I've noticed that more and more, I've been communicating with (usually younger) students who don't know how to approach someone older in a polite or respectful way. I'm a professional teacher, and even though many of my students are non-native speakers, whose grammar lapses I can forgive, I sometimes get messages that are actually rude. As if I'm someone (faceless of course when online) whom they can order, or demand something of, they approach me in a way that makes me not want to work with them.
I would like to urge all students to consider how you write to a potential or current tutor, and I'd like tutors, no matter your age or level of experience, to consider responding only to students who can write politely, or point out to them their lapses of judgment. All of us, tutors, parents, adult students, youth, should approach this business from a position of respect. This is not a social media with anonymous strangers, nor a forum for hiring or being hired devoid of human respect...
I found this in my reading today from Overcoming Dyslexia by Sally Shaywitz, M.D.:
"A child with dyslexia needs a champion, someone who will be his support and his unflinching advocate; his cheerleader when things are not going well; his friend and confidant when others tease and shame him; his advocate who by actions and comments will express optimism for his future. Perhaps most important, the struggling reader needs someone who will not only believe in him but will translate that belief into positive action by understanding the nature of his reading problem and then actively and relentlessly working to ensure that he receives the reading help and other support he needs."
This represents the model all reading tutors should aspire to be for their students.
Student must notify Tutor of cancellation at least six (6) hours in advance. Otherwise, the cancellation fees below will be incurred.
If the notification is made less than six (6) hours in advance, but greater than one (1) hour in advance, Tutor reserves the right to charge a fee equal to 50% of the cost of the lesson.
If the notification is made less than one (1) hour before the scheduled start, Tutor reserves the right to charge for the cost of the entire lesson.
Student must notify Tutor of tardiness at least six (6) hours in advance. Student may not be more than thirty (30) minutes tardy; the lesson will be treated as cancelled otherwise. Tutor reserves the right to charge for any time waiting for Student.
If the notification of tardiness is made at least six (6) hours in advance, reasonable efforts will be made in order to have a lesson of the originally scheduled length and no fees will be charged.
Tutor reserves the right to charge a lesson as...
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I reserve the right to charge up to the full amount of a lesson or the amount of an hour-long session, whichever is the lesser, in the event of cancelled lessons less than 4 hours before the scheduled start time of the lesson.
Additionally, I reserve the right to charge this same cancellation fee for no shows. I consider no shows to be sessions where the student does not arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time without notice given 4 hours in advance.
I understand some parents are cagy or wary of online tutoring. After all - schools teach face-to-face, don't they?
But, have you noticed how online services are exploding and brick/mortar schools are slowly but steadily disappearing?
The internet is no longer the future - it is here - now!
Online tutoring brings multiple advantages for everybody.
1. Very, very flexible. The student can be anywhere. At school on lunch break - Overseas - Broken leg in bed - sorry.
2. Nobody needs to drive in crazy traffic and risk an accident.
3. The student has immediate access to my Mac with thousands of topics - explanations and worked solutions.
4. You get copies of the work we did together for review / better understanding. Smart phone or PC! No lost paper notes.
5. Online we share screens and audio in real-time just as if we were sitting at the same table.
6. Can cancel and reschedule at the last minute. In-person carries a 24-hour minimum.
Carol Dweck is one of the most famous learning theorists alive today. Though she has been studying mindsets for decades, she is perhaps best known for her (appropriately-titled) book,
Mindset Her ideas have directly helped hundreds of thousands of readers learn and teach more effectively, and they have indirectly helped millions more by influencing the way we think about learning and intelligence today.
When it comes to intelligence there have always essentially been two schools of thought. One claims intelligence is a relatively fixed quantity that is stable throughout our lifespan, while the other argues it is a malleable quality that can change depending on experience (i.e. a variation of the infamous Nature versus Nurture debate). Adherents to the first school often adopt "entity" theories of intelligence and pursue "performance goals," in which they are concerned with gaining favorable judgments of their competence, whereas adherents to the...
