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Writing a research paper is one of the most difficult parts of being a student. You find yourself asking: - How do I start? - What is a thesis statement? - How do I determine if this is a credible source? - How do I make an in-text citation? - Why do I even need a citation? - What is a bibliography? - WHAT AM I DOING? Whether you are in middle school, high school, college, or even graduate school, the following websites provide information about research papers. With a click of the mouse, you can find answers to all of your questions and put an end to those research worries. Purdue Online Writing Lab One of the most useful website you will ever visit. Everything from writing, researching, grammar, mechanics, citations, and formatting – it’s all here! Google Scholar A great place to start begin your research and gather information on your topic. read more

Well, it's not quite cheating, but here's a good way to give you a head's up in any reading assignment. Studies have shown that when you're familiar with the subject that you're about to read about, your comprehension ability is raised significantly. For example, if you need to decipher a tough piece of historic literature, it is probably worth doing some preliminary research before digging in. If you get a grasp of the history and setting before you start, it'll be much smoother sailing. This can help with young readers as well. If they're about to read a short story or passage that discusses, say, beavers or foxes, reading a similar story or giving a short description about these animals will help their comprehension of the next story. This will be true even if the plot is completely different than the information they were exposed to before. If your child has a reading difficulty, exposing them to the information they will encounter before the class receives the assignment will... 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

Hi WyzAnt readers, I'd love to start blogging my tutoring experiences. This is to keep a record for myself, my students, and other teachers and people of interest. I am here on WyzAnt to get experience teaching students of all ages in as many subjects as possible. I love reading, writing, and literary subjects. I have been a student for 22 years, and after finishing my degree in Comparative Literature at Rutgers University, I am interested in giving back to the community. I have had minimal experience helping friends with editing their papers or talking them through situations, but tutoring one-on-one is new for me! I appreciate all feedback and critique so I can produce the best results for my students. My first session with N was excellent! N is a special needs student-adult in need of help organizing thoughts from mind to paper. Isn't it easy to think or talk about something, but sometimes that same subject proves difficult once trying to really express it? All writers can... read more

I am so excited that I found WyzAnt!! It has been wonderful! I have met so many new people and love helping work with my students to see them advance! I worked in the public schools for 7 years and loved every minute of it when I had my SPED Resource Room for Learning Disabled, Dyslexic, and ADD/ADHD students. I got to see so many young people better themselves and get passed that learning barrier to advance and become great students that even went on to college. That is what I am about!! I want my students to have the best opportunities that are out there! Just because your child may need a tutor, that does not mean that they will not surpass your ideas or their ideas for their future!! I have very HIGH expectations for my students and love to challenge them to surpass those goals to go on to new heights. Looking forward to working with more students! WyzAnt is terrific!

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. -Henry David Thoreau There is no greater foundation, than a fine education. However, it is easy to get lost in the myriads of words that fill textbooks. Some students are so overwhelmed by the vast amounts of information that they are expected to read and study, that they just give up. A talented tutor can teach students how to quickly scan the important portions of their lessons, and zone in on what concepts and terms are most essential. This saves time, energy and a whole lot of frustration. After thirteen years of college and seven years of teaching, I am confident that I can help students do this. Many of my students have told me that they never liked science, till they sat in my classes. One young lady said she thought she had no aptitude for science at all, but her grades climbed in my classes and she took heart. Together we can explore our castles... read more

I just spent almost 2 hours helping people with Chemistry labs. Normally I do not find that so exhausting except that these people also wanted me to help them with a paper on the book "Heart of Darkness." For those of you who have not read the book, it is very good but quite exhausting! The different symbols and interpretations just on Kurt's last words before death alone are a lot of material to cover. Then you have to analyze the two women in Kurt's life and how they differed and which one he preferred. :O I felt like I gave about 10 theories for each theme of the book to write. I can't help it! I know the piece so well, and so I feel like I am compelled to say everything I can but at the same time, I (and I'm sure the students writing hands were as well) am tired. I am thinking about making packets to give to students who are thinking about taking AP exams on literature and these kinds of books. Here is a list of books I'm thinking of: The Handmaid's Tale Frankenstein The... read more

A study techniques can be utilized to tackle any subject, especially when you are required to retain information on multiple subjects. There are many techniques that can be used and some of which I found helped me survive both undergraduate school and graduate school. I've listed some of them below for you and provide an explanation of each. 1. Mnemonics or mnemonic device - is a learning technique that aids memory. To improve long term memory, mnemonic systems are used to make memorization easier. They do so by increasing efficiency of the process of consolidation of facts and information. This process involves the conversion of short term memory to long term memory. 2. Outlining - This should be a two step process. You should begin outlining at the beginning of the course and continually updating the outline as the course proceeds. During your finals week, you should then take your long course outline and condense it down to a two page key word memory jogger or concept jogger... read more

For the past five years, I have worked in multiple online areas: social media, graphic design, web development, etc. I discovered that online collaboration tools are a very unique and diverse way to keep up with and practice different activities. I would like to motivate students to participate in online tutoring sessions. I am not saying this should be a substitute to face to face sessions, but it a nice little way for students to get their online "fix" during the week and be reminded about what they are learning. If you are interested in adding an online session to your student's weekly tutoring, let me know. There are many ways to have video chats and also interactive tools for completing different tasks.

