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Mastering Subjects

When one thinks of mastering a subject, some people believe that it is all about knowing everything there is to know about a given subject. In my opinion it's more then that, and less then that at the same time. The first key is interest or passion. Without these you will not be able to fully focus or devote the time needed to improve oneself, let alone master a particular subject. The second key is time and practice. I lump these two together, because they rely on each other. You need to devote the time to practice in order to get the most out of practicing. The third key is dedication. You need to see the improvement of any skill, trade, or ability through to the end of the learning phase in order to truly learn from it. Even when things seem hardest or most difficult, you need to stick to it and find the "lesson" within the lesson. The fourth is flexibility, and knowing that you can always improve. No matter how good you are at something,... read more

My Rewards

Lately I've been working with some really great clients. The people of Austin are generally friendly and warm and my clients have most definitely fit this description. Sometimes I am welcomed into their homes where I'm introduced to family members and pets and genuinely treated with respect and kindness. This is one of the great things about tutoring. The variety of people that I get to interact with is amazing. Everyone has their own stories and tribulations and yet they continue with their lives and continuously challenge themselves. Some of my clients are older, professional people who are learning new skills and delving into unknown subjects not only just for their professions but for their personal satisfaction, to enhance their skills and keep using their brains. I find this inspirational and I appreciate each and every one of the people I have had the pleasure to work with. Thank you for reaching out and striving forward for your own betterment. You have all been great... read more

Aquent HTML5 Summer of Learning

This past month I was invited to participate in Aquent's "Summer of Learning" program for HTML5. It was not only informative but very thought-provoking. In this day and age with jobs so hard to come by for some people, and other's fighting tooth and nail (or so it seems) for a single position, I understand that many recruiting offices need to find ways to "train" or "rate" their candidates. Aquent wants to give their clients the best possible job candidates. They want to find their pool of job-seekers employment. What Aquent came up with was brilliant! They offered a specifics-only, crash course in HTML5 for folks who had previous experience with coding and designing for websites. After such, they joined with another company that provided a customizable test. Those who jumped at the chance got a refresher in the changes in html5 and the needs of the current internet users. Aquent now has a certified pool of candidates. Their clients can now... read more

Greetings and salutations!

Greetings! I am a new tutor and would like some advice on how to get students. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be very many students out there who want or need tutoring in my area but there are an abundance of students in other areas. I am proficient with online tutoring as I have done that several times before for free with other students at my school while in college. I am unsure how to approach this problem as I have no transportation to other places. Does anyone have any ideas? Kat

General Thoughts

Being my first WyzAnt post, I figured I'd just ponder on a fallacious belief new programmers generally have. But before that, allow me to introduce myself! My name is Jaffer, I am a student at APSU, a senior with a major in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. I chose to become a CS major because, well, I love video games and I've always wanted to make them. That is why I really got into C# and XNA, as it makes the life of a game programmer significantly easier. I've used C, C++, Java, C#, Ruby, Fortran, Erlang, F#, VB, HTML, PHP, SQL and who really knows what else, and this is over the course of just 2 years really. So, onto the biggest fallacy a new programmer probably believes: Fallacy: Learning my first language was hard and took a long time (it usually does!). I don't want to learn another language because it will take forever. Truth: Learning a programming language is not about memorizing syntax or semantics, nor is it a test of if you can place... read more

Have you Already Begun Coding in HTML5 and CSS?

Have you checked out the new HTML5? The good news is that the same ddt is backwards compatible. The same ddt will read your XHTML and HTML codes and allow most of it. This allows you to combine new parts of your page in HTML5 with old parts of the page that you might not have time to update. It also allows you a free pass if you mistakenly code in the older XHTML for a bit. Another bit of good news is that the current versions of most browsers already read HTML5. HTML5 is designed to make organizing pages a part of the code. This allows for pages to be automatically outlined, organized into academic paper sections, referenced and cited, and slipped into ebooks. It has tags with properties that will replace much of the often-used Java Scripts previously needed to view videos, make slide presentations, and work with special media readers. Building on the XHTML, it has added tags to increase the functionality of the coding process. HTML5 works in concert with CSS3... read more

How I teach you HTML

HTML is the type of computer language that takes years to actually understand it. There is no way that someone can learn it overnight. You can pick it up very easily, however this is the type of subject that you are always learning new things. I have been using HTML for over 8 years now and I am still learning the ins and outs of it. You might look at the code and say “well that looks easy, it’s in English”, but in reality you have to remember, it’s a different form of English and is written is words that really don’t make much sense. As a new student, you ask me, “how will you teach me HTML?” At first I am going to teach you the basic and during this time I am going to try to understand how you learn best. Are you a visual or auditory learner? The best way I find it to learn HTML and basically anything in Web Design and Development is just by sitting at a computer and start typing out the code. The more you write it the better off you will be in about a week. Practice,... read more

