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Psssst....parents, you have access to a free tutor and you don't even know it! As a tutor always on the lookout for more business, I am not sure I should give away this highly confidential secret, but here goes. You know your son in Prealgebra who needs my help because he recently started getting Ds on his tests? And you know your other son, the one in Algebra II that needed tutoring to prep for finals last semester? You may not be aware of this, but son #2 knows most of the material giving son #1 problems. Not only does son #2 have the ability to help the younger one, he would also greatly benefit from working with his dear sibling. He would stay on top of the review material he tends to relegate to the far reaches of his mind and start understanding the concepts he knows on a deeper level that relies less on memorization. Now, let's not get carried away. I am not saying that my professional services are unnecessary for either one of them - I have a lot of expertise and experience... read more

I am excited to begin working with talented and success-driven students in the Somerset, KY area! My strengths as a tutor include knowledge of the content, my experience in the classroom, and my desire to help students reach their learning goals. Many of my students have risen their scores in both English and Reading ACT tests. You will benefit greatly from gaining essential skills in grammar, reading, and test taking. Other session topics will vary depending on student goals and needs. All topics studied in a regular English classroom can be added to your sessions, as needed. Please contact me for help, should you need it. I look forward to working with you!

Several of my students recently got the test results from their last A.C.T. exam, and we have lots of good news! Math and Reading scores improved the most, followed by Science and English. Most students showed great improvements in ALL areas. The new study methods really make a difference. If you have any questions, please EMAIL me for details: I'll be happy to share with you and/or work with you to help you improve your TEST scores!

College writing, just like professional writing, is a skill anyone can learn. Good grammar and punctuation are necessary. That goes without saying – for any writing except poetry. This series will focus on what you can learn to improve your style and, frankly, sound academic. You need to improve your verbs. We all need to enhance our verbs. Every academic writer must upgrade his verbs. It cannot be said often enough – expand your verb knowledge! I’ll begin with a simple rule – Let the verb be the action in your sentence. That seems simple. Didn’t we all learn in elementary school that a verb is an action word? OF course we did. But in the years since “Spot runs.” our writing style has become muddied. Let’s take it to a “Word Wash” and get back to clear, strong verbs. Put all the action of a sentence into the verb. Don't bury the action in a noun or blur it across the entire sentence. Like this- The improvement of the usage of verbs by college students in the... read more

Wow! I can't believe I'm opening a tutoring business. Well, it's to serve the community but it's also to empower me as an independent contractor. Hopefully I'll be working from home, but if there's a need out there, requiring my assistance, I'll be on my way to enlighten people at whatever the outpost it is - within 15 mile radius, though (let's not get carried away here) :)

You have educational goals. Next, you have a test to take. It's one of those big milestone tests for admission to college, such as the ACT, SAT, or GRE--or other standardized tests such as the SSAT, ASVAB, GED, or a professional licensing test. You want a tutor who works hard to get you ready. Help me be that tutor. Do these three things before our first session together. 1. If you have already set a date to take your test, tell me what it is. If you are not that far along yet, tell me the dates you are considering. This will assist me in developing a schedule for our sessions, and, if you'd like, I will suggest a study schedule for you for the time between our meetings. [PLEASE NOTE: It is far more effective to meet with you once a week for three months than three times per week for one month. Even when you are not studying for your test, your mind is preparing for it. Since your mind is busy in many other ways as well, it makes sense to give yourself ample time to fully... read more

Congratulations to Steven on improving your ACT score, and getting accepted to the college of your choice! We're proud of you for your dedication to studying. The time and energy that you invested in studying will pay off for you "many times over" in the years to come. Your understanding of technology, and your skills with computers are simply amazing. If you are consistent and stay on track with your studies, I am sure you will do GREAT things. Studying and working with you has been an honor, and I hope we can work together again in the future! Here's wishing you an AWESOME first year at the University!

Should I get a tutor? Will it help my child? These are some of the most common questions posed to tutors by parents of students struggling in school. Tutoring can be expensive and difficult to schedule so parents must decide whether the time and money will be well spent. Instead of relying on a crystal ball, use these factors to help make the decision. 1. Does the student spend an appropriate amount of time on homework and studies? While it can help with study skills, organization, and motivation, tutoring cannot be expected to keep the student on track unless you plan on having a session every night. If you can make sure the student puts in effort outside of tutoring, she will be more likely benefit from it. 2. Does the student have difficulty learning from the textbook? If this is the case, the student will probably respond to one-on-one instruction that is more personalized. A tutor will help bring the subject to life and engage the student. A good tutor will explain... read more

