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Back-to-School Smart Tips It’s FINALLY almost time for school again, and I know a lot of you are excited (I know I am!), but there some excellent pointers to keep in mind as school starts back up again. Before school starts: 1. Get a really good planner you like. Most students aren’t accustomed to using planners or don’t keep up with it. Planners, whether you know it or not, are just as important, if not more important than binders and pencils. I know that all through middle school, high school, and college, I would have been completely lost without my planner. Planners are EXCELLENT for writing down quiz dates, test dates, homework, and after-school activities. Some schools will sell planners and those can be excellent, but I also recommend looking around at Office Depot, Barnes and Noble, or Wal-Mart/Target for other general planners that organize by time and day. Weekly planners typically do not work well for people with full schedules, so try to stay away from those... read more

How do you decide? Well there is a KEY piece of information that most students/parents don't consider because: (1) they don't know about it, and (2) it's definitely counter-intuitive, if not downright irrational. And what is this critical, missing nugget of knowledge? Why it's "SUPER SCORING," also known as "SAT® Score-Use Practices." Super scoring comes in six delectable flavors: 1. Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates — Version 1 (Highest M, CR, W) 2. Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates — Version 2 (Highest M, CR, W) 3. Single Highest Test Date — Version 1 (Sum of M+CR+W) 4. Single Highest Test Date — Version 2 (Sum of M+CR+W) 5. All SAT® Scores Required for Review and the ever popular 6. Contact Institution for Information What does all of this gobbledygook mean? It means that a student applying to my Alma Mater (Columbia University), which uses "Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates — Version... read more

Hi everyone! I have received a lot of emails requesting tutoring assistance ranging from a variety of subjects. The tutoring services are hourly so you will be billed accordingly. You are allowed to have discounted tutoring for regular, scheduled hours that you may need for tutoring on a regular basis. Also, please keep this in consideration in emails. Phone numbers and names appear XXX to me through the email system. I would love to help you and give you the tools and resources you need to succeed but only after payment information has been submitted on your side will the server allow information to transfer. You are not charged a single penny for putting in your information. Should you be dissatisfied with your tutoring services, your payment is refundable up to the first hour. You are only billed for the work that is done. That is as simple as it is. You are billed after the tutoring session. I will even go through the process with you so you can see exactly what... read more

This post is about several things that I encountered after two weeks of working with my new Wyzant students. I will start with the good then the bad... It never hurts to be prepared. Wyzant requires you to submit lessons after the lesson occurs. Submitting a lesson also requires a 25 word minimum lesson review. While that is great, why not prepare a lesson plan before hand? That is exactly what I do. This is one I submitted today: Lesson 2-Proofreading Tuesday- 10/2/12 6:00pm-7:00pm Note: Objectives Learning punctuation. Proofreading sentences Correcting DLR quiz mistakes DLR homework Checking in-Last Week in Review Go over how DLR study guide worked Go over “Homework”- “How to Write a Paragraph”, “What Does Not Belong” Activity 1 DLR 30 minutes Completion of DLR homework activities -Critical sentences on how to make sentences better and concise DLR Quiz corrections -Working on understanding that punctuation... read more

Being a good tutor can be as difficult as a parent trying to find a good tutor. I look up suggestions all the time. Most recently, I came across this site while googling: best tutoring techniques. I thought Erin's suggestion of a questionnaire or survey was a great idea. I had done this in an informally with students in the past, but I had never thought of having my students write down their answers. As a Lang Arts tutor writing samples are imperative in order to understand the students strengths and weaknesses in writing, but also reading comprehension. This is a hard thing to gauge in your first meeting and doubly hard to gauge at the beginning of the school year; as there are little to no writing samples for parents to pass along. A questionnaire that asks questions like, what are your favorite subjects and least favorite school subjects?, or that asks what is your favorite color and why?, in five sentences or less, can be... read more

I am new to and now I want to tutor you! For about 10 years now, I have been teaching subjects such as mathematics, physics, test preparation, and astronomy in higher education. I have helped students of various backgrounds understand these subjects. I have also used multimedia and technology to help students visualize some of the complex ideas that can come up in these fields.

