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Today's focus is on being an active test taker, instead of a passive test taker.     Almost everyone during MCAT prep says that "I don't know how they got this from the passage!"  Then you can point out the section the question addresses and the answer is now obvious.  How do you keep track of everything you've read in the passage?   Many of us are passive; we read the passage then approach the questions.  This is not usually the best approach, because the passage information is absorbed en-masse with relatively little degrees of specific information, leaving us to try to search through the passage for specifics to back-up our answers.     I advocate a more active approach.  When you read the article, think to yourself "what kind of question could be made from this paragraph?" as you go along.  I think that you will surprise yourself at how often the test writers were thinking the exact... read more

My second year teaching in Korea is almost coming to a close and I can honestly say this is one of the best experiences I have ever done. I know many people say this but Korea has become my second home in a way. I learned another language, became a better teacher, learned more about myself through the good and bad moments. It will be a hard goodbye, but a sweet hello when I return.

As a tutor, I enjoy helping students understand their assignments, improve their academic performance, or prepare for standardized tests, but I'd be hesitant to say I actually like standardized tests.   But I've tempered my perspective concerning standardized tests because of the revised Advanced Placement U.S. History exam.  It does have a multiple choice "just the facts" section, but now half of one's grade is based on the ability to demonstrate critical thinking, and applying one's knowledge and thinking creatively.   For example, the Document-Based Question essay provides five to seven primary sources: these could be Executive (Presidential) Orders, speeches, laws, political cartoons, photographs, propaganda posters, and images of historical artifacts. One sample question, which required that students develop an interpretation of the perceptual and cognitive mindset of American culture during the Cold War, had a reproduction of an advertisement... read more

1) MEANGINGFUL: Ensure that it is the most meaningful to the client/student. Get to know your client/student, and the skills strengths and currently less strong areas. Build up both areas of skills and strategies in a positive manner.   2) ENJOYABLE: Allow learning to be enjoyable. It can be, even when preparing for a deadline or important examinations. Turn it into a game. Research shows that students, both kids and adults, learn faster and retain more if it is enjoyable. This can only happen if the tutor actually loves to learn and to see the student excel.   3) OWNERSHIP AND LEARNING PREFERENCES FOR FASTER COMPREHENSION: Provided the goals are being reached within the required time frame, allow the client/student to choose (or even create if the individual desires to) in which preferred ways the client's goals can be reached. Ownership of the learning process, even if it is part ownership, enables clients to learn faster and to retain more. While not ignoring... read more

For most fluent readers, it can be hard to imagine how the sight word "have" can be tricky for emerging readers. Yet many parents drilling the Dolch sight words find "have" is misread over and over again, made to rhyme with "gave" and "behave". The child is likely making this mistake because he or she is diligently applying the guidance that a silent final E makes the preceding vowel say its name. And for many English speakers, that's the only purpose known for a silent final E. But, that only explains half of the words with a silent final E and has nothing to do with why there is a silent final E in "have". So, why is there a silent final E in "have"? Check out rule #3 in the list posted here: Rule 3 states that English words do not end in I, U, V, or J. The silent final E in "have" is there to prevent the word from ending in V, just as... read more

Hello NCLEX World,   This message for all of the brilliant students that are seeking to pass the NCLEX.  One message I would like to give to someone reading my BLOG is that it is OK to seek out help! Seeking help does not make you weak, incompetent or simply not smart enough to become licensed.    Getting a tutor is probably one of the most smartest things a student can do.  Think about it in terms of a profitable business your return on investment (ROI) is 100 fold!!! You are investing in your future; your career and something that most of you will be spending the rest of your life doing in one way shape for form!   Word of advice; be kind to yourself, realize that getting a tutor when needed; is a very smart thing to do.  Information sharing and teamwork is something we practice in everyday life experiences.  The fact is that during our lifetime we will continuously count on others for guidance, support and mentor-ship... read more

Test preparation, strategy and adopting high level cognitive skills are a must for passing NCLEX.  Come have fun and learn how to pass NCLEX with out pressure.  I teach my students how to trust the process in efforts to succeed at passing NCLEX. I also teach students across the world via WyzAnt' s online tutoring platform. We conduct  Screen Sharing while have the ability to  learn within the comfort of your own home. This will allow to you to get the most out of your lessons!   The key is to have fun with your learning and engage the entire process with a positive attitude; believe it or not that is half the battle. I teach my students how to work really hard and to have fun while doing it.  We conduct strategy sessions of how to really discern what the question is really asking you! Have fun and learn how to engage learning in a positive way by attending one of my strategy sessions.  Hope to see you soon!!!  Each day I will post a NCLEX... read more

