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One of the biggest signs that a students needs tutoring is continual low grades in a subject. If a student rarely gets anything higher than a "C" or "D", they probably need tutoring. Another sign is constant frustration with or avoidance of the subject. If a student avoids doing their homework in a subject, or seems to get irritated whenever studying that topic, it might be time to find him a tutor. Also, If your student has dyslexia, ADD/ADHD, or something else that makes learning hard for her, you might need to get her a tutor if you want her to reach her full potential in school. The same goes for Aspergers/Autism, in which the student has a different learning style than your average student, and therefore, might not learn well in a class setting. A tutor would be able to shed a new light of understanding on the subject, and would be able to help the student grasp the concepts.

Unlike most people, tutoring is my full time job AND I love it. It's a rare combination to find something you like to spend hours a day doing and get paid at the same time. Therefore, I take my tutoring of you or your children very seriously. Tutoring is like any other appointment. Tutoring is not something that you do "when you feel like it." Your education is important to me and I hope it would be important to you too :)   Creating a tutoring schedule is a commitment. Sticking to this commitment is crucial. 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 48+ hours Notice... read more

Teaching and learning are an essential part of life; however not everyone is willing to teach sharing their knowledge. We can hear many excuses to avoid teaching to someone like "you have to love children to be a teacher, teachers are special people, to be a teacher you must have a lot of patience and motivation, too much work and low gratification, teaching someone is bringing competition into your workplace, threatens your job stability and more. The list of excuses go on and on, but at the end they are only dramatic excuses that accomplishes nothing because they do not help to reduce the gaps of poverty and the development of a society. Learning about life and basic education begins in the home, the schools and finished in the streets; all these experiences are the inducement that gives direction to the individuals living in society. The ones with more knowledge and/or experience have the opportunity to specialize in a career and develop their skills, and grow,... read more

Are you you overly concerned about your child's progress in school or should you speak up and find out what is really going on? This is a common problem that many parents face with school age children. How do you decide if now is the right time for one-on-one tutoring?   The first question that needs to be answered is whether your child seems comfortable in the learning environment. Do they speak of their learning time with confidence or do you often hear the words "can't", "won't", and "hate" when your child is relating their school experience with you?   The second question is whether you are successful in helping your child. Does the nightly routine of homework create a tense environment that you dread every night? Having someone who is trained to work with a reluctant child can help with this struggle.   Finally, do you notice that your child is not making expected milestones? Do you see that they have not... read more

France can be a treasure trove for the intrigued expat or the curious traveler trying to meet new people. But should you say "tu" or "vous" upon greeting? Should you shake hands or not? When should you kiss cheeks? And how many times? In an attempt to answer, I have interviewed a French native. His name is Gerard and he is from Paris. Gerard, French etiquette is rather complex. Can you explain why? French people like sophisticated things: cuisine is complicated and très difficile, and the language- it is full of complexities. When it' s not complicated, the French don't like it. It's too easy. The fun isn't there. For example, when you are in France, it' s not really what you say, it' s how you say it: if you use sophisticated grammar and fancy terms, you'll have an audience. If you try to relay a very simple idea, using basic language, you will be regarded as "base", maybe even... read more

What Does It Take to Be a Great Writer? This is a question I have asked of myself for years. I have loved writing for almost as long as I have been able to read, a good twenty or so years of my life. I have spent much time over the years reading, editing and critiquing my own writing. In this blog post I will explore this question further and discuss my own discoveries. It is my hope that this article will help those who desire to be a better creative writer as well as those who want to write better essays for class. To me, a great writer is one who will transport you effortlessly from your world into theirs. They can take something seemingly mundane and uninteresting and make it pleasurable to read. It will be easy to appreciate what they have to say. If I find a great author whose work I enjoy, I will usually scour the Internet and/or book stores to find anything I can by him or her, because great writing is truly a treasure. Traces of favorites like J... read more

1. Hopscotch Draw a hopscotch outline with chalk or tape and write the letters of a spelling word in the squares. Your child says the letters out loud as he hops. Erase one letter at a time until he can successfully spell the word without hopping, and then move onto the next spelling word. 2. Ball Toss Toss a ball back and forth to reinforce spelling in a fun way. Each time your child catches the ball, they say the next letter of the spelling word. 3. Hide and Seek Write their spelling words on note cards, and tape them in unusual places, such as on the back of cabinet doors, in your child's closet or in her pencil or jewelry box. When they find a word, they bring the card to you and spells the word. 4. Street Signs/Store Names   Have your child learn to read street signs and store names around your neighborhood. This will help them learn where they live, colors and sight words all at the same time! &nb...

