I have more ways to keep my brain sharp over winter break. 1) I read books with topics that interest me ---discuss these with my partner and friends. 2) I Volunteer, join a club, make it a point to see friends more often, or reach out over the phone. 3) I exercise my body as I exercise my brain. 4) Eat healthy diet. Winter break tips 1. Exercise. Physical exercise increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk for disorders that lead to memory loss such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Exercise may also enhance the effects of helpful brain chemicals and protect brain cells. 2. Make time for friends and fun. Having healthy relationships with people close to you is ultimate memory booster. Relationships stimulate our brains---in fact, interacting with others may be the best kind of exercise. 3. Keep stress ion check. Stress is one of brain’s worst enemies. Overtime, if left unchecked, chronic stress... read more
What's happening in the world of private tutoring?
Once you attain a certain proficiency in Mathematics you will be able to answer many questions by searching and not require tutoring services to fill in gaps. When searching the internet you will find many sites that will give explanations that are over your "pay grade". You should ignore those and not be intimidated, but choose only the ones that you understand clearly. For example, if you are asked to graph polynomials or trig functions a great internet site is https://www.desmos.com/calculator. (Note: You have to copy this into a browser window; it won't work to click on it here. If you still can't get to it, search for "demos graphing calculator".) Don't use the site to do your homework because then you won't do well on your tests, but use the internet to check your homework; this way you don't need to wait for your teacher to tell you you're off-track. You have a second chance to go back and figure out where you went wrong and fix it before... read more
I always remember returning to school after winter or summer break and being struck with this feeling like, "Wow! It's been forever since I've used my head!". After weeks of eating and playing video games, it would always take me a discouraging amount of time to scrape off the rust and get my brain going again. Here are a few tips for you to keep your thoughts and your ability to learn sharp so that you're ready to excel upon your return to school! 1) Keep a journal Writing forces you to think more than you may realize. Even when just keeping a journal, you're recalling events from your day, thinking about the future, and choosing the right words to describe what happened and how that made you feel. Keeping a journal is also satisfying in its own right, as you'll be able to look back and see how much you've grown and changed as the months have passed you by. 2) Learn to code Computer coding even at a basic level is highly valuable in today's... read more
1. It's time to write Santa a letter! You may also instruct your child how to address an envelope to the North Pole and let them know where the stamps belongs. Also have your child write thank you notes to relatives that gave them gifts over the holidays. Some say letter writing and thank you notes are a lost art, but it doesn't have to be! 2. Put your family calendar to work for you and your child. The calendar is very interactive. Your child will learn the days of the week, the months of the year, sequencing and math skills. Also discuss the weather for the day and have them read the temperature from an outdoor thermometer.This teaches the kids to be organized. 3. Let your child help you cook. This teaches them how to read the recipe, follow step by step directions, and gives them an understanding of why measurement is important. Best of all you and your child will have a cherished wonderful holiday memory!
I see a lot of advice going around about why students have trouble solving math problems. It's always easier to blame the crime on the victim. So, here is my advice, and it's very simple. If you are a student not in college yet, and you don't understand some math concept or have trouble solving the problems - well, it's the teacher's fault, not yours. The solution: find a better teacher! I know my advice will offend a lot of people because there are a lot of bad teachers out there, especially in Mathematics. Many teachers below University level think that because they've studied teaching methods, and got some teaching credential, they don't need to understand Mathematical concepts. They teach Mathematics as a set of rules. And when the rules don't work they simply give up. Mathematics is not a right-answer game. Mathematics is a form of art, just as much as painting or photography. But many teachers try to teach it as a set of rules for how you do... read more
Some people utilize writing as a tool--as a means to an end--other people use it as a creative outlet and way to interact with and comprehend the world around them; personally, for me, writing has acted as a lifeline. At the age of 15, I sustained a massive stroke, and was subjected to spinal meningitis. My blood temperature rose to 107°F, leaving me with a profound memory deficit. I was no longer the same student I had been before my stroke and was forced to acquire skills that would allow me to compensate for my newly found inability to process information quickly or effectively. I was forced to re-define my personal notion of what it meant to be successful and came to believe that perfect results were less important than the act of taking action. If I maintained focus and engagement, learning, eventually, would follow; luckily, in the early stages, following my final stroke and ensuing brain surgeries, one class, creative writing, captivated me and provided... read more
Exercise Answers to Chapter 2 of How to Think Like a Computer Scientist Learning with Python 3 (RLE)
