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  Success in Nursing School requires excellent study skills and excellent test taking strategies.   I find most student nurses need some assistant in these two areas.Test Taking Strategies for nursing students are essential. Preparation is key. Tutors for nursing students need to review these test taking techniques.   Reviewing these different types of questions, breaking down the meaning of key words and understand the chooses provided in the answers is essential for success in Nursing School and in passing their State Boards.   If you are a Nursing Student - Post your responses in taking tests/exams in Nursing school.   I offer online or in-person reviewing of these different types of questions and how to examine both the root of the questions and the chooses provided in the answers. It is important to understand how to examine multiple choice test questions and how to answer multiple choice test questions.     I... read more

In Accounting there are plenty of formulas, theories, and equations, but by far the most important is the following: Assets = Liabilities + Equity First, I will describe in layman’s terms the three variables within the equation above. An asset is a resource that will be used to operate a business (e.g. inventory, plant, machinery). A liability is a creditors right to the resources within the business (e.g. loan, accounts payable). Equity is the owner’s interest in the business (e.g. stock, retained earnings). Home ownership is an easy way to understand the relationship between the three variables. The house itself is an asset because it can be used to generate revenue from rent or a business can be ran within the home (e.g. daycare, tax preparation). The mortgage on the home is a liability because a mortgage is a loan from a bank. The home is collateral for the loan, so if the owner cannot pay back the loan the bank will be able to take ownership of the... read more

All my grade 8 & 9 students (10 students) passed the Algebra Core Regents exam. Only one student had to retake it in August and she passed with an 83%. In June she scored 53%. My two Trigonometry students passed the Regents, but only 2 out 4 students passed the Geometry Regents exams.

I read a blog that less expensive tutors are not as good as high priced tutors.  Then the blogger stated that for a tutor to be acceptable they must have a Master's or higher degree in the subject they intend to tutor.  They compared a 'good' tutor as one that is high priced and who would shop in Saks 5th Ave to a 'novice' tutor who is a low cost person who shops at Wal-Mart.  I hope that I am not the only person who was offended by this blog.  What makes a person better if they prefer to pay a dollar for a pencil at an exclusive store that costs 5 cents at a store anyone can afford to shop at.  Such people seem to look down on anyone who has to carefully budget how they spend their earnings.   First, the price a person charges for tutoring has nothing to do with how good they may be as a tutor.  It is dependent on where they live and why they are tutoring in the first place.  A person living in a rural setting in the South simply does not have... read more

Children learn to love school at an early age. Without engaging lessons, positive feedback, an encouraging atmosphere, students will turn away from having a positive attitude about education. Firs things first, a student should be comfortable with their teacher/tutor. A student should not be afraid to ask for help. One of the most discouraging things is a teacher that refuses to assist a student with a question. Secondly, activities should be educational, but fun! Not every lesson has to be paragraphs of information followed by questions and essay-length answers. It is healthy to mix up teaching styles with games and contests to challenge, but motivate, the student  to learn. Also, teachers/tutors should be encouraging. Not every child will pick up on a topic quickly-that is okay! Keeping a positive attitude while trying to explain a lesson is so very important to a student's confidence. On top of that, being prepared with worksheets and a lesson plan is key. A child will thrive... read more

Children learn to love school at an early age. Without engaging lessons, positive feedback, an encouraging atmosphere, students will turn away from having a positive attitude about education. Firs things first, a student should be comfortable with their teacher/tutor. A student should not be afraid to ask for help. One of the most discouraging things is a teacher that refuses to assist a student with a question. Secondly, activities should be educational, but fun! Not every lesson has to be paragraphs of information followed by questions and essay-length answers. It is healthy to mix up teaching styles with games and contests to challenge, but motivate, the student  to learn. Also, teachers/tutors should be encouraging. Not every child will pick up on a topic quickly-that is okay! Keeping a positive attitude while trying to explain a lesson is so very important to a student's confidence. On top of that, being prepared with worksheets and a lesson plan is key. A child will thrive... read more

