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Imagine what being a master of your own time would look like. Maybe for you that would mean no more late nights. No tired mornings. Energy, focus, clarity. You jump into each project with a plan of action and you get it done, quickly. You can say yes to your friends and family. You balance work, school, your social and personal life easily. You feel good about your accomplishments as you knock them down one at a time. Procrastination vanishes. Confidence grows. Success is a recipe you can easily follow and it will make you the master over your time. When time owns you, often you’ll find yourself struggling to keep up. Overwhelm, frustration, and disappointment are easily accessed emotions. If you’re not getting “enough” done each day, you’re not in charge of your time, time is in charge of you. This guide will show you proven strategies for taking control of your time, and your life. If you... read more

I've been an educator for nearly 20 years, first as a high school history and language teacher, and now more than ten years as a private tutor and study coach. I have spent thousands of hours, one-on-one, with students in middle school, high school, and college, and I have zeroed in on some simple and concrete strategies for helping them manage their independent studies. As schools begin to close down for extended periods, sometimes moving to remote instruction, a great portion of the responsibility for learning is now in the students' hands. Self-management will be crucial in making these studies effective, and I believe the strategies below will prove useful. So without further ado - How To Succeed In School Without Teachers (Or A School)   Creating a plan that is SPECIFIC is key. Sit down, and on paper or screen answer these questions: WHEN will I do my work? First, sketch out a broad plan for the coming week using Google calendar... read more

“Peg” by Steely Dan (Piano Tutorial) Welcome to the Piano Tutorial of the song titled “Peg” by Steely Dan. We are going to learn piano chords-voicings which could also be applicable to guitar. We are going to split this song in four parts: The Intro, 8 measures Letter [A], the verse with a 12 bar form. The lead vocal starts in this section. Letter [B], the chorus, also in 12 bar form. Tag Ending, 8 measures in form which repeat. Donald Fagen uses some very interesting voicings in fourths for many of the chords of this song. Let’s practice together and learn how to play PEG by Steely Dan. Album: “Aja” by Steely Dan

Music Hand Notation: C69 Tension Substitution Voicings Introduction to a C69 tension substitution voicing tutorial. Learning how transform a CMA7 chord into a C69 jazz voicing using chord scale theory. An actual keyboard video workout is coming soon. I am planning to create a series of keyboard voicings videos using both intervals and solfege syllables. Using intervals (visual) plus using "Movable Do" solfege (language) helps us  play jazz voicings in all 12 keys while deepening our harmonic understanding during piano performance.

Latin Jazz Piano Series (Tutorial) I-V7-I Salsa Piano Montuno in 12 Keys (2-3 Clave) We are going to play a I-V7-I Salsa Piano Montuno in 12 Keys (2-3 Clave). The salsa montuno pattern is 4 bars in length. We will play it four times and then move to the next key. We will use Cycle of Fourths to navigate through all 12 Keys. Keys: C- F- Bb - Eb - Ab - Db - Gb - B - E - A - D - G - End 00:00:04 Intro 00:00:24 Key of C 00:00:52 Key of F 00:01:15 Key of Bb 00:01:39 Key of Eb 00:02:02 Key of Ab 00:02:25 Key of Db 00:02:48 Key of Gb 00:03:12 Key of B 00:03:35 Key of E 00:03:58 Key of A 00:04:21 Key of D 00:04:45 Key of G 00:05:08 End

Keyboard Skills for Songwriters and Producers Video Tutorial Series.    Let’s play the following chord progression in the Key of C:| I-V-I-IV | I-V-IV-I | 00:00:04 Intro    00:00:16 Chord Progression in Root Position   00:00:54 Playing with a Backing Track (Root Position)   00:01:59 Chord Progression in 1st Inversion    00:02:46 Playing with a Backing Track (1st Inversion)   00:04:02 Chord Progression in 2nd Inversion   00:04:49 Playing with a Backing Track (2nd Inversion)   00:05:55 Ending   We will play the chord progression using in three different voice leading routines. Voice leading A: The chord progression starts in Root Position and ends in Root Position. Voice leading B: The chord progression starts in 1st Inversion and ends in 1st Inversion. Voice leading C: The chord progression starts in 2nd Inversion...

