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Michelle (not her real name, of course) is a bright, energetic 5th-grader. She is super-smart (and wants to be an astronaut when she grows up), but unfortunately she has a perception disorder that makes her jumble up letters and words when she reads or writes. (Special glasses help). She was doing very badly in math (especially word problems, as you can imagine), and her parents were in despair. It took several sessions and a lot of discussion with her mom to understand where she was having trouble and come up with ways to help her work-around those challenges. One thing I discovered right away was that she did not know her multiplication tables! (I can’t tell you the number of students I have taught, even in high school, who do not have a good handle on their multiplication tables...) Here she was facing division problems, fractions, and factoring, and she did not have the basic tools needed to handle those. So the first thing we did was made her some multiplication... read more

You won't pass the exam because you are listening to people who took the exam 5,6 or even 20 years ago. The advice most of my students get is "just take a lot of questions,don't read the book" That is a sure way to fail,yes there are some people who can just take a lot of questions and "game" the exam but they are the ones you were always envious of in school, they looked like they weren't trying and still aced the exams. Almost every single student of mine says that is the advice they get from their supervisors. I have even heard of a few getting yelled at because they were reading the book. Some of those people took the exam in the 90s,when the exam questions were drastically different and the Vendors were actually helping write the questions on the exam. FINRA (formerly NASD) ended that practice a long time ago and there may have been some lingering questions from the "good ole days" they are pretty much gone now. This is not your father's... read more

An engineering program is the best preparation for your college-bound child’s future as a doctor, lawyer, corporate manager, best-selling author, management consultant, high school science teacher, mayor, senator, police detective, touring musician, factory production manager, pharmacist, banker, financial advisor, small business owner, CEO, CFO, COO, university professor or administrator. The student in question may not have to finish the degree to reap the benefits. The idea is to learn how to think and make decisions "like a GOOD engineer". Depending on where a person starts at, and the freedom to chose classes, this can happen sooner for some than others. FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a strong believer in personal wellness management and simplicity so I personally avoid anything that involves regulation, legislation, litigation, medication, or invasive surgery. But when I need help with any of the above, I prefer that the party coming to my aid, started their... read more

-Tutoring Rates- My base rate may be increased at any time. Students who have tutored with me within the last 2 months will continue to keep their original rates. Those who contact me again after 2 months will have their rates increased to the current rate.   Billing begins at the scheduled session start time (or earlier if the session starts early). Time spent waiting on the student to arrive is billed as part of the session. Travel fees may be assessed for students seeking my services outside the specified radius of my location.    It is the student and/or parent's responsibility to notify me at the start of each session of how much time they wish to be tutored. In the event that a specific time frame is not specified, I will continue working with the student and bill each lesson based on the final duration.   Based on factors such as subject, class structure, online vs in-person, group rates, etc, I may elect to offer different... read more

1. There are no wrong answers, judgement is OUT the window in my class.   It is only wrong if you do not participate in the discussion because anything "we" say is all of value.   2. Multiple avenues are used to give the best tutoring experience possible-and humor!   3. Make every lesson different, yet challenging   4. Understand what way your student(s) learn best. Use the tools they are comfy with, and the tutor needs to adapt.   5. The best tutors are students as well as educators. They have a thirst for knowledge and are willing to learn together with the student, not lecture the student. Good tutors positively engage and do not criticize in any form.   ♠♣♥♥♥♥ß¾ƒ∑©™®-Study, learn, and have fun while doing it!

To my fellow educators and students,   I know that it is very tempting to give your students answers to their questions immediately, but sometimes it's best to let a student struggle a little. Asking students why they are doing what they are doing can help students to make lasting connections that go beyond that next test or ACT exam. This approach can be frustrating for both teachers and students at times, but it is quite rewarding.   I have a student who was completely scared about sharing their opinion on an answer they gave. Throughout most of the lesson i refused to give them a yea or nay answer. I asked them to talk it out and see if they could understand why they did what they did. The student was correct, but having students explain their answer and even get frustrated with me some helped this student achieve deeper understanding of the material. 

I have often been frustrated to have limited viewing space when using Microsoft Word or Excel.   The Options of using the Zoom menu is okay, but the ribbon takes up too much space. The Solution . . .   Alt + V - hold down keys, and (double tap) U   This solution is not found in most books and tutorials . . I found it a few years on an obscure website overseas . . .   It works, I helped a job agency staff member two weeks ago and she was thrilled.      

An engineering program is the best preparation for your college-bound child’s future as a doctor, lawyer, corporate manager, best-selling author, management consultant, high school science teacher, mayor, senator, police detective, touring musician, factory production manager, pharmacist, banker, financial advisor, small business owner, CEO, CFO, COO, university professor or administrator. The student in question may not have to finish the degree to reap the benefits. The idea is to learn how to think and make decisions "like a GOOD engineer". Depending on where a person starts at, and the freedom to chose classes, this can happen sooner for some than others. FULL DISCLOSURE: I am a strong believer in personal wellness management and simplicity so I personally avoid anything that involves regulation, legislation, litigation, medication, or invasive surgery. But when I need help with any of the above, I prefer that the party coming to my aid, started their... read more

