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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

Every student can benefit from understanding how to get the best out of their brain. This basic information can improve academic performance by a significant percent with out any other intervention.   SWEF   Sleep • Two basic things happen when you sleep—1) body repair • 2) memory reorganization and long term storage. • Babies need 14 hours, school age kids need 10-11, teens need 9+. • Not enough sleep? You get sick and you can’t remember what you learn. • www.webmd.com/parenting/guide/sleep-children Water • The brain needs 80 oz of water every day to replace what you lose through sweating, exhaling and peeing. • As little as 2% dehydration causes poor short-term memory, trouble focusing, and difficulties with math computation. • Some water is absorbed from food. But you do really need 8 glasses of liquid every day. • www.waterbenefitshealth.com/water-and-brain.html Exercise • Movement gets your blood flowing,... read more

    The SAT or ACT is the dreaded standardized test that students begin taking typically in 11th grade. From my personal experience, the SAT was nothing but a nuisance; you have to wake up at the crack-of-dawn on a Saturday morning and sit in a testing room for approximately three hours. As I advise high school students and parents about the SAT and ACT, I get the question "How many times did you take the exam?" very frequently. I took the SAT three times and two SAT Subject Tests twice with plenty of study and review time in between.      I recommend taking the exam at least twice. The first time is the worst, you are nervous, sweaty, and not accustomed to the SAT unless you have been doing serious prep. After you receive your score and the breakdown in each area, you should work towards improving (if needed) and sign up to take the exam again in at least 3 months.       As far as the SAT Subject Tests, I recommend for... read more

A common mistake students make is turning one sentence into several sentences by repeating what they’ve already said in a different way. The wrong way (34 words): Princess Jasmine was the daughter of King Reginald. She was his second daughter. He had five children. He had three daughters and two sons. Jasmine was the second daughter out of the five children. The right way (16 words): Princess Jasmine was the second daughter of King Reginald’s five children – three girls and two boys. I call the first sentence, the one repeating information over and over again, “beating the horse to death.” This expression means you will reach a certain point where you aren’t adding any new information to your story by adding more sentences. The second sentence has all the important information in it. And does it using only 16 words. There is no reason to use 34 words to say Jasmine is a daughter three times or to say she is the second... read more

1. Teach the tutor: I like to have students tell me what they know.  This helps to build their confidence up.  If there is a fallacy in their knowledge, we work to correct that in a positive manner.    2. Checking-in:  How is the student feeling?  Did they have a bad day at school? Did they rock their exam?  Showing that a tutor cares helps to put the student at ease.  Just taking a couple of minutes to check-in can make all the difference when a student is embracing material that is difficult to him/her.   3. Real World Homework:  Why should I care about this? I hear this a lot.  If you can connect the lesson to something that impacts the student on a regular basis, then it makes the concept more tangible to the student.    4. Smile, be Happy!  The students don't need you to be in a bad mood.  Many subjects are difficult as they exist already, and a tutor being in a bad mood can turn... read more

Her mother walked through the kitchen/classroom during our first session.  I was holding a chair over my head.  I aksed in Chinese, "Where is the teacher?"  The 13-yo student laughed as she responded, "The teacher is under the chair."  Soon we found the student under the table, beside the TV, on the sofa, etc.  Not only the student was having fun, so was her mother!

I've picked up some tips during my tutoring and schooling career that I think warrants sharing with you. Tutoring, often times, already starts with bad feelings from the students, because they feel like their failures for even needing a tutor. So, here are some tips to keep their spirits up and their morals high. As a bonus, I've also added tips for the Tutee to make sure you get the most out of your sessions. Tutor Tips: 1. ALWAYS smile. I know this sounds silly, but trust me. I tutored for an organization where all the tutors for multiple subjects sat in the same room. It was so sad to see the reaction of cheerful students walkup to a dull tutor. The reaction of the student was an instant change in demeanor and they rarely where as attentive during their session. Always make sure to welcome your students with a genuine smile and up-beat attitude.   2. Use Life. As tutors, you're probably set with some solid examples for your subjects. But don't be scared... read more

As a student, many lessons were deeply instilled in me that have carried far beyond the classroom. I have come up with five tips to help you succeed inside the classroom and in the outside world.   1. Get Organized This is crucial. Number one has to be the first step for a reason. Without organization and planning, it is very difficult to stay on track and accomplish your goals. Begin at home. Keep a clean room, clean desk, and start a planner of any sort. Even if your planner is just a cheap dollar store calendar hanging on the wall, it will allow you to keep track of important dates and let you know where you stand along the way. Extend this to "your area" at school, work or wherever you may go. By keeping things in order you are making sure nothing menial is standing in your way.    2. Create Checkpoints Think of this as picking off a huge iceberg piece by piece. It can be intimidating seeing the big picture, but by taking it one... read more

Here are five "outside the box" tips that make my tutoring lessons fun: (1 I always respect my students, wherever they start from and whatever their goals; (2 I always try to include at least one fun activity in each lesson that is related to the subject at hand; (3 My lessons are always age-appropriate, including the amount and type of homework given; (4 It's OK to be a little goofy around me - learning is important, but you don't have to be dead serious all of the time; (5 Nothing makes me happier than to see my students' eyes light up when they have mastered a new skill or concept for the first time! We will share the joy!

Hey there!   I know it can be stressful to figure out what to do with your life, especially if you have no idea what you might be interested in or what your strengths are.    I recently was made aware of the Clifton StrengthsFinder Test by a friend, and I wish I would have known about it back in high school. It is $9.99 to take it, but it is well worth the money. The test has been widely acclaimed and used by fortune 500 companies to help their employees realize their strengths in order to develop and adapt them to the work environment for a more enjoyable work-life.    I highly recommend you take it by clicking on the link above.   Here are my top 5 strengths:    1. Learner: I an insatiable for learning and improving. 2. Futuristic: I have positive and vibrant ideas for the future that motivate others. 3. Individualization: I hate generalizations and believe the individual should be celebrated... read more

School can be tough sometimes- really tough. When after-school tutoring, intersession (extra time in the classroom during breaks), and individualized attention isn’t enough, what do you do next? What can you do to ensure your child’s success? How do you know when it's time to get some extra help? 1. Homework is an exceptionally difficult chore- for everyone. When your child is exhibiting avoidance behaviors when you bring up the subject of homework, it might be time for outside help. Avoidance behaviors with homework usually take the form of bargaining, whining, excuses, ignoring homework, or even disappearing to a bedroom or friend’s house when it’s time to do homework. If your child is actively avoiding homework, it might be a sign of poor comprehension, poor time management, or a lack of motivation. Either way, a private tutor can help address these problems. 2. Tears are common during homework time. It might not just be your child who has tears... read more

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

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