I think, by far, the most important part of being successful in organic chemistry is the ability to stay on top of the material. I'll start with this piece of advice for those you who are planning on completing both sections.     Make flashcards.   I know, I know, it's advice that everyone gives for every type of memorization, but I think that it especially helps with the amount of new reactions that you will see, especially in orgo II.   My recipe for the cards is to make cards that have the reactant(s) and the reagent(s) with a question mark where the product(s) would be.   e.g. CH3CHCHCH3 -----Br2----->  ?     This way will help you to recognize which reagents do what.   The other style is to leave out the reagents.   e.g. CH3CHCHCH3 -----?-----> CH3CHBrCHBrCH3   (You'll want to draw them out probably, but this software doesn't allow that)   If... read more

The key to starting school strong is organization and balance. First, organize your materials. Use color-coding, blank calendars to fill in, map out your daily schedule, and be sure to leave time for ALL interests. Look ahead on the calendar to see when tests like MEAP and ACT are happening. Provide plenty of preparation time from the beginning of the semester. As you create your daily schedule, look also at your syllabi from your classes. Anticipate major assignments and exams by balancing study time appropriately. Early planning will prevent or reduce last minute writing papers or cramming for exams.   Yes, school work is a priority, but so is socializing with friends, reading for pleasure or exercise and yoga routines! If you are going watch your favorite TV program every Thursday, plan ahead by being sure to have homework done either Wednesday night, or before the program. Then the program becomes a "reward" for having your homework finished... read more

WWTK: What advice would you give students going back to school so they start the year strong? This is a great question, and one that I've answered before on this blog. In general, I'd say the most important thing for starting the new year strong is starting the new year ORGANIZED. Go back and look through your notebooks from the previous year, but not for content – look at them like a detective. What does your note-taking style say about you? Do you have spiral notebooks stuffed full of handouts with rumpled edges? Are your note pages just solid blocks of hurried scribbles that are all but impossible to read? Did you have to add extra notebooks halfway through the year?  And most importantly, how easy is it to find a specific piece of information in one of your notebooks? Take the opportunity while summer's still going strong to head to an office supplies store and wander around. Really look at all the organization solutions, and try to imagine yourself... read more

Going back to school is an exciting time of year!!!  New friends, new clothes, new supplies, new teachers.  The beginning of the year marks a new beginning, period.  This is the time to think back to last year.  What did you learn?  What mistakes did you make? What can you do better?  Make some goals for this new year!!! This is your time to start all over.  The past does not matter.  What do you want for your education?  For your career?  For your future?  Create an image in your mind of what you want.  Once you visualize your goals being achieved, write them down.  What are your goals? What can you do this year to get closer to reaching your goals?   Once you have your goals in mind and what you are going to do this year to reach them, focus on a few small strategies to help you achieve your success.  A few small steps that will give you big results are: 1. Be ready to learn by being organized... read more

Hi Students!   I hope you are enjoying the process of learning English. English can be a hard language to learn, even for native speakers. So here are some study tips and resources for you to use when you are studying for a test:         1. Make flashcards - write the vocab word on the front and the definition on the back. With this method,               you can quiz yourself.   2. Take practice quizzes - make a few practice quizzes for yourself using questions or information from other lessons. If you would like me to make a practice quiz for you, please send me an email!   3. Try to use English as much as possible - if you live with someone or have a friend who speaks               English, practice speaking with them. Try to speak English for at least one hour everyday outside of                 your lessons... read more

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