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I want my students to enjoy the hands on learning experience of fine art, and to accomplish this I strive to create custom curriculum catered to each student. By understanding the needs of my student and what their goals are I can keep their interest and the process of learning fun.  I believe in teaching through encouragement and positivity, and the importance of not taking yourself too seriously.  As Mrs. Frizzle always said, "Its time to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!"

I know for many Science can be tricky and sometimes hard. But the good thing about it is that there is always a solution to every problem and for that solution there is a theory backing it up. What I learned in my Chemistry course in high school is that we have to learn how to find the logic and to really see what scientists are looking for. You may think, "why do I even bother calculating the amount needed of this salt to create this buffer?". Believe it or not our blood has its own buffer system; thus, it is important to understand science so we can understand our own organism. If you finD a way to relate with science I can promise you: SCIENCE CAN BE FUN!!!

We are all familiar with the Euclidean distance function d2 = (x1¬2-x22) + (y12-y22) where we interpret d as the length of the straight line connecting the two points. It turns out that the space-time we live in is not Euclidean. Gravity curves space-time.  Imagine we are constrained to a sphere, what is the shortest path between two points on the sphere? It is now an arc. The key here is to realize that the notion of Euclidean distances is somewhat unique to humans. Had we evolved in a different environment somewhere else in the universe we would perhaps visualize distances as being hyperbolic. So let us make a square circle.(We actually end up with a rhombus) Let P = (x0, y0) ∈ R2 (a point in the real plane), then a circle centered at P with radius r ∈ R (a real number r), is the set of all points q ∈ R2, such that d(p,q) = r. Where d(p,q) is the distance between the points p and q. We will call this set C. C contains all points in the real plane... read more

Learning can be exciting and tutoring gives the advantage to find out what works for one student, and tailor lessons to his or her learning style. Here are 5 tips that I think about to make my tutoring lessons fun!  Use real life examples in the news. There is a lot happening in the world, and articles about current events are a great way to teach grammar, vocabulary or reading comprehension. Reading comprehension can also be tested by removing key words from sentences in fun articles that forces the student to use deductive reasoning to guess the right one. Use examples in a subject area that the student likes. If a student likes watching basketball, think about probability examples or any math problems. Connecting new concepts to a known (and liked) hobby is a great way to ensure that students maximize comprehension.  Listen to music. I found that listening to songs is a great way to teach a new language to a non-native speaker. Songs are fun to listen... read more

Here are my tips to making tutoring more FUN!!!   1.WHAT TYPE OF LEARNERS ARE THEY? Get to know your student(s). See what they like and how they learn best. Take some time to give them a short survey or questionnaire about themselves. You will learn how easily they understand lessons that are equipped toward their specific learning modality (auditorial, kinesthetic, visual, etc.)   2. GET UP AND MOVE! Don't sit down the whole session. Make it a fun and energetic session to remember. Try to incorporate movements into your lessons.  This works great for the little ones.  Or try out songs or rhymes for older kids.   3. TAKE SMALL BREAKS Depending on the student(s) of course, give small breaks in between the sessions.  Allow students to stretch out, close their eyes, get some fresh air and then regroup.  Less is always more, so don't over kill explanations, break it down.   4. HEAR THEIR VOICES Give... read more

1) One of the oldest methods for the synthesis of amino acids dates back to the nineteenth century & is simply a nucleophilic substitution in which ammonia reacts with α-halo carboxylic acid. The α-halo acid is prepared by the Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky reaction. 2) Another method of synthesis of amino acids is by Strecker Synthesis. In strecker synthesis an aldehyde is converted to an α-amino acid with one more carbon atom by 2-stage procedure in which an α-amino nitrile is an intermediate. The α-amino nitrile is formed by reaction of the aldehyde with ammonia or an ammonium salt & a source of CN- ion. Hydrolysis of the nitrile group to a carboxylic acid function completes the synthesis. 3) The most widely used method for the laboratory synthesis of α-amino acids is a modification of the malonic ester synthesis. The key reagent is diethlyl acetamidomalonate, a derivative of malonic ester that has the critical nitrogen substituent in place at the... read more