1. Take the sentence: All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Store each word in a separate variable, then print out the sentence on one line using print. #! /usr/bin/env python3 # ex1 - words # All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. word1 = "All" word2 = "work" word3 = "and" word4 = "no" word5 = "play" word6 = "makes" word7 = "Jack" word8 = "a" word9 = "dull" word10 = "boy." print(word1, word2, word3, word4, word5, word6, word7, word8, word9, word10) 2. Add parenthesis to the expression 6 * 1 - 2 to change its value from 4 to -6. #! /usr/bin/env python3 print("6 * 1 - 2 = ", 6 * 1 - 2) print("6 * (1 - 2) = ", 6 * (1 - 2)) 3. Place a comment before a line of code that previously worked, and record what happens when you rerun the program. total_secs = int(input("How many seconds, in total?")) hours = total_secs // 3600 secs_still_remaining... read more
Chapter 2 of How to Think Like a Computer Scientist begins actually exploring Python and its features. The chapter discusses variables, expressions, and statements. It starts out discussing data types and using the type() function to determine the type of some literals, like strings, integers, and floats. It also discusses using different kind of string delimiters. Variables have a name and can be created by using the name you want to give the variable, the assignment token (=), and a value, like so: lunch = "sandwich" weight = 150 Variable names have to begin with a letter or underscore (_) and can't be one of Python's reserved keywords (http://openbookproject.net/thinkcs/python/english3e/variables_expressions_statements.html#variable-names-and-keywords). Statements are instructions that python can perform. Examples given are while, for, import and others. Expressions are combinations of variables, values, and operators... read more
Ask any classroom full of students how they study, and you're likely to get a lot of different answers. There will probably be many similar answers, but most people have different methods, locations, and techniques that shortens their study time somehow. Sometimes shortcuts are a great thing- like a shortcut that avoids heavy traffic. The trick to using shortcuts with studying is knowing which ones work, and which ones don't! One of the best ways to ensure that your study time will be used effectively is to take notes during class. Ensuring that your notes make sense to YOU is really important. Your class notes should translate what your teacher is telling you into something that you can remember. For example: the definition of onomatopoeia is, 'the formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named.' If you have a long list of literary terms, the strange spelling of onomatopoeia might get lost with your other lit terms. Writing "sizzle" or "buzz" next... read more
The question: a scalene triangle determines exactly how many circles, where only the vertices of the triangle are uniquely used, or the body of the triangle in general (i.e. no arbitrarily specified points, such as the midpoint of any of the sides, are used to determine a circle)? The answer is surprisingly high! Key thoughts: a circle can be uniquely determined by 3 non-collinear points (3 points), or by a diameter (requiring 2 points), or by a center and a radius (also 2 points)[seems a little like the ID's for getting a driver's license, doesn't it?]. Sounds simple -- until you realize that geometrical constraints can be used to yield additional points to use beyond just the three vertices [come to think of it, can it just be a coincidence that your driver's test included a *3-point* turn?]. So, there are inscribed and circumscribed circles (total, 2); circles centered at each vertex and using each side as a radius (total, 6); circles using each... read more
I have found that most people have an intuition about mechanical physics that is generally correct before the algebra and calculus starts to confuse them. This comes from the fact that before we could speak, we were learning how to exist in the world around us (a world that is governed by physics). For instance, a child knows that your food will remain on the table unless he/she adds a force to push it onto the floor. Or that a ball thrown straight up into the air will eventually come to a stop, reverse direction and come right back down to earth. The most common issue people seem to have with physics is that, when they add in the math they forget to look at the larger picture of what is really happening. With that being said, there are several important steps that can help you with physics problems. 1: Identify all the information given and write it down at the top of the page. (It helps if you are labeling a diagram) EX: A ball is rolled horizontally... read more
Over the years, I have found that the three best waysto keep your brain shar over the Winter (Christmas) break are: 1. Read a book related to something you are studying in school. Without a doubt, you are studying something that hold your interest. Check out a book from the school on that topic. 2. Ask your teacher for extra credit work. Before you sigh , or throw something at your computer, there will come a time durring the school-year when you will need an extra point, and here you go. 3. Learn a new word. Stretch your vocabulary by one word and use it in conversation. Encourage friends and family members to do the same. This can be a lot of fun! 4.Play word games such as Scrabble with friends and family. 5. Make a point to make friends with someone outsiide your culture. Happy holidays!
I found that the best way to keep sharp is to block out a small chunk of time each day. Plan on some reading, writing and math. Read something that interests you, write a few sentences about it and reflect on any connections you make with the reading. Math is all around us. If you think about it, from the kitchen to the garage, even the game room uses math. The trick it to make it relatable. If you like to cook, use recipe measures and work a math problem. If you like video games, try adding together number of power ups or how many average tries it takes you to achieve a new level. If you are a parent, try to incorporate math language in a conversation in the car: what shapes do you see or how many different color cars can you spot? Listen to your student tell detailed information about a book, magazine or novel they are reading. Not only will it help them gain confidence, you can enjoy the time together.
