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Chemistry Regents Retakes!

                Let us be brutally honest here. You, the student, have spent the last few weeks agonizing over doing well on the chemistry regents and subsequently had nightmares about the prospects. Even being a victim of Freddie Krueger “Nightmare on Elm Street” seemed to have much more appeal than preparing and taking the chemistry regents. On the BIG day you probably put on a good face as you made your way to your seat. Then, you sat down just in time so that your classmates didn’t see your knees knocking together and detect that anything was amiss. Once the test started you turned the pages and looked at the problems. At this moment you wished you could just get up and leave and never come back. Instead, you take a few minutes and hope that the question would somehow trigger some signal in your brain that would unearth some forgotten memory of how to solve the problem in front of you... read more

Down to the Wire for Chemistry Regents

The school year is nicely wrapped up and New York students are filled with trepidation at the prospect of encountering the chemistry regents face to face which is just a few short days away. Next Tuesday to be exact. Admittedly, there is not much time to learn concepts that should have been learned earlier on in the school year but if you absorbed just a few critical elements along the way you should do pretty well. In other words, you need to put your thinking caps on. One thing that you should have picked up is the concept of the ionic bond. In everyday English, this translates to an electron from an atom( the less electronegative one) is literally transferred to the atom with the greatest electronegativity. Electronegativity is in my estimation is a hunger for electrons in an atom by another dissimilar atom. It actually is an electrostatic attraction for the electron from the lesser electronegative atom. The electron that was transferred... read more

Down to the Wire for Chemistry Regents

The school year is nicely wrapped up and New York students are filled with trepidation at the prospect of encountering the chemistry regents face to face which is just a few short days away. Next Tuesday to be exact. Admittedly, there is not much time to learn concepts that should have been learned earlier on in the school year but if you absorbed just a few critical elements along the way you should do pretty well. In other words, you need to put your thinking caps on. One thing that you should have picked up is the concept of the ionic bond. In everyday English, this translates to an electron from an atom( the less electronegative one) is literally transferred to the atom with the greatest electronegativity. Electronegativity is in my estimation is a hunger for electrons in an atom by another dissimilar atom. It actually is an electrostatic attraction for the electron from the lesser electronegative atom. The electron that was transferred... read more

The Summer Session has just begun and I had a Break-through with a few Students!

The Summer session has just begun. The stress has already begun to set in, but this week I had a break through with a few of the students. So this is my second week with a student who I am tutoring for both Algebra I and Earth Science. So far he seems stronger in Earth Science but still needs much practice, before I can be very confident about his ability to pass the Regents exam in August. After the first session of Algebra, I walked away thinking about how am I going to get him ready by August 13th. I recommended an additional session to the parents, but so far they have said no. I did several practice examples, and made the second session mainly a teaching and learning session. Then I ended the session with a quiz, but he failed :(. So when I had to meet him again for Earth Science, my mind was swirling as to how I can help him, and will I at least be successful with this subject. When I checked the homework, there was a slight improvement but not enough to celebrate.... read more

History Regents Challenge

I have been working for the past four years with high school students who have trouble with the US and Global History Regents exams. Many had a bad experience in their high school class and do not understand or like history. I love history and try to get the kids to understand how important it is in our lives today. I point out current issues around the world and show them the history behind the problems. I also try different methods to help the kids "get it." In the past, I used old exams but now I have added short outlines for different topics and spent hours preparing animated power points to play on their strong visual connections today. This past spring I had 4 US History kids and all four passed the exam. Only one had a good understanding of history and wanted to get a high grade. The others were failing in class or were repeat takers. History and Geography have taken a back seat since No Child Left Behind. Knowing more about the world around them is... read more

Yesterday was another Great Day!

I had such a wonderful day. Students and parents were texting and calling me with very good news. So many students passed their Regents exams, and others received report cards with very good grades. All the hard work, stress and snacking (so weight gain lol), were well worth it. So while I am on the treadmill running off the blues, at least I can smile because of all our accomplishments. Hopefully, we (students, parents and I), will have a great summer too. The Regents exams are August 13th and 14th, as well as the NY State Core exams for the younger students are in August. 'Prayer and Work Conquer All'.

This is the Highest I have ever Scored on any Regents Exam!

"I passed the US History Regents exam. I scored a 75%. That is the highest I ever scored on any Regents exam!" This student suffers from test anxiety. She gets nervous, and may even forget everything she has studied while taking the test. I have been tutoring her for a while, but the last day before the Regents exam, I really hammered the main points. It worked! She passed the Regents exam. Living Environment is next :). I am so proud of her and know that she will do just as well, or perhaps better on the LE Regents exam.

Greeting Wyzant Community

Greetings Wyzant community, prospective students, fellow tutors: I have just returned from my studies abroad and am ready to begin teaching again. Please take a look at my profile. My education ranges from my Masters in Physics, to my undergrad degrees in physics, biology and music. I just completed the coursework for a masters program in peace and conflict resolution as well. Aside from know knowledge and experience teaching, I think I possess a very good ability to understand the different ways students learn. This helps me to engage with them in a way that is most effective for them. Not only does it help to comprehend the material for the subjects they are learning but it also helps them to develop a wisdom and intuition for further (creative) learning and a strategic approach towards test taking. I'm looking forward to working with all of you. Don't hesitate to contact me for any reason...

