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As you probably know, the same sorts of errors appear year after year in the Improving Sentences and Identifying Sentence Errors sub-sections of the SAT Writing Test.  Some might say ETS is striving for reliability, but the beret-wearing inner writer in me says they just lack imagination.   Many of these errors, unfortunately, require students to read and carefully consider all options before identifying the error and selecting the right answer, but at least one sort of commonly (not to say "universally," in test after test after test) appearing error is easy to spot and correct; I have trained even the most grammatically / stylistically challenged students to correctly answer such questions in 5 seconds at most, freeing up precious time to spend on the more nuanced items.   The error is the dangling modifier.   In case you're a little rusty, or have sensibly been spending your time thinking about almost anything other than esoteric... read more

In English we have 5 vowels orthographically(in spelling), but phonetically(in terms of speech sounds) there are 14 different vowel sounds! Spanish only has 5 vowel sounds! This can make it rather difficult for Spanish speakers to pronounce English words. For English speakers learning Spanish, this means that we have to narrow down our vowel pronunciations.  When it comes to pronunciation, I always tell my students to practice their vowel pronunciation in Spanish: a-e-i-o-u is pronounced, in Spanish, "ah"-"ay"-"ee"-"oh"-"oo" The good news is that these vowels never change in Spanish pronunciation. Once you get those down, you can pronounce any Spanish word with confidence. 

Tutors aren't just teachers outside of the classroom, we are also mentors that student's come to.  When tutoring, there is so much more to simply teaching the material and then being on one's way.  Get to know a student, and students, get to know your tutor!  This is a relationship that will benefit you in so many ways!  Tutors have a lot of experience, and especially for younger students, they can help guide you towards the right direction socially and career-wise.  Use your tutor to your advantage.  They are here because they want to see you succeed!  The closer you get with your tutor, the more it won't even seem like work to study with them anymore!  Studying is only as fun and enjoyable as you make it! 

1. Whatever the target language is, write it out and leave a space underneath to help with translation.  2. Flashcards for target language.  Make 2 set and you can play a matching game with both your native language and language being learned.   3. While using flashcards, you give yourself 3 seconds to translate.  You will have 2 piles: 1 for correct answers and the 2nd for the ones that you are having trouble with.  Then mix again and try them all. 4. Listen to the target language.  Watch TV, listen to the radio or find meet-ups. 5. Use tips that work for you.  Tweak them til it fits you!!!

Reading is key to writing, thinking, and solving problems Why is everyone always bugging us to read? Because becoming a powerful reader is the best way to become a powerful writer, thinker, and problem solver. When we read, we reach into the author’s mind—not to suck out her brain like a zombie—but to learn how she thinks.     Only then can we compare her thinking to our own. Only then can we learn from it. Only then can we argue with it, be persuaded by it, and enjoy it.      So, how do we do it? How do we become powerful readers? Dig in How? When you come across a word that you don’t know, look it up. I ran into pleonasmyesterday. The point is gobble down its meaning and rush back to the text. The point is to spend time understanding the word and why it was chosen. Trace its etymology—its roots. Why? So you’ll be empowered to understand any word that shares those roots. See? Getting more powerful already after just... read more

Study skills With the school year just starting, it's important to build study skills that will last through the year. Here are some tips to help create good habits now—TEN not-so-easy steps to develop self-discipline as well as become a strong student and an independent person. When December rolls around, you and your child will want to have great study skills to call upon to identify problems, plan projects, and meet deadlines.   STEP ONE: Identify your strengths What is your favorite subject? Where do you excel? What makes that subject fun for you? What skills do you have that make you good at it?  STEP TWO: Write them down Sing your own praises. Make a list. Why? First, just to make yourself feel good. Second, to build some confidence. Third, and perhaps most importantly, to see how you can apply your strengths in subjects that do not come as easily.  STEP THREE: Identify your challenges What is your least favorite... read more

What is the best way to improve your SAT Reading score? I find that most students lose points on the Reading section because of the test's challenging vocabulary. As you go through the practice tests, if you find that you are not familiar with many of the words, take the time to write them out on separate flash cards. Then, look them up in the dictionary and write the definitions on the flip side. You can also buy pre-made SAT vocabulary flash cards. Whether you make them or buy them, test your memory with flash cards for about 20 minutes a day.

