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I'm sure if you're a student reading this, you might think it's impossible for tutoring to be fun.  Unfortunately, many tutors may feel the same way, viewing the job as just a job.   Want to not only make it fun for the student but make it fun for the tutor?  Here are my five tips:   1.  Have a good attitude.  Some days you're tired, have a headache, just don't feel like tutoring.  Check your bad attitude at the door, practice a smile, and remember that your student will pick up on the vibe you're putting out.    2.  Get to know your student.  Take a bit of time to find out what your student's interests are, then make sure to ask the student about them.  Get him or her talking.  How was basketball?  What's a favorite movie?  Every minute of tutoring doesn't need to be focused on homework - sometimes 5 minutes of frivolity gains the student's trust and lets him know it's ok to have fun... read more

1. Keep active. Depending on the student, you should study for a set period of time and then take a five to ten minute break to allow them to relax. This is proven to help them to retain whatever they are studying.   2. Put all study topics into your own words. While studying, every time you come across a new topic, try to describe it in your own words. That is the best way to determine how well you understand it.   3. Quiz yourself. If you feel that you understand the topic, you should quiz yourself on it.    4. Read!! If you want to improve your writing skills, you should read quality literature. That is the best way to ensure that you get a really great feel for new vocabulary and how sentences should sound. By reading a lot, you will learn new vocabulary through context which can greatly improve your writing and comprehension later.

In school, sometimes, like everyone can agree, studying or learning new chapter material can be dreary, especially when it is a more difficult subject. I rather enjoy myself when i'm learning than dread the impending few hours sitting and crying my eyes out because of how frustrated i'm becoming. i know how I learn more effectively. i know what my interests are and I'll find a way to make the homework or studying session that is a necessary part of going to school less of a chore by finding something that will help me keep the information crammed in my brain stick there. Sometimes, because i like poetry I write myself a short poem to help me remember the step-process of a complicated math formula or even sit after reading a history lesson and try to visualize what I had just read, perhaps even find a movie based on that historic even. i make myself powerpoint presentations and notecards to help me study vocabulary or write index cards with questions about most subjects and have someone... read more

As many of you know I have a background that is rooted in public speaking. I was a debater in high school and have continued to stay in the judging pool for tournaments since collage for state and regional qualifying tournaments. I have always been told how well-spoken I am and many times complimented in interviews this as well. In the last year many have advised they believe I should be doing something to share this skill as I am so passionate about education and helping others. So let’s talk about and see how it goes. The fear of speaking is more common than many would realize. As I have talked to people over the years, I had no idea it was so prevalent. As I started doing research and talking with so many, it is a real concern for many and many are striving to look for ways of improvement. I find myself asking what the fear is, where it derives from and what the top two or three largest concerns are. I tend to be analyzing most times and always seeking solutions so... read more

There are a lot of different opinions about how to set up a Lightroom catalog. Some teachers suggest creating a new catalog for each shoot, some say one new catalog for each year. After 7 years of working with students privately, I have to say - one catalog - is all you need, especially if you keep your Library photos and folders in order. And your Library should be on a dedicated external hard drive. And, if you're using a laptop, then Smart Previews are the way to go, as they allow you to edit and develop your photos without actually having the hard drive with you.    What's a Catalog and what's a Library?    The Lightroom catalog is how Lightroom knows where your photos are on your hard drive. It is also where it keeps all the information on what you've done - flags, rejects, developing, books, etc. Consider the Catalog a big filing system, but it's not a file cabinet. This is a unique aspect of how Lightroom works and can trip up many beginning... read more

Well, being that I am fresh out of High School and currently in college, I know what students need to learn. Firstly and secondly, They need a fun environment that still offers an instructor who knows the boundary between fun and work. Thirdly, I will offer fun alternatives to the standard teaching ways. Also, students must be praised for their hard work. Lastly, I will make sure the parents know to reward their kids for everything they have accomplished.

Hello students or parent's of students! I have recently graduated from Hancock High School with an emphasis on liberal arts and history. I am currently enrolled in college for a drafting degree and plan on earning a double major in writing and English. I know an exceptional amount about how students like to learn and have watched my teachers closely and talked with them about their teaching styles. I am eager to meet you or your students and help them in any way I can.

Hi everyone!   Thank you for your interest in my tutoring services. I would love to help you out with your educational goals! However, I am currently unavailable until September 16th. I would love to schedule a session with you for after that date if you'd like! Sorry for any delay in responding in the meantime. I will try to get back to you as soon as possible!   Thanks! Nikita

first i would like to define what does it mean by fun.   Well, to me fun means a student is engaged and that is not easy.   Definition of engaging a student of course is different for different age of students.    To me, i have been dealing with people long enough.   Being willing and able to listen to student and understand their struggle is probably the most important, while is also the most difficult.  once i understand their struggle in learning, then finding solution is probably not that difficult.      if i have to give some actual experimental tip,  i would think some word game probably be helpful.    Many times, learning comes down to the definition of words, which could lead to deep understanding of the subject or complete confusion of the subject.   Language, with its building block, words are  still the key.  

