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I always find remarks about anything concerning money interesting. A recent poll asked the reasons for tutoring, and one of the responses possible was to "maximize my income". Tutoring, like most aspects of education, isn't about the money. Sure, there are people who make quite a bit of money here, in relative terms. But is there any concern about the product? Many people here are not teachers or trained educators; so, I presume that this is (a) either your primary source of income, or, most likely, (b) you are a full-time employee and this is a second job to pick up additional money. I am also somewhat surprised at the backgrounds of some of the tutors, but that is their business.

Hello potential students, My husband and I will be visiting our families on the western side of the state from December 22-28th.   I understand this is a time many students would like to get caught up with school work. I would be happy to assist, please feel free to email me at   Thank you and Merry Christmas!   Tiffany Leggett

One of the reasons students of math struggle at test time is that they fail to quickly identify "problem types". Let's say you're taking an Algebra exam and you see something of the form 4x2 + 8x -5 = 18 and are required to solve it. You should either be thinking about factoring the equation or if that doesn't work easily, using the quadratic formula. Typically, once a student identifies the problem type, he or she is 80% of the way there. Then it's usually just standard arithmetic (watch your sign changes + or - ). Solving math problems is really a process in itself and involves: assessment, identifying the problem type, looking for other complexities, i.e. there may be several steps along the way, doing the actual arithmetic and finally checking your answer for logic. Does it make sense that Fred took 16 hours to reach Chicago from New York? If it doesn't, go back and look at your problem -- you probably missed something. Be disciplined in your... read more

There're many aspects of English that are puzzling even to native English speakers. I'd like to take this time to attempt to clear up a few of the more common errors I see.     Your/you're. Your is possessive. For instance, is that YOUR car? Or: YOUR dog is weird, Charlie Brown. You're is a contraction of YOU ARE. This is evident by the "re", which is the ending of the contracted word "are". Examples: YOU'RE going to do well if you learn these concepts. Then/than Than is used only for comparatives (comparing two or more things or people). Ex: George is taller than Sam. I'd rather eat Burger King than McDonald's. Then is used to talk about the order in which something was done. This becomes clearer with examples. Ex: Sam ate dinner at his friend's house, then went home. Fred ate salad then soup. To/too/two Too means also or as well. It also means excessively. Ex: I like The... read more

I know that some of you foreign language students, when desperate, turn to Google translate (or other online translators) for help. While these translators can be helpful for the most basic of sentences (and they often get these wrong) or single words, they are not a "resource" on which you should rely. They often give a literal translation, which is seldom helpful. Frankly, the results are often gibberish. A word of advice: if you are taking a foreign language course, the teacher can almost always tell when you've used an online translator. It behooves you to understand the grammar concept at hand. If you don't, you should ask your teacher, or a classmate who does well in the class, for assistance. If that's not an option, for some of the more commonly spoken languages (English, German, et al) there are many websites that do a very good job of explaining the grammar. For German, I can point you to several sites that explain grammar very well.

My tutoring in ecology and the environment many times is coupled with economics and somewhat subtle components related to politics of decision making.  Many of my students will become leaders in the future.  The Question is how can we educate our children to become pragmatic and practical leaders.  The article below clearly shows the lack of leadership by all parties.  Personally, I would suggest a no rebuild policy for our coastlines. Sincerely, Dr. Bob Proximity Farms   Special Report: As seas rise, a slow-motion disaster gnaws at U.S. shores Reuters Waves pound the seawall near a crab house on Saxis Island in Virginia 3 hr ago By Ryan McNeill, Deborah J. Nelson and Duff Wilson of Reuters    WALLOPS ISLAND Virginia (Reuters) - Missions flown from the NASA base here have documented some of the most dramatic evidence of a warming planet over the past 20 years: the melting of polar ice, a force... read more

Hi! I am a Miami Beach-based English Teacher and have recently joined WyzAnt to see if there are EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students who need a bit of help with their English; conversation, TOEFL, grammar, accent reduction....   I enjoy teaching as I like to meet people from around the world and help them reach their goals, and my absolute favorite topic is grammar, especially verb tenses :)   My background is in journalism and social media, but I have been teaching for a while now,  working at a language school during the daytime hours and teaching through an online school as well.    I will be blogging about learning English, and I hope to hear from you! I am available to teach over Skype, in person at a cafe in Miami Beach, or possibly come to you depending on the distance (I live on South Beach).   Have a great weekend!    

