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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 iamtiffanyleggett@gmail.com.   Thank you and Merry Christmas!   Tiffany Leggett

- make yourself at ease and get to know and understand your student   - take it slowly and steady   - ask questions and give realize examples.   - let them do a task on their own or write as you speak. That way they understand and learn the format in which a problem is resolved.   - Above all have Fun and learning should be fun.

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

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

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.

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 Thumbtack.com. 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

The problem with most word problems is that they're not written by writers. They're written by math people. :-)  Which means that it's not always clear what they're asking you to do.   Every math problem is about totals and pieces. You either have a number of different pieces and need to do something with them to figure out a total; or you have a total and some pieces and need to find out the missing pieces.   Sometimes you even have pieces you don't realize you had. For example, if a problem tells you that Mike "saved 20%," you also know that he SPENT 80%, even though it's not written.   So, start the solution to any word problem with a blank equation. Leave everything blank--no numbers, no signs, just empty spaces.   And draw a chart or simple sketch to help you visualize what you have and what you're missing. As you complete parts of the drawing, you'll be able to fill in pieces of your equation. (You can even lightly... 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

Is it possible to overstudy for an exam?  Yes.  Unfortunately, I see it happen way too often.  There is a point when studying can begin to have diminishing returns.  (My Economics students should understand that concept!)     I'm a marathon runner, and one important practice that marathon runners follow is a taper period.  It works like this:  In the months that lead up to a marathon, the training intensity and length of runs slowly builds.  About two weeks before the marathon, the runner has built up to one long run a week...perhaps 18 to 22 miles.  However, during the final two weeks before the marathon, the runs become shorter, tapering down to just a few miles a day before the big race.   This concept works well for studying as well.  If a student can maintain a disciplined study routine during the semester, then the few days before the final exam should be shorter and shorter "refresher" study... read more

In my view, the ultimate reward is being able to empower students to apply the concepts and theories presented in their course of study. Once students are able to use the knowledge they have acquired, the student is able to grow both personally and professionally.

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

Greetings current and prospective tutees and families!   Today I would like to share with you an optional part of my tutoring services--working with your student's teacher. Since the teacher is the one who works with your student on a daily basis, his or her insight and input regarding students' performance, learning styles, strengths, and weaknesses can be extremely valuable. As a tutor, I would love to be able to work with your student's teacher in order to quickly gain a broader picture of your student's needs and how I can effectively address those needs.   If you are interested in having me work with your student's teacher, let me know. I'd be glad to discuss goals for adding the teacher into the mix in order to maximize our tutoring success!   Happy Learning!   -Sarah J.

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