Since Banned Books Week happens in mid-September each year, I'd like to talk today about the problem with banning books. Last year, my Bring Your Own Book club's topic for September was to read a banned or challenged book. We had a great discussion during our meeting about common threads in all of the books we read, common reasons why books get challenged, and how that relates to the education system in general. One of the things that kept coming up was that often, the reason the book was challenged is the entire point of the book itself – of course it deals with that; that's the main theme of the book! Whether it's The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Looking For Alaska depicting kids smoking, drinking, and doing drugs, or it's The Giver depicting a fundamentally broken society masquerading as a utopia (psst – that's the definition of the genre – it's a dystopia!), or even a gorgeous picture book called “And Tango Makes Three” telling a true story about a pair of male penguins who...
No one likes to mess up, but going to great lengths to avoid errors - even when the consequences of making an error are benign - is unlikely to help you learn.
In fact, in her review of the literature, Janet Metcalfe makes a compelling argument that making errors while learning - so long as you receive corrective feedback - results in better outcomes than making no errors at all.
Her findings are somewhat counterintuitive. If the goal is to perform flawlessly in high-stakes situations, shouldn't we pursue perfection in order to prepare for them? Early theorists feared that the commission of errors would make it harder to learn the correct response later on. One of the most famous psychologists of the 20th century, Albert Bandura, believed that only correct responses should be rewarded; errors, if they occurred, should be ignored. However, what Metcalfe's review of the literature suggests is that errors should be encouraged as part of an active exploratory learning process,...
Below is a link to a free GRE practice test.
Below is a link to a free GRE practice test.
Let's derive the equation sin2x + cos2x=1 from the pythagorean formula.
A right triangle with angle x will have a leg that is adjacent to angle x and it will have a leg that is opposite to angle x. There will also be a hypotenuse.
From trigonometry, a right triangle with a given angle x, can defined as follows:
Following is the pythagorean identity for our right triangle:
adjacent2 + opposite2=hypotenuse2
If we divide the above equation by hypotenuse2, we have:
(adjacent2 + opposite2=hypotenuse2)/hypotenuse2 or
adjacent2/hypotenuse2 + opposite2/hypotenuse2=1
Substitute in sinx and cosx into the above equation:
Can you derive the other two Pythagorean trigonometric identities?
cot2x + 1=csc2x
tan2x + 1=sec2x
The journal Science has recently published a meta-analysis of numerous long-term studies examining the correlation between high GRE scores and the quality of work done by graduate students once they are enrolled in doctoral (and in some cases) master degree programs. The researchers--professors of Education at several universities have included there is no evidence that there is a relationship between a high GRE score and "successful" work in grad school; in this case, successful means contributing meaningful, thoughtful, and original work in response to assignments, whether they be short research projects or doctoral dissertations. Another study, in fact, has found a correlation between receiving high scores on the GRE and doing poorly in certain fields of study. This may seem counter-intuitive, but then, so many things are. I'm not including a link for time limitation reasons, but the study would be easy to track down and read if you insert the appropriate descriptors...
If the lesson needs to be cancelled or rescheduled, please inform me through Wyzant messaging atleast 24 hours before the lesson begins.
A no-show is a student who is more than 15 minutes late. For no-show students, a cancellation fee equal to the full amount of the lesson will be assessed.
If the student is going to be late to the lesson, please feel free to inform me that way I do not consider the student to be a no-show and therefore continue with the cancellation fee.
Tiffany's Cancellation Fees
Listed Below are Cancellation policy and fees for Tiffany G.
1. If you are unable to attend a session that was scheduled, please give written notice through Wyzant 4 hours or more before start time of scheduled lesson. If done so, no charges will be applied to your account.
