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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

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. • 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. • 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

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