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Hi everyone,   I hope all is well. Recently, I realized I am able to tutor full time. It is my hope to do so, but I need to start marketing. Sadly, just having a MA in Teaching and near completion of a MA in English will not suffice. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.   Thank you!

Several weeks ago, I caught an afternoon interview on CNBC with Carly Fiorino, the former CEO of Hewlett Packard, on her thoughts on her former company’s ousting from the Dow Jones Industrial Average (the Dow).  For those of you that don’t know what the Dow is it’s the average cost of thirty industrial stocks used to give an indication of the stock market over time.  New stocks are often substituted of old ones when they’re considered important enough and Hewlett Packard stock is no longer considered one of those important stocks.   In Fiorina’s interview with CNBC she stated that, “Technology moves too quickly.  Sometimes companies can run out of time to turn around.  Competitive space is so intense that timeframes are shorter and shorter.  Great companies like Kodak ran out of time, Blackberry ran out of time.  Companies, even big companies, can run out of time to keep up and keep ahead. “ Fiorina’s September 13th... read more

As a communications professional for more than 28 years, I have served several times as a media relations representative - as communications director for a health care service, as a public relations firm account manager, as media relations specialist for a political party and as a campaign manager for a city council candidate. For an aspiring media relations specialist, education is key, but the education needs to be well-rounded. My experience has taught me that prospective employers want someone with at least a bachelor's degree in journalism/public relations or in a related field, but they also want a worldly individual with a wide base of knowledge to bring to the table. A degree in communication or English can be just as effective in providing general education to a prospective media relations specialist. In interviewing with a prospective employer, a candidate for a job in media relations should make clear that he or she understands working on time and monetary budgets. In... read more

I combined eight subjects to complete a home-shopping website to post online. If you are a business, creative design, or writing student, you may wish to approach your professors to ask if they would give you credit for this website that you create by using the skills you learn from me and utilizing the subjects above. You will be provided with a template that may take you independently too long a time to get ready for your class. Your lessons with me will enable you to focus while co-piloting until you are ready to pilot the craft. I have already completed the entirety of steps (at least four lessons worth and maybe more) that it takes to get your novelties ideas open on the web. You can get ideas from your courses and incorporate them into the business at hand. Ask about it. The price for these lessons are higher than my normal rate and is $50.00 an hour.

Congratulations on making it this far! The first step to becoming a better student is realizing the need for help. Some students believe that because they ask for help that they are dumb or not as good as everyone else. In fact, the complete opposite is true! Admitting that you need help with a subject is the smartest thing you could do, and it will set you on a better academic path. I myself went to tutoring in high school, and I finished high school with a 4.0! Sometimes a little one on one time with somebody that can put the lesson into terms you can understand can really make a difference in your grades. Tutoring is meant to be helpful and challenging to the student, because a tutor's entire goal is to see you succeed academically. I tutor because I love seeing the look on a child's face after they have turned their grades around. I love building confidence in students and helping them reach their academic potential! With that being said, I am extremely excited for this opportunity... read more

Here are some of my favorite quotes on education: "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." --Mahatma Ghandi "Intelligence plus character--that is the true goal of education." --Martin Luther King, Jr. "The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled." --Plutarch "The educated differ from the uneducated as much as the living differ from the dead." --Aristotle "Knowledge will bring you the opportunity to make a difference." --Claire Fagin "You'll never know everything about anything, especially something you love." --Julia Child "If you think education is expensive, try ignorance." --Derek Bok "Education is the power to think clearly, the power to act well in the world's work, and the power to appreciate life." --Brigham Young "Learning is not attained by chance, it must be sought for... read more

While managing call centers in my corporate career, I developed a telephone presentation tool to help reps work with customers and prospects. Little did I know that I had created a useful content creation tool for written or spoken communications. I eventually called it the “PBFA Model”—“P” meaning pain, “B” for benefit, “F” for feature and “A” for advantage. While sales people for years have used feature/benefit presentations, many of them missed discussing prospect PAIN. Instead of pain, you could also substitute need, want, desire or expectation. In the first part of this blog post, I’ll briefly discuss the model. I’ll follow up in the second part with an example that better explains the PBFA. But I guarantee you if you use the PBFA structure, you’ll write and speak more clearly and increase your persuasiveness with people. PBFA Model Imagine that you’re shopping for a new bike. You find rows and rows of new bikes in the store—different colors, mountain bikes, road... read more

Often, students are not taught HOW to study and what to study. As a long-time college professor I can share teacher techniques and how we choose what we choose related to tests and discussions. There are also basic principles of testing that must be learned. Take some time now during your break to learn how to study and what to study and even how to take tests, so in the Fall you will be ready to go with a fresh outlook and new knowledge toward academic success. These principles work for all students (even if you are in high school--especially if you are taking college courses in your last year)--I can also help you with your college course syllabus--a big deal document (guide) that your profs spend a lot of time producing...which many students ignore! I can help you "read between the lines" of any syllabus and get to know what your professors are really thinking, saying and wanting from you through their syllabus.

You are brilliant when it comes to some of your courses, but in other just don't get it. It may not be just you! Humans learn in different ways and professors tend to teach to the masses. As an experienced professor, I teach students in more of a visual, applicable fashion. When you and I finish with our tutoring sessions you will understand the material because you will make it your own through example and solid application to your life and experiences. Basic Psych courses (and Soc) are typically the most failed courses taken by students. Often because students get lost in the minutia--and there's a lot of it. The idea is to pay more attention to concepts and "be like a bird flying over the course"--picking up concepts, rather than a zillion details. Let's get going...send me an email now and let's discuss what is possible so you can begin getting better grades! You can do it! I am happy to help.

