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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   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

Having learning disabilities, I struggled in the classroom and with homework everyday of my academic life. Studying was never fun for me or my parents. (God bless their patience). I had to learn very quickly how to make learning fun and more stimulating. Thinking outside of the box will help you and your student excel at the homework and test prep game.   #5: I'll Take Learning for $200 Alex Turn your test prep into a game of jeopardy. My students recently had to study for a big test on Western Europe. They had to know countries and capitols, cultural facts and economic stats. I turned the questions into a Jeopardy game by making index cards with the answer on one side and the point value on the other side. For example - Vienna is the capital of this country (point value - $200). The student would have to respond with What is Austria?   It's easy to create this game at home. Even if only 1 student needs to study, bring in the whole family to make it a... read more

In my experience, many children who come to tutoring struggling with mathematics show signs that these troubles have been occurring for a long time, in some cases years. In most of these cases the students only receive a few lessons until parents are satisfied when their child brings home one good test or homework assignment. Then the parents start the cycle over again when the child brings home a bad grade.   Students who have been struggling for a long time will continue to have difficulties until the trouble area has been addressed. Math is a building block subject. If you have difficulties computing the 1st few levels of mathematics, you will continue to struggle in every level afterwards. For an example, a pre-algebra student is working on basic algebra skills. He/she doesn't understand the concept of the algebra. Upon working with the student, I immediately realize he/she has difficulties computing basic math (addition, subtraction, multiplication,... 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: 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

Often times experienced mathematicians tend to get comfortable with certain problem-solving strategies. For example, in a problem one might use a system of equations to solve a problem rather than employing a simpler more easy way to solve it. Though using system of equations are great, knowing how to solve problems using different approaches is important, not just for oneself, but for their students.   Take for example the following problem: A farmer has both pigs and chickens on his farm. There are 78 feet and 27 heads. How many pigs and how many chickens are there?   Solution 1: (Using Algebra System of Equations) 4p+2c=78 (pigs have 4 feet and chickens have 2 feet with 78 feet in total) p+c=27 (27 heads mean that the number of chicken and pigs total 27) Then by algebra p=27-c. Therefore by substitution, 4(27-c)+2c=78. 108-2c=78. 2c=30. c=15. Since, c=15, p+c=p+15=27. p=12. Therefore, the farmer has 15 chickens and 12 pigs... read more

Tutoring is teaching on steroids. You have a small amount of time to make a huge impact in a student's life. In addition, the parents are looking for quick results, after all they are paying. However, there is something that every tutor should consider when planning and tutoring-if the student doesn't like what you are doing, how long do you think the parent and the student are going to continue to make the investment of their time and money? Here are 5 quick tips to help build the connection without spending a large amount of time on things other than the lesson.   1. Talk to the child. I know it sounds silly, but children have things they love to talk about if adults will just take the time to listen. Some students open up right away, others do not.   2. Involve movement. It helps. A lot. Have them sing, dance, or do anything that involves them getting out of their seat and moving around. They have usually sat in school all day. They need a break and so... read more

This coming Dec. 22nd is Chinese Winter Festival which is called Dong Zhi in Mandarin Chinese. Dong means Winter and Zhi means extreme or arrival. So, Dong Zhi literally means "the extreme of winter". Dong Zhi marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the coldest day in winter according to the Chinese calendar. This is also the day that your shadow measures the longest under the sun. Dong Zhi Festival always falls on or around December 22.   Dong Zhi festival is a day for family reunion, a day to worship the ancestors, and a day to eat some traditional food. In northern China, people will eat dumplings and lamb to keep warm. In southern China and Taiwan, people will eat Tang Yua´n, the glutinous rice balls. Tang Yua´n – Tang = soup; Yua´n = round. Tang Yua´n sounds like “Tuán Yuán” that means “reunion”. Therefore, Tang Yua´n is the food with a symbolic meaning of family reunion. During the Chinese Lunar New Year... read more

As Spring approaches, it is evident that about half the school year as come and gone. This means that only half the school year remains, placing confidence in some students and creating stress for others. At this point, I'm sure everyone has taken an exam or two (or ten) in their classes and have decided whether the class is easy or not. If you are one of the many students still struggling, don't worry. There is still time to bring those grades up! Studying for exams can be a tricky task, and taking an exam can be even trickier. Knowing how to prepare for an exam and knowing the best method for taking an exam will help you now and far into your college education. With information so easily at our fingertips, it is sometimes challenging to find the most appropriate study habits to adopt. While the Internet provides us with test banks and resources like Quizlet, it is sometimes best to stick to the old- fashion techniques like flash cards and taking notes from the textbook. Shocker,... read more