I had a blast in school but certainly not all the time. There were classes I didn't like and teachers I didn't connect with. As much as I enjoyed the school experience there were some things that always fell short in my estimation. As a tutor- one of my biggest jobs is to help make the experience as fun or entertaining as possible. Here are five things I do that make tutoring fun!   Number One: Education as Entertainment Learning should be fun most of the time. If it's not fun ANY of the time, than we're doing it wrong.   Number Two: Gaming the system School curriculum isn't a universal application. Different students will have different needs and strengths. By teaching the student how to easily navigate their assignments, they can spend more time using the material for their own instead of the material using them.   Number Three: Honest Thoughts Teachers and students have a distinct lack of frankness sometimes that I've found to hinder... read more

Recently, I did a radio show on this very subject and I felt like I needed to share what I shared on the show. You see, I, too, know the struggles and intricacies of homeschooling a special needs child…I actually have two. The list I’m going to give is in no way exhaustive. It’s just a hodgepodge, if you will, of things I have figured out in my journey. *Denial is your enemy—recognize that there is a special need. This is the first step and usually the hardest. Finding out that your child has a special need changes your whole world. Adaptions have to be made. Diets have to be tweaked. Triggers have to be removed. Help may need to be sought out. Not wanting to realize the possibility can be more hurtful than anything. *You CAN teach your child! This was one thing that took me a while to grab a hold to. I had people coming at me from every direction recommending doctors, the school system, special schools…everything. Not that it wasn’t useful information, but I felt... read more

The cliffnotes version of my take on the question "What are your 5 outside the box tips that help make your tutoring lessons fun?"   1.        Let the Tutoree Set The Atmosphere for Learning 2.       Embody positivity in Personal Instruction of the Subject Matter!  3.       Acknowledge the emotions associated with previous failures and setbacks 4.       Take breaks with the Tutoree during the session 5.       PERSONALIZED EXAMPLES!!!! CUSTOMIZED EXAMPLES!!!!! SILLY EXAMPLES!!!!     1. Let the Tutoree Set The Atmosphere for Learning - As a tutor, I have the ability of customizing and personalizing the instruction of the subject matter to the needs of the student. However, we do not the ability to read the mind of the tutoree, so its... read more

Give as much information and be as detailed as possible about what you need help with. By supplying this specific information tutors are better equipped to immediately evaluate how their particular area of expertise matches with your particular area of need. Once you do pick a tutor they can immediately begin addressing the issues from the very first lesson. The subject and grade level often do not do enough to shed light on the specific problem areas.   For example if you need help with reading say a bit more about where the problem lies. Is it a phonics problem, is it a comprehension problem, is it a vocabulary problem, it may even be a motivation problem. Simply ask yourself this question: 'What is preventing (student) from doing well in (subject)?' Then include your answer in your post for tutor help. It’s a bit more work up front for you but is worth the time to get the right fit.

We all have one: that one subject that our brains just refuse to understand, and no matter how much we study or how hard we work, we never feel like we really truly GET what is going on.   For me, that subject was always Physics. No junior high or high school teacher could ever answer the unending string of "...but WHY?" questions that I needed answered before I could understand even the most basic concepts of our Introductory course. It wasn't that I couldn't understand, but rather that I wasn't being taught these ideas in a way that made sense to me.    As an adult, Physics is now actually one of my favorite subjects to read about because I have found some books written for people just like me, people who need explanations fulls of examples and explanations and lots of pictures! I may never discover black holes or split an atom, but I now know enough that I can understand the people who do those things. :-)     So,... read more

Hi!   If you are interested in a healthcare career, I definitely encourage you to pursue it! Don't let the fact that you may still be in high school or that you already may have a career in another field, stop you from exploring the possibilities in healthcare. If you want to succeed in the competitive environment surrounding most healthcare careers, academic preparation is very important. If you have any questions related to healthcare, please let me know, and I will answer them or refer you to other resources. I love helping students in science and healthcare related studies!