Looking for a second pair of eyes to review your final research papers for this semester? Please review my profile and contact me. I have extensive experience working with ESL writers and I specialize in nursing school (through graduate level) research paper review. My schedule is flexible and I can coach any writer online as well as via email and in person.   With South University and UCF's nursing programs in Orlando, I have worked with many nurses in Central Florida who are struggling to attain a master's degree while working full-time in the nursing profession. Hats off to all health care professionals, but especially these dedicated men and women, who want to achieve higher education.  I also provide academic support online and via email for all writers for any writing project, creative and technical topics. Please review my profile for more details.    Contact me today to see how I can provide academic support during your graduate nursing career...

hey christmas is over and its a new holiday. New people, new toys, wooded justice and lots of fun.  use siri to do all your mathematical problems. Have a fun time. Siri, "multiply 35 and 16". Siri multiply 88 and 101.   Its takes hard work. Study hard love learning.

Mac OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” What happened to…? OS X 10.11 “El Capitan” brings several important features to the Mac, but it also removes a few. Here are three things people are missing in El Capitan that I’ve been hearing about the most: Repair Permissions, Dashboard, and Secure Empty Trash. 1) What happened to Disk Utility? I can’t repair permissions anymore! Correct - Apple has removed the Verify and Repair Disk Permissions functions from Disk Utility. The command line program ‘diskutil’ has also had those functions removed. But WHY? Apple changed OS X so developers can no longer assign permissions to files and folders that their software installs. Therefore, repairing permissions is no longer necessary. This is a very good thing! 2) What happened to Dashboard? It’s gone! No it’s not, Apple just leaves it off by default now. It’s very simple to get Dashboard back if you use it: Open System Preferences. Click... read more

Welcome back to the school everyone! I hope you all had a great summer. For all those whose summer was maybe a little too great, maybe those who’ve forgotten even the basics, we’re going to take it all the way back to arithmetic a.k.a “number theory”. A review of number theory is a perfect place to start for many levels. Calculus and a lot of what you learn in pre-calculus is based on the real number system. When we use the word “number” we are typically referring to all real number. But how can numbers be “real”? You can’t touch the number 6 or smell 1,063. You can’t boil 1/2 or stick it in a stew. So what’s so real about real numbers? The simple answer is this: a real number is a point on a number line (1).                               -2.5        -1      0 ... read more

Late University of Chicago Professor Emeritus Joseph Williams was arguably one of the best writing instructors of our time.  I met him years ago when he was teaching a judicial writing course at the National Judicial College. The genius of his approach was to improve clarity in legal and business writing, by asking writiers to first sketch a "story" of their work, including the list of "characters" (nouns) and actions (verbs).  By focusing on storytelling, you as a writer are forced to be more concise in explaining information to your reader--in a more active context.  Using the "character-action" approach to writing simplifies your lanaguge, places responsbility cleary for following regulatoins, and reduces your use of the passive voice. Consider these two examples: (Statutory Instrument 1991 No 2680, The Public Works Contracts Regulations 1991, Part 1, 2.4, page 4)   'General saving for old... read more

Today's focus is on being an active test taker, instead of a passive test taker.     Almost everyone during MCAT prep says that "I don't know how they got this from the passage!"  Then you can point out the section the question addresses and the answer is now obvious.  How do you keep track of everything you've read in the passage?   Many of us are passive; we read the passage then approach the questions.  This is not usually the best approach, because the passage information is absorbed en-masse with relatively little degrees of specific information, leaving us to try to search through the passage for specifics to back-up our answers.     I advocate a more active approach.  When you read the article, think to yourself "what kind of question could be made from this paragraph?" as you go along.  I think that you will surprise yourself at how often the test writers were thinking the exact... read more

