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Print, Script, or Ten Finger Typing?

My first WyzAnt tutoring student was actually signed up to learn handwriting, both print and script. Back then, only "writing" was offered, so it was assumed to include all aspects. Handwriting, now, is listed under "elementary education", however, back in the day, it was considered a proper business class skill. The better one's handwriting, the higher one was expected to be or to rise in the business world, where power and finance were located. I grew up in the shadow of that historical approach, inspired by a mother with beautiful script.  It led to some backlash among peers, once I entered the world of medicine, moreso among surgeons in general, but the nurses and other support staff loved how they could quickly, clearly and accurately read my patient care notes and orders.  Some twelve years ago, ethical leaders in the medical world began promoting legible writing to decrease patient care errors. Those who knew me used... read more

Classroom, Home, and Tests – Different Experiences, Different Skills

Yesterday, I helped a new student understand some of the difficulties she is experiencing, and I wanted to share this here. The Classroom: Studying in class is like taking a guided tour. If you trust your guide (the teacher,) you can follow into unknown territory, with an open mind. As you are exposed to new things you can ask questions, experience new activities, and be guided out of trouble if you get lost. In the classroom, your responsibility is to follow the teacher’s guidance, and notice when you lose track. (You will lose track. We all do. The only question is when!) Some examples from my students, of how they know they’re lost:  I’m singing a song in my head I’m thinking about my sandwich It seems as if the teacher in talking in a foreign language I’m beating myself up – “I’m a looser”, “I’ll never get it”   So this is the First Classroom Skill: Am I following the lesson, or am I in my head? The Second Classroom Skill:... read more

Tutoring Reading

The ability to read well is the most basic of academic pursuits. A person’s reading ability will determine both the progress of their academic endeavors and the level of education which he or she is able to attain. Accordingly, the ability to read well will also largely determine one’s level of employment and the position they attain in life. Today’s technological market place demands a high level of reading ability. The ability to read well means reading with understanding or comprehension. Reading with comprehension is a multi-dimensional task that requires considerably more than the ability to pronounce words. While it is true that the most fundamental aspect of reading requires that one can pronounce word properly, reading with comprehension requires an understanding of grammar and sentence construction, a knowledge and understanding of the function of the various forms of punctuation, and an appropriate vocabulary as well as the ability to pronounce words... read more

First 'meet and greet' session free

I personally will usually drop the first 15 or so minutes off the first session to allow for some 'meet and greet' time but I often travel 20-40 miles to meet students and I also do not have the finances or the schedule (as I am still a student, too!) to be able to drop a full session. 

Reading Your Way to an Exceptional Vocabulary

As students prepare for standardized tests for college admission, "Vocabulary" suddenly becomes an important subject.  Both the Writing and Critical Reading sections of the SAT reward a strong vocabulary. I try to emphasize to students that having a college (adult) level vocabulary will continue to reward them far beyond a one-day test.     Studying SAT related vocabulary books is certainly worthwhile in the weeks before a test day, but I would like to reach out also to students who are still a few years away from college entrance concerns. The best way to build a rich and useful vocabulary is to read books, magazines, and newspapers that are well-written (e-books and online sources definitely count!) When you read great writing you will not only improve your vocabulary but also your writing and your critical thinking.     Your reading can and should be varied.  Admittedly, I do love literature that has been relevant to... read more

Mathematical Journeys: Undoing the Unknown Exponent

This journey is heavily inspired by the youtube mathematician Vi Hart, whose videos describing mathematical concepts through doodling in a notebook were the inspiration for much of my mathematical journeys series. I'll put a link to her video on this topic at the end of the journey, and I highly encourage everyone to go check her out. Let's talk exponents. But to do that, first we should talk about multiplication. Multiplication is a shortcut for adding a bunch of the same number together. If I gave you: 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 = ? You could just add them normally, treating each of those 5's as a size-5 step along the number line. But since each of these addition steps is the same size, a faster way to figure out the result would be to determine two things: the size of the step, and how many steps we have. Then we can multiply the size of step (in this case, 5) by the number of steps. In this case, we have a total of 6 size-5... read more