I like to create tutoring lessons using the student's likes whenever I can.  Learning is more fun when we are learning about things that we are interested in and enjoy what we are doing.  Another thing I try is to make the lesson using the learning modalities of the student.  If the student does better when they are moving, I will make sure to incorporate some movement into the lesson.  You can count while standing and moving.  You can toss a stuffed animal back and forth while reciting the alphabet or saying the next letter of the alphabet.  These are 2 of the ways that I try to make the tutoring lesson fun.   I feel that sometimes if we just listen to a child we can figure out the best way to help them succeed!

Critical thinking is the destination I want a student to achieve. In order to help get there, I need to be someone who questions students correctly. First and foremost, I need to make sure that I am never asking a student, "What DON'T you understand?" Students (and really, most of us) DREAD this question. Most will never get to a place where they admit confusion. Why should they? It makes them feel like they can't do the task, and creates a barrier between the tutor and the tutee. Additionally, if a student really knew what they didn't understand, they wouldn't be lost and in need of a tutor!   Instead, I need to ask, "What DO you understand?" This gives the student a positive start on the problem. Then I can sort out the areas that have caused the confusion.   Probing questions are essential. Am I using Higher Order questions, or only Lower Order? Higher order questions push the student to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate. Lower order... read more

Hello everybody,  as you can see I have no reviews from Wyzant yet. However, I want to reassure you all that I have been helping fellow students with problems that arose. This has been the case during High School and College. I am only a message away from you getting answers.    Feel free to message me if you have any questions,whether it is experience related or tutoring.     Best,  Nicole K

There are a few teaching strategies I've come up with - not invented, but rather discovered - in my time as a tutor that seem to keep the student both interested and focused. Of course, these may not work for other subjects. I teach language, a beautiful art in and of itself! One strategy is to start with the building blocks of language- the atom, or proton, or electron, or quark (I suppose this is now the smallest accepted particle of matter): vocabulary, both nouns and verbs, with pictures. Then sentence structure, and finally grammar. With the student, I build the language with them as one would build a model airplane. The key is to keep them involved. Language instruction in any kind of lecture format simply does not work.   The other strategy is something I use with more advanced students, or even ones with some basic foundation of a language. Starting with a text in Spanish - be it Unamuno or Cervantes, we start reading together. Throughout, we stop at vocab... read more

Did you know that a child who presents as ADHD might actually have CAPD? Shared symptoms may include: 1) failure to pay attention to orally-given instructions, 2)  doesn's answer when spoken to, 3) Often distracted by extraneous stimuli, 4) often forgetful in daily activities, 5) difficulty paying attention when there is noise in the background, 6) stumbles through homework, and 7) difficulty in one or more: phonics, spelling, word problems, and reading comprehension.    Why does the label matter? Labeling a person has the potential to either heighten or lower self-esteem. If a parent or teacher tells you are talented, you naturally view yourself in high regard. Conversely, if that same person tells you you are dumb, you view yourself as a loser.  ADHD is a label placed on a child who in a positive light would be considered "spirited." In a negative light, that same child would be labeled "obstinate." ADHD is a medical diagnosis... read more

1. Get outside the box, or seat rather, and move!  Incorporating kinestetic activities can help any learner stay focused for a longer period of time.  With younger students I like to use quick directional games: Simon Says, Search the Area...etc.  For older students a few stretches would help get those juices flowing again.     2.  Use materials and topics that are of interest to the particular student.   3.  Stay a their level and just beyond..pushing too far too fast only leads to discouragement.   4.  Enjoy the strengths of that student   5.  Take the time to plan the secession well.

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