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It's that day and time. It's time to get up in front a group and deliver your scheduled speech. (Hopefully you've organized your main points and documentation - worked on the presentation and practiced your delivery - before now.) Who are the people listening – or not listening – to you? Why are they there? Audience analysis involves identifying the audience and adapting your presentation to them. This doesn’t mean “saying what they want to hear.” Audience adaptation should guide your content development and approaches to delivery. Audiences can include reluctant attendees, indifferent visitors, agreeable supporters, and angry or fearful dissidents. The “we have to be there” mindset. For instance, I would contend that students in a public speaking class – and their motivation to listen to you – is somewhat mixed. (Hey, they’ve “got” to be there regularly, right? We refer to this as a “captive” audience.) In my experience, here are some of the... read more

NOTE: For today's Math Journey, please refer to the image file “Image for Math Journey: Road Trip Around A Problem” under my WyzAnt files. Link: https://www.wyzant.com/resources/files/671706/image_for_math_journey_road_trip_around_a_problem Let's go on a road trip! When I teach geometry, especially geometry involving angle measures like this problem, I like to describe the process of solving a problem as taking a little road trip. I describe it this way because this is how I personally feel when solving a problem like this – my eyes rove around the figure from one intersection to the next, and I hop in my little math car and drive along lines and stop at intersections to figure out where I am. Geometry is a very visual discipline, and as a visual learner, I have the most fun when I can trace a physical journey around the problem, solving things as I go. So let's hop in our math car and chase this problem down! The first step in any problem like... read more

My Cancellation Policy I consider time very valuable, both to me and to my students. In order to be a more effective tutor, I am implementing my cancellation policy as follows: - Student Cancels with more than 24 hours Notice: No fee - Student Cancels with 6-24 hours Notice: 1/2 price of session - Student Cancels with 1-6 hours Notice: Full price of session - Student no-show with No Notice: Full price of session and student may be dropped I am committed to providing an excellent experience during each tutoring session. I promise to value your time. In the unlikely event that I am late or need to cancel a session last-minute, I agree to the following: - I am more than 15 minutes late to session: Student charged 1/2 price of session and make-up time, if possible - I cancelled a session with less than 24 hours Notice: Next session is free   My schedule is very full, and I prefer to schedule my students on a certain day of... read more

I became pi day challenge genius #181 at 3:14 on Sunday :-) Less than an estimated 10% of those who play do all 37+ (some have groups of puzzles). You can still play at any time at pidaychallenge.com #pidaychallenge Pi Day Challenge throughout the year. They're not just math/physics puzzles.   Per the owner of the site, I calculated the genius percentage incorrectly.  About 10,000 people took the challenge, so becoming a “genius” is pretty rare.   One of my elementary age students this year started answering some of the hard ones even faster than I did. I don't know if he'll complete all the puzzles, but each year his lateral and creative thinking improves.  Having these extra-curricular activities helps youth have FUN!!!   Try a few out... even if you think you're stuck.  It's amazing what the brain can do with a good night's sleep. Barbara W.

The Seven Learning Styles Visual/Spatial:You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Aural/Auditory: You prefer using sound and music. Kinesthetic/Physical: You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch Verbal/Linguistic : You prefer using words, both in speech and writing. Solitary: You prefer to work alone and use self-study Social: You prefer to learn in groups or with other people. Logical/Mathematical: You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.   The Seven Learning Styles Visual/Spatial:You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding. Aural/Auditory: You prefer using sound and music. Kinesthetic/Physical:  You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch Verbal/Linguistic : You prefer using words, both in speech and writing. Solitary: You prefer to work alone and use self-study Social: You prefer... read more

Good project ideas for rainy (or just lazy) weekends:     Have the kids read aloud to you. Choose a word that you think they may not know the definition. Then start a "Look up that word" game: I know some friends of mine who used to play this game often, I recall there were brothers and were very much into sports and competition, if they didn't know a word that was spoken or in their homework assignments, they would race to a dictionary to see who could find the meaning first. By the way, now they are articulate men with an awesome vocabulary! You can ask "Who can look this word up and create a sentence? The fastest one is a winner!" Some kids may not think this is too much fun at first so plan a preferred meal or movie as a reward! They may start to really enjoy the word race game over time as they play it!

