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Just about every parent asks me this question.  It is so difficult to answer because there is no set formula. So my honest answer: I don't know.  Every student is different.  There really are no easy fixes when it comes to learning differences.   (And I can't believe I said that-right?)   I like to think that teaching someone to read is like teaching someone to bake a cake. The first step is to assemble the ingredients and the tools you need to measure, mix and bake. With reading it's the same way.  We need all the right ingredients and tools to get the job done. We need to identify sounds, blend them together, take them apart and mix them into new words.  The issue for students with learning differences is usually, that they need different tools than the ones they are used to working with.   Some students make steady consistent progress, while some progress, plateau, then progress,... read more

Hi all,     So I've reached capacity again this year on students, but I'm trying something new.  I've created a Waiting List rather than hiding my profile.   I'm curious if I'll have a number of students waiting for the same subjects, which will allow me to come up with new ways to help everyone.  Perhaps if I have several students uptown (or wherever) I will be able to offer a group lesson that any/everybody working on the same subjects can attend and help out people on the waiting list. If you're looking to get inspired about Chemistry, I recommend you check out the very cool reactions in this video:  http://time.com/3481898/amazing-chemical-reactions-true-beauty-of-science/   Or if you're a student (or a parent) trying to convince yourself (or your child) about the importance of working hard at Math & Science, I recommend checking out these infographics: http://www.vox.com/2014/10/7/6910485/13-charts-that-explain-why-your-college-major-matters   Hope... read more

The best preparation for the SAT essay section is two-fold: first, learn and use new sophisticated vocabulary words to help in expressing your ideas more clearly; second, practice outlining and writing several essay questions each weekend. I encourage my students to send me essays to grade, in between lessons, since I can help turn a '3' or '4' essay into a '6' score!

A lot of people simply don't enjoy writing--and they do their best to take any shortcuts they can find to make the process shorter. One shortcut is avoiding outlines. Outlines can seem like just another cumbersome step. Why not just get the words on the paper and get the thing done?   But outlines serve at least two purposes: generating ideas and organizing the content. Many writers experience some form of writer's block. That empty page is intimidating, the clock is ticking, and the brain...freezes.    Outlining can help unblock things. It's easier to write down a few main ideas and some supporting facts than it is to come up with complete sentences and paragraphs, after all. Start with the introductory paragraph and write at least a fragment with the main idea. For beginning writers, it may help to highlight this to remember that the whole paper should support this focus.   Generate a few more ideas related to the topic. These might... read more

If your child has not succeeded in any school "reading pull out" programs or traditional reading tutoring, stop the torture!  Your child likely needs an Orton-Gillingham based reading program that is multi-sensory, systematic, and does not encourage guessing at words.  Please do not let your struggling reader stay involved in any program that encourages "guessing" at words.  This will only serve to confuse and frustrate your child more.  Rote memorization of spelling words is also not an effective strategy for a dyslexic student.  Contact me if you'd like tips or more direction on how to really help your child excel in reading/spelling and self-confidence.

Statisticians say that the average person writes about 55,000 words per year. That's enough to fill a novel. This statistic measures everything from thank you notes to work emails. However, I'm sure the average college student far exceeds this number. Therefore, it's no wonder that most students I work with are seeking help with their writing. Needless to say, with such a word filled future on these students' horizon, I take this responsibility seriously.  Most students think they need to start with grammar in order to improve their writing. They are baffled by the pesky rules that spell check doesn't catch but that their teachers always find. They think that the key to their writing is unlocking the comma, semicolon, and split infinitive. However, I'd argue that unless you have the time and patience, and the student has the dedication, to teach him or her Latin (where many of these rules have been super imposed from), it will be hard for them to master grammar... read more

Why one-on-one tutoring? I remember well how I used to struggle - with math especially. I was fortunate that I could turn that around. But, that's a story for another day. I used to be terrified of asking questions and of being asked a question in class. I used to sit in the back row and hide, so that the teacher (monster in my mind) would not ask me a question and I would have to make a public display of my ignorance. Looking back, my body language must have been screaming. There we have the first signs. Sitting at the back, body language, and trying to hide. When I was caught - and had to answer a question (I NEVER put my hand up to offer an answer), I would blush and timidly offer my best guess and swear I was probably wrong. Next signs - trembling voice and blushing. What's happening here is the heart is pounding and fear is mounting! The last and  most obvious sign that a person needs help is - bad grades! Hey! But, there is hope! I turned it around... read more

While computing derivatives using the chain rule is really not difficult, students at an early stage in their calculus class find it often less than friendly. If someone was asked to compute a Taylor's expansion of a composite function, that would not be a minor task, quite the opposite, but most problems faced by students in their Calculus course are not so terrible, after all. In the end, as often, the pain it causes is best cured with practice. Nevertheless, learning to set a problem in a proper way, can actually improve the student's chances to learn this necessary mathematical tool.   An interesting example is the following:   f(x) = ln(ln(ln(x)))   To find the derivative f'(x) one can follow the sequence of steps presented below:   (A) Recognize all functions involved. In this case we can write   f(x) = h(k(p(x)))    where p(x) = ln(x),  k(y) = ln(y) and y = ln(x), and h(z) = ln(z)... read more

Most of us have heard the term practice makes perfect. This could not be more true when it comes to learning Spanish. Don't get me wrong, books are a great tool, but the idea behind the book is most likely to get you to PRACTICE.   It is possible to memorize every verb conjugation, noun, and adjective, but if you do not practice, you will not be able to use any of them in an actual conversation. Whatever level of Spanish you may be at, do not forget to practice!

