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A few keys to success in school (for people with or without A.D.D.): We need to concentrate on taking notes in classes, and possibly use a digital recorder to record some classes. (That makes a tremendous difference for many of my A.D.D. students, because they can "go back and listen" to things they missed when distractions occurred.) Examples of distractions include when other students are moving or making noises, worries or concerns**, being hungry, needing to go to the restroom, looking for a pen or pencil, or needing to sharpen a pencil, etc. There are many sources of distractions. Even **fear of failure** can be a distraction! What about memory problems? Actually all of us have trouble with remembering from time to time--it's part of being human, right? Heck, even computers have memory problems occasionally, so it seems that some degree of "forgetfulness" is basically a universal condition. Some good news for A.D.D. students: If we are able... read more

Summer break is on its way for many students. For most kids, summer is a time to relax and try not to think about school for a few months. Unfortunately kids have a difficult time retaining what they have learned, so teachers have to start over at the beginning of the following school year. That is where summer tutoring comes in. If a student has fallen behind through the school year, summer is a great time to catch up. If a student is already doing well, but would like more in-depth study in reading or writing, summer is a great time to get ahead. I am just beginning to tutor students in English (reading, writing, spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and proofreading) and look forward to helping others love the English language as much as I do. So if you are a parent whose child needs help in language arts, or if you are an older student who needs help with literature and writing papers, I would love to work with you! As an incentive, I am offering a limited-time discounted... read more

A lot of students have trouble in school because they have a hard time understanding text books, written instructions, reading assignments, and test questions. Although they can read, they may get facts wrong because they don’t know how to read in depth. Often, teachers and professors don’t realize their students don’t really “get” what the book is trying to say. Telling a student to just go “read the book” doesn’t help. These students aren’t lazy. Embarrassed, they do not seek help when they should. Even in high school, students are often given study sheets of simple facts needed for exams. “I don’t need to know that. It won’t be on the test,” is an excuse often given for not reading the book. And with homework, sports, and after school activities taking up so much time, students won’t read unless they have to. Unfortunately, good students may end up with poor grades because of an inability to process difficult written material. Students need to read enough to have a wide... read more

Test are just that...tests. Just because you don't perform well on a test doesn't mean you don't read or write well, it indicates that you don't test well. It's important to know if you actually don't understand the material or if you just need to learn to be a better test-taker. One of the most important things for standardized testing is to read the question first, THEN read the section where you will find the answer. Good luck, test takers!

This afternoon, I found myself writing to one of my ESL students: ______________________ Hello, XXXXXX--- I am imagining you and your dog having a fine time at the cabin as I write this. I bet you are in the cabin as well. In the first sentence at the cabin is correct, just as you would say "I am at home" rather than in home. It would also be correct to say "I'm in the house" rather than outside in the yard. When you are at home, the yard is included. When you are in the house, the yard is excluded. With cabin, the same word is used both ways. When you are at the cabin, the exterior property is included, but when you are in the cabin, it is excluded. By the way, while you might be in your yard, you would be on your property. ______________________ Preposition problems are common to all but the most advanced English language learners, including many native speakers. After sending my student this email, I realized the word office... read more

I was reading what another WyzAnt tutor said, and I realized that he and I have the same attitude towards tutoring: We cherish each and every student, and enjoy working with them, but we don’t necessarily want to build a long-term relationship with them. I compare this situation to birds learning to fly. They need help at first, but it is important for them to learn to be self-sufficient, and learn to handle the challenges on their own. My goal is to help you to get on track, fill in some "gaps," and then let you "fly" on your own, when you are ready. In the future, if more help is needed with a new challenge, I am always glad to help. As John from California said, "Many students were never taught the basic concepts behind their courses. Because of that, the entire course can be a struggle for them." That problem does not just happen out West. I have found that to be true here too. If you were never taught the basic concepts, we will work... read more