Embedding line breaks in Java literal Strings

When creating output from a Java program, you can control where line breaks occur in the text that you output by using the println method, which puts a line break at the end of whatever text is being output by the call.   However, you may need to insert line breaks into strings that you are creating, such as in the toString method of a class. How do you do it?   First, note that when creating String literals, you can insert a variety of special characters using escape sequences.   An escape sequence is a sequence of characters, starting with a backslash ("\"). When the reader that is constructing your string encounters a backslash, it checks the subsequent character(s), and interprets the sequence as instructions to insert a specific character described by the sequence.    For example, since string constants are delimited by double quote characters, if you want to embed a double quote character in a string... read more

Writing Lesson: Fragments

Have you ever had your writing edited and a sentence marked “fragment”? What does that mean? How do I fix it?   To start, a sentence is made up of a subject and a predicate (sometimes called a verb phrase). Subject: the agent in the sentence. This is the word or phrase that is doing the action. Predicate: the verb phrase in the sentence. Sometimes this is just one word and sometimes it is a long phrase because it has a direct or indirect object, prepositional phrase, or other pieces of information. For example, take the sentence “Billy rides his bike.” “Billy” is the subject because he is doing the action. The phrase “rides his bike” is the predicate because it contains the verb and the direct object.   When you have a fragment there are 3 possibilities for why it is wrong:   The sentence is missing a subject. This type of fragment has a verb but does not state the subject. Often times students might... read more

Make 2014 Your Year to Do More!

Can you believe 2014 is already 1/4 over? Wow! Besides freezing and shoveling snow, what  have you done so far this year?   It's never too late to learn! Maybe you always wanted to blog but didn't know how ...Or buy a new computer with your tax refund ...Or finally conquer your fear of public speaking   I CAN HELP!   I have expertise in all of these areas and would be happy to help you! Make 2014 YOUR Year! Here's to 8 more months of SUCCESS!

My Favorite on line resources for English students is Dictionary.com

Hello Ace students!  My most trusted web site for English students is Dictionary.com. This source not only  provides a quick source to help you define words you  might chose to use in term papers, it also provides other learning tools such as:"the word of the day" that can be sent to you re mail address free of charge.  In addition to providing a new word from Webster's Dictionary daily, the source defines the word, uses it in a sentence and provides the language  from which it came. This resource will enable you to write more scholarly viable papers as your vocabulary grows.  The e-mail feature allows allows you to share the "Word of the Day with friends and family. This is a great resource andI hope you will explre it and then use it for your writing and research needs.  Keep learning!!

Keeping a Positive Thought and Create Success.....YOU CAN!

A lifetime of education in the performing arts, theater, concert piano, singer, TV producer, a musical writer/lyrics, and now expanded into academia merging the two for success, musicology. My personality, passion and knowledge lights a path for education to become a personal trait for all of my students and encouraging them always to be the best they can be. It works! Language Arts, research and Math following the guidelines to bring educational promotion study skills to support improvements in study skills, testing, English grammar and writing techniques, this teaching tool is significant while including the ability to raise academic levels and personal confidence for a lifetime of success. Math knowledge is to secure a clear understanding of basic rules (consistently) while teaching students to use problem solving for life. Teaching academics with creativity, musical training, theater performance, passion and integrity brings personal power and successful lives... read more

Grammar and the Common Core

As the new common core standards take effect in New Jersey, many of my students' parents are unsure what the new test will do to their students' chances of getting into higher level math and English classes in middle school and high school. American education became diluted in the 1970s, when I was an elementary school student. I attended a school that believed in "open classrooms," in which students would somehow motivate themselves to learn. Grammar was one casualty of this method, and several generations of English teachers became certified without a strong enough background in grammar to teach it comfortably.   Since I was already a reader, English was never a problem, but my math education was a casualty from which I never recovered. Even in English, however, no teacher ever critiqued my writing in either high school or college (revision was not yet in style), and I never had any formal grammar instruction. When I began to teach composition as a... read more

Organic Chemistry: thoughts

Organic Chemistry is always the subject you were warned about that could potentially crush your pre-med dreams. While it does have some bearing on your potential to become admitted to medical school, you should face the subject not with fear, but with love :).   Orgo is by far the most challenging yet most interesting subject you may take as a pre-med student. As a future doctor, organic chemistry sets the stage for you to understand any drug interactions and biochemical processes that you may become privy to as a student or future researcher. Orgo is definitely the cornerstone of pharmacology as well.   While it is true, some minds can manipulate shapes and see things in 3D better than others, the distinct skill set required for mastery of this subject can indeed be learned, but only through practice and diligence. While you may have been able to slack off in Gen Chem and push studying for your exam until the night before, it will not work in orgo... read more

