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Hi all,     So my experiment with the waiting list was a mixed success.  I had some students remain interested when I contacted them as availability popped up later in the semester, but it was about 20% of the people. It was still a useful way to remain visible to students so I'm going to continue it.   I have room this Fall for another student or two, so please contact me ASAP to avoid the waiting list! I'll have the most available time slots for the least amount of traveling.  This means that students who want to meet in Manhattan will have the easiest time / find my schedule the most flexible.  I've started doing a little tutoring in Python programming, so if anybody is interested in working on that at a discounted rate please contact me!  Cheers! Chris

I was a Spanish teacher for 3 years in Mexico, I graduated from the university of Puebla in 1998 with an Architecture degree and then in 2005 a second degree in Education at the university of Monterrey. I have a broad experience as a private tutor and for 3 years I taught elementary and High school level Spanish/English and some mathematics to numerous students in Mexico. I excel in teaching conversational spanish to students from 15 years to adults, who after only a few lessons have mastered some basic grammar, gained confidence in constructing sentences as well as specific needs and necessities of specific situations. I love tutoring because I'm so happy to see the faces of my students as they start to understand my native Language. I share the success and emotion of my students when their grades improve and tests become a pleasure to take. Child psychology and Conversational Spanish. I think it's a great opportunity and I hope to have... read more

Ready for a little riddle? Sure you are! I'm going to list seven phrases, three words each. Without looking it up, I want you to tell me what all twenty-one (7 times 3) of these words have in common. There is only one right answer. Ready? Piff! Paff! Puff! Knisper! Knasper! Knusper! Pim! Pam! Pum! Riks! Raks! Poks! Cric! Crac! Croc! Pif! Paf! Pof! Knap! Knetter! Knak! So what do you think? Any ideas? I'll give you a minute to think it over. You're giving up? Already? Wait, let me give you a hint. I left out one of the phrases: Snap! Crackle! Pop! Starting to get where I'm going with this? As it turns out, those phrases are the onomatopoetic sounds RICE KRISPIES cereal produces, according to its marketing in other countries, from Germany to Mexico to Finland. That's right, in Germany, pour some milk over your RICE KRISPIES and you hear "Knisper... read more

For years, I have developed some of my own teaching strategies to help young children pay attention during piano lessons.  One of my favorite ways to break the monotony of just playing new songs, is playing a short "game".  I have the child place their hands on the first hand position (both thumbs on middle C, and every other finger gets it's own note!). Then I tell them, "I will call out a note, and see if you can play it. Can you play B?  Can you play F in your right hand?", etc. This is a great tip for children experiencing dyslexia, as well.  I also have them say the notes in their new songs as they play them during the first three or four lessons to reinforce the connections from their hands to their brain. If you have very young students, introduce dynamics at the first lesson so that they can have fun playing "forte" and "piano".  Even if they are playing a song with only two notes, you will grab their attention... read more

One of my favorite things to help young children learn to read is helping them make their own books.  Of course, we keep the books short to accommodate their short attention spans.  Using books they made helps to break up the monotony of rote/drill work, which is very important.  We start with books that only contain words with the same sound, for example, the "oo" sound.  I find that the "oo" sound is very exciting to start with because one can make words that a child loves.  Some "oo" words we start with are "boo", "zoo", "zoom", "moo", and "toot".  Children latch on to these words and really make a connection to the sounds because they are enjoying themselves. Our books progress from "My Own Word" books to short stories that contain phonetics and sight words. If you are needing beginning reading activities to add to your phonics program, please check my blog regularly...

The ASVAB isn't as intimidating as you think!  Most of it is strategy and recall.  Yes, remember that math lesson your fifth grade teacher gave you way back when?  Here it is now!  Right there on that ASVAB test.  Keep calm.  Remember if it is a word problem, read the question first and then the possible answers.  Estimate what your answer might be.  Is it close to one of the possible answers presented?  Go with your first impression and choose it.  Review the logic behind it.   If you are taking the written test, nothing says you have to tackle the questions in order.  Do the problems you know best first.  That helps your confidence level, then go back and do the others.  The ASVAB is scored by the number of problems you attempt correctly out of the number you tried to do.