Being a tutor means focusing your very best to guide, to encourage, and to praise the students being tutored. It may take a little time or a lot of time, although it can be done. It can also be said that parents need encouragement as well. Oftentimes, while they reach out to tutors for help, they express their frustration one way or another, but you may hear it directly or indirectly. The result can be rather devastating for the students themselves. Thus, parental encouragement is just as important to focus on as it is with the students themselves. If the mindset of the parents and the students is positive, the attitude and the ability to focus will be much better.   Here's an example. A parent called me and said that it is too late to possibly change her son's grade. I suggested that I should come to their home to work with him. The result was he earned a B+ on a major final exam!

This coming Dec. 22nd is Chinese Winter Festival which is called Dong Zhi in Mandarin Chinese. Dong means Winter and Zhi means extreme or arrival. So, Dong Zhi literally means "the extreme of winter". Dong Zhi marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. It is the coldest day in winter according to the Chinese calendar. This is also the day that your shadow measures the longest under the sun. Dong Zhi Festival always falls on or around December 22.   Dong Zhi festival is a day for family reunion, a day to worship the ancestors, and a day to eat some traditional food. In northern China, people will eat dumplings and lamb to keep warm. In southern China and Taiwan, people will eat Tang Yua´n, the glutinous rice balls. Tang Yua´n – Tang = soup; Yua´n = round. Tang Yua´n sounds like “Tuán Yuán” that means “reunion”. Therefore, Tang Yua´n is the food with a symbolic meaning of family reunion. During the Chinese Lunar New Year... read more

Have you ever wondered what spelling bee champs know about spelling? I have, and my research led me straight to the 31 spelling rules as taught in the Logic of English method. These simple yet powerful rules explain 98% of English words when coupled with 74 phonograms. While that may not be enough to win an elite spelling bee, its a huge step forward for everyday literacy. The 31 rules are posted here: While most are remarkably simple, they are quite powerful. Consider how the very first rule explains the answers to these tricky word equations: picnic + ing = picnicking notice + able = noticeable Rule 1 states that "C always softens to /s/ when followed by E, I, or Y. Otherwise, C says /k/." Thus, picnicking gets its K because without it, the word would say /picnising/. Likewise, noticeable retains its E because without it, the word would say /notikable/. I'd love... read more

Important Force terms Force: A push or pull on an object resulting from an interaction with another object. Contact forces arise from direct contact between objects. In other words, objects must actually be touching Field forces require no contact (example: magnetism and gravity). Field forces do not require objects be touching one another. Net Force: In this case, net means "all". When we talk about a Net Force, we are talking about the result of adding all of the forces acting on an object together. Unbalanced Force This is the result of all of the forces not canceling each other out. Simply consider a textbook sitting on a desk. Clearly, as the book is at rest on the desk, it is easy to realize that the weight (force) of the object is balanced out by the desk pushing (force) on the book. Force due to Gravity The gravitational field of the earth pulls on all objects with mass. It is this "pulling force" that... read more

5. Laugh. If you aren't enjoying what you are doing, it makes it hard to learn. So laugh. 4. Smile. This will lead to number 5 and will make the session so much better. 3. Be ready to have fun. This is key and something I want to be the focus of every lesson. 2. Shut off the editor. Writing and creating and learning is all about going for it...and editing later. 1. Be messy. Get it out there on the page or on the screen. Don't worry about how it looks at first. Let's see what you have then go from there.