I started my Physics course this Summer telling my students they are not allowed to say "I don't know," unless they can't read, listen to a recording, watch a video, or ask a question of someone more knowledgeable. When I was in school we did not have access to information like students do today.  In my humble opinion, students need to bulk up on two things like body builders do using supplements. What are those two things students need to bulk up with? Asking quality questions and learning how they learn.  Take for example, Google is an awesome resource, but if you ask the wrong question or use terms inappropriately, you will not get the answer you seek. Ask a bad question one gets a bad answer. Ask a wrong question one gets a wrong answer. Ask an incomplete question one may very well get an incomplete answer. Its that simple. Quality of questions is paramount and good questions come from meticulous vocabulary management. Therefore, students must become... read more

At a conference in town earlier this year, I presented several panel discussions centering around the difficulty of defining and quantifying art. Our discussions in these panels got me thinking about literature, and how one of my main points could apply equally easily to much of the literature that students read in high school. The point in question is this: one of the defining characteristics of art, in my view, is that it is something that creates an emotional response in the viewer. Experiencing it changes you in some way. This is easy to see when the emotions are ones we generally see as 'positive;' if a play makes your heart swell with hope for the future, or a ballet duet makes you flush with the excitement of new love, or an epic novel makes your heart race with anxiety over the safety of the main characters, it's easy to argue that those works are art and have changed you. But what if the emotions you experience are more negative – what if a novel bores you, frustrates... read more

A few summers ago I wrote a blog post about finding math in unexpected places as a way to keep skills sharp through the summer break. One of the unexpected places I talked about was the world of tabletop Role-Playing Games (RPGs) such as Dungeons & Dragons. Such games are essentially communal storytelling exercises which use chance elements to help guide the story via a set of polyhedral dice. I've been running a D&D game for a group of friends for several months now, serving as “Game Master.” As Game Master I serve as lead storyteller for the group, while the others each create a character to experience the story firsthand. My job is to create the framework for the story. I devise and flesh out the world that the story takes place in, present challenges for the players to overcome, and rationalize the effect their actions have upon the world. Overall, my goal is to create circumstances that will allow the players to be heroes. Today I'd like to delve a little deeper... read more

Hello, Chloe!   Here is a copy of the outline that we worked on over Skype.  While you aren't required to work on it over the weekend, please keep in mind what we discussed for next time!   Have a great weekend!   ~~~~~~~Outline~~~~~~~~~~~~   Question that you’re answering: Use three specific quotes to discuss one of the following themes, symbols, or motifs: night (time), fire, silence vs. voice, bearing witness, father-son bonds, loss of faith, and inhumanity towards other humans.     What is your topic/what are you writing about?: Night (time) Thesis/Argument/Position on topic: In the book Night by Eli Wiesel, night-time is used as symbol to represent darker times in your mind. Quotes/Textual evidence to support thesis: “Night. No one prayed, so that the night would pass quickly. The stars were only sparks of the fire which devoured us. Should... read more

Go to the "Lessons" option of WyzAnt Resources and check out my verb and grammar lessons.  Each lesson includes a knowledge check that enables you to confirm that you understand. So far, I've added lessons on: The spelling changes in the preterite tense for infinitives that end in -car, -gar, or -zar.  (I've included this one below my signature line in this blog.)** How to know correct usage of the two Spanish verbs that mean "to know."   What else do you need help with?  I have a lesson for that too!!!   Cheryl Worth   **CAR verbs Example of a CAR verb: Buscar - to look for [Notice that "c" changes to "qu" before adding "é"--the preterite ending for Yo] when conjugating "buscar": busqué** buscamos buscaste buscasteis buscó buscaron ** If "c" were not changed to "qu" before adding the preterite ending "é,"... read more

Many of my students come to me needing to learn, or at least review, on how to handle operations involving fractions. I have found that the mere appearance of a fraction in a problem can invoke anxiety in some students. My goal for this post, and any that follow relating to this topic, is to not only teach you how to work with fractions, but to also help you gain confidence.   First, we will start by looking at the parts of the fraction. The number before the slash is the numerator, and the number after the slash is the denominator. In this case, the numerator is 1, and the denominator is 2. 1/2 To work with fractions it is also necessary to understand equivalent fractions, which are different fractions that represent the same number. You might be wondering how this can be true, so I will do my best to explain it. Since one half is the most easily understood and recognized of the fractions, I will use it in my example. Say you want to divide... 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

  Below are schools that Albert has tutored or is currently tutoring students from: High Schools Heritage High School (Brentwood, CA)* Liberty High School (Brentwood, CA)* Freedom High School (Oakley, CA)* Deer Valley High School (Antioch, CA)* Antioch High School (Antioch, CA)* Dozier-Libbey Medical High School (Antioch, CA) - Private High School* Clayton Valley High School (Concord, CA)* De La Salle High School (Concord, CA) - Private High School* Carondelet High School (Concord, CA) - Private High School* Northgate High School (Walnut Creek, CA)* Dougherty Valley High School (San Ramon, CA)* Monte Vista High School (Danville, CA)* Mission San Jose High School (Fremont, CA) Dublin High School (Dublin, CA) The Quarry Lane School (Dublin, CA) - Private Preparatory School (Top 1.5% Best Private Schools in US)* University High School (Los Angeles, CA)* Beverly Hills High School (Beverly Hills, CA) Olympic... 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

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

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