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Well done folks! We have finally arrived. This the third part of the three-part computer programming post. We will learn how to write a program that will accept data by user input through the keyboard and also print out a result to the computer monitor after performing a simple task of checking if the number is positive of negative. For simplicity, I have chosen the object-oriented, higher level programming language C++ to program the computer to perform a simple computation for us. We will write a C++ program that will prompt the user to type in an integer and the program will check whether the entered integer is positive or negative and display an appropriate output. //////////////////////// #include <iostream> using namespace std; int main() { /*variable declarations*/ int number; int threshold = 0; // we assume 0 is positive /*user prompted for input, then input received from keyboard*/ cout<<... read more

To all prospective/current clients and students: Please Read This!   * All cancellation notices must be made by text and WyzAnt email.  *Greater than 24 hours until tutoring session: No charge. * 24 hours or less until tutoring session: Charged in full at agreed upon rate.   There is no charge to reschedule within the same week, if available. I will attempt to accommodate rescheduling requests. A rescheduled session is subject to the above cancellation policy.     **One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way. FS**                                                                                                         ...

Frequently Asked Questions   What do you do to help make learning fun? This depends on the subject and the student's age. I have created Jeopardy games, given play money/candy as rewards for answering correctly, played board games (while studying), gathered books on subjects that interest the student, and much more.   Do you offer any guarantees? Yes, I am not satisfied until you are. If your child receives a grade on a test/quiz that is below a "C" then I will review the material with the student at no charge.   Can you guarantee my child will improve? I can assure you that I will give your child all the tools necessary to improve their grades. It is ultimately up to the child to improve.   What are the typical grade improvements you see? Most children will improve a minimum one letter score within only a few weeks of tutoring.   Do you offer ongoing tutoring rates? Yes, students who meet a minimum... read more

Games are a great way to make use of the language, especially for beginners, regardless of age! It's something I try to do at the end of each lesson, the last 10 to 15 minutes of the lesson.   Hangman - really gets beginners practicing to say the letters Cheese Dip - perfect for the younger ones, they will love to practice spelling words with those cheese letters and mice Go Fish - practice using tener, numbers and colors Guess Who - students practice describing using the verbs ser and tener and colors, body parts, and food Operation - practice body parts, the verbs doler, tiene dolor, el dolor esta... plus of course body parts and also use of estar Hedbanz - practice using ser, tener, estar, plus a wider ray of descriptions than "Guess Who" since there is more of a variety of objects, indoor items, outdoor tools, animals, vehicles etc. Would You Rather? - can be used to simply describe the ridiculous things happening or for more advanced... read more

This is the second part of the Computer Programming three part blog post. Here is a synopsis of the background knowledge and the necessary terminology needed before writing a computer program. Those students who are curious about writing computer programs, those who are being home-schooled, or those who are in special education programs will find this post especially useful. I intend to prepare you to speak the language of computer programmers. This will also prepare you for the computer programming that we will engage in my next blog post of this series. If you have already written a computer program you will get a review of the basics as well as get a better understanding of what happens behind the scenes. On a humorous note, we are not talking about the sage on the stage, but the guide on the side.   Introduction to Computer Programming Terminology: 1. A programming language is a formal constructed language designed to communicate instructions to a computer or a... read more

Spring is in the air. With Spring comes time to freshen up again. As tutors and educators, we need to freshen up on our skills, our transportation, and our teaching methods. With a fresh new attitude, we endeavor to raise our student's altitude. We freshen up to allow for more fun in line with the new season. Here is my essential chores check-list to tackle when Spring arrives:   Month of March >This year, daylight savings time(DST) begins on Sunday, March 13. Go to sleep early the night before and remember to set all your clocks and watches one hour ahead >Update your own assessments to match new test requirements e.g. EOG tests, PSAT, SAT, ACT, GED, GRE, GMAT, etc >Work on your own promotional materials >Advertise through usual channels such as social media and bulletin boards   Month of April >Seek ways to improve your tutoring by adding in new games, fun activities, or even stories >Take a class or learn a new... read more

