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Hello NCLEX Takers, I am tutor here on WyzAnt that specializes in NCLEX prep work.  It is my passion and absolute focus.  My students fair very well after working with me and my system of addressing this exam.  If you are looking for some answers about how to address the exam and prepare please read through this e-mail and reach out to me at my personal site at https://www.wyzant.com/Tutors/NCLEXPREP   Here are some questions to help me address your needs: 1) How many times have you taken the NCLEX? 2) What nursing school did you go to? 3) How many questions have you gotten on your exam or exams? 4) Do you have an idea of when you would like to take the NCLEX? 5) Where I believe you to be at in your ability to take the NCLEX? I make this decision based on chat a bit and I get a sense for where your strengths and weaknesses are. Different people have different time requirements needed to prepare accordingly. I have... read more

   When a person thinks of tutoring, they oftentimes think of a dull, never ending lesson with an individual who just doesn't seem like they want to be there. This doesn't have to be the case!    1. Bring your pupil an occasional snack or treat: They will appreciate it and start the lesson on a good note.    2. Create a reward system: Sitting through a lesson on a subject you aren't the greatest at can be a bit tiresome at times. For this reason, create a system that rewards your pupil for doing certain tasks. You could make a list of things to do along with points next to these items. Every time the pupil completes a task, assign them the corresponding number of points until they get to a set value i.e 100 after which they can choose a prize like a candy bar.    3. Get to know them: Just because you are a tutor does not mean that have to be closed off from conversation. Getting to know your pupil will make them feel more... read more

  1. Help students see the relevance of what they are learning to their own lives. Whenever possible relate materials student's goals or interests. 2. Make learning fun. Use film, digital media, and interactive exercises to engage students. 3. Break assignments down into manageable steps and give students detailed feedback. 4. Listen to your students! Don't just talk at them.   5. Pick a max of 3 learning goals for each lesson.

I find that students have so much difficulty trying to learn the rules in English, especially the English as a Second Language students, that I have begun using more natural methods with great success. They can learn the language rules once they have conquered the basics.   For example, one of the things I have a student do is to write something for me every day in journal format. When we meet for tutoring, I read their writing back to them and ask them if certain things sound right, giving them a choice of two things and saying to them, "Now which one of these sounds right, this one or that one?" They generally get it immediately and so we proceed and week by week their writing and speaking gets better. It takes off a lot of stress trying to memorize grammatical rules when they can just hear and read the language and see which sounds right.  

When I first took the CBEST test, I went in without preparation. I past the writing section the first time; the other sections I scored just below 41. Since most test takers write extensively, they will pass the write portion of the test. However, there are test takers that struggle with writing and placing their ideas in written form. Back to Basics The CBEST test, you are given two essay prompts: The Writing test consists of two essay questions. One of the essay questions asks examinees to write about a remembered experience. The other question is designed to elicit expository prose that will permit writers to demonstrate their analytic skills (CBEST, 2013). You are only given two pages for each essay, so your writing must be concise and articulate. Recall the five paragraph essay: the introduction, one paragraph; the body, three paragraphs; the conclusion, one paragraph. Remember, you are not writing a thesis or dissertation, keep it simple. Most CBEST study guides... read more

Achieving good grades in school matters.  It matters when it comes to the high school GPA, when it comes to the ACT or SAT, and when it comes to developing a solid academic foundation from the earliest school years.   Yet there are skills that are often overlooked in school that truly carry weight when it comes to success in college and in the workplace.  Organizational skills.  Planning and sequencing.  Understanding and meeting deadlines.  Often called "executive function skills," they can make all the difference.  Also, note-taking.  Social skills and social understanding.  These skills are what carries students through and enables them to succeed in higher education, employment, and life.   If your child is struggling in these areas, there are strategies that can help.  Some may be technology-based and others "old school" yet the focus needs to be on recognizing the needs and supporting them... read more

For parents  -- and tutors looking for tips -- I am interested in speaking with you about your tutoring needs, or plans. I live conveniently, in Newton Centre, and have worked with many high school students in the greater Boston area. My students (and their parents)  are very enthusiastic about my special technique. The methods I use include some of the following: reading for speed, reading for context, skimming, customized exercises, quizzes designed by me, alternative study styles, and more.    My students have shown dramatic improvement on the SAT and ACT, as well as in English class, and in their ability to communicate well in writing. This is a skill that will carry them through many college assignments, and I teach my students to edit their own writing.   After evaluating each student's reading and writing level, I adapt my curriculum to account for their weakest areas.  The topics we may cover include analytical writing, composition,... read more

A recently popularized workout called cross fit is taking the fitness industry by storm. While riddled with injury due to abandonment of technique, it is still able to get people in shape that had tried countless other programs without success. The secret ingredient? Mixing up the "routine" in order to challenge the body. While much controversy surrounds cross fit regarding its less-than-traditional views on rest periods as well as renaming many token exercises and allegedly adding useless and/ or overly dangerous ones, for quite some time it has been well known that being too monotonous in your exercise routine can lull your body into a less desirable stagnation of progress. The same has been said about education in general, especially in children. So, while there are tons of ideas floating around out there, and some are better than others,  here are 5 of my ideas for switching things up in an educational routine: 1) Different types of learning. While we know... read more

