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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

One of the biggest challenges that nursing students face today is keeping up with all of the machines, paperwork and technology, while at the same time trying to provide excellent bedside care. Some hospitals, sadly, seem to place more emphasis  on the former. They continue to increase the nurse/patient ratio, adding more paperwork to fill out and more technology to manage. How can a new nursing student excel in this environment? Does he or she simply 'go with the flow' when they have very little time left to spend with the patient? Or does he or she try to find the delicate balance between bureaucracy and caring for a priceless human being?   I believe the answer is both: As a professional nurse, it is your duty to complete all of the paperwork required by the facility; you must know how to effectively operate all of the machinery needed to care for the patient, but, you must constantly remind yourself that the most important... read more   Wayne State University has posted the audio of both the textbook and workbook on this website. You can find the workbook audio if you scroll down.   I like these recordings because they're so short and slow. You can download them on your phone and listen to the pinyin pronunciation and dialogues again and again. Learning the dialogues is like learning a new song. Before you know it, you've already known the music by heart!

I recently responded to a question on WyzAnt's “Answers” page from a very frustrated student asking why he should bother learning algebra. He wanted to know when he would ever need to use it in the “real world” because it was frustrating him to tears and “I'm tired of trying to find your x algebra, and I don't care y either!!!” Now, despite that being a pretty awesome joke, I really felt for this kid. I hear this sort of complaint a lot from students who desperately want to just throw in the towel and skip math completely. But what bothered me even more were the responses already given by three or four other tutors. They were all valid points talking about life skills that require math, such as paying bills, applying for loans, etc., or else career fields that involve math such as computer science and physics. I hear these responses a lot too, and what bothers me is that those answers are clearly not what this poor student needed to hear. When you're that frustrated about... read more

You've purchased the latest and greatest of new digital cameras and have just come back from spending the day enjoying all those new features and taking great photos using Camera Raw. But when you insert the memory card and go to Import Dialog in Lightroom, all your thumbnails say, "Preview Unavailable For This File."   What's wrong?    Don't worry, it's not you. It's the Adobe Camera Raw Plug-In (ACR). Adobe updates the ACR plug-in on a regular basis, but never quite fast enough to keep up with every camera manufacturer's changes to their version of camera raw. So what happens is, Lightroom cannot yet read or see these new camera raw files.    What to do?   It's tricky, but not rocket science. Until Lightroom gets an updated version out that includes your new camera, you can download the Adobe DNG converter from the Adobe website that (hopefully!) includes your camera. The link is here - http://helpx.adobe... 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

1. In the US, posture is always the quickest movement and most effective way to redirect fear. Hand gestures are the second, such as moving your head, shoulders, arms, hands in a direct yet bold and precise way, which adds importance and clarity to your objectives, plus helps you redirect the immediate fear. 2. Stand up straight Feet should be shoulder width apart Hands by your side Observe your breath Observe the rise and fall of your belly and chest I have coached over 200 people one-on-one over the last year and found most of them are fearful of taking a giant step forward. Many want TO AVOID PAIN. Therefore, they don’t move. Fear is an emotional equivalent of pain. Fear is also a powerful source of energy. My question is how can we use fear as a source of energy towards the things we desire most? Fear of failure AND fear of success is what holds us back from achieving what we truly want. ASK YOURSELF: What must happen... read more

1. When you start “giving” your dreams away for free. 2. When you focused on making the listeners “care” about what I was talking about. 3. When you “truly believed” in what you are sharing with them. I had seen this participant in our meetings many times before? He wears his baseball cap on backwards. His clothes are disheveled and he comes to the meetings often times late. He has given presentations before in our meetings and was an average presenter, saying ordinary things, but today— Today was uncommonly different. Today he looked different. He was dressed in a dark blue suit with no hat, and he delivered a smooth presentation and a content filled with substance. The listeners applauded with vigor and enthusiasm. He did not seem surprised at the response from his audience, but I as his coach certainly was. How did he accomplish this feat? He simply said, “I’ve been listening to what you have been... read more

1. Start adding more value to your present employer. 2. Ask for a promotion only after you’ve given your organization all your ideas for free. A friend of mine wanted to be promoted to a full-time position where she was employed. She asked around her office and found who needed her talents most and where she could be of value most. She did and over approximately five years (doing what she loved, I might add) came up with exciting creative ideas and worked many hours for free. After five years she WAS promoted to a full-time position in the organization she had planned for. Would you work for free for five years to get where you wanted to go? People who want to unentangle would! Keep adding huge value to the world with what you do best, Kerry Wyzant Tutor Career Development

