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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

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

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

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

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.

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.

How convenient would it be to be able to book students and lesson times quickly through a free app?! That would definitely make a busy teacher/tutors life more easy, don't you think? I love the ideas behind this app!   Allie 

As a student, the one learning resource that you can always keep with you 24 hours a day is your textbook. And that makes the book your best friend, because it is always there to help you learn more. But some friends are hard to understand. Some don't speak English well, some whisper, and some are moody. So you might need an interpreter sometimes.   That's where your tutor comes in. The tutor gives you one-on-one attention, taking you step-by-step through the book to help you understand what the book is trying to tell you and what the book is asking you to do. Tutors slowly and patiently take you through the examples, even when your teacher can't.   Use your tutors to explain your lessons in ways that simplify the concepts and clarify ideas. Tutors can help break down problem-solving procedures for you in small, digestible steps. You'd be surprised how much easier things can be when someone skilled and patient gives you individual attention and shares... read more

A few good questions and thoughtful answers can make tutoring an actual learning process. This is substantially different from cramming sessions, emergency sessions to pass a class and homework 'completion'. I ask parents and students (where it is age/capacity appropriate) to explain their goals and expected outcomes. This question serves three significant purposes for the student and myself. (1) Is the student interested in learning or in getting by? (2) Does the student have commitment/perseverance or are they looking for an easy out? (3) Setting realistic expectations for outcomes. If the student is not interested in learning and will not be committed, I am not the correct tutor for the job. There are tutors who specialize in cram sessions. Setting expectations appropriately prevents surprises from happening to ardent wishes. An example of expectation setting is explaining to parents the following examples and being clear on this information: (http://talk... read more

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