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I just tutored my very first Online tutoring session.   No, please don't get me wrong.  I've done plenty of tutoring!   I've tutored 14 and 16 hour-days straight helping students prepare for their final exams, and I've gained, in my best reasonable approximation, well over 10,000 hours of experience tutoring.  Because I used to do it full time!  And now I am again. Part-time full-time.  :)   However, I had never wanted to leap that big hurdle of creating my own platform or set-up to do online tutoring!  it just felt like so much to trouble-shoot and research, and... frankly, as a working mother with 3 children and volunteer positions, it just had never felt like the direction to be putting my time!   Maybe it would have been worth it in the end.  I don't know.   But I am so happy!!  Because WyzAnt now offers a great online tutoring platform.  (Plus, they do the majority of my marketing... 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

  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* Orinda Academy (Orinda, CA) - Private High School* Northgate High School (Walnut Creek, CA)* Dougherty Valley High School (San Ramon, CA)* Foothill High School (Pleasanton, CA)* Amador Valley High School (Pleasanton, CA)* Monte Vista High School (Danville, CA)* San Ramon Valley High School (Danville, CA)* Mission San Jose High School (Fremont, CA)* Dublin High School (Dublin, CA) The Quarry Lane School... read more

I know that when it comes to boosting one's vocabulary when preparing for one of the standardized tests, some students memorize long lists of words.  Some use flashcards, and others might use mnemonic devices--like associating a word with an image.     That's fine if memorization doesn't bore you, but let's face it. Learning those words by "rote" might help you identify a few on the language section of the SAT, ACT, or GRE, but you'll most likely forget them a week after the test. You also might be someone that hates the practice of memorization.   If you want to improve your vocabulary and really learn new words in context, the best thing is to be a reader, and if you've been reading challenging books throughout high school, that is definitely helpful.  But in the short term, try studying from the book 1100 Words You Need to Know.  This book teaches you vocabulary inductively.  In other words, you're first presented... read more

Tutoring is always fun when the student gets to make activity choices as we go along. I make tutoring fun by planning activities that strengthen the Reader and that makes them interested. Tutoring is fun with social praise and teacher input that motivates them. Tutoring sessions are fun when you know the student wants the end of session token reinforcement. Tutoring can be even more fun if you have some surprise end of session token reinforcement, like candy or small prizes that go with the holiday season or with the mastering of a certain goal at the end of a school year.

My name is Raluca, I've been tutoring and teaching for nearly 15 years. I've helped individuals from all age ranges learn Italian, German and Romanian and worked to compliment language classes at primary and secondary schools with supplementary lessons. I have also worked with those for who need to gain proficiency in English as a second language. I have a degree in linguistics and currently work as an interpreter for hospitals, law enforcement and private businesses. I really have a passion for languages and love working with new students to accomplish their goals. No matter your age, learning a new language is something that will give you a window into another culture and way of thinking. Learning a second or a third language has been shown to increase potential in the lives of children the summer is a great time to start children on this path. Learning later in life is important as well and has a proven track record of helping to stave off Alzheimer's and Dementia. I... read more

Tutoring Rates At my sole discretion, I may elect to modify my standard, posted rates based on factors such as subject, class structure, online vs in-person, group rates, etc. I may elect to offer specials and promotions. These may be targeted or general. Most are limited time offers and may be changed without notice at any time.  My standard, base rate may be increased at any time. Students who have tutored with me within the last 3 months will continue to keep their original rates. Those who contact me again after 3 months will have their rates increased accordingly. Travel fees may be assessed for students seeking tutoring outside a specified radius of the tutor's location and/or depending on the availability of the tutor. The current travel fee is assessed by adding the driving time to and from the student's location and the Barnes and Nobles in Antioch (5709 Lone Tree Way, Antioch, CA 94531) or Stanford's Organic Chemistry building (364 Lomita Drive... read more

Electronic Device Policy (for Students) In session, the student is allowed to use electronic devices including laptops, tablets, and cell phones for educational purposes only. All non-educational use of electronic devices during session is PROHIBITED.  Students are NOT allowed to use electronic devices to: check social media sites; check their email; check their text messages; open non-educational apps and programs; or browse or access non-educational websites, images, etc..  Students may be asked to use electronic devices for educational purposes during the session. For example, the student may be asked to do one of the following: Take picture(s) of notes and problems done during session Use their phone to access pictures of assignments, handouts, and other materials taken during class Use their electronic device to search for relevant figures, graphs, images, etc. Use their electronic device to take notes of information covered in session'... read more

  For the 8th consecutive year, all the students whom I tutored for the New York State Common Core examinations, have passed.  All have been promoted to the next grade, and or graduated.  Some of the students have received Academic Awards from their schools.  Tutoring takes much diligence, patience and determination.  There may be good and bad days, depending on how the students feel, but we did it.  I could not have done it without the parents, who are committed to their children's success.  I am very delighted.

We did it!  With hard work, determination, my high school students passed their regents exams.  I tutored US and Global History, Living Environment, Earth Science, Algebra Core, Algebra 2/Trigonometry, Geometry and Chemistry and the students passed.  One student passed with a 70%, another 75%, 76% and another 79%.  All the other students scored 80% and up.    I am so proud of my students.  Well done students and parents, we did it!