One day your child needs help figuring out 4 + 7 and then, seemingly overnight, is asking for help with quadratic equations. As a parent, when you decide your child’s academic struggles are out of your league and that you need to hire a tutor, it is important to remember you still have a big effect on the outcome. Tutoring is expensive and it is in your best interest to get the most out of the process for your child. From the beginning, take an active approach to make sure the tutoring experience is a successful one. 1. Establish regular sessions and stick to them. By setting up a routine, you can help your child stay ahead of trouble and stay on track. The tutor can use the textbook and class materials to work ahead when possible. This helps students develop a sense of confidence in class and gives them pre-exposure to the material in a less demanding setting so that they can return to it in more depth the next session. Aim for once a week for elementary and junior high... read more

It sounds like everyone is having an exceptionally busy week, with school starting, work, music, sports, and other activities.... My schedule is filling fast too--with good students who want to get a jump on studying for the more challenging subjects. As you know, when we can study together consistently, it will make a much bigger difference than just a lesson here or there. You deserve the best education, so why not give yourself the best tutoring? Like they say, a good education really pays -- FOR LIFE!

A great new grammar book, "The Essentials of English Grammar in 90 Minutes" by Prof. Robert Hollander [Dover, $4.95] bridges the gap between basic grammar books (for both children and adults) and higher-level books such as the recommended "Essential English Grammar" by Philip Gucker, also from Dover Publications. This grammar book has almost no quizzes or charts, etc. but will give you an over-all picture of not only basic, but higher level grammar. Please see my Amazon Review of this nice little addition to the grammar teacher's and learner's bookshelf.

As a special educator who has worked in the public schools and tutored privately, I've observed that all students learn best in an emotionally supportive environment. Most students with special needs have accumulated a long history of negative learning interactions over the years. They feel inferior to "better" students, they sense that teachers expect less of them, and above all, they are painfully aware of their parents' disappointment and anxiety. I have tutored students at very different grade levels and found many of them full of anxiety, to the extent that in some cases absolutely no work was accomplished due to emotional roadblocks. Why? The problem may be an emotional one to start with, or it may arise because by the time parents decide to pay for help from a professional, they have exhausted themselves trying to understand and explain why their child is blocked. An emotionally supportive environment, paradoxically, may not be the one in which they are most loved:... read more

I know that testing is emphasized quite a bit in today's education. I also know that not everyone loves taking tests! Some people get what we call "test anxiety," and they have panic attacks when testing is mentioned. If you are one of those people (or just want to get some general tips for test taking), read on, and see if this will help you! -Study a little each night. There’s no way you can cram all the information you need into your brain the night before, and that technique will only increase your stress level. The best way to study is in increments: every day when you go home from school, review all the material you’ll need to know for the next exam. For instance, if you’re in an algebra class, and you’re studying chapter 8, you know there will be a chapter 8 exam coming shortly. So study everything you know from chapter 8 every single day before the exam. -Study at odd times. Go to a school supply store and purchase a packet of notecards. Make flashcards for... read more

Throughout the years (I used to work for a Test-Prep Company), I've constantly told my students to practice after I leave, yet some still won't touch the books after I'm gone! I explained to a student this week that, although I like to pride myself on increasing test scores, it's just not possible if the student won't take it upon his/herself to practice when I'm gone. I recently created a table of how much work students did while I was gone and what their consequential score increases were. You'd be amazed at how much higher the increases were for the students who practiced on their own! You would think everyone would do the most work possible, especially if they're paying a tutor to help them. This is, however, not the case. Perhaps we procrastinate or are just not enthused enough to go through all those SAT Reading Comprehension passages (joy). But think of how much better things would be if you DID that and then got a great score as a result! Studying and practicing doesn't... read more

A Compelling Experience Individual skills development is essential to socio-economic transformation, and a key driver in international competitiveness. My training courses can help you compete in the global economy. The world has gotten smaller... Think Bigger! THE PROGRAM Introduction to specific modules of communication strategies through tasks and activities that support immediate application of each concept. THE OUTCOME Change in communication style that results in increased language fluidity, more professional correspondence, and higher test scores. THE INVESTMENT SERENITY SERIES: Examine your needs ... Exercise your dormant talents ... Dream your dreams! Flawless Workshop- $150 (2-days) Motherhood Seminar -$60 Financial Freedom workshop - $60 BUSINESS COMMUNICATION: $400 per 16-hour course ~ Private Instruction ~ Industry-specific vocabulary ~ Certificate of Completion ACADEMIC TEST PREPARATION: Each session includes... read more

A semicolon connects two independent but related clauses, or thoughts. When To Use a Semicolon: If the two clauses could stand on their own as two complete sentences. Note: Use sparingly! One a paragraph at absolute most. Too many semicolons can interrupt the flow of an essay. Do Not: Use a semicolon with conjunctions (and, but, or, nor, yet, etc.). CORRECT: My baby sister has cried every night this week; I've hardly slept in days. INCORRECT: I didn't feel like doing my homework; so I went for a jog instead.

Attention Test Takers: understanding the importance of knowing testing format and test taking strategies for the particular test you will be taking can increase your score significantly. Feel free to inform me of the test you will be taking and I will post specific strategies that are most important to know for that particular test.

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