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To become a better fingerspeller, there are several ways to practice:   Slow and clear. It is better to be slow and clear is always better than fast.  The point is to communicate, not to trick the person with which you are communicating. Practice fingerspelling the names and phone numbers in your address book. Practice common prefixes and suffixes. As you get comfortable with fingerspelling, you will recognize patterns and how it feels. You will also realize easier ways to fingerspell that will reduce your finger movement. Do not punch your hand toward the other person or move your hand to the right or left while spelling. The only time your hand really needs to move is when you are signing double letters (e.g.. LL, MM, NN, DD, RR, TT, EE, OO, etc.).   The best way to fingerspelling is with another signer.

Tips to reading other's fingerspelling:   Read the word like you are reading a written word. In English, sound the word out rather than reading each individual letter. Use context. If you are talking about locations, the fingerspelled word may be a city or street name. Be prepared for numbers. Look for patterns.  Prefixes and suffixes are easy to spot.  ING, ED, LY, ER are common suffixes. Use your closure skills. Don't be afraid to ask the person to re-fingerspell the word, but don't expect the person to do it more slowly. 

Totalitarianism - Mind as State      The second of three forms of totalitarianism can be shown at work in the Platonic corpora where mind exists as state. All three forms are based on the assumption that totalitarian systems of government are made out of two components - one ideological, another authoritarian. Mind is said to be good when it is in the best condition possible; state, in turn, goes hand-in-hand with the realization of mind’s capabilities. “... [I]f mind, as the highest in us, could be said in the strict sense to be what the human being is, then the proper activity of mind, contemplation,would alone exhibit what perfect happiness is, and the life most properly defined by that activity would be the good life for a human being. … [T]he human good is an activity of a complete soul, which, as we eventually discover, is inseparable from body (cf. [Ethica Nicomachea] I.7 1098a7 and X.8 1178a14-21)” [p. 82 The Crossroads of Norm and Nature].  ... read more

The SAT and the ACT are arguably the two most important tests in most people's entire lives. Obviously there are additional tests some of us take to further our education but the SAT and now the ACT, will determine the type of college you can attend, which directly affects the type of connections you will make in life and this will eventually determine how much money you will earn as a professional. Make no mistake about it; it IS who you know in life that will ultimately catapult you into higher social and economic classes. The previous rule is why attending the right college is so important. Obviously there are additional factors to consider such as grades, extracurricular activities, sports, and charity work during the college application process but even if you have exceeded all of the previous requirements, that will be moot if you also have a poor SAT/ ACT score. A solid score on the SAT is 2000 and above; for the ACT 28 and higher will put you in the 90% percentile. There is... read more

To all prospective/current clients and students: For cancellations made within 24 hours of any scheduled tutoring session, I will assess a cancellation fee of 1/4 of my tutoring rate. I will not charge for the first cancellation or any cancellations due to emergencies. For any student who does not show up to a lesson without notice, my full rate will be charged.

Outlaw words are those that refuse to follow the rules of phonics, the words whose spelling must be committed to memory. These words are often listed as sight words on the vocabulary list for first graders.  That list would include: should, water, come, move, walk, seven, again, along with 50 others to be memorized.

1. Find something that you are interested in and read everything you can about it; this increases your vocabulary and reading skills. 2. Have fun with sticky notes. Write the name of everything in your home on brightly colored sticky notes than place them on all the objects that match. 3. Listen to music that has repetitive lyrics. Music is a fun way to learn additional vocabulary words and it doesn't feel like work! 4. Enjoy a movie at the local theater. The more you immerse yourself into your new language, the more you will understand and remember. 5. Practice, practice, and practice; create unusual charts and cards and turn your homework into a game that you can play with others.

Well, hello!  My name is Kristina and I'm new to WyzAnt.  I decided to start this endeavor because I love English, I love learning, and I love that feeling when you finally grasp a concept.  As a tutor, I can share my love for all of these things.  I'm new to this, but I'm looking forward to the challenge and the adventure.   WyzAnt wants to know what my five outside the box tips that make my tutoring lessons fun?   1. Music.  I like to relate everything to music.  Whether it be lyrics or overall themes, connecting pop culture with literary pieces always helps to with retention.   2. Smiling.  There's a lot of smiling going on in my lessons.  Confidence isn't always easy, but if you start with a smile, you're half way there.   3. Social Media.  We're going to be using social media to find relevant topics to discuss and connect with your readings and writings.  I'm going to show you... read more

Five Steps for Success: 1.) Fitness 2.) Fresh 3.) Food 4.) Fun 5.) Security 1.) Fitness - It is always a good idea to have an active mind before engaging in anything mentally exhausting...especially from an exhausting day. The best way I know to do this is by rapidly increasing blood-flow in the body: twenty jumping jacks; fifteen push-ups; jog in place for 200 seconds (nothing strenuous). A brisk walk from the car to our meeting should be suffice. 2.) Fresh - A fresh mind is a sound mind. A decent nap before studying is very essential. A meeting first thing in the morning should allow for ample freshness. Seriously. 3.) Food - A small bite to eat is good fuel for the brain and helps suppress being worked-up from Tip #1. But literally, like...a few bites. Nothing more embarrassing than falling asleep from a full belly, or losing focus from an empty stomach. 4.) Fun - As a way of relaxing your mind, body, and soul, spend a few... read more

