Hi All:) My favorite resources found online vary greatly, in regards to which subject help is needed in. For math intermediate level and down, math-drills.com and mathfactcafe.com can be very useful. Although I don't tutor in Physics currently, physicsclassroom.com is a good online resource to help a student get kind of warmed up before learning a new lesson. For any elementary topics, greatschools.org/worksheets/elementary-school/ is a good resource. All of these are free and easily found. Also, simply typing in your subject of interest followed by practice problems, can guide to a large exploration of online help 24/7.
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Dear readers, Many times I have been asked about dyslexia by concerned parents, parents who see their child struggling at school or even as early as Pre -K, but don't know what to do or if they panic over nothing. As a certified dyslexia tutor with a lot of experience, I can identify the warning signs right away. I would like you, parents, to be able to see these warning signs too, and early enough to be able to help your child before they experience difficulties and frustration. Please watch this informative video, which also tells a personal story that will touch your hearts. (It also endorses the Orton Gillingham Approach which I use when working with my dyslexic students). You will do yourselves and your child a huge favor, and you will become their best advocates. Below is the link to this video that I highly recommend watching: http://www.bartonreading.com/dyslexiaSymptomsSolutions_Part01.html All the... read more
Come with me on a journey of division. I have here a bag of M&Ms, which you and I and two of your friends want to share equally. I'm going to pour the bag out on the table and split it into four equal piles. For this example, “one bag” is our whole, and the best number to represent that whole would be the number of M&Ms in the bag. Let's say there were 32. If I split those 32 M&Ms into four equal piles and asked you how many were in one pile, you could certainly just count them. But a quicker way would be to take that 32 and divide it by the number of piles I'd made, which in this case is 4. You'd probably write that as: 32 ÷ 4 = 8 So there are 8 candies in each pile. Seems easy enough with a large number of M&Ms, right? But what if there were less candies – what if our “whole” was less than the entire bag? Well, for a while we'd be okay – if there were 16, for example, we'd do the same thing and come up with piles of 4 instead of piles... read more
Hey there! I am going to start upload my collection of worksheets, subject outlines, study tips, study images, and various other study materials. I have uploaded a "test example" of the nursing process. This was just something quick I put together. I am just getting the word out that more materials will be available shortly! If there are any topics in the realm of nursing, pharmacology, pathophysiology, or anatomy and physiology that you would like addressed, please let me know and I will do my best to assist you! Here is the link to the example/test document: http://www.wyzant.com/resources/files/262100/overview_of_the_nursing_process I am also now available for Skype sessions! Therefore, distance and location are not limiting factors! Thank you! Happy studying :) Please visit my profile page here: http://www.wyzant.com/Tutors/TX/Spring/8057262/
A website I like to use with my SAT students is freerice.com. This website has a vocabulary section which asks students to pick a synonym from a list of 4. For every correct answer, the website donates 10 grains of rice to the World Hunger Programme. It's a great way to study vocabulary and do good at the same time! You can create a profile and the website will track your progress with the vocabulary. For every 5 consecutive correct answers at a given level, the difficulty is then increased, so it is also a good way to challenge yourself. Encourage students to look up words that they have never heard of and create a list of their own of vocab words to study. I've found this to be much more effective than simply using flashcards as it is less repetitive and more fun. This is also a great resource for those learning English! Additionally, there are minimal vocabulary games for other languages, but the website is constantly improving, so in the future these may become... read more
I've found that most students have little to no difficulty understanding the difference between parallel and perpendicular lines when only one plane is involved. Either they never touch, or they intersect at a 90 degree angle, or they just plain intersect. This concept is relatively easy to visualize because it is completely 2 dimensional. Where the difficulty lies, is visualizing these same types of lines when different planes are involved, since it is 3d. To help, I utilize flash cards, or small pieces of paper. Have students draw a series of lines on each flash cards, making sure there is at least a set of parallel lines, perpendicular lines, and intersecting lines on each, and give each line a name. Then move the flashcards in different ways, either stacking them or making parallel planes, and quiz them about the new relationships between the lines.
Many of the students I tutor have the skills it takes to succeed, but their confidence or motivation is low. I find that the best way to see results, for the benefit of myself, the students, and the parents, is to provide that student with the tools to understand what it feels like to succeed, and therefore to be confident. Although parents usually have the best intentions, the children may just need to hear the same advice from a peer, or a tutor. Having a new face recommending the same concepts will reinforce the idea, and the student will not resist the idea. Through hiring a tutor, the stress of overseeing a child's behavior, homework completion, peer relations, and school succeed should be alleviated. Although all skill improvement takes time, there will be guaranteed results if the tutor and student see eye-to-eye, and if the student really is motivated -- no matter how far below the surface -- then grades will improve quite quickly!