Happy Post-Holidays! Now that we're getting back into the swing of things, I hope to update this blog more often, so keep tuned. I've gotten some inquiries from medical school applicants seeking assistance on the application process and how to stand out from the crowd. Here are some suggestions that I can give based upon my experience as both a successful applicant and applicant interviewer. I'm going to start out with the experiences that I personally feel will help you stand out. A lot of applicants shadow physicians to gain clinical exposure. At one level, this is great; you need to have an idea of what medicine is like before you commit to 4 years of medical school and years of residency. But like I said, almost every applicant has done this, so it just seemed sort of run of the mill and nothing new. So while shadowing is improtant Consider the experiences section of your application as the chance to show your passion and compassion. Experiences that... read more

Parents oftentimes do not know what to do when their young adults cannot learn the information for school. Parents may try to explain it in a manner that their young adults will understand it. They oftentimes will not be able to grasp what is being taught, and the parents may become frustrated. Parents may even make negative comments to their young adults  when you have not been hired yet and perhaps even after they hire you when you are there (which really does not do their young adults any good whatsoever!).   As you progress with your tutoring of young adults by listening, answering questions, and explaining in more detail, giving encouragement when the young adults need help and giving praise when deserved have some very positive repercussions. They will feel better about themselves, and they will feel better about what you are sharing with them, because you are breaking down the barrier of "I can't learn this" and "I can't do this"... read more

In order to help the people whom you tutor, is really a great resource for Spanish vocabulary, Spanish grammar explanations, quizzes and mini-tests, and verb drills. The verb drills section is particularly good, because you can generate quizzes which will vary each time. It's a keeper!

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

Hi all!   Another semester down and a fairly successful one at that. I had a strong performance on the SAT bio by a student (This student plans to take it again to go for the 800. I'm excited to help her get it this time!), I met some great new students for Biochemistry, Genetics, Inorganic chemistry, and bioinformatics, substantially improved my library of AP physics materials as well as organic chemistry materials, had the opportunity to help with a college essay as well as science project submissions for the Sieman's competition and Intel competition, and made real headway on my SAT chemistry prep book! Only 160 more problems to go.... There were a number of other successes throughout the semester as well, but my goal here was to just share some of the different flavors of tutoring I'm currently having fun with.    I'm only going to be taking on 6 students this Spring so that I have more time to finish the book and make progress on educational... read more

A few things that I could do to make the lessons more fun are to use examples with current pop culture’s references. With small children I think funny stories with characters that have silly names keeps their attention. Ask their input that way the information will stay with them. I also like to use silly voices or over animate my personality to drive the point home. I can create games or augment existing ones too.

Have you ever wondered what spelling bee champs know about spelling? I have, and my research led me straight to the 31 spelling rules as taught in the Logic of English method. These simple yet powerful rules explain 98% of English words when coupled with 74 phonograms. While that may not be enough to win an elite spelling bee, its a huge step forward for everyday literacy. The 31 rules are posted here: While most are remarkably simple, they are quite powerful. Consider how the very first rule explains the answers to these tricky word equations: picnic + ing = picnicking notice + able = noticeable Rule 1 states that "C always softens to /s/ when followed by E, I, or Y. Otherwise, C says /k/." Thus, picnicking gets its K because without it, the word would say /picnising/. Likewise, noticeable retains its E because without it, the word would say /notikable/. I'd love... read more

To find any note in any scale all you need to be able to do is count!   Lets use a piano as our example because in electronic music production you will need to become familiar with one at some point. So, if you are looking at a piano you can obviously see that it has white and black keys. The black keys are just (sharps/flats) of the adjacent notes.    A "tone/whole tone" is the distance between two keys on a piano. For instance, it is the difference between C and D and also the difference between E and F#. A "semitone/halftone" is the distance between keys directly next to each other. This means the if we are on C again that C# is a semitone/halftone or if we start on E then F is a halftone/semitone away.    Now that we know that little bit on info all we need to do is remember two patterns to find the notes of any scale!   For Major that pattern is: 2 2 1 2 2 2 1  For minor that pattern is:... read more

English is widely regarded as being full of exceptions, and often logical/literal learners struggle with the ways in which it is commonly taught. Fortunately, though, there is logic to our language, and methods have been developed that carefully distill it into a limited number of spelling rules and phonograms. These concepts are quite simple to learn but very powerful in application, transforming English from a confusing jumble of exceptions to a deliciously rich and robust code. An introduction to these concepts is posted at The entire video is informative and inspirational, but if you’re pressed for time and want to sample some of the real meat of the content, jump ahead to the 20 minute mark and watch for about 8 minutes. I'd love to hear what you think. Is this content helpful? Did you learn anything new? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

1. Read the questions carefully, most times there are fluff in the questions (fluff means, things that are not necessary to solving the questions) just to confuse you   2 Find the end game of the question which is just finding out what exactly the question wants you to find   3. Find the players of the game...the information that are needed to get to the end game   4. Remember the formulas   5. Remember the units for the answers...

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