PI Day Challenge Genius

I started late on PI Day (3/14) and had to work on taxes these last 2 weeks, but I became the #255 GENIUS on the PI Day Challenge Genius board yesterday.   You all can still work the 27 puzzles and get on the Genius board yourself! Go to www.pidaychallenge.com ;   These are the puzzles that gave me the hardest time (hmmm... they have the least math) #5 - has a pictogram -- thanks to my son (an engineering student at USF).  I was sounding out the pictures when he "heard" me saying the right equation, but not realizing it. #11 - is a variation on the scale and 12 pebbles (heavier/lighter) -- but with magnetism...  Hint: opposites attract. #16 - the 2nd combination lock -- Hint: both combinations are found in earlier puzzles #27 - "when pigs fly" game -- Hint:  this is a PI day challenge... don't get distracted by playing the game.  

PRAXIS Preparation

I am currently tutoring three students for PRAXIS I test.  Although it can be challenging to help students prepare for an exam while they are enrolled full time and have many other teaching certification to-do's to tackle, PRAXIS I prep should not be discounted.  When I first meet with my students, I encourage them to purchase the ETS Praxis book to use during our lessons.  It can be procured for a reasonable price online, and I tell them it is the best resource to give you insight into real test questions since it is published by the makers of the PRAXIS!     The most important part of PRAXIS I prep is the study calendar.  First, I use Microsoft Office to develop a daily study calendar for the students from the present time until the day they take their exam.  Each day, I pencil in a combination of a few practice questions, vocabulary building, news article review, practice test simulation, etc.  I coach them in downloading... read more

New Tutor: How Hard Could it Be?

I don't think I've ever posted my own blog. But we get free rewards points so whoop whoop!   I was looking through the jobs that were local to me and was about to click 'apply' and chickened out. I know that I know enough about what they are needing help with, (High school Math and Science), but I'm a little nervous to ask someone to pay me $36/hr, and not be able to help. I would feel a little guilty about that. Has anyone else experienced this?   Would it be prudent to perhaps conduct the first one or two sessions for free, in order for the clients to judge whether I am in fact helping? I don't want to give my services away for free, but thinking it might be a good idea to do so, just to get my professional tutor legs under me!  

On-line Japanese Lessons

Since the last month, I have started on-line lessons.  On-line lessons are surprisingly effective and fun.  I am getting good reviews from my students.  Because I am an experience language teacher and I have a variety of teaching materials, my on-line lessons are as effective as in-person tutoring sessions.  Especially in a language learning, conversation via skype is effective.  On-line lessons are very personal and both students and teachers are able to concentrate on each other as well as the subject without interruption.  In addition, on-line lessons are portable.  As long as there are no other people around, students can have a session in a room, outside, or even at a quiet corner of a favorite cafe.     If you are new to the language learning and hesitating to start meeting a new tutor, please try my on-line lessons.  I have 8 basic conversation sessions specially made for people who are totally new to the language... read more

The Best Gude for Research Writing

Do you know that "OWL" is an acronym for online writing lab? My favorite research writing source is the Purdue OWL. This site can answer many if not all of your writing questions from A to Z. I frequently recommend that my students use it. In fact, when we start our research segment of a writing course, I show students how to navigate to and through it.   This site is ideal for style guide information and formatting papers using MLA or APA format. Once inside the MLA or APA tab, it is particularly useful to click on the sample paper. Here you will find a complete research paper in the format that you choose. It is a magnificent guide because it is a comprehensive template to follow from title page to source page.   The Purdue OWL is a must for writers and researchers!

Noteworthy Online Resources

Being in the mathematics field, I am constantly looking for online resources that break down problems in an effective and clear way. My favorite online resource that I have found the most useful is Khan Academy. Khan Academy has a variety of video tutorials in multiple content areas, not just mathematics. The videos are well organized into units and concepts which makes them easy to navigate. Having the video tutorials are wonderful because you can pause them if they are going too quickly, rewind to see something again, and replay for more exposure to the content. Khan Academy does a wonderful job at explaining the problems in depth and color coding the steps of the problem as they go through it. I suggest Khan Academy for both enrichment and remediation for anyone.

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