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Glad to be part of this large team of people interested in going ahead in their journey of life by learning more and more.   Based on past experience and current trends, I always felt students tend to take subjects like Math in the most unwelcoming way and thats what hinders their learning. They have almost given up that this is not going to work out.    I am going to reinforce the trust back in you and I know you will start liking the subject in just a few hours of learning from me.   Practical examples in most situations would also be part of the regular learning process. Cross utilization of the subject in today's world to keep you abreast of trends and application in different sectors of employment.   Will also include tips, tricks to keep the subject for learning for a longer period. I am sure, Math will be your favorite subject here-onwards.

As the college application season begins again, many high school seniors will look for help brainstorming, patching together, and polishing a 500-650 personal statement that may just be the most important piece of writing in their 18 years of life. Having gone through it not too long ago, I know by heart that the process is challenging and can be a bid tedious. Here are some tips I’ve found effective in helping my students piece together a narrative they enjoy and win an admission ticket to selective universities: Pick out some engaging sample essays for your students to read and analyze. Sure, college essays shouldn’t be formulaic, but they must present a full story in a logical, comprehensible fashion. In the past, I’ve always used selections from Gen and Kelly Tanabee’s 50 Successful Stanford Applications and the Guardian-published satirical essay by Hugh Gallagher. I try to stress that while college essays are diverse in style and content, there is often a... read more

Mouth Choreography makes me smile. It's a term I came up with this past spring while I was tutoring Simone. Simone was my adult ESL student from Munich, Germany, and though her English writing and grammar skills were fairly advanced, she wanted to work on pronunciation and speaking. The idea of Mouth Choreography came up because I am also a dance artist, and I was working on a group dance at the same time. I found myself describing different sounds to Simone as if I were teaching a dance. For example, the word "world" I described as having the sound start in a small O on your lips and letting it expand inside your mouth like a round globe. The word "develop" was like a gallop - letting your tongue move like a horse's legs. And of course, we were doing facial calisthenics as we worked with the differences between the sounds of /ch/ (cherry), /j/ (gorgeous), and /z/ (zest). Also there was the voiced and voiceless /th/ (then or thin). Besides... read more

1. Draw it. If reading is complicated, take a break and draw out the story line.  Re-tell the plot using different character names or settings that provide more immediate connections than the original.   2. Eat it.  To understand math concepts, use candy or other foods to help visualize abstract concepts.  Each correct answers earns a bite.   3. Move it.  Kinesthetic learners need to move around and feel their way to understanding.    4. Tell it.  Auditory learners need to talk their way through problems and often can increase comprehension through story telling.   5. Chart it.  Visual learners benefit from charts and diagrams to build connections with new material.  Use scented markers or color code the material with dry erase markers. 

Let's assume that if you've graduated from cosmetology school, you can perform each of the ten tasks on the practical exam. Perhaps you have difficulty doing them in the time allotted, or perhaps your pin curls are not nearly as neat as they could be. Maybe your layering has some rough spots and maybe you're not entirely sure where to start applying protective base before the relaxer. Still, you more or less know what to expect from each task. (And if you do not, a tutor can help!)   The single most important thing you can do to improve your overall performance on this exam is to organize yourself. Pack your bag in order, according to task, so that everything is within easy reach and you can move fluidly between tasks. When you have only minutes to complete a procedure, every single one counts.   To that end, I've made an exhaustive packing list that I provide to every one of my students, and I'm offering it to you here. It contains every item you'll need... read more

In the perfect tenses, we express, for example, "I have lived" or "I had lived." Both these tenses are compound tenses, meaning that they require an auxiliary verb (have/had/has) and a main verb (live) in the form of a past participle (lived). The auxiliary verb we use in perfect tenses is "haber" meaning "have." To create the past participle of a verb, we drop the "ar" from AR verbs and replace it with "ado." We drop the "er" or "ir" from ER and IR verbs and replace them with "ido." So, if the main verb is "live" or "vivir," the past participle becomes "vivido." The construction in Spanish looks like this: Present Perfect: ("Haber" conjugated in the present tense) + (past-participle of the main verb); "He vivido"/I have lived. Past Perfect: ("Haber" conjugated in the past)... read more

Nursing students the NCLEX is what you worked for! It is what will make your dream come true! But with that being said it is not the easiest test you will ever take. One of the first things I do when meeting with a new student who wants to get ready for the NCLEX is to ensure that the student knows how they learn. All the studying in the world will not work if the student is using a visual way to learn when their brain is kinesthetic learner. If you are interested in how you learn it is easy to find out. Go to VARK and answer the questions. It will tell you how you  learn!

