Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! As I begin this New Year, I am pondering what this year will bring. So I asked myself several questions:

1) How can I maximize my efficiency so my students get the maximum benefit?

2) How can I streamline the process of learning so the learning curve is greatly reduced?

3) How can I increase my communication efficiency so that my students not only grasp a concept, but retain the knowledge and put it into practice immediately.

These are questions that demand answers.

As anyone who examines my profile can attest, my main focus is on teaching the ASVAB test. A majority of my students have successfully passed my course and successfully passed the ASVAB test and are now in the military.

Getting these students to pass the ASVAB is a daunting task. Why? well to begin with much of the prior learning that they (should) have attained has been forgotten by the time they come to the test. The most common deficiency is math. The "Arithmetic Reasoning" section of the test is the most common area that needs development. Why is this? Well, for starters, we have cell phones that have calculators thereby eliminating the need for arithmetic. The secondary reason is out modern day K-12 system.

Deficiencies of Core Curriculum

The state (federal) mandated NCLB (No Child Left Behind) program is a complete joke! They push a curriculum past a group of children without taking the time to discern different earning styles expecting them ALL to learn it just like a bunch of bovines in a paddock! Humans don't learn the same way! There are three main learning styles (aural, visual and tactical) that must be considered before the learning process can continue. Also, some children have learning disabilities such as dyslexia or a visual impairment. What about them?

I spend a large portion of time with my students "re-educating" them with these things in mind. The teachers threw this stuff at them expecting them to learn it the first time. Thank you Common Core!

Because my approach to learning is different (and my documented success), it creates a environment for greater retention and efficiency in the learning process. This benefits the students because I teach tools, memory aids, thought processes that will stay with the student for a lifetime instead of just a one time "life-event".

If you are considering having your son or daughter tutored, please give me a call. I am more than happy to help in any way I can.

James N


Is there a quantitative method that a tutor can use to identify and create a general hierarchy of difficulty for vocabulary words? I want to create a list to more accurately assess my ASVAB students.
Hello, I am returning to Wyzant after being inactive for more than 15 months.  I am searching the Wyzant Forums and the Department of Education ERIC  education reort and journal article  database.  I just passed by a source (which I forgot to write down because I thought it was irrelevant!)  The authors worte that Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) wrote "The Cat in the Hat" with a 222 (232?) word vocabulary from a 236 word vocabulary that children in grades 1 and 2 were expected to be familiar. A search of cataloging records used by libraries lead me to a copyright 1955 edition of the book.
     Those words could be one base group.   The Thorndike-Barnhart High School Dictionary 1 to 5th editions increased the number of words from 5,000 to 10,000 in the 5th ed. (1968)_ edition.  One of the newest high school level dictionaries is the American Heritage High School Dictionary 4th ed., published in 2016.  Online descriptions about it say that it includes 7,500 new words.
I think that I will acquire a copy of as many new and old editions of ASVAB study guides from 2000 to date, and develop a spreadsheet with information about every "test" word that appears in guides.  Word, definition, Title  edition, subtest code, and some other things.  I expect that my list will be less than 3,000 words.  With that list, and a list of prefixes and suffixes and meanings, I think I can tutor people to understand most words that they will encounter on an ASVAB.


James N.

ASVAB Specialist, Electronics, English, Reading, Writing, Math SAT

400+ hours
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