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Schedule for ACT Crash Course: Lesson 1: Test Basics, ACT Reading Strategies Lesson 2: ACT Reading Question Types Lesson 3: Difficult ACT Reading Passages Lesson 4: Punctuation and Sentence Structure Errors (Basics, Commas, Apostrophes, Run-Ons) Lesson 5: Grammar Errors (Verb, Pronoun, Modifier, Comparison, Coordination) Lesson 6: Rhetorical Skills (Strategy, Organization, Style) and Essay ACT English/Reading Basics: Scored out of 36   Reading Section: (35 minutes) 40 Questions 4 Passages Prose Natural Science Humanities Social Studies English Section: (45 Minutes) 75 Questions Usage/Mechanics Punctuation 13% Grammar/Usage 16% Sentence Structure 24% Rhetorical Skills Rhetorical Strategy 16% Rhetorical Organization 15% Rhetorical Style 16% Writing Section: (30 minutes) 1 essay prompt Scored out of 12 and combined with English score 1 point given for each... read more

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... read more

I am new to WyzAnt, however I have been a teacher of English composition and literature for over a decade.  I am excited about meeting area students and guiding on them journey of education.    The core of my philosophy is that everyone is on a journey -- each of us can continue to grow and develop as learners, as writers, and as thinkers.  My job is to discover where you are and assist you in moving to the next step in your journey.  In doing this, our journeys overlap for a season -- you learn from me and I learn from you.  We learn and grow together.    So, if you are a student or a tutor, I look forward to learning with you. 

I am new to WyzAnt, however I have been a teacher of English composition and literature for over a decade.  I am excited about meeting area students and guiding on them journey of education.    The core of my philosophy is that everyone is on a journey -- each of us can continue to grow and develop as learners, as writers, and as thinkers.  My job is to discover where you are and assist you in moving to the next step in your journey.  In doing this, our journeys overlap for a season -- you learn from me and I learn from you.  We learn and grow together.    So, if you are a student or a tutor, I look forward to learning with you. 

Definitions: der Geist (noun), depending on context = ghost, spirit, essence, mind, wit, an alcoholic drink / Famous ones: der Heilige Geist = the Holy Spirit---one of three parts; Mephistopheles = version of Satan ---„Ich bin der Geist, der stets verneint!“ (Goethe: Faust); „Weltseele zu Pferde“ = Napoléon Bonaparte, French military and political leader---Embodies and exemplifies Hegels concept of the world spirit. (Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher) /   Be:   geistreich, geistreicher, am geistreichsten = ingenious, more ingenious, most ingenious / Be wary of so-called:   Himbeergeist = type of German Schnaps; Kartoffeln mit Geist = unknown ;) ; Zeitgeist = spirit of the age;   „Etwas Bornierteres als den Zeitgeist gibt es nicht. Wer nur die Gegenwart kennt, muß verblöden.“ (Hans Magnus Enzensberger)      

Howdy!   As someone who just graduated from a Master's program, I've been through quite a few classes in my time, and few things are harder to learn from than boring lessons. It's important that a lesson be "engaging", but that's just fancy speak for...fun! Here are my five tips for keeping lessons fun no matter the subject or student.   1 - Always be yourself! A lot of teachers, especially new ones, feel that they need to fit a model of what a teacher is, does, and looks like. Now, of course we all must be professional and driven teachers, but that doesn't mean we have to be cookie-cutter teachers! I am an Aggie, a loud and proud graduate of the 2013 undergraduate class at Texas A&M University. If you've heard of the school, you know we're not short on pride, tradition, and character! I bring that to everything I do. My greetings are "howdy"s, and my students always greet them with grins. Be your own unique teacher, and your... read more

Do some of your students lack focus? Does pent up energy keep them from being attentive during their tutoring lessons? Do they thrive on activity, fun, and games?   If your students are anything like mine, the answer to these questions is a resounding "yes." Today I'd like to share 3 easy, "outside the box" tips for keeping your tutoring sessions fun and exciting.   1. Get Outside If weather permits it, go outside during a session for some outdoor activities and games. Play HORSE to review spelling words. Throw a frisbee; each time your student catches the frisbee they must answer a question to then pass it back to you. Jump rope while counting your ABC's. Often times, we as tutors can use kids' pent up energy to our advantage through games like this.   2. Play Music For memorization activities like the periodical table or the dates of WWII battles, play instrumental music and create a song to remember the facts... read more

Do some of your students lack focus? Does pent up energy keep them from being attentive during their tutoring lessons? Do they thrive on activity, fun, and games?   If your students are anything like mine, the answer to these questions is a resounding "yes." Today I'd like to share 3 easy, "outside the box" tips for keeping your tutoring sessions fun and exciting.   1. Get Outside If weather permits it, go outside during a session for some outdoor activities and games. Play HORSE to review spelling words. Throw a frisbee; each time your student catches the frisbee they must answer a question to then pass it back to you. Jump rope while counting your ABC's. Often times, we as tutors can use kids' pent up energy to our advantage through games like this.   2. Play Music For memorization activities like the periodical table or the dates of WWII battles, play instrumental music and create a song to remember the facts... read more