2. No Show: If you are more than 15 minutes late to an in person or online session, and did not communicate with me as to why before the session began or during that 15 minutes of tardiness, a charge the full cost of the session will be assesed
3. If you are late to any session, and it is not considered a no show as per my policy, the session will remain per request. There will be a charge the full amount, despite time deducted from your session (example- the session is for 5PM and you arrive at 5:10PM, the session will still end at 6PM).
4. If you have documented valid reason for not being able to attend a session (due to illness or...
As I have tutored over time via instant messaging, certain problems come up again and again among the students that I have taught English writing to. As I have corrected student essays over the past few years online, I have developed this set of advice for writers with less experience. Much of this advice is influenced by Strunk & White's and Payne, so I don't claim much originality here.
General organizational advice for essays:
1. Don’t take the reader’s attention for granted. In the introduction, use attention-getting devices, such as a set of leading questions, interesting statistics, a famous quote from a famous person, a striking assertion or claim, etc. The following sentences in the first paragraph should narrow down the topic to the more specific point made in the thesis.
2. Always put the thesis statement, or main point to be proven or explained, at the end of the first paragraph. Aim to write it as a single sentence, not two...
How many times have I heard this: "I'm too old to learn Spanish." Or, "Only kids' brains can absorb new languages." While I would like to just say "phooey!" and leave it at that, I've come to see that adults who say such things are in one of two groups: Traumatized Former Language Students, or Victims of Ageism.
There's a problem with language education in America: we don't do it. Why is it that the average person from any African national speaks four or five languages, with no language lab, little money at the local school, and no fancy computer apps? Because the people around them speak multiple languages: It's part of the culture. But also, sadly, it's because of a history of colonialism and the predominance of English in the world. French, Urdu, English, Patois. These folks switch between numerous linguistic codes with utter facility from an early age. It's a natural part of their culture. People in Africa (and Europe) expect multilingualism...
Thank you for the opportunity to help you or your child achieve learning goals in English and writing. Helping others develop enthusiasm for learning as well as content-based understanding is my motivation. I am glad to be of service. I also rely on tutoring income to help meet my responsibilities. For that reason, I believe it is important to have policies around scheduling and cancellations.
I schedule students on a first-come, first-served basis, and, normally, I have students who choose to keep a regular appointment or two each week. However, I also have some students who schedule as needed. Those students need to be flexible as my availability may shift from week to week. All appointments are a minimum of one hour in length. To schedule an appointment please contact me at John.Turnbull@wyzant.com.
If you must cancel an appointment, please contact me at least six hours prior to your scheduled lesson. Appointments cancelled after...
When planning to train for any kind of test preparation, most people assume that the best strategy is to gradually schedule more frequent tutoring as they get closer to the test date. This makes no sense. Think of the mind like a muscle. In this analogy, the first few weeks of training are slowly more strenuous, it's true. However, once you have built the foundation of skill, it's a matter of practice to increase ability in existing skill. Practice only makes perfect if you have that foundation. Otherwise, you are simply practicing your mistakes. As with any marathon, you want to perfect your skill, practice like crazy to build stamina, and then back off as you get closer to the event to ensure you are rested and ready.
Test prep works in exactly the same way. Instead of cramming before the test, leaving yourself wired and tired, distracted and unable to focus, the best...
It's not controversial to aver that procrastination is bad. Most would agree without giving it a second thought.
But what about procrastination is so harmful, and why do we procrastinate when we readily agree we shouldn't?
When I talk about procrastination, I'm talking about delaying an important task despite knowing we will suffer as a result. Why would we do this? The problem seems to have its roots in an inability to manage emotions, and from an overweighting of short-term benefits over long-term costs.
In a landmark 1997 study, Dianne Tice and Roy Baumeister rated college students on an established scale of procrastination, then tracked their academic performance, stress, and general health throughout the semester. Initially the procrastinators reported lower levels of stress, presumably because they were enjoying more pleasurable activities in lieu of the work they should have been doing. By the end of the semester, however, the procrastinators earned lower...