One of my favorite online resources for higher level math is the Khan Academy. One of my favorite online resources for the topics I tutor is the Khan Academy. There are videos which go over almost every topic in math and science. The videos are short (5-15 minutes) and there are practice problems for most math topics. Another nice feature is that there is a dashboard that keeps track of your activity and progress. You can monitor how much that you have mastered from elementary school math through calculus. It has been a perfect site to go over things I don’t teach very often and I even get a few teaching ideas from the way the material is presented. I highly recommend it. I still practice problems on the site a few times a week just to stay sharp!
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This afternoon I found myself contemplating a concept discussed in one of my students' papers this week: servant leadership. According to my student's work, a servant leader is one who always puts the needs of the student first. S/he does not make decisions based upon his/her agenda of personal interests, but rather s/he bases her pedagogical decisions on the students' passions, interests and goals. In the ideal world, this leads to highly motivated students who belong to a community of engaged peers who support each other in the learning process. Great! Let's do it. But I asked my student some questions. For example, how do you create a culture like this in your classroom to begin with? And what do you do if, despite your best efforts, students remain unmotivated? And keep in mind: unmotivated can mean a lot of different things. An unmotivated student might be one who is just not interested in the subject and therefore sees no point in doing the work. Or... read more
Many people, myself included, feel that for all its advantages, the internet has precipitated a steady decline in the quality of writing. Anyone can write anything anywhere, and while that gives a voice to many who otherwise might not have a public forum to share what they have to say, it also makes it difficult and sometimes impossible to uphold any sort of standards. That said, the internet also offers plenty of resources for improving your writing. Here are a few of my favorites: Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com Here you'll also find a thesaurus and several other reference tools. It may not be the Oxford English Dictionary, but it gives you plenty of good definitions and sometimes includes usage notes with practical implications for your writing, like differences in how similar words are typically used. Difference Between http://www.differencebetween.com Speaking of differences, this is a really cool site. As its name suggests,... read more
If you are looking for an online free math website, check out www.mathway.com. You can use it for help in basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, statistics, geometry, calculus, and more. It's a good resource for help in solving problems, creating worksheets, and defining math vocabulary.
Sometimes, I feel that the same lesson plan can get old over time. It is important to have variation in my lessons to keep my students excited. I do come up with my own teaching ideas but I also like to search for other ones because I am always open to trying something new. This is why I like to use linkstolearning.com as a source for hearing about other lesson activities. You should give it a try! http://www.linkstolearning.com/elementary_language_arts.htm The website has many different classroom activities for Language Arts for all ages! You can find worksheets, lesson plans, games, and links to other useful websites. I enjoy going through them and finding useful links to spice up my lesson a bit. Trust me, it will help your students learn and have fun! Jane
So, I figured it's about time I shared my story regarding math. I wasn't always so good at it. In fact, I was terrible. So terrible, in fact, that I was in danger of not graduating high school. It was my sophomore year of high school. I was in Honours Algebra II at West Rowan High School. I was failing. Within 2 weeks of the class I had a 43.5 average. My good friends Kami and McKayne were trying desperately to help me understand a math that I had no basis for. I was spending hours every night on my math homework, but turning in half-attempted, sometimes blank, sheets of paper tossed away in a fit of frustration. On quizzes, I was guessing and leaving most of the quiz blank. In class, I furiously took notes, hoping that I'd understand and trying my best to understand the material. It wasn't helping. You see, there were no multiple choice tests in my class and calculators were only allowed sparingly. My two staples of survival had been... read more
Hello Fellow Tutors, I have lost two tutoring clients due to my honesty. I'm not asking for a medal or anything, but I'm wondering how best to handle this situation AND keep the business. The first time was subtle. We met through Wyzant of course and it had never even occurred to me to discount my rate and NOT use Wyzant. Partly because of tax season and partly, because, well, we had met through Wyzant! I was surprised by this suggestion and just said softly, "I would prefer to go through Wyzant." I never heard from this client again. The second time was more obvious after I billed one session through Wyzant. He sent me a message through Wyzant that simply said, "Call me I want to talk to you." Okay, no problem. I did and was asked if we could, "work something out." Immediately, I am suspicious. After my clarification, I realized I would definitely be making about $4 more per session than I would through Wyzant and I accepted. Later, I started felt... read more
Title choice is an often-overlooked aspect of literature. What the author chooses to call his or her work can serve as a window into their intentions, showing in a subtle way the aspects of the novel to which they wish to draw the reader's attention. As an example, take Emily Brontë's classic novel Wuthering Heights. According to the dictionary, “wuthering” means “blowing strongly with a roaring sound” when describing a wind, and “characterized by such a sound” when describing a place. The word also has close associations with the more common “weathering,” implying enduring harsh weather or coming through a storm. Throughout Brontë's novel are references to this idea of weathering out a storm or withstanding howling winds. Most of the major plot developments take place during thunderstorms, and the various characters are likened to different aspects of a storm. This theme comes to a head during Heathcliff's disappearance midway through the novel – not coincidentally in the... read more
Successful students are not just born. They are made. Throughout their academic careers, students must develop skills and good habits so that they may reach their full potential as learners. Producing a successful student is a collaborative effort. It involves not only the hard work of the students, but also that of the teachers and parents. This guide contains a list of strategies that parents may use, to assist in the development of successful students, in the home. 1. Create an After School Schedule Students' lives are very busy. Not only are they attend school and study a wide spectrum of subjects. They also have a life after school. Many students participate in extracurricular activities, have responsibilities at home, and want some time to them selves. All of this, along with the daily grind of completing homework can often become overwhelming to a young person. Therefor, it is important... read more
One question I get often deals with memorization, which makes sense. There is a lot of memorization in any subject, but especially with Japanese. New vocabulary and kanji are the two biggest examples I can give you. Thankfully this is a short post. To sum it up: I find a dual flashcards/sentences approach works very well for both instances. The study of Japanese, in my experience goes from broad, simple concepts to more complex kanji and more refined and specific vocabulary and grammar. Some words or kanji might be near identical, but have certain nuances. This can double or even triple the amount of vocabulary very quickly. As a student, I started off very strong, but learning the nuances as I progressed started to become very difficult and I had to revamp my game. Before I went to Japan, I downloaded a great app on my iPod, jFlash, which takes a lot from Jim Breem's JDIC (an online Japanese dictionary), a godsend in and of itself. With jFlash, you... read more
My favorite website (resource/s) is Google. It helps me find what I need for my teaching and personal learning/education . All information are there. This website is really my best friend. It teaches me different things that I want to learn---life, education, relationship, family and a lot more. This is amazing!
