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Winter Break Tips

Here are some easy things you can do to keep your brain sharp and material fresh while you are on winter break...or having a snow day!   Review your notes, quizzes, tests. Look the the diagrams. Be able to explain the diagrams to your mom, sister, or friend.    Check out videos on youtube about a topic you're having trouble with. Can picture how DNA is replicated? There are a lot of great animations out there that can help!   Do test corrections. Why did you get the answer wrong or why is the correct answer right? This will help you remember information and understand what the questions are looking for. 

Seasons Greetings!

I hope everyone is staying warm inside today on this snowy snowy day!!!   Midterms are coming up in the next few weeks and I hope you are all creating a study schedule to work on material. Breaking up the material into small chunks every day will help you conquer the work and not feel overwhelmed by the last 4-5 months of material!    Just think - you learned all of the material - it's already stored up in your brain! You just have to pull it out and have it ready for quick access!    You can do it!

Why I Tutor

I got involved with WyzAnt in January of 2012. I had just started my graduate degree in education and was teaching part time at a local college. I really enjoyed helping my students learn and gain confidence and I wanted to build up my experience. I looked into a lot of different tutoring companies and found WyzAnt to be the easiest to use and highly regulated. So I signed up! I've had great experience so far and love helping my students. That is really the best part of it for me. When I get to help someone work through a problem, learn new study skills, understand concepts and improve their test scores/average, that makes my day! I'm really not in this for the money. I love the positive benefit my students can have from tutoring and I'm glad to be a part of that!

What every potential Wyzant student must know

Before you begin working with a tutor, Wyzant requires you to submit payment information. Phone numbers, email addresses or other personal information cannot be shared between tutor and student until your payment information has been submitted. If you do try to email your personal information to a tutor, it will be removed from the email and likewise if a tutor tries to send you contact information. This is to protect the tutor and the student. Even last names aren't shared between tutor and student until your payment info has been submitted. By submitting your payment info, it shows that you are serious and ready to begin tutoring. Most of the tutors I know, myself included, put a lot of work into the time they spend with a student. Not only do I work while we are in session, I provide support throughout the week either by phone, email or Edmodo. I also provide helpful resources to you throughout the week on Edmodo or through email. When your payment info is submitted,... read more

Logical Learners

Logical learners learn best by looking for order, using symbols, breaking down the whole into it's parts, identifying cause and effect and following structure. These students tend to reason in a logical manner, look for relationships, like puzzles, good at calculations, can manipulate functions, and analyze abstract ideas. Creating structure in your classroom or tutoring can engage these students. Providing activities that have clear instructions and criteria are beneficial as well as promoting experimentation, using puzzles, use problem based learning, encouraging content debate and having the learners help create rubrics are all good ways of engaging the logical learner.

Edmodo

Edmodo is a web community much like Facebook but can be used in the educational setting. The site was designed to bridge technology, digital literacy and the classroom though I've found it to be useful with tutoring. The tutor can set up a group on Edmodo for the student they are tutoring. The student, tutor and the child's parents are the only ones who have access to the group. The tutor can post videos, assignments, polls and have a discussion with their student on the site. The set up looks a lot like Facebook but with the bonuses of being private, no ads and being able to create educational content. Check it out!

Intrapersonal Learners

Intrapersonal learners are in-tune with their feelings, attitudes, principals and priorities. They are very good at assessing their own behavior and have strong awareness of their thought processes. They may be involved in volunteer or community activities. To support the intrapersonal learner, incorporating choice into activities, using analogues, have student set goals, include journal activities, topic discussions, bring current events into learning experiences, and using interest inventories are all great ways at engaging the intrapersonal learner.

Interpersonal Learners

Interpersonal learners learn best through interacting with a group - whether it's a group of 2 or 20. They are in-tune with the needs of others, are personable and have good social skills. Collaborative work, group assessment and leadership opportunities help these students out. Being able to interact with peers during learning experiences, having group work, doing role play, and other forms of class participation are all great ways of engaging interpersonal learners.

Existential Learners

Existential learners are concerned about the big picture and how what they are learning fits into that picture. These students are driven by their core values and must have a good reason for doing something, a purpose. They seek meaningful learning, look to connect what they are learning with other things going on in the world or historically, desire a sense of belonging and look at information in the context it is presented. When tutoring, we can support these students by giving an overview of the lesson, looking for cross-curricular connections of the material they are working on, show an importance to what they are learning and have the students involved in planning their study.

Visual Learners

Visual learners are tuned into spatial orientation, thinking visually, acquiring knowledge through pictures, diagrams, video and slide shows. They are good at designing visually presented material. These students can see ideas, use mental images as a way of remembering, can manipulate models and ideas visually in their mind, and learn best by seeing something in action. When tutoring a visual learner, using diagrams, semantic mapping, visual technologies like Prezi and videos can really help them succeed.

Kinesthetic Learners

Kinesthetic learners learn best by doing or being physically engaged in the lesson. These learners internalize content and express their ideas through body sensation and movement. Excelling when they learn through doing, they love doing hands-on activities, moving around the classroom and can master a concept when given the opportunity to physically manipulate materials, such as with a lab. In a tutoring session, some ways to help kinesthetic learners would be to incorporate physical models, provide interactive games, construct physical models, and use movement to help memory.

