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When it comes to processing payroll for a small business, QuickBooks Payroll provides a very powerful tool. However, setting up payroll in QuickBooks can be a daunting task because the default process is totally inadequate for many businesses, especially corporations and partnerships. By default QuickBooks only provides a couple of accounts for tracking payroll activity such as Payroll Expenses and Payroll Liabilities. But any payroll professional will tell you that tracking payroll and payroll taxes is much more complicated than that. Therefore, QuickBooks Payroll is best used if it is manually set up by the user or a qualified professional. The first step in manually setting up QB Payroll is to add the necessary accounts to the Chart of Accounts. Accounts must be added in two locations: expenses and current liabilities. Expenses in payroll include salaries and wages paid to employees and payroll taxes. Salaries and wages may have to be broken... read more

Consider reducing the following matrix to row-echelon form: 2 3 5 7 | 9 3 5 3 4 | 1 5 6 8 9 | 3 7 3 2 1 | 8 We usually would have to immediately make the 2 in row 1 column 1 equal to a 1 so we could change all the other numbers in that column to a zero in the following 3 operations of row-echelon reduction. But that would change all the other numbers in row 1 to a fraction.   If you continue changing the leading number in each row to a 1 as you descend in the row echelon process by a similar division, you end up with a nightmare of fractions. Here is how to change the 2 in row 1 to a 1 without dividing the entire row by 2. Row 1 = 3 * Row 1 - Row 3 We can replace any row by a linear combination of itself and another row in the matrix. Multiplying Row 1 by 3 changes the first column to a 6 and subtracting the 5 from row 3 changes it to a 1. We could have instead used Row... read more

As a new tutor with WyzAnt I have noticed that there a number of potential students requesting assistance in setting up QuickBooks, and this is often in addition to receiving help in learning how to use the software. Although Intuit markets QuickBooks as a bookkeeping application that even amateurs can use, there are many features that cannot be used effectively without some knowledge of bookkeeping and training. Therefore, I have decided to start a blog that will address some of the issues in setting up and using QuickBooks. In this first blog I would like to address the Chart of Accounts. As every bookkeeper knows, how a business reports its income, expenses, and financial condition is dependent on the accounts included in the Chart of Accounts and how they are structured. QuickBooks will provide a default Chart of Accounts, and the user has some control when installing the software because he has to choose what type of business he will be using the software for. However,... read more

The topic bridging sentence provides a smooth topical transition from one idea to another for the reader. It is a segue of ideas and allows for a logically relevant transition. The topic bridge sentence also challenges you as a writer to relate and connect your ideas between paragraphs in order to have a cohesive paper.Topic bridging sentences are the first sentence in body paragraphs of an essay. Approach Ask yourself: What is the main idea of the preceding body paragraph? What is the main idea of the following body paragraph? How are they related? Similar pattern/trend Share a feature Chronologically related Devices Basic Topic Bridge Sentence “In addition to <main idea from paragraph one>, such and such also was influenced/affected by <main idea from paragraph two>.” Complex Topic Bridge Sentences Connect the ideas from the two paragraphs in a more global fashion. Explain how... read more

Math is all around us. We use math to calculate the speed of the earth rotating about its axis. We use math to calculate the radius and height of a water tank to store enough water for a town. We use math to calculate the amount of carpeting material to purchase for our houses, and we use math to calculate the amount of fabric material to purchase to sew a pillowcase for our pillows. This means that you cannot run away from math. Even the dosage of painkiller medicine that your body needs depends on your weight and the use of math. I have another example of the applications of math in our everyday lives. Movie theaters like any other for-profit business, have a budget with expenses and income columns. In order for the movie theater to break even, it needs to sell a minimum amount of tickets. This movie theater needs to sell a minimum of 100 tickets as the sum of the of tickets purchased. Also it needs to make a minimum of $100 from the sum of the tickets purchased in order to break... read more

