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The accent circumflex ê, î, and ô can be very helpful in giving us hints as to what a French word means because it indicates that the letter 's' used to be in the word if it's a noun.   The following are examples: forêt→forest   île→isle→island  maître→master prêtre→priest   So the next time you see an accent circumflex on a noun - you might already know the what the word means in French!

For emergent readers, especially those who have not been successful in the past, I have found that reading the material aloud for the student allows the brain to hear a good reader read. The brain imprints what it hears. If we keep frustrating the student by expecting their brain to improve word recognition, comprehension and fluency by asking them to repeat faulty intake of information, we set them up for failure and failure is never fun. I read the desired text at least one time all the way through. Most of the time I'll read the text two and sometimes three times for the student. Then the student reads the same text back to me as best they can. I pull out the words missed and isolate them to allow for closer work on the word(s). Then we dump the words back into the text and the student reads the text again. It creates successful fun and almost immediate gratification. 

How to teach students to spell the homonyms: there, they're and their: ' 1)THERE:  THERE contains the word HERE.  If you can substitute the word HERE in the sentence, use THERE.                 Example:  Put the chair over there.  ("Put the chair over here" makes sense. Therefore, use THERE in this instance).    2) THEY'RE:  Contraction for "THEY ARE".  If you can substitute "they are" in the sentence, use they're.                      Example:  They're going to a party. ("They are going to a party" makes sense.  Therefore, use THEY'RE in this instance).   3)THEIR:  THEIR contains the word "heir" which denotes ownership. Make sure the student understands the definition of the word "heir".  Use "heir: in a sentence. (The prince was HEIR... read more

Tutoring lessons are fun when both the tutor and the student become actively engaged during the lesson.  Using colors and graphics also help to illustrate points and makes it easier for students to grasp the material.  The third outside the box tip, is do not be afraid to ask questions or even tell a joke.  It is rather important for the tutor and student to connect with each other.  Lastly, tutoring lessons are less stressful when all interested parties come prepared by bringing any available resources to the table, such as music, art, illustrations and so on.  All of these work together to make the experience less of a burden.   Shannon Toombs.

I believe its important to always think out of the box as a teacher! Not everyone learns the same...  Here are my tips for making lessons fun.   1) Never do the same lesson in the same way twice- boring!!!   2) Never teach to the test   3) Always believe you can learn it!!!   4) Teach lessons in different ways so that you can reach different learners   5) Take field trips when you can!

Lesson Length and Billing All sessions will be charged beginning at the scheduled start time, unless I am late, in which case, the session time will begin when I arrive and charges will be assessed accordingly.    Meeting Location I only meet students at the Oviatt library at CSUN. I do not meet students at their homes.   Cancellation Fees I take my tutoring of you and/or your children very seriously. Your education is just as important to me as it is to you! Lessons are like any other appointment; both parties have made a commitment and it's only considerate to give notice when cancelling. If you have an emergency, I completely understand. However, if you decide you have something else to do or have planned poorly, you will be billed accordingly.   Cancellation fees are assessed depending on how much advance notice is given: >12 hours      no charge <12 hours      50%... read more

The best experience during your lesson is possible when:   You come prepared to the lesson. You have questions ready for the lesson. You have attempted your work prior to the lesson. Have emailed your questions or topic you are needing help with prior to the lesson. Ready to listen and try new approaches.

Chemistry majors typically are not required to take another specific science elective unless wanting to pickup a minor in Biology or Physics or take these classes for fun.  Whereas all Bio Major must take General Chem and Organic Chemistry.  Upon taking a seat, the Professor will mention in Organic to look to your left and right as only one of the three of you will finish the second semester.  He was absolutely right.  Organic is a game changer, but it doesn't have to be if you learn the rules of the game.  The rules are taught in General Chemistry, then applied in all the upper level courses.  Once you begin to put the elements together patterns will appear and the names of the compound change to reflect the additions. The Mono, Bi, Tri, Tetra will begin to make sense ... the nomanclature comes down to what is the charges of the Cation and Anion realizing the ion charge and that the compound would be indicated without a charge as it would have a balance... read more

1) Go to the college admission website of your choice and write down the writing prompts.   2) Let someone else read the prompts and have a discussion about what your thoughts are on how you will write about the writing prompt.   3) After you write your paper, have someone read it to make sure it makes sense.   4) Proofread before you send.   5) Check word check if applicable   6) Send in two to five days prior to deadline-to avoid any computer problems.

Hi Everyone!      I am very excited to be stepping into the world of online tutoring.  I am hoping to connect with parents who sincerely want to help their child improve and grow.  It is such a pleasure to see it all happen and knowing in some small way I have helped is a great feeling.   Knowing how kids, and parents, feel about math, I plan to make my tutoring sessions a combination of skills development, confidence building, and hands-on learning.  Thats right hands-on learning!  This is super easy, especially if you have pretzels, graham crackers or even bubble gum around the house... after all we can pretty much make math out of anything.   I also want parents to know I am glad to provide insights and advice when they are looking to help their child.  Sometimes a teacher knows a few tricks that parents can use to help make life easier at home.  

