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If you couldn't tell from the title, I'm really excited about this one study technique. I wish I had started it in high school, when my dad was hounding me abut it, but I waited until college. Once I started using this technique, I was so shocked at how little I needed to study before a test I actually had time to do fun things during midterms and final seasons while my other friends spent the day (and night) cramming. And the best part, it took me less than 15 mins (and I mean it - I timed myself). And without further ado, your study technique: I'm supposing your going to class and taking notes. So, let's go through the week and implement this study habit. Monday: read over all your notes slowly. Not like, turtle slow, but try to think of why you wrote that note and what your teacher was commenting on or what you noticed that made this note important. Do this for all your subjects (if you're in high school, and you're taking 7 classes, this may take you 20-35... read more

I am often asked by parents if I believe their child should take SAT or ACT. My response is always it depends on the child. When I was an instructor for a company based out of Austin, I had a manger explain to me very simply how to distinguish between the two.   If you put a puzzle book and a novel in front of your child, which one would they grab for first? If your child picks the book of puzzles, go for SAT. If your child chooses the novel, pick ACT. I still ask this question to parents and besides actually cracking open an SAT or ACT book to decide which test a student would feel most comfortable taking, I believe that this is still one of the best indicators for determining which test you will be able to dominate come test day.   ACT is a lot more reading based. The science section, which often scares away students who believe they might be asked in depth questions about cellular processes or balancing equations, is actually for the most part completely... read more

The five tips for tutoring "Outside the Box" would be:   1. Before you begin tutoring the specified subject, asses the students learning style as well as how the feel about the subject. I find that most students created a mental block towards subjects they have a bad relationship with. This makes it nearly impossible for them to learn new information on that subject.   2. Award students for what they do know. When students feel they understand a concept, they are more willing to learn new concepts.   3. Have them reteach you. After a student understands a concept, switch roles. Allow the student to "tutor" you. It is only when they are able to teach, that you know they have truly mastered that concept.   4. Real life application. Make concepts more concrete by relating the concept to real life applications. When students can connect what they learn to something they do daily, that information is able to be stored... read more

Hello, this is my first time using WyzAnt. I've tutored before in the past, and currently tutor with Chegg. I decided to join WyzAnt because I'm searching for even more opportunities to expand my tutoring business. I'm waiting for my profile to be approved and though I would make a blog post in the mean time. I look forward to working on WyzAnt. I love tutoring because it fills me with joy to be able to help share what I've learned in school with others and help those who are struggling with their classes!   I hope I will have a great experience with WyzAnt. I love the way this website is set up and I can't wait for my profile to be approved so I can get started tutoring!

   When a person thinks of tutoring, they oftentimes think of a dull, never ending lesson with an individual who just doesn't seem like they want to be there. This doesn't have to be the case!    1. Bring your pupil an occasional snack or treat: They will appreciate it and start the lesson on a good note.    2. Create a reward system: Sitting through a lesson on a subject you aren't the greatest at can be a bit tiresome at times. For this reason, create a system that rewards your pupil for doing certain tasks. You could make a list of things to do along with points next to these items. Every time the pupil completes a task, assign them the corresponding number of points until they get to a set value i.e 100 after which they can choose a prize like a candy bar.    3. Get to know them: Just because you are a tutor does not mean that have to be closed off from conversation. Getting to know your pupil will make them feel more... read more

  1. Help students see the relevance of what they are learning to their own lives. Whenever possible relate materials student's goals or interests. 2. Make learning fun. Use film, digital media, and interactive exercises to engage students. 3. Break assignments down into manageable steps and give students detailed feedback. 4. Listen to your students! Don't just talk at them.   5. Pick a max of 3 learning goals for each lesson.

Achieving good grades in school matters.  It matters when it comes to the high school GPA, when it comes to the ACT or SAT, and when it comes to developing a solid academic foundation from the earliest school years.   Yet there are skills that are often overlooked in school that truly carry weight when it comes to success in college and in the workplace.  Organizational skills.  Planning and sequencing.  Understanding and meeting deadlines.  Often called "executive function skills," they can make all the difference.  Also, note-taking.  Social skills and social understanding.  These skills are what carries students through and enables them to succeed in higher education, employment, and life.   If your child is struggling in these areas, there are strategies that can help.  Some may be technology-based and others "old school" yet the focus needs to be on recognizing the needs and supporting them... read more

For parents  -- and tutors looking for tips -- I am interested in speaking with you about your tutoring needs, or plans. I live conveniently, in Newton Centre, and have worked with many high school students in the greater Boston area. My students (and their parents)  are very enthusiastic about my special technique. The methods I use include some of the following: reading for speed, reading for context, skimming, customized exercises, quizzes designed by me, alternative study styles, and more.    My students have shown dramatic improvement on the SAT and ACT, as well as in English class, and in their ability to communicate well in writing. This is a skill that will carry them through many college assignments, and I teach my students to edit their own writing.   After evaluating each student's reading and writing level, I adapt my curriculum to account for their weakest areas.  The topics we may cover include analytical writing, composition,... read more

I find that students have so much difficulty trying to learn the rules in English, especially the English as a Second Language students, that I have begun using more natural methods with great success. They can learn the language rules once they have conquered the basics.   For example, one of the things I have a student do is to write something for me every day in journal format. When we meet for tutoring, I read their writing back to them and ask them if certain things sound right, giving them a choice of two things and saying to them, "Now which one of these sounds right, this one or that one?" They generally get it immediately and so we proceed and week by week their writing and speaking gets better. It takes off a lot of stress trying to memorize grammatical rules when they can just hear and read the language and see which sounds right.  