I was going through eight devastating crises all at once in my life. One of them happened to be when my father died and I didn’t have any money to bury him. I had no money and no job. It was a lonely and scary time. I had to use my innate energy differently to change my life and do it fast. MOVE DIFFERENTLY TIPS: 1. MAKE YOUR OWN CAREER. For example: I started a four-week yard sale at my father’s house. Plus, started coaching clients on the art of presentation skills GET ON WITH IT. For example: I needed a lawyer to help me save my father’s house from being sold, I bartered for the service 2. DECIDE WHAT YOUR GOOD AT DOING. For example: To raise money I knew I could sell and communicate effectively, so I started by putting an ad in the local newspaper regarding a “Yard Sale” at my father’s house. Then I worked at selling the items at the sale with the skills of a passionate salesperson. Get up and be first. Don’t eat other people’s dust!   Keep... read more

Math Student's Rights, by Avery Austin   I have the right to learn Math (Math is learnable like other subjects) I have a right to make mistakes, erase then, and try again (Failure points to what I have not learned yet) I have the right to ask for help (asking for help is a great decision) I have the right to ask questions when I don't understand (understanding is the primary goal) I have the right to ask questions until I understand (perseverance is priceless) I have the right to receive help and not feel stupid for it (asking for help is natural) I have the right to not like some math concepts or disciplines (i.e. trigonometry, statistics, differential equations, etc.) I have the right to define success as learning no matter how I feel about Math (content or disciplines), educators, or parents I have the right to reduce anxiety by redirecting negative self-talk & feelings I have the right to be treated as a person capable of learning I... read more

Tutoring is always fun when the student gets to make activity choices as we go along. I make tutoring fun by planning activities that strengthen the Reader and that makes them interested. Tutoring is fun with social praise and teacher input that motivates them. Tutoring sessions are fun when you know the student wants the end of session token reinforcement. Tutoring can be even more fun if you have some surprise end of session token reinforcement, like candy or small prizes that go with the holiday season or with the mastering of a certain goal at the end of a school year.

These days I'm having so much fun living the dream!  While doing phone interpretations today in Spanish/English and allowing my latest intern Alaina to shadow me (a whole new way to look at tutoring), she asked:  "When we're listening to the clients, I still don't always know what they're saying?  When did you finally start just getting it when you were interpreting?"   I shared with her, smiling, that my first in person interpretation was ROUGH.  But to answer her question more directly, from my 20 years experience vantage point, I couldn't remember exactly HOW I finally got over the hump.    As I thought back, I could remember that it has a lot to do with smiling, laughing, being personable, and LOVING THE PEOPLE AND CULTURE you are interpreting.  I also recommend finding a close friend (and perhaps even better boyfriend/girlfriend) to get to know up close in your target language.    The most important... read more

Tutoring is always fun when the student gets to make activity choices as we go along. I make tutoring fun by planning activities that strengthen the Reader and that makes them interested. Tutoring is fun with social praise and teacher input that motivates them. Tutoring sessions are fun when you know the student wants the end of session token reinforcement. Tutoring can be even more fun if you have some surprise end of session token reinforcement, like candy or small prizes that go with the holiday season or with the mastering of a certain goal at the end of a school year.

Students have a wonderful opportunity to show admissions officers who they really are, by using the college essay to stand out from the crowd. In my experience, if you find a topic that you care about, and you write an essay that speaks from your heart, you will have a successful application experience. Admissions officers have to read dozens of applications per day in the 'busy season'. If you give an application reader a chance to pause, laugh out loud or wonder about the end of the story, and really recognize you as an individual, whether using humor, philosophy, creative writing about a memory or a fictionalized experience, or a profound lesson learned, you will hit a home run!   I am happy to help you get started, and then to edit your results. I do not write essays for students, but I do help you present yourself in the best light possible, and to give you opportunities that you may not find on your own.  Contact me for 3-session essay writing package... read more

PSY 101 for Chess To Begin – The attempt to better understand Chess, the human mind, and the world at large is attained incrementally by the evolution of various theories. Trying on and testing out a given perspective in chess or psychology can be enlightening. By conducting our own experiments, we can see for ourselves if the understanding of our own mind or the great game of chess is enhanced by a particular vantage point. Fortunately, for us humans, it is our personal experience that will tell us if a theory of mind or approach to understanding chess is rewarding. When we find a perspective that seems to agree with our idiosyncratic selves and proves of value in our laboratory testing at clubs, skittles and tournaments, it should be further explored, developed and perhaps evolved. By example, in chess, a hypermodern approach opines that you need not occupy the center as paramount to winning the game. Instead, as Nimzowitsch maintained, indirect influence of the... read more

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 published this article on my blog and I believe that it will help students, tutors and parents alike so I decided to re-blog here.  Time management is such an important skill! The article published by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension entitled “Thirteen Timely Tips for More Effective Time Management” proved to be very beneficial as well as the Time Management Quiz. They highlight the importance of prioritizing, goal setting and eliminating distractions. I found five time managements tools that can help us achieve our goals. StayFocusd – This is a Google Chrome extension that blocks you from going to time-wasting sites. It works like a timer, and asks you to set the maximum time you want to waste on your customized time-killer sites before they’re blocked. This tool would be perfect for parents to use with students who go to school online. It would help them to keep their kids on track and not chatting on twitter or posting photos on Instagram. This tool... read more

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