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Easy Summer Enrichment

Most teachers plan on needing to review basic subject-area content during the first few weeks of school. Why? Because most students need to refresh their memory after spending their summers swimming, playing video games, and generally going everything they can to avoid anything remotely resembling school work.   Summer enrichment doesn't have to look like regular schoolwork. Anything... read more

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Educational Apps

After several months of carrying some pretty heavy textbooks around with me, I recently decided to switch to a Kindle Fire and start using electronic textbooks. Although there are times when a good old-fashioned book really cannot be replaced, I'm very pleased with the weight of my tutoring bag now, and my students seem to be enjoying the switch as well.   I'm able to download... read more

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Diet and Attention- What's the Connection?

Fad diets- you can't spend more than 10 minutes browsing the web without seeing something about a fad diet these days. We've all heard of them - Paleo, GAPS, Gluten-Free, grapefruit and eggs, gluten-free-casein-free, etc. We've all heard of the benefits of these diets for adults- weight loss being the primary goal here.   But what happens when you put your child on one of these... read more

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Favorite Cross-Categorical Resources, Gr K-12

Here are some of my favorite resources that cover multiple subject areas in a single resource. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores.     (All grades) www.wyzant.com/resources/answers - homework help from real tutors and teachers (All grades) http://www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons... read more

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Favorite English Resources, Gr 8-12

Here are some of my favorite English (high school) resources. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores.     (K-12) Readwritethink.org – Click on “Parent and After School Resources,” for a great list, sorted by grade level, to help your child practice a variety of different skill sets at... read more

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Favorite Language Arts Resources, K-6

Here are some of my favorite Language Arts resources. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores.     (K-2) Starfall.com – Practice, tutorials, and assistance with students learning phonics. (K-5) Tumblebooks.com – A free, online library of e-books for students K-5; younger students... read more

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Favorite History Resources, Gr K-12

Here are some of my favorite History resources. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores.   (K-12) TeachingHistory.org – A resource designed for teachers to help create history lesson plans, this website is filled with other relevant links to help you research your specific topic. (K-8)... read more

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Favorite Science Resources, Gr 6-12

Here are some of my favorite Science resources. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores.   (Gr. 9-12) CellsAlive.com – Learn about the life cycle of a cell, including reproduction, structure and live cell growth videos. (Gr. 9-12) Zooniverse.com – A fabulous resource for science... read more

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Favorite Math Resources, K-12 + GED

Here are some of my favorite Math resources. Check back again soon, this list is always growing! I also recommend school textbooks, your local library, and used bookstores. As a note, college-level math textbooks are often helpful for high school math students. Why is that? Isn't that a little counter-intuitive? Yes, it would appear that way! However, many college-level math textbooks... read more

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Test Anxiety Tips and Techniques

It's test day. You've studied hard and you feel pretty good about what you've learned. You feel prepared for this test. As your teacher passes out tests, your palms get sweaty and cold. Your head feels hot all of a sudden. You notice that it's harder to take a deep breath. And while you could recite the periodic table of elements without any problem ten minutes earlier, your mind feels as blank... read more

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F(X) = 1/X-5 + 1 (answer)

This looks like an equation that should be graphed to me.      f(x) = 1  + 1         x-5   Unfortunately, this forum is not exactly set up to show the graphical result of a function. What are you supposed to be doing with this...

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Is the first hour of tutoring free? I want to find a fit for myson? (answer)

Hi Monica,   Sometimes it's hard for a tutor to come up with a specific plan for a specific student before you meet. I'm sure YOU know your son very well, but a tutor won't know anything about your son except for what you may have told a prospective tutor. As a general rule, the...

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Tricky Word Problem (answer)

When a number, half of a number, and a third of a number are added together, the sum is 385. Find the three numbers.     Let's make the mystery number represented as, "n," for 'number.'   We start with n.     We know we're going...

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Study Skills

Ask any classroom full of students how they study, and you're likely to get a lot of different answers. There will probably be many similar answers, but most people have different methods, locations, and techniques that shortens their study time somehow. Sometimes shortcuts are a great thing- like a shortcut that avoids heavy traffic. The trick to using shortcuts with studying is knowing which... read more

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Factoring - Why use it?

Whenever math gives you an easy topic, take it and run with it! I am sometimes surprised by how many students struggle (really struggle) with factoring. That said, I always struggled with quadratics when I was in high school. And forgetting to move negative signs and decimals when simplifying (whoops!). Fortunately, I've gotten past that. My point is that even tutors and teachers start somewhere,... read more

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Find their difference? (answer)

Sun, what does your teacher expect? I would assume your teacher would have covered the definition of "trustworthy figures" to you at some point. Without knowing if this is a specific math problem (and no more), or if there's another part to this question (as with a statistical analysis...

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How to find slope and y-intercept and how to graph it (answer)

Y-Intercept is simply wherever your line crosses the Y axis (where your line 'intercepts' the y-axis).   Slope can be found with a simple formula - if you have two sets of points on a graph, all you need to do is plug in values:   y2-y1 _____ = slope x2-x1   If...

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