     This novel, copyright 2014 First Edition, might make you a little "antsy, i.e. nervous" as I have felt while reading it. I'm 2/3 of the way through and have left the first part about our nation's failing infrastructures, the second about war predicaments, and now the school systems. Each has inherent problems for US citizens to not only recognize but interpret. It covers this century and the hardships that we are faced with. Calamitous situations to understand in this book have made me feel I should do something. Here I am blogging. Next I'll perhaps write to our senators or representatives or a judge.       Each reader can be a winner by making choices that are based on those of the characters in his book. Find what they do that is wrong and right and which repairs you can "fix" any failing structures with. His accounts are factual and many possible and essential to deflect before the same happens in your area... read more

As the first phase of summer classes ends and a new one begins, I have received a new math student and completed tutoring for another. Antonio has come to me for tutoring in Geometry and Casey passed her summer course! Antonio came to me through Antonio is unsure if he will pass his summer course and needs a boost to do so... Antonio impressed me with his capacity for completing math in his head. He is sharp but struggling with the course structure ... In a large class, you are on your own when you miss a concept. With poor note taking skills, students can miss crucial concepts and lead to a student frustratedly trying to re-learn concepts for a quiz or for completing homework. Antonio needs individual attention to hold onto concepts and needs to learn and implement note taking strategies. Casey finished her course with a passing grade! Her mother came to me, worried her daughter would not pass her summer course. After receiving her first... read more

I'm here to tell you that MATH ANXIETY is a real phenomena. Whenever the subject of math comes up many people severally dread anything that espouses anything to do with math whatsoever. It brings legitimate fear and anxiety to people.    If this sounds like you don't worry you're not alone. But let me reassure you its not something that you have to live with. It almost sounds silly... fear and anxiety coming from math, but I understand how and why many people suffer from this.    I believe that most anxiety comes from the fact that people just don't want to be seen as "stupid" or "dumb." When engaging with math problems it can be easy to be overcome with these type of feelings because we naturally want to seek the "right" answers, especially on tests! However, we don't always need to find the "right" answers. Now, I'm not saying the right answer isn't important what I am saying is that the right answer... read more

  For those of you who may have purchased Apple's spiffy $79 external CD/DVD burner (or Superdrive as they call it), it may not have worked when you plugged it into your older Mac. A lot of times a person's built-in optical drive fails, and they see the new external at the Apple Store. They naturally grab one assuming it'll work because they'll be using it with a Mac. Hopefully there's a "Genius" selling it to them who's going to ask which Mac they plan on using it with. I'd think probably not. It turns out it's only the fairly newer Macs that support it. When you plug it in, your older Mac might very well inform you that "This Apple External CD/DVD drive is not compatible with this Mac. Please go to Apple Support to read more." What they show you is a compatibility matrix that seems to makes no sense. I haven't compared every spec of every Mac they list, but 2009 seems to be the general cutoff.   Perhaps Apple requires USB... read more

What are your 5 outside the box tips that help make your tutoring lessons fun? 1. Have a sense of humor about learning. I like to use humor in my tutoring, to keep students engaged and interested in the material. I've found that it's easy to zone out during a lesson, and the classes I've retained the most information from myself have been ones where the teacher employed humor. In a writing class, a teacher explained the importance of context to spelling with the quip “You need to remember which witch is which, or you'll suddenly have a lady with a black hat appear in your paper.” My high-school calculus teacher helped us remember the SOH-CAH-TOA trig function sequence by telling us a long joke about a native american who stubbed his toe and was advised by the village elder to “Soak-a-toe-a.” And later on, in a materials science class in college, our professor explained the molecular physics properties of a certain material with a joke about coal trying to... read more

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

1) You can have fun and be silly, but still increase focus on the subject   When I taught piano lessons to a 5-year-old girl, I would start off by asking her to find the weirdest, funniest sound that she could find on the keyboard, and then ask her to play the song she had practiced for that week in that sound! She always would laugh and make faces, but it made the repetition of practicing the same song over and over less monotonous and more fun! This would start our lessons off on a great note, and they would be more of a game or exploration of music than just a class.   2) Take a snack break     After about 30-45 minutes of studying the same subject, it can get tiring and hard to focus. Our brains need a break! Stopping 30 minutes into a tutoring session to have a quick snack or drink can really help to give your mind the rest it needs to be able to refocus and start refreshed after the break!   3) Talk about your... read more

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