You can save yourself and your business thousands of dollars by implementing various planning tools to allow your business to be successful. Why plan? What builder sets out to build a house without a plan or just stops and thinks awhile! Supposedly you were to take an extended journey without a road map, unless the route is well known, it is likely that you would loose a lot of time or get lost. The old Adage is true, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will lead you there". Planning is not something you do TODAY for TODAY's benefit ... ... rather it is something you do NOW for the benefit of your business or your life in the FUTURE. Did you know that most businesses and individuals do not plan to fail but fail to plan? According to Dun & Bradstreet, businesses with less than 20 employees have only a 37% chance of surviving 4 years and only a 9% chance of surviving 10 years. For every 100 businesses formed each year, only 60 will last... 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

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." (William Butler Yeats) I am new to I am a recent Johnson State College graduate. I majored in Elementary Education with a concentration in math. I recently completed my second practicum at Georgia Elementary School with a classroom of 20 4th grade students. Before that I completed my first practicum at Jericho Elementary School with a classroom of 13 2nd grade students. I currently substitute at the Georgia Elementary and Middle School, as well as, tutor three 4th grade students, two days per week, in math and occasionally in other subjects. I thoroughly enjoy working with k-6 students, their curiosity and enthusiasm are amazing and exhilarating. I welcome the chance to create a spark and light a fire of enjoyment and curiosity to your child's learning experience. Janice B.

I spent more than 25 years in school trying to learn, to develop my mind. I had an extraordinary professor, Jerry, in graduate school. Good thing Jerry had tenure. He had a tendency to infuriate his students, irritate his colleagues, and often eschewed consulting work (frowned upon in most business schools). He was a real character. But I learned more from him about learning than anybody else in my 25 years of being in school. Jerry believed in not teaching, just learning. Read his infamous article, Learning to Not Teach. It will get you thinking. People who study how people learn, cognition researchers, are worried. Our educational system is not developing and preparing today’s young adults for the work and leadership challenges of the 21st century. That’s why Howard Gardner’s new book, Five Minds for the Future, is a good start for developing a beautiful 21st century mind. How should we train ourselves to think, to correctly learn about the world? According to Gardner,... read more

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

I am writing this both as a warning to fellow tutors and as an excellent case study of what NOT to do in a business. I do not know if it is just the Barnes and Nobles in West Bloomfield, MI or if this affects more stores nationwide. Today, when I went there, I was shocked to see a new sign at the cafe: "Starting November 11th, we will no longer be allowing tutoring nor game playing in the cafe" (or something very similar). So, be forewarned that B&N may no longer be friendly to tutors anymore (a shame since that location in particular was one of my more popular tutoring locations). Now, as for the case study in business/marketing, this new policy makes no sense. In the evenings (when I am there), about a third of the cafe tables are being used by tutors/group studying and another third by card/rummy players. Most of these tables have plates or drinks on them, showing that these people did indeed buy from the cafe. This B&N even reserves tables for the game... read more

I have hundreds of tools that can be used to simplify and amplify your business management knowledge and skills. Not just a tutor, but a coach and trainer with over twenty years experience training and mentoring. Marketing and Strategic Management Tools: - PEST Analysis - SWOT Analysis - Value Chain Analysis - Porter's Five Competitive Forces - Competitive Advantage ... and many more

I have over 10 years of experience in providing tutoring services to various aged adults and teens. I began when I was in high school teaching the elementary special education students how to learn through coping with their disabilities. After proving success doing such, my peers began to turn to me asking me to tutor them in classes I had before them or even in classes we would take together. By the time I reached college, this was my career as I thrive on seeing others who may struggle turn out to be successful. It was at this stage that I was first noted as being in the top 3 percent of the nation among my high school class in academics, community involvement and later due to leadership. During my early college years I continued to teach peers as I later excelled to be able to teach the underclassmen while I was in my later years. Once I reached graduate school I taught all levels of undergraduate studies in the courses that I have excelled. Now I continue tutoring but do it with... read more

"Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" is the first line of a famous and often-quoted speech by Mark Antony in the play Julius Caesar, by William Shakespeare. From my view as a college instructor and sales and marketing rep...some students would rather glue themselves and their chair to the floor before they would come up to the front of the class to speak about an assignment, let alone try public speaking. Well, they're not alone (I felt that way MANY times in high school). However, this is an important part of college--and life: SOMEONE wants to hear what you think and know--and speaking in public about it can be one of the most empowering things you can do (without the chair glued to you). I know: I used to have raging stage fright--I was just terrified of speaking in front of a crowd, let alone the classroom. Naturally, this doesn't go over well with anyone who has plans to be a teacher! The good news (yes, that's right) is that many colleges and... read more

Funny how the education world has a lot of valid claims that business methods in education just “miss the mark.” Funny how business discredits education as a sound practice with such claims that education is “continuously so inefficient or ineffective.” Over the last ten years, I have heard statements like this. Generally, these statements are made when one of these entities is imposing itself on the other. Working for both, here is what I have seen. Education is a business. The reality of new economies, imposed requirements, and an ever burgeoning budget system has exposed one of the greatest weaknesses education has – it does not run efficiently. In the last few years, we will hear about the greatest cuts we have ever seen in education. With that, education will be forced – much in the way business has been forced by a shrinking economy for hundreds of years – to evolve. So, unfortunately my dear education, if you do not embrace business principles in how you get things done,... read more

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