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Did you know that a classroom of children, same age, same grade level, can have up to eight different learning styles? In Frames of Mind, researched Howard Gardner theorizes the existence of several intellectual strengths within an individual. Tiffany exemplifies the auditory learner. She learns best by hearing her teacher lecture on a subject, learns best following along with an outline, is able to successfully follow aurally-given directions, and scores highly on tests in which she repeats the questions and answer choices "aloud in her head."    Grayson is a visual learner. He needs to view  teacher-given examples on the white board, learns best by using a graphic design organizer or web to learn academic material, benefits from pictures or written directions, and needs to visualize the correct test answer in his head before putting it on paper.   Anil and Jennifer are tactile/kinesthetic learners. They learn best by touching and... read more

Did you know that a classroom of children, same age, same grade level, can have up to eight different learning styles? In Frames of Mind, researched Howard Gardner theorizes the existence of several intellectual strengths within an individual. Tiffany exemplifies the auditory learner. She learns best by hearing her teacher lecture on a subject, learns best following along with an outline, is able to successfully follow aurally-given directions, and scores highly on tests in which she repeats the questions and answer choices "aloud in her head."    Grayson is a visual learner. He needs to view  teacher-given examples on the white board, learns best by using a graphic design organizer or web to learn academic material, benefits from pictures or written directions, and needs to visualize the correct test answer in his head before putting it on paper.   Anil and Jennifer are tactile/kinesthetic learners. They learn best by touching and... read more

A recently popularized workout called cross fit is taking the fitness industry by storm. While riddled with injury due to abandonment of technique, it is still able to get people in shape that had tried countless other programs without success. The secret ingredient? Mixing up the "routine" in order to challenge the body. While much controversy surrounds cross fit regarding its less-than-traditional views on rest periods as well as renaming many token exercises and allegedly adding useless and/ or overly dangerous ones, for quite some time it has been well known that being too monotonous in your exercise routine can lull your body into a less desirable stagnation of progress. The same has been said about education in general, especially in children. So, while there are tons of ideas floating around out there, and some are better than others,  here are 5 of my ideas for switching things up in an educational routine: 1) Different types of learning. While we know... read more

Not matter what age group and subject, these are my top 5 tips for making learning fun:   1. Start with a fun conversation about the day = this allows me to get the temperance of the student, we all have good days and bad days, this way I can tailor my lesson based on the student's current mood/mindset.   2. Incorporating laughter and jokes = students are more responsive to new information if they are in a good mood.   3. Role play = taking complex or difficult topics within a lesson and applying them to real life situations related to interests the student recognizes.   4. Have the student teach me what they just learned = shows me the levels of comprehension they got from the lessons of the day.   5. Ending the lesson with a motivational quote, song or video  = helps prepare them for their next day.

I want my students to enjoy the hands on learning experience of fine art, and to accomplish this I strive to create custom curriculum catered to each student. By understanding the needs of my student and what their goals are I can keep their interest and the process of learning fun.  I believe in teaching through encouragement and positivity, and the importance of not taking yourself too seriously.  As Mrs. Frizzle always said, "Its time to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!"

I know for many Science can be tricky and sometimes hard. But the good thing about it is that there is always a solution to every problem and for that solution there is a theory backing it up. What I learned in my Chemistry course in high school is that we have to learn how to find the logic and to really see what scientists are looking for. You may think, "why do I even bother calculating the amount needed of this salt to create this buffer?". Believe it or not our blood has its own buffer system; thus, it is important to understand science so we can understand our own organism. If you finD a way to relate with science I can promise you: SCIENCE CAN BE FUN!!!

We are all familiar with the Euclidean distance function d2 = (x1¬2-x22) + (y12-y22) where we interpret d as the length of the straight line connecting the two points. It turns out that the space-time we live in is not Euclidean. Gravity curves space-time.  Imagine we are constrained to a sphere, what is the shortest path between two points on the sphere? It is now an arc. The key here is to realize that the notion of Euclidean distances is somewhat unique to humans. Had we evolved in a different environment somewhere else in the universe we would perhaps visualize distances as being hyperbolic. So let us make a square circle.(We actually end up with a rhombus) Let P = (x0, y0) ∈ R2 (a point in the real plane), then a circle centered at P with radius r ∈ R (a real number r), is the set of all points q ∈ R2, such that d(p,q) = r. Where d(p,q) is the distance between the points p and q. We will call this set C. C contains all points in the real plane... read more

Learning can be exciting and tutoring gives the advantage to find out what works for one student, and tailor lessons to his or her learning style. Here are 5 tips that I think about to make my tutoring lessons fun!  Use real life examples in the news. There is a lot happening in the world, and articles about current events are a great way to teach grammar, vocabulary or reading comprehension. Reading comprehension can also be tested by removing key words from sentences in fun articles that forces the student to use deductive reasoning to guess the right one. Use examples in a subject area that the student likes. If a student likes watching basketball, think about probability examples or any math problems. Connecting new concepts to a known (and liked) hobby is a great way to ensure that students maximize comprehension.  Listen to music. I found that listening to songs is a great way to teach a new language to a non-native speaker. Songs are fun to listen... read more