Everyone knows that in order to do well in school you have to study. No-brainer (all-brainer?). However, what a lot of people don’t know is that what you do while you study can make or break your GPA. I’m not talking about the material you’re studying, because professors usually make PowerPoints or study guides to help you narrow down the material. I’m talking about the little habits that you developed that you didn’t know even played a role. So, without further ado, here are the 5 habits you should try to break immediately when you study.   1. You aren’t taking breaks   Sometimes students think that if they’re going to study, they need to sit down and get it over with. Maybe they think they can power through and that if they take a break they’re wasting valuable time. This couldn’t be more wrong! If you’ve ever heard of HIIT (high intensity interval training) routines, you know that this type of training is used all of the time and is meant to give you “more... read more

My second year teaching in Korea is almost coming to a close and I can honestly say this is one of the best experiences I have ever done. I know many people say this but Korea has become my second home in a way. I learned another language, became a better teacher, learned more about myself through the good and bad moments. It will be a hard goodbye, but a sweet hello when I return.

Formula Reading Skill: Read formula letters, symbols, and operations as words or complete thoughts, as appropriate.  For example, most read the formula for the area of a circle as A is pi times the r squared. This is a problem.  Why?  Students remember A as just an A not as the Area of a Circle (what A represents).  Students remember r as r not as the radius of a circle (what r represents). It is unlikely they will associate the recall of letters with solving area of circle problems. Read the formula as the Area of a Circle is pi times the radius of a circle squared.  This a complete thought. Student easily can and will associate the formula to a word problem. Drawing a picture with the formula goes a long way in helping students become independent too. Of course, this does not apply to all formulas, but it has applications in Mathematics, Science, and even social sciences using statistics. With my physics education and technical experience, I learned... read more

Many of my students dread conjugating verbs. They dread it even more when the verbs are irregular and have the same meaning!!  The verbs ser and estar both mean "to be", so what is the difference between the two?? Ser is used to describe things that are permanent or often unchangeable.  For example, Yo soy de Estados Unidos.(I am from the United States).  The form of ser used in the sentence is soy.  You can not change where you are from. Ser is also used to describe characteristics, professions, religions and nationalities.       Estar is used to describe things that are temporary. For example, Yo estoy en Florida para las vacaciones(I am in Florida for vacation). I am vacationing in Florida, but I am not from there.  There is a little rhyme that is printed in the textbook, Realidades, which helps you remember when to use the verb, estar.  The rhyme goes, For how you... read more

As a tutor, I enjoy helping students understand their assignments, improve their academic performance, or prepare for standardized tests, but I'd be hesitant to say I actually like standardized tests.   But I've tempered my perspective concerning standardized tests because of the revised Advanced Placement U.S. History exam.  It does have a multiple choice "just the facts" section, but now half of one's grade is based on the ability to demonstrate critical thinking, and applying one's knowledge and thinking creatively.   For example, the Document-Based Question essay provides five to seven primary sources: these could be Executive (Presidential) Orders, speeches, laws, political cartoons, photographs, propaganda posters, and images of historical artifacts. One sample question, which required that students develop an interpretation of the perceptual and cognitive mindset of American culture during the Cold War, had a reproduction of an advertisement... read more

1) MEANGINGFUL: Ensure that it is the most meaningful to the client/student. Get to know your client/student, and the skills strengths and currently less strong areas. Build up both areas of skills and strategies in a positive manner.   2) ENJOYABLE: Allow learning to be enjoyable. It can be, even when preparing for a deadline or important examinations. Turn it into a game. Research shows that students, both kids and adults, learn faster and retain more if it is enjoyable. This can only happen if the tutor actually loves to learn and to see the student excel.   3) OWNERSHIP AND LEARNING PREFERENCES FOR FASTER COMPREHENSION: Provided the goals are being reached within the required time frame, allow the client/student to choose (or even create if the individual desires to) in which preferred ways the client's goals can be reached. Ownership of the learning process, even if it is part ownership, enables clients to learn faster and to retain more. While not ignoring... read more

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