In math or science we come across terms such as inverse proportion and direct proportion. When two variables are directly proportional an increase in one variable causes an increase in the other variable. When two variables are inversely proportional an increase in one variable causes a decrease in the other variable.    Inverse Proportion: To illustrate inverse proportionality, I will use a common physics problem. Two golf balls are thrown down from a tall building at the same time and one ball has twice the velocity of the other ball. Which ball hits the ground first assuming only velocity is different?  We already know that velocity is approximately equal to distance / time. Let the velocity of the slower ball be v. Assuming only the velocity of the two balls is different, we can say approximately v = d / t. We can eliminate wind force, atmospheric force, and force of gravity since both balls will be affected equally. If you increase v,... read more

It was like: A survey among 1000 Canadian sports fans was conducted and found out that each of them either a hockey fan or a lacrosse fan. 800 of them are hockey fans and 200 of them lacrosse fan. hence what's the probability of not being a hockey fan given that he/she is a lacrosse fan?   Someone complained of insufficient info. Though info is complete. As I finished typing and submitting the answer the question disappeared. Here's the solution for the student in need.   Among 1000 Canadian sports fans 800 are hockey fans, some of them are lacrosse fans , too some of them only hockey fans since there is none who is fan of neither hockey nor lacrosse Therefore, (1000-800) = 200 are only lacrosse fans   Among 600 of lacrosse fans, 200 are only lacrosse fans, hence (600-200)= 400 are both fans of hockey and lacrosse   Therefore, only 800-400=400 are only hockey fans   Hence among 1000 sports fans... read more

There are many posts every year from parents who seek either for a tutor or for a teacher to make sure their kids would pass the test. B&N has very good curriculum books full of educational material to practice for the test. Those books are rightly called the "Complete Curriculum." All what the parents should do is to select a grade level. Those books go as high as up to the 5th grade.    While the math problems are easy to follow, for both reading and writing I am offering my help.   Alexei M.

I don't teach students on WyzAnt who are from foreign countries, but I teach a lot of students on Skype from Canada, Singapore, Rumania, Switzerland, England, Spain,and  Italy. Of course, I get paid a whole lot more than WyzAnt pays me because my salary is normal (no one takes a huge cut), so there is no way I could share this part of my business with WyzAnt. But WyzAnt could certainly offer a lot more jobs abroad with their online setup, and I would certainly be interested in those jobs.  

General - All sessions are billed in 5-minute increments. - All sessions will be charged beginning at the scheduled start time, unless I am late, in which case, the session time will begin when I arrive and charges will be assessed accordingly. - If a session goes past the scheduled end time, you will be charged until the session is complete, in 5 minute increments. If you need a session to end “on time,” simply let me know. - If I choose to end a session early, for example, because we covered all the necessary material--or any similar event--then I will charge you for only the actual duration of the session, in 5-minute increments. - If you choose to end a session early, for any reason, you will be charged for the full scheduled session. - Unless otherwise agreed, all sessions will be schedule for 2 hours. For more explanation, see my TutorFAQs. - Sometimes, it is necessary for me to have my 5-year-old daughter with me when I tutor. She is very well-behaved... read more

In mathematics, word problems have been know to pose challenges for elementary school students, middle school students and even some high school students. In addition, a vast majority of students also have difficulties with solving problems with fractions. If we mix a word problem with a problem with fractions, then we end up getting an even tougher problem to solve. How can we expect those students who have not yet mastered language to make meaning of word problems? Let's dive right into a math word problem which will illustrate this.    Problem: Tashira has a piece of lace material that is 3/5 yard long. She used 2/3 of the material to make a quilt. How much did she use to make the quilt?   When a student reads this problem one of the questions she/he may ask is, "Where do I start?" The student may have difficulty with translating the word problem into its mathematical representation. The next difficulty is that if the student decides... read more

I've seen many ads recently in which parents were looking for some tutors for the 4th, the 3rd, and the 2nd grades. As you may have heard, there are curriculum books available from the Barnes and Noble for each grade. Those book show and tell how to solve one problem or another. In my experience as a tutor, those books are liked by kids as they are common core compatible. There goes my buck; however, connecting parents with appropriate resources is a part of this tutor's job.