Here are my tips to making tutoring more FUN!!!   1.WHAT TYPE OF LEARNERS ARE THEY? Get to know your student(s). See what they like and how they learn best. Take some time to give them a short survey or questionnaire about themselves. You will learn how easily they understand lessons that are equipped toward their specific learning modality (auditorial, kinesthetic, visual, etc.)   2. GET UP AND MOVE! Don't sit down the whole session. Make it a fun and energetic session to remember. Try to incorporate movements into your lessons.  This works great for the little ones.  Or try out songs or rhymes for older kids.   3. TAKE SMALL BREAKS Depending on the student(s) of course, give small breaks in between the sessions.  Allow students to stretch out, close their eyes, get some fresh air and then regroup.  Less is always more, so don't over kill explanations, break it down.   4. HEAR THEIR VOICES Give... read more

1) One of the oldest methods for the synthesis of amino acids dates back to the nineteenth century & is simply a nucleophilic substitution in which ammonia reacts with α-halo carboxylic acid. The α-halo acid is prepared by the Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky reaction. 2) Another method of synthesis of amino acids is by Strecker Synthesis. In strecker synthesis an aldehyde is converted to an α-amino acid with one more carbon atom by 2-stage procedure in which an α-amino nitrile is an intermediate. The α-amino nitrile is formed by reaction of the aldehyde with ammonia or an ammonium salt & a source of CN- ion. Hydrolysis of the nitrile group to a carboxylic acid function completes the synthesis. 3) The most widely used method for the laboratory synthesis of α-amino acids is a modification of the malonic ester synthesis. The key reagent is diethlyl acetamidomalonate, a derivative of malonic ester that has the critical nitrogen substituent in place at the... read more

I had a blast in school but certainly not all the time. There were classes I didn't like and teachers I didn't connect with. As much as I enjoyed the school experience there were some things that always fell short in my estimation. As a tutor- one of my biggest jobs is to help make the experience as fun or entertaining as possible. Here are five things I do that make tutoring fun!   Number One: Education as Entertainment Learning should be fun most of the time. If it's not fun ANY of the time, than we're doing it wrong.   Number Two: Gaming the system School curriculum isn't a universal application. Different students will have different needs and strengths. By teaching the student how to easily navigate their assignments, they can spend more time using the material for their own instead of the material using them.   Number Three: Honest Thoughts Teachers and students have a distinct lack of frankness sometimes that I've found to hinder... read more

Recently, I did a radio show on this very subject and I felt like I needed to share what I shared on the show. You see, I, too, know the struggles and intricacies of homeschooling a special needs child…I actually have two. The list I’m going to give is in no way exhaustive. It’s just a hodgepodge, if you will, of things I have figured out in my journey. *Denial is your enemy—recognize that there is a special need. This is the first step and usually the hardest. Finding out that your child has a special need changes your whole world. Adaptions have to be made. Diets have to be tweaked. Triggers have to be removed. Help may need to be sought out. Not wanting to realize the possibility can be more hurtful than anything. *You CAN teach your child! This was one thing that took me a while to grab a hold to. I had people coming at me from every direction recommending doctors, the school system, special schools…everything. Not that it wasn’t useful information, but I felt... read more

The cliffnotes version of my take on the question "What are your 5 outside the box tips that help make your tutoring lessons fun?"   1.        Let the Tutoree Set The Atmosphere for Learning 2.       Embody positivity in Personal Instruction of the Subject Matter!  3.       Acknowledge the emotions associated with previous failures and setbacks 4.       Take breaks with the Tutoree during the session 5.       PERSONALIZED EXAMPLES!!!! CUSTOMIZED EXAMPLES!!!!! SILLY EXAMPLES!!!!     1. Let the Tutoree Set The Atmosphere for Learning - As a tutor, I have the ability of customizing and personalizing the instruction of the subject matter to the needs of the student. However, we do not the ability to read the mind of the tutoree, so its... read more

Give as much information and be as detailed as possible about what you need help with. By supplying this specific information tutors are better equipped to immediately evaluate how their particular area of expertise matches with your particular area of need. Once you do pick a tutor they can immediately begin addressing the issues from the very first lesson. The subject and grade level often do not do enough to shed light on the specific problem areas.   For example if you need help with reading say a bit more about where the problem lies. Is it a phonics problem, is it a comprehension problem, is it a vocabulary problem, it may even be a motivation problem. Simply ask yourself this question: 'What is preventing (student) from doing well in (subject)?' Then include your answer in your post for tutor help. It’s a bit more work up front for you but is worth the time to get the right fit.

We all have one: that one subject that our brains just refuse to understand, and no matter how much we study or how hard we work, we never feel like we really truly GET what is going on.   For me, that subject was always Physics. No junior high or high school teacher could ever answer the unending string of "...but WHY?" questions that I needed answered before I could understand even the most basic concepts of our Introductory course. It wasn't that I couldn't understand, but rather that I wasn't being taught these ideas in a way that made sense to me.    As an adult, Physics is now actually one of my favorite subjects to read about because I have found some books written for people just like me, people who need explanations fulls of examples and explanations and lots of pictures! I may never discover black holes or split an atom, but I now know enough that I can understand the people who do those things. :-)     So,... read more

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