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This is the time of year when students (and their parents) spring into high gear when it comes to SAT and ACT test preparation. There are countless test preparation books and courses available to students on that very subject. There are other ways to become a standout candidate in the college admissions exercise. What am I talking about? I am talking about taking and passing CLEP and DANTES/DSST... read more

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Parents~ It is spring. That means it is time for IEP (Individual Education Plan) meetings with teachers and administration. Remember, if you have a documented diagnosis for your student, schools are required to prepare an IEP and hold meetings that include you and the IEP team. They are not doing you a favor, it is a requirement because of the ADA (American Disabilities Act). Now, when... read more

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As you peruse the list of amazing tutors here at WyzAnt, a challenge arises. How do you KNOW which one is right for you or your student? Well, you may not know this, but you can continue to exchange emails with a tutor for as long as you like. Get your questions answered. If the tutor isn't interested in emailing with you to allay your fears and answer your questions, that speaks volumes. Frankly,... read more

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Parents, are your students losing their motivation and oomph? Adult learners -- are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel like that finish line is elusive and will always be out of reach? Trust me, I know how you feel. Awhile back I entered a 5K. Now most of the entrants ran all or most of the 5K. I wasn't in that kind of condition. I walked it. I walked rapidly at first. But with the hills... read more

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Hello there parents! Here we are in a new school year. Have your homework battles begun already? Is your student struggling with math? Do you see her/him giving up or resisting doing the homework? Reduce the likelihood of homework battles. An encouraging and knowledgeable tutor can make all the difference in the world. Math is a subject that must be built step by step on a leak-proof foundation... read more

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Here we are at the beginning of a new school year. It is always a brilliant idea to start out strong. That means establishing great study skills, trying to stay ahead of whatever lessons are covered in class, reviewing, and practicing your math skills. Math skills and math facts are SO important. Everything in math builds on past lessons. that is why it is so very important to keep practicing... read more

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Are you having trouble finishing your math test on time? Are you upset that your teacher doesn't give you multiple class sessions to complete your test? You can conquer this problem. How? Well, let me ask you this: have you ever had foot races---either in gym class, basketball practice, track or cross country, football, baseball? Or even a swimming race? Obviously if you were on a team you... read more

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Hi math students! Are linear equations, systems of equations, quadratic equations and solving equations in general driving you crazy? Do you feel like you will never EVER understand how to do it? It is more intuitive than you realize. For instance, you solve equations every day! Have you ever been to the movies? If you and 3 friends go to the movies and you are paying for the tickets...and... read more

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Hello. To those of you who are desperately trying to pass or improve your scores on the ASVAB and/or the GED exam: You can improve and you can pass it. You really can! You may say, "how is this possible"? I ask you this: have you done poorly in school and on tests in the past? You can really put those days of failure and frustration behind you. First you need to decide if doing... read more

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I have written many many blog articles about teaching and learning, and believing in my students. What continually draws me to a student, and keeps me going? I will tell you. It is the chance to launch them. My favorite movies have involved teachers that help their students. "To Sir With Love", "To Sir With Love II", "The Marva Collins Story", "Dangerous Minds",... read more

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Do you find yourself getting scared or freezing up just thinking about a test? Do you get so nervous preparing for a test that you feel like spinning your wheels? Do you feel overwhelmed because it seems like there is a huge mountain of material you do not know? Let's approach it differently! One tactic you can take is to take a piece of paper out (or some index cards, your choice) and... read more

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Are you at your wits' end when it comes to math homework? Has this been going on long enough? Guess what? I would love to help your child END their math frustration. So many students have had to struggle for a very long time with math. It gets intimidating. Pretty soon students look at their math homework, throw their hands up in despair and say "I can't do this" or "the teacher... read more

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There are many reasons that teachers and tutors give for teaching. Typical reasons include the joy of seeing students learn. While this is certainly the case for me as well, an even more important reason to me was to help students see that they are WAY more capable than teachers and peers have told them. I believe that failure in school is much more complicated than "I am smart" or... read more

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There is definitely a way to take control of your preparation for major tests. Did you know that the table of contents in your textbook gives you a perfect roadmap for review? Flip your textbook open to the table of contents. Each chapter in the table of contents will have subcategories for the chapter. See how much information you can say out loud about these categories. Take... read more

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As I said in my previous post, math has become a problem for so many students. Parents are frequently at a loss as to how to help their child in math (or pre-algebra, algebra, or ASVAB) as well. Why is math so difficult and scary for so many students? Is it because math is inherently more difficult than English and History? Is it because you "just can't understand or learn math"?... read more

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Math has become a problem for so many students. Parents are frequently at a loss as to how to help their child in math, as well. Why is math so difficult and scary for so many students? Is it because math is inherently more difficult than English and History? Is it because some people "just can't understand math"? Is it the teacher's fault? No to all of these, of course. As... read more

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As the calendar year comes to a close, parents and students begin to fear paying for college! This is the time of year that high school upperclassmen and college freshmen are often in a panic. So are their parents. In today's economy, this is understandable. What is often surprising news to students and parents alike is how much the face of college education has changed! In addition... read more

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Do you find yourself giving up or procrastinating on your reading and studying? Does it seem like there is an endless amount of work to finish between now and Christmas? I know you have heard a million times, "break it into smaller pieces". Maybe you need another way to do that. Here is a way that has worked for some of my students. Let's say you have 9 chapters in your history... read more

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If you are a high school or college student (or are tutoring one) think carefully about how you learn best. Besides that, though, think about what you dislike. Do you procrastinate about learning specific facts? Do you try to put off your reading assignments? If you have quiet music on in the background, does it help you learn facts? I know that those of you who are struggling, you may... read more

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