Dear Wyzant tutors,   Have you had any issues with the people whom you tutor after they have been reminded via. the WyzAnt website reminder email and they don't show up? What have you done about it? Sure, some have told me to charge them, but you'd rather tutor them, instead. In my particular situation, I have had 2 people who have been reminded 24 hours in advance of our tutoring session. Then, something comes up, or they forget. Do you folks think we should have 2 reminders be given, such as 24 hours in advance and maybe 6 or 8 hours in advance?   Take care, and be well!     Sincerely,   Steve

Writing is a skill.  Just like with any other talents--being musical, athletic, artistic, some people are just better at writing than others.  That doesn't mean you can't develop writing skills.  It just takes more practice!   Many of my weak writers are excellent at math.  I create formulas for a thesis, topic sentence, and each paragraph.  If you can remember a formula, you can write an essay.  I encourage daily reading.  The more we read, the more vocabulary and sentence structure we are exposed to.  This works its way into the brain, and enables recall when it comes time to write.   I also encourage my students to write about what they read.  We do simple things like summarizing, list questions they may have, draw or describe the setting, predict what happens next, or even come up with an alternate title for the book.  All of these things help people to become better readers, and that makes us good writers... read more

As one of our outstanding tutors was diligently tutoring one of her student’s last week, we will call him Drew; she asked him, “Which letter comes first, the C or the K?” Drew’s response was not what she expected to here….he said, “I can’t tell, they keep moving”. This is a phenomenon is common among people with dyslexia, but Jess had not personally experienced this; no one in her family and none of my students have ever spoken of this being an issue for them. When Jess’ second oldest son, we will call him Angel, was in school they found overlays to be helpful. Jess assumed that would be beneficial for moving letters as well. When she returned to the office, Jess began doing some research and sure enough, overlays are the suggested remedy for words and letter movement. Drew, who is 9, quickly wanted to tell the teacher the exciting news! His tutor had to explain to Drew that first, he needs to find out what color works best for him. Interestingly enough, different... read more

?Perhaps you are wondering, "What are all of these dys'?" Well allow me to enlighten you... they are Neurological differences in the brain that cause people to learn differently than the majority of people learn. Dyslexia is of course the most known of the 4 cousins, but they are all real. 1 in 5 people have dyslexia, 1 in 10 people have dysgraphia. All require people to learn differently than how traditional schools teach students to learn. All of these words are of Greek origin. Dys means badly. Lexia mean to write. Calculia is math and praxia are whole coordination systems. Dyslexia is a language based learning difference. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, that result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia often experience difficulties with both oral and written other language skills, such as writing, and pronouncing words and writing. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their... read more

I'm a huge fan of the novel structure known as epistolary, where the story is told through primary sources such as diaries, newspaper articles, or letters back and forth between characters. Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of my favorite examples of epistolary, as the mystery is heightened by Stoker's clever choices of whose diary to show at which point in the story. Epistolary form allows the author to strengthen the reader's immersion in the story by allowing the story itself to influence the final form the novel takes. Leave off a character's diary in a tense situation where he's about to go do something dangerous and stupid, with the cry “Goodbye all!” and then cut to someone else's diary for the next hundred pages, and you leave the reader begging to know what happened back there – did he make it out? Why are we not reading more of his diary? Is he okay? Tell me please! I recently finished another epistolary novel that has quickly made it onto my list of great examples... read more

     I have my Reading Specialist Certification. I maintained a 4.0 for all courses leading to this certification.  During my education, I tutored two students who went up two and three levels in reading after just a few weeks of tutoring. I gear my lessons to match the needs of my students.      I have also worked as a Reading Interventionist and saw my students' progress greatly in my time teaching them. I worked with small groups of students and based my lessons on data driven assessments, so my lessons met their needs. I truly enjoyed helping students see that they were becoming proficient readers.

The ACT stands for American College Testing. It is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and an optional Writing Test.   The ACT is a curriculum-based achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. There are several strategies you can use to help you better prepare for the ACT.   For example: Practice Pacing Yourself Become Familiar with the Test Directions for Each Test Read Each Question Carefully Answer the Easy Questions First Answer Every Question Review your Work Bubble in Groups   If you know testing is one of your weaknesses, consider getting a tutor or joining a test preparation course.  