Do some of your students lack focus? Does pent up energy keep them from being attentive during their tutoring lessons? Do they thrive on activity, fun, and games?   If your students are anything like mine, the answer to these questions is a resounding "yes." Today I'd like to share 3 easy, "outside the box" tips for keeping your tutoring sessions fun and exciting.   1. Get Outside If weather permits it, go outside during a session for some outdoor activities and games. Play HORSE to review spelling words. Throw a frisbee; each time your student catches the frisbee they must answer a question to then pass it back to you. Jump rope while counting your ABC's. Often times, we as tutors can use kids' pent up energy to our advantage through games like this.   2. Play Music For memorization activities like the periodical table or the dates of WWII battles, play instrumental music and create a song to remember the facts... read more

Hi, I have over 30 years working in the entertainment production fields, mostly in film and music and mostly in Los Angeles. I am a currently working Cinematographer, Producer, Art director and Property master.   I will periodically share some of my lessons learned and general thoughts in regards to film studies and film and video production. My comments will be in regards to fiction/narrative filmmaking unless otherwise stated.   Fundamental # 1:   Films are made in Pre-Production, not the editing room.   By completing a thorough pre-production process, your film shoot will go smoother, be less expensive, require fewer creative compromises and look more like you envisioned at the outset. "Fix it in post" is what happens when impatience, lack of pre planning and inexperience rule the day. Be smart - vet your film plans in pre-production, and to the "nth" degree, leave nothing to chance, leave no stone unturned,... read more

Hi, guys.  I'm new to wyzant, but I'm not new to tutoring.  I've tutored at almost every school I've been employed at, and it's a big part of my job.  I have a master's in education, bachelor's in biology (and minor in chemistry), and years of teaching experience in a wide variety of science classes.  I've taught both middle school and high school.  If you're in need of a tutoring for any STEM subject, look no further.

Effective January 15, I will NOT be available for tutoring in the Napa area. I will be leaving for Sacramento State to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. Thank you for your interest.

So I’ve been asked a number of times, both through WyzAnt polls and by friends, why I tutor students in math through WyzAnt and a local company. The answer is that it’s the perfect thing for me right now. I’m currently a student at Columbia with very limited income and so making money is important to me, but more importantly it’s something that I love doing! I love seeing students and that moment when you see them smiling at understanding a new concept and understanding how it applies to real world situations. The reason math is my favorite subject to tutor is that I find it very easy to connect with students, as every student I work with has different hobbies, and with math it is really easy to apply math and new material they’re working on to their existing hobbies.    I plan on continuing to work with many students I currently have once I graduate as I also have worked to help friends on an entrepreneurial pursuit. We are hoping to start our own company and... read more

Ernest Hemingway is one of the American writers of all time, but that did not happen overnight. Hemingway was a great writer because he accepted the fact that even great writers write terrible first drafts. The real magic happens in revision. As a writer, the most important thing to do is write. The time to be critical of your writing is when you come back to it for revision later. 

In school, teachers will tell you the exact order in which they want you to write an essay. Often times they will want you to start with an outline, develop a thesis, gather evidence, and then write your essay. However, the more essays that you write, the more that you will realize that this sequence does not work for everyone. In college, I realized that I often did not develop a good thesis until after I already finished my essay. This is just fine; you can change your thesis after you finish your essay as long as you leave yourself adequate time for revision. You have to do what works best for you.

I am having a wonderful time with an 8th grader who attends an excellent private school. All he needed was a little boost in study skills. I am reticent to divulge my techniques. But they are unique and they do produce results. In not too many sessions, study techniques become habit. Habits they can take to college !!!

Helping others to me is giving back.  I went to grad school and studied Education just so I could go into my community as well as other communities to nurture the little scholars.  Giving back to the Intervention, Schoolage, and Adolescent Scholars gives me so much pleasure when I see how their eyes light up because they learn something different or now they understand their school work.

Why it's important   You can use the quotient rule to answer questions like:   Find f'(x) when f(x) = (3 + x2)/(x4 + x).    What it is   I recite this rhyme to remember the quotient rule:   Low Dee High minus High Dee Low Draw the Bar and Square Below   Which means:   f'(x) = [low * dee high - high * dee low] / low2   Dee high means the derivative of the high function. You can guess which that is.   In our example, low = x4 + x and high = 3 + x2, so dee low = 4x3 + 1 and dee high = 2x.   f'(x) = [(x4 + x) * (2x) - (3 + x2) * (4x3 + 1)] / [(x4 + x)]2   That's it. That's the quotient rule.   Intuition   I like applying rules I just learned to cases where I know what the answer will be. This helps me build my confidence that I'm using the rule correctly.   x2 is... read more

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