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Biology Study Techniques

I just began tutoring a new student in 10th grade Biology.  Biology is my favorite subject and as we were going over terminology and concepts and processes in each section I thought it might be helpful to outline elements that can help in the general study of biology.  I thought this would be a great time to reference some good study techniques from a biological perspective: ... read more

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Parents wait! Why a study skills tutor is what your child REALLY needs

After a dozen years as a classroom teacher and private tutor, I know the routine well. Like clockwork, October and March bring new report cards and parents start to get nervous. “An F in chemistry? I’m afraid I can’t help you there; let’s find you a good chemistry tutor.” This is the kind of dialog I imagine taking place in many households around this time. And chemistry is just an example... read more

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3 Time Management Tips to Increase Productivity

Unless you are traveling in a spaceship and moving close to the speed of light, time passes at the same rate for everyone. The Earth takes approximately 24 hours to complete one full rotation on its axis, which has resulted in a day being 24 hours long. So why do some people seem to be able to accomplish so much more when we all have the same amount of time in our day? Simply, they have mastered... read more

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How To Study Less, Have More Free Time, And Still Get Higher Grades

As human beings with limited time, energy, and resources, we naturally desire to get the most done with the least amount of work possible. From reading books and experimenting throughout the years, I have accumulated a collection of techniques that maximizes efficiency and has allowed me to achieve a 3.93 GPA while studying less than three hours a day. Below are some of these techniques... read more

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How to Study for the SAT or ACT

How to Study for the SAT or ACT 8 Tips and Tricks Written by tutor Anne G. Taking the SAT or ACT is probably one of the most important milestones in high school. Yet, many students make the same mistakes and become victims of their own indecisiveness. Here are some tips from an expert tutor, to help you conquer the SAT or ACT while avoiding common mistakes. 1. Plan ahead Most... read more

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Making an SAT Study Plan

Making an SAT Study Plan Written by tutor Jeff S. When it comes to SAT preparation, the adage "failing to plan is planning to fail" best sums up the need for thorough SAT study planning. The plan should address a test taker's college goals and financial assistance needs, academic strengths and weaknesses, learning style, and psychological principles of learning. This article covers... read more

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3 best ways to keep your brain sharp over winter break

1.  Turn off the electronic devices - I would post links here that point to studies that support this, but is there really any need?  Every time you're tempted to just veg in front of the TV, read a book instead.  It's so easy to just read a book in a similar genre of what you were going to watch on tv.   2.  Eat healthy - More links could be posted on here, but... read more

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DON'T PANIC! How To Study for a Physical Science Final When You Didn't Learn Anything!

Now that finals have passed for most of the college students on the semester schedule, I'd like to reflect on the panic that arises when students in required introductory physical science classes come to the end of a course and realize that they haven't retained anything! What is the correct approach to triaging such situations? Of course, the best way to engage with material is by... read more

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The Key(s) to Truly Knowing Something

I am a firm believer that one does not truly know something until she can put it into a new format. You can take notes from a book or from lectures all day, every day, but until you can put the information into a new shape, you haven't actually learned anything. Make a concept map, put facts and vocabulary into tables or categories, write flash cards, and/or rearrange the information in a new... read more

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Study Skills

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... read more

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Some notes on note-taking

Picture it: The gentle rustling of papers flapping and pages turning, the scratching of pens on notebooks, the snoring of the kid next to you, and your professor lecturing at a speed that makes you wonder if she's going to combust. Odds are, somewhere in this scenario, if you are like me then you're lost and writing furiously trying to take some kind of notes before the slide changes for the... read more

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"How Much Time Should I Spend Studying on My Own"

I'm asked this question every so often.  When I was a student, I followed a general rule when it came to studying for a class.  For every hour I spent in class, I spent two hours studying or doing homework on my own.  I probably ended up spending more time than that for some classes but 2 hours to every 1 hour of class was my minimum.   Does every student follow... read more

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The Best Way To Study

You have a huge exam tomorrow and you're feeling the pressure. Quick, what's the best way to study? Should you re-read your textbook? Maybe highlight it? Do some underlining? Should you look over your notes? These are common study habits, so should you spend your limited study time doing these things? No. These are actually the worst things you can do for studying. They're common,... read more

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Mastering Difficult Subjects

When you start banging your head against the wall, trying to learn something new--be it art, math, foreign language, science, or that tuba you picked up at your neighbor's garage sale last weekend--can be, well, frustrating. (Not to mention headache-inducing.)  It feels like you'll never get the hang of it, even when you try over and over again to get it perfect.   Trust me,... read more

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How To Prepare For Back To School In Minutes A Day

For students who want to prepare to go back to school but only have a few minutes to spare each day, I would suggest making a plan. For younger students, a parent can organize a set plan for which subject to review each day of the week. For instance Monday: 15 minutes of Reading Comprehension Tuesday: 15 minutes of Math facts Wednesday: 15 minutes journal writing etc. If a student struggles... read more

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WyzAnt Wants to Know: Preparing to go back to school

Got this topic from WyzAnt this morning: How should students prepare to go back to school if they only have a few minutes to spare each day? Good question.  I think it's important to spend some time thinking about the big picture of the coming year and getting organized, so that you start out on the right foot.  I believe it's a very personal question,... read more

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Expand your reading list.

Often you find yourself in a class where the teacher's style does not fit your way of learning. Ideally for a class of 30 students, the teacher teaches 30 different ways, each way customized perfectly for each student. This is impossible. The style of the suggested textbook and reading list may not be the best fit for you.     Just as there are different teaching styles,... read more

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Study tips

So you're having trouble studying for a big test... trust me, you're not alone.  I always share my own struggle with students because then they can understand that not only can you overcome your problems, but you can learn and succeed, as well.  For me, I never learned how to study while I was growing up.  I either never needed to, or couldn't be bothered.  It wasn't until... read more

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Ser vs. Estar: To be or To be??....What is the difference!!??

Many of my students dread conjugating verbs. They dread it even more when the verbs are irregular and have the same meaning!!  The verbs ser and estar both mean "to be", so what is the difference between the two?? Ser is used to describe things that are permanent or often unchangeable.  For example, Yo soy de Estados Unidos.(I am from the United States)... read more

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