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Q. Where will we meet for tutoring? A. We will try to find a suitable place that is convenient for both of us. Though I do travel to meet you, time and distance are important factors in making this work feasible and profitable for me, so I try to find locations that minimize my travel time, while also providing convenience to you. Q. How will we decide on a time to meet? A. We will try to find a suitable time that is convenient for both of us. Q. When are you available to tutor? A. It varies from week to week, but my general availability begins at 10:00 a.m., Monday through Saturday, and ends at 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and at 3:00 pm Saturday. Please contact me for my current availability. Q. How long will each session be? A. The session length can vary, depending on the subject, the student, and the schedule. Unless otherwise agreed, the session times will be two (2) hours each. Q. Why do you recommend two (2) hours per session? A.... read more
I would strongly suggest that the tutee read aloud to a parent or to himself for at least l5 minutes, five days per week.
As you know, all teachers (and tutors!) were once students. So they know all the pitfalls that can cause a student to not get their homework done. The reason can be social - maybe the student wants to get his or her work done but the distraction of all the social media is too much to resist. The reason can also be academic - maybe the subject is difficult, such as challenging concepts or perhaps they're faced with an assignment that didn't get explained well enough to be done independently. Or sometimes it's the dreaded PROCRASTINATION. That can be the worst of all reasons to not get work done because the longer you procrastinate, the more the work piles up and then the student becomes "paralyzed", overwhelmed by the mountain of work that has accumulated. When procrastination has gotten the better of you, the important thing is to not let yourself be so overwhelmed that you don't do the work at all. Here's what you do: PRIORITIZE AND GET STARTED! It is a simple phrase with... read more
Developing strong study skills is important for students at all levels, whether just starting in first grade or returning to college after years of being away from school. For the elementary or middle school student: 1. Learn to read the directions. You’d be amazed at how many students – at all levels – neglect to read directions on assignments or tests. Learning from an early age to pay close attention to the teacher’s instructions is a key to future success. If anything is ever unclear, make sure you ask for clarification. It’s always better to ask for help understanding the assignment than to learn later that you misunderstood and did the entire thing wrong! 2. When you or your student start taking tests that involve a lot of memorization and begin to involve writing paragraph answers or essays, have someone quiz them on the material over the two or three days before the exam. When I was in elementary and middle school, my father – who loves history and science... read more
I find the Wyzant website to be very beneficial to students and tutors. It is well organized and provides the structure needed for tutors to focus on their students. I also like the fact that the website can take credit cards, whereas, I am not setup for that. I much prefer to use a computer program to keep track of lesson plans, reviews and student information. It is also nice that the contact information is not relayed to prospective students until they are set up on the website. It is efficiently run and I find the customer service staff to be quite responsive and encouraging whenever I have a question or a need.
Hi! I'm in the process of becoming certified in science and math subjects. As I continue adding certifications, please check back if there is a subject on my list that is not in bold type right now and you are looking for assistance. Bold type means I am certified to help you with that subject. The process takes a few days for the website to update after I've completed my examinations. Right now, I'm most interested in taking on new students that require some assistance with writing skills. I am very interested in those of you that are working toward higher education and English is not your native language. I do have experience in this area and can be a great resource for high school and undergraduates with research papers, essays and presentations. My strengths working with adults: proofreading research papers, reports and essays, providing feedback regarding content and proper essay form, powerpoint presentations for speech or other college classes along with some creative... read more
While managing call centers in my corporate career, I developed a telephone presentation tool to help reps work with customers and prospects. Little did I know that I had created a useful content creation tool for written or spoken communications. I eventually called it the “PBFA Model”—“P” meaning pain, “B” for benefit, “F” for feature and “A” for advantage. While sales people for years have used feature/benefit presentations, many of them missed discussing prospect PAIN. Instead of pain, you could also substitute need, want, desire or expectation. In the first part of this blog post, I’ll briefly discuss the model. I’ll follow up in the second part with an example that better explains the PBFA. But I guarantee you if you use the PBFA structure, you’ll write and speak more clearly and increase your persuasiveness with people. PBFA Model Imagine that you’re shopping for a new bike. You find rows and rows of new bikes in the store—different colors, mountain bikes,... read more
I taught in Minneapolis students for 41 years after I taught in North St. Paul/Maplewood and Teaneck, NJ which was the first district that voted to integrate. Starting with students on that wonderful new year students were confused about what their parents had fought about and they all made friends quickly. I have taught teachers in the United States, Canada, Singapore, South Africa and Bangladesh. I have written three educational books. I continue to follow educational issues with a number of publications.
On September 17, 2012, Morning Edition (on National Public Radio, or "NPR") shared this article: "Teachers' Expectations Can Influence How Students Perform." I recommend it. Here's the link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/09/17/161159263/teachers-expectations-can-influence-how-students-perform#more. So, what are my expectations? That all can succeed, given sufficient support and guidance. 1. Students who believe they can't do something, after being shown and walked through examples, often can, when the tables are turned. Just ask an Algebra II student of mine who had to teach me quadratic equations to finally appreciate that he got it. 2. Students so afraid of failing that their minds freeze up and feel empty often suddenly know their subjects, when the tension and fear are broken by the surprise of a good laugh. 3. Perhaps most important of all, as suggested in the article, students are encouraged by the reflection of their own potential in the eyes of their... read more
Why teaching? Why tutoring? As a second-generation educator, I can honestly say that my education is one of the most valuable assets I possess and can share. My mother has taught hundreds of school children and both she and my father have passed along their passion for learning to me. To this day I can remember a conversation my dad had with me when I was still in high school. He shared with me that one of the greatest gifts about an education is learning how to learn. Thus, it only seems right that I take what I've learned and pass it along to others in pursuit of their own discoveries. That's why I teach. That's why I tutor.
