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I've had several potential students contact me recently without reading my profile page carefully. I'm not involved with social media, so I don't know if that page resembles a social media platform. I doubt it, but perhaps people are so used to looking at information online with half an eye, without really reading or absorbing the content, that when they come here they feel the “information” is the same as elsewhere. It's not. On my profile page, my location is stated. Yet potential students from other time zones sometimes feel I must work close to them. They are surprised when they finally realize I don''t live in their state. That also means I can't meet them at a local coffee shop for face-to-face work. Again they are surprised, despite the fact that their tutoring request clearly states: “preferred lesson location: online”. If I live far from you, and you have asked for online tutoring, then why would you be surprised that we would work online, not face-to-face at a local... read more

I recently had the experience of arranging to meet a new client's high-school student for their first time using online tutoring with me. We had already exchanged messages on the platform we intended to use in an attempt to ensure everything was ready for that night's session when the student would be ready.   However, we encountered some problems!  Although we were both logged into the video-conferencing application, and had earlier exchanged IMs through the application, neither of us appeared to be online to the other! After trying the usual restart-the application, restart-the-machine first trouble-shooting steps, to no avail I asked the client to try checking their application for any available updates.  Well, evidently there must have been some updates that hadn't run for quite some time (or perhaps an antivirus program or firewall interfered with the update process, or perhaps the operating system was out-of-date too, or ... could have been any number of... read more

Ellen's Rules for Effective Time Management, Part 2 3. Know when it’s time to take breaks. Spending a good chunk of time on one subject is good; it helps you settle into a rhythm and lets your brain get into the correct frame of reference for the subject. But there exists a horizon beyond which no progress can or will be made. It’s the point at which your brain has become over-saturated with the current material, and if you continue on you’ll just end up working yourself into circles of frustration. In paper writing, it’s the point at which anything you wrote would make sense to you regardless because you’ve been reading the same few paragraphs to yourself for hours. In math, it’s the point at which you will just end up confusing yourself more and more as you try desperately to work it out. When that moment arrives, you know it’s time to take your break. 4. TAKE BREAKS. I don’t care how much work you have, there’s always enough time for a fifteen-minute break... read more

For most fluent readers, it can be hard to imagine how the sight word "have" can be tricky for emerging readers. Yet many parents drilling the Dolch sight words find "have" is misread over and over again, made to rhyme with "gave" and "behave". The child is likely making this mistake because he or she is diligently applying the guidance that a silent final E makes the preceding vowel say its name. And for many English speakers, that's the only purpose known for a silent final E. But, that only explains half of the words with a silent final E and has nothing to do with why there is a silent final E in "have". So, why is there a silent final E in "have"? Check out rule #3 in the list posted here: https://www.logicofenglish.com/resources/spelling-rules. Rule 3 states that English words do not end in I, U, V, or J. The silent final E in "have" is there to prevent the word from ending in V, just as... read more

I became pi day challenge genius #181 at 3:14 on Sunday :-) Less than an estimated 10% of those who play do all 37+ (some have groups of puzzles). You can still play at any time at pidaychallenge.com #pidaychallenge Pi Day Challenge throughout the year. They're not just math/physics puzzles.   Per the owner of the site, I calculated the genius percentage incorrectly.  About 10,000 people took the challenge, so becoming a “genius” is pretty rare.   One of my elementary age students this year started answering some of the hard ones even faster than I did. I don't know if he'll complete all the puzzles, but each year his lateral and creative thinking improves.  Having these extra-curricular activities helps youth have FUN!!!   Try a few out... even if you think you're stuck.  It's amazing what the brain can do with a good night's sleep. Barbara W.

Good project ideas for rainy (or just lazy) weekends:     Have the kids read aloud to you. Choose a word that you think they may not know the definition. Then start a "Look up that word" game: I know some friends of mine who used to play this game often, I recall there were brothers and were very much into sports and competition, if they didn't know a word that was spoken or in their homework assignments, they would race to a dictionary to see who could find the meaning first. By the way, now they are articulate men with an awesome vocabulary! You can ask "Who can look this word up and create a sentence? The fastest one is a winner!" Some kids may not think this is too much fun at first so plan a preferred meal or movie as a reward! They may start to really enjoy the word race game over time as they play it!

The Seven Learning Styles Visual/Spatial:You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Aural/Auditory: You prefer using sound and music. Kinesthetic/Physical: You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch Verbal/Linguistic : You prefer using words, both in speech and writing. Solitary: You prefer to work alone and use self-study Social: You prefer to learn in groups or with other people. Logical/Mathematical: You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.   The Seven Learning Styles Visual/Spatial:You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Aural/Auditory: You prefer using sound and music. Kinesthetic/Physical:  You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch Verbal/Linguistic : You prefer using words, both in speech and writing. Solitary: You prefer to work alone and use self-study Social: You prefer... read more

I have studied Electrical and Computer Engineering and received Master degree in 2008. While I was studying at university, I worked as a teacher assistant. I have taught many courses to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition, I taught a lot of elementary and high school students as tutor. Both of these experiences convinced me to pursue tutoring as a career. Therefore, I have tried hard to become a good teacher. I realized that teacher preparation is the major determinant of a great teacher. I have taught large variety of courses; however, my best experience is computer programming. Right now, I have some college and high school students whom I am teaching Java, C/C++, Matlab, and object oriented programming. I love teaching the computer programming to any student and can transmit information in the best way at minimum time. If you have any problems in programming and want to become ready for your class or doing your homework, I could help you. You are going to... read more