I want to know if 1 hour of tutoring is more effective than 2 hours of tutoring at 1 tutoring session? In my opinion, I believe that 2 hours of tutoring in 1 tutoring session because I can focus on more teaching and instruction without looking at the clock. The parents said that 2 hours is overwhelming for 1 student. Break it up to 1 hour of tutoring at a time. Also, the commute. I don't believe in traveling for 2 hours for 1 hour of tutoring and weather climate.

From my experience, designing a lesson for one student could be challenging due to not being able to include group or pair-work, which is not only a great way for the students to apply what they have just learned with a fellow classmate allowing them to feel more comfortable to make mistakes but also gives the teacher the opportunity to walk around and listen in and find common errors that can be brought up to the class as a whole instead of singling out a single student's mistake possibly discouraging them, but also because after some time the student can easily get bored deterring them from fully learning the material the tutor is teaching. Here are five things I include in each lesson to ensure that the student is actively learning and having a fun time doing so as well.   1) Make your first lesson informal so they feel comfortable with you from the get-go. They will be hesitant until they feel it is okay to mistakes and the sooner you can get them to let their guard... 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

Recently, I've noticed other tutors asking questions about raising rates and client retention.  Professional tutors learn how to provide this educational service and negotiate payment for services rendered.  This website is great for providing leads and helping a new tutor get started.  Attaining a level of education and specific tutor training will help beginners become effective professionals, not simply peer tutors with high GPAs.  Successfully tutoring others who achieve high marks on writing assignments and exams takes preparation and time.  This job requires more than just one hour with a student.   When I first started tutoring I did not calculate all of my travel expenses, including my time, into my hourly rate. As I quickly gained experience, I began to realize that my clients appreciate and value my willingness to drive to their homes once or twice a week.  Then gas prices began to slowly rise and I had another epiphany.  My... read more

Over the years, I have started to identify the kind of student with whom I work most effectively, whether in tutoring or in a traditional college setting. My kind of student is one who is serious about learning, is willing to think beyond an immediate problem, and has an open mind. Being serious about learning means that one is actively pursuing knowledge without waiting to be told what should be learned. Understanding that any knowledge gained in this pursuit is a treasure, not a waste of time, is paramount. Knowing that this pursuit extends outside of the classroom and outside of a tutoring session is key as well.   As a tutor, I receive many initial student requests to help with an assignment that is, typically, due within a few days. I generally turn these down and here's why. To me, it is not clear that these students are willing to think beyond what is immediately in front of them. If I have lessons with them, would they accept that I would teach the necessary concepts... read more

I recently responded to a question on WyzAnt's “Answers” page from a very frustrated student asking why he should bother learning algebra. He wanted to know when he would ever need to use it in the “real world” because it was frustrating him to tears and “I'm tired of trying to find your x algebra, and I don't care y either!!!” Now, despite that being a pretty awesome joke, I really felt for this kid. I hear this sort of complaint a lot from students who desperately want to just throw in the towel and skip math completely. But what bothered me even more were the responses already given by three or four other tutors. They were all valid points talking about life skills that require math, such as paying bills, applying for loans, etc., or else career fields that involve math such as computer science and physics. I hear these responses a lot too, and what bothers me is that those answers are clearly not what this poor student needed to hear. When you're that frustrated about... read more

There's a lot of writing advice out there, but I've noticed some asterisks missing. Allow me to provide those now: Practice writing every day That's not practical, necessarily (unless you've got my job). Deliberate practice is better than just sheer repetition. If you spend time on practice, you have to use it pretty damn well, especially if you're busy. But what constitutes "good practice"? I'll be covering this in another post later, but the basic idea is to approach improving your writing with a problem-solving mindset. You may need to bring in other perspectives. Some of the fundamentals of deliberate practice include: revision: literally re-view your writing. You CAN'T do this by looking at your work in the same format in which you wrote it. Email, for example: Paste it into Word or print it up to look it over before hitting SEND. You'll be amazed at the mistakes and problems you missed that suddenly seem obvious when viewed in a... read more

Hello WyzAnt Folks!   I'm new here, and wanted to introduce myself & say hello to everyone!    I've gone through the beginning phases (passing the tests, creating a profile, etc.) at the site, and was wondering if you all --those of you have been at this for a while and have some experience at this, could give me some ideas about what I should do to get my first students, and how I should build up a good profile.   Thank you all for your time.   Respectfully,   - halimur khan

I know this can be confusing for more advanced students, here is a simple tip to differentiate both:   We say : -"se rappeler quelque chose" and - "se souvenir DE quelque chose ou DE quelqu'un".   There is no such thing as "se rappeler de" in French...   Examples:  - je me rappelle mon voyage en France - je me souviens de ce village   I hope this can be useful to some of you in their practice!

I published this article on my blog and I believe that it will help students, tutors and parents alike so I decided to re-blog here.  Time management is such an important skill! The article published by University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension entitled “Thirteen Timely Tips for More Effective Time Management” proved to be very beneficial as well as the Time Management Quiz. They highlight the importance of prioritizing, goal setting and eliminating distractions. I found five time managements tools that can help us achieve our goals. StayFocusd – This is a Google Chrome extension that blocks you from going to time-wasting sites. It works like a timer, and asks you to set the maximum time you want to waste on your customized time-killer sites before they’re blocked. This tool would be perfect for parents to use with students who go to school online. It would help them to keep their kids on track and not chatting on twitter or posting photos on Instagram. This tool... read more

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