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Tutor lessons are always more fun when we drop the formal pretenses and airs and political-correctness and dare to be ourselves. If we allow growth through our efforts without forcing things, we become smarter and wiser learners. So, if you are serious about learning a foreign language, first things first: Don't be! What I mean by that is: 1) Too many Americans take themselves too seriously when it comes to intellectual challenges. They are too self-conscientious and afraid of making mistakes. Often, they are too concerned about appearances and not concerned enough about progress and positive change! So, you have to learn to accept that you will make mistakes when learning a language, and sometimes really stupid ones (relative to what you already know is correct). But that means 2) You have to learn to laugh at yourself and go with the flow. When you are willing to make a vociferous effort (i.e., speak out loud to practice the language) and hear yourself muddle through and... read more

When should a z-distribution be used and when should a t-distribution be used instead?   Below is an algorithm that can help to answer this question:   If the distribution is normal or approximately normal, Then         If the population standard deviation is known,         Then                use a z-distribution.         Else                use a t-distribution         End if Else {if the distribution is not normally distributed}         If the distribution is large (n>=30)         Then                If the population standard deviation is known,                Then                  ...

At BYOBook Club last month, we were discussing possible topics for the final meeting of the year. Someone suggested “The best book you've read all year,” which seemed to be well-received in the moment as an option. Since I'm participating in the Reading Challenge this year, I set myself the goal in January to read 50 books over the course of the year. (Right now I'm on book 45, so I'm right on track.) So I started thinking about it, talking with friends about how to choose a 'best' book, and I've realized that's a trickier question than I expected. For one thing, how do you define the 'best' book? The one you enjoyed the most? The one you're most likely to re-read? The one with the most well-crafted story? The one with the most interesting setting? The one you're most likely to recommend to a friend, regardless of genre or other interests? The best nonfiction vs. best fiction? What about the one you're most glad you read? This is a tricky question, to say the least,... read more

Learning a foreign language can be daunting, especially when you're a beginner and don't have the vocabulary to express yourself. Rote memorization works in the short term, but if that's how you're learning your vocabulary then your brain is more likely to forget the information later. I've studied a variety of foreign languages (though I'm not fluent in any of them (yet)): Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. In all my years of study, I've only found one method that allows me to really internalize the words: Context.   The only way to really learn a new word is to use it in its own context. I'm not saying that saying, "Es un perro" (That is a dog) once will allow you to internalize "perro" (dog). You will need to use that word in context multiple times. One of my cousins lived in Spain for ten years, and she needed to use a word in context twenty (20) times before she had it down. For me, it depends on the word. If it's something... read more

Did you know students can request a copy of their ACT test multiple choice questions, their answers & an answer key within three months of taking the test? There is a $20 fee, but I think this is a pretty great deal! I’m working with a student right now, who ordered a copy of his questions and answers, and I can’t wait to take a look at it to see what types of questions he was most challenged by, so I can focus our tutoring sessions on these types of questions. I'm also planning to use the test to retest him on some sections. 

One of the main complaints that students have when struggling with their math homework is that they don't understand why they need to learn this in the first place.  After all, how often do we actually use calculus or trigonometry in our daily lives?   I always make an effort to correct this false assumption in my students.  Everything that we learn in math connects to reality in often unexpected ways.  For this reason, I like to find out what it is that interests my student, or what their career goals are, so that I may show them how the math connects.   Take the example of logarithms.  For the student with an ear for music, I can explain how logarithmic scales describe the relationships between musical tones, and true understanding of musical theory requires an understanding of this field of math.  For the student who plans to go into the medical field, logarithms can be used to help model the levels of medications in a patient's... read more

I have found it very useful to take walks when my Spanish tutoree gets worked up. When we walk we discuss things around in Spanish. For example, we learned colors the other week, so we walked around and she told me the colors of everything she saw around her in Spanish.