Tutoring is a two way street. Both sides of the party need to put in 110% of effort in order to see positive results.   A tutor needs to be enthusiastic about the subject. They need to be passionate about what they are teaching. Throughout my college career, I had a better experience and better results in classes where my professor was enthusiastic about the class. Adversely, teachers who don't show enthusiasm, do not connect with the students, and the students refuse to create that connection as well.    Another healthy tutoring tip is patience. Nobody likes a pushy tutor! Yes, be assertive, but being too pushy will annoy the student. Patience allows the student to digest the material and to create cognitive connections.   Positive encouragement is also a good way to make lessons fun. There are teachers who scare their students by giving them discouragement. When a teacher gives the student positive encouragement, the student feels good... read more

My Beginning Spanish class has a very original approach in starting learning Spanish. I created a Spanish textbook that I used for teaching 8-week beginning Spanish class in my community center. In my classes I will teach you good basics of Spanish grammar in comparison with English, or even Russian. This is my own original approach that has proved to be very interesting. My class usually consists of the following parts: 1) Grammar 2) Dialog 3) Story 4) Discussion of a conversational topic 5) Developing a story about a student in the target language, e.g. in Spanish   I can keep to my textbook, however, I always add the materials from additional sources from my library, a public library, or online sources.   Please join me to study Beginning Spanish, and you will open a new world for yourself!   If you do not need Spanish, maybe you know who needs ESL (English as a Second Language), or Russian.   I am a... read more

The people who seek my services are often having trouble understanding the subject matter being presented in class. I am fond of quoting L. Ron Hubbard. With apologies, I will paraphrase. "When we discover that we don't understand something, it is usually because there was something we didn't understand when it was presented earlier in the exposition. We assumed that it was either not important, or that it would become clear later. It hasn't, and now we're stuck." The way out of this quandary is to identify the thing that was not understood earlier, gain an effective grasp of it, and how it affects the subject under current examination and use the new information to clear up the confusion.   Use real world examples! Sports are a subject of considerable interest to most young people. Showing the student some of the finer points of picking a fantasy football team is excellent training for the more utilitarian task of deciding how to deploy a fleet of delivery... read more

For your consideration if you have not done this before: For your high school and your college students whom you tutor, please consider developing a mini midterm and mini final once your students know the format of that graded assignment. Sometimes, I have found that students know the information, although once it comes time for testing, they freeze up due to the format. So, by developing such a practice assignment for them, they can email it to them, and they take it at their leisure, you can correct it as one of their tutoring sessions, and the two of you can discuss where they have done very well and where they need to study. Granted, it may take an additional amount of time to develop such an assignment for them; however, the benefits will be better, informed students. Also, you can easily become that much more well known, because students will oftentimes praise you to other students who might be having difficulty. Thus, they may contact you for tutoring as well. So, it really... read more

Recently, I have been tutoring students who are planning on taking standardized exams and I wanted to share the tips and tricks I have been exploring to increase student confidence and outcome on the exam. A detailed post will be posted within the week.   Tutor AVM

Some children do very well at memorizing their multiplication tables.  Some struggle.  An important bridge students need to cross before multiplying is skip-counting. Skip-counting is a concept that helps students understand their multiplication drills.  Sometimes, the reason children struggle with their multiplication tables is that they have skipped this VERY important step. Skip-counting forwards is not enough.  They must learn to skip-count backwards, as well. If a child can say their multiplication tables with ease and cannot skip-count with ease, then they have only memorized a bunch of numbers.  This will cause problems eventually.      The first step to learning to skip-count should involve a hundred chart or number line.  This visual tool helps them have some confidence and visualize number sequences.  Have them count backwards from 60 to zero by 3's.  Next, have them start at 100 and count backwards by 5's.  Finally,... read more

There are three important aspects of tutoring: initial design, day-to-day, and student to tutor rapport.   Design   The first meeting is an assessment where we develop a study schedule and talk about the students needs in order to achieve the goals they set. It's important to allow the student to design the goals with as little aid from the tutor as possible. Allowing the student to set the goals is important since it teaches students time management, something that will serve them well beyond the bounds of the class or classes. Once achievable goals are set, the tutor and student create a Gantt chart or a visual representation of the tasks to achieve their end goal. This visual aid should be updated as much as possible, so they can track their progress and continue to stay focused on the end goal.   Day-to-day   Regular meetings are important to help the student keep on track of their goal, and to help the student learn in areas... read more

A great way to learn a specific type of polyatomic ions called the oxyanions, example Nitrate, use the following mnemonic device.     NICK the CAMEL ate a CLAM for SUPPER in PHOENIX    The 1st letter(s) corresponds to element to which the oxygen is bound within the ion.   The consonants determine the number of oxygens   The vowels determine the number of the negative charge.   The ate is the ending of each of the anions   NICK = NO3-         nitrate   CAMEL = CO32-     carbonate   CLAM = ClO3-        chlorate   SUPPER = SO42-    suflate   PHOENIX = PO43-  phosphate   Have fun studying!!! Prof. N

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