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Cuando digo que voy a preparar tamalitos de maíz pienso en granitos de maíz blancos, amarillos, azules, morados, rojos y negros... como una arcoíris cuando medio llueve.   Cuando digo tamalitos de maíz pienso en una milpa. Así se le llama al terreno donde brota la planta de maíz al sembrarse el granito en la Madre Tierra.   Jorge Argueta. From "Tamalitos"

Let's explore why you failed, so you can learn from it, move on and PASS.   1) Didn't know the nursing content   2) Anxiety   3) Misunderstanding the question   Fortunately, all of the above reasons are fixable with some work. Not knowing the nursing content is fixable by studying and understanding the principles of patient care!   There are number of reasons why you might have anxiety. Not preparing yourself to go to 265 questions and losing your concentration after 125 questions is common. You may have test-taking anxiety and need medication, meditation or another means to calm yourself.   Misunderstanding the question is usually from not having realistic expectations about the types of test questions and going too quickly. Knowing the nursing content, learning the strategies, and applying this information by practicing many NCLEX-type questions will prepare you for the NCLEX-RN exam.

Justine's Suggested Study Plan for the NCLEX-RN Everyone learns and studies differently. Although, one common theme is that you must study nursing content, learn the strategies for answering questions and then apply that information to practicing NCLEX questions. These are my suggestions for studying for the NCLEX-RN exam. 1) Find a place you can study that is not distracting 2) Give yourself 4-8 weeks of dedicated study with 4-8 hours per day and 6 days a week after you have graduated 3) Divide ½ the time to reviewing nursing content and ½ the time practicing NCLEX-type questions 4) Do 50-75 questions a day in a row without looking up content or taking a break. Do this 6 days a week 5) Aim for 75% or greater correct 6) 2-4 days before the actual exam, take a 265 question NCLEX practice test, giving yourself 6 hours with no distractions, no phone and take breaks when needed. Do not look up content or communicate with anyone during the 6 hours... read more

Materials Justine uses for Tutoring NCLEX-RN Prep In order to be successful on the NCLEX, you need to study content, strategies and practice questions. Below is what I use with students who are preparing for the NCLEX exam. Content: Hurst Review Core Content Materials (personal notes), Saunders Comprehensive Review for the NCLEX-RN Examination, 6th edition Strategies: Kaplan NCLEX-RN Strategies, Practice and Review (book), and Hurst Review NCLEX-RN Review (book) NCLEX questions: Kaplan and Hurst books If you are in need of additional questions to practice, I recommend the This is written by the people who write the questions for the Nursing State Boards. It includes nursing content and practice questions with rationales.

PSAT stands for Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test or something similar but the important title of the test is missing and that's NMSQT meaning National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Becoming a National Merit Scholarship Finalist is probably one of the most prestigious scholarships in the US. Many colleges and universities value Merit Scholars and they recruit finalists almost as vigorously as the college sports draft. Harvard and the University of Florida usually have the most finalists although they do not give National Merit Scholarships.   My son, who was a National Merit Finalist, was approached by several colleges seeking his application. There were offers of sign-on bonuses and full scholarships. His score was 235 out of 240. Note that the qualifying scores vary from state to state and year to year. For the Class of 2015 the qualifying scores varied from 201 (West Virginia) to 224 (New Jersey) with 211 (Florida) and 218 (New York.)   About... read more

Parents and Students Please Read this ASAP!   This rate is per student and per subject matter. The rate is per hour and there are no special discounts per hour rate. If you have another student who needs tutoring, the rate will be additional for each student tutored. Group Tutoring is not allowed unless the parents, students, and tutor have all concurred about the subject matter and the nature of the tutoring session. In this event, the rate remains in place for each student and there are no discounts for group tutoring.

Hello! My name is Mrs. Beashua and I have 5 years tutoring experience in English, reading, writing, ESL, and math. I love to help others and I work hard to ensure you as students learn exciting and fun subjects that may seem boring in the classroom.   I have some ground rules: Please be respectful at all times Please be on time Please cancel within 36 hours Please use WyzAnt to make your payments Please be respectful of others in the public facility where we are tutoring. Please ensure your parent or guardian knows the exact time to drop you off and pick you up from tutoring sessions. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to make these necessary plans before tutoring.

Hi Everyone! As the school year kicks into full swing, its important to monitor your child's progress. Some schools are great at doing this, and some... not so much. It is up to you as parents (or students!) to take control of your student's education and make sure they are at least on track, but hopefully excelling. That's all for now, take care!

A student should fastidiously prepare the subject material for instruction, bring all subject grades, test scores and be fully   forthright meeting the tutor for the first time.  The student must be prepared to take a 2/3 hour session doing a series of   battery of test drills for accuracy and pace scores, to be able to make a coherent and realistic test prep plan with a target   goal in a specific period. The Professional needs to know exactly what the student wants, expects and hopes to attain for   his/her expense of valuable time and capital investment. To form a early bond of mutual trust and respect is essential,   and favourable first impressions count. To be able to identify how he/she can best help the learner is paramount. A great   Education transcends cost and if knowledge is delivered effectively, the lesson in class is worth the sacrifice. 

