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Earth's Magnetic Field - Not What You May Think

Quickly, think about your first answer to this question. What's the magnetism of earth's magnetic field at our geographic North Pole? I recently watched a video of Minute Earth on YouTube saying how earth's atmosphere is escaping. In it, the artist/scientist drew the earth with its normal magnetic field. And that got me thinking about an age-old problem that I've seen online. So horrible of a problem in fact that I've had to write a letter to NOAA, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (not the guy from the Bible), to correct a problem that they had on their website. So, hold onto your hats folks, because we're going to dive into magnetism. In elementary school we were all introduced to the basics of magnetism. Opposite poles attract, and like poles repel. The red ends of the magnet, commonly the north ends, would rather hang out with the south ends of a magnet, commonly the white ends. This is a concept that seems simple to most of us, and it is... read more

Homework? Really? REALLY?

The moans and groans are audible! "Why do I have to do homework??" Let me tell you why I assign additional work outside of a tutoring session ... It is my job to be sure that you are able to apply and integrate the materials we cover in addition to being able to absorb facts and information. Sometimes what I call 'homework' is nothing more than finding an article about the topic we are covering at the time and being ready to discuss it with me using the terms and concepts we have been going over. Sometimes it may be a question I want you to be thinking about over the next few days or week, and be able to give me an answer or argument (either for or against) a particular issue when we next meet. These assignments are not unreasonable in length or duration, and will provide both of us an indicator of how well you have absorbed the subject material.

New tutor to this site...

Hi, I'm a new tutor to this site. Within the past few days, I've been working on getting certified in as many subjects as possible. These are all of the subjects I'm certified to tutor in on the website. Most of the subjects are in math or science. Some are in English topics as well like in reading and writing, etc. I also am certified to tutor to prepare for a lot of standardized tests and a few common computer software programs people use. Please read my profile if you need a new tutor in the Hillsboro or Portland area! -Ann

Castles in the Sky

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. -Henry David Thoreau There is no greater foundation, than a fine education. However, it is easy to get lost in the myriads of words that fill textbooks. Some students are so overwhelmed by the vast amounts of information that they are expected to read and study, that they just give up. A talented tutor can teach students how to quickly scan the important portions of their lessons, and zone in on what concepts and terms are most essential. This saves time, energy and a whole lot of frustration. After thirteen years of college and seven years of teaching, I am confident that I can help students do this. Many of my students have told me that they never liked science, till they sat in my classes. One young lady said she thought she had no aptitude for science at all, but her grades climbed in my classes and she took heart. Together we can explore... read more

Calling all students

I'm new to this site and can't wait to help you. Got questions? I got answers! Whether you need some simple study skills and techniques or if you have very specific problems in a subject, I can help. Let me show you how all these subjects work together and are not isolated disciplines that you're never going to use. I'll show you the relevance of each subject and how they're all integrated. Learning is so much fun when you understand why you need to know.

Cultural Bias in Online College Courses: This Inequity in Higher Education Should Anger Everyone

My emerging tutoring passion is assisting ESL college students with their coursework. Most of them must also hold full-time jobs to support themselves and often their families as well. Many require online courses to get college educations. They could not earn a college degree any other way. Do textbook publishing companies realize how much cultural bias is written into their online ancillary (supplemental) materials? Do teachers of online college courses realize how hopeless these students feel about merely passing a class when their grades depend on online multiple-choice exams consisting of 60 items to be completed in 60 minutes (60 in 60), for example? This may be a subtle form of cultural bias, but bias it is. Frankly, as a native speaker of American English with a master’s degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin—Madison, I’m not sure I could pass a 60 in 60 exam. I would like to challenge the instructors who teach these online courses and college administrators... read more

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Do you ever wonder about how something is made, who first discovered it, who invented it, how it’s used, or how it works? Do you want to understand phrases such as “proton inhibitor” when someone on TV advertises a medication to reduce stomach acid? Would you like to work on a science project that is really interesting and not just settle for building a volcano? If you can relate to these questions, or have some of your own, I know just how you feel. Yes, I am a scientist, but, more importantly, an educator. I know about student anxieties, feeling overwhelmed about an upcoming test or project, not knowing where to begin, or how to proceed. I have been studying all of my life, and there are many things I still want to know. I’ve learned to fly and airplane, eaten raw conch in a boat off the Yucatan Peninsula, and visited Machu Picchu. I’ve lived in primitive conditions, had to haul water several blocks and then up two flights just to wash clothes with cold water and brown soap... read more

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