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***Disclaimer: I write blog posts the way I think and speak, so pardon the grammar and the non-formal language, Enjoy!*** First things first, as a tutor you need to realize you aren't their teacher... so relax! You don't have to take a dictatorship role with them. Get to know the students you are working with. I say "students" because aren't we all just trying to learn something? Doesn't matter how old you are, you are always a student... only the setting and situation has changed a bit. With that in mind, everyone is different so therefore people also learn differently, people are motivated by different things. By getting to know your students, you will be able to understand their needs that extent farther than simply their academic needs.  Don't take yourself too seriously! This goes hand-in-hand with number one, but it's true! You want your students to feel comfortable working with you, and that won't happen if you're a stiff.  Treat your students... read more

I have been asked over and over again why I have decided to blog and work on a book. I have been asked what subjects the blog will address. Is there a certain flow or style to the blog? My reason for blogging is multileveled. My #1 reason for blogging is to educate and or bring awareness. I am not looking for everyone to be in agreement with me; however, I do have a voice to be heard. I used to be a shy young lady that only went after comfortable things. I rarely walked outside of my box and comfort zone. I by no means was an introvert, but have always been one to sit back and observe first. Freshman year in high school a teacher asked me about considering joining the debate team. She lured me in by advising I would meet nice looking guys. She neglected to share with me that this would help me even out my views on life, hone my communication skills, and would forever burn in my heart. After being out of high school, I went back and judged state qualifying tournaments for ten... read more

As an educator who specializes in children who walk to their own learning beat often labeled "special needs", out the gate I want you to understand that it is my philosophy that everyone has their own special learning beat. Some beats are just more intricate than others and  it is basically up to us as educators to become well versed on the various beats (learning styles/strategies) to help our students become successful in the classroom.   All educators and students have their own teaching and learning style. Being able to become adaptable/flexible to who your students are and what their needs are will help them find their inner scholar. Students will take chances for educators they believe are willing to dance to their beat. Dancing to their beat is all about learning the student past the IEP. An educator asks questions, learns likes and dislikes, understands family dynamics and embraces their culture. Its like becoming an unofficial member of a special... read more

Whether you are a student looking for practice questions for an upcoming exam, a parent seeking a math tutor for his/her 5th grade child, or a tutor who is searching for resources to help students improve their SAT vocabulary, you would be relieved to find that relevant information is readily available to you every step of the way. And all of this is made possible because of dedicated individuals who have built powerful search engines, highly-accessible websites, and well-architected databases; filled them with data collected from various sources; and organized them into the useful pieces of information that can be provided to all of the users.   While data has been around us every second of our daily lives, organizing them into useful information is as much of a science as any chemical combustions that you may have pondered over. Whether you are a student looking for practice questions for an upcoming exam, a parent seeking a math tutor for his/her... read more

Dear Readers,    When a very close friend encouraged me to read "The Fountainhead" I was intimidating by the philosophy of an author I didn't fully understand, and the sheer volume of a book with a reputation that preceded it.     Over a year, of playing the game "pick me up, fall asleep reading a few pages...ok, a few sentences on one page," I finally bite off enough to get over my initial dislike of one of the characters and finally delve deeper into a character driven, deeply descriptive, and powerful plot arc.     My 5th grade students were aware of my sometimes halting approach with this book, as together with them we shared our enthusiasm for reading, and Writer's Workshop encourages mentor texts as well as sharing what adults are reading in the spirit of promoting literacy.   The power of word choice an author makes in bringing a character to life made for deep discussions during our book... read more

Hi. My name is Yonnie.  Through my ample tutoring experience, I am demonstrating that I am an outstanding tutor who teaches the Korean language with confidence and zeal. Being a native Korean you can trust that you will always be taught standard, accurate pronunciation and correct grammar.  Having lived for many years in both Korea and the United States, I am extremely comfortable with both cultures.  It is my goal that the instruction I provide opens my students to the real, everyday, Korean language in ways that simply aren’t available through textbooks, websites, or wherever else you care to search.     ***********    I was born and raised in a large city, just south of Seoul, Korea.  I am married to an American and have been living in the U.S. for more than two decades.  When I was a college student in Korea, I had a passion for teaching poor children, hoping to boost their chances... read more