Speaking Chinese is actually quite simple. All Chinese words are one-syllable words. So any one-syllable sound or word you can think of probably correspond to some Chinese word you just do not know yet. For example... The word I in Chinese is pronounced wo. Think of the English word wok, but do not pronounce the k. The word love in Chinese is pronounced ai. It has the same pronunciation as the English word I. Lastly, the word you in Chinese is pronounced ni. It is how you would pronounce the English word knee. So to put it together... I - love - you wo - I - knee
When we talk about time management we are inevitably thinking externally. There is this thing called time, which hangs out in the corner of your eye, always present yet elusive. Strategies for time management are thus often externally focused: Use software like Leechblock, an add-on to Firefox. This software blocks access to social media and other websites that tempt us to waste time, so that you can work without distraction on the computer. Keep a Master To Do List. I use Draft, a simple text editor for Android, but you could also do a legal pad or a dry erase board. Write on it anything that you’re concerned about forgetting. Turn off notifications on your email or phone. Then, block out an hour or so a day specifically devoted to correspondence and catching up. This saves you time wasted on interruptions. But what about the internal? What about when you decide to open up Internet Explorer instead, bypassing the well-meaning inflexibility of... read more
Hello! My name is Heather, and I'm a sixth grade English teacher in Arlington, Mass. I've never had a blog before, but this seems like an awesome place to put all my loves in one place: writing, education, and providing useful information. So here goes! Each blog post will feature helpful hints & resources for teachers, tutors, and students alike. Everything I put up will be tried and proven effective by me, my colleagues, or my students. Happy learning! Love, Heather So begins blog post #1: A few years ago, I swore by flash cards as a way of drilling myself on memorizable test material. I would spend hours slaving over stacks of color-coded index cards, carefully inscribing the name of the concept on the blank side, the definition and other useful material on the little blue lines on the back. Fast-forward to today. Nobody has time for that-- not when Chrissy has three hockey games and then soccer practice... read more
I have used this website for years. It is a free source of tutoring for any student wishing to understand Spanish grammar. You can read or print out the explanations. There are several quizzes to help your comprehension. It is also very USER FRIENDLY. www.studyspanish.com
Spanish is becoming more and more important with regards to business. Learning Spanish will enable you to better communicate with Spanish speaking employees or co-workers. Wouldn't it be nice to be able to offer your product or service to the 350 million people whose mother tongue is Spanish? In North America, Hispanic consumers are the fastest-growing market segment. As for job opportunities, it certainly wouldn't hurt to have Spanish on your resume. In the United States, knowing Spanish can be particularly helpful if you work in healthcare or education. Increasingly, the building trades are employing more and more Spanish speaking workers. One thing is certain. If you are bilingual, you will be more marketable and have more career choices than your monolingual counterpart. Globalization, with it's accompanying free trade agreements is shrinking the business world, and those who know more than one language will definitely have the edge.
Let me guess… the question that is currently floating through your brain is as follows: what the heck is “math anxiety?” While it may sound bizarre and made up, math anxiety is an actual condition that is quite common amongst students. It is similar to other sorts of anxiety or fear a person might encounter when doing something that is personally terrifying such as public speaking, interacting with strangers, or being around scary animals. The symbols and the operations can feel overwhelming for some, and that can trigger a subsequent anxiety reaction that completely stifles one’s brain and prevents a person from properly absorbing any material. The Cause Of Math Anxiety Math anxiety is a learned reaction. Students who have negative experiences with math early on tend to have bad emotions and limiting beliefs tied to mathematics. Once these reactions and beliefs are established, students will subconsciously return to those bad feelings whenever mathematics... read more
So you just took a practice test and you’re devastated by your results. You thought you would net more points, but lo and behold, your score is painfully below your expectations. Your math score is especially poor, but you’ve never been good at math. What is a good plan of action? Let the math score linger at a subpar level while focusing all of your energy on the verbal portion, right? Wrong. First of all, even if you’ve historically done poorly in math, you can easily turn that around with a few months of devoted practice. Second, math is the area where you can see the most marked transformation as far as testing abilities. You can certainly improve your score in the verbal section, but the base of knowledge for both the writing and reading sections is far broader. The English language is highly complex, and it takes most of us a great many years before we learn and understand all the intricacies. Math, in comparison, is much simpler. The rules and terms are... read more