I use a varied approach to learning math, from the fundamental algebraic basics, to the complex procedures of calculus. I use songs and cheers to remember rules. None of us have much trouble remembering songs from the radio. Why not apply that innate strength to math?  I also try to find ways to incorporate physical movement. An algebra student and I might, for example, walk in different directions, dropping place markers to better understand graphing. (This can be even more fun if you have square tiles somewhere in your house or study location.) I'm dyslexic, which I view as a strength. Because I'm dyslexic, it can be hard for me to remember new things from reading. As a result, I am quite fond of color coding to facilitate synthesizing new information. I use color coding with my students in higher levels of mathematics to help them track where certain terms are going in a multi-step procedure. With students who struggle with stamina in studying, I like to... read more

As you probably know, the same sorts of errors appear year after year in the Improving Sentences and Identifying Sentence Errors sub-sections of the SAT Writing Test.  Some might say ETS is striving for reliability, but the beret-wearing inner writer in me says they just lack imagination.   Many of these errors, unfortunately, require students to read and carefully consider all options before identifying the error and selecting the right answer, but at least one sort of commonly (not to say "universally," in test after test after test) appearing error is easy to spot and correct; I have trained even the most grammatically / stylistically challenged students to correctly answer such questions in 5 seconds at most, freeing up precious time to spend on the more nuanced items.   The error is the dangling modifier.   In case you're a little rusty, or have sensibly been spending your time thinking about almost anything other than esoteric... read more

In English we have 5 vowels orthographically(in spelling), but phonetically(in terms of speech sounds) there are 14 different vowel sounds! Spanish only has 5 vowel sounds! This can make it rather difficult for Spanish speakers to pronounce English words. For English speakers learning Spanish, this means that we have to narrow down our vowel pronunciations.  When it comes to pronunciation, I always tell my students to practice their vowel pronunciation in Spanish: a-e-i-o-u is pronounced, in Spanish, "ah"-"ay"-"ee"-"oh"-"oo" The good news is that these vowels never change in Spanish pronunciation. Once you get those down, you can pronounce any Spanish word with confidence. 

Tutors aren't just teachers outside of the classroom, we are also mentors that student's come to.  When tutoring, there is so much more to simply teaching the material and then being on one's way.  Get to know a student, and students, get to know your tutor!  This is a relationship that will benefit you in so many ways!  Tutors have a lot of experience, and especially for younger students, they can help guide you towards the right direction socially and career-wise.  Use your tutor to your advantage.  They are here because they want to see you succeed!  The closer you get with your tutor, the more it won't even seem like work to study with them anymore!  Studying is only as fun and enjoyable as you make it! 

1. Whatever the target language is, write it out and leave a space underneath to help with translation.  2. Flashcards for target language.  Make 2 set and you can play a matching game with both your native language and language being learned.   3. While using flashcards, you give yourself 3 seconds to translate.  You will have 2 piles: 1 for correct answers and the 2nd for the ones that you are having trouble with.  Then mix again and try them all. 4. Listen to the target language.  Watch TV, listen to the radio or find meet-ups. 5. Use tips that work for you.  Tweak them til it fits you!!!

Reading is key to writing, thinking, and solving problems Why is everyone always bugging us to read? Because becoming a powerful reader is the best way to become a powerful writer, thinker, and problem solver. When we read, we reach into the author’s mind—not to suck out her brain like a zombie—but to learn how she thinks.     Only then can we compare her thinking to our own. Only then can we learn from it. Only then can we argue with it, be persuaded by it, and enjoy it.      So, how do we do it? How do we become powerful readers? Dig in How? When you come across a word that you don’t know, look it up. I ran into pleonasmyesterday. The point is gobble down its meaning and rush back to the text. The point is to spend time understanding the word and why it was chosen. Trace its etymology—its roots. Why? So you’ll be empowered to understand any word that shares those roots. See? Getting more powerful already after just... read more

Study skills With the school year just starting, it's important to build study skills that will last through the year. Here are some tips to help create good habits now—TEN not-so-easy steps to develop self-discipline as well as become a strong student and an independent person. When December rolls around, you and your child will want to have great study skills to call upon to identify problems, plan projects, and meet deadlines.   STEP ONE: Identify your strengths What is your favorite subject? Where do you excel? What makes that subject fun for you? What skills do you have that make you good at it?  STEP TWO: Write them down Sing your own praises. Make a list. Why? First, just to make yourself feel good. Second, to build some confidence. Third, and perhaps most importantly, to see how you can apply your strengths in subjects that do not come as easily.  STEP THREE: Identify your challenges What is your least favorite... read more

What is the best way to improve your SAT Reading score? I find that most students lose points on the Reading section because of the test's challenging vocabulary. As you go through the practice tests, if you find that you are not familiar with many of the words, take the time to write them out on separate flash cards. Then, look them up in the dictionary and write the definitions on the flip side. You can also buy pre-made SAT vocabulary flash cards. Whether you make them or buy them, test your memory with flash cards for about 20 minutes a day.

    Kiah B. Indianapolis, IN       OBJECTIVE To secure a position with a well established and trusted tutoring organization in order to expand my knowledge, gain teaching experience, and grow as an educator.     EDUCATION   Ball State University – May 2018 • Major: Deaf Education   Everett Community College – Graduated June 2014 • Associate’s in Arts and Sciences Degree – High Distinction   Marysville-Pilchuck High School – Graduated June 2014 • High School Diploma   SAT Scores (June 2012 & May 2013) • Reading: 690 • Math: 570 • Writing: 690   ACT Scores (June 2013) • Composite: 30 • English: 30 • Mathematics: 26 • Reading: 33 • Science: 32 • English/Writing: 28       EXPERIENCE WyzAnt Tutoring Indianapolis, IN area &... read more

For more practice and help there are youtube videos available online. Khan academy is very helpful. Also there are other sites such as that I have used to study for my chemistry exams. Although, that site is for college students people can still just chose any college and a textbook they would like to study from. They have hundreds of videos that are very helpful.

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