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One question I'm often asked about SAT I Math test results is: "Why did my son/daughter miss so many easy questions and get the majority of hard questions right?" For me, this was the most difficult obstacle to overcome when it came to peak performance on test day. After drilling countless practice problems and tests, it is a natural inclination to race through the first "easy"... read more

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In the midst of English at approximately 2 this afternoon, I realized something. Now, this 'something' isn't truly profound or even on the verge of, but I feel it is worth sharing. And here it is: There is always room to grow While that notion is somewhat counter-active to the well known phrase, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks," I know it to be true (at least for humans)... read more

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I'm new to this site and can't wait to help you. Got questions? I got answers! Whether you need some simple study skills and techniques or if you have very specific problems in a subject, I can help. Let me show you how all these subjects work together and are not isolated disciplines that you're never going to use. I'll show you the relevance of each subject and how they're all integrated. Learning... read more

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When I was going through my teacher certification courses, one of the catch phrases in the late 1990s was, "to create life long learning or learners." As I entered the classroom for the first time, I was thinking, "how do I get students to love to learn and become life long learners." My first challenge, was to figure out how to get them to become 42-minute learners. I figured... read more

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I was listening to the radio last night. Coming home from a tutoring session, I sometimes put on my XM Radio and listen to the news. I never have time to really sit down and watch the TV anymore. I was scanning the radio channels, and I don't even know which station or channel it was that I was listening to. But, the announcer was talking about how to get your child to listen to you -- to actually... read more

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Hi again, I thought I had secured students to tutor in Ormond Beach, Florida. I never did hear back after the initial contact. Maybe this blog post will clear things up a little. The first lesson is free of charge. Here is what to expect during the first lesson: I will meet the student and gather information from the student or the student's parent. I will need to know what textbooks the student... read more

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Parents -- this blog post is for you! Encouragement and discipline are key to success. Be it a sport, an academic subject or even a musical instrument or other skill. Students thrive when they are encouraged to become more disciplined with their efforts. High achievers focus, practice and thrive on successes. Athletes feel great when they are at the top of their game. Superior chefs feel a... read more

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As a special educator who has worked in the public schools and tutored privately, I've observed that all students learn best in an emotionally supportive environment. Most students with special needs have accumulated a long history of negative learning interactions over the years. They feel inferior to "better" students, they sense that teachers expect less of them, and above all, they... read more

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Disability Conduct Disorder (behavioral disorder) Definition A repetitive and persistent pattern of behavior in which the basic rights of others or major age-appropriate societal norms or rules are violated… (DSM IV Diagnostic Criteria) (Healthy Place.com 2009). Student displays a repetitive and impact persistent pattern of behavior that results in the significant disruption... read more

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From living with a boyfriend who has ADD/ADHD, I can tell you that grabbing attention is hard. Physical ways of getting attention, such as snapping the fingers or yelling, doesn't really get you anywhere; most people with ADD/ADHD really don't appreciate this behavior, and in fact, this makes them ignore you even more. So how do you get their attention? I have found that gentle patience,... read more

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Do you find that your child is often impulsive, is easily frustrated, and demonstrates behaviors that you do not know how to explain? You are not alone. I have received several calls in this past week from parents looking for advice regarding the onset of "behavior problems" in their children. Every child has an innate need for structure and for sensory experiences. Every child... read more

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The most common myth that I am regularly addressing at fairs, on the phone, and in emails, is that someone’s student is behind. I often diffuse this by asking what the scripture reference is that determines what age a student must be to take Algebra 1 or Geometry or begin studying fractions. Is it in 1st Hezekiah or 2nd Assumptions? There is often a pause, then a light begins to dawn, and... read more

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Many students claim to be just bad test takers. No matter how much they study or how well they understand the information, when it comes to taking the test, they can’t perform. Well, rest-assure that the problem probably isn’t that the student is a “bad” test taker, but that they let stress get the better of them. In 9 out of 10 students, inability to perform on tests is caused by stress and tension... read more

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Many people encounter stumbling blocks in their educational experience: a change of school, an unfamiliar teacher, absence from an education environment, learning disabilities (although I really do not like this term and prefer to call it learning differences - for each individual learns best in their own unique way). My job as a tutor is to help students overcome previous stumbling blocks - many... read more

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I have the opportunity to help a 17 year old girl who has been home-schooled the past few years due to illness. I am using a mix of the GED prep book and online computer tests. Our first meeting we worked on Social Studies since History is her favorite subject. The first time she took the chapter review test, she scored 30%. We went through some test taking tips. We worked through... read more

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Just the other day, I arrived at my student's home to find him sitting at his dining room table with six major subject books open, notebooks on the floor, his computer screen open to not one but three different essays that he is working on for three different subjects. And, to make matters even worse, his AP test prep book was opened and sitting there. Mom, of course, was in the kitchen, baking... read more

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Tutor Blog Dyspraxia The Blessing The Curse: I do not deny I am a dyspraxic in many ways it can be an asset. You see dyspraxia while it defines a set of weaknesses (fine motor skills, emotionalism, organization) it also defines a set of strengths. Those strengths first must be addressed. If you understand the strengths as an employer and as a parent of a special needs child you can understand... read more

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Remember to believe in yourself and do the best you can. Remember to get organized, write notes often, review materials and notes several times, and practice ideas, formulas, and important data you must remember with another person (a study partner). On the day of the test do what you need to in order to reduce anxiety levels in your person; breath deeply, eat and sleep well just before that day,... read more

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