In my teaching, I have seen that lessons can be fun when:
1) An application is applied to the learning.
-ex. when I can see that material that I am learning now has application to what I will be doing in my life this week, month, year, life.
2) When the concept makes the problem solving easy.
-ex. When I can understand what is causing the frustration or making it hard, and taking that obstacle away by knowing how to work the problem in effective manner.
- laughing is a great why to take the edge off of homework. Make it fun by poking fun into it. Laugh about it.
4) Making the most out of the homework to see how you can breathe some life into something that is dull and lifeless.
-ex. some homework assignments have the ability (especially writing) to make it more than just learning how to write sentences;...
When I talk with my students about goal-setting, I encourage them to think hard about their goals and really hone in on what it will take to reach that goal. I encourage them to create SMART goals, along with an action plan. Often, our thought process
is general and vague - this leads us to set goals that we aren't going to meet, which is why people often give up on their New Year's resolutions. "Saving money" and "losing weight" are common goals that many people have, but these are example of non-SMART
goals. Likewise, many students set non-SMART goals when it comes to their academics. SMART is an acronym that can help students set personal and academic goals. I break it down here:
Specific: A goal of “getting good grades” is too general. Instead, specify what exactly will be accomplished. What grade are you shooting for? In what class? A SMART
goal would instead look like “Raising my Geometry grade from a B- to a B by next semester.”
1) You can have fun and be silly, but still increase focus on the subject
When I taught piano lessons to a 5-year-old girl, I would start off by asking her to find the weirdest, funniest sound that she could find on the keyboard, and then ask her to play the song she had practiced for that week in that sound! She always would
laugh and make faces, but it made the repetition of practicing the same song over and over less monotonous and more fun! This would start our lessons off on a great note, and they would be more of a game or exploration of music than just a class.
2) Take a snack break
After about 30-45 minutes of studying the same subject, it can get tiring and hard to focus. Our brains need a break! Stopping 30 minutes into a tutoring session to have a quick snack or drink can really help to give your mind the rest it needs to be able
to refocus and start refreshed after the break!
3) Talk about your...
Just about every parent asks me this question. It is so difficult to answer because there is no set formula. So my honest answer: I don't know. Every student is different. There really are no easy fixes when it comes to learning differences.
(And I can't believe I said that-right?)
I like to think that teaching someone to read is like teaching someone to bake a cake. The first step is to assemble the ingredients and the tools you need to measure, mix and bake. With reading it's the same way. We need all the right ingredients and
tools to get the job done. We need to identify sounds, blend them together, take them apart and mix them into new words. The issue for students with learning differences is usually, that they need different tools than the ones they are used to working with.
Some students make steady consistent progress, while some progress, plateau, then progress,...
Let's be real people-- if you don't actually WANT to be 'better' is some real way, I'm not capable of making that happen by osmosis, meaning just being in the room won't be enough. Pride in my communications skills also won't mean much if you're not answering
or giving me feedback about the process, so that's an essential ingredient to our success-- the question and answer (plus practice!) process.
I'm a fairly accomplished writer; while a knee injury has slowed me down considerably, I know my way around most athletic events, including rugby. As a professional executive-personal assistant and long time sales professional, I'm clear on the idea I
need to know what is going good or bad in the overall, and I'll be asking you the 5 W's-- who, what, when, where, why (and how) regularly. The better you already know those answers, the faster we'll get to the 'meat' of the situation. "I got a D in English"
will elicit questions about why? and what the expectation...
As a former camp director (references available), and as a published writer and college English instructor, I can customize a reading and writing group to engage your teen. This will keep them in a safe environment, and they will be learning and practicing
their writing and analytical skills.
I will design a custom plan and schedule for your needs.
Why not contact another parent and see if their teens would be interested.
We can select some appropriate books together, and I will design discussion questions and writing exercises for the workshop meetings. We can decide on public meeting places: libraries, coffee shops, etc.
Contact me here through WyzAnt and I will create a special package rate for my services, especially if you introduce additional students that might be interested. There is no obligation to discuss this idea. Please e-mail me if you have questions or to
Unless you are traveling in a spaceship and moving close to the speed of light, time passes at the same rate for everyone. The Earth takes approximately 24 hours to complete one full rotation on its axis, which has resulted in a day being 24 hours long.
So why do some people seem to be able to accomplish so much more when we all have the same amount of time in our day? Simply, they have mastered good time management skills. I have summarized 3 Time Management tips that I have condensed from a number of different
resources. Hopefully, these will help you finish more tasks and get you closer to accomplishing your goals.
1) Create a Prioritized To-Do List
At the beginning of every day, take 15 minutes to consciously decide how you want to spend your time. This is also called making a plan for your day. Write down everything you need to do that day. This list should include steps needed to complete a S.M.A.R.T.
goal, tasks or project items for work or school,...
Statistics Class is one of those oddball math classes because it is one of the first university level math class that a student will take. See most students coming into statistics have gotten into the
Stats does not necesserily act like that because stats is more labor intensive the first week. Most of the information though is only required on the first test but is necessary for the rest of the semester. For instance Statistics is the math where students
COLLECT, ORGANIZE, ANALYZE AND SUMMARIZE large amounts of data.
If students studied that definition just for a second, they know what the rest of the semester is going to bring them, but we will continue that in a different posting.
First important thing to notice is the title of my blog. PPSS
This is probably the most important item you need for class because it is...
See if there is one thing that I cannot stand, is seeing a student rush into a Stats class and stating that this class is remarkably easy because my friend said so. Too many times has a student come up to me and asked is statistics easy, and I reply "it
most certainly is... for myself, because I studied my content for two years before retaking the course.". If you know that you are going to start a statistics class anywhere at any time your going to need the following items.
1. TI-83 or 84 preferably
Now why one of these calculators? Students, if you are going to take a stats class be aware that there is a lot of data or numerical values that can be used to find the measures of central tendency and measures of dispersion.
These calculators excel for data entry and double checking your answers on the very first test.
*If your teacher says you cannot use this calculator, then get its cheaper cousin.
As a new tutor to Wyzant I see many positive possibilities to come from this tutoring resource opportunity. As an employed tutor of Mid-South Community College, I tutor students from a vast variety of backgrounds and makeups on a daily basis. With that
being said, I am versatile, people person with a passion for helping students. I would not have joined Wyzant if I didn't love my job as a tutor already, I am just excited about the possibility of meeting new students to help reach their learning goals! As
an assistant basketball coach at MSCC, I see that in the sport the most important event is not the event itself, it is the reaction of the player. In the classroom or tutoring setting, it is no different. My main goal as a tutor is to build student confidence,
so when they encounter adversity (can't solve a problem, keep getting wrong answer, etc.) they react with a smooth and confident demeanor and avoid frustration and destructive self-criticism.
I love to read. Reading takes you on all sorts of adventures and teaches you about the world around you. I could spend hours curled up with a good book.
But lately I have started to think about WHY I read.
Simply put, I read because it expands my knowledge, horizons, and especially my
Ben Johnson, a British philosopher (among other things), once said, "Language most shows a man. Speak, that I may see thee." This is a succinct summation of how I feel on the subject: the words you choose, the speech patterns you employ, say more
about your education* and thirst for knowledge than anything else you do.
Therefore, I read to enhance my vocabulary. My vocabulary expands my speech. And hopefully someday my language will reflect the kind of person I strive to be.
*Education can, of course, mean both formal academics as well as knowledge garnered through observation and life experience.