I've been creating mad-libs to use with my middle school French students. If anyone else would like to use them, feel free. Many of them are created from non-copyrighted short stories, not my original writing.    Mad Lib 1   1. un mois 2. un profession 3. un lieu 4. une Fete 5. une chose 6. un verb avec ils 7. un prenom d'une femme 8. un verb avec elle 9. une chose pluriel 10. un verb avec elle Nous sommes en __________(1). Gilles est ________(2) dans un/une ________. C’est bientôt la __________ (4) et Gilles a acheté un nouvel ________ (5). « ____________ (4) est un lundi cette année », dit le _________ (2) à sa femme. Ensemble, ils _________ (6). La femme de Gilles s’appelle ________(7). Elle _________ (8) dans un magasin de décorations en ville. Durant le mois d’octobre, elle a souvent beaucoup de _______. L’automne est une période où _______(7) ________ (10) beaucoup.     Mad... read more

Ellen’s Rules For Effective Time Management, Part 3 5. Mix up your subjects. Spending all day working on the same project can lead to feelings of frustration and inadequacy. Mixing up your subjects helps the brain to stay engaged, since it can’t fall into the trance of working on the same thing for hours. If you’re writing a paper and starting to feel annoyed or frustrated with it, take a break and work on your math for a bit. You’ll sit back down to the computer feeling refreshed and relaxed, even if you haven’t stopped for more than fifteen minutes at a time all day. 6. Make the delineations between subjects clear and firm. When mixing up your subjects, keep them distinct and separate from each other. Take a short break between subjects, or place the rest of your notebooks on the other side of the room so that you’re forced to get up and move around in order to change subjects. Give your brain several minutes to clear and reorganize for the next... read more

This was a really hard essay to write. Not because I couldn't figure out what to write about; I knew almost from the moment I read the prompt that I wanted to write about Dracula. On the contrary, it was hard because I had TOO MANY ideas for this essay – I had so many thoughts buzzing excitedly around in my head that my outlines kept coming out really scattered and disorganized. I went through, no joke, at least FOUR different outlines for this essay – and I refused to even start writing a draft until I'd sorted out what precisely was wrong with my outline, scrapped it for the third time, and started over from scratch. I went through several different organizational schemes, starting with one centered around a favorite Hitchcock quote about suspense that was a good idea, but ultimately, had no place in this particular essay. My outline eventually settled on the format that probably should have been obvious from the start – the one that related most closely to the prompt. My outline... read more

Wyzant has a policy to allow new students to meet with a tutor of their choice and if they don't find the tutor meets their needs, they may contact another tutor without charge (as I understand it). This is a customer-friendly policy that makes students feel more comfortable in contacting a potential tutor. However, it works both ways. A tutor will also need to review the information a potential student provides to determine if possible how well the tutor can provide the help requested. The problem lies when the student gives no information.   When a student writes only "I need help", or "when can you meet", or writes no message at all, it is impossible for a tutor to determine if he/she can help. A tutor must determine the student's specific subject and area of need, level, school or work situation, possible schedule (e.g. evenings only), and other factors to see if he/she can help. It becomes a waste of time to write back and forth when the student... read more

In some works of literature, a character who appears briefly, or does not appear at all, is a significant presence. Choose a novel or play of literary merit and write an essay in which you show how such a character functions in the work. You may wish to discuss how the character affects action, theme, or the development of other characters. Avoid plot summary. ~AP Literature Open Essay Prompt, 1994 Peripheral Presence Having your name in the title of a book doesn't mean you get to be in the spotlight. Take the classic 1897 gothic horror novel Dracula, by Bram Stoker. The eponymous vampire appears in person surprisingly little, and only once after his initial conversations with Jonathan Harker. Despite this, he still very much deserves the honor of the novel's title. His actions set the events of the novel in motion, and the main characters talk of nothing else but him. While not directly seen, his actions leave tangible consequences on Lucy, Mina, and Renfield,... read more

  Your elementary school-aged child has been getting good grades and seems to enjoy school. Homework is getting done. Text and quiz scores are all "A" and "B." Then your child begins middle school or junior high school and suddenly you realize that your elementary school scholar is a complete mess. Homework, which you know was done, isn't getting handed in. You find yourself saying, "When were you going to tell me that this project which is worth 1/2 of your grade is due on Monday and you need all these supplies?" Is it just the approach of the teen years or is something else going on?   The answer is - it's a little bit of both. Elementary school-aged students often depend on their memory to store and recall information. They seem to be very bright and they don't seem to need to study very much. However, when the workload of middle school or junior high falls upon them, if the only study skill they have learned is to rely on their... read more

