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Sisters, six and ten, jumped right in to the new project. A big bag of colorful paper scraps, with many different images of butterflies, flowers, fairies, tigers, etc. certainly caught their attention! Collage is familiar to them and there was no hesitation in approaching the medium. I explained to the girls about sharing the materials, which worked well. It is obvious that S. has a certain respect for I. and I. is generous. So, despite thinking there may be a little fight over this or that fancy paper or flower or fairy, there was peace. Both girls are dexterous. I., being older, has the ability to plan ahead and lay out her ideas before fixing them in place (with glue, of course). S. is starting to think more in this sort of "planning mode" and this is good to see, as she is naturally very impulsive (characteristic of her extrovert personality). She was more thoughtful about placement of her chosen elements than she has been in the past. I think she has a very... read more

Prompt: What do you hope to be doing in 5 years? In 10? How to do you plan to reach these goals and what will motivate you along the way? Growing up, I’ve always wanted to make some “major change in the world”. I dreamed of inventing the newest innovation in technology, or discovering the next important cure. But recently, I realized that sometimes, dreaming too far fails to recognize the importance of the little contributions, the “puzzle pieces” that make up the big picture. Would a person be able to discover the cure for cancer had someone not influence him or her in their life to strive for such a discovery, or had previous scientists not studied the same concept? Long story short, I decided in the end that these little puzzle pieces were more important. As such, I found my still-strong desire to become a teacher, a position in which I could contribute and leave a part of myself in the next generation, and hopefully encourage or contribute to a student’s development into... read more

1)  Get to know the student!  It is as important as the learning, especially initially to listen to the students wants/needs about their problem.  This also allows for building of trust.   2)  Be on time and smile!  Don't be late, and don't act like your going to a job.  Learning can be hard work, but you should not make it look that way.   3)  Don't leave your sense of humor at home!  Students who are under high pressure situations tend to stress out.  Laughter is a great way to help them relieve their tension and overcome their anxiety.   4)  Tell a short funny story about yourself.  Give the student an idea of who you are and what type of activities you like to do.   5)  Be culturally aware!  In one month I have had students from Iraq and Northern Sudan.  It is critical to understand that there may be culturally differences between you and your students.

WyzAnt has been an amazing resource to help connect me as a tutor, with students that are a good fit, both for me and for them.  It does a lot of the preliminary work, making it easier to just focus on the important things - the students' lessons. That's important for me.  I want to be able to dedicate my time to researching questions for students. tweaking their lessons, or in some other way, focusing on helping them.   I think students feel very safe and confident too.  They can easily click on a tutor's profile and see the results of their background check, feedback from other students, hours logged, and subjects covered.  What's more, is that they are protected by a good fit guarantee.  I think it creates a great environment for students and tutors alike.    

I wish that people were not so opposed to fun! How do little children learn about the world around them? Through play! Yet, as we get older, we stop allowing children to play, move, sing, dance, and create while they are "learning". There is solid research that shows that when children are actively engaged in activities that they enjoy, they learn more....and retain what they learned. What does that mean for your children? It means MORE PLAY! Songs, movement, such as dance and acting, and other forms of creativity can be rolled into your child's tutoring lesson to make them ENJOY what they are learning...and who doesn't like a little fun in their summer?

Hey there! Learning a new language is daunting. True! But it doesn't have to be that way all the time. I try to incorporate fun exercises in my lesson plans. So here are 5 ways that the student can learn and have a good time!   1. Poetry   I have many works of poetry in French from all the classics! Students can learn the pace of the language as well as work on their pronunciation, all while learning about the great French masters of language.   2. Novels   Whether you are a Twilight or a Harry Potter fan, I have books in French, where more advanced students can read a chapter and analyze its contents.    3. Music   The French are known for more than just the romantic accordion. France has a legacy of rock, pop, hip hop, jazz, and rap. Listening to music is an enjoyable way for students of all ages to learn to listen and improve their aural skills.    4. Short, Easy Exercises   When... read more

All students should enjoy a healthy and joyful summer break. It's important to take breaks. But it's also important to hone your writing skills before the next school season begins in the fall.   I remember one of my writing teachers telling me a long time ago that the best way to learn how to write was to read. And he was right. In addition to practicing writing -- because writing is a practice -- I was always reading a book.   So during the summer, try to catch up on a few good, well-written books that are age appropriate for you. It doesn't have to be a boring read. It can be a fun read. A librarian can help you make some choices.    Notice the author's sentence and paragraph structure. Take note of what kind of language the author is using: is it formal or informal? Or pick up a newspaper. Or a quality magazine like National Geographic. I do not recommend blogs unless the content is edited and curated. Not every blogger is... read more

Are you interested in learning Spanish but need a more structured course to help you get started? I have a great beginning Spanish curriculum that is ideal for the school-age or adult learner. The focus of the curriculum is to learn the basics to actually communicate in the language. Lessons are fun and are infused with language and culture. Contact me for more information on the classes I offer and how I can cater to your individual learning needs.