Many of my students ask me what steps they should take when beginning a new class.  It's true that first impressions go a long way in a relationship.  The same is true in the classroom.  Below are a few steps that have proven to helpful for me, and for many of my students...   1.  "Learn" the teacher.  Every teacher is different.  What's important to the teacher?  Is she big on punctuation?  Does he reward participation?  Does she tend to stay on topic, or will you have to learn much of the material on your own?  This step may require some investigative work on your own.  Talk to a student who has had the teacher in the past.  Look for online teacher reviews ( is a great site for doing this).  The more you know your teacher's likes, dislikes, quirks, etc., the more likely you'll be able to deliver what is necessary for the grade you want to earn.   2... read more

“What advice would you give students to prepare for their first session with a new tutor?” This is a great question! Overall, I think the most important piece of advice I can give is to put some thought into exactly what you want to get out of your tutoring sessions. Many people come to tutoring simply because their grades (or test scores) are low, and they're hoping that private tutoring can “fix” the problem. Which it probably can, but if that's all you bring to the table then your tutor has to work that much harder to figure out exactly how to go about helping you. Before you arrive at your first meeting, spend some time thinking about your classes. Which subjects in school do you feel most comfortable with, and which ones least comfortable? Think over your answers like a detective – what common themes do you see that could be the real root of the problem? Were you easily able to ace an open-ended, discussion-driven English class, but this year your... read more

It's always exciting to meet new, special people.  As someone who cares for your success, your tutor is very important to you!  How do you go into this situation?   FIRST Start with a positive attitude: this tutor is ON MY SIDE!  There's no problem, if I don't understand something!  In fact, I can tell my tutor everything that I find difficult!  I can even get ahead in class!  Maybe one day I'll be tutoring this subject!    NEXT Look at the work you need to do in your class. Identify what you understand, what seems almost within your reach, and what is beyond your comprehension. Create a color code for each and mark your materials, or just write them down in preparation for your first session.   FINALLY Bring your color-coded materials and questions for your tutor, along with any and all class materials.  Show your tutor how you've prepared, and express what progress you'd like to make in... 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

Recently, I have encountered students and their parents who have the expectations that tutoring for the reading in ACT and the reading in SAT (and PSAT) is quite the same.  That can't be farther from the truth.  They are different animals, and require different approaches.  If a student wishes to be prepared for both, they need to be prepared to have separate lessons.   The ACT is really about construct.  In other words, this means how sentences are put together in terms of clauses, phrases, proper punctuation, etc.  Most students who read the sentences and passages aloud can usually distinguish which passages are improperly constructed, because they don't sound "right" to a native speaker.  Teaching this is about teaching confidence in one's abilities to speak their language properly.   The SAT, on the other hand, is a much more nuanced test.  Rarely does this test concern itself with proper and improper... read more

Hello fellow artists.  Today I would like to let you into the wonderful world of gouache.  This painter friendly medium is easy to use and gives wonderful rich coverage and and clear saturated colors. Gouache dries very quickly and because of this characteristic a painting can be modified without having to wait hours for it to dry. The most important thing about gouache is if the underlying layer is dry and you put another different color layer on top, it will not turn the new color to mud. It will blend, but the color on top will be the predominate color.     Give gouache a whirl, it is the unsung hero of the art world.  It can be used on traditional watercolor paper or illustration board or mixed media paper. It can also be used on mylar.  It is delicate, though, gouache paintings/illustrations should be framed under glass. It can be used in both fine art and commercial applications.  It is similar to watercolor in that it can be... read more

Only you can write you. Your faith, your tastes, your culture, your humor, your philosophy on life, or your world view comes through, unless you cater to the masses and worry about whether or not others will accept you. Acceptance that matters is acceptance that lasts. Or as CS Lewis puts it, "If it's not eternal, then it's eternally worthless," though he was not ready to say that, Oxford don or not, until such a point in his life when he decided what HIS stance was. Until then, we are all carried about by the wind, with no place to rest. Sometimes your own culture may have a majority of citizens that detest or oppose you. It is how you handle this that determines who you become. 90% of journals may not accept you because your writing and ideas are counter to theirs, so what you do is start your own journal, your own press. This is freedom of press. This is your right. It may surprise you what you discover. Be courageous. 

The most frustrating thing about meeting with a student who is struggling in class is when he or she can't tell me what their assignment is. I'm pretty good at explaining what the teacher probably wants, but I don't read minds! Give me a break and show up with the assignment sheet--ideally, at least two days before your first deadline.   What I have always loved about working one-on-one with students is that I'm not responsible for grading their work, so we can just focus on their writing and how to make it better.

The first session is really a time for the tutor to get to know the student. The tutor really needs some time to understand where the student struggles and what they can do. Make the first session fun. The student and the tutor should lay out their expectations and how they plan to achieve those goals.

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