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My name is Pam and I have tutored for approximate 2 1/2 to 3 years. Subjects tutored: language arts, reading comprehension, math, phonics, GED, CRCT Test Preparation, Writing skills, Test preparation and other subjects as needed. The work material is provided. Let me help you improve in those areas. I love tutoring. I am available as needed and I do have a flexible schedule. If you need my help today, please contact me. You will not regret your decision and you will be very pleased with the teaching and learning skills progress.An education ia very important and I believe in no child left behind. I really need the business. I hope you consider my services. Please review my flex schedule for availability.

I am pleased to announce that I have joined the WyzAnt tutoring team! What a wonderful way to connect students with tutors. Today is my first day and I do not yet have any students. So, come and get your time slots before my schedule is full ... From Preschool to College (and beyond), I can supply your tutoring needs. Whether you need a refresher course for review, a crash course for a test, weekly help with homework, or just need to learn a new subject ... I can help! So, contact me, and "Let's get some work done!" -Laura

I am writing about the technique of translating the text as a means of internalizing the meaning. This is an old method of teaching reading comprehension and I have recently begun to use it again with success. I have students who are reading Romeo and Juliet, for example. I have the students rewrite a particular passage or speech in their own words as a way of understanding the meaning. Likewise, I am teaching Huck Finn and I am having the students rewrite the language from the dialect to their own. This is increasing understanding and it is a skill that the students will internalize for themselves and use when confronted with other difficult literature.

Learning as a way of life, is that true? Wasn't getting through 12th grade hard enough? Then adding college on top of that! I never want to learn another thing. However, as we continue on and grow families we meet new opportunities all the time. Brush up on your math skills, your reading, writing and so much more. Children today are on an accelerated path to schooling. Each day they bring home homework that is increasingly challenging to their parents (and, of course, themselves, as well) and one must always be one day ahead of the homework assignment. Our daily living skills need to be in a state of constant updating as technology moves faster and faster. A simple letter is hardly ever heard of these days. Now, there is proper 'etiquette' for email, texting, iPads, iPods, driving, etc. Clipping coupons, although quite the money saver, need to be organized into categories, expiration dates and 'special offers'; many times requiring one to read and understand the fine print with... read more

Hi, I am new to the WyzAnt team of tutors. I am looking forward to being selected as your child's tutor. I am a certified teacher in the state of Pennsylvania. I obtained my educational (Bachelor's and Master's) degrees from Lock Haven University and Edinboro University. I am certified in Special Education, English 7 - 12, and as a Reading Specialist.

Did "paraprosdokian" make you think, "Whaaaaa?" The word is not listed on Dictionary.com or even in Merriam-Webster’s 11th Collegiate Dictionary. But have no fear; your WyzAnt tutor is here! This is Wikipedia’s definition: A paraprosdokian (from Greek meaning "beyond" and "expectation") is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists. My purpose in this blog is to highlight a dramatic example of paraprosdokian and to clarify the difference between a paradox and oxymoron. Here’s how I paraphrase the definitions from AP test prep books and dictionaries: A paradox is a truth stated in contradictory terms; a statement that should not... read more

Very often, in vocabulary, and the study of definitions, I have found among my students that the history of a word is seldom used as a means to understanding the word and how it's used, or changed in use. Word history, or etymology, as the study is called, can be very valuable to a student in several ways. First, it helps the student understand that English, as we know it, is international and multicultural. The root of a lot of words in English are derived from Greek, Latin, French, and German, and that language is not only living, but evolving. Words with prefixes and suffixes that change context can also be isolated and discussed. Secondly, the history of a word, studied in context of its original language and spelling can make the meaning of a word come alive for a student and give them one of those much-prized "light bulb" moments that teachers live for; the student has a point of reference to make a connection, and will be more likely to remember... read more

I am ready to help someone with problems in English. I am finishing my Bachelor's degree and will be obtaining my teaching certification directly after graduation. I have loved Literature and all aspects of the English language since I was in school and had a wonderful teacher. Hope to hear from some of you.

