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Can One Little Error Cause You to Fail MATH?

I have a student who has really begun to understand math and has mastered much of Algebra I since we began tutoring. About 2 weeks ago, the student had a midterm whereby the teacher placed both 7th and 8th grade tests, side-by-side on a table for students to pick up. My student inadvertently picked up the wrong test and it was 40 minutes into the test before the error was discovered leaving... read more

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Jason Did Unbelievable in Math Models using Geometry in 1 Night!

I had one opportunity to tutor with Jason on a course he is taking that is very new to Texas public schools. As a matter of fact, the concept of Math Models with Geometric Application was developed at the University of Texas at Austin only a couple of years ago. It is a math that focuses on the applications of math to financial, business and statistical uses, among others. Traditionally, we... read more

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Elisha and Adarius - SAT - Senior Ability

Two of my senior math students have worked for the last 3 weeks to prepare for the S.A.T. When students have struggled so tremendously on S.A.T. Math, they sometimes get discouraged. However, for the last 3 weeks, we have worked on algebraic fundamentals, key rules and principles, a variety of problem types, and S.A.T. practice questions. They worked very hard, did not get everything, but I... read more

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Trey - Algebra II - 100 on Quiz

It is students like Trey who keeps me tutoring no matter how busy I get. I was so very excited when he came to tutoring today. He says, "Ms. Sandy, I can practice SAT questions because I do not have anything to cover today. I have already had my quiz this week and I made a 100!" I nearly jumped out of my shoes. Trey reminds me of my sons - very smart and hard working, so if he is... read more

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Novels Now for Nayve!

Nayve is a wonderful little girl who loves to read. I have never seen a student who struggles in reading love the very thing she struggles with. I believe if her mother asked her where she would like to go, it would be the library. She gets two books everytime she goes. Usually she checks out Junie B. Jones which are not short books to read. These are great chapter books that will really help... read more

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Trey Made My Day!

This young man really made my day. When you see a kid who is taking advantage of every opportunity available to him to get better at math, to me, is very exciting. Trey goes to math everyday, he goes to other math teachers when doesn't understand, and he goes to in-school tutoring. On top of that, he and his father are not accepting defeat. Trey has elected to seek out private tutoring each... read more

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Ashley Plans to Ace TAKS Math!

Ashley finished school in 2010, but has consistently had trouble passing the TAKS Math for her diploma. Many students are going through what she has gone through, but Ashley has done everything possible to make her dreams come true. Actually, she has inspired me. She is taking preparation classes, but determined she needed one-on-one help as she was still only getting about 50% of the practice... read more

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Shaye - Received a 100 on Algebra Quiz 2!

Shaye is a returning student who was constantly telling me she could not do the class, but felt that she needed a developmental class. She lacked confidence. She is busy with a full-time job, husband and children. I so felt her pain. She took her first lesson alone and earned a 10% on Ouiz 1. I tutored her for Quiz 2 and she earned a 60%. She was still down, but I explained to her that it was... read more

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Jayson - 14 - Passes THEA - WRITING

Jay is pretty young to be entering college, but boy has he come a long way. He and I made a commitment together to practice the simple format I gave to him with any topic, and he came through with flying colors.