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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 :)

Share your problems, and I will relate them to your learning style to make it easier to learn   Watch movies on line related to the subject Sharing frustrating times to learn from them and turn them to build more confidence   Be positive and recognize small achievements, the small steps are the most important   Teaching the love to learning by helping each student understand that if they keep trying they will succeed, and tryng is fun, because it teaches perseverance in life.   Sharing different learning experiences, creating "teaching moments".

I am excited for the semester break, but I am more excited for next semester.  Are you ready for next semester chemistry?  How well did you do last semester?     I am pleased to say -and I was very hesitant being that one of the students approached me with 5 days until their exam- that both of my students passed with flying colors last semester.   I am looking for students who are excited for the material; they want to learn the material, and they want more than a good start.  I am very engaged with my students.  I spend hours behind the scenes to get them to where they need to be, want to be and have to be.

The annual convention of the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) will be held in Atlanta January 10-12, 2016. The speaker list is packed with some of the biggest names in photography, including some of my favorite instructors.    Some of the speakers have prior presentations available on YouTube, including the highly recommended videos below. (Click on the title of this post to open it and reveal the embedded links.)   Jerry Ghionis: Posing Everyone Roberto Valenzuela: 21 Point Posing System   Peter Hurley: It's all about the Jaw!   Lindsay Adler:  Shooting at Noon   For more information on the convention, visit If anyone from the WyzAnt community will be there, please let me know.  It would be great to meet you in person.

For anyone who wants to learn a language, you have three options: the class, the app, or the stranger or friend. Say how are you in a number of languages and learn how to say sir and pal buddy or dude comrade ecetera in different languages. Once you know languages you can study demographics. A tutor may or may not be necessary. The more fluent the speaker you find the better.   Rosetta stone is a good program but absolutely impossible to train you for a real position whether that be something like a teach or possibly the government. Personally I beleive it doesn't matter how long it takes to learn new words, as long as the words are understood well.   To start avoid complex thinking. Its easy to get confused with a stranger.    

Textbooks have italics and bold and pictures and dictionaries and ... Textbook exploring is what every student should do first. Sometimes, tricks and helpful information ... are in the back of textbooks. Take the time to look throughout textbooks to see what can be used for quick reference and easier learning. Always see what is important in textbooks because most likely, that will also be on tests! (Sometimes, even answers are in the back of textbooks!) 

Everyone knows that when you've lost a student's attention, it doesn't matter how knowledgeable you are, you've lost the battle. Here are some tips for avoiding that downfall. 1. Change the location every once in a while.  After obtaining parental consent and climate allowing, hold class at a table in a park or just outside the student's home.  If you are teaching a new reader, have them meet you in the children's section of the local public library and help them pick out a book that interests them and then, have them read it to you. 2.Reward achievement.  Set attainable goals for your students and when. they meet or surpass a goal, reward them with something they would enjoy. (For young children, this could be a small toy.) 3.If your working with a language student (Spanish for example,) include games in your lesson as time permits. Spanish students often respond well to Spanish "Bingo." You can also make a game out of Math flash cards. 4.... read more

So you are thinking about spending some time in Brazil but you feel the language to be a problem. In fact, Brazilian Portuguese is not the easiest language to learn, and things get even trickier when dealing with spoken Portuguese, which is full of slangs and expressions that sounds a lot different from written Portuguese. With that being said, some dedication and time will get you through these obstacles. Below, we have compiled 8 tips for beginners learning Brazilian Portuguese. Get yourself an English-to-Brazilian-Portuguese dictionary: If you are serious about learning Brazilian Portuguese, this one is a must have. When trying to read in Portuguese, you will be coming across many unfamiliar words and expressions. With a dictionary, you will not only be able to understand and learn these expressions but also learn how to pronounce then, which is something you will need in the future. Read something in Portuguese as often as you can: Reading... read more

I normally tend to teach by relating to things seen in common life.   Theories to practical day examples in easy and simple wordings.   My goal is to get the message across, after all we are learning to build our intellect, think and apply it in our daily lives.   I believe everyone has the ability to succeed in what they put their hearts into.    All it takes is a little bit of patience (alot of it in the beginning), developing curiosity into thinking further about it ( thats where I come in), alot of practice, which leads into mastering the subject ( leading to develop a passion in the subject, who becomes a familiar friend).  

When it comes to tutoring, more is not necessarily always better. Although you need a minimum amount of lessons and practice to really see remarkable improvement, you do not need that many lessons for improvement to happen. 1. With me the quality of instruction always trumps quantity. So I seek a transformation of your understanding. 2. I make use of manipulatives or other tools whenever appropriate. I want you to see it, hear it and write it. 3. I assess your learning style and consequently make use of techniques that work best for you. 4. I want to teach you what you need to know instead of what you already know. 5. I allow time for brainbreaks and attaboys so you can learn at your pace. 6. I make connections with your interests and teach at your level of understanding. 7. I encourage you while still pushing you to achieve more. 8. I may tell you a story that drives in the concept. This is how I achieve the outside the box tutoring which inspires... read more

Okay, we have all made a math mistake, but for one reason or another we never took advantage of that opportunity to commit the correct step to memory. I have news for you. You can still remedy the situation. Here is how you achieve it. 1. For every time that you’ve made a wrong step in solving a problem, repeat the correct step three times. 2. If it is a multi-step problem, WRITE all the steps in the correct order at least three times. 3. READ out all the correct steps to yourself at least three times so that you HEAR the correct steps. Here is the rationale for this strategy. We have multiple ways of learning for a reason and we need to make use of multiple intelligences in order to maximize our ability to understand and memorize the correct steps. Once we commit the correct procedure into long-term memory, we are essentially freeing our short-term memory to work on other tasks. This way we won't get stumped months later when we come across the problem. So this strategy is a win!... read more

A mathematician can be like the strategist.   A young man and young woman sit at a table next to you.   You say, "What's the ratio between me and you?"   As a college kid, at the bar, you can say id rather have one big strong drink then two weak ones.   Pi divided by two isn't very close to the euler constant, but its close to the Golden Mean. Sequences and series are the study of you first calculus one class. Later, as an engineer, you may learn the expression KISS. The national society of black engineers knows this well.   During Christmas, remember that polynomial arithmetic is great! It gives birth to more advanced theories.

Everyone knows that in order to do well in school you have to study. No-brainer (all-brainer?). However, what a lot of people don’t know is that what you do while you study can make or break your GPA. I’m not talking about the material you’re studying, because professors usually make PowerPoints or study guides to help you narrow down the material. I’m talking about the little habits that you developed that you didn’t know even played a role. So, without further ado, here are the 5 habits you should try to break immediately when you study.   1. You aren’t taking breaks   Sometimes students think that if they’re going to study, they need to sit down and get it over with. Maybe they think they can power through and that if they take a break they’re wasting valuable time. This couldn’t be more wrong! If you’ve ever heard of HIIT (high intensity interval training) routines, you know that this type of training is used all of the time and is meant to give you “more... read more

Hey Students!   Check out the Geogebra website.  It was recommended to me by a friend.  It is free and it allows you to create and modify your own function.  All you need is an account!     d

1. Create a writing of one of your favorites.   2. Draw a picture of one of your favorites and describe your drawing in detail using Questioning Words: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How.   3.  Using your Favorites Picture, create a list of vocabulary words.   4.  Using a Mathematical Number Sentence, create a creative writing: song, poem, rap, choreography, etc.  related to  your sentence.   5. Using Pictures, create  a Vision Board related to your Career Goals. Include, Schooling, Equipment, Training, Academic Goals, Key Words related to the career, Finances, etc.

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