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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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Basic Marketing Strategies of a Product Life Cycle

Several weeks ago, I caught an afternoon interview on CNBC with Carly Fiorino, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, on her thoughts on her former company’s ousting from the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow).  For those of you that don’t know what the Dow is it’s the average cost of thirty industrial stocks used to give an indication of the stock market over time.  New stocks... read more

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Solve the equation and check the solution. (answer)

Step 1. get rid of the parentheses.  We'll do one at a time to avoid confusion.  First factor in the -5 into the (t-6) by multiplying like this: (-5)(t) - (-5)(6) -5t - (-30)                  -5t...

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Simplify the given expression (answer)

Remember your order of operations by becoming familiar with the term PEMDAS.  This term will help you remember which math operation you need to do first, starting from left to right.  Here's a breakdown of the meanings.  P - Parentheses E - Exponents M - Multiply D...

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Passing Score on the Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written Exam

I recently received the results of my Assessment of Teaching Skills - Written (ATS-W) Exam and am happy to report that I passed. I felt that it was necessary to share this information with readers because there's often a negative perception when it comes to tutors that are either not full time teachers or don't hold some type of teaching degree or certification. It is this perception that drives... read more

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Working With DDL and DML

1.     Overview: Working with what?! SQL  statements are divided into two languages: DDL and DML. We will review the code contained in these languages and apply it to some database tables. 2.     Review of Relational Databases Relational databases developed in 1970 by Dr. E.F. Codd. This type of database eliminated some of the... read more

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We Fail So That We May Succeed

We Fail So That We May Succeed The topic that I want to talk about this week is 'Failure'. A while back, I read an article in the December 2009 issue of Disc Jockey News entitled "Starting From Scratch" by Jeff Richards where failure was mentioned. In the article Richards states, "You only fail when you set limits upon yourself. When you have doubts about your abilities,... read more

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The Importance of Math Fundamentals for Math and Science Majors

While helping a student with Precalculus yesterday, I began to remember the challenges I once had with math courses in college. In high school, I breezed through math subjects like algebra, geometry, and trigonometry. That's when I really lovee math. I wish I could tell you that I breezed through all my college math classes but I can't. Let me tell you where I miscalculated. After high... read more

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What You Need to Know About the ASVAB Test

The Armed Forces Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a mandatory test that all military candidates must take before enlisting in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. The ASVAB currently contains 9 sections: -Word Knowledge (WK) -Arithmetic Reasoning (AR) -Mechanical Comprehension (MC) -Automotive and Shop Information (AS) -Electronics Information (EI) -Mathematics... read more

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Why Do I Want to Teach?

Teaching has always been a passion of mine but it wasn’t until recently that I desired to make teaching a career. It was always my plan to contribute a number of years working for a private company then, after retirement, share my knowledge and experiences with younger generations by becoming a New York City public school teacher. That plan has changed and my desire to teach has come sooner... read more