Hello, my name is Miss Walker and I have been teaching and/or tutoring Spanish in one form or another since 1999.  I have taught homeschooled, private schooled, and public schooled students grades K-12 as well as adults. Are you serious about learning Spanish or any other foreign language?  If so, the absolute best way to learn any additional language, after you have learned some basic grammar and vocabulary, is to be immersed in the language.  By that I mean, surround yourself with nothing but speakers of the language you are trying to learn.  Below are several suggestions to help you accomplish this. 1.  TRAVEL TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY The absolute best way to immerse yourself in a foreign language is to travel to a country where they speak the language as their native language.  If you can actually live in the country, that is the ideal situation to aid you in gaining language fluency.  While there, force yourself to... read more

As very little, we were told that earth has gravity, and we are not flying away from the earth because the gravitational force holds us from flying away. The gravitational force is defined as Fg= GMm/(r^2). You might have learned this formula in a non-calculus based general physics class. Also, you might have learned the other formula relating to gravitational potential energy. The gravitational potential energy is given as U=-GMm/r. How exactly is the gravitational potential energy related to the gravitational force formula. The following is the mathematical derivation for gravitational potential energy from gravitational force.   Assumption: we move an object away from the center of earth, and we define the U=0 when r=infinity  dU=-dW=-Fdr*cos(theta)  du= -Fgdr*cos(theta)   since we are simply moving the object away from the earth's center theta=180 degrees, the angle between gravitational force and the dr   du=Fgds Uf-Ui=Int(ri... read more

The selection of college is a major decision. Families looking ahead to college selection have many questions: What are the expectations in college planning? What factors are important in identifying a college or university? How do you know if a college is right for you? With over 4,000 colleges and universities across the nation, it is often difficult to determine which schools are best suited for your child. Many focus on the ‘hype’  about the ever-changing admissions process, while others focus on the myths that have evolved out of the admissions process. College admissions process has become a ‘breeding ground’ for inaccurate statements and perceptions. Families do not have the time or resources to sort through the information and make well-informed decisions about college. With colleges and universities becoming more competitive and even more expensive, families are feeling an increased pressure and frustration to find the right college choice. Many... read more

Most would probably say the single best way to improve your writing skills is to write.  They would be wrong.  You can write until your fingers cramp, but that does not mean you will be writing properly.   The single best way to improve your writing skills is to read.  When you read a lot, you are subconsciously taking in the correct way to write.  Sentence structure and punctuation will begin to come naturally because it is something you will see regularly.   Of course, nobody is going to chose to read something they are not interested in.  So, it is equally important to chose a topic that will hold your attention.  This could be a book, a magazine, or a newspaper, so long as what is written was done so by a professional.

I have noticed that most parents who post a tutoring opportunity on WyzAnt give information that is bare bones--nearly Name-Rank-&-serial-number like in the WWII movies. In the smallish city where I live and tutor that might not matter much, since they will rarely find more than half a dozen tutors qualified in a subject. But I wonder what it's like in a major metropolitan area to hear from over a dozen tutors within 24 hours. Do they pick the one who lives closest? Whose schedule is most open? Look at their tutor profiles a get a gut feeling from their pictures?   I would like to encourage parents (since I mostly work with high schoolers) or college students to write a full paragraph about the situation that has driven them to seek a tutor. Is the student failing? Do you want to ensure your bright student earns an A in her AP English class? Is there a particular concept in geometry that has stumped your math whiz?   Here's a example of my ideal... read more

For those who want to know the reason for writing "reflection" papers, consider how the process is simply another way to learn   Learning is not just about acquiring and using new skills, the process also involves “thinking about your thinking.” The actual term for this action is “metacognitive behavior,” which is a means to help you organize and reflect on information and behavior. The process may sound complicated, but this is simply a form of higher order thinking that requires you to consider how or why information is valuable as well as what makes it important or necessary. Sometimes, we do this automatically. Consider a time when you’ve been in the store and have been presented with two options for purchase. First, you go through a decision-making process, then select the product, and then take it home for use. Most likely, you will then know if you made the appropriate selection. At this point, you may likely reflect on why you made the choice... read more

I am just exploring the Wyzant website, and thought I'd see if I could figure out what this "blog thing" was about.  :-)   Well, I know people write their own thoughts and experiences, but is it intended to get a response from others, or is it just something one feels like sharing with others and it stands as a "one time article"   Yes= I am not real computer savvy, but I figure I can learn by experimenting!   Kimba  

There are many situations in which a student or parent might want to seek extra help with math.  Does the student often need to retake assessments? As a teacher, I like to offer make-ups because I want my students to know it's more important to learn the material than to move on before they're ready. Needing to frequently retake assessments means that the student needs to reevaluate how they are preparing. Often, getting a tutor can help them figure out how to best study independently. Does the student freeze during assessments? Does their mind go blank? Or do they think they did well but it turns out that wasn't the case? It's possible the student has test anxiety and needs to build their confidence. Talking through the material with someone is one of the best ways to alleviate that anxiety. Does the student have a difficult time staying caught up with the material? Do they feel like they always get it after the test or quiz but not before? This... read more

Here's an idea for listening and speaking skills. Have ESL students watch (or record and watch) the TV show Jeopardy. (Channels and times will vary depending on where you live.   The benefits?     1) Since it's a quiz show, the prompts are spoken clearly and somewhat more slowly than normal conversation.     2) The prompts themselves are displayed on the screen and can be read.     3) Since the show is pre-recorded, close captioning for prompts and responses is accurate, complete, and well-synchronized with the spoken matieral.     4) Responses to the prompt must be phrased as QUESTIONS. Many ESL speakers have difficulty with forming questions in English and here they are hearing that done correctly over and over.     5) The material may expand students' knowledge of U.S. culture.

Does your child struggle with reading, basic math, writing, spelling, or other academic areas? is homework an every evening battle? Is your child on an IEP, but could benefit from some additional help? I have over 20 years of teaching students with learning and behavior challenges.  Grades K-5 in all areas that need help. Invest in your child's future now. 

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