The following article takes well known anecdotal evidence and makes it much more real - as if it were a punch to the stomach or whack to the head. Do not let it intimidate you in the least. Having been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Namibia and working in Kenya, I know it is possible to be successful as the characteristics for succeeding are not specifically related to money. http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2014/03/06/why-your-sat-score-says-more-about-your-parents-than-about-you/?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost The issue is not about the money…..and this is the key point! It is not the actual tangible money - it is the BEHAVIOR of how people think and what they do which makes the largest difference. The issue is about EXPOSURE. Money can allow for wealthy families to have their children gain MORE EXPOSURE OVER LONGER PERIODS OF TIME to the material within the SAT and ACT. In reality, anyone can gain more exposure over longer periods... read more
A big hurdle in preparing for the MCAT is planning a strategy to deal with the stress of the exam, particularly the Verbal portion. The creators of the MCAT exam do not anticipate that the student will complete all the questions on the Verbal portion, so having a strategy to deal with the time-limited exam is vital. I show students how to plan for this stress and how to be able to overcome it on the day of the exam, and have mastery of the Verbal portion. It is vital to show the admissions committees that you can function well under stress, and a good score on the Verbal portion is a good indicator of that.
www.goldiesroom.org (Great Video Clips and Animations for Topics in Biology) Learn Genetics Utah Site (Great interactive activities for Heredity) www.explorebiology.com (Kim Foglia is a genius who graciously shared her resources on this site)
There are many websites available that are free to use. www.khanacademy.org is very popular website that offers tutorials in many subjects.
It's not to early to think about Summer plans! Summer enrichment in reading and math once or twice a week might be something you should consider for your child. Start the new school year out with a bang! Picture your child starting out with the confidence and knowledge that they will be on track or ahead instead of trying to catch up! Like that picture? Enroll now, summer slots fill up fast! Fall is calling, is your student going to be ready?
The new SAT includes the optional writing component, which appears to be an intriguing departure from the previous, opinion-based essay. According to the LA Times, "The new optional essay will be more closely linked to the texts presented to students, requiring more analysis based on evidence and citations to material in the question prompt and less riffing on personal opinions and possibly untruthful narratives, officials said." http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-sat-changes-20140305,0,6638680.story#ixzz2vUwnfRbY What is interesting is that students are not only being evaluated on their ability to 'write', but also on their ability to evaluate 'writing'. This emphasis on the core elements and structural design of texts - evidence, tone, credibility, etc- means that test prep will involve frequent and repeated interrogation of non-fiction texts. Overall, I think this move towards analyzing 'writing' and texts is a relatively... read more
Ric has been elected to the Board of Directors of the College Music Society, South Central Chapter.
As human beings with limited time, energy, and resources, we naturally desire to get the most done with the least amount of work possible. From reading books and experimenting throughout the years, I have accumulated a collection of techniques that maximizes efficiency and has allowed me to achieve a 3.93 GPA while studying less than three hours a day. Below are some of these techniques. Although I have separated it in general and chemistry study tips sections, these study tips can be applied to every class you will ever take in high school & college. Furthermore, some of these tips, especially the blocking technique, will skyrocket your ability to get more done in less time not only in school, but in life in general. I hope these tips will benefit you as much as they have and continue to help me. General Study Tips 1. Study in purely focused block periods Our body functions in cycles. For example, our circadian rhythm dictates when we sleep... read more
MP3 players example The profit in millions of dollars for an MP3 player can be done with the polynomial P=-4x^3 + 12X^2 + 16X. X represents the number of MP3 players produced annually. The company currently produces 3 million MP3 players and makes a profit of $ 48,000,000. To figure out the least amount of MP3 players the company can produce and still make the same profit we need to solve for P. Step 1 Set P=48 This represents the total profit. 48=-4X^3 + 12X^2 + 16X Step 2 subtract the 48 from 48 and from the end of the equation, like this 48=-4X^3 + 12X^2 + 16X - 48 -48 Step 3 Than you factor by using the Greatest Common Factor as show below. -4X^2(X-3) + 16 (X-3) Notice how it is now a binomial, which means two terms. It was previously a Trinomial. Step 5 Multiply the variables in each Binomial separately and set... read more