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Standardized tests with reading comprehension components like to throw in inference questions. Their purpose is to see if you can understand how the author feels about a certain topic or if you can draw conclusions from information that is not presented directly in the text but which is implied. When you're reading to answer inference questions, it's important that you understand the main ideas of the passage. Don't focus too much on the details. Then understand how the main ideas are connected. Look at the way the paragraphs are organized. Determine what the author's purpose is in writing the text. What are they trying to convince you of? When you read an inference question, try to put it into your own words. This will help you to understand the question better. They may use phrases like "could be interpreted to say" or "hints/suggests that." Read the text for words like "except" or "however" that indicate perhaps how the... read more

In some works of literature, a character who appears briefly, or does not appear at all, is a significant presence. Choose a novel or play of literary merit and write an essay in which you show how such a character functions in the work. You may wish to discuss how the character affects action, theme, or the development of other characters. Avoid plot summary. ~AP Literature Open Essay Prompt, 1994 Peripheral Presence Having your name in the title of a book doesn't mean you get to be in the spotlight. Take the classic 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker. The eponymous vampire appears in person surprisingly little, and only once after his initial conversations with Jonathan Harker. Despite this, he still very much deserves the honor of the novel's title. His actions set the events of the novel in motion, and the main characters talk of nothing else but him. While not directly seen, his actions leave tangible consequences on Lucy, Mina, and Renfield,... read more

I don't teach students on WyzAnt who are from foreign countries, but I teach a lot of students on Skype from Canada, Singapore, Rumania, Switzerland, England, Spain,and  Italy. Of course, I get paid a whole lot more than WyzAnt pays me because my salary is normal (no one takes a huge cut), so there is no way I could share this part of my business with WyzAnt. But WyzAnt could certainly offer a lot more jobs abroad with their online setup, and I would certainly be interested in those jobs.  

Teaching is my passion and with 34 years of teaching experience and current NM teaching license *Kg-8. I am ready to help elementary, jr high, and high school students overcome their learning problems and help them begin to be successful in school. My experience also includes teaching teachers at the graduate school level and one - on - one tutoring for the GED test. If you choose me, you will not be disappointed.

I have been tutoring a first grader who moved here from Israel recently, in reading. It was challenging at first because she could not read at all, having left Israel just as she would have started learning there (but in Hebrew). But she and I kept at it, starting with sight words and some phonics and playing reading and words games together and then from one lesson to the next, she started reading! This was so exciting for me to see; it was like a light bulb came on suddenly, and it was just her time to learn!! She even got 2 awards at her school, one as student of the month for most improved reader and then student of the year as most improved reader!  I'm so proud of her!

My Cancellation Policy I value my time spent teaching, and your time spent learning. To facilitate the scheduling of lessons, I use the following cancellation policy: Cancellation Policy for Students: If a student wishes to cancel the lesson, she/he must provide notice at least 8-24 hours prior to the beginning of the lesson. If a student cancels the lesson between 8 and 4 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 35% of the lesson cost may be assessed. If a student cancels the lesson between 4 and 2 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 50% of the lesson cost may be assessed.   If a student cancels less than 2 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 85% of the lesson cost may be assessed. If a student arrives to a lesson late, the lesson cost will include the time missed by the student. If a student arrives to a lesson more than 15 minutes late, I may consider the lesson cancelled without... read more

Prewriting often gets the short end of the stick with students rushing to get that paper written before its due date. Since many teachers don't require prewriting to be turned in with the paper, many students feel that it's a corner they can cut to save time and launch straight into writing a first draft. In reality, prewriting is actually a great time-saver, particularly when you don't exactly know what you're going to talk about. It helps you to organize your thoughts, as well as make sure your points are clear and your concept isn't too broad or too narrow. Prewriting is especially helpful in situations where you're given a very broad prompt – or even no prompt at all (as was the case with my IB World History term paper, whose prompt consisted of 'Write a paper about something from 20th century world history'!) Prewriting is usually defined broadly as anything you do before writing your paper, and can take many forms. This blog post will discuss a few of the most common... read more

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 are written with the idea that many college students may not have taken a math class in a year or more, so they are written with more detailed explanations. This can be particularly helpful for high school students taking Algebra, Geometry, and Trig. I have a collection of college-level math books that I purchased at a local used bookstore. The most expensive used math book I own cost $26 used. Books that focus on standardized test prep (such as the SAT, AP, or GED prep) can be helpful for all core subjects, as they summarize key ideas more succinctly than 'normal' textbooks. These are GREAT... read more