Yesterday was a Great Day

What a way to start off the New Year! First I met with a student for US History and Living Environment. She is taking the Regents exams in three weeks. When I first met with her, Cee had a fear of taking exams, and was very nervous. She struggled with understanding both subjects; the Historical Events and dates, as well as the vocabulary words for Biology. Her next struggles were understanding and answering the document based questions for US History and the short responses for LE. Now she answers them much more confidently and accurately, and has even improved in writing her document based and thematic essays for US History. I am so proud of her and is certain that she will pass both Regents exams. Then I met with my grade 4 student for Math, English Language Art and Science. He has gone from scoring 31% to 83% on his practice science exam. He is much more confident with doing Math and ELA assignments. I am so proud of him. Then it was on to my grade 6 Math student. When... read more

The New School Year Is Upon Us!

The new school year beckons - be it middle or high school, college or post graduate study. Fall college visits, applications and essays are also just around the corner. Get a jump on what you or your child may need in terms of support for specific academic subjects, computer skills, standardized tests (SSAT, ISEE, PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB, GRE, etc.). I look forward to continuing my track record of success with students to assist them in maximizing their potential and achievements. David

Prepping for the New School Year

A few things that I did as a child and which I have found help the students with whom I work prepare for the new school year are: reading many genres daily, doing crossword and other pencil-and-paper puzzles daily, reviewing the notes from the past year, and keeping a journal of all activities and daily occurrences. Subscribing to new journals and magazines in July also is great because by the time September rolls around, the student is anticipating an arrival and is anxious to share the contents of the publication/publications with peers.

A Great Day To Be A Tutor Part II

I have written about these two boys before. They are the two students who were struggling with Mathematics. They are best friends and were in grade six. Well now they are both in grade 7. They play football for the school, and they are doing so much better in Mathematics. I had written that one struggled more than the other in Mathematics. For the student who struggled more, doing Math was like doing 'rocket science'. Sometimes it was painful to watch, but at the same time admirable, because he was persistent. Sometimes, I had to be a little stern with him because I did not want him to give up. I was determined for him to understand the concepts as well as pass his NY State exam. I went through such a roller coaster of emotions while preparing him for the exam. Finally I looked at him and said, you are going to pass this exam. You know how to do these Mathematics. We practice these all the time. There is nothing new, just read the problems carefully, take your time, and do... read more

Introducing Myself

Hello all you bloggers out there, Permit me to introduce myself. My name is Lorton and I am a graduate of Brooklyn College where I did my masters degree in math education. Prior to this I had completed my bachelors degree at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, the island and not Jamaica Queens. "Yea man, Jamaica... no problem man." I specialize in math but if anyone of you bloggers wants to learn some Jamaican lingo, you need to talk to me, just joking. Anyway I also did a diploma in education at Mico Teacher's College (also in Jamaica) where I won the Best Math Student Award in 1991. I am currently teaching at a college in New York City.

100 PERCENT SUCCESS AGAIN FOR THE NYS ELA AND MATHEMATICS

We did it again! All the students whom I have tutored for both regular academics and for the NYS ELA and Mathematics, have passed their exams. Some are moving up to the next grades, and others have received achievement awards. It is such a great feeling when the results of dedication from the parents, hard work from the students and myself, produce such a wonderful accomplishment. I am taking all my younger students out for ice-cream. We have to celebrate this milestone. I am available throughout the summer for anyone who may need my help. I must say that my calendar is filling up quickly, even for the fall semester. Have a great day everyone, while I gloat in this moment :).

Yesterday was another Great Day to be a Tutor - Regents Geometry

I am always writing about a proud moment I experience while tutoring a student or students. Well this time the proud moment is about a new student through WyzAnt, whom I am tutoring. The first day that I met her, she looked so exasperated and overwhelmed. I told her not to worry, I was going to put some materials together and with hard work she will see improvement. So we spent two hours of practicing Geometry for the Regents. I would have her attempt the problems first and then assist her if she had any difficulty. We did many problems and I gave her about 5 problems for home work. Yesterday when I met with her, she had completed the home work and they were all right. She even showed how she arrived at the answer. I gave her some more problems to do, and unlike last week, she was able to do some on her own and arrive at the correct answers. You could see the pride in her face, and I was very proud of her. I left her copies of all the problems that we have been working... read more

Onward and Upward

One of the problems of starting up new with a company like WyzAnt is that all the hours I have put into tutoring, all the hours that I continue to put into tutoring (through channels other than WyzAnt) don't help me recruit other students here at WyzAnt. Wyz-that? It's pretty simple. My private students can't tell everyone here at WyzAnt what they think of me. As I mentioned before, I started tutoring High School. I discovered that, not only was I really good at math (my school gave report card grades in numbers and my high school math average was 97) but I was also very good at helping other people understand math. I started tutoring when I was 14 (in 10th grade). At the time, I had finished 9th grade Algebra, passing the NY State regent exam in the 99th percentile. So, I began tutoring 9th graders in math. I tutored so many young women (I went to an all-girl school for high school) during the last 3 years I was in high school that I don't even remember most of... read more

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