Multiple Intelligences

What are multiple intelligences? They are groupings of the unique learning styles that we all have. Each person is different and we all learn in different ways. Multiple intelligences are categories of each of those learning styles. The learning styles are: kinesthetic, existential, interpersonal, intrapersonal, logical, rhythmic (musical), naturalistic, linguistic and visual. Kinesthetic learners learn best by doing or having interaction with the learning environment. Existential learners look for the bigger picture and how what they are learning connects to larger understandings. Interpersonal learners learn through interaction with others. Intrapersonal learners connect with the feelings, values and attitudes of what they are learning. Logical learners work best with reasoning and problem solving. Rhythmic, or musical, learners look for patterns and can benefit from using sound in learning experiences. Naturalistic thinkers like to classify and put things into categories... read more

How much time for tutoring?

If you're new to using a tutor, you might be wondering, how much time per week, or per session should I spend with a tutor? That can depend on your needs. If you are pretty confident with your material and just want that extra boost, an hour might be all you need. I find that with most of my students an hour and a half is optimal. Most students need the one-on-one personal touch to help explain what is going on in class, to catch up with things, to practice test taking, and to have an extra boost of explanation and work on material during that hour and a half. It's just enough time to summarize from the previous week, check in with how the week has gone, practice 10 to 20 exam questions, move into the learning experience for the session and then debrief and/or assign work for the week. Meeting at least once a week is sensible and meeting twice a week is best! Getting an extra 3 hours of support during the week amidst your scheduling is optimal and doable for most students... read more

Holiday Rates are in effect!

Hi Everyone! Just a reminder that my rate is $30/hour for the Holidays! I suspect that I will keep this rate indefinitely. It's important to me that the help that tutoring can provide be accessible. By keeping my rates lower, I hope that more people can afford the help if they need it. Happy Holidays!!

Rate changes

Hi students! I've lowered my rates, starting today for the Holiday Season. The rate of $30/hr will stay in effect from today until January 2nd. Also for the month of November, I am showing my thanks to you for choosing me as your tutor by making your first lesson free. Thanks!

Why tutoring is a great option

Tutoring can help you in many ways. A tutor can provide you with important one-on-one time that you may need but can't get in class. Being able to focus our attention on you for the tutoring session can be just what a student needs to clear up ideas or work through problems. Having someone there to bounce ideas off of, give confidence and support and clear up misconceptions when they happen can really boost a students confidence and understanding of the material. In class, it can be busy and the teacher might not be able to get to everyone. Another way tutors can help is that we might explain things differently than your teacher. We'll still be accurate but use different words, have different explanations or be able to relate the material to you in a different way. Tutors can provide more explanation and possible clarification. Tutors can provide targeted exam preparation. Whether it's a standardized test or teacher-made test, we can provide you with test-specific... read more

Preparing for standardized exams

I've just spent the last five hours preparing for my biology teaching certification exam. Here are some problems I ran in to and some strategies: 1. I would read the question wrong. Either I read it too fast or I misinterpreted the question and selected the wrong answer. Be careful to go slow and read what the question is asking. 2. I second-guessed my first answer. More than a few times I went to select the answer that first came to mind but then I told myself to think about it for a second to make sure and ended up thinking myself out of the correct answer into the incorrect answer! Try to go with your gut. 3. Questions that had "all of the above" or "none of the above" in the answer selections. Ninety percent of the time the all or none of the above selections are going to be the correct answer. 4. Watch out for answers with "always" or "only" or some other explicit qualifier in it. Those are usually the correct or incorrect... read more

Exam Review

The few days before an exam are a great time to go over your notes and mentally visualize taking the exam and doing well. Going over your notes can be daunting. To get around this you could make graphic organizers (pictorial representations of notes/concepts/vocabulary). Graphic organizer are wonderful for helping you learn important material. Making a graphic organizer gets you to think about the material, organizing it and finding relationships within it that will help you remember the content. A few examples are flow charts, bubble charts, association triangles and Venn diagrams. Another really cool technique that one of my students uses to prepare for exams is to make presentations of the material. By making a presentation and performing it, you are synthesizing the material and using it. This will help you remember and see relationships within the material. In addition to remembering, these techniques will help you to process the material you've been learning... read more

Preparing for the Upcoming School year

Hi Students! I hope you're all having a good summer. By now, you are all probably in summer relaxation mode. Going to the beach, hanging out with friends, planning on hitting up the Erie County fair. It's never too early to start preparing for the upcoming school year. Get those summer reading books read, look at the syllabi for your new classes. You can also prepare by refreshing what you have already learned. Spending a few minutes each day going over your notes from last year is the best way to ensure that you don't forget anything! And it's best to retain as much as possible because all subjects build off of each other. There are certain biology principles that will help you in earth science, chemistry and physics. Math is so interwoven! History builds off the previous year and you need to remember proper grammar in order to write those English papers! If you are interested in a certain subject, why not learn more about it now while you have the time? Pick up a magazine,... read more

My tutoring experiences thus far with Wyzant

I have a really enjoyable time tutoring with WyzAnt. I love being able to help people succeed academically. Education really is the key to life, whether it be graduating from High School, progressing through-out a unit, learning new skills or going back to school - it's truly one of the best things you can do for yourself. I'm glad to be a part of your experience!

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