    Kiah B. Indianapolis, IN       OBJECTIVE To secure a position with a well established and trusted tutoring organization in order to expand my knowledge, gain teaching experience, and grow as an educator.     EDUCATION   Ball State University – May 2018 • Major: Deaf Education   Everett Community College – Graduated June 2014 • Associate’s in Arts and Sciences Degree – High Distinction   Marysville-Pilchuck High School – Graduated June 2014 • High School Diploma   SAT Scores (June 2012 & May 2013) • Reading: 690 • Math: 570 • Writing: 690   ACT Scores (June 2013) • Composite: 30 • English: 30 • Mathematics: 26 • Reading: 33 • Science: 32 • English/Writing: 28       EXPERIENCE WyzAnt Tutoring Indianapolis, IN area &... read more

For more practice and help there are youtube videos available online. Khan academy is very helpful. Also there are other sites such as that I have used to study for my chemistry exams. Although, that site is for college students people can still just chose any college and a textbook they would like to study from. They have hundreds of videos that are very helpful.

Make sure that your school year is off to a great start and you are setting yourself up for success.  Take the time now to evaluate your study habits and time management techniques.  If you are struggling with a specific subject in school, look for help from a tutor or your teacher now before it becomes overwhelming.  Often, with just an hour or two extra preparation a week, you will improve your grades and feel more confident about your classes.  It is important to focus on your individual needs and find a plan and method that works for you.     If you are behind, it is not too late to get ahead.  You will need to devote some extra hours and time to the task, but with determination and hard work, you will catch up and excel in your classes.  Many times, what works for your friends does not work for you and you will need to discover your own path to success in school.  Ask yourself a few questions:   Do you have a planner... read more

To become a better fingerspeller, there are several ways to practice:   Slow and clear. It is better to be slow and clear is always better than fast.  The point is to communicate, not to trick the person with which you are communicating. Practice fingerspelling the names and phone numbers in your address book. Practice common prefixes and suffixes. As you get comfortable with fingerspelling, you will recognize patterns and how it feels. You will also realize easier ways to fingerspell that will reduce your finger movement. Do not punch your hand toward the other person or move your hand to the right or left while spelling. The only time your hand really needs to move is when you are signing double letters (e.g.. LL, MM, NN, DD, RR, TT, EE, OO, etc.).   The best way to fingerspelling is with another signer.

Tips to reading other's fingerspelling:   Read the word like you are reading a written word. In English, sound the word out rather than reading each individual letter. Use context. If you are talking about locations, the fingerspelled word may be a city or street name. Be prepared for numbers. Look for patterns.  Prefixes and suffixes are easy to spot.  ING, ED, LY, ER are common suffixes. Use your closure skills. Don't be afraid to ask the person to re-fingerspell the word, but don't expect the person to do it more slowly. 

Totalitarianism - Mind as State      The second of three forms of totalitarianism can be shown at work in the Platonic corpora where mind exists as state. All three forms are based on the assumption that totalitarian systems of government are made out of two components - one ideological, another authoritarian. Mind is said to be good when it is in the best condition possible; state, in turn, goes hand-in-hand with the realization of mind’s capabilities. “... [I]f mind, as the highest in us, could be said in the strict sense to be what the human being is, then the proper activity of mind, contemplation,would alone exhibit what perfect happiness is, and the life most properly defined by that activity would be the good life for a human being. … [T]he human good is an activity of a complete soul, which, as we eventually discover, is inseparable from body (cf. [Ethica Nicomachea] I.7 1098a7 and X.8 1178a14-21)” [p. 82 The Crossroads of Norm and Nature].  ... read more