On Friday my TV broke. Kind of a bummer, but we'd had it for many years and it was time for it to go. Now we needed to get a new one, so we headed out to the store. In the process of our search, we realized that our old TV was at the extreme smaller end of the TVs they now sell, so we were going to need to buy a bigger one. We found one we liked, that was only slightly bigger than our old one. The big question, though, before we plunked down our hard-earned cash, was this: would it still fit on our entertainment center? Our current TV was sold as a 40-inch model, and the one we liked was 43-inch. However, TVs are measured across the diagonal, not the width, so we needed to know what the actual width would be. My hubby got out a tape measure, and I got out a pencil and paper. He measured our 40-inch TV across the diagonal and found that 40 was actually just the screen size; the full diagonal with the frame was 42.5 inches. We knew the new one's frame was no larger... read more

I tutor a lot of "little learners:" students K-6.  In order to keep my costs of materials and resources low but maximize the expanse of my creative lessons, I recently signed up for a membership to my local public children's library.  Although I do not have any children of my own, I stop in once a week to pick up several books for my students to use during our lessons.  They love having a new book brought to them each week "just for them" and I appreciate not having to break the bank to bring new and exciting topics and activities to my students!  Memberships are usually free, so there is no reason why tutors of elementary age children should not take advantage of borrowing books/lesson ideas from their local libraries!

For my first blog, I want to tell a little more about myself. I am a certified teacher with classroom experience, but I am not currently teaching in a classroom setting. After getting married in March 2014, my husband and I decided that I would stay home. I am now excited to say that we are expecting a baby girl in December!! I love staying at home and I can't wait to be a full time mommy, but I will say that I miss teaching. I've known since I was 5 that I was meant to teach, and I have never changed my mind. I've been tutoring for a while now, but I'm ready to step it up a notch. I'm ready to commit to tutoring and give it a full time effort.    My my experience in the classroom is kindergarten and first grade. I also have experience with special needs. My certification is general and special education pre-k through 5th. For me personally, the younger they are, the stronger my passion. I love to watch itty bitty minds soak in the information and begin the process... read more

I recently received my certification as a LEGO Education Academy trainer.  I provide professional development and training to teachers who are using LEGO Education products in their classrooms.  I would love to tutor your child or you using LEGO Education products. Contact me for more information.

Learning can definitely be fun if you find the individual's learning style. We all process and learn new information in various ways. You have visual, auditory and kinesthetic as the main learning styles but there are more. Some ways in which you can assist students in learning is by seeing, saying, feeling relating and memorizing along with repetition to name a few.   However, nothing is dead set, if it means me getting beach sand, tap dancing or even rapping in order to assist a student in understanding, that is what we could and should do. We have to get creative, move away from the chalk board and the worksheets. It is time to make learning interactive and fun.   Children who struggle with learning are very receptive if they feel as though they are having fun and that they are not going to feel stupid if they answer that question wrong. I encourage teachers and tutors who have a genuine passion for assisting children in learning to make it fun, fun, fun...

From my experience, designing a lesson for one student could be challenging due to not being able to include group or pair-work, which is not only a great way for the students to apply what they have just learned with a fellow classmate allowing them to feel more comfortable to make mistakes but also gives the teacher the opportunity to walk around and listen in and find common errors that can be brought up to the class as a whole instead of singling out a single student's mistake possibly discouraging them, but also because after some time the student can easily get bored deterring them from fully learning the material the tutor is teaching. Here are five things I include in each lesson to ensure that the student is actively learning and having a fun time doing so as well.   1) Make your first lesson informal so they feel comfortable with you from the get-go. They will be hesitant until they feel it is okay to mistakes and the sooner you can get them to let their guard... read more

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

1. Tutoring sessions are not about having fun.  Getting over difficulties in learning math takes effort, like building muscles requires you workout.  As a students grasps concepts and begins to see hope that they can do this, they start to feel good about themselves.  Soon they begin to feel like they are on top of the mountain looking at the view as they start down the other side rather that standing at the base and looking upward at how high it is. 2. Each student is different and has a different learning style and rate of grasping new concepts in math.  Lessons must be built around the student not the other way around.  It is important that the tutor listens and watches what the student says and how they approach solving math problems in order to develop the appropriate style and pace so they can learn.  Do not mistake boredom with inability.  Proper pacing is essential to keep the student interested and on task. 3. One must listen intently... read more

**If you wrote down the wrong step once, you must write down the correct step twice.** Re-write the correct steps, start to finish, at least twice, at most 5 times start to finish. That way, you will have recorded the incorrect method once, but you will have recorded the correct method twice. That will reinforce the right method more, so you don't accidentally memorize your mistake. It's easy to teach yourself the wrong way to solve a problem if you don't correct your mistakes more often than you make them in the first place. Everybody learns visually (reading), verbally(hearing), and kinetically(writing), so if you wrote down the wrong ?? step once, you're one step closer to teaching yourself your mistake. Do not review any mistakes by only looking at the answer given to you on the sheet. It won't sink in (without writing it down.) Like I always say, nobody likes studying, least of all me. ;) Correcting yourself in the short run will allow you to study less in... read more

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