A lot of my students always wonder.  Why is Chemistry so hard?  Why is Chemistry important? A teacher that I look up to once told me there is no higher road to learning.  There is no way around learning science other than practice, practice, practice.  Make sure that you are employing problem solving skills.  When you approach a problem, one technique that I always use is to write down all the information that I can gather from the text body of the problem.  And then write down what the question is asking for.  This will always give you a hint as to which formula to use.  This works with Chemistry, Physics, Math and a innumerous other scientific subjects. Is Chemistry really hard?  Yes it is.  It is a narrow road that Medical Schools and the like use to "weed out" their students.  Why Chemistry, you say?  The problem-solving technique that you use to approach Chemistry problems is the same problem-solving... read more

Did you know that a classroom of children, same age, same grade level, can have up to eight different learning styles? In Frames of Mind, researched Howard Gardner theorizes the existence of several intellectual strengths within an individual. Tiffany exemplifies the auditory learner. She learns best by hearing her teacher lecture on a subject, learns best following along with an outline, is able to successfully follow aurally-given directions, and scores highly on tests in which she repeats the questions and answer choices "aloud in her head."    Grayson is a visual learner. He needs to view  teacher-given examples on the white board, learns best by using a graphic design organizer or web to learn academic material, benefits from pictures or written directions, and needs to visualize the correct test answer in his head before putting it on paper.   Anil and Jennifer are tactile/kinesthetic learners. They learn best by touching and... read more

Did you know that a classroom of children, same age, same grade level, can have up to eight different learning styles? In Frames of Mind, researched Howard Gardner theorizes the existence of several intellectual strengths within an individual. Tiffany exemplifies the auditory learner. She learns best by hearing her teacher lecture on a subject, learns best following along with an outline, is able to successfully follow aurally-given directions, and scores highly on tests in which she repeats the questions and answer choices "aloud in her head."    Grayson is a visual learner. He needs to view  teacher-given examples on the white board, learns best by using a graphic design organizer or web to learn academic material, benefits from pictures or written directions, and needs to visualize the correct test answer in his head before putting it on paper.   Anil and Jennifer are tactile/kinesthetic learners. They learn best by touching and... read more

The cliffnotes version of my take on the question "What are your 5 outside the box tips that help make your tutoring lessons fun?"   1.        Let the Tutoree Set The Atmosphere for Learning 2.       Embody positivity in Personal Instruction of the Subject Matter!  3.       Acknowledge the emotions associated with previous failures and setbacks 4.       Take breaks with the Tutoree during the session 5.       PERSONALIZED EXAMPLES!!!! CUSTOMIZED EXAMPLES!!!!! SILLY EXAMPLES!!!!     1. Let the Tutoree Set The Atmosphere for Learning - As a tutor, I have the ability of customizing and personalizing the instruction of the subject matter to the needs of the student. However, we do not the ability to read the mind of the tutoree, so its... read more

Not matter what age group and subject, these are my top 5 tips for making learning fun:   1. Start with a fun conversation about the day = this allows me to get the temperance of the student, we all have good days and bad days, this way I can tailor my lesson based on the student's current mood/mindset.   2. Incorporating laughter and jokes = students are more responsive to new information if they are in a good mood.   3. Role play = taking complex or difficult topics within a lesson and applying them to real life situations related to interests the student recognizes.   4. Have the student teach me what they just learned = shows me the levels of comprehension they got from the lessons of the day.   5. Ending the lesson with a motivational quote, song or video  = helps prepare them for their next day.

I want my students to enjoy the hands on learning experience of fine art, and to accomplish this I strive to create custom curriculum catered to each student. By understanding the needs of my student and what their goals are I can keep their interest and the process of learning fun.  I believe in teaching through encouragement and positivity, and the importance of not taking yourself too seriously.  As Mrs. Frizzle always said, "Its time to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!"

We are all familiar with the Euclidean distance function d2 = (x1¬2-x22) + (y12-y22) where we interpret d as the length of the straight line connecting the two points. It turns out that the space-time we live in is not Euclidean. Gravity curves space-time.  Imagine we are constrained to a sphere, what is the shortest path between two points on the sphere? It is now an arc. The key here is to realize that the notion of Euclidean distances is somewhat unique to humans. Had we evolved in a different environment somewhere else in the universe we would perhaps visualize distances as being hyperbolic. So let us make a square circle.(We actually end up with a rhombus) Let P = (x0, y0) ∈ R2 (a point in the real plane), then a circle centered at P with radius r ∈ R (a real number r), is the set of all points q ∈ R2, such that d(p,q) = r. Where d(p,q) is the distance between the points p and q. We will call this set C. C contains all points in the real plane... read more

I know for many Science can be tricky and sometimes hard. But the good thing about it is that there is always a solution to every problem and for that solution there is a theory backing it up. What I learned in my Chemistry course in high school is that we have to learn how to find the logic and to really see what scientists are looking for. You may think, "why do I even bother calculating the amount needed of this salt to create this buffer?". Believe it or not our blood has its own buffer system; thus, it is important to understand science so we can understand our own organism. If you finD a way to relate with science I can promise you: SCIENCE CAN BE FUN!!!

Learning can be exciting and tutoring gives the advantage to find out what works for one student, and tailor lessons to his or her learning style. Here are 5 tips that I think about to make my tutoring lessons fun!  Use real life examples in the news. There is a lot happening in the world, and articles about current events are a great way to teach grammar, vocabulary or reading comprehension. Reading comprehension can also be tested by removing key words from sentences in fun articles that forces the student to use deductive reasoning to guess the right one. Use examples in a subject area that the student likes. If a student likes watching basketball, think about probability examples or any math problems. Connecting new concepts to a known (and liked) hobby is a great way to ensure that students maximize comprehension.  Listen to music. I found that listening to songs is a great way to teach a new language to a non-native speaker. Songs are fun to listen... read more

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