I have begun reading Nathaniel Philbrick's book "In the Heart of the Sea." It is the type of history that I enjoy most -- social history of people and how they survive. The book deals with the Nantucket, Mass., whaling ship the Essex, which left Nantucket in August 1819 for a voyage to the the South Pacific to bring back whale oil. The port of Nantucket had been the chief shipping point for whale oil, and the receiving point for whales for more than 150 years. By the time the Essex sailed, the whales had left the immediate area around Nantucket, and were on their way to being an endangered species around the island. They had been hunted and killed for their oil, which was used as fuel for lighting lamps in the 1700s and 1800s. The Essex encountered a sperm whale in the South Pacific that literally attacked the ship, destroying it and putting the crew out to sea for nearly two years. The story eventually made its way back to Nantucket, and became the basis... read more

They say that millions of American children will lose about 25% of their reading skills and approximately 2.6 months of math computation skills this summer (according to the U.S. Department of Education and the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management). If that wasn’t bad enough, teachers typically spend 4 to 6 weeks re-teaching or re-reviewing material that kids forgot over the summer break (Johns Hopkins Center for Summer Learning). To prevent these typical summer-time losses, known as “The Summer Brain Drain” or (which occur when kids do not engage in educational activities), I am offering offering tips and lists of games and activities for parents. I am also offering my own 3-month, hour a day, summer program for kids of all ages. The brain works like the body. The good news is that mental exercises can not only prevent the losses but raise cognitive function and IQ, in a short amount of time. Reinforcing cognitive skills (tools that enable kids to successfully... read more

Successful reading requires that students engage in a complex thinking process, while excelling on a test of reading requires another set of thinking strategies. Fortunately, these complex skills come together in patterns that can be developed, practiced and mastered. There are two basic approaches to tutoring for reading success: 1.) Focusing on students' strengths and practicing methods for compensating 2.) Focusing on students weaknesses and eliminating shortcomings Streamlined tutoring (i.e., the most rapid course to measured, positive student learning outcomes) focuses upon using students strengths for learning success. Focusing upon a student's weaknesses creates unintended consequences such as frustration, stress, feeling of fear and memories of failure experiences. However, discovering the unique pattern of a student's strengths is inadequate if students must take high-stakes, high-pressure tests. (Note: in modern times, all students face these pressure-cooker... read more

There are many reasons that teachers and tutors give for teaching. Typical reasons include the joy of seeing students learn. While this is certainly the case for me as well, an even more important reason to me was to help students see that they are WAY more capable than teachers and peers have told them. I believe that failure in school is much more complicated than "I am smart" or "I am dumb". Repeated failure and frustration convinces students that they are stupid. This belief imprisons them. I tutor and teach to empower students. Every step of the way I show them HOW to learn. We calmly discuss, back-and-forth, how to approach the problem or subject. By going through this exercise, the student begins to see proof that his/her new approach empowers them and makes excellence possible. I see tutoring as a golden opportunity to start your own little school---and help students learn the material (of course), but learn also how to play to their own strengths even... read more

Writing a theme paper? A research paper? Maybe an essay? Well, don't panic just yet. Here are some basic tips for any project/assignment that requires structured writing. Brainstorm - Toss those ideas, words, phrases, questions in the basket and then... Outline! - Your project should follow an outline, this will help you stay on topic as you write. Narrow your scope to 3 points of interest, 3 ideas or 3 subjects to compare, argue, etc. It's a conversation, Hello - Introduction Conversation topic - Body Goodbye - Summary Consider your audience - Can a novice or amateur on this topic make sense of your information? Proofread Do the paragraphs expound on the topic sentence? Does the paper transition well from sentence to sentence, paragraph to paragraph, and topic to topic? Transitional Devices Choose your words as an 'educated person' Thesaurus- use it! Refrain from slang or common language, and writing in 1st person (I,... read more