This link provides parents with ideas for alternative programs and resources in place to assist CPS parents and students through the strike. http://familiesintheloop.com/update/10577/chicago-teachers-strike-resources-for-families/
Have you ever seen a movie that begins with a blank screen and a monotone voice-over? No pictures. No music. Just some guy who sounds like he might have a cold clearing his throat and saying a few sentences. "This movie is a romantic comedy. It is set in New York City. The lead female character will be clumsy and adorable. The lead male character will be charming. You will enjoy the movie." (If you have, by some insanely remote chance, seen a movie that begins that way, please get in touch with the writer and tell him/her he/she really should find a more appropriate career path. But I digress.) The reason movies don't start that way is that nobody would want to watch them if they did. Movies, especially movies designed to appeal to the masses and warm people's hearts, usually open with sweeping shots of city life set to music that has a phat beat and catchy lyrics. If a movie can't grab your attention and make you feel attached to it from the very first moment, it's... read more
One day in college, my favorite professor approached me at my desk. She spoke in a hoarse whisper. "I need your help today. Will you please teach the class for me?" Who, me? I looked around at my fellow students, who were getting seated and unpacking their notebooks. This was hands-down my favorite class of the semester, an expository writing class. But...me? Teach? "Laryngitis," she croaked, pointing at her throat. She flashed a grin of confidence and leaned in closer. "Can I count on you? I know you can do it!" Looking back, that afternoon changed the course of my life. I don't remember how that class went, but I do remember that it lit a serious spark in my spirit. I started work as a tutor almost immediately, at first working in the National Center on Deafness (NCOD), which was located on my campus, which was California State University, Northridge. I also met with that professor to discuss the possibility of getting a teaching assistantship. With her encouragement,... read more
The above-referenced subjects include different-aged PreK-College student needs I have experienced at the beginning of each school year since Fall 2010, when I first began tutoring in earnest via WyzAnt, instead of substituting daily for lesser pay in 18 area elementaries in our school district. I am not including higher math (Grade 7 and above) in my math tutoring experience. I also have helped adults with ESL/ESOL, general and academic reading/writing/comprehension/test preparation as well as public speaking for different-sized audiences, sometimes at-the-last-minute before "the big presentation day".
I keep students motivated during the summer by treating the summer months no differently than the fall, winter, or spring. As a homeschooler, I have the option of doing so. I school year-round because I don't believe in breaks in learning. My husband is a public school teacher and complains every year about his students' loss of skills during the summer. I suggested telling the parents to treat learning as a life skill rather than something their children do from September-June. We all should always be learning those things which will help us throughout our lives regardless of age or season. Instill a love of learning and knowledge at an early age and continue to nurture it, and you will never have to worry about motivating a student, again.
When using the internet, it is important to make sure you have a quality source to site from. There are a varity of websites and blogs that are written with bias or an agenda, you always want to be confident you've sited a professional and not an ideologue. Colleges and libraries have a database you can access that have quality sources, and most everyone should have free access to them, but if you're like me, and you like to use something your professor hasn't seen or possibly is unaware of, then I suggest you look into the Library of Congress and the National Archives as a primary source. If you are looking for professional opinions, then I would suggest finding professors that have published works. They can be a great secondary source that can either confirm or dispute your thesis and theories. NEVER use blogs! Never use wikipedia, although some material on wiki is a good place to start your research; to gain some perspective on your subject, most professors will not... read more
Greetings learners, I'm back with another tip in learning. Now! How many of you leave your house without an Umbrella knowing there is going to be rain? Most likely none of you would make that mistake. Well it's the same in learning. Before you come to any session, be organized. 1.Firstly, eat a good breakfast or lunch. 2. Have all materials needed e.g Pens,pencils,work from school etc. Good Luck!
Hello all, hope you guys are eager to learn as I am eager to teach you. Remember that even though I and my fellow tutors are here to help; your success is also contingent on the effort you put in. Tip of the day: Prepare your mind to work, come to each session to actively participate. Have a great day!
Hello! My name is Kathleen (Kathy). I came across WyzAnt, and I feel like it is exactly what I have been looking for! I have always excelled at all things English. I love spelling, grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, teaching computer skills, etc. I am fascinated by language and by the choices people use to express themselves. I would love the opportunity to help a student feel more confident in all subjects related to English. I also worked as an Executive Assistant for many years, and am very proficient in all Microsoft Office programs, and find them to be a great deal of fun once you get used to them. Technology is moving so fast, and keeping up with the latest software versions is crucial to surviving in today's workplace. I would love to meet you and see if there are some subjects I would be able to assist you with for your future success.