I have been tutoring more and more students for the GED and I just love it! I think that the GED math is the most practical, and functional math you can learn. I love doing fractions, decimals, word problems, basic algebraic expressions, and figuring out the answers! When I was in High School, I was on the MATH TEAM! How I got on the MATH TEAM, I don't recall. I wasn't as good in math as I was in Social Studies, or Languages. But, I remember quite a few times when I got the correct answer and our TEAM beat the other school, because of my help! I really enjoy math now, more than ever before. I love to show students fractions, decimals, exponents, integers, and how to manipulate the numbers. I often show students short cuts that I came up with over the years. There is nothing like teaching someone and watching their eyes light up, when they get the trick, or idea that I just showed them. Teaching is so much fun! You never know where you can take your students. They... read more

Here are some ways to help you more easily memorize volume equations: (1) If you can remember the area equations for shapes, for shapes like cylinders and shipping boxes the volume equation will be that area (of the shape's base) times the height. (2) If you are studying for the GED, the only pyramids on the test will be those with four-sided bases. The volume of such a pyramid is 1/3 times the area of the base times the height. An easy way to remember this complicated equation is that the volume of a four-sided pyramid is 1/3 the volume of a packaging box with the same base length and width and the same height. Although the GED provides these equations, you should still try to remember as many equations as you can to save you time during the test. (3) On the GED, if you are asked to calculate the volume of an irregular shape, first break the shape up into easy to manage parts, calculate each part individually, and then combine these parts with addition and or subtraction... read more

The complaints against WyzAnt’s 40% commission demands a response. Suppose a tutor with 15 hours of work time through WyzAnt charges $40 an hour. Of that amount, WyzAnt will automatically deduct $16. This deduction is based on WyzAnt’s commission rate, which is 40% for the first 20 hours of work time. So the tutor is not earning $40 an hour; rather, the tutor is earning $24 an hour. According to a number of individuals, WyzAnt’s 40% commission rate is too high, way above average. Some folks, oddly enough, have even posted complaints on other websites. Why? Here's some food for thought. 1. Twenty-four dollars an hour is higher than any state’s hourly minimum wage. 2. You can create your website for tutors and charge a lower commission. 3. If you tutor for an hour you will be paid $24. 4. If you don’t tutor for an hour you will not be paid $24. 5. Twenty-four dollars is more than zero dollars. 6. You don’t have to stay with WyzAnt, but before you leave... read more

Chances are, your children came home with Summer reading lists and/or worksheet packets. As a parent, you might be tempted to feel frustrated or angry over what looks like and attempt to hijack your child's/ family's Summer. Hold off on that conclusion for just a second please. Research states that children lose on adverage:2.6 months of Math skills, 2months of reading skills. On adverage,teachers spend six weeks,"reteaching loat" material. Those packets serve as prevention tools.      Parents can save their child(ren)'s Summer with time management. Implementing a one hour,"studyhall" for your children in the morning, gives them the rest of the day to play. It also give your children ample time to complete ther assignments without last minute chaos. With a little planning and consistency, you can save your child(ren)'s education and the family vacation as well. Have a great Summer!

Who hasn't felt it? The pressure? The overbearing presence of the silent room as you sit there staring at a computer screen or paper, just trying to get your brain to function. It's panic. Fear. Terror. And it's one of the worst feelings. Afterward comes the blame. Knowing the information and losing it in that moment.   I know that feeling, but there are tons of techniques out there to help you. Lots of different little things. Like breathing deeply. Not everything is going to work for everyone, but let me go through two of my favorite.   Scent cues. It may seem silly but a lot of memory is tied to scent. So, wear the same perfume or cologne when you study as when you go for the test and save it just for class. Then when you start to panic, sniff your wrist. See if tying the memory to scent helps you remember, the physical action of sniffing can help break the tension too, not everyone works that way, but it's worth a try.   Alright. On to my... read more

In a general first conversation about what is interesting to the not-yet-professional about creating films, we always get to what are the myths about movies and what are the realities. That leads to where's the truth, how the myth got accepted and then diving into the subject to know about it. There doesn't have to be an accepted order to learn about it. Because in movie-making, no matter what subject you start with, it comes around and braids with another.  Knowing about stunt people eventually gets to Knowing about Directors , to knowing about different methods to capture an accident on screen. Soon the process of making the movie becomes real. Then if the student has a particular area they are interested in, one begins to have context into which to put that interest. Since movies are such celebrities themselves, its a fascinating way to start.