I want to know if 1 hour of tutoring is more effective than 2 hours of tutoring at 1 tutoring session? In my opinion, I believe that 2 hours of tutoring in 1 tutoring session because I can focus on more teaching and instruction without looking at the clock. The parents said that 2 hours is overwhelming for 1 student. Break it up to 1 hour of tutoring at a time. Also, the commute. I don't believe in traveling for 2 hours for 1 hour of tutoring and weather climate.

Meta-cognition is thinking about thinking, and higher levels tend to be associated with intelligence and - in the parlance of the times - high income and job satisfaction. So, to keep things simple: if you think that you might struggle with learning concepts in statistics or research methods, then get in touch with a tutor early. It's important to establish some type of relationship so you can evaluate their style, methods, and how likely it is that you'll be successful within their approach. If you wait too long, or right before an assignment is upon you, you may be stuck with a limited number of tutors that you are forced to work with.    Prevention through establishing early contact will help you iron out details, assess a match in learning and tutoring styles, and prepare for mastering any difficult concept.   Don't wait - contact tutors before it's too late!

Welcome, 2016!   As the New Year rolls around, it's always a sure bet that there will be changes to current tax law and 2016 is no different. From health savings accounts to retirement contributions and standard deductions, here's a checklist of tax changes to help you plan the year ahead. Individuals For 2016, more than 50 tax provisions are affected by inflation adjustments, including personal exemptions, AMT exemption amounts, and foreign earned income exclusion. For 2016, the tax rate structure, which ranges from 10 to 39.6 percent, remains the same as in 2015, but tax-bracket thresholds increase for each filing status. Standard deductions and the personal exemption have also been adjusted upward to reflect inflation. For details see the article, "Tax Brackets, Deductions, and Exemptions for 2016," below. Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) Exemption amounts for the AMT, which was made permanent by the American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA)... read more

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, in concert with the enactment of the Health Care and Education Tax Credits Reconciliation Act of 2010, resulted in a number of changes to the US tax code. As such there are a number of tax implications for individuals and businesses. Individuals Healthcare Exchanges   Healthcare Exchanges, which are also referred to as Health Insurance Marketplaces, officially opened for enrollment on October 1, 2013. Some of these exchanges are run by the state in which you reside. Others are run by the federal government. Individuals (including self-employed) who do not currently have insurance or buy insurance on their own can use these marketplaces to buy insurance, which becomes effective January 1 of each year. When you get health insurance through the Marketplace, you may be able to get the new advance Premium Tax Credit that will immediately help lower your monthly premium. Individual Mandate Starting... read more

Some of us come with a knack to program computers and with little effort we can get the computer to work for us. On the other hand, some of us don't have a clue how to even get started. We may dread the errors that computer programs give such as "Compile error", or "undefined variable" or we may just be indifferent to anything computer programming related.   I will attempt to unpack the knowledge that has intrigued some of you into simpler and more understandable concepts. Let me start by stating that this series of blog posts is by no means a complete course on how to program a computer. However, I will give you the basics that you need to create simple computer programs. I will also give it to you in easy digestible pieces so it will not be too overwhelming. This way you can impress yourself and others with your newfound knowledge.   So you may ask yourself the question: "How do we bridge the knowledge gap?" I agree. Computers... read more

When designing your manufactured product, you never forget to work on the process selection. The same applies when designing your app or your computer programming project. The designers of applications such as Twitter, Angry birds, Uber or the Wyzant application you are currently accessing engaged in their process selection work in order to give us these fine products.   As a major in computer science and a professional who develops anything from Android applications, websites, and client server applications, I have learned that a good software product is not good because it works but it has to meet the requirements too.    Process selection refers to the strategic decisions involved in choosing the production process to have in your production environment. Sometimes, this is already chosen for you when working on a school project. However, when working in real industry and creating your own Android apps or iPhone apps, you need to choose your own... read more

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