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How to maximize your mathematics tutoring experience

Hi math students :) When preparing for a mathematics tutoring session, try to have the following things at hand... Textbook (online or e-text) Syllabus, assignment, tips/hints/suggestions, answer sheet/key Class notes Pencils, pens, erasers, paper (graph paper, ruler, protractor) All necessary formulas, laws, tables, constants, etc. Calculator that you will use on tests Do... read more

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Traditional Teaching & Current Practices of Mathematics & Science

Reflecting on the message from the State Board of Education and State Superintendent of Public Instruction” it was in 1983 the report “A Nation at Risk, by the National Commission on Excellence in Education had brought to light “a rising tide of mediocrity” in the schools (Larson, 1997). This was when an era of education reform began. Larsen described the results of this reform was uneven,... read more

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Introducing Myself

Hello all you bloggers out there, Permit me to introduce myself. My name is Lorton and I am a graduate of Brooklyn College where I did my masters degree in math education. Prior to this I had completed my bachelors degree at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, the island and not Jamaica Queens. "Yea man, Jamaica... no problem man." I specialize in math but if anyone... read more

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Tips for learning by a classroom teacher

The MOST important skills that a student needs to master are: add/subtract/multiply/divide whole numbers, decimals, & fractions. If a student can do these most basic math operations, he/she will be fine in and out of school. When a student needs extra enrichment or practice, it is a great idea to purchase a workbook at Walmart, Office Depot, etc that is the grade level needed (higher... read more

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Making Learning Fun

The majority of teachers use events or facts to apply math and science to everyday life. Parents teach their kids these lessons at home. Take a step inside the child's shoes, and vision what they see. Learning the same techniques from home and school becomes redundant and eventually boring to the child. It can cause the child to loose interest and focus in their work. Become retroactive and... read more

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Useful Resources

HyperPhysics probably the best layout for a site containing physics equations, definitions and problems I've seen. HyperPhysics For more in depth information MIT posts a lot of it's course data (class notes, slides, chalkboard pictures and video). MIT Wolfram Alpha is an excellent resource for scientific searches, and solutions to mathematics problems. It describes itself as... read more

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Tutoring Can Help Students Refocus and Set New Goals

During the third marking period, it is not unusual for students to lose focus on their subjects. Many times students also forget the good resolutions that they had made during the beginning of the school year. A new tutor can help turn this around. A WyzAnt certified tutor will help students get back to better study habits and reset their focus on academic success. One or two hours a week... read more

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Take the plunge

Are you a "mathphobe", struggling to understand and use numbers in school, work, amusement, life in general? Overcoming a fear of math is easier with a support system, a tutor who loves the subject and cares about your progress. Of course, you have to make a commitment to yourself, starting with the understanding that YOU can master the math skills you need to reach your goals. So... read more

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Student Wins 'Boy Scout' Car Design Contest

The minute I walked into my student's home, he ran to get his wooden, green race car & beautiful trophy that he had won over the weekend. He placed 2nd out of his entire boy scout troop for having one of the best designed cars & for it's speed in finishing their race. He really talked fast & used correct sentences as he excitedly told me how he had drawn his sleek-looking race car,... read more

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Six Strategies to Tackle Challenging Math Word Problems

Probably the hardest thing about doing word problems is taking the words and translating them into a workable mathematical equation. For this reason many students fear and hate doing them. It can be confusing to know where to start and how to go about figuring out the answer. However, there are ways of breaking down a word problem that makes it clearer and easier to solve. The following is... read more

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5 Study Tips for Math

1.Distinguishing similarities vs. Differences Go over the titles of each lesson and be able to distinguish how they are different and similar. *How was yesterdays homework lesson different than today? *What is the difference between problems in each subsection of your homework? * How is this chapter related to and different from the previous chapter? 2. Be able to explain... read more

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Ken-Ken for Practicing Math Skills

This winter, I was doing a bit of holiday shopping and happened upon a page-a-day calendar that uses puzzles called Ken-Ken. I had never heard of this, have you? Ken-Ken was designed by a Japanese math teacher, and it's kind of like Sudoku with scaffolding! It is also different from Sudoku in that you have to use math facts: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. I've been... read more