Math can be a puzzling and often frustrating subject for students. Some pupils seem to effortlessly pluck A+’s from the heavens, while others grind away to earn average grades at best. Why the discrepancy? Are some brains simply predisposed to math success, while others are hopelessly misaligned? Of course not. If I believed that, I wouldn’t be teaching math. So what’s the deal? Why the blaring gap in math performance? One key factor is learning styles. Despite what your folks might say, people learn in different ways. Some students naturally thrive in standard Prussian style classroom settings; others, however, only truly soar in different environments that are better tailored to their particular strengths. If a student is struggling in math at school, it could be because the standard curriculum is not in sync with his/her learning style. This article will (1) run through the seven learning styles, (2) explain how to identify where students fit on the learning style spectrum,... read more
Finding an excellent tutor can make a tremendous impact on a child’s ability to succeed academically. While some kids are able to independently digest in class lectures and textbook explanations, others benefit greatly from an additional system of support. Parsing through the material after school with a guiding hand can fully illuminate subjects that are otherwise difficult to grasp. Translation: with the right set of mentors, all students can develop into confident adults with healthy GPAs. Most parents are well versed in the art of finding a nicely fitting academic institution, but very few are aware of the highly nuanced process for vetting a tutor. Here are six key components that parents should evaluate when searching for a tutor: 1. Experience Tutoring Or Teaching – it goes without saying that experience is critical in any field. It is particularly important in teaching, however, because there are a wide variety of students and respective learning styles. Some... read more
A new student of mine came to me with a difficult problem: “how can I go from an ‘A’ to an ‘A+?’” Now, I know what you’re thinking… she needs to get a grip. An “A” is an excellent grade, right? Certainly. But my student yearns to jump to the honors mathematics section, which is only reachable via an “A+.” So now that I’ve established that this is a totally valid request, how do I make it happen? How can someone, who is already achieving a high level of success, bridge that final gap to test taking perfection? Here are six ways an “A” student can modify their routine to grab the highly coveted and often elusive “A+.” 1. Master Mental Math – yes indeed, mental math will come in handy here. For most students struggling to nab that 100%, speed (or lack thereof) is often the culprit. One of the key reasons why students can’t get through an exam quickly is because their mental arithmetic is lagging. They spend an unnecessary amount of time either writing out arithmetic... read more
When imagining the types of people who love math, your brain likely conjures up images of coke bottle glasses, pocket protectors, suspenders, and personality types riddled with social awkwardness. I totally get it… math is lame and only complete weirdoes enjoy it. But just for the record, I love math. There, I said it. You can judge me all you want, but believe it or not, I’m a relatively normal guy. All subjects, from science to history, music to philosophy, fascinate me. Math, however, has a special place in my heart. How could this be? How is it that this totally boring and bizarre subject has captivated my mind for so long? Let me break it down. Here are my top five reasons why math is awesome. 1. Instant Gratification When I was in law school, I learned very quickly that my internal grasp and comfort with a subject would not necessarily ensure success on an exam. For example, even if I felt like I knew the answer on an essay question, my response... read more
I feel lucky to have grown up bilingual. I have my mother to thank for that, who insisted I learned a foreign language. I also attribute my passion for travel to my maternal grandfather. He was a top executive at Braniff International Airlines in Argentina and we were fortunate enough to travel for free when we were kids thanks to him. I also look up to my grandmother. She was a world explorer and wanderer herself; she took me and my brother everywhere on her trips. What my mother didn’t know – and maybe regretted later – was that by insisting on a bilingual education, she was encouraging her daughter to leave her home country. And that’s exactly what I did. With mastery of the English language, which I learned early in preschool in Argentina, I left home as soon as I became of age. Driving by the domestic airport (“Aeroparque”) as a kid meant freedom. It was a gateway for exotic adventures across distant lands. I always knew I’d be a perfect adventure-goer... read more
I have done something with my students which I feel has made a ton of difference. That is brain breaks. They can be anything from giving a 5 minute breather to doing a non school activity with the student. I have been doing duct tape crafts with one of my students. I don't ever charge for this but I think they are essential. Students are in school all day. They have homework when they get home. They get mentally exhausted. I do this especially when I am tutoring more than one subject at a time. This allows the student to switch gears. An effective tutor forms a relationship with his/her students. Brain breaks show that the teacher is a person as well and likes to have fun. For tutors: Do you use brain breaks? For students: What brain break would you like to do?