I respect both your learning time and my teaching time. For lesson scheduling, I will be implementing the following policies starting 3/3/20:     Cancellation policy for students   If a student wishes to cancel a scheduled lesson, they must do so at LEAST 12 hours in advance (via the Wyzant messaging system). Doing this will result in no charge on your card, and we will be able to reschedule the lesson at a more convenient time.   If a cancellation is requested between 4-12 hours before the scheduled lesson time, a 50% cancellation fee will be charged.    If a cancellation is requested less than 4 hours before the lesson time, a fee of 75% of the lesson will be charged.     If a student arrives more than 5 minutes late to the lesson, the time spent waiting will also be charged.      I always wait 15 minutes in the online lesson space. If the student has not joined the... read more

Arrays are an important part of javascript. There are situation where you may want to add more items to an array at run time. In order to add a new item to the end of an Array, we use the push() function.   .push() takes one or more parameters and pushes them to the end of the array   e.g   var arr = [1, 2, "three", 4, "hello"]; arr.push("good");   The resulting arr will now contain:   [1, 2, "three", 4, "hello", "good"]    You can also pass multiple item to .push(), e.g: arr.push("best", 4, "amazing");   I hope you now are now familiar with .push() function. In the next blog post, I will explain the pop() function.   Task: Consider the following array var fruits = ["apple", "banana", "orange"]; Add two more fruits to the fruits array...

Thank you for respecting my time as much as I respect yours.  Effective February 12, 2020, I will be implementing the following policies:   Cancellation Policy: Out of respect for your time, if I need to cancel a lesson less than two hours from the start of your lesson, your next lesson will be free. If you cancel in less than two hours from the start time of our lesson, you will be charged a 50% cancellation fee. If you cancel after I am in my car to travel to your location or within 30 minutes of your lesson time (whichever comes first), you will be charged 100%. If you have a standing lesson with me and you cancel more than two times in an eight week period, all future cancellations will be charged at 100%.  This policy will be applied on a rolling basis. Late Policy: Out of respect for your time, if I am late for a lesson by more than fifteen minutes, your next half-hour of tutoring will be free. If I arrive... read more

As much as I respect your time, I also expect you to respect mine. When scheduling a session, I reserve that time for you and I lose both money and time if you provide an abrupt cancellation. In general, if you: Cancel within 2hrs of the lesson, then you will be charged for 75% of the scheduled time. Cancel within 2-8hrs of the lesson, then you will be charged for 50% of the scheduled time. Cancel at least 8hrs before the lesson, then the cancellation fee will be waived. If you are late to a lesson, then you will be charged for the time that you missed. If you are 15 or more minutes late, then you will be charged for the full time of the lesson, and the lesson will be cancelled.   I reserve the right to cancel lessons as I see fit, however you will never be charged for lessons cancelled in this way.   If I am 5 minutes late to a lesson, then you will get a 25% discount on the first hour. 15 or more minutes late, then... read more

I value my time as much as I value yours. Thus, the following Cancellation and No Show policies are in place: All cancellations must be made at least 12 hours prior to our scheduled lessons (via Wyzant’s messaging system). If a cancellation occurs 12 or more hours before the lesson’s start time, you will not be charged any cancellation fees. Any cancellations that are made between 2 and 12 hours in advance may be charged for up to 50% of the lesson’s cost. Any cancellations made <2 hours in advance may be charged for up to 100% of the lesson’s cost. If a student does not show up within 30 minutes of the lesson’s start, the lesson will be considered canceled and will thus be charged in full. If any family or personal emergencies come up, I will take them into consideration and excuse the cancellation at my discretion.