Dear fellow Wyzant tutors, you are the experts in your fields, and you are subsequently hired and meet regularly with your individuals. They can show some improvement or a lot of improvement. You encourage them when they may not necessarily understand. You praise them when they make progress. Congrats on all of the above!   So, here's an idea to help them that much more so without sharing your knowledge. When you show how proud you are by your comments, it helps their confidence. So, what about taking their photos of them to help with your tutoring? Just recently, with their permission, I have taken photos of them, saying that I am proud of them. I also ask if it is okay for me to post their photos on social media like Facebook. If they are young, I also ask their parents. They have all enthusiastically said yes.    Such a question can lead to help in your tutoring with them, because they will know that you are proud of them that much more... read more

Hi, guys!   I am new to WyzAnt, but I'm an old hat at tutoring. In the past, I specialized in middle-high school math, but I am well versed in a variety of subjects. I will always tell you if I think you should find a better tutor for a specific topic, but that hasn't happened to me yet, and I don't plan for it to happen in the future.    For recurring students, I like to put together lesson summaries. These are reviews of what we went over, example problems, and maybe some test questions. I've included the links to some example lesson summaries I've made for past students.    Please feel free to contact me if you have questions or want to set up a lesson.    Cheers! Zane

I have deconstructed biology textbooks into over 1,000 individual learning concepts, which are available free online. Each is ab lesson designed to lead the student through a specific topic in about 30 minutes. Many of my students have used these resources, and found them to be extremely helpful. Email me to find out more.

Whether you're just starting out in photography or have been shooting for years, finding a beautiful composition can be a struggle. In a presentation entitled "Crush the Composition", world-famous photographer Scott Kelby shares his advice for capturing images that speak to you. There's a little something for everyone here, from a brief, 4 minute introduction to the traditional basics of composition at the 6 minute mark, to a humorous and unforgettable lesson in the importance of having a great subject at 56 minutes. The video is posted on YouTube at I'd love to hear what you think. What did you find most helpful? Would you recommend this for others in the WyzAnt community? Happy shooting!  

I know that when it comes to boosting one's vocabulary when preparing for one of the standardized tests, some students memorize long lists of words.  Some use flashcards, and others might use mnemonic devices--like associating a word with an image.     That's fine if memorization doesn't bore you, but let's face it. Learning those words by "rote" might help you identify a few on the language section of the SAT, ACT, or GRE, but you'll most likely forget them a week after the test. You also might be someone that hates the practice of memorization.   If you want to improve your vocabulary and really learn new words in context, the best thing is to be a reader, and if you've been reading challenging books throughout high school, that is definitely helpful.  But in the short term, try studying from the book 1100 Words You Need to Know.  This book teaches you vocabulary inductively.  In other words, you're first presented... read more

As a student of Chemistry, I would take the approach of Science is Art.  Now being a scientist you might not think of Science as Art, but I would argue that you have to look at every element, molecule, compound, etc as building blocks to creating whatever masterpiece that you want.   Whatever you do, make sure that you remember that a piece of paper is a two-dimensional plane, and you have to make three-dimensional art.  In addition, things on the paper are moving with animation - enjoy the mystery.   Please start your Organic career right by picking up "The Art of Writing Reasonable Organic Reaction Mechanisms" by Robert B. Grossman.  You will never miss an electron, understand orbitals better or write a better mechanism with this book.  In addition, this book points out common errors so you don't make the same mistakes.

English is widely regarded as being full of exceptions, and often logical/literal learners struggle with the ways in which it is commonly taught. Fortunately, though, there is logic to our language, and methods have been developed that carefully distill it into a limited number of spelling rules and phonograms. These concepts are quite simple to learn but very powerful in application, transforming English from a confusing jumble of exceptions to a deliciously rich and robust code. An introduction to these concepts is posted at The entire video is informative and inspirational, but if you’re pressed for time and want to sample some of the real meat of the content, jump ahead to the 20 minute mark and watch for about 8 minutes. I'd love to hear what you think. Is this content helpful? Did you learn anything new? Please leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

Hello there everyone!   I'm Jaclyn, otherwise known as Jacie without the k. Although I'm new to WyzAnt (and San Antonio!).   I worked at a writing tutor and Workshop Coordinator at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, which means I have experience with one on one and group tutoring.    I LOVE reading, writing, and rhetoric, which basically means analysis, though people have given the word a bad name.   I majored in English, emphasis in Writing and Rhetoric, and minored in Sports Health and Wellness. I am on my way to grad school to become an Occupational Therapist, specifically working with pediatrics.    Currently I work as a Personal trainer, which oddly enough, is somewhat similar to tutoring for school-related subjects. We set goals, find motivation, and most of all, make it fun.    Let me know if you have any other questions about me :)

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