Thirteen years ago, I began learning to speak Spanish, and I never imagined how far I would take it. I pursued the language through elementary, middle, and high school. Then I continued in college, earning a Bachelor's degree in English and Spanish and even studying abroad! Spanish has provided me with such a rich educational background, and I have to wax poetic on how valuable it has been.   One of my favorite subjects to tutor through WyzAnt is Spanish. I think it is so much fun to introduce people to the language or help those already familiar with it improve. Something I hadn't expected, however, was the added enjoyment I would get from teaching Spanish-speakers how to speak English! I always knew that I enjoyed teaching Spanish, but ESL teaching has been so rewarding as well! I love the English language, and it's so interesting to see it through a non-native speaker's eyes.   One of the reasons WyzAnt is great is that it offers students the... read more

There has been a link circulating recently through social media (Link below). The link describes a story in which a teacher told a student that an answer was wrong on a common core math quiz. A very loud debate has erupted in regards to Common Core Math and it's role in the education system. Some stand to defend it, and others are very much against it due to its "confusing nature." I believe that Common Core is simply not being used properly within the education system, which is why such stories described in the article exist.   I am very passionate about the debate on Common Core Math and its role in the education system. Though it is the center of much confusion and debate, Common Core is not all together bad. The issue with Common Core Math is not that the methods themselves are bad; instead, the issue resides in the fact that teachers and school boards have not been taught the actual purpose of Common Core and have not been properly trained on how to use... read more

Through our tendencies of human nature, we don't like to ask for help. We want the recognition, the glory and the credit to be given to only ourselves. Unfortunately, the thought that we can single-handedly do everything on our own is a huge misconception. The world has been built on a foundation of people working together to towards a common goal. The world needs individuals to work together to brainstorm and execute plans for the future.   School and college provide opportunities to work together. Through group projects, presentations, senior design projects, etc. students are asked to work with one another. It is, rather unfortunate, that sometimes we are paired with people who we do not work well with, but that is life. School and college provide students with opportunities to work with people and adapt to others ways--whether we like them or not.   Now, when one must adapt to another's ways (for example a teacher's or professor's) it can sometimes be... read more

Hello everyone! if you have any question about The Arabic language im here to help and you're more than welcome to ask. Thank you for allowing me to share my language skill to help others improve theirs.          ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?    D S s' s z r d' d H' H j t' t b a  ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? - y w h n m l k q f g' g Z T ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? %       - y w h n m l k q f g' g Z T       0 1 2 3... read more

In my experience with elementary level students, I am constantly amazed by these kids imagination. However when it comes to math i find myself frustrated that their minds wander so much. Sometimes i want to just be like, "Super man and unicorns are not a part of math! pay attention!!!!" Reality is, that just doesn't help. I began trying to revamp my ways of teaching so that super man could join us in our lessons. I found that using examples that incorporate the child's imagination works wonders. They being to laugh and enjoy themselves when I am tutoring them and the best part is....THEY PAY ATTENTION! The fun examples also help them to remember math concepts when they go to take their tests. It is a win win for everyone. A basic example could be "superman already saved 4 people last week but this week he saved 5 more people from a burning building! So how many people has he saved?" We have taken a basic 4+5=9 math problem and made it fun for them. Sometimes... read more

There are a couple really easy ways you as a tutor can make reading more fun. One way is to read chorally with your student. You can set a pace that stretches the student's ideas of their capabilities while noticing which word or words the student drops, can't pronounce or may not know altogether. The second way I make reading fun is to assign different voices to read aloud texts. I have assigned "read like a giant voice, " read like a baby voice" " read in an opera voice " etc. I have seen many times a mood toward reading change when the tutor is willing to be silly and be flexible.

What do we mean when we say that we are in or at a place? These two small words can be instrumental in helping us to reveal (and conceal) exactly where we are in the world and, crucially, how we feel about being there. Take the sentence, 'I'm at school'. Seemingly simple on the surface, but can't we say, 'I'm in school' too? So, if they both sound fine, why does 'I'm in/at classroom' sound bad? Lets look a little closer. In for buildings and rooms This is not a difficult one. If we use in, we are referring to the fact that we are in a place which has walls, a floor, and a ceiling. It can be a room, it can be a building, it can be a cardboard box at the side of the road. It depends on how much money your parents are investing in your education. The thing to remember is that, unlike at, we must use an article here to specify the space we are talking about. However, the days of a one-room village school are long gone and so it would be odd to hear ‘I’m in the school’... read more

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