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1. I get creative in approach. If they need to learn how compound interest works, I use play money.  When they want to lean how take notes, I show how to use colored tabs or colored ink pens to emphasis concepts. Flash cards make it fun and easy (repetition is how the brain absorbs concepts) to learn Science subjects.    2. Be creative about where the lessons are. When I tutor elementary level children, learning games are fun! If they want to learn how to count money we go shopping. When they want to learn how to tell time I take them to a large outdoor space and drawn a chalk clock on the sidewalk.     3. Use all types of materials. Colored cotton balls, sticks, laminated study guides, legos, blocks, anything colorful and manipulative.    4. Make it personal. Use anecdotes, real family members names, places they have been or encourage the student to personalize the problem so they are incentivized to solve the problem    5... read more

Perhaps the most obvious answer to this question I can give is to look at the reaction from a tutor whose student is giving a speech in the language that was the focus of study. I have never been so proud as when witnessing a student who may have not been able to speak any English at all, who after years of hard work is able to sound wonderfully fluent in Chinese.   Of course, we need to earn a living, but this proud feeling certainly makes any thoughts of compensation or career seem so distant. I wonder if the student feels the same way at seeing the fruits of their hard work. I certainly hope so.   I am humbled and inspired by the many dedicated tutors and students on WyzAnt. What a wonderful platform to bring everyone together in the name of learning, growth, and education!

Are you looking to take as few college courses as you can to graduate? Well, maybe you can test out of a few college courses with your high school and general knowledge. There is a college placement exam that you can take, and with a high enough course, you can qualify to "place out" of taking the equivelent college level course. Saving you big bucks in the long run!Check out the website for example questions to help you prepare for these college placement exams!   http://media.collegeboard.com/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf

I am retired, so increasing my income is ok, but I find that as I interview my students, many of them have difficulty understanding what the teacher is trying to convey.  I love math and hope that I can help the students I work with to enjoy math as much as I do.   Kevin Caughlan

Hey all!    When it comes to tutoring sessions I think that it is so important for students to be engaged with the lesson.  Through my experience in teaching middle school I know that the more excited your kids are about learning the better it is!   Here's what I do: 1. Develop a report with the students- creating that bond is important for students to trust you to succeed.   2.  Make games out of homework help and studying- who said you had to sit and just memorize words! Lets make a game out of it!   3.  Relate the school work to real like- honestly, its hard to see the point of geometry for kids in middle school, but if you make the lessons and the work something related to their own life then they may be more interested.   4.  Keep it light!  Lessons dont have to be serious buckle down work- lets make it fun and talk about the text.   5.  Respect- I respect all my... read more

Since it's Thanksgiving week, let's think about pie for a second. No, not mathematical pi, just actual real edible pies. For Thanksgiving I'm in charge of making dessert, so I'll be bringing two pies, one pumpkin and one apple. Let's say that I sliced the apple pie into 12 pieces, and the pumpkin pie, since it held together better, into 18. Fast forward to the end of the evening. My pies were a big hit, and I have almost none left. In fact, all I have is three pieces of apple and four pieces of pumpkin. I want to combine the remaining slices into a single pie pan, so that they take up less space in the fridge. How do I figure out if my remaining pie will fit in one pan? Well, let's start by writing down the remaining amounts of pie in the form of fractions. Remember, one of the definitions of a fraction is parts of a whole, so let's apply that definition to figure out our starting fractions. The apple pie was cut into 12 pieces, and we have three... read more

1. Introduce students to the general subject in action in every day life. For example, if you are tutoring about "conduction and convection", ask students, "Have you noticed what happens to the surrounding temperature when you open a refrigerator ?" And let the student go into details about this experience. That way students are in control of the learning process.   2. Leave the big terms for the last minute! As in the example above, you can close that day's tutoring by introducing "conduction and convection" as a process the students described and formed in their minds.   3. Allow room for questions Even if questions are not related to the topic, let students have some fun. It is OK to go off tangent as long as the teacher and the student understand the limits and know not to be carried away.   4. Let students teach or tutor you or each other After presenting the idea to the student, let the student... read more

My 5 outside the box tips on making tutoring (or teaching, for that matter) fun:   1. Humor -- Always be tasteful, never insulting since the students lack confidence and thus are nervous. Breaking the ice with humor diverts students from their fears and redirects their focus to the subject.   2. Technology -- Instead of preventing students from accessing technology during tutoring sessions or class, allow them to access their technology, whether they have iPads, smartphones, or laptop computers. Many educational apps are available for all subjects, all grade levels. Students tend to be very engaged with their technology, even more than the teacher or tutor!   3. Facilitation -- Teachers and tutors actually have similar roles, but they differ in the sequence. Teachers are usually the first to give the information, which the student may or may not understand at first. A tutor is usually the next in line to help the student process the teacher's... read more