A lot of my students always wonder. Why is Chemistry so hard? Why is Chemistry important? A teacher that I look up to once told me there is no higher road to learning. There is no way around learning science other than practice, practice, practice. Make sure that you are employing problem solving skills. When you approach a problem, one technique that I always use is to write down all the information that I can gather from the text body of the problem. And then write down what the question is asking for. This will always give you a hint as to which formula to use. This works with Chemistry, Physics, Math and a innumerous other scientific subjects. Is Chemistry really hard? Yes it is. It is a narrow road that Medical Schools and the like use to "weed out" their students. Why Chemistry, you say? The problem-solving technique that you use to approach Chemistry problems is the same problem-solving technique you use to make prognoses. You gather all the information... read more
It could be anything: paint, draw, even a new language. The idea that you are done learning once you reach a certain age in your life is as ridiculous as the notion that all women should be homemakers. In fact, it is never too late to learn anything! Take me, for example. I am a magazine editor who found a new life teaching about the very subjects that I learned in college and applied throughout my professional life. My goal is to ensure that you will learn as quickly as possible any or all of the four subjects that I'm approved for in WyzAnt. Whether you want to understand the finer points of proofreading, or need to learn how to speak or write in English or in Spanish, I'll give you the tools that you'll need to become an expert in your selection from lesson one!
Over the winter break, you should continue reading your books and focus on the subjects that will be coming ahead. When I was a student, I would brush up on the new subjects that would be coming in the next semester. That way when the semester started, I was ready to answer questions and look smart in front of my classmates and teachers. If your teachers see that you put in the effort, they will gladly try to help you out when ever you are in trouble or do not understand something. The best way to learn is to put your best foot forward. You can also make a game with you and your buddies and provide index cards with information that will be coming up in the next semester. I use to make board games with my friends and we would see who could get the highest score. Also, help out your parents whenever you can because they work hard for you everyday and wish you to succeed!
Whenever math gives you an easy topic, take it and run with it! I am sometimes surprised by how many students struggle (really struggle) with factoring. That said, I always struggled with quadratics when I was in high school. And forgetting to move negative signs and decimals when simplifying (whoops!). Fortunately, I've gotten past that. My point is that even tutors and teachers start somewhere, and common mistakes are called 'common mistakes,' for a reason. Each of us has an area where we are just not as strong. No shame in that! Factoring a number is nothing more than pulling apart its pieces. Glorified division, if you will. The difference with factoring is that you are dividing a given number by one of its smaller parts. For example: Let's use the number 20. We know from multiplication that we can multiply every number by 1, and come out with the same number. Our first two factors of 20 are 1 and 20. We also know that since 20 is an... read more
Let's start off by defining some rules. 1) please no one post answers directly on this post, rather send all answers to me via a message. Comments will be deleted and the person will be disqualified from all future contests. 2) The first 5 people to respond correctly to this post will receive a free 1 hour tutoring session via the online platform in any subject that I am approved in. I will respond back to your message explaining the correct answer, how to get that answer, whether you were correct, and, of course, the details in setting up your free session with me 3) If you are trying, but stumped...message me for a hint 4) Have fun!! Now for the brainteaser! Chicken McNuggets can be purchased in quantities of 6, 9, and 20 pieces. What is the largest amount of McNuggets that can NOT be purchased, using these quantites? Happy Holidays everybody! I look forward to hearing answers from all of you!!
Many people think of struggles with reading just mastering the art of reading itself, ie. decoding in kindergarten, first, and second grade. Students can struggle with reading all the way through high school and into college. Yes, the student has mastered the decoding part but aren't really digging deep into the text to take much away from it. Skills such as differing between a main idea and a supporting idea, making an inference, detecting bias, self monitoring for comprehension are all skills many older students haven't mastered with regard to text. Sharpening reading skills should be an ongoing objective long after the student has learned to decode text. Debra G. Chelsea, MI
You'd think that, "If I'm paying for tutoring, he should be answering MY questions. Not the other way around." While I can sympathize with the general sentiment, I'd say,"you're way off base there!" I think that the tutor/teacher/coach should never ask the student directly,"Do you understand __________ ?" Not knowing the subject matter, how would the student know/evaluate/determine if they understood or not ? Generally they can't, that's why the need a tutor. Rather than ask about specific content, directly, I asked questions to determine if the student understands the material and how the pieces fit together. Sometimes that's five or six questions. Here's my general GAME PLAN: Find out where they are. Tell them, show them, then see what they heard and saw. When you tutor's asking you questions, he/she is probably working the same kind of plan. You can help them help you by always providing the syllabus for your class, with some graded tests and... read more