You might wonder what emotion has to do with learning, and why I am writing a blog about sleep and emotion. If you think about it, though, how you to react challenging situations - the emotions you feel, and the cognitions, physiology, and behaviors that accompany them - can have a profound impact on how you learn. Indeed, emotional reactivity can have a profound impact in multiple domains, but in this blog we will focus on its impact on learning.
Modern neuroscience is not necessary to understand that sleep is fundamentally important. However, it increasingly allows us to understand why that is the case.
Andrea Goldstein and Matt Walker reviewed the literature on sleep and emotion and make a compelling case for the causal role of sleep in optimal affective brain function. For our purposes, I want to focus on the overarching theme of how sleep deprivation diminishes effective emotional reactivity.
When people are sleep deprived for even one night, functional...
Right now, most students (and a good many teachers!) are counting down the days til school is over! For those of us whose students have learning challenges, we are well aware that summer vacation means freedom from anxiety-inducing academic subjects. However, these are the very students for whom it is essential that learning continue into the summer months. Students who fail to continue to at least maintain the progress gained over the school year can actually lose ground over the summer - I've seen it happen. So, if you want to keep your students' motivation alive during the warm weather months, it's vital to design summer learning that is truly unique to June, July, and August.
What is great about summer learning is that you can wrap it together with what is taking place in your students' lives - camping, being outdoors, gardening, astronomy - whatever is of interest to your student, you can turn into lessons in all subjects being taught. ...
When you're studying before a test, the question of how to allocate your study time inevitably arises. What should you study first? Where should you spend the most time? Janet Metcalfe and Nate Kornell designed three clever experiments to find out.
In the first experiment, participants were allowed to choose how to allocate their study time. They were tasked with learning English-Spanish word pairs of varying difficulty (easy, medium, and difficult), under three different timing conditions (5s, 15s, or 60s). In each trial, one pair from each category appeared and participants could choose where to spend their study time. The most important takeaway from this experiment was that, under tight timing conditions, allocating study time to the easiest items was the most effective strategy.
However, Metcalfe suspected that advantage would shift to medium items if participants were forced to spend the bulk of their study time on them. So, in Experiment 2, participants...
I am a new tutor so a few days ago when l received a response to one of my first applications, l was very excited.
This "student" requested that we talk on phone to finalize the arrangements for date and time. I told him since l was home on spring break, he could call me on my land line but he wrote back requesting my cell telling him that when l am at home reception is very poor on my cell phone. He kept insisting on getting my cellphone instead, l was puzzled why. I never heard back from him. A day later l got an email from Wyzant that they had determined this not to be a true student inquiry. I have not figured out yet what this fake student was after. Can anyone tell me? Just be aware.
I am helping a ten-year-old special education child to read. I will soon be tutoring him an hour every day of the week. I am finding a lot of materials online; however, most if not all of them require that you pay to join a group to access them. I do not want to do this. Can anyone suggest any free resources? I would like to print them off the computer and I would prefer not to use colored ink.
Project management combines people skills, general management skills, ethical standards, logical sequencing, and problem solving. It is a dynamic profession. It differs across industries. The difficulty for both the learner and the instructor is that each brings their professional experiences into the learning environment.
The only way to mitigate this fact is to champion the fundamentals, to believe that the fundamentals, when properly executed, will work across industries. This requires the learner and the instructor to check their experiences at the door so that learning about the fundamentals can occur. This approach levels the playing field by making the focus theoretical based.
This takes the focus away from defending or attacking theories and instead directs the learning towards how best to utilize these fundamental concepts in the daily application of project management. I have taught many boot camps, collegiate...
We all know we do better when we're well-rested than when we're not. Modern sleep research has started to uncover exactly why that's the case. In terms of memory, there are at least two important reasons to make sure you're getting enough sleep.
First, we better remember what we learned the day before. This is because sleep plays an essential role in the conversion of short-term memory to long-term memory. Short-term memory relies heavily on a brain region known as the hippocampus (named after the Greek word for seahorse, given its shape), while long-term memory relies on a broad network of cortical association areas. When we learn new information, the hippocampus is very active, and when we sleep, it turns out that the activity of our hippocampus predicts how well we will remember what we learned when we wake up. Researchers have even found interesting ways to manipulate and improve this process. For example, in one study, experimenters paired the scent of a rose with a spatial...