Ellen’s Rules For Effective Time Management, Part 3 5. Mix up your subjects. Spending all day working on the same project can lead to feelings of frustration and inadequacy. Mixing up your subjects helps the brain to stay engaged, since it can’t fall into the trance of working on the same thing for hours. If you’re writing a paper and starting to feel annoyed or frustrated with it, take a break and work on your math for a bit. You’ll sit back down to the computer feeling refreshed and relaxed, even if you haven’t stopped for more than fifteen minutes at a time all day. 6. Make the delineations between subjects clear and firm. When mixing up your subjects, keep them distinct and separate from each other. Take a short break between subjects, or place the rest of your notebooks on the other side of the room so that you’re forced to get up and move around in order to change subjects. Give your brain several minutes to clear and reorganize for the next... 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

One question I just received on a different blog was how to handle the 4-star ratings that come up. No matter how good you are, someone will not be satisfied. I personally have received two 4-stars here on WyzAnt, one when I was just starting out, and one just today. For the 4-star early on, it was from a weekly student who only rated the very first meeting as a 4-star. When I learned it was him (either WyzAnt didn't let us see ratings back when I began or I just hadn't figured out how), I approached him about it at the end of our next meeting. One thing I've learned in life is to ask questions instead, so I simply inquired as to why the first lesson was a 4-star to him. He thought back and couldn't really remember why; the session had gone well to him, and he couldn't remember anything in particular that went wrong; he simply thought that 4-stars was still "good". When I explained to him that it wasn't really how things worked on WyzAnt, how only 5-stars is "good"... read more

I understand some parents are cagy or wary of online tutoring. After all - schools teach face-to-face, don't they? But, have you noticed how online services are exploding and brick/mortar schools are slowly but steadily disappearing? The internet is no longer the future - it is here - now! Online tutoring brings multiple advantages for everybody. 1. Very, very flexible. The student can be anywhere. At school on lunch break - Overseas - Broken leg in bed - sorry. 2. Nobody needs to drive in crazy traffic and risk an accident. 3. The student has immediate access to my Mac with thousands of topics - explanations and worked solutions.  4. You get copies of the work we did together for review / better understanding. Smart phone or PC! No lost paper notes. 5. Online we share screens and audio in real-time just as if we were sitting at the same table. 6. Can cancel and reschedule at the last minute. In-person carries a 24-hour minimum. 7. Class... read more

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

If a student wishes to cancel a lesson, he/she must provide a notice at least 8 hours prior to the beginning of said lesson. This allows sufficient time to schedule others who may be waiting for a lesson. If a student cancels less than 8 hours prior to a lesson, a 100% cancellation fee may be charged. If a lesson is not cancelled, yet the student fails to show up within the first 15 minutes of the lesson, a no-show fee of 110% of that lesson will be given, unless an emergency had arisen at the time of the lesson. If a student is counted as a no-show two times, future lessons will only be given at a 200% rate of the tutors existing rate. After three no-shows, the student will not be allowed any more lessons. A lesson begins and ends at the time scheduled. If a student is late, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time and the full lesson fee will still be charged.

This was a really hard essay to write. Not because I couldn't figure out what to write about; I knew almost from the moment I read the prompt that I wanted to write about Dracula. On the contrary, it was hard because I had TOO MANY ideas for this essay – I had so many thoughts buzzing excitedly around in my head that my outlines kept coming out really scattered and disorganized. I went through, no joke, at least FOUR different outlines for this essay – and I refused to even start writing a draft until I'd sorted out what precisely was wrong with my outline, scrapped it for the third time, and started over from scratch. I went through several different organizational schemes, starting with one centered around a favorite Hitchcock quote about suspense that was a good idea, but ultimately, had no place in this particular essay. My outline eventually settled on the format that probably should have been obvious from the start – the one that related most closely to the prompt. My outline... read more

I have been on WA now for several months (granted, through the summer months to start with), and although there were plenty of jobs that I would have accepted, I applied to several, and no one takes me up.  It is for any age Science, math, chemistry, physics, and I will also help with composition, English, etc  I get no one.  I double checked what makes a good job application, etc.  I double checked my profile. So is my price too high?  WA has not suggested nor given any guidance on any of these things, so I am asking you all. Thank you.

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

  Your elementary school-aged child has been getting good grades and seems to enjoy school. Homework is getting done. Text and quiz scores are all "A" and "B." Then your child begins middle school or junior high school and suddenly you realize that your elementary school scholar is a complete mess. Homework, which you know was done, isn't getting handed in. You find yourself saying, "When were you going to tell me that this project which is worth 1/2 of your grade is due on Monday and you need all these supplies?" Is it just the approach of the teen years or is something else going on?   The answer is - it's a little bit of both. Elementary school-aged students often depend on their memory to store and recall information. They seem to be very bright and they don't seem to need to study very much. However, when the workload of middle school or junior high falls upon them, if the only study skill they have learned is to rely on their... read more

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