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SAT Reading Section Tips While Taking the SAT 1. Actively read, meaning underline keywords and main ideas in passages! 2. Determine main idea and/or purpose of author after reading BEFORE you read the questions. 2. After reading the question, take a guess at what the answer might be BEFORE looking at the answer choices so that you have an idea of what you are looking for. 3. Eliminate... read more

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1. Model example problems while explaining and writing step by step notes to accommodate visual and auditory learners. 2. Provide various practice problems that the student can try while looking at your example and notes. 3. Correct and provide written and verbal feedback. 4. Allow the student to solve practice problems without notes and examples to test application skills. 5.... read more

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1. Set goals and times for goals and use a timer for student to beat their own time. Reward students for ACCURATE, complete, and fast work 2. Have students do hardest stuff first to get it out of the way 3. Take short breaks (5-15 min) between subjects when doing homework 4. Have students do homework right after school to get it over with and then have a reward activity after 5... read more

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After tutoring Spanish for the last 8 years, it has come to my attention that although students have to learn the names of the Spanish alphabet, teachers rarely give students a pronunciation chart that will help the be able to read new words that they see. I have made this chart for many of my students and welcome you to print it and use it to help your child or teen. Spanish Alphabet Pronunciation... read more

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Writing is one of the most important skills a student can master, not only for their academic careers, but also for their business and person lives. One of the most common client needs is essay writing. I have developed an essay formula that is pretty simple to follow, and I can help your child/teen use this so they can develop more confidence in their writing! In addition, they will feel more... read more

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I believe it is important to provide students with an editing checklist to make the revision process less scary! For example, Did you use at least three transition words in your supporting detail paragraphs? Did you start your introduction with a hook? Did you provide general background information in your introduction paragraph? Is your thesis the last sentence of your first paragraph... read more

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Throughout my tutoring experience, I have found that many students of all ages have difficulty writing conclusion sentences. A good activity for elementary students is to give them a topic sentence and then tell them they need to write a conclusion that expresses the SAME IDEA but use DIFFERENT WORDS. They should NOT add new information (ie details) in their conclusion. It is extremely important... read more

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As a Special Education teacher for the last ten years, summer tutoring can make an enormous difference. Whether you are taking Algebra next year or had difficulty last year, it is a subject that you will need to pass the CAHSEE and college entrance exams. I have had great success with my students by breaking down concepts, providing easy to follow step by step notes, modeling, guided practice,... read more