Since most students, even at the higher levels, make mistakes with fractions, I thought I would post some quick tips on avoiding careless mistakes.   1) Check your answer by rounding to the nearest integers and seeing if it's the same order of magnitude. There are exceptions, when dealing with compound interest and lots of exponentiation, but this is a good general rule for most subjects, especially at the Highschool level.   2) Get variables out of denominators! Almost everybody I've ever met, including Fields Medalist Alain Connes, has made highschool Algebra mistakes by leaving variables in the denominator. Usually, these mistakes come from combining like-terms incorrectly due to improper exponentiation.   3) Try to keep signs homogenous throughout the fraction. You want to group your negative and positive numbers together as much as possible, especially on timed tests. It's just easier to work with.    4) Try to avoid radicals... read more

Students with special needs require more attention, and it is better to tutor students with special needs in a low stimulating environment. Usually, depending on the style of learning of that individual, a tutor can increase more sensory objects or things to help students relate learning to actual or real life. For example, if we are teaching a student math skills such as distinguishing coins, we would use real life coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters, half dollars), and then utilize that skill by going to a vending machine that takes coins and practice. We could also take students to a grocery store or shop and purchase a small item such as bubble gum, candy, etc. If you are interested in learning more about working with individuals that have special needs, please feel free to contact me. 

While tutoring is about making sure you learn the material we are discussing, it should always have a balanced amount of learning and fun!  Here are some ways I keep my tutoring sessions a fun place to be: 1. Games - Learning is most successful when it's fun! When applicable, it can be a great change of pace to incorporate a game into the tutoring session.  2. You get to be the teacher - Nothing shows me that you know your information best than when you can teach it to me! On this day we might switch jobs, and you will pretend to be the tutor helping me, your student.  3. Songs - Sometimes the best way to memorize information is to put it in a song. Acronyms, lists of names, dates or even important people can make their way into your favorite song and then you'll never forget that information.  4. Performances - for my music students, we will spend a lot of time working on technical skills to apply to your music making. But some of the... read more

Reading In modern American society, it is becoming progressively popular to dismiss youth as wholly incompetent of grasping or responding to mental challenges. As a result, children are generally identified as incapable of retaining any true form of responsibility. In truth, this understanding undermines the Bible’s calling to the very young; Jesus Himself insisted that little ones visit and hear His words (Mark 10:14), and a zealous Timothy denounced youth as an excuse in displaying a model of conduct and virtue (1 Timothy 4:12). A distinctly Christian education regards child-minds not as blank slates awaiting inscription, but as naturally inquisitive organs, ripe and highly potential for academic and spiritual harvest. As response is an inevitable product of reception, children must be guided in receiving knowledge which will encourage future analyzing and personal application consistent with a biblical worldview. The kindergarten pupil must be taught to read by principles... read more

So you want to learn the Arabic Language? Take it from an experienced Arabic Teacher & Native speaker of the language!   Be careful to NOT learn the "dialect" version of this language. Here is why you need to focus on learning the proper Arabic that is recognized by the U.N and 99% of the Arab League:   MSA (Modern Standard Arabic) is the standardized and literary variety of Arabic used in writing, and in most formal speech. i.e. as seen in Arabic newspapers, TV Anchors, Radio, Magazines, etc. ? Modern Standard Arabic is the literary standard across the Middle East, North Africa, Horn of Africa and one of the official six languages of the United Nations. o Most printed matter in the Arab League—including most books, newspapers, magazines, official documents, and reading primers for small children—is written in MSA. "Colloquial" Arabic refers to the many regional dialects and varieties derived from Arabic... read more