Have you ever been in a situation where you did not understand what was happening around you? Well, that is what it is like for many people who have just moved to this country and have not yet learned the language. The experience of being in a completely new environment is a very scary ordeal. When I was in Mexico for the first time, I really had no idea what was going on. Luckily, I was surrounded by people who were willing to help and teach me everything I needed to know in order to flourish in my new setting. I would like to encourage everyone who reads this to be that person to someone else. Next time you have the opportunity, help someone who might be struggling with our language!

One on one tutoring for a student is when the grades are slipping or just cannot understand the material presented by the teacher. With my students in the classroom, I may have to sit with one or a small group to go over the material that they were given by the teacher. Once the student understands what he/she did; the understanding clicks in. We review for quizzes and tests two or three times in the course of the week and send home a study sheet with the correct answers on the study sheet from the discussions. Most of my students pick up on the material fairly quickly and pass the test very well and others need to use an alternative method to get the understanding and/or pass the tests. One suggestion with vocabulary tests has been to write the words three times and have the student pick out the correct word. This is especially for those who have trouble spelling words but can recognize them on paper. In math class, I have one student who could barely print his name. He works... read more

If you've been wondering how you're going to move all your Aperture and/or iPhoto images into Lightroom without making a mess of your folders and work, here's the solution - Adobe has just launched the Aperture Import Plugin, a free download from the Adobe site. Click here to link to the Adobe Aperture Import Plugin   Just introduced yesterday (October 16, 2014), I have not yet tried it, but Victoria Brampton (the first response that follows the post) has a step-by-step instruction link to her website.    Let me know how it works for you!  

It may be mincing words to some, but teaching is different depending on the objective. On the other side of the table, the learner, too, faces a different paradigm given whether he or she is present to learn a general subject, a subject that they must know for a vocation, or to understand concepts missed the first time around. In turn, these three learning objectives fall under the terms instruction, training, and tutoring, respectively. Let me expand on this. Behaviorists have long observed how children serendipitously learn of the world through interaction, mostly in the form of play. As youth develop, they fare better - that is, more efficiently - by learning in the social environment setting of a classroom. There, a structure pinpoints the source of learning in the form of the instructor. Rules are set about discipline and timing, since primary, elementary and secondary students tend to lack the self-direction of adults, and general subjects flow from the source... read more

I am a certified Math Teacher who has a strong passion to teach Mathematics. I have a strong passion for Mathematics. I have a skill in breaking hard concepts down where everyone can understand it' I love Mathematics and this love is so contagious for my students.

Recently I had a student ask me "how do I know if my design is just too much for the site i am building?" My response to this was simple. If you have lost the vision of your message you are trying to portray then you need to dial it down.  Sure that is the simple answer right?  Actually to me it is the best answer.  Right no simple is more or at least this is the trend "Flat Designs".  So what if you do not like a flat design and you want something with more pop?  Well you can go as big as you want as long as you do not miss out on the message. The website you are working on is one of the biggest marketing investments a company can make. It has to function, portray a message to grab a clients attention and be easy to follow and understand.  Sounds complex right?  Well not really the whole Idea is to turn visitors into Clicks and conversions.  So if the site has great meaningful content but is simple you will get... read more

Hey everyone!     So I really wanted to talk about something I find very important, especially for those learning to master the English language. I realized that the minimal emphasis on spelling in public schools led to a major fault in the younger generation's writing skills. I found that unless a child reads often, it's hard  for them to determine what "there" one might be talking about. Often times, students may know the context of where to place the word in a spoken sentence, however not choose the correct spelling of the term in written sentences.  Being able to spell properly and maintain good grammar is something essential to children for the rest of their lives -- be it writing essays for school or applying for grants/scholarships, sending letters, filling out job applications, or even having to teach others. As parents, teachers, or educators I believe that spelling tests should still be in full effect to separate words with multiple... read more

One of the biggest signs that a students needs tutoring is continual low grades in a subject. If a student rarely gets anything higher than a "C" or "D", they probably need tutoring. Another sign is constant frustration with or avoidance of the subject. If a student avoids doing their homework in a subject, or seems to get irritated whenever studying that topic, it might be time to find him a tutor. Also, If your student has dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, or something else that makes learning hard for her, you might need to get her a tutor if you want her to reach her full potential in school. The same goes for Aspergers/Autism, in which the student has a different learning style than your average student, and therefore, might not learn well in a class setting. A tutor would be able to shed a new light of understanding on the subject, and would be able to help the student grasp the concepts.

Unlike most people, tutoring is my full time job AND I love it. It's a rare combination to find something you like to spend hours a day doing and get paid at the same time. Therefore, I take my tutoring of you or your children very seriously. Tutoring is like any other appointment. Tutoring is not something that you do "when you feel like it." Your education is important to me and I hope it would be important to you too :)   Creating a tutoring schedule is a commitment. Sticking to this commitment is crucial. It is also considerate to let me know if you want to cancel a session....ahead of time. If you have an emergency, then I completely understand. If you decide that you have something else to do or planned your day poorly, then you will be charged accordingly.    I have a very full schedule. Rescheduling should only be done in an emergency and if my schedule permits it.    Cancellation Policy 48+ hours Notice... read more

Teaching and learning are an essential part of life; however not everyone is willing to teach sharing their knowledge. We can hear many excuses to avoid teaching to someone like "you have to love children to be a teacher, teachers are special people, to be a teacher you must have a lot of patience and motivation, too much work and low gratification, teaching someone is bringing competition into your workplace, threatens your job stability and more. The list of excuses go on and on, but at the end they are only dramatic excuses that accomplishes nothing because they do not help to reduce the gaps of poverty and the development of a society. Learning about life and basic education begins in the home, the schools and finished in the streets; all these experiences are the inducement that gives direction to the individuals living in society. The ones with more knowledge and/or experience have the opportunity to specialize in a career and develop their skills, and grow,... read more

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