Hi. My name is Hallie. Although I am not new to WyzAnt (I am an experienced WyzAnt tutor), this is my first blog post. I am an ivy-league educated individual who has experience teaching students in both areas of academic subjects and test preparation, including the private school and college-admissions processes. I am a an experienced academic and test prep tutor for over a decade. I thoroughly enjoy teaching students for the ACT Exam. I specialize in preparing students for the ACT English, ACT Reading, ACT Math, ACT Science, and Writing portions of the Exam. In other words, I tutor for all sections of the ACT Exam. I have tutored many students for the ACT exam, including a number of students with learning disabilities. Research has shown and my own experience has indicated that students with disabilities perform better on the ACT than the SAT exam. It seems that the ACT has become increasingly popular in recent years (especially in the last decade) and is increasingly accepted... read more

Styles and Types of Learning. NOTE: This is written for tutors. Students: DO NOT READ As educators we were all taught that our students learned in three different ways: - Visual - Auditory - Kinesthetic My research has revealed another axis of learning: - Learning by Classroom - Learning by remote/on-line - Learning by individual study Just as each student has her own style of learning perception: visual; auditory; kinesthetic, she has her preferred style of learning “geography”. Some students do much better in a physical classroom, while many flourish in independent study. If we acknowledge that learning “geography” matters then we are not just looking at three ways of tutoring but 3 times 3 or 9 ways of tutoring. Only when we educators realize that just segmenting students by visual; auditory; and kinesthetic is not enough, can we begin to truly teach our students in the manner that they need, and not just what is comfortable for... read more

Here are three books I am recommending for the 2012 ACT and their lowest prices as of January 19, 2012: 1. Kaplan ACT 2012 Premier is $17 plus $4 shipping on If you buy over $25 in books, media mail shipping is free. 2. Princeton Review's Cracking the ACT, 2012 Edition is $11 new on amazon plus free media mail shipping, if you buy over $25 in books. 3. Real ACT 2011, 3rd Edition with CD-ROM and online resources is $17 plus $4 shipping on My recommendations are based on student ratings, popularity, and pricing information obtained from multiple ACT-related websites,, ebay, and

Hey! Thanks for checking out my page and blog. I have more than twenty years experience as a college instructor, taught ESL to high school students, SAT and ACT prep in English. I enjoy teaching -- especially when that light bulb goes on and the student "gets it." I have two books which are published. One a photography book with a bit of history thrown in about the Grand Mesa--the world's largest flat top mountain. The other is the first in series of murder mysteries. I have been told from former students that I am demanding while being the funnest teacher ever. If you're willing to work hard, I'm the person to help you achieve your goals in all things relating to English, photography or piano. Good luck in your endeavors!

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

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

I have written about these two boys before. They are the two students who were struggling with Mathematics. They are best friends and were in grade six. Well now they are both in grade 7. They play football for the school, and they are doing so much better in Mathematics. I had written that one struggled more than the other in Mathematics. For the student who struggled more, doing Math was like doing 'rocket science'. Sometimes it was painful to watch, but at the same time admirable, because he was persistent. Sometimes, I had to be a little stern with him because I did not want him to give up. I was determined for him to understand the concepts as well as pass his NY State exam. I went through such a roller coaster of emotions while preparing him for the exam. Finally I looked at him and said, you are going to pass this exam. You know how to do these Mathematics. We practice these all the time. There is nothing new, just read the problems carefully, take your time, and do what the... read more

Getting plenty of sleep EVERY NIGHT during the week of the big test. Drinking plenty of water (some extra) for SEVERAL DAYS BEFORE the test, and enough during the test too, in small sips. (Having to go to the bathroom a lot is also stressful, so moderation is important here). They say most people don't drink nearly enough water. If we are even slightly dehydrated, it can cause the brain to slow down 10 to 20% or more, which makes a big difference on timed tests that require you to think QUICKLY. Getting exercise, and the right mix of oxygen to the brain is so important. Exercise can also help reduce feelings of stress. Does anyone want to go jogging for a while before you get ready to go to the big test? Good nutrition -- protein is "brain food," along with the right vitamins, minerals, Omega III essential oils, B-Complex vitamins, Lecithin, etc. It is worth consulting a nutritionist if you want to have peak performance from your brain. I know several excellent... 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

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