Well, okay, it's not incorrect, but it's flawed and by a mathematician's standards: morally wrong.   I'm sure at one point you boringly learned the order of operations. These are the set of rules that tell you whether you should do multiplication before division or addition before subtraction to get the correct answer on your math problem.  1) Parentheses (brackets) 2) Exponents x^x 3) Multiplication 2*2 4) Division 2/2 5) Addition 2+2 6) Subtraction 2-2 7) Get the right answer :)   Except, you don't always get the right answer.   For example: 8-2+1. Is it 5 because 8-3=5? Or is it 7 because 6+1=7?   Is 6/3/3 equal to 2/3 or 6/1?   The issue here is that focusing on the order of operations can lead to ambiguity and obscures the real beauty of mathematics.   A mathematician will tell you that 8-2+1 is actually 8+(-2)+1, which is unambiguously equal to... read more

I am a new tutor so a few days ago when l received a response to one of my first applications, l was very excited. This "student" requested that we talk on phone to finalize the arrangements for date and time.   I told him since l was home on spring break, he could call me on my land line but he wrote back requesting my cell telling him that when l am at home reception is very poor on my cell phone.  He kept insisting on getting my cellphone instead, l was puzzled why.  I never heard back from him.   A day later l got an email from Wyzant that they had determined this not to be a true student inquiry.   I have not figured out yet what this fake student was after.   Can anyone tell me?   Just be aware. Christine M.

The two rules for rounding numbers are Round your numbers only once (in one step), and Round 5's to the nearest even digit -- up or down as needed.   Below I explain why.   In school they usually teach you to round all 5's up to the next digit. For example, 1.45 is rounded to 1.5, 1.65 is rounded to 1.7, 3.225 is rounded to 3.23, etc.   This is wrong because it introduces what we call "systematic error": an error consistently wrong in one direction. In rounding all 5's up, you end up with an average that is too high. ("Random error" goes high or low of the true value randomly, so the average is close to the real value.)   The reason is that 5 is directly in the middle of the digits we round, so we must round it up half the time, and down half the time.   To make this more clear, look at the digits we round to another number: 1, 2, 3, 4 we round down. 6, 7, 8, 9 we round up. (0 we just truncate,... read more

I value my time spent teaching, and your time spent learning. To facilitate the scheduling of lessons, I use the following cancellation policy: Cancellation Policy for Students: If a student wishes to cancel the lesson, she/he must provide notice at least 8 hours prior to the beginning of the lesson. If a student cancels the lesson between 8 and 2 hours in advance, a cancellation fee of up to 35% of the lesson cost may be assessed. If a student cancels the lesson less than 2 hours in advance (or does not show up to the lesson without prior notice) a cancellation fee of up to 50% of the lesson cost may be assessed.   If a student arrives to a lesson late, the lesson cost will include the time missed by the student.    If a student arrives to a lesson more than 20 minutes late, I may consider the lesson cancelled without prior notice. Tutor Lesson Commitment: I value my students time and education... read more

The entrance exams for colleges are the toughest exams that students need to face. It is important to be with your child and help him or her prepare for it from an early stage. Read on to find out some ways in which you can make college admission easier for your child: Gathering information The deadline for college applications, process of applying, type of admission test and the minimum cutoff score should be found out. You can gather this vital information for your child and make it available to your child when required. It is important to ensure that your ward does not forget the scheduled test date and other requirements. Encouraging the child to take the test a year early It is a good idea to go for a trial run before the actual exam. You should persuade your child to take entrance exams in the junior year itself to get an idea about the question pattern and requirement of time management. This can ensure that when the actual time for admission comes,... read more

  For those of you who may have purchased Apple's spiffy $79 external CD/DVD burner (or Superdrive as they call it), it may not have worked when you plugged it into your older Mac. A lot of times a person's built-in optical drive fails, and they see the new external at the Apple Store. They naturally grab one assuming it'll work because they'll be using it with a Mac. Hopefully there's a "Genius" selling it to them who's going to ask which Mac they plan on using it with. I'd think probably not. It turns out it's only the fairly newer Macs that support it. When you plug it in, your older Mac might very well inform you that "This Apple External CD/DVD drive is not compatible with this Mac. Please go to Apple Support to read more." What they show you is a compatibility matrix that seems to makes no sense. I haven't compared every spec of every Mac they list, but 2009 seems to be the general cutoff.   Perhaps Apple requires USB 3, and... read more

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