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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

I've compiled the most essential LSAT prep books into one place for your convenience. Odyssey books are free with multi-hour tutoring packages.   LSAT Bookstore    

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.  

24 hour minimum notice is required to avoid a cancellation fee. Notice may be provided by call, text, or message/email.   Cancellation fees are as follows:  - If the Client cancels at least 24 hours in advance, no fee will be charged  - If the Client cancels between 6 to 24 hours in advance, 50% of the scheduled session will be charged  - If the Client cancels less than 6 hours in advance, 100% of the scheduled session will be charged   Example: Client has a 2-hour session scheduled to start at 6:00pm. If Client cancels at 10:00am that morning, giving only 8 hours notice, Client will be charged for 1 hour. If Client cancels at 4:00pm, giving only 2 hours notice, Client will be charged for 2 hours.    

After tutoring for so long, it often gets tough to think up new ideas to keep young students interested. To get small children interested in learning, the best technique is to think like they do! And as any parent or grandparent knows, this means lots of hands on activities and being creative. In my specialty of beginning reading/phonics, here are some fun ways to get the little ones charged up: 1.Writing ABC's can be boring- making them is more fun! I like to let children shape letters out of various pliable/bendable materials, while we practice the phonetic sounds of each letter. This is a good progression activity that will introduce letter words to your child as well as the phonetic sound itself.  2.Talking can be tuned out- singing is entertaining! Students will retain theirs word sounds and progress to whole words/sentences a lot easier when they're musically sharing with you. It's even better when you can encourage them to come up with their... read more

Description The introductory paragraph of a paper or writing should capture the reader’s attention and engage their mind. You should always approach your papers expecting a reluctant or busy reader. Your job is to relate to them, give them useful information, and intrigue them to capture their interest. The first sentence of an introduction can be thought of as “the hook:” The sentence that grabs the mind of your reader. Approach Ask yourself: Who is reading this paper (your audience)? Is my reader sympathetic or opposed to my view? What personal experiences or interests will my reader have? How can I relate to the topics or things that my reader would care about? What was the most interesting or unexpected fact that I learned? Tone of Paper The tone of your paper should determine the hook sentence that you use For creative writing, you have more flexibility For informative writings, the tone may limit the options you have   Devices Creative... read more

It's still not too late to get onto and work through 24 puzzles to get onto the Genius board.  You may work at the puzzles at your own pace.  Last year it took me 1 week (after work hours) to complete all the puzzles.   Even though I don't believe 2016's puzzles are as hard as last year's challenge, it was quite entertaining and, based upon the stats, still hard enough that only 10% (or less) successfully work all problems.  There were logic, probability, algebra, geometry, and physics problems/puzzles/questions.    Enjoy the challenge!   Barbara W.

Happy Pi Day everyone!   In honor of the mathematical constant with the delicious name, let's revisit my Thanksgiving-themed Math Journey about storing leftover pie!  You can check it out here.   Enjoy everyone!   ~Ellen

So you're nervous about what's to come.  Everyone understands that a lot of preparation goes into being ready for the NCLEX. And just so you know... the NCLEX is all about critical thinking, and very little recall of those minute details that you learned how to regurgitate in nursing school will help you.  As you read each question, the authors of those NCLEX questions need to know that you are safe to send out into the world.  EVERY question boils down to safety.  Do you know what to do if....   Consider a question about a patient:   You have entered the room of a male patient, 40 years old, who has been admitted with cellulitis of the left lower extremity (LLE).  The patient is a construction worker, and the wound is 2" x 2" x 1".  There is slough covering more than 50% of the wound bed.  The priority for this patient is...   So what do you know?  Patient has a diagnosis of cellulitis... read more

As of March 5, 2016, the new SAT is being offered. This means that those who took the old 2400-point SAT may want to know what their new 1600-point SAT score would have been, and vice versa. This information is critical for when you research and apply to scholarships and colleges that use a different version of the SAT than the one you took. Here, we give a more accurate formula and way of switching between old SAT scores and new SAT scores. Many conversion tables available online use a single multiplier to scale between the new 1600 SAT and the old 2400 SAT. This just means you multiply by 3/2 to go from new SAT to old SAT and divide to go in the other direction. This is a fine method for a rough estimate, but the new SAT and old SAT weight math-type skills and verbal-type skills differently. Therefore, a more accurate conversion will convert the section scores separately, which we present below. We'll explain the reasons below, and why you would want to use conversions in... read more

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