Whatever subject you are studying, a good approach is to come home at the end of the day and review your notes. Anything you don't understand, formulate into a written question so you can check on it yourself or ask your teacher or tutor for help understanding. Waiting till the night before an exam will likely make you nervous. It will be hard to have enough time to prepare. Study a little each day, then, cramming can be helpful. Be sure, however, that you eat and rest well. Especially the night before a test, go to bed early. Eat a good breakfast before an exam, too. Review a bit every day, then, the night before, quickly review what you've worked on, then, get a good rest. Maybe, you will have a miracle because you have prepared yourself a little bit every day. (c) 2012 Dr JSS

Celebrating the little things. Today was a great day! One of my students read a list of words that she could not have read four months ago. She also read to her small group and used word attack skills to sound out almost all of the words. This may sound small, but to see her improvement, just made my day. She was reversing several letters when we began working together. The other kids would just give her the words when she read, because she was so slow. To me, seeing her succeed is what teaching is all about! I guess I want to encourage you to look for the small gains. They do add up. When raising children with special needs, the pace can seem very slow. As long as you are going forward, trust that it will pay off. There have been many days raising my son with ADHD that I thought he would never read. He now reads on grade level. It is hard to explain how it feels when you can't make progress happen as quickly as we'd like. It's even harder when we feel so much pressure from... read more

What will life be like 100 years from now? How foolish will we feel for our linear factory style education system? Any 2111 historian will understand our flawed education system was merely the bi-product of industrialization, but surely they will wonder why it took us so long to change. It would be tough to explain to a future human species why we treated our young so poorly. Perhaps there will be a movement similar to the one for civil writes or women empowerment. Perhaps it will be kids themselves that lead this movement, tired of being told what to do, tired of having their wants, needs, desires, passions, and humanity stepped-on by a system that forces adults to bore them. Perhaps the revolution will be led by teachers who understand that there is more to life than memorizing the Pythagorean theorem or being able to regurgitate dates for a test designed to rank students as if one human being was really better than another; as if a number or a letter could define a person; as if... read more

School aims to prepare us with a tool bag of "useful" skills. Whether it actually does this is a whole different post. But let us say that for sake of an argument, school does manage to bequeath literacy, critical thinking, problem solving, math skills, etc. as tools for students to use. If indeed school does manage to do all these things, I must make an argument here that those skills are of secondary importance. Tools are useless without a vision. Life is pointless without a dream, a personal destiny, or a worthy cause. What if, instead of teaching kids a set group of skills, schools were a platform for students to find their callings in life? What if schools were then structured to react and sequentially supply actually relevant tools for their students life goals? I know what you might say, "but I didn't know what I wanted to do with my life until I was [enter age], so how do you expect a kid to decide? Plus they will probably change their mind 5 times and... read more

The secret to being a great teacher is quite simple. Be a student. The best teachers are not those who believe they know everything, but those that are continually learning. This is because learning affects you in so many positive ways. Teachers that continue to function as students tend to keep their passion for their subject burning within them. As anyone who ever has had a passionate teacher can attest, even if you hate the subject, watching their enthusiasm can inspire you to at least try whatever it is they are doing. Teachers who continue to learn don't fall behind in current events on their subject. For my subject specifically, mathematics, it seems that everyone only knows the name of a few ancient Greeks as if they were the only ones who studied math. But really, there is new understandable math being created every day. Getting a twitter to find and follow mathematicians and teachers was probably one of the best decisions I could have made. It has kept me very up to... read more

Career Development I am a Vice President, Quality and EHS at a global biotechnology company. Throughout my 30 year career, I have been a hiring manager, have been active in my own career development, have created and implemented an ongoing Career Development Plan, and have established many Good and Best Practices. As a Subject Matter Expert, manager, supervisor, and executive for over 25 years, I have been responsible to help my direct reports and personnel at all levels in my departments create career development plans and implement career development action items. I have also switched industries 6 times and learned how to transfer skills to each new industry. I am a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist. I am also an expert in the following topics that can assist in your job search. I have completed advanced training and have many years of experience in the following topics: 1. Networking 2. Social Media 3. LinkedIn 4. Facebook 5. Twitter 6... 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) :)

I come from a long family line of educators, teachers, school principals, school superintendents. Teaching, coaching, learning, and improving are my passion and family value. I have a strong passion and desire to help students learn, solve problems and achieve success in their education and in their life goals. I thoroughly enjoy helping my students learn their material, solve problems, and improve their knowledge and skills. I also help my students improve their study skills, problem solving skills, and test taking skills. On a professional basis, I constantly assess systems for training effectiveness. I help students recognize, analyze, and solve any barriers to learning or academic success. My goal is to help my students achieve success, confidence, and satisfaction, and to apply this success to achieve any goal in school or life. Finally, I also help my students set and achieve SMART Goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Based. Adopt a passion for learning... read more

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