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If I could go back in time and give myself some advice ... Well, that's quite a questions. And the answers are not as easy as one might think. We are who we are based on the lessons we have learned over time. If we didn't make mistakes, we would not learn. We might avoid a pitfall here and there, but we wouldn't learn the lessons behind the lessons - the root cause, as it were, for why it was a mistake in the first place. However, one piece of advice I would like to give myself in the past is this: listen to the advice you are given. As I look back, I was given some great advice by a lot of people while I was growing up. Some of it, thankfully, I not only listened to, but took to heart. Some I didn't. When I analyze those things I have done in the past that turned out to be mistakes, I can almost always trace the root of a bad decision back to not following the advice someone had given me earlier. So, with that in mind, I would like to share two of the best pieces... read more

Well, last night I attended a local information meeting regarding the implementation of the "Common Core" standards at our local elementary school. I am happy to see that, at least on the surface, teaching is being put back into the hands of the teachers. However, with the greater flexibility will also come greater challenges, and there are still tests out there being used to determine effectiveness. This is where tutors such as myself can provide the most benefit. Every child is different, and although teachers have the ability to work with different kinds of kids, they often do not have the time or necessary resources. Parents, working with a tutor, can fill the gap and provide the necessary "change of perspective" that may be needed for their individual child. I am looking forward to working with the children in our area, and even those who are remote - technology allows a tutor to work with someone on the other side of the world now, so all that travel... read more

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