Standardized test math doesn't behave like normal math. On a normal math test, your knowledge of the concepts and material is being tested, using (hopefully) fair test questions. On a standardized test, though, they're looking for you to think outside the box, to apply math concepts and algorithms to unusual situations, and to really understand what they're looking for and find the quickest way to go about it. Let's take a question from a recent GRE student's lesson: If 4x – 5y = 10 and 6y – 3x = 22, then what is x + y? Now, this is a set of two equations with two variables each, so it looks to me like a perfect candidate for solving as a system. If I were solving this one on a regular math test, I'd start off trying the substitution method, since I'm more comfortable with that one. So let's explore that one first: I'll start by solving the first equation for y: 4x – 5y = 10 - 5y = 10 – 4x y = (-10/5) – (4/-5)x y = -2 + (4/5)x Then... read more

Hi all-   Over the past month or so I have applied to about 25 or 30 tutoring jobs in my area (Washington, DC). All of them have gone unanswered. Do you have any ideas as to why that is? I am currently a practicing public school teacher with tutoring experience. Also, who has some tips to help get some more replies from job applications?    Mark

I have had experience Teaching in the classroom as well as Tutoring students individually.  My one-on-one experiences in Tutoring has shed much more light on individual differences in learning and personalities as well.  I see how so many students are not given the individual attention they need and deserve in the classroom.  The varying degrees of learning styles and learning disabilities that so many students have in the classroom are not being met by the classroom teacher in so many different circumstances.  I make sure that whether I am working with my autistic student or my gifted student that I am using the teaching skills and techniques that that "one" student needs to benefit them the most.  My students feel comfortable enough to say to me I don't understand that or could you please explain that to me.  I love that not only does it show me that I don't intimidate them but also that I have their attention.    When my students... read more

Sure, we have all heard our math teachers say "Study for your test tomorrow." While we can all agree the importance of studying and getting prepared for an exam, not many math teachers actually tell you HOW to study. I am sure we have all spent time making flash cards, staring at our notes, or watching last minute videos on youtube, only to realize the test results often don't correlate to our effort. Before long, these upsetting experiences and test results created a scar in our minds, that statement we have all heard before: I am just not good at math.   The truth of the matter is, many people who have expressed their inability to understand and perform well on mathematics simply don't know how to study for a math exam. After all, those negative signs and multiple choice questions are often so tricky, even though you calculated every step correctly until the very end, all it took was one single mindless error that can well ruin the entire result. If we closely... read more

Hi! I'm new to WyzAnt as I was looking for something to supplement my teaching income, especially during the summer months. Tutoring Pre-K can be challenging, because - where do you really start, right? How do you keep a barely four year old engaged for an hour or so? I found, through my own experiences as a Pre-K teacher and current tutoring experience, that the answer is to make it engaging! Do your best to make everything a game - have a reward that the student can earn at the end of your session (or at the end of every 15-20 mins depending on their attention span). Just somethings to think about! If anyone needs some tips for pre-k, I'd be happy to help!

S. and I met at the National Gallery of Art in DC. We first viewed four versions of Degas' "Little Dancer". S. sketched one of the versions as practice for drawing the human figure. We then went to look at the Vermeers and the Rembrandts. Drawing her attention to the masterly use of light, to the use of diagonals in strong composition, and to the play of texture (up close, the paint looks like abstract drips and blobs; but at a distance the brushstrokes fall into place to reveal the reality of the image). We then viewed many of the impressionists. Mary Cassat, Manet and contemporaries, such as early Picasso (Saltimbanques series) Van Gough and and Modigliani all have something to teach us. S. was very interested in the Silverpoint exhibition. Because there were so many works on display, I drew her attention to DaVinci, Bottecelli, Van der Weyden, and Raphael's sliverpoint drawings. She liked the technique so much that we decided to include it in some... read more

 I have now been a tutor on Wyzant for almost two years. I found out about this website almost by complete accident through a longtime friend. In this time, I have accrued over two hundred hours of tutoring service, traveled to several parts of New York City, and have spent numerous hours creating game plans as to how to best service every student I have encountered. All of this has lead to me to one conclusion: I have quite a unique circle of learners that I have dealt with.   As a teacher, I am fully aware of the different ways a student can learn. However, individual tutoring has opened my eyes even further to this. Some of my students can only learn through a personal connection. For example, a model of a boat traveling west in an ocean 30 miles and then north 40 miles to show the use of the Pythagorean Theorem to find linear distance may not translate in any way to one of my students. However, if I use the model of a car traveling 3 miles west and then 4 miles... read more

I suppose I should dedicate this space to an introduction, to give you an idea of what I offer, moreso than just the basic profile.   I am very passionate about education. I suppose I always have been--something my mother instilled in me--but in the last few years I have begun working in that realm. I have been an in home tutor, substitute teacher, and worked with non profits as a teacher and tutor. Maybe a bit off of the beaten path, but I feel that going a non traditional route has given me more hands on, real world, practical knowledge.   I am adept at working with limited English speakers, which I feel gives me an edge. I have worked with children and adults alike in this area, and am always looking to do more work with refugees, especially.   I also have a lot of customer service experience, which at first glance may not seem important. To me, it is a very important and influential part of how I handle teaching. Rather than "customers"... read more

When you are in nursing school, it often feels that you will never be able to learn enough, study enough, review enough, sleep enough! Be encouraged! You are learning valuable skills and activities that will provide you with a fulfilling career - don't give up.   Here are some suggestions for those times when you feel like it will never get better.   Speak to an trusted instructor or a nurse that you hold on high esteem. They can help you gain perspective on your current situation - remember, we were all in nursing school at one time in our lives.   Assess your current schedule, methodologies, priorities. Sometimes, we are time wasting and do not know it. Audit your ongoing activities - is there anything you can eliminate or consolidate? Example: Reading upcoming chapter assignments while on the treadmill; recording lectures and playing them on your commute to and from school. Often, if we can give ourselves more time, we feel less harried and... read more

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