Sometimes, it is essential to provide students with additional perspectives, besides the tutor's. As I tutor more and more, I realize that even with the one-on-one benefits of tutoring, there is a need for interaction with other students. However, the problem is, there are no other students to provide this feedback when you are tutoring a student. I have found that creating relationships with other students is a remarkable enhancement to the tutoring experience. I have used Pen Pals to meet this need. There are a variety of websites that offer pen pals for different purposes. If I am tutoring a student in Social Studies, Geography or History, a Pen Pal is an amazing resource for FREE and REAL information about the study topics. This is usually an exciting concept that is well-received by the student because they thrive with interactions with others and they think it's amazing to connect with people like them all around the world! Using the right resources for this is essential,... read more

Perhaps you are a student and, for whatever reason, you find yourself stuck in a mold of defeat. What are you to do? You don't want to fail all your classes--that wasn't your goal when you woke this morning. However, here you are: unmotivated, feeling left behind, stuck in a rut. The one thing you have going for you is that if you do show some interest and express this interest (as meek as it may be) to the teacher, your teacher will take notice of that. Teachers are hungry for students who show interest in their lessons. As a teacher, I had a student in your shoes--to whatever degree you are in those shoes. She was failing every class because traditional testing and traditional methods of teaching were the norm at this school and this wasn't reaching her understanding or interest. This student became so used to failing and being seen as a problem case that she just resigned to it. At times, wore it as the only badge of honor she had. After all, the tests and teaching wasn't that... read more

Hello, I am here to help you. If you need to brush up on your writing skills, grammar, or reading skills...I am here for you. Together, we can get rid of your weaknesses and emphasize your strengths. You do not have to dread doing your homework alone, or not succeeding in the classroom. I am here to help you. I want to do everything I can to make you the success you want to be. I will give you the one-on-one help that is sometimes difficult for the teacher to achieve in the classroom. Working hard and putting forth your best efforts will help us to achieve the success you desire. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

Out of all the major decisions a parent has to make, deciding which tutor would better enhance their child's learning capabilities is very important. Although this is not an easy task, having some basic ground rules can be helpful. 1. Find out what subjects your child needs help in. Looking at your child's report card is an easy way to know what subject he/she is not working up to his/her potential. Also, don't hesitate to ask the teacher what skills is your child lacking to be getting the grade that your child is striving for. Having good communication with the teacher, lets the teacher know that the parent is working together with the child. If a student is behind, usually teachers will allow a proper catch up by assigning extra credit. Some teachers even have after school hours to instruct your child further. Some children seem to improve by getting the one on one instruction that comes with having a tutor. 2. Where do you find the right tutor for your child... read more

I feel like my blog just got "Wal-Mart"-ized. You know Wal-Mart, it looks the same everywhere you go. I had a comment in the last blog entry that asked "You're on the web, ain'a?", and they changed to "You're on the web, right?" I'm trying to give my blog a little local flavor, so people who see me in my area will know I'm from Milwaukee, or at least have been here long enough to pick up the dialect, if you can call it that. Instead, it's been edited to fit generic, everyday, "proper" English. Meantime, I still get told occasionally that I have an accent, even though I grew up 45 miles from Milwaukee. Go figure (another Milwaukee-ism there). I don't know what the book was last week that they were reading on WPR on "Chapter a Day", but it took place in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The protagonist is confused by everyone adding "ain'se" (sounds like "ents") to the ends of their sentences. He interprets... read more

As a fashion industry entrepreneur, I think both creatively and analytically in order to increase the sales accounts and public awareness for my clients. The key is to "find the story," that special edge that sets them apart from the rest. Then, I develop that story into well-crafted, charismatic press releases that are distributed online and to my network of fashion industry editors. I blog about each client's unique qualities and create targeted email newsletters that are distributed to retail buyers across the nation. Whereas the designer creates the physical product, I cultivate the emotional appeal that leads to customers buying their creations. As a working Public Relations and Marketing professional, I will help each student realize their distinct creative voice. This leads to increased self-confidence and improved performance in all aspects of scholastics, athletics, career opportunities, and social life. I look forward to working with you!

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