A friend of mine recently posed a question to me: "What exactly IS a career student? Is that the guy that has been in his senior year of high school since 2009?" No, young grasshopper, a career student is not that guy. That guy or girl is what we call a senior-senior, and he or she is usually a pretty awesome person that just really enjoys high school. I came up with the term "career student" (peep the tagline) in an effort to describe the types of high school and college students that might be interested in my services and/or what I hope students that use my services will become. A career student is a student that treats their academic life like a professional career. I know a lot of career students, and yes, you want to be one of them.  Career students have certain qualities that they have acquired with lots of effort and support. Anyone can be a career student (even people that HATE school). A lesson I learned after high school... read more

I offer every student and/or every parent to rate my lessons. As a result, quality of my lessons is not that hard to guess. I offer the most respectful attitude to my clients. The result of that attitude is a very positive feedback. I like to tutor people of any age. The result of that is a wide range of student from various communities. I love to explain and converse with my clients instead of telling them what to do. The result is they want me back. I do not like procrastinators. The result is there is no blame game.

Hi: My favorite on-line site is Rong-Chang The site is updated on a regular basis and has reading, writing and listening exercises. The CLOZE exercises are computer interactive and you can check and see your score. There are word lists to go with the stories, cross-word puzzles, quizzes and are listed in levels from beginner to advanced. He also posts videos from BBC TV and you can get the latest updates on sports and news. The teacher tutor is interactive if you have a speaker or headset on your computer. The best news is that it is all free. Recommendations are 15 mins each day to help you learn the language. Enjoy! Courtney Webb 

Tutoring / teaching doesn't have to be boring.  A good teacher / tutor, is one who can make a lesson feel like it is not a lesson, but, it is, a lesson.  Deep.  Here are my five "outside" the box tips that help make learning fun.   1. Personalize the lesson for each student. 2. Within the lesson, incorporate what the student likes and is interested in. 3. Humor.  Got to have humor.  4. Lessons should be "outside" the box style of lessons.  Not just blah, blah, blah lessons. 5. Creativity, imagination, and most of all, different.  Basically the same as tip #4. * 4 and 5 are similar, does this still count as 5?  Please?   Learning takes place anywhere. Who said you can't have fun learning?  I sure do...    

Hi all!   If you're reading this then you probably just got the same nasty surprise as I did earlier this month.  The ACT is changing the writing prompt starting in September, and students need to shift gears, A.S.A.P.!    What changed?   Let's start with timing. Students now get 40 minutes for the Writing Test.  They'll need the extra ten minutes, because the prompt, writing task, and planning stages have all been expanded.    remember the old prompt?  Sure, you've been teaching it up until a few hours, days, or maybe weeks ago.  It included 4-5 sentences on a subject having to do with education and schooling, subjects at the forefront of high school students' minds.  The first sentence introduced a problem faced by students or schools.  The second and third sentences introduced two sides of an argument, pro- and con-, and an argument supporting each side.  Finally, the prompt ended with a... read more

One of the best ways to retain your new language skills is by finding ways to use the language in your own life, geared towards your own interests.  Let me know what your interests are, and I will make some suggestions on how to incorporate your interest and Spanish practice at the same time!  For example, if you like to cook, search for authentic recipes in Spanish. Search or cultural events in your community -- you might be surprised to find theater, movies, festivals, story times, and more! 

Question: Choose three numbers out of the four: 6, -3, -5, -9, and multiply them. Call the product P. Let a and b be the greatest and least possible values of P, respectively. What is the value of a-b?   The directions indicate A and B be the greatest and possible values of P.   P is the product of the three numbers out of the four after multiplying them.   So here we have 6, -3, -5, -9.   So we have these possible combination of P.   6*-3*-5 = 90 (2 negatives equals positive) 6*-3*-9 = 162 6*-5*-9 = 270 -3*-5*-9=-135 (3 negatives equals negative)     Of these combination, A is the greatest value of P, so 270 from 6*-5*-9.   Finding B is similar to finding A, only that B is the LEAST possible value of P.   So from the possible combination of P. B is LEAST, meaning that you want the smallest value, -135 (being negative) is the least possible value... read more

College application essays are one of my favorite assignments to work on with students. They are a chance for me to get to know my students better as we brainstorm topics for their personal essays. I get to hear about childhood memories, unique family traditions, and uncommon hobbies. I love helping students find their voice and tell their unique stories to colleges. My students do not share my enthusiasm for application essays. They feel immense pressure to produce their best pieces of writing to impress colleges. They have also probably heard vague tidbits of advice on how to accomplish this: stand out, don’t be cliché, and be interesting. It’s no wonder that a lot of students have trouble finding a place to start. Here are a few tips to make college application essays less scary: 1. Reading other essays: Read other well-written college application essays. Many colleges release strong application essays from previous years. Reading an array of these essays... read more

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