The SAT and the ACT are arguably the two most important tests in most people's entire lives. Obviously there are additional tests some of us take to further our education but the SAT and now the ACT, will determine the type of college you can attend, which directly affects the type of connections you will make in life and this will eventually determine how much money you will earn as a professional. Make no mistake about it; it IS who you know in life that will ultimately catapult you into higher social and economic classes. The previous rule is why attending the right college is so important. Obviously there are additional factors to consider such as grades, extracurricular activities, sports, and charity work during the college application process but even if you have exceeded all of the previous requirements, that will be moot if you also have a poor SAT/ ACT score. A solid score on the SAT is 2000 and above; for the ACT 28 and higher will put you in the 90% percentile. There is... read more

To all prospective/current clients and students: For cancellations made within 24 hours of any scheduled tutoring session, I will assess a cancellation fee of 1/4 of my tutoring rate. I will not charge for the first cancellation or any cancellations due to emergencies. For any student who does not show up to a lesson without notice, my full rate will be charged.

1. Find something that you are interested in and read everything you can about it; this increases your vocabulary and reading skills. 2. Have fun with sticky notes. Write the name of everything in your home on brightly colored sticky notes than place them on all the objects that match. 3. Listen to music that has repetitive lyrics. Music is a fun way to learn additional vocabulary words and it doesn't feel like work! 4. Enjoy a movie at the local theater. The more you immerse yourself into your new language, the more you will understand and remember. 5. Practice, practice, and practice; create unusual charts and cards and turn your homework into a game that you can play with others.

Five Steps for Success: 1.) Fitness 2.) Fresh 3.) Food 4.) Fun 5.) Security 1.) Fitness - It is always a good idea to have an active mind before engaging in anything mentally exhausting...especially from an exhausting day. The best way I know to do this is by rapidly increasing blood-flow in the body: twenty jumping jacks; fifteen push-ups; jog in place for 200 seconds (nothing strenuous). A brisk walk from the car to our meeting should be suffice. 2.) Fresh - A fresh mind is a sound mind. A decent nap before studying is very essential. A meeting first thing in the morning should allow for ample freshness. Seriously. 3.) Food - A small bite to eat is good fuel for the brain and helps suppress being worked-up from Tip #1. But literally, like...a few bites. Nothing more embarrassing than falling asleep from a full belly, or losing focus from an empty stomach. 4.) Fun - As a way of relaxing your mind, body, and soul, spend a few... read more

Well, hello!  My name is Kristina and I'm new to WyzAnt.  I decided to start this endeavor because I love English, I love learning, and I love that feeling when you finally grasp a concept.  As a tutor, I can share my love for all of these things.  I'm new to this, but I'm looking forward to the challenge and the adventure.   WyzAnt wants to know what my five outside the box tips that make my tutoring lessons fun?   1. Music.  I like to relate everything to music.  Whether it be lyrics or overall themes, connecting pop culture with literary pieces always helps to with retention.   2. Smiling.  There's a lot of smiling going on in my lessons.  Confidence isn't always easy, but if you start with a smile, you're half way there.   3. Social Media.  We're going to be using social media to find relevant topics to discuss and connect with your readings and writings.  I'm going to show you... read more

Outlaw words are those that refuse to follow the rules of phonics, the words whose spelling must be committed to memory. These words are often listed as sight words on the vocabulary list for first graders.  That list would include: should, water, come, move, walk, seven, again, along with 50 others to be memorized.

My Beginning Spanish class has a very original approach in starting learning Spanish. I created a Spanish textbook that I used for teaching 8-week beginning Spanish class in my community center. In my classes I will teach you good basics of Spanish grammar in comparison with English, or even Russian. This is my own original approach that has proved to be very interesting. My class usually consists of the following parts: 1) Grammar 2) Dialog 3) Story 4) Discussion of a conversational topic 5) Developing a story about a student in the target language, e.g. in Spanish   I can keep to my textbook, however, I always add the materials from additional sources from my library, a public library, or online sources.   Please join me to study Beginning Spanish, and you will open a new world for yourself!   If you do not need Spanish, maybe you know who needs ESL (English as a Second Language), or Russian.   I am a... read more

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