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Fish is good brain food;   it elevates your mood.   It's healthy for your heart   and helps to keep you smart.   So, eat fish twice a week   and watch your brainpower peak.     Fish is just one vital part of the "Maximum Mental Health Diet," which will help boost your brainpower to improve... read more

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Many students are fortunate to have tentatively chosen a career path for themselves by the time they have begun high school.  If this path has included a STEM or health-related (i.e., pre-med, pharmacy, dentistry, physician's assistant) discipline, most have been guided along the math track sequence of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus and sometimes even Calculus.  These... read more

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Several of my current Geometry students have commented on this very distinction.  This has prompted me to offer a few possible reasons.   First, Geometry requires a heavy reliance on explanations and justifications (particularly of the formal two-column proof variety) that involve stepwise, deductive reasoning.  For many, this is their first exposure to this type of... read more

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I recently achieved 1000 HOUR status on my WyzAnt profile. This is a point at which to really reflect on the broad positive short- and long-term impacts that have been made on numerous, diverse students. First, there are the dual Math and Chemistry secondary school clients who have been consistently trained in how to become better critical thinkers. This will help them in future courses (math/science-related... read more

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As this 2012-2013 school year has come upon us, I started to reflect on a number of major tutoring successes I had the pleasure of experiencing over the 2011-2012 school year. In one such instance dating back to August, 2011, I began a long-term partnership with a high school senior who was taking AP Chemistry and desired the best possible course academic outcome. This student and I initially... read more

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This current summer season has been particularly productive in terms of successes achieved with students who either enrolled in fast-paced Organic I and II courses or desired a jump-start for Fall Organic I. A variety of concepts were dealt with, including nomenclature, acidity and basicity rankings, conformational analysis, stereochemistry, resonance stabilization, reaction mechanisms, functional... read more

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I most recently achieved 500 HOUR status on my WyzAnt profile. This hallmark wasn't even on the radar screen back in April, 2011, when I began with my very first tutoring clients. Persistence, high-level energy, reliability, and finesse in nurturing long-term relationships with the students all combined to produce this special milestone. The overwhelming majority of the students who partnered... read more

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As this current 2011-2012 school year is rapidly drawing to a close, it is instructive to reflect on how tutor preparedness, particularly when having dealt with long-term clients, has proven to be highly beneficial. On numerous occasions, having had at hand backup textbooks, lecture notes, assorted visuals, test banks, and even graph paper has enabled students to have more effectively mastered... read more

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First Lady Michelle Obama took her "Healthy Eating" message to the students of the Dallas Independent School District on Friday, February 10, 2012. Before leaving the Dallas event she gave the students one more message for not only controlling childhood obesity but also increasing their brainpower in the classroom: "It's important to eat right, it's important to get your exercise,... read more

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As this new academic year approaches, begin your studies successfully by providing your brain with the proper dietary nutrition needed to enhance concentration, thinking ability, and recall. A very small molecule, nitric oxide (NO), is produced in the body from the amino acids arginine and citrulline and also from the bioflavonoid antioxidants known as anthocyanins and catechins. Both categories... read more

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The first part of the above title is more than just an arbitrary phrase. It gets right to the core of defining my very approach (as stated in my profile) toward successful tutoring in these subjects. One would not set out on a long road trip from a familiar starting point to an unfamiliar locale without having first mapped out an accurate and sequentially-detailed route. Likewise, this tends... read more

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Based upon the academic performances of many math and chemistry clients over the years and leading right up to the present, the following factors have been vital for my students to have substantially bolstered their achievement levels by the end of their particular courses of study: 1) Both the tutor and the students approached every session with enthusiasm and a positive attitude. 2)... read more