We all heard about the simplification to use a t-distribution when sample size is small (n<30) and Z-distribution when n is large (n>30); indeed, with increasing n, the distribution of the sample means will converge to the normal distribution thanks to the CLT. But what truly happens when n is not large enough? The requirements for a Z-distribution are: 1) The sample mean is normally distributed AND 2) The population standard deviation σ is known (in order to use σ for our statistic test) The requirements for a t-distribution are: 1) The sample size is large (n>30) OR 2) The sample is normally distributed (may require separate normality tests) OR 3) The population is known to be normally distributed but with standard deviation σ unknown (so we must use s instead). So really, when the sample size is small (n<30), AND when the population from which the sample is taken is known to be normally distributed with... read more

So, your instructor asks you to complete research to use in writing your essay.  You pull some journal articles, grab a few books on your essay topic and start reading.  You've taken some notes, but what do you do next?   If you are unsure of how to effectively use research materials to support your thesis, there are some useful methods for summarizing, paraphrasing, and using direct quotations in your essay.   Let's start with summarizing, since that is what you should be using most often in your paper.  When you summarize, you want to share some of the author's main points.  Choose explanations and examples from the text that support your arguments.  When you summarize, you are looking to capture the main points of a few paragraphs or pages in one or two sentences.  In your own words, you highlight what the author said and then explain how it relates to your own ideas.    Maybe you agree with the author, and... read more

In general, if you are struggling for getting a low grade in an honors or AP class, it is better to move down. That way you will get a better grade in the class and have more time for other classes, standardized test preparation, and extracurriculars. Thus moving down will generally improve your college chances. Honors math classes are generally particularly difficult, and are more difficult in wealthier areas. Honors math classes at decent private schools are at a whole different level. If you do well in them, you may have a reasonable application to MIT. The regular math classes at those schools are generally at the level of honors math at public schools. I did a lesson with a student in honors precalculus at a school like that. She was totally lost and appeared upset. She told me that she got a 500 on her math SAT. I told her father that she definitely should not be in that class with that score. There was another situation in which a student... read more

Frequently Asked Question: Are the older ACT exams that can be found on line good for practice? Answer: Yes. The ACT has made some minor tweaks to the exam over the years, but any type of passage or question found on an exam from 2005 is a candidate to appear on a current exam. There have been some changes, but those changes haven't rendered the older tests obsolete. Reading Changes: Beginning around 2015, the ACT began including a dual passage as one of the four passages on the Reading test. The dual passage requires the student to read two passages related to the same subject. The student will then be required to answer questions about firsts passage, questions about the second passage, and questions about the relationship between the passages. The dual passage can appear in any of the four positions in the reading test: Prose Fiction, Social Sciences, Humanities, or Natural Sciences. Unlike the SAT, where the dual passages often... read more

While Walmart charges something like a 10% markup, most major tutoring services charge a 200-400% markup over what they pay tutors. The standard approach is to hire college students and others at low pay. One standard model is Ivy tutoring services. They charge a premium for top tutors. However, they hire current students at top schools. In any field, a college student at a top school is not a top expert and usually does not command a top salary. So they charge like $120/hour and pay the students $30/hour. Providers of test taking software and so on, also provide tutoring at huge markups. I read on a forum about software to help pick colleges to apply to. The client bought a package that included help with college applications, and of course they got a college student to help with the essays. Chain tutoring centers typically require their tutors to score 680 on the section of the SAT they tutor. Some of them have tutors making like $20/hour tutor the students... read more

I don't know how every one is doing on tutoring, but I am getting no student referrals from the many questions I have answered over a very long time. The purpose of answered questions is to help students and to create leads for future tutoring. Nothing of that is happening with me. I feel that the students are taking advantage of the system and our generous conduct. Every time they want a question answered or a problem solved they post it and they get what they need from the many tutors responding to them. Once they get what they need then bye bye. They don't need me or you anymore. They are getting all their questions answered and problems solved, so why would they need you or me for a lesson. This is not creating leads for the tutors, but is creating a way to get free tutoring for the students. I am testing to see how you feel about that. I feel that Wyzant policy is not working for the tutors, but working well for the students. If you think that the student is going to contact you... read more

I respect your time so please try to respect mine! Please do your best to give me at least a 12 hour notice before you cancel. All cancellations should be made through Wyzant messaging.   If a student cancels between 6 and 1 hours before the lesson, I will charge up to 50% of the lesson fee.   If a student cancels 1 hour or less before the lesson, I will charge up to 75% of the lesson fee.   If a student is more than 20 minutes late to a lesson, I will charge the full lesson fee and I will stay until the end of the allotted lesson time (so if a student is 20 minutes late to a 1 hour lesson, I will only stay for 40 minutes).   If you must cancel or are late because of an emergency, I will reconsider the fees. 

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