The Importance of Study Skills
Study, as defined by Oxford Dictionaries, is the “devotion of time and attention to acquiring knowledge on an academic subject, especially by means of books; a detailed investigation and analysis of a subject or situation.” Merriam-Webster defines study as an “application of the mental faculties to the acquisition of knowledge”. My personal definition is a combination of both. To study is to devote time and energy/attention to gain an understanding and knowledge of a subject.
Study skills, therefore, are the set of strategies that are used to adequately acquire and gain knowledge about a chosen topic or subject. When we possess these skills or strategies, we are able to increase the efficiency of learning. We are also able to increase the likelihood that what we are to be learning is retained in our long term memory for future use. Which brings us to the definition of learning.
Learning is a lifelong skill, that when successful and...
In today's Writing Rundown, I want to leave the brainstorming process for a bit and discuss responding to a prompt. Take a look at the prompt I used for my last Literature Spotlight, “The Blanks Left Empty”:
AP Literature Open-Ended Prompt, 1975, #2:
Unlike the novelist, the writer of a play does not use his own voice and only rarely uses a narrator’s voice to guide the audience’s responses to character and action. Select a play you have read and write an essay in which you explain the techniques the playwright uses to guide his audience’s responses to the central characters and the action. You might consider the effect on the audience of things like setting, the use of comparable and contrasting characters, and the characters’ responses to each other. Support your argument with specific references to the play. Do not give a plot summary.
Whew! That's a lot of information to sift through. Unfortunately, many high school and college-level writing prompts are as...
This is my first official post as a Wyant tutor. I am not new to tutoring, but I am new to Wyzant. Today at a public library's study room, I will meet my first Wyzant student. I have tutored at the college level for the past few years, but I am a veteran homeschool mom, so I also have experience with children as young as 3 and as old as 16.
My plan is to use both oral questionnaires and written and computer learning assessments.
I am assessing my student for
4th-grade math using an Illinois Common Core standards baseline assessment available at the state website.
reading issues by having him read some short passages and asking questions
learning style at Accelerated Learning
study habits- using 2 online questionnaires atWhat kind of Student Are You and Study Habits
I also will be asking questions to get to know the child and his likes, family members, pets, etc. I am both excited and a little bit nervous...
"Mom; Dad, I'm bored!"
If that is the constant complaint of your child this week of Spring Break, take heart. There's hope! For those of you in Houston, the Children's Museum of Houston is offering admission for $12.00 this week. There will be special activities and exhibits to keep your children occupied and learning all week. libraries are planning special activities such as reading clubs, often free of charge. These activities not only keep your children entertained, but they prevent the loss of learning associated with long school breaks, They can also provide , conversation starters over dinner. Give it a try.
The =CONCATENATE(x) function is one of the LEAST heard of functions in all of Excel. It allows you to combine multiple cells into one cell. There is no limit to how many can be combined, so =CONCATENATE(A1," ",B1," ") will combinie A1 with B1, and place a blank space in between both cells - if they are words that require a space in between. Concatenate Away!
Greetings everyone! My name is Devron. I'm a math tutor from New Orleans, but I've recently moved to Nashville, TN. I have to say math has always been a passion of mine, but admittedly, it wasn't always my favorite subject. During my middle school years, I was always ok, but not great. Nothing special about the subject jumped out to me. Math was just numbers that I saw no special value in. It wasn't until I made to transition to high school that I started seeing the light. I started my freshman year at a school in New Orleans. There I studied Geometry. The subject was fun because I was able to learn about shapes and angles and understand the relation that they played in everyday life. Hurricane Katrina struck a year later so I found myself changing schools. I finished the rest of my school years at East St. John High School in Reserve, LA. There, I was behind in some of my subjects, including math, because school had already started for the students. I was taking Algebra II at the...