Once upon a time, I was an engineer. And in that environment, engineers would think it was insane to depend on a calculation, a computer program, or a sketch - without checking the result, and if possible, checking it in the simplest way possible.   Fast forward to now. You have calculating power in your hand that was beyond what I could do with a long computer program when I first entered an engineering career. Your problem is, you depend on it. The teacher gives you a problem and what do you do? You reach for the calculator.   So look: the human brain is infinitely more powerful than the best calculator you can put in your hand. Learn to reach for it first instead. Use it to set up your work, to help you understand why you're doing it, to help you recall how you did what you did, and to find out what it takes to do things right. THEN grab the calculator. Otherwise, the thing the calculator does best is give you the wrong answer fast. Nearly all... read more

I've noticed in tutoring college physics students that the biggest reason they aren't doing well is not because they don't understand the material, but rather because they make small mistakes when setting up and solving the problems. I've come up with a list of steps to follow when solving physics problems to help students stay organized and make fewer mistakes.   Solving Physics Problems 1. Knowns     a. Write down the given numbers including units     b. Make any unit conversions necessary 2. Unknowns     a. Write down what the problem is asking you to find     b. Draw a picture if applicable to better understand the problem 3. Equations     a. Write down any equations that include the knowns and unknowns     b. Make sure you know what each variable is and the units for each variable in each equation 4. Plan     a. Decide which equations to use  ... read more

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Tutoring Rates My rates are 100% negotiable. 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 for tutoring outside a 15-mile radius of the tutor's location and/or depending on the availability of the tutor. Billing begins at the scheduled session start time (or earlier if the session starts early). This means that time spent waiting for a late student is billed as part of the session duration.   Cancellation... read more

''' Did you know?   A few hack, cracks and obfuscated examples, which may actually lead to less confusion and a greater knowledge of why things work and how. However, these examples have a purpose, and should not be taken, in any way as correct or just another way to achieve a common goal. They are purposely, in some cases, convoluted.   I. String, things, hacking, and unpacking '''   import string s = ‘The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”   The string above (s) is called a pangram. This means it contains every letter of the alphabet at least once. Let’s  Prove that’s true.   Goal: To extract the alphabet in lexicographical form from the pangram below.   alphabet = string.ascii_lowercase # → ‘abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz’   #Algorithm 1. We begin by calling method lower() on our string to create all lowercase letters (A small amount of normalization).   s... read more

We're going back to basics today with a Math Journey covering the three broad categories of symbols. I've found this concept very handy when introducing Algebra to middle school students. So let's go! Math is a language, and I find it often helps to think of it as such right from the beginning. Just as there are different parts of speech in a language, so there are different 'parts of speech' in math. Where a spoken language includes parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives, math has three major types of symbols: constants, operators, and variables. Let's go over each one in detail. Constants These would be the equivalent of your nouns. A Constant is a number – it has a single, discrete place on the number line. Even if the number itself is ugly – a non-terminating decimal, for example – it still does exist in a specific spot somewhere on the number line. In addition to the obvious constants, math frequently uses what I refer to as 'special constants'... read more

I have taught SAT/ACT prep in the public school system for many years.  On the first day, I ask my students to flip their book over and read the quote that says, "The SAT is not designed to trick you!"  I then have them circle that quote and write "LIE!" next to it.  College Boards are as much about successful test taking skills, as they are about knowledge.  There are so many simple strategies that can easily improve scores by 100 points.    One concept I emphasize is skipping questions.  I had a student's score go up by over 100 points, simply by answering less questions!    You don't have to be an English star to do well on College Boards.  With practice, knowledge, and the right test-taking skills, you can walk in on test day confident, and emerge successful!

Depending on location and commute time, tutoring sessions are generally at least 2 hours in duration, which is a common practice among tutors in order to avoid spending more time driving than actually tutoring. The longer session also allows for more ground to be covered and keeps the momentum rolling - so there isn't an abrupt stop when the student has a really good flow going - and keeps the sessions really productive. Math students especially benefit from longer sessions, as the material and assignments/problems generally take longer to complete and therefore take up a lot of time.  

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