The word "tutoring" brings to mind a cartoon picture: an old lady with white hair sitting at a table drowning in big books and papers, tapping her ruler and demanding her student to pay attention!  This "tutor" is every kid's nightmare.  She is making school look like a trip to Disney World!   I can assure you that I am not that old lady.  I am fun!  I am funny!  And I am, in a way, just like a kid; I can relate to what they are going through, and when they meet me, they make a new friend.  Age goes out the window in the respect that, I make learning fun and the student then starts having fun while they are studying.  I have done everything you can think of to help students learn.  I will make up a dance and song if needed.  What is important to me is the passion behind what we learn.  If I can find something the student is passionate about, then I can relate this passion to any academic... read more

Accessibility is a very important element to ones success and this especially applies to teachers.  Following a lesson, students and parents may come up with questions not though of during the lesson and those questions could mean the difference between understanding and NOT understanding.  For that, it's imperative that teachers be available to the students and parents. 

I want to make it very clear of my cancellation policy to potential students as well as other tutors as I think it is important that all sides are clear on this topic. I take my tutoring of you and/or your children very seriously. Tutoring is like any other appointment and is not something that you do when you feel like it. Your education is important to me as well as it should be to you as well! Keeping to a tutoring schedule is crucial, and as such, it is also considerate to let me know if you want to cancel a session ahead of time. If you have an emergency, then I completely understand. If you decide that you have something else to do or planned your day poorly, then you will be charged accordingly. I have a very full schedule. Rescheduling should only be done in an emergency and if my schedule permits it. Cancellation Policy 24+ hours Notice of Cancellation: No fee 6-24 hours Notice of Cancellation: $25/hour 1-6 hours Notice... read more

Barbara A.Harder Becker RESUME:     1983 to June 2014 Detroit Country Day School Beverly Hills, MI Teacher/Coach/Advisor Edith May Sliffe Award Winner, 2008 §Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Linear Algebra, Honors Geometry Instructor §  Curriculum Leader Mathematics PreK3-12, 2011-2014 §Faculty Advisor,  Peer  Tutorial  Service §  Faculty Tutor, Academic Enrichment §  Faculty Tutor, Tutorial Assistance Program,Academic Enrichment §Coordinator , Coach, Appraiser , Destination Imagination §  Assistant Advisor, Day Times Student Newspaper §  Advisor, Guitar Club, Magic Club, Cultural Insights Club §  Organizer, Michigan Math Prize Competition Math Luncheon §  Chairperson,Faculty Advisory Council, 2008-2010 §  Representative, Curriculum Leadership Council 2008-2014 §  Past... read more

How to raise math confident girls (or boys) Most people would be surprised to know that math was my worst subject in elementary and high school (B on my otherwise perfect A report card). English and Social Sciences came much easier for me. I still was able to study engineering at a very highly ranked engineering institution (Go Blue). I still graduated from high school with Calculus 1&2 under my belt. I knew I wanted to be a scientist since I Was four. Reaching your goals, and mastering math and science is not completely about skill but is mostly persistence. I actually hate when people say that “Oh you are an engineer. You must be smarter than everyone. Math is soo hard.” It makes math and science look like fields only obtainable for the special few. The truth is everyone can master these subject. My first job is to instill confidence that my students can do this. The next step is to gain mastery of the subject. This sometimes takes going back to the basics of mathematics... read more

This month alone to make lessons interesting at least and fun I did the following: 1) I listened to what two of my students like in addition to their academic pursuits such as playing piano and surprised each with a new music songs book 2) I create mnemonic aids such as Yea = Mix and Bake that when repeated becomes yea, mix cookie mix and bake it. The Y=Mx + B is the slope formula. 3) I meet students at libraries and offer book hunts, a computer session, or the thoughts of future with announcements on the lobby's board of forthcoming movies and other events as relief to the grind. 4) I bring play money to young childrens' lessons. 5) I present my students with holiday greeting cards All of these are pleasantries and fun for me too.

We grow , grow and we glow, Like glitters on the snow land, From head to little tiny toe, With music from the local band. Our muscles widened from thirteen, We are getting taller as all teens, We dream through deep transparent cloud, Our voices deeper and too loud, Emotions `re jumping in the soul, We can not achieve the goal, It`s too early, it`s too row, Like dough on fast yeast we grow, Five more years -I`m an adult Gorgeous, handsome and too smart.

My Big Secret A lot of people give me flattering feedback which I greatly appreciate, but it also humbles me to recognize that I am not special. I am certainly no genius! Let me share my secret. The reason I connect with students and get fast results is because I know exactly how they feel. I know their frustrations, and doubts, and weak points. I really do! How? Because I used to struggle too. It seems insane to say that I struggled in school, but it is true. Math (back in Scotland) was a nightmare - especially math. I was lousy at math all the way through! What? Yes. And now you want to tutor my child!?!? Yep! My secret is this ..... When I graduated from school my overall grades were good enough to get into university - all except math. I made the first (of many stupid decisions in my life). I signed up for Mechanical Engineering. Wasn't that crazy? That first year in college was horrible. I groaned and... read more

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