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As Spring approaches, it is evident that about half the school year as come and gone. This means that only half the school year remains, placing confidence in some students and creating stress for others. At this point, I'm sure everyone has taken an exam or two (or ten) in their classes and have decided whether the class is easy or not. If you are one of the many students still struggling, don't worry. There is still time to bring those grades up! Studying for exams can be a tricky task, and taking an exam can be even trickier. Knowing how to prepare for an exam and knowing the best method for taking an exam will help you now and far into your college education. With information so easily at our fingertips, it is sometimes challenging to find the most appropriate study habits to adopt. While the Internet provides us with test banks and resources like Quizlet, it is sometimes best to stick to the old- fashion techniques like flash cards and taking notes from the textbook. Shocker,... read more

Parents oftentimes do not know what to do when their young adults cannot learn the information for school. Parents may try to explain it in a manner that their young adults will understand it. They oftentimes will not be able to grasp what is being taught, and the parents may become frustrated. Parents may even make negative comments to their young adults  when you have not been hired yet and perhaps even after they hire you when you are there (which really does not do their young adults any good whatsoever!).   As you progress with your tutoring of young adults by listening, answering questions, and explaining in more detail, giving encouragement when the young adults need help and giving praise when deserved have some very positive repercussions. They will feel better about themselves, and they will feel better about what you are sharing with them, because you are breaking down the barrier of "I can't learn this" and "I can't do this"... read more

In order to help the people whom you tutor, www.studyspanish.com is really a great resource for Spanish vocabulary, Spanish grammar explanations, quizzes and mini-tests, and verb drills. The verb drills section is particularly good, because you can generate quizzes which will vary each time. It's a keeper!

Hi all!   Another semester down and a fairly successful one at that. I had a strong performance on the SAT bio by a student (This student plans to take it again to go for the 800. I'm excited to help her get it this time!), I met some great new students for Biochemistry, Genetics, Inorganic chemistry, and bioinformatics, substantially improved my library of AP physics materials as well as organic chemistry materials, had the opportunity to help with a college essay as well as science project submissions for the Sieman's competition and Intel competition, and made real headway on my SAT chemistry prep book! Only 160 more problems to go.... There were a number of other successes throughout the semester as well, but my goal here was to just share some of the different flavors of tutoring I'm currently having fun with.    I'm only going to be taking on 6 students this Spring so that I have more time to finish the book and make progress on educational... read more

A few things that I could do to make the lessons more fun are to use examples with current pop culture’s references. With small children I think funny stories with characters that have silly names keeps their attention. Ask their input that way the information will stay with them. I also like to use silly voices or over animate my personality to drive the point home. I can create games or augment existing ones too.

To find any note in any scale all you need to be able to do is count!   Lets use a piano as our example because in electronic music production you will need to become familiar with one at some point. So, if you are looking at a piano you can obviously see that it has white and black keys. The black keys are just (sharps/flats) of the adjacent notes.    A "tone/whole tone" is the distance between two keys on a piano. For instance, it is the difference between C and D and also the difference between E and F#. A "semitone/halftone" is the distance between keys directly next to each other. This means the if we are on C again that C# is a semitone/halftone or if we start on E then F is a halftone/semitone away.    Now that we know that little bit on info all we need to do is remember two patterns to find the notes of any scale!   For Major that pattern is: 2 2 1 2 2 2 1  For minor that pattern is:... read more

1. Read the questions carefully, most times there are fluff in the questions (fluff means, things that are not necessary to solving the questions) just to confuse you   2 Find the end game of the question which is just finding out what exactly the question wants you to find   3. Find the players of the game...the information that are needed to get to the end game   4. Remember the formulas   5. Remember the units for the answers...

1. POSITIVE LEARNING  Smiling/Happiness changes you brain patterns, thus opening you up to learn more.  I like to incorporate a little fun with learning.  Getting a smile here and there and showing appreciation to the student on progress.    2. STRESS LESS LEARNING Stress causes you to retain energy that blocks you brain from functioning.  Stop and do something silly that will help ease the stress.  Once you can relax, you can learn.  I will incorporate small activities that remove you from the subject jut long enough to reset and release the stress.  Only in short cycles when needed.     3. INVESTIGATIVE LEARNING I focus on the student investigation and hands-on learning. I provide guidance and support for students through the learning process. My students play an active and participatory role in their own learning process. Applying real life situations into a game concept helps with the hands-on... read more

1.  Connect with your student in some personal way.  You have to get their attention.     2.  Once you have a connection, see if you can apply that to the subject.     3.  Fun!  For math and science, examples are best and in todays world, students need to interact. Make tutoring projects.  Build something.   4.  See if you can tour places (parents permitting), that allow students to see subjects in action.  Geometric art at the musuem, the reserves, auditoriums, cars, robots...take a look around and a walk.   5.  Be practical.  All the buzz words and technology doesn't mean anything if you don't listen and apply.

I am not interested in following the books to teach a lesson; I am interested in getting students to be excited about the work that they do.  I want my students to change.  I want my students to learn how to put their work into action.   If you haven't seen this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXpbONjV1Jc - you should!

Personally, I became a teacher because I love to learn, and I had many teachers along the way that inspired me through their creative teaching methods. I'll never forget Doc Ann, as we called her. She would assign the most general, broad tasks with very few, but specific guidelines. Once she asked us to choose an object and describe how our five senses perceived it. If we could describe it well enough, without ever saying "give away" words, such as wet for water, etc., the class should be able to guess what we were writing about. It was a sort of writing version of charades. In another course, this one was Psychology 101, we were asked to break a social norm and describe to the class how it made us feel. Apparently it is socially expected to split the space in an elevator with other passengers. For example, if three strangers get on an elevator, they will automatically split the space into thirds. I decided to try standing next to a stranger, the only other person on the... read more

I use audio-visual aid a lot during my language instruction sessions.  A fun activity I offer for them is to take them on a field trip in town and make them observe and take note of all type of signs, such as traffic signs, commercial, etc...  Then we go back to the classroom and discuss what the student saw.  It's very useful for them to get familiar with the surroundings for several reasons, but from the teaching perspective, I know they will remember the experience and it will be easier for them to learn certain vocabulary that way.  

Teaching foreign languages such Spanish and Italian to English speakers makes my tutoring time a joyfull moment. It is even more involving using internet or even your phone. Learning now takes a  new way through new technlogies wave. You can learn anywhere and anytime you wish. Isn't really amusing ?. Sure you agree.  

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