Thursday Excel Magic: If you have a data-set that is formatted incorrectly with capitalization, such as ALL CAPS, all lowercase, or MiXeD - You can use the =Proper(x), =UPPER(x) or =lower(x) to correct ANY capitalization issues - instead of manually re-typing
During the school year, many of the students I work with have jam-packed schedules replete with extracurriculars, sports, and demanding classes. Adding test prep into the mix can complicate schedules even further. So why not take advantage of the time students have off during the summer to get ahead, so that when school resumes they won't have a heavy additional workload to worry about?
There are many reasons why summer classes benefit students. One of the most obvious relates to what is known as the "summer slide." Most students lose about two months of grade-level mathematical proficiency over the summer. In fact, in a
meta-analysis of 39 studies that examined the effect of summer vacation on academic achievement, researchers found that summer break was detrimental for both math and reading skills, and that the amount of deterioration increased with grade-level.
Many times I work with sophomores and juniors in high school...
To all the students who use the Answer section on this site, please refrain from asking inappropriate questions. Seriously. It is not as amusing as you believe it to be, and tutors who use the section do not find it amusing either. It is also a very bad reflection of your maturity. Your posts will be reported if you continue to do so.
Earned Value Analysis
By Dr. Catherine
According to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, earned value analysis is an objective method to measure project performance in terms of the triple constraints of scope, time and cost. This measuring technique is an excellent tool in assessing the health and applying metrics to the management of your project.
Project Example: A computer software project scheduled to take four-weeks is budgeted at $10,000. The project manager at the third week meeting determined that the team has only completed 50% of the project. According to the project schedule the team was supposed to have completed 75% of the project. The project manager noticed that $9,000 of the budget has been spent up to that date.
What is the overall health of the project?
Measuring Projects Health:
Planned Value (PV) represents the budgeted cost of all the planned tasks.
PV=Planned % Completed * Project Budget
Below are the details of Albert's Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be made in writing (through WyzAnt messaging) before 36 hours of the lesson start time. For cancellations under 36 hours from the start of your scheduled lesson, the following cancellation fees apply:
• If you are cancelling for a reason other than illness or emergency, you will be charged the full cancellation fee equal to the full amount of the lesson.
• If you are sick, ill, or not feeling well, you are eligible to receive a discounted cancellation fee ($15-$20, up to 1/2 of the full lesson fee) if you choose to reschedule the lesson within 1 week (otherwise you will be charged the full cancellation fee equal to the full amount of the lesson).
• If there is a holiday or special observance, you are eligible to receive a discounted cancellation fee ($15-$20, up to 1/2 of the full lesson fee) if you choose to reschedule the lesson within 1 week (otherwise you will be charged...
All cancellations must be made in writing (through WyzAnt messaging) before 36 hours of the lesson start time.
If you are cancelling for a reason other than illness or emergency, you will be charged the full cancellation fee equal to the full amount of the lesson.
If you are sick, ill, or not feeling well, you are eligible to receive a discounted cancellation fee ($15-$20, up to 1/2 of the full lesson fee) only if you choose to reschedule the lesson within 1 week (otherwise you will be charged the full cancellation fee equal to the full amount of the lesson).
If there is a holiday or special observance, you are eligible to receive a discounted cancellation fee ($15-$20, up to 1/2 of the full lesson fee) only if you choose to reschedule the lesson within 1 week (otherwise you will be charged the full cancellation fee equal to the full amount of the lesson).
If you have an emergency, no cancellation fee will be applied only if you reschedule the lesson within 1 week...
A square and an equilateral triangle of the same area are overlaid such that the midpoint of the bases of each coincide, and the bases lie on the same line. What exact proportion of the (interior of the) square is common to the (interior of the) triangle?
To solve, first drop a perpendicular from the apex of the triangle to its base, and use the 30-60-90 triangle proportions to obtain the triangle area, then side length, then height. (Designate the square as unit area). Next, write equations for one side of the triangle (using the coincident base midpoints as origin), and obtain the points of intersection of the triangle and square sides. Lastly, solve for the dimensions and areas of the top small triangle, and one of the side small triangles, which may then be subtracted from the unit triangle to obtain the overlap.
An outstanding mid-difficulty problem, which should convince students that just because they obtain some fractional powers of 3 (and...