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I am pretty OCD about how I do things as a tutor. This includes being prepared. This also has got me thinking about what it means to be prepared as a tutor. I believe it involves two things. Those are being prepared physically by having the tools you need, and also knowing what you will cover in each lesson.   I started the concept of a tutoring bag about a year ago. I LOVE IT. It has all sorts of goodies in it from dry erase boards to pencils to graphing paper. I even have things that are outside of the box available just incase I need them. For example, I have simple dollar store games in my bag which often help my students who suffer from attention deficit problems. I never know what I am going to need but it allows me to be unconventional with my tutoring which has been a big asset. Also realistically, as much as we want our students to come prepared, SOMEONE is going to forget something!   I also lesson plan before my lessons. I commended tutors... read more

      Connecting study material to real-world things that the students find interesting is a strategy teachers often attempt to use. The idea behind this method is simple: transform the material into something more relevant and the students will be hooked. It gives the students something interesting to maul over instead of having to work on yet another arbitrary problem they were given to complete.       However, if this strategy in not executed thoughtfully then it ends up alienating the tutor from the student and thus is rendered counterproductive. While trying to make the material relatable tutors can unknowingly offer examples that make them seem out of touch. This is because they often assume what kids find interesting these days instead of ask them what he, she or ze likes. People don't appreciate being stereotyped and interests are a personal aspect of someones identity. Therefor, a better way to utilize this strategy... read more

To enhance learning, and retain information, I recommend the following:   1. Be well rested. You must get sufficient sleep at night to perform optimally. Go to bed every night at the same time, and wake up at your scheduled time - every day - even weekends! 2. Nutrition - I cannot stress enough the importance of nutrition to enhance learning and memory. Avoid junk food. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables to get the essential nutrients. 3. Exercise - Research has shown exercise keeps your brain healthy and active. 4. Hobbies - Pursue a hobby or two. Breaking from studies, and engaging in a hobby you are truly passionate about will enrich your life and exercise parts of your brain that studies alone will not. 5. Relax and Diffuse - neuroscience claims there are two states that help you learn in different ways: Focused and Diffused. When intently focusing yields no results, relax! Walk away. Lie dow, go for a walk, do something other than focus, and you may... read more

Hi Everyone!   I am a Registered Nurse with5 years of experience in Acute Care, primarily in the Adult, Critical Care setting with experience tutoring for both Nursing-based subjects, and primarily the NCLEX. I have a BA, BSN, and CCRN certification. I am presently in pursuit of a Master's Degree, having completed Graduate Pathophysiology and Pharmacology.   I am local to Central, New Jersey and available for tutoring during week days, week nights, and available weekends.   In recent months, I have sucessfully provided tutoring services to several graduate nurses seeking additional assistance for both HESI, and NCLEX. I offer one-one, individualized tutoring that is practical, applicable for high scores passing exams, and, affords you a solidified foundation of knowledge of proper testing capacity.   I'm proud to be an RN, and with a little help, you can be too!    

I am a German native speaker and have lived over 30 years in Germany. As a mother of five children (all of them bilingual in English and German) I know how to teach a language in a fun and immersive way. When we moved from Germany to the USA my kids spoke hardly any English. Several months later ... they were top students at school. Let me teach you German in the same way. Immersive, fun, interactive. Learning a new language can be fun! Start today and invest in your education. I look forward to hearing from you! Korinna

       Book, books... Table, tables... Phone, phones... Day, days... So... life, lifes, right? Nope! The plural of life is lives. And, isn't the plural of sheep sheeps? Nope! The plural of sheep is sheep. It's the same word.      Have you ever wondered how to handle all of the rules and exceptions to rules in the English language? Here is an introduction (a beginning) to understanding the rules about plural nouns. Hopefully, it will make figuring out how to change that word less of a guessing game and more of a skill. '   Plurals What is a plural noun? A plural noun is a person, place, or thing of which there is more than one. Example: If there is more than one phone, they are called phones. When should I make a noun plural? Make a noun plural when there is more than one of what that noun represents How do I make a noun plural? Usually,... read more

