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* When answering reading comprehension questions, read the questions before you read the article. This may sound odd, however, it keeps the student from being overwhelmed. This strategy allows them to focus on finding the answers.   * When moving from question to question, start reading from the beginning of the article for EVERY question. This increases comprehension and fluency.   * Answer questions that ask: what's the main topic, last, no matter what order that question is asked. Using the strategies above will increase the ability to comprehend the article and correct answers.

Never tutored before?  Never been tutored before?  You have nervousness in common.  You can get your nervousness under control to make your initial tutoring session a good experience for everyone.  The key is in being prepared...   1. DON"T wait until the last day (or last minute!) to prepare.  Simple things such as gathering your materials the night before or taking a few days to brush up on some less used parts of the subject you are teaching will help you feel prepared and calmer as a result.    2. Make sure you are clear on when and where your tutoring session will be held.  If you have the info on paper but have never been there before, have a clear plan on what routes to take and leave early.  Do not rely on your GPS.  You already have enough to think about.   3. Make sure you have your tutor's/student's contact info with you in case of emergency.  Showing up late to a tutoring session... read more

As a high school English teacher I am constantly asked the same question for writing assignments, “how many paragraphs does it need to be?” I hate this question. I hate that somewhere students were taught that the number paragraphs dictates the quality of the writing. That someone has quantified how many paragraphs make a good essay. I can name names, but for anyone who knows writing instruction and the theories behind it, you know who I am referring to and probably know the disciples of her method. Perhaps you are one of them, preaching the structure of one paragraph for your introduction, complete with hook and thesis. Three paragraphs for your body, full of topic sentences and transitions. Finally the concluding paragraph, I can’t wait to hear you restate your thesis! My question is a simple one. When do we see this method at work after high school?  When in a college class would a paragraph essay be sufficient for talking about the effects of over-expansion... read more

Through WyzAnt I have met some quality people, in various professions, who truly want the best for their kids.  They seem to turn to WyzAnt because they are seeking professional tutors to help their children be the best that they can be. Parents seem to like the safety of knowing WyzAnt tutors have current background checks on file.

Do you want to improve your listening skills? Here are two links to great online resources:    Real English Listen to real English spoken by native speakers. First, watch the video without subtitles. Next, do the exercises. Then, watch the video again with subtitles. You will learn a lot of new words too!      Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab You can choose easy, medium, or difficult. There are a lot of different topics. You can do exercises after you listen to the audio recording.     

Proficient tutoring for good success is packaged to help students learn the concepts and techniques required to improve grades, reasoning tests and achieve good success in life endeavors. For the students who are preparing to pass exams, write thesis and dissertations must be ready to face challenges and go beyond the normal and old school techniques. To others who regard the subject to be so difficult and confusing must change their mind set towards possibility with a step by step approach to solving problems. The goal of my proficient tutoring is to help students improves their grade levels, pass exams in flying colors and defend thesis/dissertations with confidence. A proficient tutoring for good success provides the best skills and techniques to students so that, they can understand better on how to solve problems through a step by step approach at minimum cost towards a sustainable development in Education. The goal of proficient tutoring can be achieved with the... read more

I have not blogg'ed in quite some time, but I felt the need to do so this morning.    As the school year wraps up, I can look back at the last few months and see just how much of a positive impact tutoring has had on my clients.Whether my students were looking to increase their confidence in a particular subject area or just pass a final exam, each one of them has benefited from that one-on-one attention.  Private tutoring is a service that simply can not be matched.     It is very rare that a student receive the complete attention of his or her classroom teacher for a full hour a day, let a lone an hour and a half - or two hours!  Tutor time is invaluable!

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

If you are in a profession where you must analyze data to turn it to information; or if you do such at home or at school Excel is the application for you. But sometime trying to learn Excel on your own, even with books, can be difficult. That's why an experienced tutor can be valuable, by offering you real world examples of using Excel, while providing basic and intermediate lessons on the application features. Understanding the Excel Object Model is fundamental to understanding Excel’s structure and the relationship of these objects to each other. But understanding the tabs/ribbons are key to understanding and knowing where to find and how to apply features, setting, properties to Excel objects. Formulas are what make spreadsheets worth-while. Formulas and built-in Functions bring Excel alive. When Excel is alive with formulas, functions, and code there are wonders to be observed while creating information from raw data. That is the real purpose of Excel, to store... read more

During the school year, my students balance classes, sports, social lives, and sleep. Their schedules are hectic. During tutoring lessons, students often only have time to focus on the immediate assignments at hand in their classes. We usually have little time for test prep unless the student and parent has specifically requested that we focus solely on the SAT or ACT. So, when is the best time to study for the SAT or ACT? You guessed it. Summer vacation.    Many of my students have a summer schedule that gives their school year calendar a run for it's money. However, their busy summers do not contain nearly as many academic activities as their school year schedules. Most have summer sports, camp, or jobs. This is the perfect time to balance those physical and social activities with test prep. In addition, students can learn the ropes of the SAT or ACT better when they are not juggling other classes and tests. Every kind of standardized test is unique and it takes... read more

