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We're going back to basics today with a Math Journey covering the three broad categories of symbols. I've found this concept very handy when introducing Algebra to middle school students. So let's go! Math is a language, and I find it often helps to think of it as such right from the beginning. Just as there are different parts of speech in a language, so there are different 'parts of speech' in math. Where a spoken language includes parts of speech such as nouns, verbs, and adjectives, math has three major types of symbols: constants, operators, and variables. Let's go over each one in detail. Constants These would be the equivalent of your nouns. A Constant is a number – it has a single, discrete place on the number line. Even if the number itself is ugly – a non-terminating decimal, for example – it still does exist in a specific spot somewhere on the number line. In addition to the obvious constants, math frequently uses what I refer to as 'special constants'... read more

I have taught SAT/ACT prep in the public school system for many years.  On the first day, I ask my students to flip their book over and read the quote that says, "The SAT is not designed to trick you!"  I then have them circle that quote and write "LIE!" next to it.  College Boards are as much about successful test taking skills, as they are about knowledge.  There are so many simple strategies that can easily improve scores by 100 points.    One concept I emphasize is skipping questions.  I had a student's score go up by over 100 points, simply by answering less questions!    You don't have to be an English star to do well on College Boards.  With practice, knowledge, and the right test-taking skills, you can walk in on test day confident, and emerge successful!

Depending on location and commute time, tutoring sessions are generally at least 2 hours in duration, which is a common practice among tutors in order to avoid spending more time driving than actually tutoring. The longer session also allows for more ground to be covered and keeps the momentum rolling - so there isn't an abrupt stop when the student has a really good flow going - and keeps the sessions really productive. Math students especially benefit from longer sessions, as the material and assignments/problems generally take longer to complete and therefore take up a lot of time.  

24 hour minimum notice is required to avoid a cancellation fee. Notice may be provided by call, text, or message/email.   Cancellation fees are as follows:  - If the Client cancels at least 24 hours in advance, no fee will be charged  - If the Client cancels between 6 to 24 hours in advance, 50% of the scheduled session will be charged  - If the Client cancels less than 6 hours in advance, 100% of the scheduled session will be charged   Example: Client has a 2-hour session scheduled to start at 6:00pm. If Client cancels at 10:00am that morning, giving only 8 hours notice, Client will be charged for 1 hour. If Client cancels at 4:00pm, giving only 2 hours notice, Client will be charged for 2 hours.    

After tutoring for so long, it often gets tough to think up new ideas to keep young students interested. To get small children interested in learning, the best technique is to think like they do! And as any parent or grandparent knows, this means lots of hands on activities and being creative. In my specialty of beginning reading/phonics, here are some fun ways to get the little ones charged up: 1.Writing ABC's can be boring- making them is more fun! I like to let children shape letters out of various pliable/bendable materials, while we practice the phonetic sounds of each letter. This is a good progression activity that will introduce letter words to your child as well as the phonetic sound itself.  2.Talking can be tuned out- singing is entertaining! Students will retain theirs word sounds and progress to whole words/sentences a lot easier when they're musically sharing with you. It's even better when you can encourage them to come up with their... read more

Description The introductory paragraph of a paper or writing should capture the reader’s attention and engage their mind. You should always approach your papers expecting a reluctant or busy reader. Your job is to relate to them, give them useful information, and intrigue them to capture their interest. The first sentence of an introduction can be thought of as “the hook:” The sentence that grabs the mind of your reader. Approach Ask yourself: Who is reading this paper (your audience)? Is my reader sympathetic or opposed to my view? What personal experiences or interests will my reader have? How can I relate to the topics or things that my reader would care about? What was the most interesting or unexpected fact that I learned? Tone of Paper The tone of your paper should determine the hook sentence that you use For creative writing, you have more flexibility For informative writings, the tone may limit the options you have   Devices Creative... read more

It's still not too late to get onto www.pidaychallenge.com and work through 24 puzzles to get onto the Genius board.  You may work at the puzzles at your own pace.  Last year it took me 1 week (after work hours) to complete all the puzzles.   Even though I don't believe 2016's puzzles are as hard as last year's challenge, it was quite entertaining and, based upon the stats, still hard enough that only 10% (or less) successfully work all problems.  There were logic, probability, algebra, geometry, and physics problems/puzzles/questions.    Enjoy the challenge!   Barbara W.

Happy Pi Day everyone!   In honor of the mathematical constant with the delicious name, let's revisit my Thanksgiving-themed Math Journey about storing leftover pie!  You can check it out here.   Enjoy everyone!   ~Ellen

So you're nervous about what's to come.  Everyone understands that a lot of preparation goes into being ready for the NCLEX. And just so you know... the NCLEX is all about critical thinking, and very little recall of those minute details that you learned how to regurgitate in nursing school will help you.  As you read each question, the authors of those NCLEX questions need to know that you are safe to send out into the world.  EVERY question boils down to safety.  Do you know what to do if....   Consider a question about a patient:   You have entered the room of a male patient, 40 years old, who has been admitted with cellulitis of the left lower extremity (LLE).  The patient is a construction worker, and the wound is 2" x 2" x 1".  There is slough covering more than 50% of the wound bed.  The priority for this patient is...   So what do you know?  Patient has a diagnosis of cellulitis... read more

