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Holidlay Tutoring

During the School Holidays such as Spring Break, an ideal time presents itself for some special tutoring sessions for students who need some extra help with their school work.  There is no pressure from school assignments or tests, only the opportunity to advance in reading, math, vocabulary work, or geography.  Too few parents recognize this opportunity for their children to make... read more

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January Blast-off!

It's mid-January now.  Time to stop vacationing and get down to business, isn't it?     For students, that would mean things like learning the vocabulary and terminology of every subject they are studying, whether required by their instructor or not.  Learning the terminology -- how to spell the words, and what their meaning is in the context of that subject -- that... read more

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Continually Grow

Every day, take a bit of time to read or study.  Maybe 30 to 60 minutes.  Read something that interests you, or better yet, read something you are totally unfamiliar with -- to expand your mind and expand your interests.  An interesting person is interested in things and interested in other people.  Stretch yourself to become interested in others outside of yourself.  Start... read more

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Winter BreakTips

Getting too wrapped up in the holidays is a way not to keep your brain sharp.  Today we tend to make the period from Hallowe'en through New Years one long holiday.  Of course, we have a holiday spirit in this time period, but we, as students, should also recognize that there will be some free time during this holiday time and that we ought to utilize some of that free time to study... read more

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How I mastered a challenging subject

I mastered a challenging subject by making myself fall in love with that subject.  By falling in love with the subject, you will seek to find ways during your day to get with that subject, to read and study into that subject, to work problems or write definitions.   This is because by nature we avoid what we dislike.  So first off, a student must adjust his mental thinking... read more

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ACT Test Preparation

In preparing to take and excel on the ACT Test, it is very important and very advisable for the student to obtain and prepare from an ACT Study Guide, as opposed to going in and taking the ACT test "cold" with little or no preparation.     Study Guides offer many hints and strategies which, if the student will take a little time to learn those techniques, he or she... read more

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Mastering a Subject

The most important thing in mastering a subject is to know all the vocabulary and terminology involved in that subject and to be able to express oneself using that terminology.  I have been encouraging every student I deal with to make their own vocabulary list, with the word, a brief definition, and a sentence of their own creation.  Some students do this, others neglect this advice... read more

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Study Vocabulary

The most important part of preparation to go back to school is to keep a list of vocabulary words related to each subject, define those words, and use them in a sentence.  Doing this one thing will almost ensure a student of making good grades in the school year.  This is because many tests at elementary and high school level are vocabulary questions, such as matching, fill in the... read more

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Vocabulary Instruction

I am writing to advocate for the study of vocabulary in each and every subject. This should begin at grade 1 and continue through grade 12. There ought to be a separate "Vocabulary Class" where words, their origins, their derivations, their meanings ought to be taught. Students should be required to do exercises with words on hand-in and graded papers, daily. If we neglect... read more

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Tutoring Before the Start of the New School Year

It would be most helpful if parents would schedule their children for tutoring once a week in the month prior to school opening in August. This would help their children get their minds focused on the school subjects, let them brush up on math skills, reading and vocabulary skills, English skills and some science and social studies skills, such as map reading, or chart or graph reading. In... read more

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Summer Slump Survival Guide for Students

1. Read a book that was not an assigned book -- a book of your own choosing. 2. Become more orderly and disciplined about all aspects of your life, your room, your home, your yard, your friends... 3. Study some math -- maybe from a new workbook obtained from a school supply store or from another local store. Do one page a day. 4. Make at least one new friend by your being friendly... read more

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Studying Geometry

The study of geometry trains the mind. It disciplines the mind. It demands memory work. It demands attention and the focus of one's attention. It builds upon simpler ideas, dovetailing them into more complex ideas. In doing so, it builds a cognitive structure within the student's brain. It is like building a large tower from a simple set of tinker toys. And even if one never becomes an... read more

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Missing Factor Problems in Math

The type of problem that has a missing factor (missing-factor problems) has a certain way to be solved. The path to solution can be expressed in a 12-word sentence which young students can count out on their fingers: "To find a missing factor, divide the product by the known factor." Twelve little words which are not hard to commit to memory. Why is this important? This is important... read more

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Subjects that Seem Boring to a Student

As we go through our educational cycle and study various subjects, we may feel more interested in some subjects than in others. However, we all need to "talk to ourselves" a bit and tell ourselves that any subject contains interesting material. Sometimes we just need to view something from a different perspective. Or realize that there might be elements of a subject we've never thought... read more

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Student Enthusiasm

There is no substitute for the impetus a student can gain from having some personal enthusiasm for learning. A student can gain this enthusiasm by telling himself how important an education is going to be in life, as well as how interesting any topic can be if we put ourselves into it. Too many students are drifting along without much personal drive. Reasons for this might be varied, but it... read more

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The Importance of Terminology and Vocabulary

In mathematics, as in any other subject, a student should keep a list of new vocabulary terms. These should be looked up, defined,written down in a notebook, and understood if a student is to actually progress in knowledge. Many students won't do more than is assigned by the instructor, and a teacher will not always assign the keeping of a vocabulary list. The student needs to take that upon... read more

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Get Serious, Get Smart

I am hearing a lot about school or classroom discipline. Should the teacher take responsibility for the discipline of the class? Should the school principal be the person to administer discipline? These questions skirt the issue. The STUDENT must acquire discipline, self-discipline. Where will that come from? Number One: From the parents and from the home. Number Two: From earliest teachers... read more

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Studying to Prepare for a Major Test

When a student is going to sit for a major exam such as the GRE, ACT, Compass, or others, it is imperative that the student make preparation for that test a major priority in their life for the time being. Careful preparation and study will definitely lead to higher scores, and contrariwise, slipshod and hurried cramming will not get the job done. Acquiring a high score will require thinking,... read more

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Discussing History with Students

It is so helpful to the tutor to have recently read some background information about history in order to make it more interesting to the student. If the tutor can talk to the student and tell him things he didn't know before, or give him ways to remember things in history, it can make learning much easier. Also, to incorporate math into history, every time a date comes up in discussion or... read more

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The Color Wheel

Working with an outline of the Color Wheel which shows the primary and secondary colors can be very fascinating and relaxing for students, even high school students. When they realize that there are only 3 primary colors, red, yellow, and blue, and that other colors are made by a mixture of these 3 colors, and they see this on a color wheel which they actually color themselves with colored... read more

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