While it's always good to look back and survey your work (I recently looked back at some school projects I did in 2001-2003 and thought of all the things I would have changed if I were to do it today), the extent to which the film industry is 'rehashing' the past is a little bit different. I've heard a lot of people complain that 'we are in the era of remakes.' It's not only remakes, it's sequels to long-dead films that probably should not have a sequel. The Terminator series has about run its course, and yet there was a 4th and a 5th installment in the franchise coming. Spider-Man'was rehashed after the Tobey McGuire and James Franco trilogy for two additional films that rebooted the series, and now it's being rehashed AGAIN in 2017 (I don't know the specifics but my friend Jim is an encyclopedia of comic book knowledge). I'm also not really looking forward to the new Star Wars' films, ANOTHER film based around Wolverine from the X-Men; it's getting to the point... read more

The biggest question I receive on a daily basis from Students seeking to learn the Arabic language is: "What dialect of Arabic should I learn?"   It is a very valid and great question to ask. As a native Arabic speaker and being born in Jordan, I can simply answer your concern with three letters, ready? Here they are: (MSA) Do you know what MSA is? No a simple Google search wouldn't do you any favors, you will have more questions and you will eventually circle back to your original dialect confusion.   Contact me to discuss in details, I can explain the difference, and I can be your Full Time, or Part Time Tutor in this specific subject!     Till next time gang, Faris

The biggest question I receive on a daily basis from Students seeking to learn the Arabic language is: "What dialect of Arabic should I learn?"   It is a very valid and great question to ask. As a native Arabic speaker and being born in Jordan, I can simply answer your concern with three letters, ready? Here they are: (MSA) Do you know what MSA is? No a simple Google search wouldn't do you any favors, you will have more questions and you will eventually circle back to your original dialect confusion.   Contact me to discuss in details, I can explain the difference, and I can be your Full Time, or Part Time Tutor in this specific subject!     Till next time gang, Faris

Making the Learning Fun and Engaging is incredibly important for students and something I highly value.  The top 5 ways that I do this:   I create songs and rhymes that help students remember important information.   I use electronic flashcards and games.   I create kinesthetic activities/movement to help lock the information in their memories.   I enjoy making students laugh.   I make connections to their interests, experiences and current events.

About Java programs, it is very important to keep in mind the following points. Case Sensitivity – Java is case sensitive, which means identifier Hello and hello would have different meaning in Java. Class Names – For all class names the first letter should be in Upper Case.If several words are used to form a name of the class, use camel-casing.Example class FirstJavaClass Method Names – All method names should start with a Lower Case letter.If several words are used to form the name of the method, use camel-casing.Example public void TheMethodName() Program File Name – Name of the program file should exactly match the class name.When saving the file, you should save it using the class name and append ‘.java’ to the end of the name (if the file name and the class name do not match your program will not compile). Example: Assume ‘MyFirstJavaClass’ is the class name. Then the file should be saved as ‘’ public static void main(String args[])... read more

Java is: Object Oriented: In Java, everything is an Object. Java can be easily extended since it is based on the Object model. Platform independent: When Java is compiled, it is not compiled into platform specific machine, rather into platform independent byte code. This byte code is distributed over the web and interpreted by virtual Machine (JVM) on whichever platform it is being run. Simple: Java is designed to be easy to learn. If you understand the basic concept of OOP Java would be easy to master. Secure: With Java’s secure feature it enables to develop virus-free, tamper-free systems. Authentication techniques are based on public-key encryption. Powerful: Java makes an effort to eliminate error-prone situations by emphasizing mainly on compile-time error checking and runtime checking. Multithreaded: With Java’s multithreaded feature it is possible to write programs that can do many tasks simultaneously. This design feature allows programmers to... read more

Java SE is freely available from the link Download Java. So you download a version based on your operating system. Follow the instructions to download java and run the file to install Java on your machine. Once you installed Java on your machine, you can download the most popular Eclipse IDE for Java Developers. Once you run the file and the IDE is installed, create a shortcut for that on the desktop so that it will be easily accessible later. After creating a shortcut, you are all set to create your first Java program.

Today, in a poll for tutors, we were asked if we would like for students to have an instant booking option. The majority of tutors said, "Yes". The students would be able to see our availability, calendars, and set appointments. The option could be a great tool for both students and tutors. It would save time trying to connect with the tutor, and possibly streamline the day.   However, there was a large percentage of tutors who said, "No." So, I had to pause and think about why it might not be such a great tool. What could possibly go wrong?     The first issue that comes to mind is driving time. The difference between a private tutor and a tutoring center is the fact that we are not in a set location. If a student sees that I have a one hour opening that would be great for them and schedules it, but lives more than a five minute drive from the previously booked student before or after that hour, it could cause issues. Unless the... read more

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