As of March 5, 2016, the new SAT is being offered. This means that those who took the old 2400-point SAT may want to know what their new 1600-point SAT score would have been, and vice versa. This information is critical for when you research and apply to scholarships and colleges that use a different version of the SAT than the one you took. Here, we give a more accurate formula and way of switching between old SAT scores and new SAT scores. Many conversion tables available online use a single multiplier to scale between the new 1600 SAT and the old 2400 SAT. This just means you multiply by 3/2 to go from new SAT to old SAT and divide to go in the other direction. This is a fine method for a rough estimate, but the new SAT and old SAT weight math-type skills and verbal-type skills differently. Therefore, a more accurate conversion will convert the section scores separately, which we present below. We'll explain the reasons below, and why you would want to use conversions in... read more

Last week in my Literature Spotlight, I explored the connections between humanity, free will and morality in Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange. For this week's Writing Rundown, I thought I'd share with you my brainstorming process. As I mentioned in this blog post, there are many different ways to brainstorm for a project. For this one, I chose to use a Word Cloud. I chose the Word Cloud because it's a much more flexible and organic method than going straight for an outline, and I was anticipating this particular topic being tricky to organize. All of the ideas bouncing around in my head were interconnected, and I felt a Word Cloud would help me sort them out and figure out the best way to structure my essay. In the center of the page, I began with the phrase “Loss of Free Will.” I knew that was the central key to my current thought process – that the loss of free will was what actually affected the main character's humanity, far more than any other... read more

Being an adult, being an authority of your subject or your subjects, and being a tutor can be rather intimidating for a student of school years, no matter how young or old they are. This is particularly the situation when you first meet them, and it may take some time before they feel more comfortable to reveal to you where they need help.   So, starting off your tutoring session with a genuine "how are you?" or something of that nature can always help. They will realize that you care about them as individuals instead of just getting help and information from you. Also, what I find helpful after finding out how they are, I always ask them "so, how can I help you today?" By asking these two vital questions, they will feel they have more control of how the tutoring session will go, and they will have their educational questions answered.

I am very surprised to learn that the College Board and other educational testing entities are issuing the first updated online SAT test to the public, in general. I never even tried to practice the latest SAT, etc. test online. I prefer to work with students who take their own online practice tests or complete practice workbooks from the latest two years' editions of SAT, ACT, etc. and then check with me for items missed (reasoning glitches behind misunderstandings will be explored) without my initial, personal interference. I never assumed that the tests would be available to independent tutors outside Education Week's/the College Board's/Princeton's/Kaplan's purviews. My goal is to help with reasoning issues, not to memorize answers. I understood that testing publishers issue workbooks after the test is initially introduced to the first wave of test-takers. Every year some questions are revised to ensure the sanctity of testing uniqueness. Also, a percentage... read more

Hello,   I would love to talk with someone who is up for their "students to design and conduct a scientific experiment and test claims that aeroponic growing methods can produce more food in ways that use less land and water compared to traditional soil-based growing methods."    Traditionally for Math and Science Students in 6th or 7th grade and takes 15-30 hours over a period of 40 days.   Contact me for more information about the experiment, and purchasing the equipment.   Best,   Josh

Textbooks typically have websites for people to use basically for videos, flash cards, exercises, practice quizzes, and practice tests. If your students have textbooks by McDougal Littell, there is a good likelihood that they have access to this website. They include language arts, math, science, social science, and languages for the middle and high school students.   As for the ability to use the textbook websites, it is probably going to be different for each textbook company. As for www.classzone.com that I refered to, you can use the self-check quizzes with no need for a code. For anything else like the flash cards for example, the teacher needs to work with the textbook company.

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 1/2 of the lesson rate. -For students who do not show up or if you show up more than 15 minutes late to a scheduled session, my full rate will be charged. On the same token, I am applied to the same rules of conduct: -If I am more than 15 minutes late to a scheduled session, then student is charged 50% of lesson or if possible make up time after. -If I missed a scheduled lesson, then your next scheduled lesson is completely free.

“It is as inhuman to be totally good as it is to be totally evil.” ~(Author's Introduction to A Clockwork Orange, P. xiii) The protagonist of A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess, is a depraved young teen named Alex who has a love for 'ultra-violence.' For the first third of the book, Alex gleefully commits felony after felony, robbing, raping, and beating up random innocents just for the fun of it. At first glance, anyone witnessing his nighttime escapades would probably call him inhuman, a monster. And he is certainly degenerate and warped – but is he really inhuman? After all, humanity has sunk to some pretty low depths in history, and the human race is capable of acts of incredible violence and devastation. What do we really mean when we call someone inhuman? Are there some qualities absent in Alex that we feel should be present in all humans? A sense of morality, perhaps? A Clockwork Orange explores the link between morality, free will, and humanity, and shows... read more

Hello students,   I am glad that you are visiting the website to find tutors who can help you in your time of need.  As tutors respond to your inquiries, it is imperative that you maintain communication with those tutors.  We tutors want to provide assistance, but if you do not communicate with us, then how will we know if you still need our help.  If more than one tutor has responded to your inquiry, then that is fine.  But if you selected a tutor of your choice, please notify the other tutors that you already found a candidate who is suitable for your needs.  It helps let us know that you are good and makes us think that you actually care about getting the assistance you asked for.   In addition to this, you have access to your student account.  If you do not have an account after finding the best fit tutor, then you should create one ASAP.  I encourage to visit that account and email your tutors often.  Most tutors... read more

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