I've had several potential students contact me recently without reading my profile page carefully. I'm not involved with social media, so I don't know if that page resembles a social media platform. I doubt it, but perhaps people are so used to looking at information online with half an eye, without really reading or absorbing the content, that when they come here they feel the “information” is the same as elsewhere. It's not. On my profile page, my location is stated. Yet potential students from other time zones sometimes feel I must work close to them. They are surprised when they finally realize I don''t live in their state. That also means I can't meet them at a local coffee shop for face-to-face work. Again they are surprised, despite the fact that their tutoring request clearly states: “preferred lesson location: online”. If I live far from you, and you have asked for online tutoring, then why would you be surprised that we would work online, not face-to-face at a local... read more

To my students and their families, Thank you so much for the opportunity to be your tutor. It is with great joy that I prepare an individualized lesson plan ahead of time, as well as detailed coursework for both in-class and after-class practice. As a result of the preparation needed to provide quality service for every student, I reserve the right to issue a cancellation fee for students who either cancel within twenty-four (24) hours of the scheduled time slot or for students who fail to show up to the lesson within the first 15 minutes of the scheduled time slot.   A cancellation fee of $15 will be issued for those who cancel within twenty-four hours of the scheduled time frame OR who show up to lesson 15 minutes past the start time without prior notice. I completely understand that sometimes there may be an emergency or schedule confusion. If this is the case, I am happy to reschedule the lesson for a later time on the same day as the original slot, if there is... read more

The entrance exams for colleges are the toughest exams that students need to face. It is important to be with your child and help him or her prepare for it from an early stage. Read on to find out some ways in which you can make college admission easier for your child: Gathering information The deadline for college applications, process of applying, type of admission test and the minimum cutoff score should be found out. You can gather this vital information for your child and make it available to your child when required. It is important to ensure that your ward does not forget the scheduled test date and other requirements. Encouraging the child to take the test a year early It is a good idea to go for a trial run before the actual exam. You should persuade your child to take entrance exams in the junior year itself to get an idea about the question pattern and requirement of time management. This can ensure that when the actual time for admission comes,... read more

Accessing the online lesson for the first time can be tricky.Below is a detailed explanatation   First and foremost, your computer must have a webcam and headphones are recommended. To avoid a panic at the later lesson time, I strongly suggest attempting to access the lesson the second that your lesson is scheduled. This will allow you to explore the features and familiarize yourself with the program. I'll be happy to assist at the time of the lesson as well and it usually takes no more than a minute.   The access to the lesson is generally to the right of the messages tab on the computer. There should be a "join online lesson" option. This may be labeled differently, but should say about the same. If you have any trouble outside of this, please message your tutor and they (or I) can hopefully guide you in the right direction.

If a student wishes to cancel a lesson, he/she must provide a notice at least 8 hours prior to the beginning of said lesson. This allows sufficient time to schedule others who may be waiting for a lesson. If a student cancels less than 8 hours prior to a lesson, a 100% cancellation fee may be charged. If a lesson is not cancelled, yet the student fails to show up within the first 15 minutes of the lesson, a no-show fee of 110% of that lesson will be given, unless an emergency had arisen at the time of the lesson. If a student is counted as a no-show two times, future lessons will only be given at a 200% rate of the tutors existing rate. After three no-shows, the student will not be allowed any more lessons. A lesson begins and ends at the time scheduled. If a student is late, the lesson will still end at the scheduled time and the full lesson fee will still be charged.

Standardized tests with reading comprehension components like to throw in inference questions. Their purpose is to see if you can understand how the author feels about a certain topic or if you can draw conclusions from information that is not presented directly in the text but which is implied. When you're reading to answer inference questions, it's important that you understand the main ideas of the passage. Don't focus too much on the details. Then understand how the main ideas are connected. Look at the way the paragraphs are organized. Determine what the author's purpose is in writing the text. What are they trying to convince you of? When you read an inference question, try to put it into your own words. This will help you to understand the question better. They may use phrases like "could be interpreted to say" or "hints/suggests that." Read the text for words like "except" or "however" that indicate perhaps how the... read more

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