Buying that new computer

Let's keep this simple. I consider what am I going to do with this new computer. For me, it is a combination of hobby computing, business needs, and personal computing. I am seriously considering an Apple this time. The Apple will fit my business needs with both software and the Microsoft offering I can be compatible with the office. The main reason I am considering an Apple is money and security. I am willing to spend the money to get the hardware and software to pursue my hobbies. My hobbies being music, photography, and computing. I like the way media looks and feels on the Apple. And to be honest, I am tired of the pc. The Apple works. Security. Security is the key. With identity theft the expense is justified. While working security in the United States Air Force I realized that security is a key component in computing. Therefore, I will spend the money now. Identity theft is serious. Enough said. Now build the computer. This sounds easy... read more

Finding a balance between design and function

Something that confuses me is whether a web designer should be an artist who codes or a programmer who designs. When I went back to college to study web design more seriously, I focused on learning the code side since I felt that art and design was a natural skill I had outside of school. I have taken art classes in junior high and high school, but I've been drawing all my life and even had painting lessons for a few years before the art classes. I dabbled in graphic design early on, but never took classes in it until well into my web design courses. I do enjoy creating digital artwork, though I still enjoy creating art and crafts. I met with a student who seemed to enjoy incorporating a traditional craft look to her blog and replicating graphics that looks like fabrics and paper textures. The vintage style of these designs is something I always enjoy too. I found it very interesting to see websites that give a very traditional look. Perhaps it's my own interests in paper... read more

Introduction

This is the first blog I have ever posted on the internet (I had a class where we had to blog about topics from the class but it was an internal blog so only the classmates were able to see it.) I guess the best way to go about it is simply introducing me to the world. I recently graduated from University of Missouri – St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies, emphasis on Technical Writing and English, and a Professional Writing certificate. Honestly, I didn’t plan this out until the last two, maybe three, semesters of school. In fact, Language Arts use to be my most hated subject in elementary and middle school. What I really want to do (and plan on pursuing) is web development. In high school, I decided to drop out of a class a few days into the new semester and decided the class titled Web Development sounded interesting. Though my teacher warned me that I was initially behind class I was able to pick up on the material quickly and fell in love... read more

Web 2.0 Training

What is HTML? Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) as you already know is the language you will use to create Web pages. It is a simple, yet powerful language. It consists of TAGS that give instructions, or tell the browser where to place the text or graphic on the page. To view a page that you have created you will need a browser. The browser interprets and displays the HTML document that you have created. There are many different browsers available, but the two most popular are Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Internet Explorer. Pre-Requisites Basic Computer Literacy. Course Details Provides in-depth as well as hands-on training and our course leaders play an interactive role in the training to make sure candidates understand the lessons. DesigningStudios does not offer any printed notes; rather each course member have to write notes while lecture goes on. Cost Rs. 1500/- per person Duration 20 Hours. Index This course contains training... read more

Technology Integration Into Classrooms Requires Upkeep

Obviously, if you are in a classroom setting, having a cell phone ringing in the middle of a lesson distracts the train of thought for both the instructor and the student. Critics who are against confiscating cell phones, iPods, and other electronics that many elementary and secondary students carry with them to school cite examples of using technology to enhance the process; however, the lack of funding and training for students and teachers to use the technology poses problems in implementing the use of technology in the classroom. What is the point of having computers if teachers do not know how to use them and there are no instructors to teach the students how to use the software? Would it make sense to provide schools with brand new iMacs preinstalled with Photoshop if there was no funding to hire instructors who know how to use and teach Photoshop? Should school districts spend money on providing every school with a cartful of software and computer accessories if... read more

Covering Theory While Teaching Pragmatically

Over the past year of tutoring I have come to the conclusion that students need to understand why they are doing things and not just taught how. The benefits of explaining the theory behind an action are that your student will be able to leap ahead because he or she understands at a root level rather than just being able to follow a recipe. When teaching web design, I have found that it is important to cover the reasons why web standards were developed and what those standards look like in the code. When my students get that "ah ha!" moment of understanding why the tags are used, such as the DOCTYPE tag, they suddenly can comprehend more than just the codes, but the entire history of the Internet. The benefits are that they pick up the tagging and consequent testing much faster. This is important because web design methods are developing and changing at an enormously rapid rate and any budding designer has to understand standards and grow with new techniques... read more

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