If you're running Lightroom CC or Lightroom version 6, there is an update to version 6.1.1. This update includes the latest camera support, lens profiles and camera raw 9.1 which reads most of the recent camera raw files for the newest cameras.Also included in this update to 6.1 is a new Dehaze filter in the Effects panel, and added White and Black adjustment slides to the Radial and Gradient filters, Lensbabies profiles, plus a new Panorama Merge and HDR Merge to mention a few of the additions. I highly recommend updating to take advantage of these new features!   You can find the Lightroom 6.1.1 download on the Adobe site here - https://creative.adobe.com/products/download/lightroom?promoid=KSPGB ;    

Many times, when employers frame what they want from a potential employee, they want a college grad with tons of experience. Most of those employers, and the rest of the world, can't live without a device invented by a college dropout..the smartphone. Indeed, we cannot legislate intelligence. The more we 'lower' our expectations, and give outside-the-box people a chance, the more you'll get what is overdelivered, for what is underpromised. There's nothing wrong with the normal expectations, but there's nothing wrong with expecting the unexpected, either. I am always willing to submit to a background check, but am not willing to pay for it. After all, the purpose for getting a job, is to remedy the fact that I don't have money, right? I know you can tell, I'm a fun guy. *smile*

According to Toyota website, the average mileage per gallon for the 2013 Toyota Prius is between 48 miles per gallons to 51 miles per gallon. We would like to test the claim that the mean miles per gallon for all 2013 Toyota Prius is, at the worst case possible, greater than 48 miles per gallon, and we will perform the hypothesis testing at the significance level of 0.05. To collect data of the average miles per gallon of the Toyota Prius, we use the collected data result from Fuelly, a website for car owners to report the average miles per gallon of their vehicles. On that website, there are 95 2013 Toyota Prius with reported gas mileage. The sample size is at least 30, so it is good for us to perform the one-tailed hypothesis test for population mean. In addition, since the standard deviation of gas mileage is not given by Toyota, we will use the sample standard deviation to perform our test statistics. As a result, we will be using the one-tailed t-test for population mean. For... read more

So many students want to know how to get a high score on the IELTS. Yes, a band score of 7 or higher is possible, but you need to know the strategies and how the test is scored. If you don't know how the test is scored, you can't possibly know how to respond. That is why, one of the best hints is to look at the public band score information for each task. 

Hi everyone!   I have tutored students who take this class many times.  It is a very confusing class and teaches old concepts rarely used in business anymore, as the internet has changed how we use Excel and other data management tools. Further, it does not teach definitions of terms so it becomes difficult to look for information online.   I wanted to give some definitions here that will help you at least search for help online: In Excel, things that start with = are called "formulas". A bunch of characters together are called a "string". Strings can have spaces and punctuation. If you cut off a piece of a string (which is done using the LEFT, RIGHT, and MID formulas), that is called "parsing a string". An "array" is a list of numbers or cells. Arrays have have a : in them, and mean STARTING CELL:ENDING CELL (like A1:A20). Each formula has a name, and starts with = and the name, then has... read more

When I took Geometry in high school, I was intimidated, confused, and just plain miserable. What had happened to learning math. I was a wiz in Algebra 1 and made straight A's on all my work, tests, and grade. Then in Geometry I was failing in all areas. I had to take Geometry in summer school to make up for the F, I made during my sophomore year. I went to college and graduated 15 years after I graduated high school. I took just about every math course offered. I ended up being an Industrial Engineer and had a wonderful rewarding and successful career. Just before I was ready to retire, I decided to teach high school math. After teaching 4 classes of Algebra 1 and 1 class of Algebra 2 my first year, I went to another school to teach, of all subjects: Geometry. I went over the text book from cover to cover. Then I decided to teach Geometry like I wished was done when I was in high school. From day 1 to finals, everyone one of my students really, and I mean really, enjoyed my class.... read more