ANSWER KEY 1. B 2. D 3. C 4. A 5. B 6. C 7. D 8. B Q1 is an Attitude/Tone Question Q2 is a Vocab.-in-Context Question Q3 is a Purpose Question Q4 is a Detail Question Q5 is a Vocab.-in-Context Question Q6 is a Suggest/Infer/Imply/Agree Question Q7 is a Suggest/Infer/Imply/Agree Question Q8 is a Detail Question

1. The author’s tone can best be described as: (A) Indifferent (B) Triumphant (C) Skeptical (D) Dismissive 2. As used in line 6, “blasphemous” most nearly means: (A) Someone who is deeply religious & a devoted follower (B) An individual who is highly respectable (C) Cheap and abusive (D) Someone who does not show reverence or respect for the holy or sacred 3. The author mentions “Costello, Lennon, Can, & the Cure” (lines 25-26) in order to: (A) Diminish the importance of They Want my Soul (B) Assert that Spoon will never be as great a band as these. (C) Give the reader a reference for the album’s sound. (D) Illustrate a contrast 4. According to the author, They Want My Soul is: (A) Better than Girls Can Tell, Kill the Moonlight, & Transference (B) Trying too hard to be something it’s not (C) Highbrow, and therefore too difficult to understand and enjoy (D) A bitter... read more

Here is the body of the Pitchfork article, copied and pasted from:   Spoon They Want My Soul Loma Vista; 2014 By Ryan Dombal ; August 4, 2014 8.6 BEST NEW MUSIC All these soulsuckers, they're among us. They're stealing our privacy, our convictions, the very essence of our being, and leaving behind little more than a "for sale" sign and some vague, constant hollowness. In music, a dwindling whirlpool of funds only spurs on these parasites as they scavenge 5 for scraps of humanity wherever ears can hear. Their thirst is real. And artists—those blasphemous and holy conduits for truth, liberty, and whatever else is missing from our lives—can't help but succumb. To last more than 20 years in rock'n'roll without sacrificing a lethal amount of one's soul requires a certain vigilance; to navigate around the pitfalls of  10 both punk and... read more

In all of my lessons, I like to ask my students about their interests, and then I tailor the lessons to them! Yesterday my student and I went over Princeton Review's "5 types of Reading Comprehension Questions." These are: 1. Detail, 2.Purpose, 3. Suggest/Infer/Imply/Agree, 4. Vocabulary-in-Context, and 5. Tone/Attitude. We did one of the drills from the book, but I didn't think it would be sufficient practice. Since this particular student loves music, I copied and pasted a music review from into a Word document, then wrote my own SAT Prep questions! It went over well; the student said that it was a good exercise because it actually held his interest. He's not a big reader in general, but music reviews are something that he "actually likes to read." So, if you have a student who really loves music, then here's a copy of the Pitchfork article and my questions!   ~Bethany G.

For many (most?) high school students, compulsory writing evokes frightful visions of blue essay pamphlets, red editorial comments, and a taunting landscape of white paper refusing to be occupied. The battle between disinterest in the topic and angst towards a looming deadline is matched only by the uncertainty of having anything worth saying, fear of having the ability to say it well, or both.   Some students choose to bide their time, sure that when they leave their high school (and college) self behind they will likewise leave behind ever having to do a compulsory writing assignment again, but we live in a time, an age, and a culture that is dominated by social media, and social media is dominated by posting, blogging, emailing, texting, tweeting, retweeting… in other words, words. That means that regardless what your plans for the future are, you are going to have to write, and if you are going to have to do it anyway you might as well choose to make friends... read more

I teach rules of grammar in language Arts, while making learning fun through modification s in reading, writing, poetry, songs and academic games. Also, I teach other academics areas using rhymes, raps, rhythms, and songs and games adapted for educational purposes. This teaching pedagogy includes students with mild/moderate learning disabilities.  I am willing to participate in sharing criterion-reference test results, observing individual students in IEP program, participating in meetings with the IEP team.