I'm sure if you're a student reading this, you might think it's impossible for tutoring to be fun.  Unfortunately, many tutors may feel the same way, viewing the job as just a job.   Want to not only make it fun for the student but make it fun for the tutor?  Here are my five tips:   1.  Have a good attitude.  Some days you're tired, have a headache, just don't feel like tutoring.  Check your bad attitude at the door, practice a smile, and remember that your student will pick up on the vibe you're putting out.    2.  Get to know your student.  Take a bit of time to find out what your student's interests are, then make sure to ask the student about them.  Get him or her talking.  How was basketball?  What's a favorite movie?  Every minute of tutoring doesn't need to be focused on homework - sometimes 5 minutes of frivolity gains the student's trust and lets him know it's ok to have fun... read more

1. Keep active. Depending on the student, you should study for a set period of time and then take a five to ten minute break to allow them to relax. This is proven to help them to retain whatever they are studying.   2. Put all study topics into your own words. While studying, every time you come across a new topic, try to describe it in your own words. That is the best way to determine how well you understand it.   3. Quiz yourself. If you feel that you understand the topic, you should quiz yourself on it.    4. Read!! If you want to improve your writing skills, you should read quality literature. That is the best way to ensure that you get a really great feel for new vocabulary and how sentences should sound. By reading a lot, you will learn new vocabulary through context which can greatly improve your writing and comprehension later.

In school, sometimes, like everyone can agree, studying or learning new chapter material can be dreary, especially when it is a more difficult subject. I rather enjoy myself when i'm learning than dread the impending few hours sitting and crying my eyes out because of how frustrated i'm becoming. i know how I learn more effectively. i know what my interests are and I'll find a way to make the homework or studying session that is a necessary part of going to school less of a chore by finding something that will help me keep the information crammed in my brain stick there. Sometimes, because i like poetry I write myself a short poem to help me remember the step-process of a complicated math formula or even sit after reading a history lesson and try to visualize what I had just read, perhaps even find a movie based on that historic even. i make myself powerpoint presentations and notecards to help me study vocabulary or write index cards with questions about most subjects and have someone... read more

As many of you know I have a background that is rooted in public speaking. I was a debater in high school and have continued to stay in the judging pool for tournaments since collage for state and regional qualifying tournaments. I have always been told how well-spoken I am and many times complimented in interviews this as well. In the last year many have advised they believe I should be doing something to share this skill as I am so passionate about education and helping others. So let’s talk about and see how it goes. The fear of speaking is more common than many would realize. As I have talked to people over the years, I had no idea it was so prevalent. As I started doing research and talking with so many, it is a real concern for many and many are striving to look for ways of improvement. I find myself asking what the fear is, where it derives from and what the top two or three largest concerns are. I tend to be analyzing most times and always seeking solutions so... read more

There are a lot of different opinions about how to set up a Lightroom catalog. Some teachers suggest creating a new catalog for each shoot, some say one new catalog for each year. After 7 years of working with students privately, I have to say - one catalog - is all you need, especially if you keep your Library photos and folders in order. And your Library should be on a dedicated external hard drive. And, if you're using a laptop, then Smart Previews are the way to go, as they allow you to edit and develop your photos without actually having the hard drive with you.    What's a Catalog and what's a Library?    The Lightroom catalog is how Lightroom knows where your photos are on your hard drive. It is also where it keeps all the information on what you've done - flags, rejects, developing, books, etc. Consider the Catalog a big filing system, but it's not a file cabinet. This is a unique aspect of how Lightroom works and can trip up many beginning... read more

Well, being that I am fresh out of High School and currently in college, I know what students need to learn. Firstly and secondly, They need a fun environment that still offers an instructor who knows the boundary between fun and work. Thirdly, I will offer fun alternatives to the standard teaching ways. Also, students must be praised for their hard work. Lastly, I will make sure the parents know to reward their kids for everything they have accomplished.

Hello students or parent's of students! I have recently graduated from Hancock High School with an emphasis on liberal arts and history. I am currently enrolled in college for a drafting degree and plan on earning a double major in writing and English. I know an exceptional amount about how students like to learn and have watched my teachers closely and talked with them about their teaching styles. I am eager to meet you or your students and help them in any way I can.

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