Did you know that a classroom of children, same age, same grade level, can have up to eight different learning styles? In Frames of Mind, researched Howard Gardner theorizes the existence of several intellectual strengths within an individual. Tiffany exemplifies the auditory learner. She learns best by hearing her teacher lecture on a subject, learns best following along with an outline, is able to successfully follow aurally-given directions, and scores highly on tests in which she repeats the questions and answer choices "aloud in her head."    Grayson is a visual learner. He needs to view  teacher-given examples on the white board, learns best by using a graphic design organizer or web to learn academic material, benefits from pictures or written directions, and needs to visualize the correct test answer in his head before putting it on paper.   Anil and Jennifer are tactile/kinesthetic learners. They learn best by touching and... read more

Did you know that a classroom of children, same age, same grade level, can have up to eight different learning styles? In Frames of Mind, researched Howard Gardner theorizes the existence of several intellectual strengths within an individual. Tiffany exemplifies the auditory learner. She learns best by hearing her teacher lecture on a subject, learns best following along with an outline, is able to successfully follow aurally-given directions, and scores highly on tests in which she repeats the questions and answer choices "aloud in her head."    Grayson is a visual learner. He needs to view  teacher-given examples on the white board, learns best by using a graphic design organizer or web to learn academic material, benefits from pictures or written directions, and needs to visualize the correct test answer in his head before putting it on paper.   Anil and Jennifer are tactile/kinesthetic learners. They learn best by touching and... read more

A recently popularized workout called cross fit is taking the fitness industry by storm. While riddled with injury due to abandonment of technique, it is still able to get people in shape that had tried countless other programs without success. The secret ingredient? Mixing up the "routine" in order to challenge the body. While much controversy surrounds cross fit regarding its less-than-traditional views on rest periods as well as renaming many token exercises and allegedly adding useless and/ or overly dangerous ones, for quite some time it has been well known that being too monotonous in your exercise routine can lull your body into a less desirable stagnation of progress. The same has been said about education in general, especially in children. So, while there are tons of ideas floating around out there, and some are better than others,  here are 5 of my ideas for switching things up in an educational routine: 1) Different types of learning. While we know... read more

Not matter what age group and subject, these are my top 5 tips for making learning fun:   1. Start with a fun conversation about the day = this allows me to get the temperance of the student, we all have good days and bad days, this way I can tailor my lesson based on the student's current mood/mindset.   2. Incorporating laughter and jokes = students are more responsive to new information if they are in a good mood.   3. Role play = taking complex or difficult topics within a lesson and applying them to real life situations related to interests the student recognizes.   4. Have the student teach me what they just learned = shows me the levels of comprehension they got from the lessons of the day.   5. Ending the lesson with a motivational quote, song or video  = helps prepare them for their next day.

I want my students to enjoy the hands on learning experience of fine art, and to accomplish this I strive to create custom curriculum catered to each student. By understanding the needs of my student and what their goals are I can keep their interest and the process of learning fun.  I believe in teaching through encouragement and positivity, and the importance of not taking yourself too seriously.  As Mrs. Frizzle always said, "Its time to take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!"

I know for many Science can be tricky and sometimes hard. But the good thing about it is that there is always a solution to every problem and for that solution there is a theory backing it up. What I learned in my Chemistry course in high school is that we have to learn how to find the logic and to really see what scientists are looking for. You may think, "why do I even bother calculating the amount needed of this salt to create this buffer?". Believe it or not our blood has its own buffer system; thus, it is important to understand science so we can understand our own organism. If you finD a way to relate with science I can promise you: SCIENCE CAN BE FUN!!!

We are all familiar with the Euclidean distance function d2 = (x1¬2-x22) + (y12-y22) where we interpret d as the length of the straight line connecting the two points. It turns out that the space-time we live in is not Euclidean. Gravity curves space-time.  Imagine we are constrained to a sphere, what is the shortest path between two points on the sphere? It is now an arc. The key here is to realize that the notion of Euclidean distances is somewhat unique to humans. Had we evolved in a different environment somewhere else in the universe we would perhaps visualize distances as being hyperbolic. So let us make a square circle.(We actually end up with a rhombus) Let P = (x0, y0) ∈ R2 (a point in the real plane), then a circle centered at P with radius r ∈ R (a real number r), is the set of all points q ∈ R2, such that d(p,q) = r. Where d(p,q) is the distance between the points p and q. We will call this set C. C contains all points in the real plane... read more

Learning can be exciting and tutoring gives the advantage to find out what works for one student, and tailor lessons to his or her learning style. Here are 5 tips that I think about to make my tutoring lessons fun!  Use real life examples in the news. There is a lot happening in the world, and articles about current events are a great way to teach grammar, vocabulary or reading comprehension. Reading comprehension can also be tested by removing key words from sentences in fun articles that forces the student to use deductive reasoning to guess the right one. Use examples in a subject area that the student likes. If a student likes watching basketball, think about probability examples or any math problems. Connecting new concepts to a known (and liked) hobby is a great way to ensure that students maximize comprehension.  Listen to music. I found that listening to songs is a great way to teach a new language to a non-native speaker. Songs are fun to listen... read more

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