Most writing geeks are not fans of adverbs, and I'm no exception. If you believe you're a good writer who has mastered the basics (maybe you've received good comments from your teachers, professors, or peers), consider eliminating as many adverbs as you can from your writing and replacing them with good, strong verbs.    An example: She walked slowly into the classroom.   That's correct usage, but this is a post about writing, not grammar. And from a writing standpoint, that sentence is boring and not very informative. Is she walking slowly because she's, well, a slow walker? Or is she sad? Infirm? Afraid? A strong verb can give the reader a lot more information about what's going on.   She trudged into the classroom. (Here, I think she's sad; maybe she's bummed that she forgot her homework.) She drifted into the classroom. (I think she's daydreaming about something. Maybe her boyfriend is out in the hall.) She staggered into... read more

My top tips for 'outside the box' - 1. If possible 'interview' the student by phone before the first lesson to establish a bit of a rapport, and to show that you are there as the student's tutor, not the parents' ally.   2. Bring chocolate if you are having a long session, once you have asked if your student likes chocolate. I believe in rewards for hard work, and a 90 minute plus session is hard work!   3. I give students some tools for instant relaxation, which they all enjoy learning.   4. Often, especially with anxious students, I help them with visualization of a  successful test report coming in the mail!   5. I make sure that the last 2-3 minutes are used to record the homework, and to note what pages we left off, if we were in the middle of a review section.   Re how I tutor for math:     My approach is to individualize the lessons - first do a diagnostic assessment of what areas... read more

1. I believe that a hard work ethic is indefinitely more valuable than pure genius. i admire those parents and students who are actively seeking out resources to better themselves. 2. I'm a huge lover of knowledge. If I'm tutoring you in math and you say you love history I will try to send you resources not only for the math I'm teaching you, but also the things that interest you. Learning shouldn't be a chore. 3. Tutoring isn't about me. It's about learning what fits your style. Some people like doing homework, and some people want a second lecture. It's all about finding what works for each individual client. 4. I want to see you succeed. If that means staying an extra thirty minutes because you need help, and I see that you're actively trying to understand I want to stay and help. 5.  Each student has dreams however big or small they may be. It may seem now that you don't need to know any math because you want to be a writer- but the skills... read more

For a long time now I have had a problem with people using adjectives when they mean to use adverbs. I suppose one could posit that this is an easy mistake to make, since in some cases the use of the adjective instead of the adverb sounds correct to many people’s ears. To be honest I sometimes make the mistake myself, because sometimes it just slips out. But at least I know I’m making the mistake, whereas so many other people do not.   I’ll begin this piece with a small grammar lesson. What is an adjective? An adjective is a describing word. It gives the noun (the person, place, or thing) you are talking about more color and definition. “The man” is extremely vague, and no one knows who you are talking about, because there are no adjectives in this sentence (indeed all you have is the definite article, the, and a noun, man. But “The tall, gangly man in the green Hawaiian shirt” is extremely specific. Now we all know exactly who you are talking about. In the quoted... read more

Common grammar errors Everyday/ Every day This is one of the most common mistakes I see. Almost every day I see semi-trucks announcing that if you work for their company, you will be home "everyday."  "Everyday" is an adjective. defines it this way: "1. of or pertaining to every day; daily: an everyday occurrence. 2. of or for ordinary days, as contrasted with Sundays, holidays, or special occasions: everyday clothes." Generally, if when you substitute another adjective for "everyday" in your sentence and your sentence no longer makes sense, you have used it incorrectly and you mean "every day." Using the two examples above from, another adjective could be substituted: "an exciting occurrence" or "purple clothes."  "Everyday" means humdrum, pedestrian, or boring.  An "everyday" type of activity is an activity no one finds... read more

1) Encourage students to seek out the answers themselves. Nothing is more satisfying than solving a problem through your own efforts.   2) Establish a level playing field with the student. Nobody is receptive to one-on-one sessions if the tutor acts as if they're above the student.   3) Provide instant feedback. The quicker a problem can be identified, the quicker it can be solved. 

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