Just wanted to introduce myself, I am a new tutor at WyzAnt but have been tutoring for five years. I also teach at local colleges. I am excited to work through WyzAnt and get to know more local students, as I have a passion for teaching students how to bebetter students with the skills they have and can learn. I struggled as a student until I went to college and learned how to be a good student, so I like to pass on these study and learning strategies. I have worked with students from K to 12th grade and beyond. At the college level I have worked with students with the age range from teens to seniors citizens. Looking forward to working with students both eager to learn and frustrated with their inability to "get it". I can help.

I am just starting as a tutor with WyzAnt. However, I have 18 years of experience as a high school English teacher. I have also taught and facilitated writing courses for adults. I am a National Board Certified teacher and a public school teacher in North Carolina. I hope to work with students in all areas of English/language arts. I can't wait to get started! Please click the link to my information:

Hi everyone! I am waiting for my first customer I would love to be the one helping your loved one succeed and reach their full potential! I have great flexibility as I am transitioning into becoming a stay at home mom and working as a private ABA therapist and BCBA. I have a true passion for helping those with special needs and I love blending my two favorite fields---psychology and education. I would enjoy the opportunity to show you all my capabilities! Give me the chance and I won't disappoint. I am friendly, patient and encouraging! I believe everyone is capable and there is hope for all...we just need the confidence, support and understanding that we all work at our own pace.

My emerging tutoring passion is assisting ESL college students with their coursework. Most of them must also hold full-time jobs to support themselves and often their families as well. Many require online courses to get college educations. They could not earn a college degree any other way. Do textbook publishing companies realize how much cultural bias is written into their online ancillary (supplemental) materials? Do teachers of online college courses realize how hopeless these students feel about merely passing a class when their grades depend on online multiple-choice exams consisting of 60 items to be completed in 60 minutes (60 in 60), for example? This may be a subtle form of cultural bias, but bias it is. Frankly, as a native speaker of American English with a master’s degree in journalism from University of Wisconsin—Madison, I’m not sure I could pass a 60 in 60 exam. I would like to challenge the instructors who teach these online courses and college administrators... read more

On June 2, 1989, my life changed forever. A brand new world was brought to my attention. I moved into the main land of the United States. I am Puerto Rican, meaning natural born American, but was raised on the island of Puerto Rico. Don't get me wrong, I have always been more fourtunate than most people with my condition. You see, I have a condition called Spina Bifida. I guess it would make more sense if I explain myself. Normally, during the first month of a pregnancy, the two sides of the spine (or backbone) join together to cover the spinal cord, spinal nerves and meninges (the tissues covering the spinal cord). Spina bifida refers to any birth defect involving incomplete closure of the spine. Myelomeningocele is the most common type of Spina Bifida. It is a neural tube defect in which the bones of the spine do not completely form, resulting in an incomplete spinal canal. This causes the spinal cord and meninges (the tissues covering the spinal cord) to stick out of the... read more

Studies show that the best way to learn a language and to improve reading and writing skills is to read. Kind of a no-brainer, huh? Just like anything else, if you want to become a better reader, you need to practice. In my years of reaching out to reluctant readers, I have found that kids (and adults) who aren't confident in their abilities either avoid reading because it's difficult or they pick up a random book and "fake read.” Letting words slip in front of your eyes without letting them anywhere near your brain is an utter waste of time. The trick to becoming a proficient reader is being able to identify the right book. Reading something that is way above your reading level is going to be confusing, frustrating, and NO FUN. And guess what else? You won’t learn a thing, except, perhaps, to hate reading more than you already do. Unfortunately, if you are a student, sometimes you’re going to have to suck it up and read what your teachers tell you to read. That’s when... read more

It's that time of year again, where we send our sons and daughters back to the classroom to gain the knowledge they need for the big world they are about to encounter. What better way to do this than through a good book? Here are some books that I recommend for middle and high school students that I think not only teach good lessons that they can take with them but also entertain at the same time. "Crash" by Jerry Spinelli -- Crash Coogan has been plowing through people since he was a baby, so it was no wonder he was a natural for the football team. He and his friend Mike like to make the life of his nerdy, pacifist neighbor Penn miserable. But when a prank goes horribly wrong, Crash is forced to face the person he really is. (Middle School) "Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Patterson -- Jess and Leslie become the best of friends, even creating an imaginary world they call Terabithia in the woods. Will that friendship hold Jess together when tragedy... read more

As an English and writing tutor, I humbly confess that sometimes I mix up words. A couple that have tripped me up in the past are “epigram” and “epitaph.” What’s the difference? For the main definitions, let’s turn to my trusty sidekick, ep·i·gram –noun 1. any witty, ingenious, or pointed saying tersely expressed. ep·i·taph –noun 1. a commemorative inscription on a tomb or mortuary monument about the person buried at that site. 2. a brief poem or other writing in praise of a deceased person. To remember the difference, think: “t” for “tomb” (epiTaph) or “ph” for “phantom” (epitaPH). Many authors, Jodi Picoult especially, like to use epigrams in their novels (an epiGRam is “good writing”). Since you probably spend more time reading popular fiction than wandering around graveyards, you’re more likely to come across an epigram. The subject of this blog is how to effectively use an epigram in your academic writing. We’ve all been faced... read more

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