When I took Geometry in high school, I was intimidated, confused, and just plain miserable.  What had happened to learning math.  I was a wiz in Algebra 1 and made straight A's on all my work, tests, and grade.  Then in Geometry I was failing in all areas.  I had to take Geometry in summer school to make up for the F, I made during my sophomore year.  I went to college and graduated 15 years after I graduated high school.  I took just about every math course offered.  I ended up being an Industrial Engineer and had a wonderful rewarding and successful career.  Just before I was ready to retire, I decided to teach high school math.  After teaching 4 classes of Algebra 1 and 1 class of Algebra 2 my first year, I went to another school to teach, of all subjects: Geometry.  I went over the text book from cover to cover.  Then I decided to teach Geometry like I wished was done when I was in high school.  From day 1 to finals, everyone... read more

Are you ready to make some music and have some fun?   Let's clap for one minute at the start, that's right 60 seconds.  Clap at a medium pace and not to hard with your hands. Then clap 4 times, 3 times, 2 times and finally 1 time. Do this a second time counting out loud 1 2 3 4   1 2 3   1 2   1 Then shake both hands for 5 seconds, rub them together and finally blow on them as if you are trying to warm them up. These simple exercises help us see what type of focus and energy that we have for our 30, 45  or 60 minute lesson. Plus we are warming up our hands and giving our selves a round of applause even before we start. Plus 4 times a day just give your self a round of applause. It  will help remind you to stay focused on being positive.   Before we get started let's ask ourselves if all systems are go? Are we feeling okay, are we sleepy, are hungry, do have to rush the lesson for some reason? For... read more

It's sometimes too easy to get bogged down with textbook definitions and explanations, but how many times do students (and even educators) actually understand what it is we're reading? At the end of the day, what we remember is what we discover for ourselves. During education classes in college, my professor time and time again emphasized the important of leading the student to the door, but letting them walk through it themselves. Socrates was notorious for this method. Many of his students got frustrated with him since he rarely gave his own opinion on a matter. Instead, he developed a method that allowed his students to think for themselves, abandoning the lecture technique all-together. Here are three ways of student-centered teaching that Socrates has inspired:   Know when to use lecture.   Lecturing can be productive under the right circumstances, with the right students, and with the right content. However, many times the students only remember bits... read more

Music is not just an amazing work of art; it is rather a FORCE of art. It can trigger your emotions, make you get up and dance, sing along, or motivate you to play an instrument simply for the reason of wanting to learn how to play your favorite song. Music alone can open up one’s mind to IMAGINATION, to creatively think and form images, see colors, ideas – where your mind becomes a film camera filming a motion picture based on notes, melody, harmony, lyrics, one singer, a chorus of voices, or an instrument(s). The beauty of this is the FREEDOM for one to interpret what was musically created which ignites one’s imagination. EVERY INDIVIDUAL has their own unique interpretation of a song, the message is received to the brain in different ways based on each person’s life experiences past and present. Music can aid in recalling memories, is used as therapy for the soul, it aids in increasing endorphins needed for exercise and movement, it can be used as a motivational... read more

I remember when I was about 9 years old, when I first started to learn how to play piano. I would always spell out my notes on my music before playing through a new song - the bass clef notes were always more challenging than the treble clef. I remember my fingers touching the old white keys of the keyboard, each key stained with blue marker from when I had written out all the notes in C position (this is why today I advise that beginners use Post-It flags or removable stickers to avoid damaging the keys). But what I remember most was where I had to practice. We lived in a one-story ranch style home with 3 bedrooms, and a den, and the piano was located in the dining room, directly across from the kitchen area. I was instructed to practice about an hour before dinner, I think so that my mom could make sure I was practicing, while she was in the kitchen. But it was something about my being in a space without the distractions of TV, my toys, an open window, along with... read more

I've only been tutoring through WyzAnt for a few months, but I have already learned a lot about how important relevancy is in tutoring. My student is an atypical one, but is interested in self-improvement. When I first started meeting with him, the lessons I had planned were, well, mundane and irrelevant to someone who is highly successful in the business world. Approaching a successful business person with some easy to read sentences from a 9th grade grammar book was not exactly appealing. So, I thought about what could make lessons more relevant and enjoyable for this student?    I started creating lessons that centered around the business world; I used examples from business to make the otherwise boring grammar, spelling, and composition lessons not only more enjoyable, but more relevant. I believe that the more relevant to the individual student their lessons are, the better they learn, and the more enjoyable learning is. Relevancy doesn't have to be cheesy and... read more

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